Helen Heller Grose

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Helen (Heller) Grose, 90, of 129 S. 1st Canton, IL passed away Friday, July 16, 2010 at 7:31 am at Sunset Manor, Canton, IL. She was born January 21, 1920 in Canton, IL the daughter of Joseph C. and Jessie (Benner) Heller. She married Vilas Grose. Preceding her in death were her parents, and two brothers, John and Grant. She is survived by one niece, three nephews, and many cousins. She did secretarial work in various places and was a cashier at Picco’s BBQ in Norris for many years. She had formerly attended the Norris United Methodist Church. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements

Helen L. Rohrer-Jennings

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Helen L. Rohrer Jennings, 86, of Canton, IL passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 9:18 am at Graham Hospital Emergency Room, Canton. She was born July 16, 1923 in Canton the daughter of Fred R. and Laura (Standard) Thompson. She first married Leo Rohrer December 26, 1941 in Palmyra, MO. He died April 6, 1956. She then married Glen Jennings December 2, 1956 in Canton. He died June 27, 1989. Also preceding her in death were her parents; one grandson; four brothers; and two sisters. Surviving are seven children; Donald (Donna) Rohrer of Galesburg, Harold (Cece) Rohrer of Groveland, Gordon (Dawn) Rohrer of Hanna City, Linda (Marion) Bandle of Galesburg, Carolyn (Mike) Atherton of Florida, Katherine Jennings of Pekin, and Ernie (Lavina) Jennings of Abingdon; eighteen grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and one sister, Shirley Zaborac of Glasford. Helen was a cook at Kersh’s Café in Farmington for several years. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren. She enjoyed playing bingo at the Farmington Moose Lodge #470 where she was a member and spending time with loved ones. Services will be Friday, July 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with Rev. David Utt officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, July 15th from 5 to 7 pm at the funeral homes. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton, IL. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Eleanor Elizabeth McDonald

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Eleanor Elizabeth McDonald, 88, of 24100 W. Linn Rd Farmington, IL passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 8:58 am at Graham Hospital, Canton, IL. She was born July 24, 1921 in Farmington, IL the daughter of Albert and Elizabeth (Ingold) Rich. She married Harley M. McDonald in 1940. He preceded her in death. Also preceding are her parents; one brother, and one sister. Surviving are a son, Gary McDonald of Farmington; two grandsons, Bart (Kerrie) McDonald and Rich (Bonnie) McDonald both of Canton; two step granddaughters, Heather and Shannon; and two great granddaughters, Macy and Madison. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Farmington and loved giving the children’s message on Sunday mornings. She also loved working outdoors. Services will be Monday, July 19, 2010 at 11:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with an hour prior visitation. Rev. Jim Reed will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad.

Ronald Deane Hinton

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Ronald Deane Hinton, 82, of Peoria, IL passed away Monday, July 12, 2010 at 12:48 pm at the Greater Peoria Specialty Hospital, Peoria, IL. He was born September 23, 1927 in Pana, IL the son of Wade and Myrtle (Gash) Hinton. He married Barbara Bates Jackson January 1, 1950 in Farmer City. She preceded him in death on September 22, 2006. Also preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers, and two sisters. Surviving are four children, Holly Hinton and Mike Fontaine of Glasford, Sherri (Kevin) Schneider of Peoria, Marc Hinton of Glasford, and Jenine (Randy) Hinton of Farmington; four grandchildren, Melissa (Dustin) Durbin, Nick Hinton, Christina Hinton, and Rachael (Ben) McAllister; and four great grandchildren, Victoria and Natalie Durbin, Zoe Hinton, and Lucie Kathleen McAllister. Ronald was a teacher and school administrator for over 50 years in Bartonville, Dunlap and District 150, retiring in 2007. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Peoria. He was a WWII army veteran. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a memorial service at the First Christian Church 6400 N. University Peoria, IL at a later date, to be announced. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Nature Conservancy Emiquon Project 301 SW Adams Suite 1007 Peoria, IL 61602 or the Morris Animal Foundation 10200 E. Girard Ave. Suite B430 Denver, CO 80231.

Rodger L. Schwindenhamme

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Rodger L. Schwindenhammer, 70, of Bartonville, died Monday, July 12, 2010 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.
Rodger was born February 26, 1940 in Peoria, the son of Louis and Louise Bruce Schwindenhammer. He married Diane Schaffer November 22, 1958 in Bartonville. She survives.
Also surviving are 2 daughters Dawn (Scott) Maxwell of Peoria and Linda (Kevin) Dixon of Mapleton, one brother Judd (Nancy) Schwindenhammer of Bartonville, 3 grandchildren, Nicholas, Kara, Jenna, 4 step grandchildren and 5 step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Rodger worked for many years at Keystone Steel & Wire until his retirement in 1990.
Rodger was a member of the Sons of the American Legion #979 and the VFW Auxiliary #3883. He enjoyed several hobbies including golf, fishing and was an avid NASCAR fan.
His family meant the most to him and he enjoyed the time with his family more than anything else.
Memorial services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, 1107 W. Garfield Ave. in Bartonville. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 – 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded.
Memorials may be made to the ALS Foundation in Rodger’s name.

Pauline Stout

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Pauline Stout, 79, of 414 N. 1st Canton, IL passed away Monday, July 12, 2010 at 10:23 am at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL. She was born June 27, 1931 in Clarinda, Iowa the daughter of Frederick James and Millie (Miller) Payne. She married Leroy Stout June 20, 1952 in Chicago, IL. He died June 1, 2010. Also preceding her in death were her parents, and one brother, Sherman Payne. Surviving are four children, Richard (Debra) Payne of Brimfield, Mary Ann (Richard) Roberts of Canton, Betty Anne Baughman of Canton, and Renee Dach of AZ; ten grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren, one great great grandchild; one brother, Kenneth (Mary) Payne of Dunfermline; and one sister, Maxine Ferro of Canton. She worked in housekeeping and was a member of the St. David Nazarene Church. A visitation will be on Friday, July 16, 2010 from 9 to 9:45 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton followed by a Graveside Service at 10:00 am at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. Rev. David Utt will be officiating. Memorials may be made to the St. David Nazarene Church.

Ronald D Hinton

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Ronald D HintonPeoria Headline:
Ronald Deane Hinton, 82, of Peoria, IL passed away Monday, July 12, 2010. He was born September 23, 1927 in Pana, IL the son of Wade and Myrtle (Gash) Hinton. He married Barbara Bates Jackson on January 1, 1950 in Farmer City, IL. She preceded him in death on September 22, 2006. Also preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers, Ormond Hinton and Eugene Hinton, and two sisters, Pauline Tappero and Lucille Swarthout. Surviving are four children, Holly Hinton (Mike Fontaine) of Glasford, Marc Hinton of Glasford, Sherri (Kevin) Schneider of Peoria, and Jenine Hinton (fiancée, Randy Phillips) of Farmington; four grandchildren, Melissa (Dustin) Durbin, Nick Hinton, Christina Hinton, and Rachael (Ben) McAllister; and four great-grandchildren; Victoria and Natalie Durbin, Zoe Hinton, and Lucie McAllister. Ron served in the army after high school, and then attended Illinois Wesleyan University where he met and fell in love with Barb. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan in 1951 and a master’s degree from Illinois State University in 1960. Spending most of his career as an educator, his first teaching job was at Pana Community Schools, he then became teacher/assistant principal at Bartonville Grade School and a few years later served as superintendent at Wilder Waite Grade School. In 1964, he accepted the position as Assistant Superintendent of Peoria County Schools, but left in March 1969 to become the first superintendent of the newly formed Dunlap School District #323. He accepted an offer to be vice president of Executive Centers of America but after a couple years, returned as superintendent of Bartonville Grade School where he served until 1984. Ron was well read on the school code and knowledgeable on matters of school law, particularly on the more complex matters such as the issuance of life/health/safety bonds, school redistricting, and annexation. Among school lawyers, Ron was highly regarded and they often sought his sound and practical advice. Ron was a member of the Mohammed Temple Shrine, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and Phi Delta Kappa. He was also a founding member of the Radnor Rod & Gun Club. Ron and Barb began attending Prancer hockey games and became dedicated to keeping hockey in Peoria. They were one of the many initial investors during the transition from city owned team to the privately owned Rivermen team. From 1988 to 1990, Ron was acting General Manager of the Rivermen, and later served on the Rivermen Captains’ Booster Club board as well as the Rivermen Hall of Fame committee. While semi-retired he again worked for the Peoria County Regional Superintendent of Schools as hearing and building officer until 2007 when he officially retired. He also served with pride as a director and vice-president of the Rex and Nelle Jackson Foundation. Ron’s favorite pastime was fishing; he was particularly adept at fly fishing. He made fishing rods for himself and his family as well as fishing flies. He enjoyed sharing his love of the outdoors, especially fishing, with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. We will miss his love, devotion, and words of wisdom but his teachings will live on in the lives of all he touched. To celebrate his life and honor his memory, a memorial service will be held on August 7, 2010 at 1:00 pm with a reception to greet the family following the service, at the First Christian Church, 6400 N. University St., Peoria. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial donations may be made to the Nature Conservancy, Emiquon Project, 301 SW Adams St., Suite 1007, Peoria, IL 61602 or the Morris Animal Foundation, 10200 E. Girard Ave., Suite B430, Denver, CO 80231.

Ray E. Orwig

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Ray E. OrwigCanton Headline:
Ray Edward Orwig, 88, of Lincoln, IL, formerly of Canton, passed away Sunday, July 11, 2010 at St. Clara’s Manor in Lincoln. He was born March 1, 1922 in Cuba, IL the son of Roy and Bertha (Miller) Orwig. He married Barbara Kirlin January 3, 1942 in Palmyra, MO. She preceded him in death on March 24, 2005. Also preceding are his parents and one brother, Gordon Orwig. Surviving are three children: Larry (Judy) Orwig of Glenelg, MD, Marilyn (Rich) Davis of Lincoln, IL and Duane (Jan) Orwig of Washington, IL; eight grandchildren; and twenty-five great grandchildren. He had worked at the A & P Grocery Store, then at the Canton Police Dept. from 1960 to 1961. He also worked at Little Sister Coal Mine for 14 years. He retired from Caterpillar in 1984, with 30 years’ service. He was a member of the Evangelical Free Church in Canton, the American Legion Post #16, and the UAW Local 974. He served in the Navy Air Corp during WWII for 2 years. Services will be Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Rev. Michael Barr will be officiating. Burial will follow in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to his church.

 

Nellie Marie Parr

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Nellie Marie ParrHanna City

Nellie “Marie” Parr, 88, of Hanna City, IL. passed away at 3:35 am on July 9, 2010 at Liberty Village Hawthorne Inn Assisted Living Facility. She had been a resident there for 1 year.
Born March 7, 1922 in Farmington Township, Fulton County to Clarence A. and Edith Viola Wright. Marie married Merle E. Parr, May 15, 1943 in Knox County. He preceded her in death May 25, 2005 in Peoria. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother Robert Wright, and her step-mother A. Gertrude Wright.
Surviving is one son, Lynn (Sandy) Parr of Duncan, OK. one daughter, Phyllis (Dennis) Fulkerson of Hanna City, IL.: four grandchildren, Dione (Chad) Anderson, Amy (John) Sticha, Kevin (Kelly) Culver, and Toby Parr: seven step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren: Curt, Bryer, Jacey and Justin Anderson; Carter, Cohen and Coby Culver and 19 step-great-grandchildren and one sister Evelyn Taylor of Lincoln, IL
Marie graduated from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in 1943 and worked there until 1970. Then she worked at Caterpillar Tractor Co., as an Industrial Nurse until 1980. She was a member of the Caterpillar Nurses Association.
Marie was a member of the Hanna City Presbyterian Church and the Church’s Dorcas Class.
Marie enjoyed life with Merle. They enjoyed traveling and resided in Florida during the winters for 23 years. They enjoyed swimming, fishing, shopping, and participating in group picnics and potlucks on the beach. They attended church held at Lake San Marino Park. Marie organized a volunteer program to start a blood pressure clinic at the Park. Marie was a dedicated nurse to hospital patients, friends and family. God gave her many talents as she enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting and baking treats. She loved to go to the grandchildren’s activities and working in her flower garden.

A celebration of Life will be 11 am Saturday, July 17, 2010 at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, IL. The Rev. Don Johnson will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30-11:00 am prior to the services. Burial will be in the Smithville Cemetery in rural Hanna City. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dorcus Class at her church, Logan-Trivoli Fire Department, or the Smithville Cemetery.

Joseph L. Pecharich

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Joseph L. PecharichFarmington Headline:
Joseph L. Pecharich, 88, of Farmington, IL formerly of Geneva, IL passed away Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 12:10 pm at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria. He was born August 12, 1921 in Brereton, IL the son of John and Mary (Mihalovich) Pecharich. He married Mary Lou Westerby August 21, 1948 in Farmington. She died in 2007. Also preceding him in death were his parents, one son, Michael, and one brother, John. Surviving are a granddaughter, Samantha Gehl of Nevada; a brother-in-law, Richard (Helen) Westerby of Trivoli; and five nieces. Joseph was an airplane mechanic for 40 years. He was a member of St. Matthews Catholic Church, Farmington and St. Peters Catholic Church, Geneva. He was a WWII veteran serving from 1942 to 1946. There will be a Funeral Mass Monday, July 12, 2010 at 10:00 am at St. Matthews Catholic Church, Farmington where visitation will be one hour prior. Father Bruce King will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Canton. Memorials may be made to St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, or the Farmington Country Manor Activity Fund. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements.