Delbert Lee Balagna

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Delbert Lee BalagnaTrivoli Headline:
Delbert Lee Balagna, 60, of Trivoli, Illinois passed away on July 5, 2010 at Proctor Hospital, Peoria. Born on November 29, 1949 to Delbert and Lois (Molchin) Balagna (both deceased), he married Shirley Jean Mooney in Farmington on July 19, 1974. Delbert was a decorated veteran of the Marine Corps and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. He was employed by The Buckhart Mine for ten years and C.L. Wessel Heavy Equipment for 25 years. He loved spending time with his nine grandchildren: Amanda, Clay, Cody, Alyson, Cole, Zachary, Dakota, Krista, and Gage. He also enjoyed watching Dale Earnhardt and NASCAR races and tending his farm on Facebook. Delbert is survived by his wife of thirty six years, Shirley Balagna of Trivoli and his five daughters: Lori (Bret) Schneider of Mesa, AZ, Lynda Dunn of Farmington, IL, Lesli (James) Knight of Brandon FL, Loni (Steve) King of Erie, IL, and Lisa Balagna (Matt) of Rio, IL. Visitation services will be held on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 from 5 to 8 pm at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington, IL. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 1:00pm at the funeral home followed by a military honors graveside service at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington, IL. To view Delbert’s memorial DVD, you may go to


Irene Ernst

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Irene Ernst, 87, of 329 S 1st Avenue, Canton, passed away Saturday July 3, 2010 at 11:20am at Graham Hospital, Canton. She was born January 14, 1923 in Belleville to Josiah Harriss and Elsie May (Rice) Manis. She married Oscar W. Ernst February 1, 1942 in Cape Girardeau, MO. He survives along with one son, Larry (Liz) Ernst Sr. and one daughter, Ruth (Bill) Maxson, both of Canton, five granddaughters; Michelle, Angel, Samantha, Gretchen and Sara (Richard) Neuneker and four great grandchildren; Darrion, Rheina, Matthew and Jordan. She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers; Otto, Robert, Leroy, Leonard and James Manis, three sisters; Betty Lou Biggs, Louise Simmons and Wilma Brock, one grandson, Larry Jr. and one granddaughter, Amy. She was a homemaker. She was also a volunteer at Graham Hospital at the Gift Shop, working for many years. She enjoyed fishing, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed living in Florida during the winter. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Canton. There will be a funeral service Wednesday July 7 at 11:00am at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Visitation will be one hour prior. Pastor Keith Jones will be officiating. Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Garden, Canton. Memorials may be made to the Graham Hospital Hospice or to the First Baptist Church Food Pantry


Daniel Oscar Harms

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Daniel “Dan” Oscar Harms, 45, of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Galesburg, IL passed away Thursday July 1, 2010 at his brother’s residence in Yates City. He was born September 8, 1964 in Galesburg to George Crandall and Carolyn (Leadbetter) Harms Sr. Surviving are his mother of Galesburg; three brothers, George (Kristle) Harms Jr. of Galesburg, Timothy (Jackie) Harms of Elmwood, and Jeffrey (Tracy) Harms of Yates City; one sister, Susan Harms-Emerick of Brimfield; many nieces and nephews and a close friend, Elaine Herrera. He was preceded in death by his father. He first worked at the Knox County Nursing Home in Knoxville and later worked in management at both Hy-Vee Grocery Stores in Galesburg. He was the head manager at the Albertson’s Grocery Store in Las Vegas. Dan was baptized at the Assembly of God Church and was a member of the UFCW Local 711 in Nevada. He loved to golf and play bass guitar. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a Memorial Service on Monday, July 5, 2010 at 6:00 PM at the Maple Lane Country Club in Elmwood. His brother, Tim Harms, will officiate. Following the service there will be a fellowship and a meal with the family. Memorials may be made to the family. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements.

Rose Marie Bain

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Rose Marie Bain, 56, of 392 E. Fulton St. Farmington, IL passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 7:32 am in the Graham Hospital Emergency Room, Canton, IL. She was born in Peoria, IL February 16, 1954, the daughter of Stephen P. Thaller and Joretta M. Boyer. She married Karl Bain January 8, 1972 in Mason City. He survives along with two children, Jason (Elaine) Bain and Jamie Bain both of Farmington; four grandchildren, Rashann, Raven, Sydnee, and Michaella; three brothers, Everett (Pat) Thaller of Easton, Stephen (Denise) Thaller of East Peoria, and Tony (Amy) Thaller of Marquette Heights-North Pekin; five sisters, Retta (Mike) Fulscher of Middletown, Alice (Louis) Nelson of Forest City, Stephenie (Mike) Gunterman of Delavan, Nanette (Russell) Hines of Deer Creek, and Mindy (Tim) Landrith of Deer Creek; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Rose was the activity director at Farmington Country Manor for 30 years. She was a member of the Farmington United Methodist Church. She loved camping, spending time with her grandchildren, woodworking, decorating, and spending time with the nursing home people. She was an avid gardener. Services will be Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 10:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington. Visitation will be Monday, July 5th from 5 to 7 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Country Manor Activities Department or the American Heart Association.

Albert W. Palley

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PEORIA – Albert William Palley, 87, of Walnut Creek, California, formerly of Peoria, passed away on June 27, 2010 at his home.

Al was born on October 3, 1922 to James and Elizabeth Palley in Farmington, Illinois. He married Mary Jane (MJ) Gingerich on September 4, 1953 in Waukegan, Illinois.

He graduated from Farmington High School and then started work at the Caterpillar Tractor Company. He served in the Army Air Force from 1943 to 1946 as a radar operator in the Philippines. After the war, he returned to Caterpillar and retired after 39 years. Al and MJ raised their family in Peoria and lived there until moving to California in 2004.

Al was a member of the Caterpillar Timekeepers Club, the Travelers Protective Association, the Caterpillar Retirees Club, and was a lifetime member of the Farmington Moose Lodge. He enjoyed gardening, bowling, fishing, and playing cards, and his greatest joy came from spending time with his family and friends.

Surviving are his wife, MJ; his four sons, William (CJ Liang) Palley of San Jose, CA, Charles (Julie) Palley of Oakland, CA, Scott (Pamela) Palley of Fremont, CA, and David (Christie) Palley of Morton; one brother, Robert of Farmington; and seven grandchildren, Christopher, Nicholas, Matthew, Samuel, Samantha, Danielle, and Chase. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Raymond.

The family wishes to thank the staff at R&N Middleton Residential Care, especially Venus Mercado and Erwin Lebitania, for their compassionate and outstanding care.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday July 10, 2010 at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, Illinois. Burial of ashes will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. A reception will be held at the Farmington Moose Lodge immediately following the services.

David Leon McCallister

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David Leon McCallister, 60, of 270 W Illinois St. Dunfermiline, IL, passed away Sunday June 20, 2010 at 11:20pm at Graham Hospital, Canton. He was born March 9, 1950 in Quincy to Hershel and Adalene (Thomas) McCallister. He first married Vickie Cook. He later married Linda Mansfield. He married Vicki Ward on June 18, 1994 in Canton. She survives along with one daughter, Michelle Lynn Palazzo of Pekin and one son, John David “J.D.” Hershel McCallister of Canton, but residing in Seattle, Washington, one brother, Clarence McCallister of Canton, one sister, Donetta McCallister of Canton and two grandchildren, Kelsi Lynn Wiseman and Nicole Maree Palazzo. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Sharon Ellis. He loved to go bowling, listening to music and loved animals. He formerly worked at Morton Welding as a fork truck driver. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967-1970. There will be a memorial service Wednesday June 23, 2010 at 1:00pm at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Visitation will be two hours prior. Rev. David Utt will be officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be made to Graham Hospital Hospice.



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Amerigo “Muggs” Argei, 87, of 23162 E. Park Rd. Farmington, IL. Passed away at 5:45 am, Thursday, June 17, 2010 at the Farmington Country Manor. He was born on June 2, 1923 to Argeo and Annunziata Bigliazzi Argei. Muggs married Charlotte Morgan in 1948 in Missouri. She survives along with one sister Gena Pari of Pekin and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother and one sister. Muggs was a WW2 Army veteran where he served in the medical corp. He worked at CILCO as a lineman for 32 years and was a member of the American Legion where he was a Past Commander, Past Vice-Commander and Adjutant, Farmington Moose, VFW of Elmwood, NRA, IBEW for 60 years, avid outdoorsman and strong supporter of his community. Services will be 2:00 pm Monday, June 21 at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home with visitation 1 hour prior to services. The Rev. Rick Atchley will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad.


Betty Jean Nader

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Betty Jean Nader, 75, of 190 E. Prairie St. Farmington, IL passed away at 5:26 am, Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at the Heartland Health Care Center in Canton. She was born on May 7, 1935 in Farmington to Adolph and Rose Malentacchi Ciardi. She married George Quinton Nader on November 24, 1956 in Farmington. They were married for almost 51 years. He preceded her in death on September 27, 2007 along with her parents and two sisters. Surviving are four children; Mary Ann (Lyle) Lascelles of Havana, Lisa Baca of Pueblo West, CO, David (Karen) Nader of Canton, and Jim (Lisa) Nader of Farmington, 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is Nina Henry of Pekin. Betty was a member of the St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Farmington, where she was on the Alter and Rosary Society along with several other church committees. She enjoyed being outside especially in her garden. Services will be 10 am Saturday, June 19 at the St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Farmington. Visitation will be from 6-8 pm Friday, June 18 at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, with recitation of the Rosary at 7:45 pm. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington and memorials may be made to either her Church or the Farmington Rescue Squad.

Linda Lou Wagner

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Linda Lou Wagner, 61, of 805 E. Chestnut St. Canton, IL, formerly of Farmington, passed away Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 9:15 am at Graham Hospital, Canton. She was born July 11, 1948 in Peoria, IL the daughter of William and Doris (Samuelson) McGrane. She married David Richard Wagner in Farmington. He died Nov. 1996. Surviving are two daughters, Rebecca (Kevin) Van Order and Katie Wagner both of Canton; two grandchildren, Auston and Ashton Van Order; three brothers, Gary (Kay) McGrane of Washington, Bill (Ethel) McGrane of Alaska, and Ronald (Debra) McGrane of Manito; two sisters, Mary (Gary) Travis of Marquette Heights and Judy McGrane Samuelson of Georgia; several nieces and nephews and a special friend, Barbara Aplin. She was also preceded in death by her parents. Linda first worked for Kitchen Cooked Chip Factory in Farmington, then the IGA Food Store and last for the YWCA Lunch with Friends. She was a Peoria High School graduate and attended the Eastside Nazarene Church in Canton. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a Memorial Service on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 11:00 am at the Eastside Nazarene Church 325 N. 8th Ave. Canton, IL with Rev. David Utt officiating. There will be no visitation. A meal will be provided at the church following the service. Burial of ashes will be at a later date at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Memorials may be made to the family % The Bank of Farmington. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements.

Billie R. McCracken

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Billie R. McCracken, 77, of 790 Main St. Fairview, IL passed away at 3:32 am Friday, June 04 at the Graham Hospital. He was born on August 9, 1932 in Liverpool to Bryan and Icel Weaver McCracken. Billie married Marilyn Clark on June 6, 1954 in Kilbourne. She survives along with 3 daughters: Brenda (Rick) Kling, Debbie (Fred) Franzoni, and Jill (Dave) Freeman all of Fairview, 10 grandchildren; Bryan, Nikki, Jordan, Whitney, Taylor, Dylan, Jimmy, Travis, Heather, and Carrie, 9 great-grandchildren; Lindsay, Brayden, Seth, Isaiah, Faith, Emma, Rayne, Caden, and Sebastian, also special family friends Eldon (Barb) Baker and family pet Boomer. Billie was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers. He worked at the International Harvester Company as an inspector retiring in 1982. Services will be 10:00 am Wednesday, June 9 at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. The Rev. David Swain will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Tuesday at the Memorial Home. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Fairview following services. Memorials can be made to the Valley Youth Activities.