Dale E. Lawson, 89, of Farmington, Il formerly of Banner, IL passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 8:50 pm at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria. He was born in Glasford, IL on November 12, 1919 the son of Sam and Mary (Sonnemaker) Lawson. He first married Marguerite Vorhees on April 3, 1944. He later married Elizabeth May Soper on July 22, 1958. She died March 3, 1982. Also preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers; and one sister. Surviving are three daughters, Margie (Gary) Karl of Mapleton, Linda (Numa) Vanatta of Avon, and Coke Trendle of Shattuck, OK; two sons, Dale “Bud” J. Lawson of Peoria and Robert (Sherri) Lawson of Reed Spring, MO; many grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and one sister, Lois Davis of Knoxville. Dale worked as a janitor for Keystone Steel & Wire for 37 years retiring in 1982. He loved to work on lawnmowers, loved helping with Price’s Duck Club in Banner, and loved to spend time with his friends, Howard and Thelma McGinnis. He attended the Banner Methodist Church. Visitation will be Friday, October 30th from 5 to 7 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. There will be a graveside service on Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 10:00 am at Orendorff-Breed Cemetery, rural Canton. Rev. Rick Atchley will officiate.
Marjorie L. Wasson, 80, of Farmington, died at 1:47 am Sunday October 25, 2009 at the Manor Court in Peoria. Born April 26, 1929 in Mahomet to Marion R. and Alma (Kleen) Bird she married Harold R. Wasson March 15, 1948 in Trivoli. He preceded her in death July 27, 2005. Surviving are two sons, Rodger (Vicki) Wasson of Aptos, CA, Ron (Betty) Wasson of Peoria, four grandchildren, Hilary (Milen) Mahadevan, Alec Wasson, Amber Wasson, Adam Wasson, one great-grandchild, Micah Casey Mahadevan, one brother, David (Judy) Bird of San Antonio, TX and one sister, Marilyn (Glenn) Doubet of Farmington. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one brother Ronald Bird. Marjorie and her husband farmed in the Cramer area for over 50 years. One of Marjorie’s favorite pastimes was tending to her many beautiful flower gardens. She was a member of the Trivoli United Methodist Church. She was a florist in the Farmington area for over 35 years. Services will be at 11:00 am Wednesday October 28, 2009 at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Tuesday October 27, 2009 at the Funeral Home. Pastor Mary Babcock will officiate. Burial will be at the Oak Ridge Cemetery Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad or the Logan Trivoli Fire Dept.
George Crandall Harms Sr., 68, of Brimfield, IL passed away Friday, October 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm at the home of his daughter. He was born in Peoria, IL June 26, 1941, the son of Oscar “Bud” and Roberta (Inskeep) Harms. He married Carolyn Leadbetter November 15, 1961 in East Galesburg. Surviving are four sons, George (Krystal) Harms Jr, of Galesburg, Daniel Harms of Las Vegas, NV, Timothy (Jackie) Harms of Elmwood, and Jeffrey (Tracy) Harms of Yates City; one daughter, Susan (Jason) Harms-Emerick of Brimfield; nine grandchildren; two brothers, John (Connie) Harms of Livingston, TX and Mike (Debi) Harms of Yates City; and three sisters, Karen (Ken) Dalton of Senoia, GA, Jean (Jim) Sylvester of East Peoria, and Peg (Bill) Ralston of Elmwood. He was an iron worker for Local 112 in East Peoria for 40 years and was a member of the Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Galesburg. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a memorial service on Friday, October 30, 2009 at 6:00 pm at the Elmwood Country Club, Elmwood. Visitation will follow until 9:00 pm. Memorials may be made to the OSF Hospice. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements.
E. Lois (Smith) Wilcoxen, 102, of 360 N Sycamore Terrace, Canton, IL passed away Friday October 23, 2009 at 12:30am at the Hallmark House, Pekin. She was born February 26, 1907 in Maples Mill, IL to John and Winifred (Preston) Mellert. She married Sanford “Sam” Smith. She later married Oral Wilcoxen. They both preceded her in death. Also preceding were her parents; two sons, Sanford “John” Smith and Richard “Jack” Smith; and four sisters, Gladys Wilcoxen, Ercell Baker, Beulah Wilcoxen, and Mildred Jungert. Surviving are one daughter, Barbara (Smith) Hickok of Canton; one daughter-in-law, Joan (Bell) Smith; eleven grandchildren, Bobbe (Hickok) Garness, Terre (Hickok) Lyons, William Hickok, Caroline (Hickok) Nelson, Pegge (Hickok) Hall, Jackson Hickok, Mark Romine, Gina (Smith) Driskell, Jennifer (Smith) Parades, Jackie (Smith) Alvis, and Brian Smith; sixteen great-grandchildren; eighteen great-great grandchildren; and one great-great-great grandchild. Lois enjoyed gardening and traveling. She was a member of the Maples Mills Nazarene Church. Services will be Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 2:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with a two hour prior visitation. Dr. George Lyons will officiate. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Lois’ life with food and fellowship immediately after the services at the First Church of the Nazarene in Canton. Private burial will be Monday, November 2nd at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. Memorials may be made to the Canton Salvation Army or the Hospice Compassus of Peoria.
Michael E. Harper, 54, of Dunfermline, died at 11:00 am Friday October 23, 2009 at Graham Hospital in Canton. Born July 22, 1955 in Canton to the late James F Harper and Elouise (Loveland) Harper of Canton. He married Ella E. Fouts July 17, 1976 in Ipava. Surviving are his wife, mother, one daughter, Jennifer J. (Kevin) Bankert of Dunfermline, one brother, Steve (Debbie) Harper of Canton, two sisters, Cheryle (Robert) Mathis of St. David and Patricia Harper of Canton and several nieces and nephews. Michael was a machine operator for Keystone Steel and Wire in Bartonville retiring in Oct. 2009. He was previously employed at Freeman United Coal Company and Sutton & Moore Lumber both of Canton. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a Celebration of Life Tuesday October 27, 2009 from 5-8 pm at the Dunfermline Village Hall. Memorials may be made to the Central Illinois Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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Joseph P. Yurkovich, 89, of St. David, IL passed away Thursday October 22, 2009 at 8:44pm at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. He was born September 22, 1920 in St. David to Peter G. and Veronica (Radosevich) Yurkovich. He married Eleanor E. Williams on May 17, 1947 at St. Mary’s Rectory in Canton. She survives along with two sons, Rodney (Kathy) Yurkovich of St. David and Daniel (Becky) Yurkovich of Canton, one daughter, Kim (Randy) Motsinger of St. David, six grandsons; Kurt and Kyle Motsinger, Joseph “Jody”, Ryan, Shawn and Todd Yurkovich and one granddaughter, Tricia Keithley and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Peter. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps prior to his entry into service in 1942. He is a WWII veteran, having served in the South Pacific in the U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division as a combat engineer and was a recipient of four bronze battle stars and other decorations. He was also a member of General McArthur’s elite “Flying Column.” His troop was the first to liberate POW’s at Santo Thomas University in Manila, Philippine Islands. After the war, he re-enlisted in service and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Berlin Air Lift. Upon his discharge he worked at International Harvester for 33 years retiring in 1982. He was a life member of the Lewistown VFW Post 5001, Canton American Legion Post 16 and a member of the 1st Calvary Division Association. He was also a member of St. Michaels Catholic Church in St. David. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and the best Polka dancer in Fulton County. There will be a graveside service Tuesday October 27 at 11:00am at White Chapel Memory Garden, Canton. Memorials may be made to the YWCA “Lunch with Friends” program.
James “Pete” Anderson, 64, of 266 N 14th Ave., Canton, IL. passed away Wednesday October 21, 2009 at 11:48am at Heartland Healthcare Center, Canton. He was born June 4, 1945 in Canton to Henry and Ella May (Weaver) Anderson. He is survived by three sons; James and Jack Anderson and Stephen Harper, two daughters, Jean Anne (Chad) Lafferty and Victoria Harper, all of Canton, one brother, Mike Anderson of Springfield, OH and seven grandchildren; Trip Presher, Landon Pasley, Dominic Cappello, Karissa Huskey, Mackenzi Lafferty, Breanna Chamblin and Alexis Presher. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one step-sister. He was a member in good standing of the U.A.W. Local 974. He was also a member of the NRA. There will be a funeral service Sunday October 25 at 3:00pm at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Visitation will be from 1-3:00pm. Rev. Jason Phillips will be officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services. Burial of ashes will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation
Theodore William “ Teddy Bill” Hootman, 71, of 250 S Main St., Canton, IL passed away Wednesday October 21, 2009 at 11:45am at OSF St. Francis Hospital, Peoria. He was born June 27, 1938 in Kingston Mines to Theodore William “ Teddy Bill” and Lucille (Williams) Hootman. He married Betty Sprecher in 1964. He later married Orah May Cook in 1972. She preceded him in death December 27, 2005. He is survived by one daughter, Tammy (David) Stanton of Lewistown, one brother, Larry (Lela) Hootman of Cheyenne, WY, one sister, Glenda (Donald) Smith of Monument, CO, one adopted daughter, Becky May of Lewistown, five grandchildren; Dakota and Joseph Stanton, Michelle David, Mandy Johnson and Melissa Horner,many great -grandchildren, three cousins; Rosemary Warren of Liverpool, Douglas Loveland of Ellisville and Becky Hootman of Canton and one step-daughter, Denise (Robert) Patterson of Mason City. He worked at Keystone in Bartonville for many years. He was very active in the Spoon River Scenic Drive and loved to fish in Bernadotte. He was a member of the Salvation Army, Canton. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a memorial service Monday October 26, 2009 at 10:00am at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Rev. Ralph Hill will be officiating. Memorials may be made to the Maple Manor Apartments, Canton.
Madeline F. Agnoletti, 90, of Farmington, passed away at 3:00 am Sunday, October 18, 2009, surrounded by her family at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. Born February 6, 1919, in Chicago to Ferdinand and Lucia (Giacoletto) Capello, she married Leno “Twitter” Agnoletti February 19, 1949, in Farmington. He preceded her in death April 14, 2007. Surviving are son John (Lynne) of Denver, daughter Janet (Peer Lykke) of Barrington Hills, four grandchildren (Peter and Charla Agnoletti, and Lucia and Lauren Lykke), seven step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. She leaves two sisters, Helen Kimbrell of Farmington and Edna Wolford of Dallas. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Joseph Capello and sister Mary Effland. Madeline worked as a saleswoman for Turl’s and Melgreen’s Furniture Stores for many years, and for Farmington’s Water Department. She was a member of St. Matthews Catholic Church and its Altar and Rosary Society, and Farmington Women of the Moose #470. She was pleased to have served on the town’s Park Board in the 1960’s that established the bike path to the Township Park. Adored by her family, Madeline was also known as a good neighbor and faithful friend to many, and she delighted in both her “ladies’ lunch groups”. An attentive and energetic “Nonie,” Madeline jumped rope with her grandchildren until well into her 70’s. Madeline loved reading and challenging crosswords to her last day. There will be a memorial service at 2:00 pm Wednesday October 21st at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington with visitation one hour prior to services. Father John Verrier will officiate. Burial of the ashes will be at a later date. Memorial may be made to her church or the Farmington Rescue Squad in care of the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home
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John F. Sigler, 74, a native of Bulpitt, IL and a resident of Hanna City, IL passed away Friday, October 16, 2009 at the residence of his daughter.
John was born April 23, 1935, in Bulpitt, IL to Joseph and Francis (Simmons) Sigler. He is survived by his son, Michael of Peoria, IL; daughter, Angela (Greg) Ruchotzke; grandchildren, Joshua, Emily and Jacob all of Hanna City, Il; and brother David of Tampa, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and two brothers. John retired from Caterpillar in 1999. He was a member of St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Kincaid, IL. John had a strong sense of civic duty and was a member of the Optimist Club, Lions Club, Knights of Columbus and VFW. He received the Silver Beagle Award from the Boy Scouts of America in honor of his 28 years in scouting. John was a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served from 1954 – 1958 and received the Air Force Commendation Medal for service above and beyond and further served from 1960 – 1961 in the Air National Guard. John was actively involved in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Div. 8, in East Peoria, IL for this past 20 years. John was a loving father and grandfather who enjoyed working on his boat and spending time with his grandchildren. His friendship and desire to help others was appreciated by many. Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 20, 2009 from 10 to 11 am at St. Matthews Catholic Church in Farmington with a funeral mass following at 11:00 am. Father John Verrier will be officiating. Burial will follow at Trivoli Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington, IL is in charge of arrangements.