Ada H. Feldner

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Ada H. FeldnerCanton Headline:
Ada H. Feldner, 97, of Canton, IL passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm at Graham Extended Care, Canton.
She was born May 6, 1914, in Hopewell Junction, N.Y., the daughter of Morgan and Jane (Smith) Davies. She married Merlin L. Feldner on May 17, 1936 in Canton. He died April 9, 2003.
Surviving are three children; Nancy (Paul) Mellican of Safety Harbor, FL, David Feldner of Marietta, and Linda Brown of Canton; eight grandchildren; Megan, Jennifer, Diana, Becky, Seth, Hanah, Kimberly, and Michael; and eleven great grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; one infant son, Merlin Jr.; and two brothers, Morgan and Brinley Davies.
Ada was a 1932 graduate of Canton High School where she was on the “Pennant” staff and was a founding member of the “Peter Pan” club. She was a secretary for the Fulton County Farm Bureau.
She was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the Canton YWCA Board, and was an active volunteer in Girl Scouting, the American Red Cross, and her church. She was also a member of the Skirt and Shirt Square Dance Club of Canton.
Services will be Wednesday, June 29th at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior. The Rev. Gary Dalmasso will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross or Canton YWCA.


Shirley McNett

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Shirley McNettCanton Headline:
Shirley G. McNett, 77, of 101 Wildwood Ct, East Peoria, IL formerly of Canton, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 9:57 am at her residence.
She was born April 23, 1934, in Canton, the daughter of James E. and Alice C. (Losey) Davis and married Gale W. McNett on August 7, 1953 in Virginia, IL
He survives along with a daughter, Ra Lynn (William L.) Beaird of Creve Coeur; two grandchildren, Eric M. (Kelly and Taylor Smith) Beaird and Emily K. (Brent) Dean; and one great grandson, Ethan Thomas Dean.
Preceding her in death were her parents; five brothers, Harold, Adrian, James E. Jr, Gail, and Max Davis; and two sisters, Mary Metcalf and Geraldine Landis.
Shirley retired from Canton Manufacturing Company with 31 years’ service and then worked at the Heritage Grand Inn in Canton for 13 years.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a visitation on Friday, June 24th from 6 to 8 pm with the service on Saturday the 25th at 10:00 am both at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Rev. Doug Habegger will officiate. Burial of ashes will follow in Walnut Cemetery, Banner.


Irma Catherine Heape

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Irma Catherine HeapeFarmington Headline
Irma Catherine Heape, 93, of Farmington passed away at 9:47 pm Friday, June 17 at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. She was born on April 14, 1918 in Leslie, MO to Samuel and Catherine Hagene Grob. Irma married Delbert Ray Heape on September 7, 1934 in Du Quoin. He preceded her in death on January 12, 1996. Also preceding her were her parents, 2 brothers, and a sister.
Surviving is a daughter Judy Peterson of Carlsbad, CA, 2 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.
Irma was a member of the Woodland Baptist Church in Peoria.
Services will be 3:00 pm Tuesday, June 21 at Woodland Baptist Church in Peoria. Rev. Joel Newton and Rev. Will Ferguson will officiate. Visitation will be from 6-8 pm Monday, June 20 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Graveside services will be 3:00 pm Wednesday, June 22 at Sunset Memorial Garden in Di Qunion with the Rev. Jim Donahue officiating. Memorials may be made to Woodland Baptist Church

Hermina St. Clair

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Hermina St. ClairCanton Headline
Hermina St. Clair, 92, of Canton, IL. passed away at 6:30 am, Thursday, June 16, 2011 at the Heartland Health Care Center in Canton. She was born on December 8, 1918 in Canton to Ray and Cora Hall Ashby. Hermina married Guy L. St. Clair on February 22, 1936 in Canton. He preceded her in death on January 9, 1990. Also preceding her were her parents and sister Mildred Johnson.
Surviving is 4 children; Joyce Latimer and the late Larry H. Latimer, Sarahann Reith and the late Ronald H. Reith, Donald L. (Mary) St. Clair, and Gary L. (Lora) St. Clair all of Canton, 11 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and 20 great-great-grandchildren.
Hermina was a member of First Church of the Nazarene, Eastern Star of Canton, Royal Neighbors, and American Legion Auxiliary for 42 years. She loved her grandkids and great-grandkids.
Services will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, June 21 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. Visitation will be from 5-8 pm Monday, June 20 at the Funeral Home. The Rev. Ryan Goode will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery in Canton. Memorials can be made to St. Jude’s Mid-West Affiliate, Graham Hospital Hospice or First Church of the Nazarene


Violet A. Brennan

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Violet A. BrennanFarmington Headline
Violet A. Brennan, 95, of 339 E. Vine St. Farmington, Il. passed away at 3:00 am, Wednesday, June 15, at her residence. She was born on December 10, 1915 in Geneseo to Luther and Kathryn Gerstner Henander. Violet married Donald Brennan on January 20, 1934 in Wyoming, IL. He preceded her in death on October 22, 1993. Also preceding her were her parents, daughter Sally Blodgett, 7 brothers, and 1 sister.
Surviving is three children; Donna (Leon) Tice of London Mills, Don (Mary) Brennan of Peoria, and Cheryl (George) Dunivant of Jensen Beach, FL, 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great-grandchildren, and a special friend Dorothy Perry of Farmington.
Violet was a member of United Methodist Church of Farmington, Women of the Moose, and Tri-County Senior Center in Farmington. She loved to play cards, piano, sew, knit, crotchet, wallpaper, paint, and bowl. Violet was a breast cancer survivor for 15 years and enjoyed all of her grandchildren’s activities. She was famous for her chicken and noodles.
Services will be 11:00 am, Saturday, June 18 at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Visitation will be from 6-8 pm on Friday at the Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. Memorials can be made to either her Church or Farmington Rescue Squad.


Gerald Oatman

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Gerald OatmanCanton- Gerald Oatman, 90, of Canton, died at 5:22 p.m. Monday, June 13, 2011 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born September 27, 1920 in Canton, IL to Melvin and Florence Phillips Oatman. He married Lois Louise Nebergall on May 23, 1948 in Canton. She survives along with 3 children, Gerald Leon Oatman of Green Valley, IL, Diana Lynn Kohrt of Rochester, MN and Rebecca “Becky” Jo (Kenny) Marold of Glasford, IL; 5 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and three step great-grandchildren, two brother-in-laws; Frank Kovachevich, and Dick Maxwell, two sister-in-laws; Louise Oatman, and Mary Lou Oatman, and many neices and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Randal Craig Oatman, 4 brothers; John, James, Richard, and infant brother Melvin, and 3 sisters; Ineta, Charlotte, and Pauline

Gerald was a 1938 graduate of Canton High School and attended Glasford Baptist Church.

He was a WWII Army Veteran.

Gerald was retired after working as a custodian at Parlin Ingersoll Library and the National Bank of Canton. He also provided lawn care for many people.

Gerald was an avid gardener,and enjoyed tending his vegetables and flowers. He has gone to heaven where the flowers are always in bloom and the weeds never grow.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 17, 2011 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. Pastor Paul Cook from the Glasford Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton. Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Memorial Home.

Memorials may be made to Glasford Baptist Church.


Veronica Lucas

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Veronica LucasBartonville- Veronica Lucas, 55, of Bartonville, died at 10:30 am Friday, June 10, 2011 at Rosewood Care Center in Peoria.
She was born August 18, 1955 in Peoria to Leland and Patsie (Taylor) Ely. She married David Lucas on June 21, 1980 in Chillicothe, IL. He survives.
Also surviving are one son, Michael, of Bartonville, and two brothers, Paul (Georgianna) Ely of Liberty, MO and David Ely of Peoria.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, Christopher Ely.
Graduating from ISU-Normal with a Bachelors degree in accounting, Veronica was a CPA with Baumann & Associates in Bartonville for 30 years.
She most loved her family and attending her son’s sporting events. She enjoyed knitting, reading, and spending time with friends and family
Veronica was a precious soul who will be dearly missed by everyone.
Memorial services will be at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2011 at the East Peoria Free Methodist Church. The Rev. Steve Clason will preside. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Cremation rites have been accorded by Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville. Burial of cremated remains will be at Blue Ridge Cemetery near Chillicothe.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Susan G. Komen Foundation.


Mike Bouris

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Mike BourisPekin-Mike Bouris, 59, of Dunlap, formerly of Pekin, died at 6:28 p.m. Thursday, June 9, 2011 at his residence.
He was born July 13, 1951 in Pekin to Robert G. “Bob” and Donna L. Smith Bouris.
Surviving are two children, Luke and Lisa Bouris, both of Pekin; his father, Bob Bouris of Peoria; his step-father, Kenneth “Woody” Good of Pekin; 3 brothers, Brian (Becky) Bouris of Groveland, Dick (Kathy) Bouris of El Paso, IL, and Randy Bouris of Morton, IL; and 2 sisters, Kay (Don) Westemeyer and Keli (Greg) Maloney, both of Pekin.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Donna L. Good on April 1, 2007.
Mike graduated from Pekin Community High School in 1969.
He was a member of UAW Local 974 and retired from Caterpillar in 2009 after 35 years.
Mike loved being outdoors and was a passionate Cubs and Bears fan.
Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville assisted the family with cremation, which has been accorded.
Memorial visitation will be 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2011 at Henderson Funeral Home in Pekin. Cubs and Bears attire is requested. Services will be private. Burial of cremated remains will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.
Following the burial, the family invites friends to join them at Pekin Moose Lodge 916 for a memorial luncheon beginning at 12:00 Noon on Friday to share stories and celebrate Mike’s life.
Memorials are suggested to the Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria.

Jed Lafferty

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Jared A. “Jed” Lafferty, 35, of 1022 W. Hickory St. Canton, IL passed away Monday, June 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm in Alto Township, Lee County, IL.
He was born September 3, 1975, in Canton, the son of James and Connie (Whelchel) Lafferty. He married Sha Westerfield on September 17, 2005 in Canton. She survives.
Also surviving are his mother and step father; Connie (Marty) Kucinski of Canton; two daughters; Mahala Elizabeth and Alaina Grace Lafferty both of Canton; and one brother; Chad (Jean Anne) Lafferty of Canton.
Preceding him in death was his father; grandparents, John and Mahala Lafferty; his Aunt Kathleen Kinsel and his Uncle Joe Lafferty, with whom he started Route 9 Auction.
Jed’s roots ran deep in farming. His father taught him how to drive his first John Deere Tractor at the age of 8.
Jed graduated from Spoon River Valley High School in 1993, Blackhawk Junior College and Western Illinois University with a degree in Agriculture. Jed then graduated from Missouri Auction School and was an auctioneer and owner of Route 9 Auction, Canton. He also was awarded the American Farmer Degree from Kansas City.
He was a member of Locust Lane United Methodist Church and was a supporter of FFA and Spoon River College Agriculture. He volunteered his auctioneer service for many organizations and was an avid Dale Earnhardt Jr fan.
He was a loving husband and father and adored his girls. In his short time he touched everyone’s lives that he came in contact with.
There will be a Graveside Service on Friday, June 10th at 11:00 am at Locust Lane Cemetery, Canton with Rev. Kevin VanTine officiating. There will be no visitation. For those attending the graveside service, there will be shuttle service from the Route 9 Auction Services to Locust Lane Cemetery.
A Celebration of Jed’s Life will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to his children’s education fund % Ipava State Bank 74 East Pine St. Canton, IL 61520.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.



Rosemary Johnson

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Rosemary Johnson, 75, of 208 E. Market, Yates City, IL passed away Friday, June 3, 2011 at the Farmington Country Manor, Farmington, IL
She was born September 14, 1935, in Farmington, the daughter of James and Matilda (Bronz) Nichols. She married Everett Johnson on October 13, 1958 and he died on November 8, 2007.
Surviving are two daughters: Lorna Long of Yates City and Tammi Lansford of Farmington; two sons: Troy Lee Johnson and Shawn Allen Johnson both of Farmington: eleven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and two brothers: David and Jim Nichols both of Canton.
Also preceding her in death were her parents and one son, Boyd Johnson.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a Graveside Service with burial of ashes on Wednesday, June 8th at 5:30 pm at Yates City Cemetery, Yates City. Rev. Patrick Melton will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Yates City Rescue Squad and Fire Department.
Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements