Catherine M. Dilts, 90, of Farmington Country Manor, formerly of Fiatt, IL, passed away Monday December 15, 2008 at 8:02pm at Graham Hospital in Canton. She was born March 20, 1918 in Prairie City to Clinton and Olga (Bivens) Hunt. She married Charles E. Dilts Jr. on June 3 1935 in Lewistown. He preceded her in death. She is survived by two sons, Ronald E. (Brenda) Dilts of Canton and Charles E. (Virginia) Dilts III of Ridge Manor, FL , one daughter, Nancy Peterson of Chandler, AZ, one sister, Rose Russell of Speedway, IN, six grandchildren; Chuck (Julie) Dilts, Patricia (Chancy) Delp, Lyn (Shawn) Snowman, Eric (Natalie) Dilts, Lori Miller and Scott Williams and ten great-grandchildren. Also preceding her in death were her parents, one brother, Clinton Hunt, one sister, Ruth E. Hunt and one grandson, Edward M. Dilts. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Fiatt Christian Church and served as a faithful worker and taught young children and teenagers in Sunday school. She was also the mission secretary and treasurer for forty years. There will be a funeral service Saturday December 20 at 11:00am at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton, where visitation will be one hour prior. Rev. Jim Menne will be officiating. Burial will be in Fiatt Cemetery, Fiatt. Memorials may be made to the church.
Hanna City Headline:
Milo “Mike” Swadinsky, 59, of Mackinaw, IL formerly of Hanna City, passed away at 11:00 am on Friday, December 12, 2008 at his residence. Born, January 4, 1949, in Peoria, IL the son of Marvin and Lois (Largent) Swadinsky, he married Nancy Bollinger on June 8, 1968 in Elmwood, IL. She survives along with two sons, Christopher (Shanna) Swadinsky of Elmwood and Todd (Jodi) Swadinsky of Mackinaw; five grandsons; two granddaughters; and one brother, Marv (Debbie) Swadinsky of Trivoli. He first worked for Interstate Brand in Peoria as a machine operator for 34 years retiring in 2004, and then worked for Fort’s Toyota in North Pekin. He was a member of the Hanna City United Methodist Church and later attended the Mackinaw United Methodist Church. He served in the Army National Guard. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will a visitation on Tuesday, December 16th from 5 to 7 pm with a memorial service following at 7:00 pm. Rev. Jack Wolfe will be officiating. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice.
John T. Britz, 94, of Canton, formerly of Bryant, passed away at 7:50 am December 10, 2008 at Graham Hospital Extended Care, Canton. Born, October 13, 1914, in Melcher, Iowa the son of Frank Sr. and Sophia (Tadejvich) Britz he married Olive M. Altiser on November 5, 1948 in Palmyra, MO. She survives. Also surviving are a step-daughter, Hazel Baker of San Diego, CA; ten grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Francis Wilson of Carlsbad, CA. Preceding him in death were his parents, one brother, Frank Britz Jr. and one sister, Sophie Foster. He worked at the local mines in the area, retiring after 25 years. He then worked for International Harvester in Canton for 18 years. He and his wife owned and operated Britzs Steak House in Bryant for 22 years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lewistown, the Lewistown Masonic Lodge #104, the Canton Elks Lodge #626 BPOE, the Canton Moose Lodge #784, the United Mine Workers of America, the Canton Country Club, and the Wee-Ma-Tuk Hills Country Club. He loved to golf and was the senior’s men champ in 1993. He was a WWII veteran, serving from 1941 to 1946 in the European Theater. Services will be Saturday, December 13th at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. There will be no visitation. Rev. Danie deBeer will be officiating. Burial will follow in Maryville Cemetery, Bryant. Memorials may be made to the Elks Crippled Children’s Fund
Sophia Mary Kelley, 90, of 440 E. Pine St. Canton passed away at 12:31 pm Sunday, November 30, 2008 at her residence. Born in Canton, February 7, 1918, the daughter of Phillip and Josephine (Koval) Stopa, she married Wilbur Kelley on July 15, 1962 in Chicago. He preceded her in death. Surviving are her beloved sister, Julia Owens of Peoria; several nieces and nephews, including Mary Rife of Farmington; and several great nieces and great nephews, including Mike Rife, who was like a son to Sophia. Also preceding her in death were her parents; three brothers; and three sisters. She was raised in the Catholic faith. Sophia was a registered nurse and worked for Kraft Foods for 33 years. She enjoyed hearing teachings from the Jehovah Witness and looked forward to living in a paradise right on this earth. Services will be at 4:00 pm Wednesday, December 3rd at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation an hour prior. Brother Rodney Norman will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Canton.
Zelma L. Hall, 85, of Peoria, formerly of Farmington, passed away at 11:12 am Monday, December 1, 2008 at her residence. Born in Farmington, IL June 4, 1923, the daughter of Lacy and Jeanette (Hillman) Morse, she married William James Hall on September 18, 1942 in Peoria, IL. He died April 21, 2005. Surviving are one daughter, Jeanette (Roger) Doubet of Peoria; one son, James (Valerie) Hall of Peoria; five granddaughters, Kathleen Garrison, Christine Berns, Angela Houlihan, Courtney Green, and Rachel Hall; and nine great-grandchildren. Also preceding her in death were her parents. She was a member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Farmington. Services will be Friday, December 5th at 11:00 am at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church where visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 am. Father Bruce King will be officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to her church.
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James H. Wren, 97, of 428 N Pekin Lane, Hanna City, IL. passed away Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 4:57pm at Farmington Country Manor, Farmington. He was born March 6, 1911 in Lincoln, IL to John and Minnie (Schaupp) Wren. He married Mary Rosa on June 30, 1934 in Peoria. She passed away on October 1, 1990. Also preceding him in death were his parents and one brother John Wren. Surviving is three daughters; Rosemary Elam of Hanna City, IL., Lois (Robert) Reason of Golden, IL., and Deborah Mathis of Canton, IL., two sons; James E. (Sandy) Wren of Lakewood, CA., and Gerald (Catherine)Wren of Mapleton, IL., 16 grandchildren, 1 step grandchild, 28 great-grandchildren, 5 step great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren, and 3 step great-great-grandchildren.
James retired from WABCO in 1972 as a supervisor. He was member of the 2nd Baptist Church in Norwood.
Services will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, December 2 at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Pastor Paul Maitland will officiate. Visitation will be 6-8 pm, Monday, December 1st at the Funeral Home. Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery in Rural Hanna City. Memorial’s can be made to COTA (Children’s Organ Transplant Association) for his great-great-granddaughter Gillian Irons.
Janet Louise Myers Reed
Janet L. Reed of Trivoli, IL passed away at her home Wednesday, November 19, 2008 surrounded by her adoring family. Janet was born the third child of Daniel W. and Thelma Callis Myers July 24, 1932 in Newville, PA. She married James M. Reed, MD August 22, 1953 in Beaver Dam, KY. She is survived by her loving husband, James; children, Cynthia A. Reed of Trivoli, Bryan E. Reed of Farmington, Bruce E. Reed of Trivoli, and Brent J. (Amanda) Reed of Trivoli; grandchildren, James R. Reed, Josie J. Reed, Jason M. (Sarah) Reed, Kevin A. Reed, Kristin L. Reed, Matthew A. Reed, and Riley J. Reed; and her great grandchildren, Micah J. and Zaiah E. Reed. She is also survived by her sister, Barbara (Nicholas) Barrass and brother, Hubert W. (Patricia) Myers. She is also survived by many brother and sister in laws, J. Harvey Sweeney, Barbara Osborn, Marcia (Robert) Little, Greta (Frank) Kumlander, Warner (Jane) Reed, Rudy (Mary) Reed, and Alicia (Robert) Aden and their children. She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Thelma; her sister, Carroll Sweeney, sister and brother in laws, Elizabeth Reed, Virginia Reed Anderson, Quenton (Viola) Reed, Hubert (Leona) Reed, Willard (Lois) Reed, Phil Reed, Clayton (Sonny) Reed, and daughter in law, Vicki L. Molchin Reed. Janet attended Western Kentucky University and the University of Tennessee. She taught primary school in Owensboro, KY, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and Knoxville, TN, retiring to raise her family and assist her husband in his medical practice. She spent her life caring for her family and friends. She will be remembered for her winning smile and her devotion to her family, friends and community. She was of the Christian faith and a member of the Trivoli Methodist Church. A private service is planned. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad or the Trivoli Rescue Squad. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements.
Terry Edward Elson, 54, of Canton passed away at 4:45 am Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at Renaissance Care Center, Canton. He was born, in Canton, on July 30, 1954 to Marion Edward and Roene B. (Williams) Elson. Surviving are two sisters, Cindy (Richard) Watkins of Glasford and Sandi Spyres of Aurora, CO; two aunts, Amey Jean Fink of Glasford and Norma Elson of Tempe, AZ; a friend, Cindy Hunkeapillar of Lewistown; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents, and one brother, Randy Elson, who passed away in 2004. He last worked for the Laborers Local 231 of Pekin. Terry was a very generous person and enjoyed helping other people. He also enjoyed mushrooming, hunting, fishing, and gardening. He will be sadly missed but at last is at peace after losing his battle with throat cancer. Visitation will be Friday, November 21st from 10 to 11 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with services to follow at 11:00 am. Pastor James Reed will be officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded with burial of ashes at a later date. Memorials may be made to Love, Inc. of Canton or donor’s choice.
Yates City Headline
Frank O. Kumlander Jr. 79, of 308 N. Elizabeth St. Yates City, IL. Passed away at 5:30 am November 16th at the Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. He was born in Chicago on September 4, 1929 to Frank O. and Hildur Utterberg Kumlander Sr. Frank married Greta Reed on July 11, 1959 in Farmington. She survives along with one daughter Beth A. (Kevin) Thies of Olathe, KS, one son Vaughn A. (Kim) Kumlander of Mapleton, and three grandchildren; Sarah Nicole Thies and Adam Jacob Thies both of Olathe, KS and Brock Anders Kumlander of Mapleton. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Judith Marie (Kumlander) Erickson.
Frank was a Baptist minister (American Baptist Convention) in South Dakota and Roseville, IL. He later became a Guidance Counselor for the Illinois Department of Corrections in Hanna City for 21 years. He was a member of the Yates City Faith United Presbyterian Church in where a Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, November 18th at 3:00 pm. Pastor Mary Babcock will officiate. There will be a reception following the service at the church’s fellowship hall. Cremation rites have been accorded and memorials may be made to the B.Y.E. ambulance or his church. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington is in charge of arrangements
Howard Miller, 86 of 250 S. Main St. Canton, IL. Passed away 6:00 am, Sunday, November 16, 2008 at the Clayberg Nursing Home in Cuba, IL. He was born May 3, 1922 in Smithfield, IL. to John and Grace Baughman Miller. He married Shirley Siders on August 2, 1959 in Canton. She preceded him in death on February 28, 2005. Also preceding him was one brother and one sister. Surviving is two sons Ralph (Cindy) Miller of Pekin and Les Miller of Canton, and one sister Ruth Buxton of Cuba.
Howard retired from the International Harvester Company as a fork truck driver in June of 1980, after 34 years of service. He was a member of the South Park United Methodist Church in Canton, and a WW2 Army veteran serving from 1942-1943.
Services will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, November 19th at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton where visitation will be one hour prior. The Rev. Rick Atchley will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Canton and memorials may be made to his church.