Evelyn M. Hosick, 80, of 1622 NE Jefferson St. Peoria, IL passed away Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 5:53 pm at the Sharon Elms Health Care in Peoria. She was born in Rankin, IL on August 17, 1930 the daughter of Elmer and Anna Mae (Schell) Matthews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Vicky Lynn Hosick; five brothers; and three sisters. Surviving are two sisters, Doris Linsley of Peoria and Lois Lawler of Elgin, TX; and several nieces and nephews. Evelyn attended Woodruff High School and worked as a bartender for several years in Peoria. She was a supporter of the VFW Post 2078. She enjoyed playing cards with her family and also enjoyed playing bingo. There will be a Graveside Service on Friday, October 22, 2010 at 1:30 pm at Springdale Cemetery, Peoria. Rev. David Utt will officiate. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the VFW Post 2078 or the family. Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville is in charge of arrangements.
Agnes R. Eberley, 93, of 427 S. Main St. Farmington, IL passed away Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 12:10 am at the Graham Hospital Extended Care, Canton, IL. She was born in Olmitz, Iowa on June 12, 1917 the daughter of Angelo and Sophia (Butkovich) Starcevich. She was married to Fritz Eberley from 1940 to 1973. Preceding her in death were her parents; four brothers, Angelo, Matt, John, and Fred; and one sister, Emma. Surviving are her brother Angelo’s four children, Sue Ellen, Barbara, Luke, and Alice; her brother Matt’s two children, Leona and Jan; and her dear neighbors on South Main St. in Farmington. During WWII she worked for Caterpillar and later worked at the Farmington High School cafeteria and Kersh’s Restaurant. She was a member of St. Matthews Catholic Church in Farmington and was active for several decades with her sister and friends in the Woman’s International Bowling League. There will be a visitation on Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 11 am to 12 noon at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington followed by a Private Graveside Service at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington with Father Bruce King officiating.
Arlene Mae Darling, 84, of 1447 W. Garden St. Peoria, IL. passed away at 9:00 pm, Friday, October 15, 2010 at Bel-Wood Nursing Home in Peoria. Arlene was born on August 6, 1926 in Peoria to Richard and Jeannie (Hartseil) Largent. She married Robert W. Darling on April 12, 1947 in Peoria. He preceded her in death on August 14, 1966. Also preceding her in death were her parents, 2 sons; Richard and Charles, and a twin sister. Surviving is 4 children; Pamela (Greg) Norman, Marta Darling, Karla Darling, and Robert (Chris) Darling all of Peoria, 7 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.
Arlene worked as a book keeper at Freimoth and Sons in Peoria for 17 years. Visitation will be from 5-7pm Wednesday, October 20 at the Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville. There will be private services following the visitation. Cremation rites have been accorded and burial of ashes will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Bel-Wood Nursing in Arlene’s name.
Freda I. (Champlin) Slack, 98, of Canton, IL formerly of Farmington, IL passed away Monday, October 11, 2010 at 2:35 pm at Sunset Manor in Canton. She was born in Canton, IL on June 25, 1912 the daughter of Richard L. and Tessie (Thompson) Powell. She married Hermis “Red” Champlin on December 24, 1930 in Peoria, IL. He died March 20, 1965. She then married Lester Slack on February 11, 1967 in Centralia, IL. He died September 17, 1995. Also preceding her in death were two sons, Ronald and Derrick Champlin; three brothers, Maurice, Robert, and Donald Powell; two sisters, Pauline Sommers and Donna Pugh; and one step-daughter, Deon (Don) Cox. Surviving are two sons, Richard “Skip” (Connie) Champlin and Robert (Elizabeth) Champlin both of Canton; one step son, Bill (Penny) Slack; four grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; and six nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Women of the Moose and the Rebekahs. Freda worked for several years at the Canton Overall factory. In later years she was a farm housewife. She was an avid fisherman and was very competitive in all games and sports. She has many trophies from playing shuffle board. In recent years she has regularly attended the Canton Church of the Brethren and was also a longtime member of the Providence Chapel Church near Farmington. Freda was a very caring and giving person, putting others needs ahead of her own. Services will be Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with an hour prior visitation. Rev. Kevin Kessler will be officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. Memorials may be made to the Spoon River Hospice at Graham Hospital.
Martha Lucille Peterson, 97, of Pana, IL, formerly of Canton, passed away Sunday October 10, 2010 at 3:40am at the Heritage Manor in Pana. She was born May 21, 1913 in Douglas to Jacob S. and Minnie (McKinney) Varnold. She married George Peterson on November 22, 1930 in Peoria. He preceded her in death. She is survived by one daughter, Shirley (John) McCracken of Pana, two sisters, Brenda (Ron) Dilts of Canton and Alice (Sidney “Sid”) Smith of Carbondale, two grandchildren, Sam McCracken of Pana and Curt McCracken of Springfield, two great-grandchildren, Katie and Kelly McCracken, three great-great-grandchildren, Brooklyn and Baylee Shields and Madelyn McCracken and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Kenneth and Cecil Varnold and one great-grandson, Matthew McCracken. She was a member of the South Park United Methodist Church in Canton. There will be a funeral service Wednesday October 13 at 11:00am at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Visitation will be one hour prior. Pastor Rick Atchley will be officiating. Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Garden, Canton. Memorials may be made to the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Pana or to her church.
James “Jim” Benjamin Huggins, 74 of 346 W Spruce St. Canton, IL, passed away Saturday October 9, 2010 at 7:08am at his residence. He was born September 17, 1936 in Canton to John and Dorothy (Crosier) Huggins. He married Janet Purtle on January 25, 1958 in Canton. She survives, along with two sons, Jamie (Judy) and John (Terri) Huggins, two daughters, Julie Riccioni and Jennifer Pierce (Jimmy Schneider), one sister, Patricia Burchett, eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Jerry. Jim attended Canton schools. He also worked at various garages in Canton as a mechanic. He last worked at Walker Forge in Havana, retiring in 1993. During his retirement, he was a loyal patron of Hardees. He was a member of the South Park United Methodist Church in Canton. He was also a member of Canton Masonic Lodge #743. He served in the Army Reserves for six years. There will be a funeral service Wednesday October 13 at 3:00pm at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Visitation will be from 1-2:45 with Masonic rites following. Pastor Rick Atchley will be officiating. Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Garden, Canton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s choice or to help support Jazzareth and Jarrett.
Frances M. Lockwood, 87, of Peoria, IL passed away Saturday October 9, 2010 at 12:24pm at her residence. She was born July 13, 1923 in Fondulac, IL to William and Louise (Hilgers) Saathoff. She first married John Conner. She later married Frank Lockwood. They both preceded her in death. She is survived by her caregiver Ronald (Pat) Cotton of Pekin, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and three step-brothers; John, Joe and Frank Kahl. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two children, William Conner and Carol Cotton and one grandson. She worked at the Christ Lutheran School Cafeteria as the manager and at Block and Kuhl. There will be a funeral service Tuesday October 12 at 11:00am at the Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville. Visitation will be one hour prior. Ronald Cotton will be officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Peoria. Memorials may be made to the Rural Council on Aging in Bellvue or to the donor’s choice.
Genevieve L. Cook, 89, passed away at 6:15 pm Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at Renaissance Care in Canton.
She was born April 17, 1921 in rural Glasford to Earl and Grace (Lightbody) Bitner. She married LaVern Euyler Cook July 7, 1941. He passed away in 1998.
She is survived by daughter Connie (Mark) Smith; granddaughters Kimberly (Jacob) Welch and Erin Smith Robertson; nephew Dean (Ruth) Bitner; and god-daughter Patti Lingenfelter.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; three brothers, Keith, Dennis, Allen Bitner Jr.; and daughter Carolyn Hedden. After graduation from Business College, Genevieve was placed in charge of rent control over a tri-county area during WWII. Next she worked in various family enterprises: the Bitner Motion Picture Company based in Glasford (free outdoor movies in central Illinois), then Cook’s Laundry and the old Pfister’s grill and tobacco shop in Canton. Finally she worked for CIPS/Ameren, retiring after 25 years.
She served as treasurer of the Business and Professional Women’s group, and was a 50+ year member of the Eastern Star. She was of the Christian faith.
Genevieve’s special interests were landscaping, scrapbooking, yard sales, traveling, and hosting patio cook-outs.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.
Shirley Mae Welch, 96, formerly of Canton, IL passed away at 10:35 am Wednesday, October 5, 2010 at Tidewell Hospice in Sarasota, FL. She leaves wonderful memories with her surviving family and friends and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Shirley was born August 24, 1914 in Hampton Bluff, Rock Island, Il. Her father was Louis “Pop” Frederick Schroeder born in Rock Island, IL on February 11, 1881. Her mother was Jane “Jennie” Aston born in Cuba, IL on November 6, 1890. Wilbur “Bill” Aston Welch, her only sibling, was born on August 13, 1912 in Canton, IL and predeceased her on May 5, 1995 in Bouberville, KY. She married Dana George Welch on July 22, 1933 in Quincy, IL. Dana was born in Smithfield, IL on February 22, 1908. Shirley was a devoted and loving wife for almost 50 years until Dana’s death on September 11, 1982 in Fort Myers, FL. She was gentle, kind, generous, affectionate, and caring to her sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren. She is survived by two sons and their families: John Dana Welch, M.D. of Sarasota, FL, his wife Myrna Loirng, and their children, Timothy Lance Welch and Christina “Cina” Dawn Welch; and Franklin Tod Welch, M.D. of Green Valley, AZ, his wife Betty Spires, and their children, Zachary Tod Welch and Kathryn Jane Welch. Shirley attended Central School for the first 5 grades, Wright School for the 6th grade, Canton Junior High School for the 7th and 8th grades and was the last living member of the Canton High School class of 1932. She was a member of the Canton Chamber of Commerce and president of the PTA. As a child she was baptized at the Canton Wesley United Methodist Church and later was a member of Wofalo ladies group. Shirley was a member of the Methodist church for over 50 years. She was a member of the “Merry Wives of Pinocle” Club in Canton. She and Dana built and operated several businesses. Shirley ran the businesses and Dana worked at the International Harvester in Canton. In the fall of 1950, the Dairy Queen in Havana, IL was opened. Her next two businesses were Dog’n’Suds Drive-Ins, one in Galesburg, IL and one in Canton, which opened in the early 1950s. For a short time she ran these three businesses simultaneously. Her employees admired, respected, and appreciated her honesty, integrity, loyalty, and hard work during their working experiences. She started many young people on the road to adult life with their first job. The last business to be sold was the Canton Dog’n Suds in 1965 and they moved to Florida in 1966. In Fort Myers she worked as a tax consultant for H & R Block and later established her own tax preparation business. She continued doing taxes for some customers until age 86. On December 27, 1987 Shirley married Gerald “Gerry” Paul Dawson in Fort Myers. Mr. Dawson was born in Canton, IL, eventually settling in Texas with his first wife, Mildred Ring, where they resided for many years. Shirley’s surviving step children are: Connie and husband Bob Griffin, Jim and wife Karen Dawson, and Henry and wife Annie Dawson. Gerry has 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Shirley and Gerry enjoyed many years of travel and companionship. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, October 10, 2010 at the Baughman Cemetery, Smithfield, IL. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 120 N. Ave. A canton, IL 61520.
Theresa M. Baer, 92, formerly of Bartonville, IL passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 8:10 am at the Bel-Wood Nursing Home, Peoria, IL. She was born in Larose, IL on October 17, 1917 the daughter of Joseph and Dorothy (Adams) Gardner. She married Samuel Baer on November 13, 1937 in Peoria, IL. He died June 4, 1957. Surviving is one daughter, (Dorothy) Sue (Jim) Schlink of Bartonville, with whom she made her home, one granddaughter, Teri (Dave) Vermillion of Yates City; and two great grandsons; Nathan Vermillion of Yates City and Ben (Lynsey McMaster) Vermillion of Farmington; one son, Robert Baer (deceased) (Suzanne Shields)Baer of Warner Robins, GA; two grandsons, Robert (Robbie) Baer of Fort Valley, GA and Dennis M (Francis Harris) Baer Sr. of Macon, GA; three great grandsons, Dennis M. Baer Jr., John Baer, and Evan Baer all of Macon, GA, and one great granddaughter, Lenise Baer of Macon, GA; one granddaughter, Christine Hoskinson of St. Louis, MO, one great grandson, Logan Hoskinson of St. Louis, MO; and two great granddaughters, Felica Hoskinson and Carson Hoskinson both of St. Louis, MO; one son, Harold Baer (Gail Gunzenheiser)(deaceasd) of Glasford, one grandson, Rick (Patti Kercher)Baer of Bartonville; one great grandson, Erik Baer of Bartonville; one great granddaughter, Beth Baer of Bartonville, one grandson, Todd (Renee Boone) Baer of Glasford; one great grandson, Tyler Baer of Glasford and one great granddaughter, Hannah of Glasford. Also surviving are one brother, Joseph (Mary Lou Woods) Gardner of Bartonville; two sister-in-laws, Helen Rosanne Gardner of Peoria and Verona Baer Chesser of Pekin; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Theresa Mae Baer; two brothers, Ed and Eugene Gardner; and one sister, Gladys Peyton. She worked at the Bartonville Grade School cafeteria for 29 years of which the last 10 years she was the manager. She was a member of the Bartonville Methodist Church. She volunteered for the Special Olympics and all school activities. Services will be Friday, October 8, 2010 at 10:00 am at the First Norwood Mennonite Church of Norwood with Pastor Harold Baer and Pastor Rick Hiatt officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, October 7th from 5 to 7 pm at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery, Peoria, IL. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Peoria, IL or Bel-Wood Nursing Home wings, Hanna City and Norwood. We would like to thank every person who loved and cared for her.