JoAnn Morse, 74, of Middlegrove, IL passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 3:30 pm at Graham Hospital, Canton. Born in Peoria, IL October 20, 1934 the daughter of Ralph “Boone” and Ruby (Phillips) Taylor, she married Vernon Morse on February 5, 1973 in Lewistown, IL. He preceded her in death along with her parents; two grandchildren; two brothers, Bob and Bernard Taylor; and three sisters, Opal Estes, Beverly Oldham, and Linda Cheek. Surviving are five children, Richard (Janette) Hadsall of Canton, Tracey (Jeff) Hedges of Canton, Kim (Rob) Craver of London Mills, Lori (David) Anderson of Middlegrove, and Valerie Parker of Avon; a special friend, Burl Anderson of Middlegrove; fifteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four brothers, Cliff (Geri) Taylor of Prairie City, Willie (Annie) Taylor of Canton, Richard (Nancy) Taylor of Middlegrove, and Ralph (Crystal) Taylor of Fairview; and three sisters, Lois (Richard) Windsor of Bernadotte, Sandy Mulligan of Canton, and Mary (Dennis) Blessinger of Colorado. JoAnn was a homemaker. She was a die hard Cub fan and loved to camp and fish. She especially loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and loved family get togethers. She will be sadly missed by all. Services will be Friday, June 26th at 11:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with visitation one hour prior. Rev. David Swain will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Farmington Rescue Squad.
Joe Gioannini, 92, of Farmington, IL passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 7:55 pm at the Farmington Country Manor, Farmington. He was born November 21, 1916 in Gilchrist, IL the son of John and Lucia (Gagliardo) Gioannini. Surviving are one brother, Ed Gioannini of Farmington and one sister, Annette Gioannini of Farmington. Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, John Gioannini. Joe lived in El Cajon, CA where he was discharged from the Army in 1945 after serving in WWII. He worked there in construction until retiring in 1985. He then moved back to Farmington. There will be a private graveside service with burial in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements
Carolyn June Harding, 80, of Canton, IL passed away June 22, 2009 at 8:00pm at her residence. She was born June 17, 1929 in Canton to Frank and Pearle (Hughes) Ball. She married Robert Ellis Harding in November of 1946. He preceded her in death. She is survived by one daughter, Rae Jean (Clinton) Mudgett of Springfield, one sister, Elizabeth (Ronald) Neff of Canton, two granddaughters, Amy (Chris) Ross of Aurora and Carrie (Russ) Sovde of Seattle, WA, seven great-grandchildren; Katie, Megan, Allison, Emma, Susanna, Mara and Chad and one brother-in-law, Harold R. Reed of Canton. She was also preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Delbert Ball and one sister, Doris Reed. She worked at Admiral in Galesburg for many years. She enjoyed gardening, sports and family gatherings. Funeral service will be Thursday June 25 at 2:00pm at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Visitation will be one hour prior. Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Garden, Canton. Memorials may be made to Spoon River Hospice at Graham Hospice
Daurine C. Fleisher, 76, of Elmwood, passed away at 6:30 am Friday June 19, 2009 at Kings Mountain Hospital, Kings Mountain, NC. Born August 17, 1932 in Elmwood to Harold A. and Viola F. (Krisher) she married Dale Fleisher July 18, 1948 in Hanna City. He preceded her in death November 22, 2001. Also preceding her in death are her parents. Surviving is one Son, Kenneth (Sue) Fleisher of Kings Mountain NC, one daughter, Linda (Bob) Kennedy of Mount Sterling, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Daurine worked at Myers Café in Fairview for many years and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She belonged to the Maquon Order of the Eastern Star and Past Bethel Guardian #111 Elmwood, International Order of Job’s Daughters. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 24, 2009 from 5-7 pm at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Services will be graveside at the Elmwood Cemetery, Elmwood, at 11:00 am Thursday, June 25, 2009. Pastor Dale Gadberry will officiate. Memorials may be made to BYE Ambulance.
Lena Bernice Pollitt, 99, formerly of 605 E. Chestnut St.,Canton, IL. passed away at 10:36 am, Thursday June 18, at the Sunset Manor Nursing Home in Canton. She was born on June 27, 1909 in Orion Township, the daughter of Elmer Joseph and Ethel (Hoots) Frame. Lena married Jacob A. Pollitt on November 28, 1929 in Cuba, IL. He preceded her in death in 1970. Also preceding her were her parents, three brothers and four sisters. Surviving are two sons; Francis L. Pollitt of Mission Viejo, CA, and Jack A. (Mary) Pollitt of Canton, one daughter Melba J. Gaul of Pekin, IL., 5 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, and sister Betty Bump of Canton.
Lena graduated from Canton High School in 1928 and worked in the parts department at the International Harvester Company and at the Scripps McCartney Department Store in Canton. She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton, a Red Cross Grey Lady, Homemakers Extension Association, and was the Secretary of United Brethren Church for many years.
Services will be at 11:00 am, Tuesday June 23 at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton where visitation will be one hour prior to services. The Rev. Roger Russell will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Canton. Memorials may be made to the Wesley United Methodist Board of Trustees.
Lois M. Sandberg, 94, of Farmington, IL passed on peacefully on Sunday, June 14, 2009 at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria. Born in London Mills, IL February 16, 1915 the daughter of Walter and Mabel (Johnson) Brashear, she married Charles A. Sandberg on July 22, 1936 in Springfield, IL. He preceded her in death on June 24, 1996. Also preceding were her parents; a daughter, Judith R. Sandberg; a sister, Thelma Shreffler; and two great granddaughters. Surviving are her son, Charles E. (Jean) Sandberg of Wood River, IL; seven grandchildren, Bambi (Raymond) Bauer, Bonni (Steve) Whalen, Becki (Richard) Martin, Shaune Patterson, Eric (Gail) Sandberg, Kerry (Martin) Purmensky, and Jennifer (Richard) Edwards; fifteen great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Clara Michela of Farmington, Betty Stuckel and Bernice Porch both of Rapattee; and one brother, Walter Brashear of Dunedin, FL. As a young woman, she and her sisters sang at numerous festivals, dances; and performed on WMBD as the Brashear Sisters. She and her late husband, Charles “Sandy”, loved to vacation in both Minnesota and Wisconsin as a young family. Lois enjoyed sewing, reading, music, and spending time with her family. She made her home in Farmington for the better part of her life. Lois will be sadly missed by all who love her. She had worked at the First National Bank of Peoria and the Maple Coal Brokerage Firm in Peoria Heights. She was a member of the Women of the Moose of Farmington for many years. A celebration of her life will take place on Wednesday, June 17th from 5 to 7 pm at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington. Family may also be joined during final respects to Lois on Thursday, June 18th at 11:00 am at the funeral home. Rev. David Swain will be officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad or St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.
Thelma R. Linder, 82, formerly of Pekin, IL passed away Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 7:00 am at the Roseville Country Manor in Roseville, IL. Born in Broughton, IL March 10, 1927, the daughter of Elmer and Louella (Taylor) Hardesty, she married Rufus P. Linder on March 24, 1946 in Salem, IL. He preceded her in death on July 31, 1994. Also preceding were her parents, and one brother, Claude Hardesty. Surviving are six children, James (Nora) Linder of Middlegrove, Vivian (Bill) Riley of Canton, David (Judy) Linder of Elmwood, Larry (Rhonda) Linder of Yates City, Connie (Kirk Dowell) Linder of Peoria, and Randy Linder of Yates City; nine grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; one brother, Cleve Hardesty of Centralia and two sisters, Wilma and Louise. Thelma was a devoted housewife and mother. She worked at Belwood Nursing Home for a few years and also Gils Supper Club in Hanna City. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services. Burial of ashes will be at a later date in North Fork Cemetery, Broughton, IL. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements.
Rudolph Bud Rolando, 84, of Farmington passed away at 10:15 pm, June 13, 2009 at the Memorial Hospital Burn Center in Springfield, IL. Bud was born on July 22, 1924, in Farmington, IL. to John and Alma Maria (Lenzi) Rolando. He married Kathleen (Kay) R. Settles on February 10, 1952 in Farmington. Surviving are his wife, Kay, and son Anthony V. (Diana) of Canton, grandson, Matthew C. (Leah) Rolando, and his pride and joy, his new great grandson Carter William Rolando all of Canton, sisters, Gloria McKeever and Barbara (Don) Wright of Farmington and Joanne (William) Greenfield of Owasso, OK. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother John.
Bud worked as a coal miner at the Midland Coal Company, Middlegrove mine, Truax Traer mine in Fiatt, and Consolidated Coal Company mine near Norris. He loved operating bulldozers; he and his co-workers referred to themselves as “Cat-skinners”, referring to the Caterpillar equipment they operated.
Bud was a World War II army veteran serving as a sergeant with the 70th Division in the European Theater of operations. He saw combat during the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Bronze Star among other decorations. Bud was an avid sports fan, but was especially fond of track and field, in which he was a participant during his days at Farmington High School. He followed the sport for many years, traveling across the state to attend various track meets. For over 30 years he was an avid golfer and member of the Canton Country Club, and in later years when he could no longer play he enjoyed following the sport. He also enjoyed gardening.
He was a member of the United Mineworkers of America, Saint Matthews Catholic Church in Farmington, where he attended faithfully, the Farmington American Legion Post #140, and the 70th Division Trailblazers.
Bud was a compassionate and honest man, with a great sense of humor. Bud was a loving husband, a wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who was always there for his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.
The visitation will be Tuesday, June 16, 2009 from 6-8 pm at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. The Rosary will be said at 5:40 pm. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at the Saint Matthews Catholic Church in Farmington. The Reverend Bruce King will officiate. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue 1100 Squad or to Saint Matthews Catholic Church at 156 East Vernon Street, Farmington, IL. 61531.
Harrison R. Miller Jr., 74, formerly of Canton, IL passed away Friday, June 12, 2009 at 4:40 am at Prairie View Care Center, Lewistown. He was born in Canton, IL. August 18, 1934 to Harrison R. and Mabel L. (Smith) Miller Sr.
Surviving is one sister, Patricia Scrogum of Canton. Preceding him in death were his parents, three brothers and one sister. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services. Burial of ashes will be at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements
Eva Keefauver, 97, of Fairview, IL passed away Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 11:15 pm at the Farmington Country Manor, Farmington. Born in Deerfield Township, IL, September 11, 1911, the daughter of Thomas J. and Katie (Putman) Mahr, she married Ora A. Keefauver on December 24, 1932. He died January 7, 2000. Also preceding her in death were her parents; one son, Charles Keefauver; one great grandson, William Vandermeer; one great-great grandson, William Watson Jr.; three brothers; and one sister. Surviving are one daughter, Esther Keefauver of Fairview; one son, Jimmie (Tomye) Keefauver of Springfield; nine grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; and six step-great-great grandchildren. Eva was known for her homemade donuts and cinnamon rolls. She was baptized in the Lutheran faith and was a member of the Fairview Reformed Church. She was the head cook for Spoon River Valley School District in the 1950’s and worked at Wheat’s Market in Fairview in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Services will be Wednesday, June 10th at 2:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Dave Smallegan will be officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Fairview. Memorials may be made to the Fairview City Park Fund or Fairview Township Library Fund.