Dennis Michael Hand

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Dennis Michael HandMackinaw Headline
Dennis Michael Hand, 62, of Mackinaw passed away at 10:45 am, September 4, 2011, at his residence. He was born April 26, 1949 to Chester and Pearl (Miller) Hand in Canton, IL. Dennis married Vickie Cook on September 26, 1972 in Galesburg, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers; Larry and Jerry Hand of Canton.
His wife survives along with his children, Michelle Palazzo of Pekin, Katie (Rick) Anderson of Farmington, Jesse (Kristina) Hand of East Peoria, and Connie Carvalho of Canton, 8 grandchildren; Kelsi Wiseman, Joshua McPhail, Nicole Palazzo, Michael Hand, Dylan Hand, Conner Hand, Andrew Carvalho, and Dominic Carvalho, 2 brothers; Jim (Sue) Hand of Crystal River, FL, and Bill (Lennie) Hand of Canton, and 2 sisters; Joan (Donnie ) Rilea of Canton and Sandy Mendenhall of Canton.
Dennis was a retired lift operator/truck driver, who enjoyed sail boating, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family.
Services will be 10am, Thursday, September 8 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton, where visitation will be from 6-8 pm on Wednesday. Rev. Dr. Arvil Bass will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Canton.
Memorials may be made to his family c/o Heartland Bank in Mackinaw.


Helena Mae Stein

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Trivoli Headline:
Helena Mae Stein, 87, formerly of 222 N. Trivoli Ave. Trivoli, IL passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2011 in Cary, North Carolina.
She was born September 6, 1923, in Smithville, IL the daughter of Elmer and Juel (Betson) Vogelsang. She married Leslie R. Stein on July 6, 1947. He preceded her in death.
Surviving are two children, L. Kent Stein of Cuba and Kristy Lee of Cary, NC; six grandchildren, Cally L. Stein, Regan R. (Stein) Wherley, Kimberly S. Stein, Erin (Lee) Medley, Evan A. Lee, and Ethan N. Lee; six great grandchildren, Tabitha L. Stein, Dakota A. Cheek, Cally L. Stein Jr., Addisyn Wherley, Brandt J. Medley, and Campbell E. Medley; and two step great grandchildren, Jeremy A. Skinner and Brett M. Skinner.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, William “Bill” Vogelsang; and three sisters, Erma Hurt, Evelyn Rairden, and Mary Jane Kimbrell.
Helena was a member of the Trivoli United Methodist Church.
Services will be Tuesday, September 6th at 2:00 pm at the Trivoli United Methodist Church, Trivoli where visitation will be two hours prior. Rev. Elmer Vogelsang and Rev. Bob DeBolt will officiate. Burial will follow in Trivoli Cemetery.

Roger “Dale” Miller

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Bartonville Headline:
Roger “Dale” Miller, 64, of 1005 W. Garfield, Bartonville, IL. passed away Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 7:53 pm at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
He was born June 29, 1947 in Halls, TN the son of Betty Miller.
Surviving are his mother, Betty Myers of Bartonville; two brothers, Edward Myers Jr. and Rick (Teresa) Myers both of Bartonville; one sister, Recka Brackney of Bartonville; and several nieces & nephews.
He was preceded in death by his step father, Edward Myers and his grandparents.
Dale worked at Lowes in East Peoria. He had also worked at the Peoria County Jail, the Bartonville Police Department, and the Peoria Journal Star.
He was a US Navy veteran.
There will be a visitation on Thursday, September 1st from 9:15 to 9:45 am at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville. A Graveside Service will follow at 10:00 am at the Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria. Rev. Craig Hislope will be officiating.



Aaron S. Barnes

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Aaron S. BarnesCanton Headline:
Aaron S. Barnes, 26, of 1465 E. Myrtle St. Canton, IL passed away Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 8:15 am at his residence.
He was born February 9, 1985, in Houston, Texas, the son of David Lynn Barnes and Kimberley Schisler. Aaron married Amanda Bowton on May 14, 2005 in Canton. She survives.
Also surviving are his mother, Kimberley Schisler of Canton; two children, Emmalynne Barnes and David Barnes both at home; one brother, Corey Barnes of Peoria; maternal grandparents, Gale and Gloria Schisler of London Mills; maternal grandmother, Carolyn Stevens of Galesburg; paternal grandmother, Dalphna Barnes of Texas; father and mother in law, Tim and Tammy Bowton of Canton; one niece, Melody Barnes; and his grandmother-in-law, Bertha Newlan of Canton.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Aaron was a student at Spoon River College and had served in the US Army as an E-3, serving two tours of duty in Iraq.
He was a member of both American Legion Posts #16 of Canton and #644 of Fairview.
Aaron was a loving father, husband, and friend to many and always brought a smile to everyone’s face.
Services will be Monday, August 29th at 1:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton.


Mary Jeanette Londrie

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Mary Jeanette LondrieWest Peoria- Mary “Jeanette” Londrie, 97, of West Peoria, died at 10:55 a.m. Saturday, August 20, 2011 at Washington Christian Village in Washington, IL.

She was born September 13, 1913 in Canton, IL to George C. and Lela Mae (Weed) Gaylord. She married Stanley Londrie on April 14, 1973 in Keokuk, IA. He preceded her in death in 1996.

She was also preceded in death by one sister.

Surviving are one son, Harold Mason of West Peoria; one daughter, Shirley Bieneman of Washington; 4 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.

Mary was an office clerk with McKesson-Robbins in Peoria for many years.
Mary’s greatest joys in life were her grandchildren. She lived for them.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville. The Rev. Jack Thompson will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton.

Memorials may be made to any charity.


Jennifer Smith

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Jennifer SmithBartonville Headline:
Jennifer K. Smith, 41, of 4606 W. Whipp Ave. Bartonville passed away Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 8:40 am at her residence.
She was born May 19, 1970, in Peoria, IL, the daughter of Lynn and Emma (Langeberg) Mitchell. She married Richard D. Smith on May 8, 2004 in Bartonville. He survives.
Also surviving are her father and step-mother, Lynn and Diana Mitchell of Morton; her mother and step-father, Emma and Arnold Collier of Emden; two children, Brittany (Allan) Woodard and Brock Delaney both of Bartonville; a step-son, Tanner Smith of Rochester, MN; a God-daughter, Rachel Arnold of Tulsa, OK; a step-brother, Shawn Scoles; two sisters, Wendy (Dan) Glover of Creve Coeur and Charlotte (Tony) Melton of West Peoria; and two step-sisters, Natellie Collier and Brook Olson.
Jennifer was a medical coder for Heart Care Midwest in Peoria. She attended Glad Tidings Church in East Peoria.
There will be a visitation on Saturday, August 27th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville. Immediately following the visitation, there will be a Celebration of her life at her residence.
Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


Betty R. Travers

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Betty R. TraversCuba Headline:
Betty R. Travers, 89, formerly of Canton, passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 5:45 pm at The Clayberg Nursing Home, Cuba, IL.
She was born, November 12, 1921, in Canton, the daughter of Hiram and Rose (Mummert) Lockard. Betty married Berlyn “Dick” Travers on June 29, 1947 in Canton. He died July 4, 1984.
Surviving are a daughter, JoEllyn (Mark) Welch of Cuba; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Lockard of Galesburg and Velda Lockard of Canton; one nephew, David Lockard of Spokane, WA; three great nieces, Deb (Todd) Mahr of Onalaska, WI, Susan (Dennis) Stieren of Omaha, NE, and JoAnne (Alec) Riss of Lindenhurst; and six great great nieces and nephews.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; siblings, Floyd Lockard, Murlena Westerfield, and Wayne and Bob Lockard; one niece, Nancy Browning; one nephew, Dick Westerfield; and one great niece, Katlyn Mahr.
Betty was a homemaker and had worked part time at International Harvester, Spurgeons, and the Canton News Stand. She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, the Graham Hospital Service League, and also volunteered at the Graham Hospital Gift Shop.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a Memorial Service on Wednesday, August 24th at 2:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with an hour prior visitation. Burial will follow in Cuba Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to The Clayberg Nursing Home or the Wesley United Methodist Church of Canton.


Thomas R. Leadley

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Yates City Headline:
Thomas R. Leadley, 57, of Yates City, died at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 13, 2011 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.
He was born February 19, 1954 in Peoria to Eugene and Frances (King) Leadley. He married Laurel Kroepel February 14, 1976 in Glasford, IL. She survives of Yates City.
Also surviving are a daughter, Emilie (Timm) Gillick of Peoria; a son, Vincent (Kerith) Leadley of Atlantic Beach, FL; five grandchildren; two brothers, Robert (Paula) Ward of Avon and Edgar (Kathy) Ward of Peoria; and a sister, Peggy Young of Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-father, Frank Ward, who raised him; one grandson and one sister.
Thomas worked as a welder at Caterpillar, Inc.
He was a US Navy veteran during the Vietnam era and was a member of the American Legion Post 212, Elba-Salem Fire Department, Hanna City Sportsman’s Club, and the Village Board of Yates City. He was active in the Yates City Community.
Cremation rites will be accorded. Services will be scheduled at a later time.
Memorials may be made to the Elba-Salem Fire Department.

Roy W. Gerecke

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Cuba, IL-Roy W. Gerecke, 91 of Cuba, died at 11:00 p.m. Friday, August 12, 2011 at Graham Hospital in Canton.

He was born June 24, 1920 in Campsville, IL to Karl John and Minnie (Schumann) Gerecke. He first married Ella Ballard who preceded him in death in 1988.

Also preceding in death are a daughter, Ruth Gerecke; a brother, Marvin “Bud” Gerecke; and 2 sisters, Irene Rodgers and Eva Rosa.

He then married Juanita Phillips Williams on December 13, 1988. She survives of Cuba.

Also surviving are a daughter, Norma (John) Coder of Arvada, CO; 3 grandsons; 1 granddaughter; 1 great grandchild; two brothers, Harry and Norman Gerecke, both of Meredosia, IL; and one sister, Helen Oettle of Meredosia.

Roy worked for the Army Corps of Engineers as a Shift Chief on the Joliet Lock & Dam.

He was a US Army veteran.

Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services or visitation. Burial of cremated remains will be in Meredosia Cemetery in Meredosia at a later time.

Dorothy Opper

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Dorothy OpperCanton Headline:
Dorothy L. Opper, 90, of 160 E. Walnut St. Canton, IL passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 11:50 pm at Sunset Manor Nursing Home, Canton.
She was born April 14, 1921, in Canton, the daughter of Vernon and Hazel (Pippitt) Suydam. She married John Opper in 1939 at Fort Madison, Iowa. He survives.
Also surviving are two sons, William (Shirley) Opper of Lincoln and Terry (Sheila) Opper of Morton; eight grandchildren; and twenty two great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents and one brother.
Dorothy worked 21 ½ years at Jack and Bills clothing store in Canton as a seamstress, retiring in 1982. She was a member of AARP and a former member of the Canton Women’s Bowling Association.
Services will be Saturday, August 13th at 2:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior. Brian and Vince Opper will officiate.
Burial will follow in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton.