Dorothy “Irene” Blaydes, 95, formerly of Canton, IL passed away Monday, March 21, 2011 at 7:22 pm at Washington Christian Village, Washington, IL.
She was born January 17, 1916, in Middlegrove, IL, the daughter of Walter and Emma (Emery) Smallberger and married Fred T. Blaydes on September 29, 1934 in Peoria Heights, IL.
He preceded her in death on October 28, 1974. Also preceding in death were her parents; two brothers, Clarence Keith and Walter Dale Smallberger; and one sister, Genevieve Jones.
Surviving are a son, Robert Lee Blaydes of Florida; three grandchildren, Geff, Ginger, and Robert; two great grandchildren, Cameron and Madison; one sister, Elsie J. Wilson of Smithfield; and several nieces and nephews.
Irene was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Canton. She was a past president of Kellogg PTA, DeMolay Mother’s Circle, and Home Extension Association. She was a volunteer at Graham Hospital Gift Shop and Puppet Making Club. She was a 50 year member of White Shrine of Jerusalem where she served as Worthy Herald and also a 50 year member of Order of Eastern Star. She was a member of Fulton County Women’s Crisis Service and a sustaining member of the American Red Cross.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 30, 2011 from 9:45 to 10:45 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton followed by a Graveside Service at 11:00 am at Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. Rev. Roger Russell will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Shriner Crippled Children.
Mary Elizabeth (Zebby) Harr, 96, formerly of 148 E. Vine St., Canton, IL. passed away at 6:15 am Saturday, March 19, at Heartland Christian Village in Neoga, IL. She was born on January 19, 1915 in Fulton County to Charles B. and Minnie (Wallick) Churchill. Zebby married Otis Harr on January 24, 1933 in Lewistown. He preceded her in death on November 22, 1979. Also preceding her in death were her parents, one brother and two sisters. Surviving are two daughters – Elizabeth Ann (Robert) DeRousse of Pittsburg, MO and Rhonda (James) Whitaker of Neoga, IL., five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one on the way. Zebby was a member of 1st Congregational United Church of Christ in Canton and Royal Neighbors of America. She served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board and volunteered for Meals on Wheels and the prison ministry at Illinois River Correctional Center. Services will be at 11 a.m.Tuesday, March 22 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton where visitation will be 1 hour prior to services. The Rev. Deryck Sonaram of the Lewistown United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will follow at White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army in Canton
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Mabel L. “Corkey” Evans-Modglin, 88, formerly of West Peoria passed away at 4:36 pm Friday, March 18 at Belwood Nursing Home in Peoria surrounded by her loving family. She was born on October 27, 1922 at Star Mine in Bellevue, IL. to John and Bertha (Windsor) Evans. Surviving is one daughter Diane (Mark) Kurth of Bartonville, 2 grandchildren; Nicole (Ryan) Duncheon and Matthew (Emily) Kurth, and 3 great-grandchildren. Mabel was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, and 1 sister. Mabel worked as a packer in the bottling plant for Hiram Walker an Sons in Peoria for 38 years. The family would like to thank everyone at Belwood Nursing home for their thoughtfulness and tender care. Services will be graveside 2:00 pm Tuesday, March 22 at Swan Lake Cemetery in Peoria with the Rev. Ken Klein officiating. Visitation will be from 6-8 pm Monday March 21 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville. Memorial contributions can be made to Belwood Nursing Home Activity Fund
Bernard “Bernie” Clifton Marshall, 65, of Canton, IL passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm at the Graham Hospital Extended Care Unit.
He was born March 14, 1946, in Peoria, IL, the son of George W. and Irene (Meyer) Marshall. His parents and grandparents precede him in death.
Surviving are a brother, Gilbert (Lenda) Marshall of Canton; a sister, Cora Murphy of Canton; a brother-in-law, Rex Rosenberger; and thirteen nieces and nephews, Russell (Jodi), Keith, Ryan (April), Tracey, and Emily Marshall, Laura (Brent) Rosenberger-Perkins, Keri, Riley, Lucy, and Sophie Marshall, Clifton Kleyn, and Mendon and Elen Perkins.
Bernie worked at F.C.R.C. and was affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Services will be Saturday, March 19th at 10:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton where visitation will be on Friday, March 18th from 6 to 8 pm. The service will be conducted by the church. Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton.
Donna R. Wilcoxen Mansker, 79, of 641 S. Main St. Farmington, IL passed away Monday, March 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria, IL.
Born November 2, 1931, in Peoria, IL, her parents were Harry and Myrrhl (Moran) Worsfold. She married Stephen F. Wilcoxen and he died in 1987. She later married Wiley “Bill” Mansker. He survives.
Also surviving are four children, Tom Mattson, Debby (Jeff), Steve (Patti) Wilcoxen, and Lynn (Mark) Voland; eight step children, Larry (Judy) Wilcoxen, Dan (Leann) Wilcoxen, Terry (Mona) Wilcoxen, Mary Jean Hunter, Don (Sue) Mansker, John (Mary) Mansker, Lonna Hall, and Vickie Mansker; ten grandchildren; sixteen step grandchildren; twenty two great grandchildren; and one sister, Shirley (Harold) Hahn.
Donna was the supervisor at Bradley University Library from 1970 to 1996. She was a member of the Farmington Bible Church.
Services will be Friday, March 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington. Rev. Tony Severine will officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington.
Memorials may be made to the Faith Bible Camp or Methodist Hospice Kourage Kids Camp.
Becky Mulvaney, 43, of Bartonville, died at 6:05 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011 at her parents home in Bartonville.
She was born September 8, 1967 in Peoria to Roger and Norma (Johnson) Mulvaney.
Surviving are her parents of Bartonville; 2 brothers, Steven (Christine) Johnson of Peoria and Ghlee (Lorie) Mulvaney of Washington, IL; 3 nephews, Casey (Kim) Johnson, Kyle Johnson and Slade Mulvaney; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Becky was a 1985 graduate of Peoria Manual High School and the owner and operator of The Dream Hut Ice Cream Shop in Bartonville for the last 14 years.
She loved training and teaching the young girls who worked for her at the Dream Hut.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2011 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville. Cremation will be accorded after the visitation with private burial of remains at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kickapoo in the future
Raymond E. Widger, 83, of Canton, IL passed away Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm at the Renaissance Care Center, Canton.
He was born April 27, 1927, in Canton, the son of Clyde O. and Dora Mae (Beechamp) Widger. He married Wilma Graham on June 13, 1949 in Petersburg. She survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Cheryl Moshier of Canton; a son, Raymond (Brenda) Widger Jr. of Canton; six grandchildren, Stacy Moore of Charlotte, NC, Raynee (Steven) Kessler, Stefanie (Nicholas) Pribble, Shannon (Eric) Meier, Katie (Ryan) Gray all of Canton, and Jessica Widger of Davenport, IA; two great grandsons, Matthew and Grant Kessler; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents and sister, Patricia Edwards.
Raymond was first a meat cutter at A & P and Kroger then was a Canton Policeman for several years. He then worked at International Harvester in Canton as a lathe operator where he retired.
He attended the First Christian Church of Canton and was a member of the American Legion Post #16 and VFW Post #1984. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, hunting, and being with his family. Raymond was an avid Cubs fan.
He was a US Navy veteran serving in the South Pacific during WWII.
Services will Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with an hour prior visitation. Rev. Kevin Kessler will officiate. Burial, with military honors, will be in Summum Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation PO Box 515 Northampton, MA 01061-0515
Jackie D. Williams, 73, of Farmington passed away at 5:01 am, Saturday, March 5 at Graham Hospital Extended Care Unit. He was born on November 8, 1937 in Farmington to Ellis P. and Georgia F. Tompkins Williams. Jackie married Rosalee Columbia on August 11, 1962 in Farmington. She survives along with 2 children; Kathleen McDermott and Steven D. Williams both of Farmington, 4 grandchildren; Daniel McDermott, Amy Williams, Dustin Williams, Samantha McDermott, 1 great-grandson, and 2 sisters; Judith (Edward) Morrow of Banner, and Florence May (Keith) Bach of Hanna City. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 son Patrick Williams. Jackie worked at Caterpillar for 46 years, last working in the office. He was a member of Farmington Moose #1571, very active in his community where he had served on the City Counsel and a Boy Scout volunteer. Jackie was an Air Force veteran, serving from 1960-1964. Services will be 11:00 am, Thursday, March 10 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, where visitation will be from 9-11 am. Father Bruce King will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. Memorials can be made to the family, Farmington Rescue Squad, or Farmington Historical Museum.
Leatha F. Cowser, 96, of Morton, IL, formerly of Glasford, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 6:00 AM at Apostolic Christian Restmor Nursing Home in Morton.
Leatha was born July 14, 1914, in Glasford, IL, the daughter of Elmer E. and Goldie Mae (Nightengale) Prior. She married Harley D. Cowser on January 20, 1934 in Glasford, who preceded her in death on November 24, 2001.
Also preceding her in death were her parents, two brothers, and one sister.
Surviving are three children, Marlin (Barbara) Cowser of Greeley, CO, Col. Gail (Carol) Cowser of Glasford, and Vanessa (Rev. Jeffrey) Black of Max Meadows, VA; nine grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.
Leatha was a member of the Hanna City Presbyterian Church and enjoyed sewing, cooking, and friendship with her many Christian Church friends.
Services will be Friday, March 11, 2011 at 11:00 am at the Hanna City Presbyterian Church where visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 am. Rev. Jeffrey Black and Dr. Don Johnson will officiate. Burial will follow in Maple Ridge Cemetery, Mapleton.
Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Hanna City Presbyterian Church or Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton.
James Ewing, 63, of Canton, IL passed away Thursday, March 3, 2011 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL. He was born January 12, 1948, in Canton, IL, the son of Carlos and Dorothy Ewing. Surviving are five children, Chad (Malina) Ewing of Bentonville, AR, Brett Ewing of St. David, James Ewing Jr. of Saratoga Springs, NY, Chris Ewing of Pekin, and Tracy (John) Doyle of Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; several grandchildren; and three sisters, Kathy, Sue, and Judy. He was preceded in death by his parents. He was a mechanic and was a US Air Force veteran. There will be a visitation on Monday, March 7th from 5 to 7 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. There will be no service. Cremation will follow the visitation. Memorials may be made to the Children’s Miracle Network.