Verna L. Zaborac

Verna L. ZaboracCanton – Verna L. Zaborac, 82, of 1509 E. Myrtle Canton, IL passed away Friday, March 2, 2012 at 8:25 am in the Graham Hospital ER in Canton.
She was born January 9, 1930, in Canton, the daughter of Verna Saurbaugh. She married Carl Zaborac Jr. He preceded her in death.
Surviving are two sons, Scott Zaborac and Richard Zaborac both of Canton; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Margaret Zaborac-Wright of Canton.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; one son, Steve; one granddaughter, Amber Zaborac; two brothers, John and Ralph; and a sister, Mary Cline.
Verna had worked at the former Glenn-Maguire Clinic and Graham Hospital in Canton.
She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church of Canton and the Farmington Women of the Moose.
Services will be Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation two hours prior. Rev. K. Bruce Rushing will officiate.
Cremation will follow the services with burial of ashes at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Christian Service Program in Canton.

 

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Kathy Trainor

West Peoria- Kathy A. Trainor, 49, of West Peoria died at 3:02 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2012 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
She was born January 27, 1963 in Sterling, IL to Richard and Rochelle (Meadows) Osborn. She married Stephen L. Trainor August 25, 1984 in Peoria. He survives.
Also surviving are her parents of West Peoria; 3 daughters, Ashley Trainor, Kristy (Adam) Collins and Michelle (Zack) Elliott, all of Peoria; two step-sons, Stephen C. Trainor of Peoria and Jackie (Monica) Trainor of Chillicothe, IL; 7 grandchildren; two brothers, Richard (Lori) Osborn of Peoria and Brian (Kara) Osborn of Trivoli; and two sisters, Barbie (Dempsey) Patton of Peoria and Debbie (Dante) Simone of Streator.
Kathy had worked in housekeeping at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, at Harbor Freight in East Peoria and as a medical billing processor at CB Accounts in Peoria.
She had served as a Girl Scout Leader with Troop #467 in Peoria County.
Kathy loved her dogs, crafting, sewing and outdoor activities. She was truly devoted to her family. Kathy will be remembered for her candor and courage and will be deeply missed.
Her funeral will be at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, March, 8, 2012 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service on Thursday. Cremation will be accorded following services.
Memorials are requested to the Illinois CancerCare Foundation or the Children’s Hospital of Illinois.

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Frances A. Stevens

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CUBA – Frances A. Stevens, 96, of Cuba, formerly of Canton, died at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday (February 22, 2012) at her residence.
Born January 31, 1916, in Cuba, the daughter of Charles Omar and Hazel Gulick, she married Donald L. Stevens on June 6, 1938, in Kahoka, Mo. He died September 7, 2005.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Gloria Brown; and two sisters, Berniece Irwin and Mary Winkler.
Survivors include two daughters, Janice Oatman of Cuba and Judy Anderson of Canton; one son-in-law, Francis (Barb) Brown; 11 grandchildren, Michelle Martin of Cuba, Valerie (Dana) Greiner of Peoria, Eric (Vicki) Holloway of Oak Grove, La., Derek (Lisa) Holloway of Canton, Tracey (Kenny) Duncan of Bryant, Tim Scalf of Shelbyville, Tenn., Tammy (Russell) Murphy of Canton, Gayle (Mike) Lewis of Knoxville, Tim Brown of Macomb, Steven (Raynee) Kessler of Canton, and Alison (Josh) Strom of Minneapolis, Minn.; 17 great-grandchildren, Damon (Jessica Howell) Strode, Cory (Alicia) Morara, Kara (David) McAdams, Caiden (Kirsten Fancher) Scalf, Jessica (Derek Sorrells) Landgrebe, Bob Landgrebe, Kaylah (Preston Harris) Murphy, Brandon Martin, Chase Holloway, Stefani Martin, Madeline Holloway, Brynn Lewis, Zach Lewis, Summer Holloway, Sidney Greiner, Matthew Kessler, and Grant Kessler; and 11 great-great-grandchildren, Rhiann, Kyle, Abigayle, Allyson, Annabel, Braydon, Mason, Caden, Drake, Seth and Sofie.
She was a member of the Evangelical Free Church.
She was a homemaker and was a bookkeeper for Jarvis Welding Shop. She loved her family and enjoyed attending as many of their activities as possible. She loved to fish, winning an award for the largest Northern Pike caught by a woman in 1996, in Canada. She made the best baked beans in the world and treated each one of her grandchildren with a special lamb cake on their first birthday.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Evangelical Free Church in Canton. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton, and from 12 to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to her church or Susan G. Komen.

 

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Ronald VanHouten

Ronald VanHoutenFarmington – Ronald “Zeke” E. VanHouten, 74, of 1869 S. Knox Rd, Farmington, IL passed away Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 1:56 am at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria.
He was born May 7, 1937, in Farmington, the son of Howard “Swede” and Helen (Westerby) VanHouten. Zeke married Marie Mitchell March 19, 1976 in Farmington. She survives.
Also surviving are four sons, Lonnie (Elaine) VanHouten of Trophy Club, TX, Dennis (Alena) VanHouten of El Paso, Bruce (Trish) VanHouten and Greg VanHouten both of Farmington; one step son, E. Robert (Teresa) Casas of Peoria; twelve grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; three brothers, Tom (Bonnie) VanHouten of Monterey, and Jim (Sandy) VanHouten and John “Butch” VanHouten both of Farmington; two sisters, Diane (Tony) Morton of Farmington and Vickie (Bob) Feger of Lewistown; and one sister-in-law, Artis VanHouten of Farmington.
Preceding him in death were his parents; one brother, Kenneth VanHouten, and one step son, Tony.
He was a Heat Treat Engineer at the Caterpillar Mossville Plant for 30 years, retiring in 1984. He also worked at Laidlaw Bus Co. for 20 years.
Zeke was a charter member of Hanna City Sportsman Club and a member of the Farmington Moose Lodge #1571. He was a Bears & Cubs fan and loved boating and horseracing.
Visitation will be Sunday, February 19th from 4 to 7 pm at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington. There will be a Graveside service on Monday, February 20th at 11:00 am at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington with Rev. Jim Walden officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad.

 

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Melissa Toombs

Canton – Melissa Ann Toombs, 45, of 1405 E. Elm St. Apt F2, Canton, IL passed away Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm at Heartland Health Care, Canton.
She was born January 20, 1967 in Peoria, the daughter of Clarence and Linda (Fidler) Guppy. She married James Toombs November 3, 2007 in Canton. He survives.
Also surviving are one sister, Brandi Sale of Canton and two nieces, Sadie and Shelbi.
Her parents precede her in death.
Melissa had worked as a nurse’s aide at Emerald Estates in Canton and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Canton.
She was a fan of Karaoke and loved playing games. She was a good wife and aunt who had a big heart.
A memorial service will be at 2:30 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services. Cremation has been accorded.
Memorials are requested to the Melissa Toombs Memorial c/o The National Bank in Canton, IL.

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Merle D. Mathews

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Merle D. Mathews, 519 E Pearl St. Farmington, IL passed away Wednesday November 24, 2010 at 9:30pm at Heartland Health Care Center, Canton. He was born September 1, 1917 in St. David to Fred and Dorothy (Thompson) Mathews. He married Mollie Maserati on August 31, 1940. She preceded him in death on May 23, 2006. Surviving are one son, Tom (Sue) Mathews of Canton and one daughter, Janice (Gene) Saunders of Yates City, five grandchildren; Gina Wallace, Karla Mathews, Genelle Dryden, Kristy Hedges and Mark Mathews. Also surviving is eight great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents, one brother and three sisters. He worked as a shear operator at International Harvester, retiring in 1974 having 38 years of service. He was a member of the Moose Lodge #1571 in Farmington. He enjoyed gathering with family and spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed his retirement and spending time at his lake cabin in Minnesota. Funeral service will be Sunday November 28 at 2:00pm at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington. Visitation will be one hour prior. Rev. Kevin VanTine will be officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad.

 

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Norma June Williams

Bartonville – Norma June Williams, 84, of 5912 S. Madison Bartonville, IL passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 9:40 pm at Havana Health Care, Havana, IL.
She was born May 25, 1927, in Bartonville, the daughter of James and Edith M. (Traeger) Haubensak. She married George Ray Williams in 1946 in Bartonville.
He preceded her in death. Also preceding in death were her parents and two brothers, James F. and Neal R. Haubensak.
Surviving are two sons, J.I. (Debra) Williams of Havana and Steve R. (Sandy) Williams of Smithfield; three grandchildren; and twelve great grandchildren.
Norma enjoyed playing games with friends and gardening. She had volunteered at Wildlife Prairie State Park.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services.
Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville is in charge of arrangements.

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James A. Paul

James A. PaulCanton – James A. Paul, 90, of Canton, IL passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 12:15 am at Heartland Health Care Center, Canton.
He was born July 22, 1921, in Canton, the son of James W. and Zella P. (Paull) Paul. He married D. Bernice Liffick August 9, 1947 in Canton. She passed away July 1, 2000.
Also preceding him in death were his parents, four brothers, and one sister.
He is survived by his caregiver, Shirley (John) McDowell of Canton and several nieces and nephews.
James was a truck driver for Sturm Transfer, retiring in 1981.
He was a member of the First Christian Church of Canton, AF & AM Morning Star Lodge # 734, Peoria Consistory, and Teamsters Union #627.
He was a WWII Army veteran.
Visitation will be Friday, January 27th from 9:45 to 10:45 am with Masonic Rites at 10:45 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. A Graveside Service, with Military Honors, will follow at 11:15 am at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. Rev. Glen Nestlerode will officiate.

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Merwin E. Pickens

Merwin E. PickensPeoria – Merwin E. Pickens, 85, of 1610 S. Stanley Peoria, IL passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 6:10 am at Heartland Health Care Center, Peoria.
He was born October 3, 1926, in Louisville, IL the son of Raymond and Cora (Anderson) Pickens. He married Betty Sloniker December 21, 1947 in Louisville and she passed away September 25, 1995.
Also preceding him in death were his parents; one daughter, Jeanne R. Pickens; one brother, Keith Pickens; and one sister, Merle Foreman.
Surviving are eight children, Tommy Pickens of Peoria, Diana (Curtis) Burdette of Edwards, Danny (Jan) Pickens of Morton, Lisa Mackey of Peoria, Teresa (Steven) Randle of Peoria, Curt (Denise) Pickens of Cedar Rapids, IA, Shannon Pickens-Mitchell of Peoria, and Coral “Danette” (Charles) Hawkins of Peoria; 20 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; two brothers, James Pickens of Sailor Springs and Leon Pickens of Wathena, KS; and one sister, Shirley Atchison of Louisville.
He was an electrician at Bemis Bag Company & Ivex for approximately 45 years. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, boating, skiing, golfing, and yearly trips to Canada. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and friend. Merwin committed his life fully to the Lord at the age of 83.
He was a WWII Army veteran.
Services will be Saturday, January 28th at 11:00 am at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville with an hour prior visitation. Rev. Jim Powell will officiate. Burial, with Military Honors, will follow at Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria.

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Marion C. Johnson

Marion C JohnsonCanton – Marion C. Johnson, 96, of 616 East Spruce St. died at 6:30 am on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at Graham Hospital, Canton.
He was born December 29, 1915, in Canton, the son of Frank and Lera (Murphy) Johnson. He married Virginia Whitmore August 17, 1938 in Hannibal, MO and they were married for 61 ½ years until her death in 2000.
He is survived by three children, Steve (Sandra) Johnson of Huffman, TX, Linda (Rob) Pollard of Canton, and Jeff (Jayne) Johnson of Canton; four grandchildren, Stephanie Johnson of Humble, TX, Cassandra Pollard of Springfield, Jared Johnson of Canton, and Matt (Cassie) Johnson of Dunlap; one great grandchild, Parker Johnson of Dunlap; and one sister-in-law, Phyllis Ferro of St. David.
Also preceding him in death were his parents, one brother, and one sister.
Marion worked for Jewel Tea Company, retiring after 40 years. In his retirement years he passionately pursued his hobby of genealogical research and became a knowledgeable local historian.
Visitation will be Saturday, January 28th from 1 to 2 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Private burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Parlin-Ingersoll Library or Donor’s Choice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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