Rodger D. Morse

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Rodger D. MorseMiddlegrove Headline:
Rodger D. Morse, 72, of Middlegrove passed away Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm at the Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. Born May 24, 1936 in Middlegrove, IL the son of Russell and Violet (Upson) Morse, he married Karen Gooding on February 28, 1959 in Farmington. She survives along with four children, Tammy Lee Fields of Ellisville, Roger “Todd” Morse of Middlegrove, Beth (Jeremy) Isbell of Middlegrove, and Bobbie (Neil) Nelson of Farmington; six grandchildren, Kara, Jessica, Camille, Chris, Kelsey, and Taylor; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Richard (Pat) Morse of Lake City, FL and Ben (Carol) Morse of De Long; and two sisters, Vada Taylor and Nora (Jim) Linder both of Middlegrove. Preceding him in death were his parents, one brother, Don Morse and one sister, Ila Morse. Rodger worked in skilled trades for 30 years at International Harvester Co. in Canton retiring in 1985. He then had a mowing service until 2008. He was a member of the Farmington Moose Lodge 1571 and was the president for the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive for 10 years, serving on its board for 22 years. He was also the president of the Middlegrove Homecoming Association for several years. Services will be Monday, January 19th at 11:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with Rev. David Swain officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, January 18th from 3 to 5 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad or the Middlegrove Homecoming Association.

Stella L. Leonard

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Stella L. Leonard, 85, of Canton, formerly of Springfield, passed away Monday, January 12, 2009 at 11:50 pm at the Renaissance Care Center in Canton. She was born June 12, 1923 in New Berlin, IL the daughter of Moss and Ruby (Sutton) Leonard. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents and two sisters. She was a waitress in Springfield for many years. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.

Cohen Michael Stremmel

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Cohen Michael Stremmel was stillborn on Saturday, January 10, 2009 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria the son of Aaron and Ketra (Strode) Stremmel of Hanna City. Also surviving are paternal grandparents, Dennis and Phyllis Stremmel of Canton, maternal grandparents, Jeff and Tina Strode of Canton; paternal great-grandmother, Emma Washburn of Decatur;
maternal great-grandparents, Shirley Strode of Canton and Jack and Shirley McDowell of Canton; two uncles, Andrew (Camille) Strode of Bloomingdale and Joel (Natalie) Strode of Lafayette, IN; and one aunt, Michelle Stremmel of Edwardsville. There will be a graveside service on Wednesday, January 14th at 11:00 am at Shields Chapel Cemetery, Canton with Rev. Walter Wilkins officiating. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the OSF St. Francis Foundation directed to Labor and Delivery Grief Counseling.

Nancy Irene Boyer

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Nancy Irene BoyerTrivoli Headline:
Nancy Irene Boyer, 89, of Trivoli passed away Monday, January 5, 2009 at 12:40 pm at her residence. Born, November 8, 1919 in Elko, Nevada the daughter of Herbert “Hub” and Nancy (Frank) Williamson, she married Cecil E. Boyer on July 24, 1955 in Trivoli. He died on November 11, 1971. Surviving are several nieces and nephews; Connie Williamson of Peoria, Joe (Donna) Williamson of Trivoli, Dan (Sue) Williamson of East Peoria, Betty (Ron) Kunze of Sun City, FL, Ruth Ann (Norman) Abraham of Marion, OH, Larry (Linda) Packer of Mansfield, OH, Richard (Sue) Packer of Radnor, Oh, and David (Maxine) Packer of Mt. Gilead, OH; and one sister-in-law, Ava Williamson of Trivoli. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Herbert “Bud” Williamson, and one half sister, Edna May Packer. She was a Farmington High School graduate. She worked as a telephone operator then as a bank clerk at Trivoli State Bank where she retired in 1953. She attended the Brunswick Community Church in rural Trivoli. She sponsored numerous five day clubs at her home and was a host for many visiting missionaries. Services will be Thursday, January 8th at 11:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with an hour prior visitation. Pastor Terry England will be officiating. Burial will follow in Trivoli Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Trivoli Fire and Rescue or to her church.

Dale E. Bressler

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Dale E. BresslerCanton Headline:
Dale E. Bressler, 82, of Canton passed away on Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 12:01 pm at his residence. Born in Lamar, Colorado on March 18, 1926 the son of Clarence L. and Mabel E. (Rich) Bressler, he married Pauline A. Meyers on March 25, 1952 in Colorado. She died on March 4, 2000. Surviving are four children, Pauline (Max) Bowman of Astoria, Carol DeLathouwer of Astoria, Earl Wayne (Connie) Bressler of Surprise, AZ, and Judy Ann Bressler of Astoria; a special friend, Maxine Cheatham, with whom he made his home; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Delbert Bressler of Macomb, Allen (Pat) Fitton of Largo, FL, and Walter (Helena) Fitton of Peoria; and one sister, Dorothy Farren of East Moline. Also preceding him in death were his parents, one son, Dale Bressler Jr. and one brother, Robert Bressler. Dale worked as an assembler at Caterpillar for 7 years, worked at FS Elevator in Lewistown for 5 years, worked for the street department for the City of Peoria for 11 years, was a delivery man for Peoria Casket Co. for 5 years, and last worked at the State of Illinois Conservation Dept. for 12 years retiring in 1990. He was a member of the Canton American Legion Post #16, the Canton VFW, and a past member of the Canton Moose. He attended the Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton. He was a US Navy veteran serving during WWII and the Korean War. He served as a Seaman 1st Class from 1944 to 1946. Services will be Thursday, January 8th at 6:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with Rev. Roger Russell officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior. Cremation will follow services. Burial of ashes will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Betty R. Derry

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Betty R. DerryCanton Headline:
Betty R. Derry, 86, of 1234 N. Main St. Canton passed away Friday, January 2, 2009 at 3:50 am at Renaissance Care Center, Canton. Born in Lyons, Indiana, December 18, 1922 the daughter of Mark and Anna (Weddle) Shelton, she married Randall Derry on December 24, 1959 in Astoria, IL. He survives. Also surviving is one sister, Maxine Landrus of Peoria. Preceding her in death were her parents and one brother, Morris Shelton. Betty retired from the Kroger Co. where she worked for many years. Services will be Monday, January 5th at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with an hour prior visitation. Pastor Jerrett Wells will be officiating. Burial will follow at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. Memorials may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association @ 2720 River Road Des Plaines, IL 60018.

Thomas Michael Brown

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Thomas Michael Brown, 19, of 363 Sycamore Terrace Canton, IL passed away Thursday, January 1, 2009 at 5:42am in Canton. He was born in Urbana, IL on January 22, 1989 the son of Martin and Kim (Kemper) Brown. Surviving are his parents of Canton;his grandfather, Lloyd Kemper of Canton; four brothers, Scott Brown of Canton, Gary (Rachael) Brown of Pekin, John Brown of Lincoln, and Tuan Nguyen of Canton; three sisters, Angela (Tim) Cain, Stacey Brown and Christa Brown all of Canton; and seven nieces and nephews. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a visitation on Monday, January 5th from 5 to 7 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Janice Jo Ward

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Janice Jo Ward, 54, of 1675 E. Ash St. Canton, IL. passed away at 8:34 pm Friday, December 26, at Graham Hospital in Canton. She was born on October 6, 1954 in Peoria to William and Barbara (Cramer) Bruniga. Her father preceded her in death. Surviving are her mother of Canton, one daughter Lori (Justin) Osborne of St. David, one uncle Gordon Cramer of Canton and her favorite cat Callie Jo. She graduated from the Spoon River College LPN program in 1973. Janice worked at the Farmington Country Manor for 18 years. She was a former member of the United Methodist Church in Farmington. At her request there will be private family graveside service Tuesday at 11:00 am with the Rev. Rick Atchley officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to TAPS animal shelter in Pekin. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Robert Bruce Ewan

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Canton Headline:
Robert Bruce Ewan, 92, of Canton passed away Friday, December 26, 2008 at 7:30 pm at the Heartland Health Care Center, Canton. Born in Cuba, Il on June 2, 1916, the son of Roy S. and Kate (Armstrong) Ewan, he married Mary Morrell on July 10, 1944 in Canton. She survives along with four children, Joe Ewan of Colville, WA, Jane Emmons of Acton, MA, Judy Hacker of Springboro, OH, and Jim Ewan of Williamsburg, VA; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Margaret Riley of New York, NY. Preceding him in death were his parents, one brother and one infant sister. He was a farmer in the Cuba area and a vocational rehabilitation officer in Peoria and Macomb. He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, Canton. He graduated with honors from the University of Illinois in 1942 where he studied agriculture. Robert served in the US Army during WWII from 1942 to 1945. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a memorial service at Friday, January 2nd at 10:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with Rev. Delmar Smith officiating. The family will meet with friends at the funeral home, immediately following the service. Burial of ashes will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Cunningham Home @ 1301 N. Cunningham Ave. Urbana, IL 61802

Norma Mae Fresia

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Norma Mae FresiaFarmington Headline:
Norma Mae Fresia, 86, of Farmington passed away Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 6:00 am at the Farmington Country Manor, Farmington. Born in Peoria, IL on June 1, 1922, the daughter of Fritz (Myrtle) Johnson and Jesse (Harris) Johnson, she married Joseph M. Fresia on August 3, 1940 in Mossville, IL. He died January 2, 2004. Also preceding her in death were her parents, two sons, Fred P. Fresia and Joseph R. Fresia; one grandson; and one brother, Bob Johnson. Surviving are two daughters, Patricia M. (Ralph) Welker of Farmington and Nancy Ramp (Enzo) Francisetti of Ozegna, Italy; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one sister, Betty Kellogg of East Peoria. She first worked at Kersh’s Café in Farmington while attending Browns Business School and then was a secretary at the Commercial National Bank of Peoria, where she retired. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Farmington. There will be a private graveside service on Saturday, December 27th at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date with Rev. Chris Deacon officiating. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Food Pantry or the Farmington Country Manor Employee Fund Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements