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Cleotis "Margie" Malony

 

Cleotis "Margie" Malony, 70, of Herrin, passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 1, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Michael Williams officiating. Burial will be in North Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be from noon to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959 or to St. Francis Care Animal Shelter, 6228 Country Club Road, Murphysboro, IL 62966. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. She was born on September 22, 1945, in Chicago, to James Thomas and Wilma Cleotis (Calvert) McGuire.  Margie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Tammy Anne and Tracy Brust of Herrin; son and daughter-in-law, Michael Jay and Robin Malony of Herrin; grandchildren and their spouses, Kenneth and Gloria Taylor of Marion, Christopher Zimmerman of Herrin, Christopher Malony of Herrin, Andrew Smith of Marion, and Aimee Brust of Herrin; great-grandchildren, Chloe, Cydnee, Logan and Jase; brothers and sister-in-law, Tom and Marsha McGuire of Carterville and Paul "Cabey" Eveland of Marion; and her beloved dog, Izzy.  She is preceded in death by her parents; step father, Vernon Eveland; and grandparents, Herman and Margaret Calvert.  Margie worked as a nurse at the VA Medical Center in Marion for many years and then retired from Helia Health care in Energy in 2009. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Margie enjoyed taking care of her flower garden and her pets, especially her Dachshund dogs.  The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at ARCH, Addus Health Care, and Hospice of Southern Illinois.   

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Lonnie O. Marks

 

Lonnie Owen Marks, 85, of Cambria, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Cambria Christian Church, with Pastor Jeff Wiggs officiating. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 29, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville and then from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday at the church.  Memorial contributions may be to the Cambria Christian Church, P.O. Box 428, Cambria, IL 62915. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Lonnie was born on January 27, 1931, in Franklin County, Illinois, to Albert Lyn and Agnes C. (Pellissero) Marks. He married Joyce Ann White on October 29, 1948, in Marion. She preceded him in death on September 21, 2007. He is survived by his daughters and son-in-law, Pat and Jim Lefler and Cindy Marks, all of Cambria; son, Michael Marks of Carterville; grandchildren and their spouses, Tara and Roger Stanley of Herrin, Tiffany and Jimmy Baldi of Marion, and Christy and Adam Williams of Carterville; great-grandchildren, Sheldon, Trenton, Abby, and Wyatt; and brother, Frank Marks of Royalton. Lonnie was preceded in death by his parents; wife; Tara's son, great-grandson, Caleb; sisters, Doris Tipolt and Leona Morgan; and brothers, Roy, Bert, Nick "Corky", and Jack Marks. He worked as a mine manager at Inland Steel Coal Company in Sesser for more than 20 years. Lonnie was a very active member of the Cambria Christian Church. He served numerous roles including, Sunday school teacher. Lonnie was instrumental in helping build the church. Prior to his involvement with the Christian Church, he was a member of the Cambria First Baptist Church, where he also served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was also very involved in his community. Lonnie was the past Chief and charter member of the Cambria Volunteer Fire Department, Southern Illinois Coal Belt Fire Protection Association, and Cambria Ministerial Alliance, where he served as treasurer. Lonnie was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.

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Tonya Rhae Taylor

Tonya Rhae Taylor, 36, of Carbondale, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Brother Jason Cline officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to her family and will be accepted at the funeral home. Tonya was born on June 23, 1979, in Herrin, to Charles Johnson Jr. and Yevette Rhae Mezo. She married Pearl Daniel Taylor on September 1, 2009, in Carbondale. She is survived by her husband, Pearl Taylor of Carbondale; children, Gabrial "Gabe" Taylor, Destany "Pooh" Smith and William "Will" Ray Smith, all of Carbondale, and Jennifer Elting of Murphysboro; brothers and sister-in-law, Eric and Shannon Gaylean Sr. of Marion and Charles "Bear" Johnson III of Carbondale; sister, Charlene "Charlie" Johnson of Carbondale; mother and step-father, Yevette Johnson and Brad Robison of Carbondale, Illinois; father, Charles Johnson Jr. of Carbondale; grandparents; Louise and Bob Cowan of Cambria; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and her beloved dog, Goober. Tonya was preceded in death by her great-grandparents. Her greatest joy was her family. Tonya showed her adoration for them by giving her family and friends nick-names.  Tonya had quite the green thumb which was evident in her many house plants. Her presence will be missed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alberta Hicks 

 

Carterville - Alberta "MeMe" Hicks, 96, of Carterville, died Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville with Pastor Michael Williams officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m., until 11:00 a.m., on Thursday. Memorial contributions can be made to the Carterville First Christian Church,  Building Fund, 203 Virginia Ave Carterville, IL 62918. Alberta was born on January 15, 1920 in Cambria, to Stella and Bert Jeralds.  She married John Hicks on  March 11, 1938 in Cape Girardeau, MO.  He preceded her in death on November 26, 1955. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband John, son John, and 8 brothers and sisters. Alberta is survived by her daughter Judy Clark of Carterville, and her sister and brother-in-law, Retia and John Watson, of Carterville. She has 3 granddaughters, Carol Ann Short and Travis of Creal Springs. Lisa Ann Owen and Casey, and Samantha Grammer and Bryon of Carterville. 5 great grandchildren, Mary Ann Phillips and Randy, Ian Clark, Tabitha, Garrett, and Jack Grammer, all of Carterville. After her husband, John died in 1955, she went to work at the Carterville State and Savings Bank. She worked there for 35 years.  Alberta has two very "Special names" given to her by 2 very special little girls. Every evening after work she would go to Judy's house to see Carol Ann. She would hold her hands out to Carol Ann and say, "Come to Me, Come to Me" It didn't take long for Carol Ann to figure out her name had to be "MeMe". From then on she has been "MeMe" to Carol Ann, Lisa Ann, Samantha, Mary Ann, Ian, Tabitha, Garrett, and Jack. All of their friends call her "MeMe". It was not uncommon for anyone to come into the bank and say, "Hi MeMe". When the kids were little and went on vacation, they all sent her cards.. The cards were addressed to "MeMe Carterville,  IL". Believe it or not, the cards would get delivered. Frank Hampton was the Postmaster in town and he knew who MeMe was. Retia came to live with John and Alberta after her Mother's death. She was 12 years old. Retia was Judy and John's "Special Sister". They loved her very much. When Retia and Johnny's daughter Maree was born, Aunt Alberta was just too much for a little girl to say, so Maree began calling her "Berta". Along came Pam, she called her Berta too. She is also Berta to Maree and David's daughter, Jessica and their Grandson Dalton and Pam and Joel's children, Clair, Chloe, and Ryan. To all her other nieces and nephews Paula, Linda, Becky, Chris, Ronnie, Carl, Phillip, Chuck, Gary, Glen, Lynn, Jimmy, Shannon, Jeanna, Mike, Davis, Grace, and Nancy she is "Aunt Alberta". Alberta led a very full life. She loved her children and her family and  devoted her life to all of them. Each one of them were very special to her. She will be missed by all of them. 

 

 

 

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Lillian Hock Jackson

 

Lillian Hock Jackson, 91, of West Frankfort, formerly of Cambria, passed away on April 5, 2016, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, surrounded by her family. It was her wishes to be cremated and a celebration of Lillian's life will be held at a later date. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is assisting the family with arrangements. Lillian was born on September 28, 1924, in Bush, Illinois, to Thomas and Eunice (King) Worthen. She is survived by her loving children and their spouses, Pearl and Bart Pierson of Marion, Robert and Linda Hock Jr. of Goreville, Diane Crawford of West Frankfort, Jean and Harold Hubbard of Royalton, and Margo and Bob Nellis of West Frankfort; 20 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 26 great-great grandchildren, with 3 on the way; brother, Lindell Worthen of Ardmore, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews. Lillian was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Hock Sr.; son-in-law, Lavern Crawford; grandsons, Derek and David Williams; great-granddaughter, Abigail Slecka; 3 sisters; and 2 brothers. She worked as a seamstress at both Intuition and Allen Industries until her retirement. Lillian loved her family dearly and left behind a legacy of those to cherish her memory.

 

 

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George D. Hensley

 

George D. Hensley, 81, of Carterville, passed away on Monday, April 4, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, April 8, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Michael Williams officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959 or to Crainville Baptist Church, 806 Marion Street, Carterville, IL 62918. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. George was born on July 30, 1934, in Carterville, to Walter Hedrick and Mary Evelyn (Halstead) Hensley. He married Connie Sue Greer on June 16, 1956, in Crainville. He is survived by his loving wife, Connie Hensley of Carterville; daughters and son-in-law, Diane and Jeff Baine of Carbondale and Dana Gobert of New Orleans; grandchildren, Ross and Lindsey Baine, Alex Baine and Callie Bagwell; great grandson, Carter Baine; sister, Nancy Yewell of Carterville; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. George was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jim W. Hensley; and granddaughter, Connor Megan Fenton. He was a talented carpenter and did construction including siding and building homes. George served as the local handy man. George was a member of the First Baptist Church in Carterville. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. George shared his love of the outdoors at his social hour daily with the folks at the Carterville Boat and Yacht Club.

 

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Maxine Collins

 

S. Maxine Collins, 91, of Carbondale, died Friday, April 1, 2016, at Parkway Manor Nursing Home in Marion. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Tommy Monroe officiating. Burial will be in North Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home. Maxine was born on September 13, 1924, in Williamson County, to Floyd and Bertha (Jackson) Futrell. She married Curtis N. Collins on April 13, 1946, in Williamson County. He preceded her in death on March 25, 2004. She is survived by her loving son and daughter-in-law, Greggory and Denise (Carvey) Collins of Concord, California; granddaughter, Claire and Alan Weer of Concord, California; great-grandson, Dawson Weer; sisters and brother-in-law, Bonnie Mae Thomas of West Frankfort and Lucille and John Oberheu of Jacksonville Beach, Florida; and brother, James Futrell of Carbondale. Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers, Eugene, Charles Thomas and William Futrell. She worked at SIU as a cost accountant then accountant and finally a printing estimator until her retirement. Maxine had attended the Drury Christian Church and Lakeland Baptist Church in Carbondale. She enjoyed playing Canasta and Pinochle.

 

 

 

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Samuel "Sam" Couch

 

Samuel “Sam” Couch, 69, of Benton, formally of Carterville, passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2016. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville Illinois. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral Home. Military rites will be performed at the funeral home immediately following the service. Sam was born January 5, 1947, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Garlin Joe Couch and Hazel Flossie (Chamberlain) Couch. He married Alice Jean Overturf on July 20, 1990, in Williamson County, Illinois. He is survived by his loving wife, Alice Couch of Benton; sons, Marcus Couch and his wife, Barbara of Laguna Beach, California,  Tim Couch and his wife, Christal of Paragould, Arkansas; Mark Overturf and his wife, Kristal of Benton, Illinois; daughter, Gayla Litton and her fiancé, Mark Grant of Herrin; brother, Garlin Couch and his wife, Shirley of Murphysboro, Illinois; grandchildren, Alexander Couch and Ethan Couch; Andrew Leighton, Nikki Litton, Lexie Litton, Bailey Overturf, and Camden Overturf; great-grandchildren, Steven Leighton and Conner Leighton; nephews, Charles Couch and Arthur Couch Jr.; and nieces, Angela Shoop and Sabrina (Couch) White.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Arthur.

He honorably and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. Sam retired from Caterpillar in Oswego, Illinois, after 30 years of service. He also served as a scoutmaster in Oswego with the Boy Scout Troop 36 where he spent many years teaching and mentoring youth. He enjoyed watching late model dirt car races, golfing, and fishing. Sam especially liked to travel with his wife, Alice in their RV, visiting family and friends. Most of all, Sam was a devout family man who loved spending time with his family, particularly his grandchildren. He was a friend to many. He will be missed.







 

 

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Delorse Ann Leeper

 

Delorse Ann Tyner Leeper, 74, of Cambria, passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at Herrin Hospital, following a brief illness, surrounded by those she loved. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, March 13, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. R.H. Chitwood and Pastor Jeff Wiggs officiating. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, March 12, 2016, at the funeral home. If you would like to honor Delorse, please consider making a donation to her two favorite churches, Cambria Christian Church or Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Delorse was born on September 15, 1941, in rural Cambria, known as Eight Mile, to Henry and Demova (Gilkey) Tyner. She has been the devoted, loving wife of Jack D. Leeper since September 15, 1961. She was the loving mother of Julia Leeper (Mark) Pluff of Waterloo, Illinois and Bonnie Leeper (Mark) Evans of Louisville, Kentucky. She was the devoted, loving, super cool, over indulgent Grammy to Sarah and Andrew Pluff and Jacob and Jesse Evans. She was born to be a grandmother. Delorse was preceded in death by her parents; parents-in-law, Jesse and Carmen Leeper; brother, Bill Tyner; sisters and brothers-in-law, Roma and Don Modglin, June and Bob Martin and Lana Sonnier; sister-in-law, Rita Leeper; brothers-in-law, George Leeper and Bob Whitecotton; and nephew, Patrick Tyner. She is survived by her loving husband, children, grandchildren, sisters, Jolene (Derril) Masters and Greta Whitecotton; brothers, Gary (Paula) Tyner and Monty (Monica) Tyner; sisters-in-law, Carol Tyner; brother-in-law, J.C. Leeper. She also leaves behind an enormous number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and great great-nieces and nephews that she loved with all of her heart; and friends too numerous to count, especially the Ethel to her Lucy, Joan Harvel Tregoning. Delorse worked retail most of her life at a variety of places including, J.C. Penny's, Reynold's Market and GTE Phone Mart. She loved to travel, all you had to do was say, "Hey do you want to go to..." and her answer was yes, no matter where you were going. In between untold trips to Branson and the Smokey Mountains, she traveled to England, France, Boston, Florida, Alaska, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Delorse enjoyed reading, shopping and playing on her Kindle. Delorse leaves behind a host of family and friends, some lifelong and some she met only recently, but all will mourn the loss of her generous, open heart and ready smile. She loved with her whole being and to know her truly was to love her. "More....."

 

 

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Linda K. "Mimi" Runge 
 

Linda Kay "Mimi" Runge, 75, of Carterville, peacefully entered into Heaven on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Linda was born on February 7, 1941, in Washington, D.C. She was the second daughter of Chester Leroy Friedman and Mary Katherine McGinely. Linda was raised on the east coast along with her sister, Dorothy May Fugitt. The two shared a lifelong bond spending summers in Atlantic City, Woodland Beach and Seat Pleasant, Maryland, with their grandmother, Rosa Mae Rudolph. They cherished their time together on the beach, and Linda always considered Maryland to be her home. She married Willard Thomas Erskine on August 30, 1958, in Homewood, Alabama. Linda later married Carl Wesley Runge on January 4, 1963, at the First United Methodist Church in Seat Pleasant, Maryland. Having been inspired by her mother's nursing career, Linda attended nursing school at Shawnee College completing her RN degree in 1978. Alongside her daughter, Kathleen Hall, Linda completed her Bachelor's Degree from McKendree University in 1995. Given her passion for helping others, Linda went back to school at the age of 57 to earn her Master's Degree as a Nurse Practitioner. Linda enjoyed a long career in healthcare working at the Carbondale Clinic and Wexford Health. She especially enjoyed working with Dr. Parvis Sanjabi and Dr. Edmundo Sandoval for over 25 years. She also had a deep circle of nursing friends, lovingly referred to as "The Cluckers", whom she shared many dinners and margaritas with at Tres Hombres. Linda loved spending time and vacationing at the beach with her family. She also liked to read, continually learn, travel to Europe and numerous Caribbean islands, and go out east to Maryland. Her favorite holiday was Christmas and she always looked forward to decorating her home for the holiday. Linda made her confirmation in the Methodist Church  and attended the First United Methodist Church in Carterville. In 1996, she decided to join the Catholic Church and had faithfully attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin where she enjoyed fellowship with friends and served as a Eucharistic minister. She is survived by her loving daughters, Melody Lynn Erskine of Carterville, Lisa Marie Maddaleno of St. Louis, Kathleen Runge (Lowell) Hall of Carbondale, and Alanna Dawn Runge of Creve Coeur, Mo.; grandchildren, Kayse Lynn Dixon of Carterville,  Joseph Austin (Ashley) Dixon of Carterville, Cory Lowell Hall of Marion, Laurel Kathleen Hall of Carbondale, and Andrew Wesley Hall of Carbondale; great-grandchildren, Presley Jayde Rogers of Carrier Mills, Addalyn Victoria Underwood of Goreville, John Patrick Franklin of Carterville, Jace William Sizemore of Carterville, and Mariah Blayne Dixon of Carterville; nephews, William Robert Fugitt of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania and David Warren Fugiutt of Harper's Ferry, W.V.; niece, Bridgett Lee (Paul Cerniglia) Fugitt of College Park, Maryland; and a host of friends. Linda was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Dorothy May Fugitt; grandson, Andrew Russell Eckstein; niece, Kimberly Ann Runge; and nephew, John Walter Fugitt III. A memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 12, 2016, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin, with Msgr. Kenneth Schaefer officiating. Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m., Friday, March 11, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville. Her family asks for prayers to honor her lifetime of selfless service to others. In doing so, they additional request memorials be made to her great-grandchildren's educational fund sent in care of Kathleen Hall.  


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Bertha Thompson

Bertha Thompson, 94, of Cambria, passed away on Friday, February 26, 2016, at Marion Rehab & Nursing Center. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. R.H. Chitwood officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Southern Region, 4503 W. DeYoung, Suite 200C, Marion, IL 62959. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Bertha was born on December 6, 1921, in Florence, Alabama, to Felix and Bertha (Rickard) Shelton. She married William Resczenski and he preceded her in death in 1972. Bertha later married Billy A. Thompson and he preceded her in death in 2004. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael "Raz" and Julie Resczenski of Carterville; step-son, Rob Thompson of Carterville; step-daughters, Nita and Mark Dennis of West Frankfort and Rita and Jeff Grace of Royalton; grandchildren, Shane Thompson, Scotty Kell, Sonja Trout, Tommy Kell, Dannielle and Clinton Hestand, Lindsey and Nick Broadway, Dane Thompson, Michael and McKenzie Resczenski, and Abigail Resczenski; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bertha was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; 11 siblings; and daughter-in-law, Peggy Thompson. She worked in the meat department at Kroger for over 30 years where she trained employees. Bertha had attended the First Apostolic Church in Cambria. She was very talented with a needle and thread-from sewing, to quilting and needle point. Bertha took great pride in her home and yard. She enjoyed being outdoors camping and fishing. In her younger years, she would partake in swimming and diving competitions, and remained a prolific swimmer.

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Donald "Donnie" Ogden

 

Donald “Donnie” Paul Ogden, 80, of Carbondale, and formerly of Carterville, passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Ralph Brandon officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m., Monday, February 29, 2016, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family and will be accepted at the funeral home. Donnie was born on December 22, 1935, in Carterville, to Orie and Mamie (Keenum) Ogden. He is survived by his loving daughters and son-in-law, Donnett Ogden of Carbondale and Kim (Scott) Woodward of Murrieta, California; grandchildren, Scott Woodward and Faith Woodward, both of Murrieta, California, Tara Jimenez of Carbondale, Daniel Turnquist (Amanda Hagerty) of Carterville, and Robert (Samantha) Jimenez of Denver; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Emersyn, Jade, and R.J.; brother, Robert Dean Ogden of Seattle; and stepchildren, Randy Thomas and Kathy Thomas, both of Carbondale. Donnie was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James Kenneth Ogden; and sisters, Frances Gelgut, Evelyn Ollar, and Betty Bell. He had owned several businesses over the years including Lake Side Texico, Skelley’s at the Carterville Crossroads and Ogden’s Rentals. Donnie loved adventure and was an accomplished boat racer and barefoot water skier. He enjoyed being outdoors and on the lake in the summers and taking care of his properties.  He was also a car and truck enthusiast. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Donnie’s caregiver, Jessilyn Yacko for all her great help and care.

 

 

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Roberta "Bobbie" Waggoner 


Carterville – Major Roberta "Bobbie" Lin Waggoner, 67, passed away peacefully at 12:30 P.M. on February 25th, 2016, in Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin, Illinois, after a 7 year battle with cancer. Bobbie was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on August 22, 1948, to Harold and Ruth Van Niman. She married Floyd W. "Butch" Waggoner of Elizabethtown, Illinois, on August 18, 1973, at First United Methodist Church in Carbondale, Illinois.  She earned multiple degrees in Spanish and Nursing from Oakland University, SIUC, SEMO, and Graceland College. Bobbie had two children, Matthew (Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force) and Kimberly Anne (Houston, Texas). Like her grandmother and mother before her, she spent 27 years as a nurse. Bobbie spent a majority of her career working at Carbondale Memorial Hospital in the neonatal intensive care unit helping the most fragile of babies get a start at life. Later, she joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, where she rose to the rank of Major. Bobbie served in a variety of medical and administrative units over 16 years. She finished her service at Fort Buchanan in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The greatest joy of Bobbie's life was in the role of grandmother to three wonderful grandsons. As an avid reader, she loved to read bedtime stories to the boys. She was a doting grandmother who enjoyed spoiling her grandsons in every way. Bobbie was known for her love of movies, travel, and books. She could often be found at the local library checking out the latest title. She was an accomplished knitter and cross-stitch artist. Over the years she knitted countless outfits for babies. Additionally her mastery of cross-stitch generated amazing works of art that will be handed down as treasured heirlooms. She is preceded in death by her parents. Bobbie is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Floyd "Butch" Waggoner of Carterville; two children, Matthew and his wife, Christine, of Springfield, Virginia and Kimberly Anne Zeller and her husband, Adam, of Houston, Texas; and three adoring grandsons, Logan Waggoner, Benjamin Zeller, and Zachary Zeller; brother-in-law Russell; sister-in-law, Susan; niece, Monica and Lance Barnes of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; numerous cousins and friends. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 28, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Bob Morwell officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Willowrest Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, February 27, 2016, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the First United Methodist Church of Carterville, Anne West Lindsey District Library, Hospice of Southern Illinois, The V Foundation for Cancer Research, or the Fisher House Foundation which supports injured military and their families. Envelopes will also be available the funeral home.



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Ruth Ann Vincent

Ruth Ann Vincent, 78, of Makanda, passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2016, at her home. A family gathering will be held at a later date. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville assisted the family with arrangements. She was born on November 13, 1937, in Fidlay, Ohio, to Ruben and Ruth Geniveve (Butler) Morgart. Ruth leaves behind numerous family and friends to cherish her memory.

 

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Jessie F. Perry 


 

Jessie Frances Perry, 90, of Cambria, formerly of Crown Hill and Gallagher, West Virginia, passed away on Friday, February 5, 2016, at home, with her daughter by her side. Her wishes were to be cremated and a gathering will be held at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens in Glasgow, West Virginia at a later date. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. Jessie was born on February 12, 1925, in Isban, West Virginia, to Willie “Bill” and Betty Elva (Herndon) Hillyer. She married Ernest Garrison with whom she had two children, Michael David and Mary. Jessie then married John Baldridge and later Vernon Perry on March 18, 1963. Vernon preceded her in death on January 11, 1985. Left to cherish her memory are her loving children, Michael David (Janie V.) Garrison of Gallagher, W.V. and Mary Lee Elva Brasel of Cambria; daughter-in-law, Joyce Hillyer of Parma, Ohio; sisters, Billie Jean Seacrist of Gallagher, W.V. and Doris June (Hubert) O’Dell of Smithers, W.V.; brothers, John William (Donna) Hillyer of Salem, Oregon, Benny (Lisa) Hillyer of Alliance, N.E., Charles Freddie (Hillyer) Menefee of Hitchins, Kentucky, and Luther “Hawk” Jefferies; grandchildren, Kevin (Pamela) Brasel of Creal Springs, William (Melinda) Brasel of Cambria, Michael (Susan) Garrison Jr. of Gallagher, W.V., Karl (Candy) Hillyer of Mt. Vernon, Charles (Tammy) Hillyer of Lancaster, Ohio, Michael Hillyer of Parma, Ohio, Jessica F. Brasel of Cambria, Tina L. (Roy) Williams of Chelyan, W.V., and Debbie Hillyer; great-grandchildren, Garrett S. Brasel of Cambria, Eric T. Brasel of Creal Springs, Brock (Miranda) Brasel of Cambria, Michael D. Garrison III and Christopher Garrison, both of Gallagher, W.V., Michael Hillyer Jr. of Parma, Ohio, Zachary Hillyer of Amherst, Ohio, Rachael D. (Chris) Reed of Gurnee, Ill., Kirstin L. Butts of Chelyan, W.V., Heather (Johnny Khoshaba) Brasel of Mt. Vernon, Melissa Garcia of Creal Springs, Summer Hillyer and Justine Hillyer, both of Amherst, Ohio, and Alysa Cielo; great-great grandchildren, Nathan Garcia, Matthew Garcia, Alissa Garcia, Dominick Khoshaba, Adrian Khoshaba, Julian Cielo, Mallaki Brasel, twins, Brantley Butts and Megan Butts; her beloved canine companion, Mimi; and numerous other relatives. Jessie was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; son, Carl “Skippy” Hillyer; brothers; sisters; and best friend, Velma Gibson. She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and spending time with family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lana K. Smith 


Lana K. Smith, 63, of Cambria, formerly of Carterville, passed away on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at Helia Healthcare of Energy. Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, February 27, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Michael Williams. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Lana was born on December 29, 1952, in Cairo, to Harold Dean and Ruth C. (Dulaney) Smith. She will be deeply missed by her brothers and sister-in-law, Jerry D. Smith and Kevin and Lisa Smith, all of Marion; and niece and nephew, Cayenne Smith of Carterville and Orion and Laci Smith of Dixon. Lana was preceded in death by her parents. She was crowned the Carterville Free Fair Queen and graduated from Carterville High School in 1971. Lana had worked at Norge for several years. She spent the next 11 years in the coal mines, mining for Consolidated Coal at Burning Star #5 in DeSoto. She was a member of the UMWA. Lana was a talented woodworker and had been an avid rock hunter since childhood.

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Julia James 


Julia Ann James, 79, of Carterville, passed away February 17, 2016, at home, surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday February 20, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Bob Wynn officiating. Burial will be in Tamaroa City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Julia was born on December 30, 1936, in DuBois, Illinois, to Herman F. and Alfie E. (Adams) Chapman. She is survived by her loving daughter, Mitzi Moore and her fiancé, Mark Poore of Carterville; best friend, Al Jabr of Carterville; grandchildren and their spouses, Misty and J.P. Mowrer and Shane and Stephanie Moore, all of Carterville, and Ryan and Patricia Moore of Carbondale; great-grandchildren, Owen and Lilah Mowrer, Erin, Kara, Jackson, Skylar, Eislee, and Reagan Moore; daughter-in-law, Tanya Moore of DeSoto; sisters, Vera Bigham of Pinckneyville and Phyllis Woodside of Tamaroa; brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Louise Chapman of Tamaroa, Larry and Rosemary Chapman of New Caney, Texas, Richard Chapman of Golconda, and Roger Chapman of New Caney, Texas; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and her faithful companion, Taco. Julia was preceded in death by her parents and son, Michael Moore. She owned and operated C & J Enterprises in Carterville for more than 30 years. Julia was a member of the First Baptist Church in Carterville. She was also a member of the Who’s Who Women in Business where she was honored with several awards. Julia was the top 100 dealers for U-Haul out of the 15,000 dealers in the U.S. and Canada. Julia was very active in donating to various charitable organizations over the years. She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed crocheting.

 

 

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Bruce Groll

 

Bruce Lee Groll, 75, of Carterville and formerly of Dwight, passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his wife and daughters. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 19, 2016, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin, with Msgr. Kenneth Schaefer officiating. Burial will be in San Carlo Cemetery in Herrin. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, February 18, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville. Memorial contributions may be made to the OLMC School Fund or to the Band Boosters at Carterville High School. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Bruce was born on March 24, 1940, in Streator, Illinois, to Ralph H. and Margaret (Sember) Groll. On January 13, 1962, he married Ruth Ann Rusterholz in Dwight, Illinois. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Ruth Ann Groll of Carterville; daughters and sons-in-law, Suzanne and Rex Reynolds of Carbondale, Shelley and John Stone of Herrin and Jennifer and Gary Hanley Jr. of Carterville; the lights of his life-his grandchildren, Lindsay and Dave Tolcou, Sarah Reynolds, Tiffany Stone, Robert Stone, Elicia Hanley, Megan Stone, and Emilie Hanley; great-grandchildren, Meyer, Cooper and Piper Tolcou; brother and sister-in-law, John and Kathy Groll of Dwight; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Joyce and Richard Fox of Emington, Illinois; many nieces and nephews; a host of friends; and his beloved dog, Derby. Bruce was preceded in death by his parents. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. He also attended the Randy Potter School for Piano Tuning and Repair Course in Bend, Oregon. Bruce had a passion for music and teaching. He retired in 1994, after 32 years of dedication to teaching music at Carterville High School where he also served as the Band Director. His musical talents and accomplishments didn’t stop in the classroom. Bruce spent countless hours giving many music lessons. Retirement didn’t slow Bruce down. He spent his time keeping pianos in tune with Groll’s Piano Service. He was a faithful member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin. Bruce was also a member of the Carbondale Elks, the Piano Technicians Guild, John A. Logan Community Band, Independent Silver Band, and the Illinois Retired Teachers Association. His love of music was prevalent throughout his life. He was in various rock and pop bands over the years including Starship Enterprise and FUBAR. However, the greatest joy of Bruce’s life was his family, especially his grandkids.  

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Raymond F. Wehrs

 

Raymond F. Wehrs Jr., 77, of Luquillo, Puerto Rico, formerly of Lake Villa, Schaumburg, and Carterville, passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2016, in Puerto Rico. He was born December 11, 1938, in Chicago, the son of the late Raymond Sr. and Florence (Halloran) Wehrs. On August 12, 1960, he married Patricia McGrath in McHenry, Illinois. Ray and his wife, Patricia, lived in Chicago, Lake Villa, and Schaumburg, before settling in Luquillo in 1999. Ray proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 until 1960 as an Electricians Mate 2nd Class, Sharpshooter, and Gunner. Before his retirement in 1993, Ray had worked as a member of the Architectural and Ornamental Iron Workers Local #63 for 45 years. He was a card carrying member of the Operating Engineers Union, and had worked for Schmitt Ironworks in Schaumburg for many years. Following his work with Schmitt Ironworks, Ray owned and operated Precision Design and Construction Company, specializing in ornamental iron and high-rise elevator construction. Ray was an adventurer in every sense of the word. He held a multi-engine, commercial and instrument pilot’s licenses, was a Boat Captain and had a nautical towing license which he used to boat from Lake Michigan to Puerto Rico several times. He enjoyed elk, deer, goose, and pheasant hunting; raising and training German Shorthair dogs, and had served as President of his Condominium Association in Puerto Rico. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Patricia Wehrs; children, Raymond III (Michele) of Sammamish, Wash., Dawne (Jordan) Weisman of Bellevue, Wash., and Ronald (Allison) of Hampshire, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Nicole, Ashley, Zachary, Nathan, Lucas, Amy, and Kara; five siblings, Audrye Woller of Schaumburg, William Wehrs of Johnsburg, Ill., Rev. John (Shirley) Wehrs of California, Maureen Wehrs of Fox Lake, Ill., and Karen (John) O’Brien of Jefferson Valley, N.Y.; his faithful companion Shorty; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Mary “Babbie” Halloran, and a sister-in-law Barbara McGrath. Graveside services with military rites will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 19, 2016, in Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville, with Rev. Richard Reed officiating. Memorial contributions are the suggested form of remembrance and may be made to the Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation, M/S S-200, PO Box 5371, Seattle, WA 98145-5005. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of local arrangements.

 

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Mark Warren Skaggs 

 

Mark Warren Skaggs, 61, of Carterville and formerly of Harrisburg, passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2016, at his home. Mark, owner of POSTERWORLD, enjoyed his business. He loved music, movies and books. An ardent supporter of the SIU Salukis, the St. Louis Rams, and the Cardinals, he attended many games. Mark was born on November 5, 1954, in St. Louis, to the late Walter Morris and Zelda Kathleen (Grigsby) Skaggs. He is sadly missed by his brother and sister-in-law, John Morris Skaggs and Ann Taylor of Vienna; nieces, Jennifer Marie (Skaggs) Becker, Megan Rose Skaggs, Lisa Kay (Taylor) Johnson, and Tammy (Taylor) Minton; nephews, William Ray Taylor and Nathan Isaac Taylor. Other members of his extended family include: Kristen Elizabeth Becker, Jennifer, Nicole, Misty, and Samantha Johnson, and Charles L.W. Skaggs. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 20, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Michael Williams officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to “Caring for Kids”, sent in care of, Harrisburg First United Methodist Church, 122 W. Poplar Street, Harrisburg, IL 62946. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Russell Gann

 

Russell Gann, 58, of Carterville, passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 18, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Jason McKinnies officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 2:00 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home. A private burial will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the BJC Transplant Services, sent in care of, The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, 1001 Highlands Plaza Drive West, Suite 140, St. Louis, MO 63110-1337. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Russell was born on February 17, 1957, in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, to Vardman Junior Gann and Dessie Rea (Creed) Gann. He married Sherry Summers on October 7, 1978, in Decatur, Illinois. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Sherry Gann of Carterville; daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Adam Congiardo of Carterville; son, Justin Gann of Decatur; brother, Rodger Gann of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; father-in-law, Robert A. Summers of Decatur; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Chuck Volz of St. Louis; grandchildren, Sydne and Mia Congiardo; sister-in-law, Donna Gann of Lexington, Kentucky; and a host of friends. Russell was preceded in death by his parents; half-brother, Travis Kennedy; and mother-in-law, Lois Jean Summers. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Army. Russell was a heating and air technician with D & C for over 10 years. He was a faithful member of the Southern Illinois Worship Center. Russell enjoyed skeet shooting, cooking, and taking great pride in his home. He had a servant’s heart and would go out of his way to help someone in need. Russell was affectionately known as “Papa” by his grandbabies, the joys of his life.


 

 

 

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Carmen Elders

 

Carmen Elders, 85, of Carterville, passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at St. Joseph Hospital in St. Charles, Missouri. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Bob Morwell officiating. Burial will be in North Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 301 Pine Street, Carterville, IL 62918. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Carmen was born on November 6, 1930, in Rushville, Illinois, to Sterling Dwight and Mildred (Gaut) Coffey. On November 21, 1952, she married William “Bill” Lewis Elders. Together they shared 63 wonderful years. She is survived by her loving husband, Bill Elders of St. Charles, Mo.; daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Jim Williams of St. Charles, Mo.; son, Patric Elders of Liberty, Texas; daughter-in-law, Kathy Elders of Carterville; brother and sister-in-law, Roland and Joan Coffey of Akron, Ohio; grandchildren and their spouses, Dylan and Julie Elders of Greenville, Illinois, Matt Elders of Carterville, and Ethan and Becca Elders of Mt. Vernon; great-grandchildren, Morgan, Grant, Caroline, and Elly; niece, Ann and George Browning of Houston, Texas; special great-nieces, Jessica and Jake Corindia and Jennifer Browning, and several other nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Carmen was preceded in death by her parents; son, Sterling Elders; sisters, Imogene Jones and Edna “Birdie” Coffey; and brothers, Charles and William Coffey. She worked at Smoler Brothers for 11 years. Carmen then served as a cook for Carterville Unit #5 for 21 years. Carmen was an active member of her community and involved with numerous organizations. She was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Carterville.  She shared her patriotism with her role on the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary. Carmen was honored with the Silver Fawn award for her service with the Boy Scouts of America. She volunteered her time to deliver Meals on Wheels. Carmen was fondly known as the “bread lady” as she shared her talents of baking friendship bread with the community. She also enjoyed painting. Her everyday presence will be greatly missed.

 


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Jerry Siebert 

 

Jerry Siebert, 62, of Carterville, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2016, at his home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, nephew, and uncle whom will be greatly missed. Jerry was born on July 8, 1953, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Harold and Jacqueline Siebert.  Jerry married the love of his life, Sandra Shadley, on March 29, 1986.  They enjoyed 30 wonderful years together.  She survives him. His career consisted of 35 years in management, most recently at Hardees and Panera Bread in southern Illinois. Jerry was a kind and gentle soul who never met a stranger.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and was known throughout his life for bestowing affectionate nicknames on family, friends and coworkers. He was a sports enthusiast, a lifelong fan of the Cardinals, Blues and NASCAR.  He excelled in basketball and soccer in high school and college.  He enjoyed bowling, golf, and reading, but mostly spending time with his family. He was a member of S. I. Worship Center. He is also survived by his sons; Jason Siebert of Newport News, Va. and Brian Siebert of Mount Vernon, Ill.; daughter, Lisa Siebert of Morgan City, La.; grandchildren, Michaela Siebert of Angier, N.C, Bri Siebert and Gage Siebert, both at home; mother, Jacqueline Siebert of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; brothers, Butch Siebert, Rich (Denise) Siebert, Tom (DeeDee) Siebert, Andy (Mary) Siebert, Bob (Lori) Siebert, David (Theresa) Siebert, Scott (Diane) Siebert; sisters, Barb (Keith) Schwartz, Lorrie (Matt) Schwartz, Judy (John) Hoffmeister, and Amy (Bryan) Young; brother- in-law, Eric (Brenda) Shadley; sisters-in-law, Debbie (Bruce) Deopere and Vickie (Jim) Shadley-Lovell; many nieces and nephews; beloved pets, Maggie and Roxie; and a host of friends. Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Harold W. Siebert; mother and father-in-law, Glen and Barbara Shadley; and daughter-in-law, Kristy Dawn Siebert. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Kerry Cox officiating. Burial will be in Willowrest Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Care Animal Rescue, 6228 Country Club Road, Murphysboro, IL 62966 or to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Donna Ruth Meier

 

Donna Ruth Meier, 73, of Carterville, passed away on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at her home, surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 6, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Donnie Colson officiating. Burial will be in Busby Cemetery in Goreville. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Friday, February 5, 2016, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Care Animal Rescue, 6228 Country Club Road, Murphysboro, Illinois 62966. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Donna was born on September 7, 1942, in Herrin, to William Franklin and Bertie (Ollis) Riggs. She is survived by her loving daughters and son-in-law, Natalie Floyd of Herrin and LaVona and Jeff Carpenter of Noble, Illinois; son, Terry Essary of Chester; grandchildren, Travis Phillip Floyd Jr. and Branae Nicole Floyd, both of Collierville, Tennessee, and Alayna Marie Essary of Chester; special nieces and nephews, Jim Riggs, Dave Riggs, Danny Riggs, Beverly Ellis, and Shane Riggs; numerous cousins but especially Pat Riggs, who was also her neighbor; and her beloved dog, Ginger. Donna was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Brandi Floyd; brothers, Ernest, Bill and Earl Riggs; sisters, Geri Schneider and Opal Danielson; and nephew, Tom Riggs. She worked for the State of Illinois Rehabilitation Department in Carbondale for over 30 years. Donna had a servant’s heart and loved giving of herself and time to others in need. She supported various ministries in the area. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku, perusing Flea markets, and gardening. Her family was the joy of her life. Donna’s everyday presence will be greatly missed.

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Lawrence Wortham

 

 

Lawrence Wortham, 89, of Cambria, passed away on Monday, February 1, 2016, at Herrin Hospital.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 5, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Jeff Wiggs officiating. Burial will be in Herrin City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cambria Food Pantry, P.O. Box 88, Cambria, IL 62915. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Lawrence was born on December 4, 1926, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, to Harry Garner and Wortha Golden (Smith) Wortham. He is survived by his brother, Robert Wortham of Carterville; numerous nieces and nephews, especially nephew, Keith and Tina Wortham of Stewardson, Illinois; and several cousins and friends. Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Lillian Ruth Corgan. He worked for various factories over the years in quality control. Lawrence was a member of the First Christian Church of Cambria. He liked watching television, particularly Westerns, studying technical books and building electronics. Lawrence enjoyed photography.



 

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Bill Venable

 

Bill Venable, 80, of Carterville, peacefully went to be with his Lord on Friday, January 29, 2016, at Herrin Hospital, surrounded by his family. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 4, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Revs. Ralph Brandon and Donnie Colson officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at the funeral home. The family suggests that you express your condolences by contributing to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Gateway Chapter, 1972 Innerbelt Business Center, St. Louis, MO 63114 or to the All In, All the Time Foundation which benefits the needs of Naval Special Warfare families via aiatt.org. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Bill was born on March 31, 1935, in Carbondale, to Earl and Bernice (Boren) Venable. On December 25, 1953, he married Sharon Storme, in Corinth, Mississippi. Together they have shared 62 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Sharon Venable of Carterville; children, Brinson (Barbara) Venable of Herrin, Sharyl Venable Melvin of Carterville and Brooks (Kelly) Venable of Carterville; sister and brother-in-law, Cora (Myron) Taylor of Carterville; brother-in-law, Tom Armstrong of Carterville; sisters-in-law, LaDonna Waldron of Herrin and Wanda Storme Whitney of Carterville; grandchildren, Amber Watson Capone (Marcus), Courtney Swain, Kaci Venable, Kaley Venable (fiancé, Daniel Feldman), Joseph Venable, Alyssa Venable, Dalton Pasley, Rachel Venable, and Kennedy Pasley; great-grandchildren, Caden Capone, Maggie Capone, Chloe Swain, Claire Swain, Hallie Romero, and Lilliana Plumley; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Jane Armstrong; and in-laws, Ras and Toots Storme; and brothers-in-law, Rev. Don Moon, Kenny Storme and Elvis Waldron. Bill taught Math and Physics from 1956 to 1971 at high schools in Carterville, Herrin and Marion. He earned his B.S., M.A. and PhD in molecular science from SIU where he taught from 1976 to 1981. After retiring from teaching, he owned and operated B.V.’s BBQ in Carterville, built houses and developed Venable Oaks subdivision from the family farm. History and music were some of Bill’s passions. During WWII, five of his Boren uncles became commissioned officers in the Navy and Air Force. Three uncles died while serving their country, one was a prisoner of war, and his uncle, Lt. Commander Clinton Boren, died an early death as a result of war related injuries. The lives and deaths of those brave men made a lasting impact on Bill. As a result, he was often asked to sing at patriotic events in Carterville. He also shared his musical talents with many area churches, serving as music director, concluding with 14 years of service at Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Carterville. Bill also worked on the family farm, the Oaklawn Dairy, where he milked the cows every day, twice a day throughout Junior and Senior High School. He was a noted athlete in the early 50’s, playing varsity quarterback as a freshman as well as a starting guard on the basketball team. In addition to his education from SIU, Bill and his family spent many summers at college institutes around the country including Washington, South Carolina, Wyoming, and Rhode Island. Bill loved classical music and enjoyed collecting countless albums and CD’s. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports and spending time with family. Most important of all was his relationship with the Lord and the Godly example of humility; a kind and giving spirit that defined his life.


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Crandle Groves

 

William Crandle Groves, 75, of Carbondale, passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2016, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Brother Merle Macke officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Crandle was born September 6, 1940, in Carbondale, to Jesse Logan and Elsie Pauline (Nance) Groves. He married Carol Irene Cox on April 13, 1962, in Williamson County. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Carol Groves of Carbondale; daughter and son-in-law, Candace and Ken Molta of Micco, Fla.; grandchildren and their spouses, Adam Groves of Lajitas, Tex., Joshua Groves of Carbondale, Amber and Jeff Barringer of Columbia, Mo., and Megan and Elias Lucas of Columbia, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Warrick Groves, Jocelyn Lucas, Olive Lucas, and Logan Barringer; daughter-in-law, Jackie Groves of Carbondale; sisters and brother-in-law, Patty Crowe and Sherri and Brian Hargis, all of Christopher; brother, Troy Groves of Johnston City; and several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Crandle was preceded in death by his parents and son, William Christopher Groves. He honorably served our country in the Army National Guard for many years. He worked for 25 years as a Central Office Technician for both GTE and Continental, before retiring in 1996 from Verizon. Crandle enjoyed working with his hands-whether it was fishing or assembling model airplanes. He was fondly known as “Mr. Fix It”. His greatest joy came from spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He also volunteered his time with the Boy Scouts where he served as Assistant Scout Leader in St. Elmo, Illinois.

  

 

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Hilda Frances Dover-Gibson 


Hilda Frances Dover Gibson, 89, of Herrin, passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2016, at Shawnee Christian Nursing Home in Herrin. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 14, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Ralph Brandon officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 2:00 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Herrin Public Library, 120 N. 13th Street, Herrin, IL 62948. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Hilda was born on June 10, 1926, in Cobden, to Luther and Susan Dixon.  She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Cherill Bequette of Springfield, Teresa Patterson of Johnston City and Julia and Leo Moore of Herrin; sons and daughters-in-law, James and Marsha Dover of San Jose, Ill., Michael and Donna Dover of Plumfield, Ill., John and Melissa Gibson of Zeigler, and Mark and Kathy Gibson of Herrin; twenty-four grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Hilda was preceded in death by her parents; 3 husbands; sons, Jerald and Daniel Dover; grandsons, Keith and Rodney Dover; and great-granddaughter, McKensey Dover.  Hilda worked as a secretary for the Marion Civic Center for over 20 years.  She was of the Pentecostal faith. Hilda had a great love of reading. She faithfully read and listened to her Bible daily. She was talented with her hands and spent many hours quilting, knitting and sewing items for her family and friends. She had quite the green thumb and liked to tend to her flower garden. Her greatest joy was being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her presence will be missed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Southern Obituaries

2016 ARCHIVES
January
01/01 - Ronald "Bear" Lee
01/03 - Richard A. Lyon 
01/10 - Hilda Frances Dover-Gibson 
01/17 - Crandle Groves
01/28 - Mark Warren Skaggs 
01/29 - Bill Venable 

July

  

February

02/01 - Lawrence Wortham

02/02 - Donna Ruth Meier 

02/05 - Jessie Perry 

02/06 - Jerry Siebert

02/07 - Raymond F. Wehrs 

02/09 - Carmen Elders

02/13 - Russell Gann 

02/16 - Lana K. Smith 

02/14 - Bruce Groll

02/17 - Julia James 

02/24 - Donald Ogden

02/25 - Roberta "Bobbie" Waggoner

02/26 - Bertha Thompson 

 

 

 

August

 
 
 

March

03/05 - Linda K. Runge 

03/05 - Samuel "Sam" Couch 

03/10 - Delorse Ann Leeper 

September

 

April

04/01 - Maxine Collins 

04/04 - George D. Hensley 

04/05 - Lillian Hock Jackson

04/17 - Alberta Hicks

04/23 - Tonya Rhae Taylor 

04/27 - Lonnie O. Marks 

04/28 - Cleotis "Margie" Malony 

 

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