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Please note: obituaries will be posted when arrangements are complete and they will remain online for 30 days. For obituaries older than 30 days, please contact us at rigginfh@hotmail.com. Please include in the subject line, Obituary or Geneaology Request.


Mary E. Treece 


Mary E. Treece, 90, of Neshanic Station, New Jersey and formerly of Carterville, passed away on Monday, June 22, 2015, at M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center in Canandaigua, New York. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 27, 2015, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Val Treece officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2015, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hunterdon Christian Church, 71 Summer Road, Flemington, N.J. 08822. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Mary was born on November 27, 1924, in Carterville, to Walter and Mary (Tregoning) Scott. She married James H. Treece on August 8, 1942, in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He preceded her in death on September 11, 2007. She is survived by her loving daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia Ann and Charles LeClear of Canandaigua, N.Y., Barbara Jo Siress of Neshanic Station, N. J. and Cheryl Jean and Robert Pott of Canandaigua, N.Y.; grandchildren, David Siress, Christy Siress-Kahler, Kelly Bissette, Kristen LeClear, Sarah Pott, Elizabeth Pott and Emily Pott; and great-grandchildren, Jordan Siress, Nathaniel Siress, and Katherine Siress; and several nieces and nephews.  Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Earl Scott, Gene Scott, Frank Scott, William Scott, George Scott, and Donald Scott; and sisters, Margaret Young, Mildred Scott, and Katherine Rosenberger. She worked for many years as an administrative assistant at the University of Illinois Extension Service and as a secretary for the First Christian Church of Chicago.  Mary was a past member of the First Christian Church in Carterville, First Christian Church of Chicago, Parkway Christian Church in Sarasota and Hunterdon Christian Church in Flemington, N.J.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling, sewing, baking and cooking.  She was a joy to all and will be sadly missed but is now happily reunited with her heavenly family.






Jack Varner 


Henry "Jack" Varner, 81, of Cambria, passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at Herrin Hospital. Private family services will be held at Hinchcliffe Cemetery in Cambria. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. Jack was born on May 18, 1934, in Jackson County, Illinois, to Woodrow and Sadie Viola (Perrigan) Varner. He married Donna Ward on June 1, 1957, in Carterville and together they shared 58 years together. He is survived by his loving wife, Donna Varner, of Cambria; daughters and sons-in-law, Teal and Darwin Harvel of Valdosta, Ga. and Tina and Merlin Oetken of Cloverdale, Ind.; grandchildren and their spouses, Eleasha and James Milicevic of Tallahassee, Fla., Mitchell and Ashley Oetken of Ventura, Calif. and Mariah Oetken of Cloverdale, Ind.; great-granddaughter, Scarlett Milicevic of Tallahassee, Fla.; brother and sister-in-law, Norman and Alta Varner of Murphysboro; and sister, Frances Lewis of Murphysboro. Jack was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Shivahn Oetken; and sister, Louise Gibbs. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Huntsville, Alabama, where he instructed NATO troops. Jack retired after more than twenty years of service as the electrical maintenance trouble shooter at the Southern Illinoisan. He had attended the Bible Baptist Church in Carterville and was a member of the Fairview Christian Church. Jack enjoyed woodworking, operating his HAM radio and tending to his garden.




Kevin Belt 


Richard Kevin Belt was pronounced dead at his home in Chicago, Illinois on Friday, June 12, 2015.  Kevin was born at Mercy Hospital in Urbana, Illinois on January 27, 1965. He attended grade school in St. Joseph, IL and Roscoe, IL where be became involved with music and joined the Boy Scouts of America where he later earned the Eagle Scout badge. He attended Boylan Central Catholic High School in Rockford, Illinois.  He was an outstanding student gradating as a National Merit Scholar. He was a member of the key club, Swim Team, Golf Team, Jazz band, marching band, and Chess Club. He attended law school at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where he earned a Jurist Doctorate degree. He was most recently living in Chicago, Illinois.  Kevin enjoyed playing golf and was an avid car enthusiast.  Kevin leaves to mourn his father, Richard Henry Belt, of Bull Shoals, Ark.; his mother Jean Humm Belt, of Champaign, Ill.; a brother, Kent Adrian Belt of Theresa, Wisc.; an aunt, Virginia Scott of Murphysboro, Ill.; an uncle, Thomas Douglas of Rural Route Golconda, Ill.; cousins and many friends.  He was preceded in death by his fraternal grandparents Adrian & Opal Belt, and maternal grandparents Carl & Cora Humm.  A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 18, 2015, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Elizabethtown, with Fr. Abraham Adejoh officiating. Burial will be at Cave Hill Cemetery in Cave-in -Rock. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., Thursday, at the church. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 425 South Woods Mill Road, Suite 110, Town & Country, MO 63017.



Patsy "Pat" Wilson 

Patsy “Pat” Wilson, 80, of Ballwin, Missouri, and formerly of Dowell, Illinois, died Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Delmar Gardens West in Town and Country, Missouri. Private services were held with reflections by the Rev. Ron Keller and her family. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dowell Baptist Church, 24452 US-51, Dowell, IL 62927. Pat was born on August 15, 1934, in Dowell, to Alva and Mattye (Doolin) Emery.  She married Thomas Max Wilson on April 10, 1954, in Spokane, Washington.  Tom preceded her in death on April 26, 2015.  Pat is also preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law Jerry Thornton.  She is survived by a sister, Lola Grace Thornton of Elkart, Indiana and brother, Thomas Allen Emery (wife Launa) of Petersburg, Illinois.  Pat also leaves behind her nephews and nieces, Kim Thornton, Chris Thornton, Julie Emery Alderman, Curt Emery and Laura Emery Davis.  Pat graduated with the Elkville High School Class of 1952.  She held several jobs in her youth, but spent the majority of her life as a homemaker.  The care and companionship of her husband was her first priority.  Pat and Tom were devoted to one another throughout their lives.  The two were rarely apart and enjoyed ballroom dancing, playing tennis and spending time with friends and family. The St. Louis Cardinals were dear to Pat.  She called the team members “My Boys” and loved to attend games and watch them on television. Her closest friend was a Cubs fan, but she liked her anyway.  They enjoyed a friendly rivalry over the years and as Pat would say “Go Cards!” During the last few weeks of her life Pat shared many wonderful memories of time spent with her family.  In particular she mentioned that she felt a very close bond with her father who nicknamed her “Handlebar Hank” for her athletic ability.  It was clear that Pat also loved her mother.  She talked about vacations and holidays that they spent together.  She remembered being a childhood protector to both her sister and brother. Pat will be remembered for her laugh and wonderful sense of humor.  She showed inner strength during difficult times and exited this world with the kind of grace and dignity that should serve as an example to the rest of us. Despite their grief at losing both Tom and Pat, the family takes comfort in the fact that they are dancing, playing tennis and cheering the Cards from heaven.  They were very generous, kind and wise people who leave behind a legacy of love to be passed down through the generations.





Marilyn Kay Peters

Marilyn Kay (Herzog) Peters, 60, of Owatonna, Minnesota, and formerly of Herrin, departed this world for Heaven 6:00 p.m., Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the St. Mary's Campus of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Graveside services will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday, June 5, 2015 at Blairsville Cemetery with Rev. Ralph Brandon officiating. Marilyn was born on Aug. 28, 1954, in Herrin, where she grew up to Robert Ernest and Virginia Lee (Bailey) Herzog. She married Henry Peters and he preceded her in death. She is survived by her mother and step father, Virginia and Frank Mezo of Herrin; three sisters, Rosemary Johnson of Marion, Terry Herzog of Herrin, and Debbie O'Dell of Hurst; brother, Frank Mezo of Harrisburg; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles. She was preceded in death by her father and husband. She was a graduate of Herrin High School but lived most of her life in Minnesota with her beloved husband Henry. Marilyn was only ill for a short time and knew she was loved by God. She went without hesitation into his loving arms. Her family celebrates the fact that she is now in Heaven and thankful for all the prayers on her behalf.  Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. 


Michael Wayne Walters


Michael Wayne Walters, 63, of Carterville, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at his home in Carterville.  Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Willowrest Cemetery in Carterville with Pastor Kyle Smith officiating.   Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, Southern Region, 4503 West DeYoung, Marion, IL 62959 or to the American Diabetes Association, St. Louis MO Office, 425 S. Woods Mill Road, Suite 110, Town & Country, MO 63017.  Mike was born on December 17, 1951, in Carbondale, to Ernest Edward “Red” and Carmen Loretta (Snyder) Walters.  He married Gail Lynn Moulton on July 19, 1975, in Carterville.  He is survived by his wife, Gail Walters of Carterville; daughters and son-in-law, Kelli Walters of Washington, DC and Kimberly and Fritz Coffey of Carterville; son, Ryan Walters of Carterville; grandson, Archer Coffey of Carterville. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Edward.  Mike was an Locomotive Engineer for Illinois Central Railroad and Canadian Railroad for over forty years.  He was a member of the Victory Baptist Church in Carterville.  Mike enjoyed NASCAR and Drag Racing and raced at the I-57 Drag Strip.  Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. 




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01/22 - Mary Ann Brooks
01/22 - Chuck Broadway 
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02/10 - Patty Petty

02/10 - Kenneth Ray Winget

02/16 - Zoe Ann Lightfoot

02/17 - Erna J. Lindsey 

02/18 - Marianna Intravaia 

02/26 - Lance Allan Priddy

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03/05 - Earl E. Allen

03/10 - Donald "Donut" Morgan 

03/14 - Gerald "George" Snyder 

03/18 - Richard Flom 

03/24 - Doris Stoner

03/28 - Mary Alice Watkins 

03/31 - Barbara Ann Lewis 




04/02 - Betty Beckmann

04/03 - Linda Janes Thompson

04/07 - Jean Ellen Reynolds

04/10 - Clifford Ray Kelley 

04/13 - Claudette Harris 

04/26 - Thomas "Tom" Max Wilson

04/30 - Jeanne Corbell 





05/03 - Rachel Ann Rowatt
05/03 - Ruth Drew 
05/11 - Eugene Baldwin
05/21 - Marilyn Kay Peters
05/24 - Michael Walters 




06/04 -  Patsy "Pat" Wilson

06/04 - Robert Leon Biggs

06/12 - Kevin Belt 

06/16 - Jack Varner 

06/22 - Mary E. Treece