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Ruth Drew, 95, of Carterville, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2015, at Shawnee Christian Nursing
Center in Herrin. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m.,
Friday, May 8, 2015, at Egyptian Memorial Gardens in Energy, with the Rev. Orien Drew officiating. Riggin-Pillatsch &
Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carterville Cares Account, sent in care of Carterville
Unit 5 District, 306 Virginia, Carterville, IL 62918. Carterville Cares Account is a fund established to help students K-12
in need. Ruth
was born on September 29, 1919, in Cobden, to Terry and Ada Agnes (Felts) Younkin. She was united in marriage to the Rev.
Leon Drew and he preceded her in death on May 5, 1999. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Orien and Melanie (Little) Drew of Bradenton,
Fla.; grandchildren, Garrett and Carmen Drew and Courtney Drew; brothers and sisters-in-law, LeRoy and Frances Younkin of
Herrin and Loyd Lavern Younkin of Marion; great-grandchildren, Savana Claire Drew, Arianna Michelle Drew and Ciena Grace Umstetter;
special nephew, Terry Younkin and his wife, Judy of Metropolis. Ruth
was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Harry, Norman and Dennis Younkin; and sisters, Lucille Lewis and
Lola Fay Casey. She
was wonderful with fabrics and a talented seamstress. Ruth put those talents to use while working in the sewing department
at the Marion Walmart for several years. Prior to that, Ruth had been a teacher’s aide at the Carterville Grade School. Ruth was a member of the West Monroe
Apostolic Church in Herrin for many years. When she moved from Herrin to Carterville, she had been attending church at Christian
Covenant Fellowship. Her greatest joys came from taking care
of her grandchildren.
Rachel Ann Rowatt
Rachel Ann Rowatt,
75, of Colp, died Sunday, May 3, 2015, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Riggin-Pillatsch
& Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Donnie Colson officiating. Visitation will be held
from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Activities Department at Herrin Rehab & Nursing
Center, 1900 N. Park Avenue, Herrin, IL 62948. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Rachel was born on October 8, 1939, in Carterville, to Herbert “Happy” and
Ruby Mae (Little) Whitecotton. She married Billy Don Rowatt on March 16, 1963, in Marion. He preceded her in death on March
30, 2008. She is survived by her daughters, Liz Rowatt
and her fiancé, Michael Bird of Colp, Vicci Helm and her husband, Ronnie of Colp, and Lilly Favors and her fiancé,
Roger L. Gray of Eldorado; grandchildren, Katie and David Hale of Hurst and Gregory Don Rowatt of Colp; great-grandson, David
Lee Hale of Hurst; brothers, Herbert “Gene” Whitecotton and Donald Mansfield and his wife, Brenda, all of Herrin;
and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Rachel was preceded
in death by her parents; husband; sister, Alice Whitecotton; and beloved aunt, Ella “Mimi” Bateman, who raised
her following her mother’s death. She worked as
a seamstress at Smoler Brothers in Herrin for more than 20 years. Rachel enjoyed sewing, crocheting, reading, camping at Kentucky Lake, and sitting out on her porch. She also loved
a good nap, the joy of taking care of her grandbabies and many Elvis tunes.
Jeanne Marie Kathleen Corbell, 38, of Carterville, passed away peacefully at her home
on Thursday, April 30, 2015, surrounded by her family. Jeanne
was born on November 26, 1976, in Onamia, Minnesota. She was a 1996 graduate of Carterville High School. Following graduation,
she completed an Associate in Science, LPN and RN degrees from John A. Logan College and worked in Dr. Salem's practice in
Carbondale. She was united in marriage with Douglas
Denny Corbell, also a LPN graduate of John A. Logan College, on May 18, 2002, in Cambria. Jeanne was an active member of the First Methodist Church of Carterville. She loved to laugh and spend time with her family. She also enjoyed running track,
girl scouts, cats and spending time outdoors. She
is survived by her loving husband, Douglas Corbell of Carterville; the light of her life, daughter, Maureen Corbell of Carterville;
parents, Robert and Alix Sewell of Cambria; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Denny and Sue Corbell of Carterville; brother,
Dustin Cobb; sister, Katherine Sewell Potts; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Phil and Kristi Corbell, Eric and Pami Edmonds
and John and Lori Konemann; aunts and uncles, Elaine Wheeler and Marcia and Joe Sewell; as well as many nieces, nephews, other
family members, and a host of friends. Memorial
services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church, 301 N. Pine Street, Carterville,
with Pastor Bob Morwell officiating. Inurnment will be in Willowrest Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be held from
5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville
is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests
memorial contributions be made to an Education Fund for Maureen or to the Carterville First United Methodist Church. Envelopes
will be available at the church.
Thomas "Tom" Max Wilson
Max Wilson, 82, of Ballwin, Missouri and formerly of Dowell, Illinois died Sunday, April 26, 2015, at Mercy Skilled Nursing
Center in St Louis. Private services were held
with military rights provided by representatives from Scott Air Force Base and the Marion VFW. Riggin-Pillatsch and
Burke Funeral Home in Carterville was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Marion V.F.W., 201 W. Long Street, Marion, IL 62959. Tom was born on August 22, 1932, in Hamilton County, Indiana, to Robert and Josephine
(Gamble) Wilson. He married Patsy Lee Emery on April 10, 1954, in Spokane, Washington. Tom was preceded in death
by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife, Patsy Wilson, of Ballwin, Missouri; a nephew who was like a son to
him, Kim Thornton of Pacific, Missouri; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Thomas & Launa Emery of Petersburg, Illinois
and Lola Grace Thornton of Elkhart, Indiana; and several nieces and nephews and their families. Tom graduated from Southern Illinois University in June 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts
degree. The majority of his career was spent with Southwestern Bell/AT&T as a Systems Equipment Engineer.
He was recognized in 1975 for creating a system modification that resulted in substantial savings for the company and ultimately
to customers of AT&T. Family was extremely important
to Tom. He loved his nieces and nephews, and as children they looked forward to spending summer vacations at his home.
Uncle Tom was ready and willing to drop everything he was doing to take them to the pool or out for ice-cream. His love
for them was unconditional and they are better people for having had the good fortune to have had him in their lives. He was also well known for his devotion to his wife, Pat. Together they enjoyed
playing tennis, ballroom dancing, and attending Cardinals' games. He referred to her as his "Queen" and treated
her as such. Tom's was a life well lived.
He was a spiritual man who found comfort in prayer and read the bible from cover to cover. He cared about everyone and
never had an unkind word for anyone. His quiet strength was an example to all and his grace, kindness and dignity blessed
the lives of all who were fortunate enough to have known him.
Claudette Lorene Harris,
67, of Carterville, died Monday, April 13, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her family. A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home
in Carterville, with Sr. Carol Karnitsky officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions
may be made to the St. Francis Medical Center Cancer Institute, 211 Saint Francis Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703. Envelopes
will also be available at the funeral home. Claudette was born on October
2, 1947, in Marion, to Claude Hue and Afton Lorene (Morgan) McKinnies. She married Ford “Hoopi” Harris on June
30, 1972, in Marion. She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years,
Ford “Hoopi” Harris of Carterville; daughter, Wendy D. Harris and her fiancée, Gary Baker of Marion; son,
Ford Wesley Harris II and his wife, Kristin of Carterville; grandchildren, Maddison Wesleigh Harris-Byrn, Aidan Wesley Harris,
Ashlyn Jade Harris, and Austin Ford Harris; great-grandchildren, Jace Harris-Byrn; brothers and sister-in-law, Bob and Lenda
Jenkins and John Wayne McKinnies, all of Herrin; numerous self-adopted children and grandchildren; and her beloved dogs, Margaret
and Sugar. Claudette was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Joan
L. McKinnies; and brother, Bill Jenkins. She became a hairdresser in
1965 and that passion led her to become an instructor of cosmetology at John A. Logan for over 25 years. In addition to teaching
others, Claudette had her own beauty salon in White Ash fondly known as Claudette’s Styling Chateau. Claudette was a member of Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Carterville. She belonged to several clubs and organizations within her community including the Lioness Club, S.I.U.
Alumni Society and the Illinois Cosmetology Association. Claudette’s
greatest role was that of being mom and “maw maw” to her children and grand children. She will be dearly missed
and fondly remembered for her love of anything sparkly and bedazzled.
Clifford Ray Kelley
Clifford Ray Kelley, 67, of DuQuoin, died Friday, April 10, 2015, at Marshall
Browning Hospital in DuQuoin. Funeral services will be
held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor George
Culley officiating. Burial will be in North Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., Tuesday,
at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family and will be accepted at the funeral home. Clifford
was born on September 7, 1947, in Carterville, to Leslie LeRoy and Lois Arlene (Briley) Kelley. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Phillip and Phyllis Kelley of DuQuoin.
Clifford was preceded in death by his parents and brother,
Howard Kelley. He had worked as a cook at Western Sizzlin’ in Marion for many years.
Jean Ellen Reynolds
Jean Ellen Reynolds, 88, of Carterville, died unexpectedly
at home, on April 7, 2015. She was born in Marion, to Claude and Pearl Cox. She attended Mann
School, and graduated from Carterville High School, and Southern Illinois University where she earned a bachelors, masters,
and PhD degrees. She was married to Ernie Reynolds in 1944 and they shared almost seventy years together
until his death in 2014. Jean Ellen began her professional career as a third grade teacher at Carterville
Grade School. She then became principal of Crainville Grade School and ended her career as the principal of Carterville
Elementary School. She served 27 years in the Carterville Unit 5 District. For her many contributions
to her community, she received the Frank Samuel Service Award from the Carterville Chamber of Commerce in 1999 and was named
one of five women as an Inspiring Woman by the Inspiring Women Foundation of Southern Illinois University in 2004. She
was a member of Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Carterville for over 70 years and played the organ there for services. In
1996 she, along with friend Carol Cross, wrote Kisses From Hanna, a book depicting the true story of
a retired school teacher and her Dutch pen pal during WWII. First and foremost, she was
a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and successfully balanced a professional career with raising and
caring for her family who adored her. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sheri and Dr.
Richard Hunter and a son, John Reynolds, all of Carterville; granddaughters, Laura Hunter Johnson (John) of Columbia, Amy
Hunter Harmon (Tom) of St. Louis and Amanda Reynolds McIntyre (Ryan) of Webster Groves, Mo.; great-granddaughters, Ava and
June Harmon; and great-grandson, Hudson Reynolds McIntyre. Jean Ellen was preceded in death by her parents;
husband, Ernie Reynolds; and brother, James "Jim" Claude Cox. The family suggests that you
express your condolences by contributing to Grand Avenue Baptist Church, 116 W. Grand Avenue, Carterville, IL 62918 or to
the Carterville Cares Account, sent in care of Carterville Unit 5 District, 306 Virginia, Carterville, IL 62918. Carterville
Cares Account is a fund established to help students K-12 in need. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. A
celebration of Jean Ellen's life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral
Home in Carterville. Burial will be in Egyptian Memorial Gardens in Energy. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.,
Saturday, at the funeral home.
Linda Janes Thompson
Linda Janes Thompson, 67, of West Paducah and formerly of Carterville, passed away peacefully with loved ones
by her side on Friday, April 3, 2015, at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of
Paducah,with the Rev. Bill Miller officiating. Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home in Paducah.
Graveside services will be held at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015, at North Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville, with Dan
Shasteen officiating. Friends are asked to gather at the cemetery. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville
is assisting the family with local arrangements. Linda
was born October 1, 1947, in Williamson County, to Russell and Margaret (Lewis) Ditterline. Linda worked several years at Carterville High School as a study hall supervisor and
special education teacher's aide where she was loved by students and staff. In recent years, she continued to work as a substitute
teacher in Massac and McCracken Counties. Linda
had a zest for life, as well as strength and courage that were admired by so many. Her sense of humor was unmatched. She loved
to laugh. She was laughing until the end and making others laugh with her. Linda was definitely not afraid to tell it like
it was. She was the definition of a survivor. Every
time life tested her she answered with laughter and her faith in God. She was a devoted Christian all her life and her faith
never wavered. She was a member of the McKendree United Methodist Church. Linda found her calling when she became the director
of Zack's Hope, a suicide prevention ministry. Linda
is survived by her husband, Jerry Thompson; son, Robert Stalker; granddaughter, Abby Grace; sisters-in-law, Karen Blackmore
and Sherry McDonnell; mother-in-law, Jane Thompson; children by marriage, Jason Janes and Scarlett Daugherty; son-in-law,
Kevin Daughtery; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Margaret Ditterline; husband, Phil Janes;
son, Jonson Janes; sister, Cleo Harris; brothers-in-law, Jerry Harris and Eric Janes; and sister-in-law, Willie Jo Mertz. Friends may make memorials to McKendree United Methodist Church, 4175 Metropolis Lake
Rd, West Paducah, KY 42086 or Zack's Hope, Paducah, KY Chapter, at www.zackshope.com.
Betty Beckmann, 63, of Carterville,
went to be with her Lord on Thursday, April 2, 2015. A
Funeral Mass will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carterville, with Msgr.
Kenneth Schaefer officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at Riggin-Pillatsch &
Burke Funeral Home in Carterville. The family asks everyone to wear purple in Betty's honor. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 300 N. Pine Street,
Carterville, IL 62918. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Betty was born on February 12, 1952, in Newton, Kansas, to LeRoy Dale and Leola (Stark) Unruh.
She met her husband of 45 years, David Beckmann, while on a family vacation at Mammoth Cave, Kentucky. Her parents have never
gone back since. Betty and David were married on August 8, 1970, in Overland, Missouri. Being the mother of 4 children kept Betty very active with after school activities
and functions. While her girls were in school, Betty was very involved with the Shagbark Girl Scout Council. She was also
on the PTA and helped organize many school fundraisers plus served as the secretary of the southern Illinois Train Club, where
she always had a warm smile for all the visitors at the shows. She is survived by her loving husband, David Beckmann of Carterville; children and their spouses, Sheila and Nick
Peterson, Stacie Beckmann, Sonia Beckmann, and Robert Beckmann; the light of her life, granddaughter, Trinity; parents, LeRoy
and Leola Unruh; siblings and their spouses, Gary and Chris Unruh, Steven and Young Cha Unruh, Janice Unruh, and Diane and
Brian Clack; father-in-law, Ray Beckmann; brother-in-law, Thomas Athmer; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and a host
of friends. Betty was preceded in death by her mother-in-law,
Florence Beckmann and sister-in-law, Judy Athmer. She
was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carterville, where she loved to sing in the choir. Betty was talented at cross-stitching and had a weird obsession with murder mysteries.
She had a wonderful sense of humor, beautiful voice and welcoming heart.
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