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Wilma Grissom


 

Wilma Victoria Grissom, 99, of Chicago and formerly of Carterville, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, August 23, 2015. Funeral services will be held at noon, Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Michael Williams officiating. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to noon, Saturday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Garfield Ridge Baptist Church, 5520 S. Narragansett Avenue, Chicago, IL 60638. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.  Wilma was born on March 2, 1916, to Bert and Stella (Colp) Jeralds. She married Paul Grissom and he preceded her in death on April 1, 1989. She is survived by her daughter, Paula Grissom; sisters and brother-in-law, Alberta Hicks, Betty Walker and Retia and John Watson; and sister-in-law, Lorraine Jeralds. Wilma was a fond aunt and friend to many, with a special place in her heart for Judy Clark. Wilma was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, Paul; sisters, Lucille Leeper and Hazel Harris; and brothers, Eugene, Bill and Tom Jeralds.



 


 


 


 

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Patricia E. Kowalewski 

 

Patricia Elaine Kowalewski, 67, of Carterville, passed away August 19, 2015, in Marion. A Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, August 24, 2015, 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 be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday, at the church. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Schola Choir and will be accepted at the church. Pat was born on April 25, 1948, in Versailles, Ohio, to Donald Lee and Clara Estella (Magoto) Rismiller. She married Michael Joseph Kowalewski on August 18, 1979, in Carbondale. She is survived by her husband, Michael Kowalewski, of Carterville; siblings and their spouses,  Susan and Terry Mars of Sidney, Oh., Donald and Leslie Rismiller of Russia, Oh., Regina and David Owen of Piqua, Oh., Teresa and Thomas Bey of Sidney, Oh., Barbara and Douglas Mangen of Vandaila, Oh., Christopher and Lisa Rismiller of Vandaila, Oh., and Vivian and Robert DeWall of Xenia, Oh.; fifteen nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Pat was preceded in death by her parents. She retired from Carbondale High School, after many years as both the French and Spanish teacher. In addition to singing in the choir for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Pat also shared her talents with the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church choir.  Pat’s generous and kind presence will be greatly missed.


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Catherine McCoy

 

Catherine Rose McCoy, 49, of Makanda, passed away Saturday, August 15, 2015, at her home from complications due to pancreatic cancer, surrounded by her family. She was a wife, daughter, sister, mother, friend, teacher, counselor, coach, and all around wonderfully caring and courageous person. A gathering celebrating her life will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, August 22, 2015, at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship Church located at 105 N. Parrish Lane. Catherine was born on November 29, 1965, in St. Louis, to Elizabeth Louise (Reed) and Richard John Henry Sr. She married Lewis Ratcliff on August 29, 2008, in Marion. She is survived by her husband, Lew Ratcliff; son, Lucas Ratcliff; mother, Elizabeth Henry; aunt, Virginia Reed; siblings, Rick Henry, Tom Henry, Jim Henry, Sue (Henry) Lauderdale, and Carol Henry; nieces, Beth Henry and Victoria Lauderdale; nephews, Steven Lauderdale, Patrick Lauderdale and Brendon Lauderdale. Her gentle presence in our lives will be missed. She has meant so much to so many, professionally and personally. Memorial contributions may be made to an education fund for her son, Lucas. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville assisted the family with cremation services.

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Dr. Erich J. Snyder

 

Dr. Erich John Snyder, 36, of Carterville, passed away on Monday, August 10, 2015, along with his father, Tommy Snyder, also of Carterville. Dr. Snyder was born on September 20, 1978, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from Texas Chiropractic College where he received the Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He married Michelle Simmons on April 27, 2014. He had one son, Christian Erich Snyder, age 12. Dr. Snyder owned the local businesses of Carterville Chiropractic and Advanced Pain Management. He has worked there as a chiropractor for the last 11 years. He was actively involved in several community organizations and well known for his flower garden in front of the businesses. Dr. Snyder or Erich to his family and friends, enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, gardening, and aviation. He is survived by his wife, Michelle Snyder; son, Christian Snyder; mother and step-father, Karri and Vince Vogt; brothers, Kurtis Snyder and his wife, Shanette and Joel Snyder and his fiancé, Danielle Werne; grandmother, Joan Snyder; and many extended family members and dear friends. Private family services were held at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville with reflections by Pastor Glen Aulgur of Victory Baptist Church. Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery in New Harmony, Indiana. A public memorial service hosted by family will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 29, 2015, at the Cambria Apostolic Church, with the Rev. R.H. Chitwood officiating. Memorial contributions are the preferred form of remembrance and may be made for Christian Snyder’s college fund. The family of Dr. Erich Snyder wishes to express its deepest thanks and appreciation to all of those in the community for their love and support during this most difficult time.

 

 

 

 

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Tommy Lee Snyder

 

Tommy Lee Snyder, 59, of Carterville, passed away on August 10, 2015, along with his son, Erich John Snyder D.C., also of Carterville. Tommy was born on June 3, 1956, in Altus, Oklahoma. He attended college in Cedar Springs, Michigan. He worked as a self-employed general contractor locally and nationally. Tommy enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, gardening, fishing, reading, traveling, and building a variety of projects. Tommy is survived by his sons, Kurtis Snyder and his wife, Shanette and Joel Snyder and his fiancé, Danielle Werne; daughter, Kahla Burke; daughter-in-law, Michelle Snyder; grandchildren, Christian Snyder, Angelina Snyder, Madison-Alexis Snyder, and Brooklyn Irizarry; mother, Joan Snyder; adopted father, Jack Snyder; brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Midori Snyder and Rodney and Sally Snyder; sister and brother-in-law, Jacqueline (Snyder) and Wayne Meek; as well as many extended family members. Private family services were held at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville with reflections by Pastor Glen Aulgur of Victory Baptist Church. A public memorial service hosted by family will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 29, 2015, at the Cambria Apostolic Church, with the Rev. R.H. Chitwood officiating. The family of Tommy wishes to express its deepest thanks and appreciation to all of those in the community for their love and support during this most difficult time.

 

 

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Lynden "Lyn" Couch 

 

Lynden “Lyn” Elaine Couch, 91, of Cambria, died Saturday, July 25, 2015, at ARCH of Helia Healthcare in Energy. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jerry Smith officiating. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, 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. Lyn was born on October 5, 1923, in Plainville, to Frank and Frances (Anderson) Young. She married Lyndle Clark Couch on March 4, 1946, in Quincy. He preceded her in death on March 31, 1998. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and James Hannick of Valley Park, Mo.; grandchildren and their spouses, Gary Couch Jr. of Arlington, Tex. and Michelle and Richard Sames of Ballwin, Mo.; great grandchildren and their spouses, Stephen Dunnavant and Rachel (Dunnavant) and Matt Bauer, all of Ballwin, Mo.; great great-grandson, Braxton Alexander Bauer; and daughter-in-law, Cheryl Davis of The Groves, Tex. Lyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Gary Couch; and brother, Melvin Young. She was a RN at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Murphysboro for many years. Lyn had a love of animals and shared that love in her 13 years of service at Central Animal Hospital in Energy. Lyn was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cambria where she sang and played the piano and organ. She was also a member of the Women’s Club and the American Legion Auxiliary. Lyn was always one to help others whether it was through her many years as a nurse or helping animals at the clinic. She took that passion and started the Cambria Food Pantry over 30 years ago. Her legacy will live on as the Pantry continues to offer assistance to those in need.

 

 

 

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Cecil “Bump” Emery

 

Marion---Cecil Don “Bump” Emery, 73, went home to be with his Lord and Savior at 6:20 p.m., Friday, July 17, 2015, on his farm due to injuries sustained from a tragic accident involving a tractor. “Bump” was born on August 25, 1941, in Herrin, to Robert and Rosetta (Williams) Emery. He married Connie Rae Reichert on November 7, 1959, in Cambria. They spent over 55 wonderful years together that were filled with love and laughter. "Bump" was a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend and dog-owner. He was a devoted Christian and was a member of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Marion. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army Reserve and received an honorable discharge on March 31st, 1964. He joined the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of East St. Louis in 1972 and later transferred to Marion where he became a 32nd Degree mason at Marion Lodge #89. He was also a lifelong member of the Marion Elks. He attended Sunnyside School in Herrin in his early years and would later become a graduate of Rend Lake and John A. Logan Colleges. He was a former patrolman for the Carterville Police Department and became the Chief of Police in Cambria. He then worked as a coal-miner at Old Ben 26 and joined the UMWA. After retiring from the mines, he became the founder of Emery’s 2-Way Communications and would continue to service multiple agencies throughout southern Illinois for three decades. He also became an avid farmer and enjoyed spending time on his land taking care of his animals. He had an unparalleled work ethic and exemplified diligence no matter what external or internal factors may be. With that said, he was also stubborn, and it was that quality that made so many people admire him. Nothing could keep him from working or loving his wife and family. He had a fantastic sense of humor and always had a smile on his face. Connie was the love of his life yet often the scapegoat for any missing items around the house. He had nicknames for all the children and grandchildren and at various times he would receive perplexed looks from people standing nearby that knew the family members by their real names. But, just as unique as the nicknames were for each family member, the exclusive bond shared with each person was extremely special and that is why he will be so deeply missed. "Bump" is survived by his loving wife, Connie Emery of Marion; daughter and son-in-law, Cecilia Arlene and Rusty Dunbar of Marion; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert “Bo” and Carol Emery of Marion, Anthony and Stacy Emery of Anderson, Ind. and Cecil “Todd” Emery of Herrin; grandchildren and their spouses, Zeppelyn and Clay Brewer, Cody Dunbar, Katelyn and Nicholas Emery, Hailey and Drew Easton, Remington and Eve Emery, and Hunter and Hayden Emery; a great-grandchild due in December of 2015; special family members including, Jeweldean Karsten and family, Robert “Butch” and Shirley Beltz, Roger Beltz, Bud and Tammy Vickery, Charmin Luton, Lori Emery; several other nieces and nephews; and last but certainly not least, his best friend, Buddy, his beloved dog. He was preceded in death by his son, Cecil Don Emery Jr.; parents, Robert and Rosetta Emery; in-laws, Raymond and Jewel Reichert; 9 siblings; granddaughter, Cecilia Raeann Emery; and great-grandson, Maxwell Emery. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastors Robert Beltz and Donnie Colson officiating. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery with military rites performed by the Herrin V.F.W. and American Legion Post and the Army National Guard Ritual Team. Masonic services will be held at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at the funeral home, with visitation to immediately follow until 9:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Care Animal Shelter (No Kill Shelter), 6228 Country Club Road, Murphysboro, IL 62966. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.

 

 

 

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Ella Mae Garner

 

Ella Mae Garner, 85, of Cambria, passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her family. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 17, 2015, in North Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville, with Pastor Bob Wynn officiating. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959. Ella was born on August 17, 1929, in Murphysboro, to John and Mary (Limbert) Moore. She married Herbert Garner on December 26, 1947, in Carbondale. He preceded her in death on January 24, 2008. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Cathy Garner of Carterville; grandsons, John and Kyle Garner, both of Carterville; sister, Grace Krelaty of Tequesta, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Ella was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister, Helen. She was an inspector for Smoler Brothers for many years then worked for a time a Good Luck Glove Factory in Carbondale. Ella was of the Baptist Faith and devoutly read the Bible. She enjoyed gardening, feeding and watching birds in her yard, and reading. Ella loved spending time with her family especially her grandsons.

  

 

 

 

 

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The Southern Obituaries

2015 ARCHIVES
January
01/10 - Nadean Emery
01/12 - Roy H. Elting
01/22 - Mary Ann Brooks
01/22 - Chuck Broadway 
01/28 - J.D. Russell 

July

07/03 -  Janice E. Essick
07/04 - David A. Payne
07/06 - Rosemary 'Dee' Childress 
07/11 - Ramona Holland 
07/14 - Ella Mae Garner 
07/17 - Cecil "Bump" Emery
07/25 - Lynden "Lyn" Couch 

February

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

02/26 - Wilma Hampton

02/26 -  Wyona Lou Moore Carter 

August

08/10 - Tommy Lee Snyder
08/10 - Dr. Erich J. Snyder 
08/15 - Catherine McCoy 
08/19 - Patricia Kowalewski 
08/23 - Wilma Grissom 
 

March

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 

September

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April

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 

 

October

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May

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

November

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June

06/04 -  Patsy "Pat" Wilson

06/04 - Robert Leon Biggs

06/12 - Kevin Belt 

06/16 - Jack Varner 

06/22 - Mary E. Treece 

 

December

12/