Irene C. Jackson, 79, of Morton passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at her home. Irene was born December 9, 1939 in Peoria to George and Lucille (Higgins) Schubert. She married Robert Jackson. He preceded her in death on July 2, 2010.

Ruth Nicholson, 80, of Morton passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Ruth was born April 16, 1939 in Sedgeletch, Fence Houses (United Kingdom). She married Ernest Nicholson on February 15, 1964.

Linda D. Hamilton, 72, of Groveland passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at her home. Linda was born February 2, 1947, in Pekin to Merlin and Pauline (Anderson) Tucker. She married Andrew C. Hamilton on September 28, 1968 in Groveland.

James T. “Jim” Destefano, 87, of Morton passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Jim was born February 12, 1932 in Monessen, PA, to James and Jessie (MacAlpine) Destefano. He married his wife Jean on August 24, 1985, in Lincoln, IL.

Altona “Tony” Chapman, 75, of Morton passed away Friday, June 14, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born November 11, 1943 in Peoria, the son of the late Merle E. and Ruth L. Shaner Chapman.  He married Patricia J. Parker on July 18, 1964 in Bellevue, IL.

Elda Heiniger, 103, of Morton passed away peacefully on Friday, June 14, 2019 at her home at The Villas of Holly Brook in Morton. She was compassionately cared for by the Holly Brook staff and Hospice Compassus.

David V. Helgen, 77, of East Peoria passed away on Friday, June 14, 2019 in East Peoria. David was born to Virgil and Thelma (Chestek) Helgen, in Decatur.

Kevin Patrick Brown, 50, of Carlock died at 9:47 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

David Morgan Tolley, age 75, of Prescott, Arizona, passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2019. He was born on February 23, 1944 in Peoria, Illinois, to Paul and Virgie Tolley.  He graduated from Bradley University with a B.S. in business and math in 1968.

Charles M. Blye, 88, of East Peoria passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 2:28 a.m. in the emergency room of OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born on April 17, 1931 in Peoria to Arad and Hazel Funk Blye.  He married Carol Keil on June 1, 1952 in Washington.

Bonnie J. Antal, 75, of Washington passed away at 1:55 a.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at her home. She was born September 1, 1943 in Chicago to Laurel and Vera Amdor.  She graduated from Washington Community High School and the Peoria School of Practical Nursing.  She was retired from Lincoln …

Ronald J. “Joe” Grzanich, Jr., 48, of Pekin passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Joe was born January 20, 1971 in Canton to Ronald J. Sr. and Sandy (Ward) Grzanich.

Duane E. Greiner, 81, passed away peacefully at home, Sunday, June 9, 2019, surrounded by his family and beloved dog, Molly. He had fought the cancer battle since 2010. Duane was the son of Elmer F. and Lydia (Seitz) Greiner, born June 29, 1937 in Peoria. He married his high school sweethear…

Lucille L. Schmidgall, 90, of Quincy, formerly of Morton, passed away on June 4, 2019 at the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Quincy. Lucille was born August 22, 1928 in Howard, SD, to Frank and Minnie (Weishaupt) Buswink. She married Irvin Schmidgall on February 15, 1947 in Tremont. He preceded h…

Stella Grace Powley, six weeks and one day old, of Deer Creek, passed away on Friday, May 31, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Children’s Hospital in Peoria. Stella was born April 18, 2019 in Peoria to Evelyn Babin and Joel Powley. 

There is a precise moment in the early morning hour when the temperature reads its coldest point and a ribbon of the pastel pink clouds kiss the tops of the farm fields and lakes and streams of Central Illinois. It is at that cold, clear, crisp moment when Joan E. Anderson would open her bea…

Bennie C. “Ben” Edwards, 84, of Morton passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria. Ben was born on May 6, 1935 in Selmer, TN. He married Margie Elliott on September 10, 1976 in Peoria. She survives.

Karen Jo Davis, 79, of Washington passed away at 12:44 p.m. on Monday, June 3, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 30, 1939 in Peoria, the daughter of Clifford and Margaret Warren Graves.  She married Samuel Davis on August 23, …

Stephen Frederick Zoss, 72, of Morton passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at his residence due to cancer.  He was born on February 10, 1947 in Peoria to Willard F. and Lois L. (Gross) Zoss.  He married Julie Ann Kendall on April 12, 1969 at First Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa.  She survives.

Shirley M. Seils, 88, of Germantown Hills passed away at 7:20 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at her residence.  She was born on March 29, 1931 to William T. and Hazel E. (Sherwood) Sweeney in Peoria.  She married Earl L. Seils on May 12, 1951 in Peoria.  He passed away on August 19, 1998.

James L. “Jim” Aschenbrenner, 72, of Morton, formerly of Chenoa, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at his home. Jim was born July 14, 1946 to Edward and Deah (Enyart) Aschenbrenner in Pontiac. He married Peggy Valentine on June 28, 1969, in Smithton. She survives.

Judith A. “Judi” Brenkman, 78, of Morton passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019, at her home in Morton. Judi was born July 30, 1940 in Morton to Harold and Louise (Bauman) Hirstein. She married Bently Rasmussen on December 24, 1964 in Morton. He preceded her in death. She later married Fred Bren…

Leslie R. “Les” Brooks, 84, of Washington passed away at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019 at his residence. He was born January 23, 1935 in Carbondale, IL, the son of Albert and Mille Farney Brooks. He married Judy Collins on November 27, 1953. He later married Joann M. Raschert on January …

Roger A. Leach, 66, of Morton passed away on Friday, May 24, 2019 at home surrounded by his family.  He was born on January 1, 1953 in Pontiac to Alvin and Evelyn (Peterson) Leach.  He married Catherine Seei on April 29, 1978. 

Dale S. Cannon, 91, of Washington, formerly of Creve Coeur and Metamora, passed away at 5:15 a.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019 at his residence with his family by his side. Dale was born on September 19, 1927 in Emporia, KS, the son of Jesse and Clara Kehler Cannon. He married Bernadine J. Earls …

William R. Witmer, 77, of Washington passed away at 12:47 a.m. on Monday, May 27, 2019 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. He was born on July 7, 1941 in Muscatine, IA, the son of Orville and Helen Luethye Witmer.  He spent what he described as the best years of his life side by …

Jerry Sebolt, 69, of Delavan passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019, in Peoria. He was born October 22, 1949 to Frank and Viola (Powell) Sebolt. They preceded him in passing.

Doris E. Karcher, 95, of Washington passed away at 7:57 a.m. on Monday, May 6, 2019 at her residence. She was born February 27, 1924 in McLeansboro, IL, the daughter of Joseph and Olivia Kaufman Frey. She married Lawrence A. Karcher on May 29, 1947 in Piopolis, IL. He passed away on February…

Mary Maxine Birky, 96, of Eureka, formerly of Morton, died on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Eureka Advocate Hospital. She was born on June 12, 1922, in Delta, IL to Grover and Carrie (Burnett) Vick. She married Robert Birky on February 19, 1950 in Peoria. He preceded her in death on May 17, 2009.

Fern M. Davis, 90, of Morton passed away on Friday, April 26, 2019 at home in her sleep. She was born August 26, 1928 in Goodfield to August and Nettie (Rocke) Knapp. She married William “Don” Davis in 1962. He preceded her in death on December 27, 2016.

Betty M. Woerner, 89, of Morton passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton surrounded by her husband of 69 years and her four sons. Betty was born November 28, 1929 in Bingham, ME, to Carl and Julia (Elzinga) Chadock. She married Paul Woerner on February 1…

Udell Moore, 88, of Washington passed away on Saturday April 27, 2019 at Rosewood Care Center in East Peoria, IL. Udell was born on August 8, 1930 in Bethel Springs, TN to James Nathan and Martha Elmer (Webster) Moore, who both preceded him in death. He married Sue Ellen Roland on August 25,…

Roger F. Suddith, 75, of Washington passed away at 6:05 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. He was born March 28, 1944 in Haleyville AL to Hayes and Mildred (Cummings) Suddith. He married Paulette McDuffa on June 8, 1963 in Phil Campbell AL. She pre…

Bruce R. Bachman, 78, of Lowpoint passed away at 12:05 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at his residence.  He was born on March 2, 1941 in Peoria to Roy J. and Laura M. (Heiser) Bachman.

Earl A. Neeman, 88, of Mackinaw passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Reflections Memory Care in Pekin, surrounded by his family. Earl was born November 24, 1930 in Valmeyer, IL, to A.J. and Eleanora (Johanning) Neeman. He married Carolyn Worner on May 19, 1956 in Forest City, IL.  She …

Shirley L. Frank, 83, of Morton passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton.  Shirley was born May 4, 1935 in Blue Earth, MN to Lee and Esther (Severtson) Andrews. She married Raymond D. “Sonny” Frank on October 9, 1953 in Pekin.

Dwight E. Morgan, 90, of Morton passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Dwight was born January 12, 1929 in Guthrie County, IA to Alpha and Estella (Fickes) Morgan. He married Constance J. Maurer on April 9, 1955, in Tremont. She preceded him i…

James A. “Jim” McNally, 77, of Morton passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family and friends. Jim was born on February 11, 1942 in Peoria. He married Jeanne Stelter on November 11, 1963 in Havana. She survives.

Fred Schmidgall, 92, of Deer Creek passed away on Monday, April 15, 2019 at Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka. Fred was born on February 6, 1927 in Deer Creek to Fred, Sr. and Edna (Herberger) Schmidgall. He married Betty Roake on January 5, 1951 in Peoria. She preceded him in death on Augu…

Donna J. Novak, 91, of Morton passed away on Monday, April 15, 2019 at Villas of Holly Brook – Reflections in Morton. Donna was born December 16, 1927 in Morton to George W. and Mary H. (Hoffer) Miller. She married John F. Novak on May 9, 1970 in Morton. He preceded her in death on December …

June “Lillian” Schmidgall, 83, of Metamora, formerly of rural Morton, passed away Monday, April 15, 2019, surrounded by her family. June was born on September 1, 1935 in Decatur to Ernest and Pauline (Crain) Bond. She married Don Schmidgall on September 5, 1954.

Hazel E. Pappas, 82, of Washington passed away at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 13, 2019 at her residence. She was born on February 4, 1937 in LaFollette, TN, the daughter of Raymond and Leora Sweatt Brantley.  She married John G. Pappas in Peoria in 1963. He preceded in her in death on January 26…

Patricia L. Warn, 75, of Germantown Hills passed away at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at her residence.  She was born on January 4, 1944 in Delaware, Ohio to Clarence E. and Florence Sylvia (Steadman) Hammond.  She married Lawrence A. Warn on October 19, 1974 in Eureka.  He passed …

Mary Jane Mohr, 78, of East Peoria passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Mary was born August 5, 1940 in Peoria to Bernard and Dorothy (Nichols) Stear. She married Richard Mohr on May 16, 1959 in East Peoria. He survives.

Howard Charles Rapp, 90, of Plano, TX passed away at 4:50 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at his residence, the home of Paul and Sherri Rapp.  He was born September 16, 1928 in Morton to Henry and Anna (Kuebler) Rapp.  He married Dolores (Dee) Beyer on August 27, 1949 in Morton.  She prec…

Jeanette L. Benedict, 93, of Morton, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Bickford House in Bloomington. Jeanette was born February 16, 1926 in Pontiac, the daughter of Wesley and Ada Reed Brock. She married David E. Benedict on September 14, 1947 in Pontiac. He preceded her in death on …

Jane Irene Aberle, 65, was born November 14, 1953, and died on March 28, 2019 at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Dolores M. Zurski, 89, formerly of Lockport, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2019 at Aperion Care in Morton. Dolores was born June 3, 1929 in Terre Haute, IN to Paul and Helen (Victor) Gammie. She married Steve Zurski, Jr. on August 10, 1963 in Joliet. He preceded her in death on April 7, 2005.

Kenneth “Kenny” P. Salemi, of Arbor Vitae, WI, formerly of Washington, passed away on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 4:44 a.m. in Marshfield, WI. He was born August 13, 1951 in Peoria to Paul and Mary Salemi. He married Dixie Krog on February 14, in 2001 in Galesburg. 

Patrick M. McDonough, 69, of Washington passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at OSF Medical Center. He was born December 6, 1949 to Clyde and Mildred McDonough of Washington.

Wallace T. “Wally” Anderson, 81, of rural Metamora passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2019 in Harlingen, TX. He was born on September 22, 1937 in Peoria, the son of Wallace T. and Mary Lavin Anderson. He married Carolyn Zipper on September 29, 1956 in Peoria.

Betty J. Magnuson, 92, of Washington passed away at 10:50 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Apostolic Christian Home in Eureka with her family by her side. She was born on April 12, 1926 in Chicago, the daughter of Sigmond and Marcella McEvilla Kafkee. She married Jack Magnuson on November…