NOKOMIS -- Vaudeth Delbert Aaron, 88, Nokomis, dress factory employee, died Sunday (Feb. 16, 2003).
Graveside services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Hawarden Cemetery, Iowa. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis.
TAYLORVILLE -- Mary Catherine "Kay" Aldridge-Aleo, 87, Taylorville, retired beautician, died Sunday (Feb. 16, 2003).
Services: 2 p.m. Thursday, McClure Funeral Home, Taylorville. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville. Memorials: Alzheimer's Association or American Cancer Society.
Member: Haselmere Chapter 221 Order of the Eastern Star, Taylorville, and American Legion Auxiliary. Survivors: sons, David Aldridge, Taylorville; Terry Aldridge, Davenport, Fla.; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. Preceded by: parents; infant daughter; husbands, Charles Aldridge and Joseph Aleo; and one sister.
MATTOON -- Wanedith M. "Nita" Armstrong, 90, Mattoon, died Sunday (Feb. 16, 2003).
Services: 1:30 p.m. Friday, Schilling Funeral Home, Mattoon. Visitation: noon until services. Burial: Rest Haven Memorial Gardens, Mattoon. Memorials: Faith United Methodist Church, Mattoon, or donor's choice.
LOUISVILLE -- Shirley E. Barker, 66, Louisville, Quaker Oats Co. employee, died Sunday (Feb. 16, 2003).
Private services: Wednesday, Neal Funeral Home, Louisville. Private visitation.
WITT -- Kathryn L. Bolding, 83, Witt, tavern operator, died Saturday (Feb. 15, 2003).
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home, Witt. Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial: Witt Cemetery.
WEST YORK -- Nellie B. Newlin, 98, West York, homemaker, died Monday (Feb. 17, 2003).
No services. Arrangements by: Prust-Hosch Funeral Home, West Union.
MIDDLETOWN -- Jerry J. Boward, 54, Middletown, retired Caterpillar Inc. employee, died Sunday (Feb. 16, 2003).
Services: 2 p.m. Thursday, Middletown United Methodist Church. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Burial: Irish Grove Cemetery, Middletown, with military rites. Memorials: Middletown United Methodist Church.
CAMARGO -- Myra E. Brown, 75, Camargo, Jarman Hospital employee, died Sunday (Feb. 16, 2003).
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Joines Funeral Home, Villa Grove. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Burial: Hugo Cemetery. Memorials: Provena Hospital Hospice Program, Urbana.
Member: Camargo United Methodist Church. Survivors: husband, Billy; sons, Gary Brown, Kenosha, Wis.; David Brown, Villa Grove; Chris Brown, Camargo; daughters, Kathy Sonneborn, Springfield; Lisa Brown, Jacksonville, Fla.; brother, Harold McCumber, Nice, France; sister, Gene Hendricks, Indianapolis, Ind.; nine grandchildren. Preceded by: parents, two brothers and one sister.
FLORA -- Bernard L. Glaspy, 67, Flora, died Monday (Feb. 17, 2003). Arrangements incomplete: Frank & Bright Funeral Home, Flora.
MATTOON -- Agnes Marie "Aggie" Harp, 75, Mattoon, died Sunday (Feb. 16, 2003).
Services: 10 a.m. Thursday, Schilling Funeral Home, Mattoon. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Burial: Zion Hill Cemetery, Mattoon. Memorials: to the family.
TAYLORVILLE -- Margaret Hedrick, 97, Taylorville, retired teacher, died Monday (Feb. 17, 2003).
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Taylorville. Visitation: one hour before services in the church. Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville. Arrangements by: McClure Funeral Home, Taylorville. Memorials: St. Mary's School.
Member: St. Mary's Catholic Church. Survivor: sister, Jennie Royer, Taylorville. Preceded by: parents; husband, Ernest; five brothers; three sisters.
MATTOON -- Warren D. Rickelman, 63, Mattoon, cement finisher, died Saturday (Feb. 15, 2003).
Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Schilling Funeral Home, Mattoon. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Burial: Dodge Grove Cemetery, Mattoon.
MATTOON -- Richard Leroy Dare, 70, Mattoon, retired General Electric Co. employee, died Sunday (Feb. 16, 2003).
Graveside services: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dodge Grove Cemetery, Mattoon. Visitation: noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Schilling Funeral Home, Mattoon. Memorials: Lincolnland Hospice or donor's choice.
EFFINGHAM -- Elsie C. Osthoff, 93, Effingham, homemaker, died Sunday (Feb. 16, 2003).
Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday, St. Anthony Catholic Church, Effingham. Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Bauer Funeral Home, Effingham, with 6 p.m. parish wake service. Burial: St. Anthony Cemetery, Effingham. Memorials: St. Anthony School Building Fund or Sacred Heart School.
Member: St. Anthony Catholic Church and St. Anthony Council of Catholic Women. Survivors: daughters, Carolyn Bowlin, Mason; Barbara Walk, Sigel; Evelyn Thies, Greenville; Cathy Mulligan, Decatur; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren. Preceded by: parents; husband, Robert; one daughter, three grandchildren, six brothers, two sisters.
SHELBYVILLE -- Thomas Wiley Short, 54, of Shelbyville died 2:13 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 16, 2003) in Pana Community Hospital. Tom will be remembered fondly; he was a pillar of the community and a friend to all.
Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday in Christ Tabernacle, Herrick, with Pastor Tom Suey officiating. Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the church. Burial will be in Neoga Memorial Cemetery, following the services Thursday. Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, is in charge of arrangements. Tom Short loved his grandchildren and his church: In his memory, memorials may be given to the Education Fund for the grandchildren of Thomas W. Short or Christ Tabernacle Building Fund.
Tom was born Aug. 18, 1948, in Mattoon, the son of James Avery and Frances Jean Wiley Short. He was a 1966 graduate of Neoga High School, attended Millikin University in Decatur and graduated from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. He served in the National Guard during the Vietnam War. He was one of the owners of Leach-Wilson Chevrolet Buick Co. in Shelbyville, where he worked for more than 30 years. He loved his hometown of Neoga and was always quoted as saying, "All roads lead to Neoga."
He was a member of Christ Tabernacle, Herrick, where he was active in the choir and the children's ministries. He enjoyed sports and was an avid runner. He completed three marathons, all with his children and enjoyed running in the River-to-River Relay across Southern Illinois. He was very involved in his community: He coached Shelbyville Little League Baseball for many years, worked on the "chain gang" at the Shelbyville Rams home football games for more than 20 years, served on the Board of Directors of First Federal Savings & Loan, Shelbyville, former chairman of the Shelby Memorial Hospital Board of Directors and enjoyed participating in the Celebrity Reader Program at the local schools. He married Deborah Downs Leach on Sept. 6, 1968, in Neoga.
Surviving are his wife; children, Amy Short Johnson of Chicago; Angela Leach Short of Shelbyville; Brett Thomas Short and wife Rachel of Herrick; mother of Neoga; brothers, James William Short and wife Linda of Nashville, Tenn.; Robert Leon Short and wife Ruth of Neoga; sister, Mary Kathryn Short Drake and husband Steve of Charleston; father-in-law, William H. Leach of Shelbyville; brother-in-law, Jay Howard Leach and wife Sue of Shelbyville; sister-in-law, Sarah DeHaven Chapman
of Corona, Calif.; grandchildren, Connor Christian Short, Lauren Elizabeth Sims, Grant Jameson Sims, Parker Thomas James Short and Tucker William Wiley Short.
He was preceded in death by his father, in 2000; infant sister, Jo Ellen Short in 1958; and mother-in-law, Dorothea Downs Leach in 1998.
He will always be remembered for the love and faithfulness that he had for his family, his church family and for the special place that he had in his life for his grandchildren.
CHARLESTON -- Joshua Daniel Steel and Kristine Nichole Steel, infant twins of Anthony Jerome and Nichole Angela Garcia Steel, were stillborn 12:15 a.m. and 12:20 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 15, 2003) in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Coles County.
Memorial services will be at a later date in Oceanside, Calif. Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, Mattoon, is in charge of arrangements.
Surviving are their parents of Charleston; brother, Isiah Nicholas Steel, at home; grandparents, Mary Housley of Oceanside; Hector Garcia and Sophia Garcia, both of West Covina, Calif.; great-grandmother, Aurora Roque of Oceanside; grandparents, Charles Steel and Carol Steel of Oceanside; great-grandmother, Alee Steel of San Diego, Calif.
SIGEL -- Emma L. Harmon, 73, Sigel, retired seamstress, died Sunday (Feb. 16, 2003).
Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday, St. Michael The Archangel Church, Sigel. Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, with 7 p.m. prayer service. Burial: St. Michael Cemetery, Sigel. Memorials: St. Michael's School, Sigel.
Member: St. Michael The Archangel Church and St. Michael Altar Society, Sigel. Survivors: husband, Rex J. Harmon, Sigel; sons, John Harmon and Tom Harmon, Sigel; Steven Harmon, Montrose; James Harmon, Olney; Larry Harmon, Effingham; Paul Harmon, Raleigh, N.C.; daughters, Alice Evans, Neoga; Joyce Helmbacher and Barbara Harmon, Sigel; Doris Harmon, Charleston; sisters, Laverne "Bonnie" Kortte, Sigel; Marilyn Bolin, Rio Dell, Calif.; Rita Schwerdt, Sigel; Margaret "Peggy" Ballinger, Trowbridge; nine grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; one great-grandson; one great-stepgranddaughter. Preceded by: parents, four brothers and three sisters.
VILLA GROVE -- Victor L. Mitsdarfer, 66, Champaign, formerly of Villa Grove, farmer, died Sunday (Feb. 16, 2003).
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pesotum. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Joines Funeral Home, Villa Grove, with 8 p.m. rosary. Burial: St. Mary's Cemetery, Pesotum. Memorials: St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pesotum or First Church of the Nazarene, Champaign.
Member: St. Mary's Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus, Tuscola. Survivors: wife, Gloria, Champaign; stepson, Jim Roberts, Champaign; stepdaughters, Deana Freeman and Tina Miller, both of Champaign; brothers, Joseph Mitsdarfer, Villa Grove; Edmund Mitsdarfer, Philo; Donald Mitsdarfer, Leavenworth, Kan.; Robert Mitsdarfer, Longview; sisters, Bernadine Spannagel, Villa Grove; Mary Ann Hammel, Champaign. Preceded by: parents.