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Thomas Wichhart

Thomas Wichhart, 58, of Burr Ridge, Ill., died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003, at his lake home at Wonder Lake, Ill.

Born Oct. 11, 1944, in Fairfield, he was the son of Roy and Kathryn Pollock Wichhart. On Nov. 30, 1963, he married Nancy Rader in Georgia.

Mr. Wichhart owned and operated Thornel Co., a storage and shelving equipment business in Burr Ridge. He graduated from Keosauqua High School and Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant. He served in the United States Army and lived many years in the Chicago area.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Tracey Jacobson of Woodstock, Ill.; one son, Anthony Wichhart of Naperville, Ill.; his mother of Keosauqua; six grandchildren; two brothers, Gary Wichhart of Rockford, Ill., and Don Wichhart of Bonaparte, and three sisters, Diane Bartholomew and Rose Mary Charbonneau, both of Keosauqua, and Christine Wiley of Lees Summit, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Geo. B. Justin & Son Funeral Home in McHenry, Ill.

The funeral for Mr. Wichhart will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Geo. B. Justin & Son Funeral Home. Burial will be in Woodstock.

A memorial has been established for Maryville/Michael Mele Scholarship Fund.

Willard Shotwell

Willard Berne Shotwell, 62, of rural Sterling, Ill., died Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at the VA Hospital, Iowa City.

Born June 3, 1941, in Aledo, Ill., he was the son of Norman and Edna Burtalow Shotwell. On Oct. 10, 1962, he married Mary Taylor in Galesburg, Ill.

He was a Navy veteran serving from 1960 to 1966.

Mr. Shotwell was employed for 31 years as a brakeman and later a conductor for the Burlington Northern Railroad.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Norman Shotwell; a brother, Pat Shotwell of Middletown; three sisters, Jeanette Chenault of Portland, Tenn., Kathy Downey of Seaton, Ill., and Nancy Daughterty of Byron, Ill., and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be Monday between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls, Ill.

Graveside military rites will be Tuesday at the National Cemetery in Rock Island.

A memorial has been established.

Shirley McFerren

Shirley I. McFerren, 79, of Farmington, formerly of Attica, Ind., and Englewood, Fla., died at 7:25 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, at Donnellson Health Center.

Born April 25, 1925, in Warren County, Ind., she was the daughter of John A. and Vivian Stephens Simpson. On Sept. 16, 1946, she married Harry P. McFerren.

Mrs. McFerren enjoyed golfing and bowling. She was voted "Lady Golfer of the Year" by the Ladies Golf Association. She also was Lady Golf Champion of Harrison Hills Country Club in Attica many times. She was five–time lady champion of Myakka Pines Golf Club in Englewood. She was a member of Attica First United Methodist Church and a 50–year member of West Lebanon Eastern Star. She was a blood donor.

Survivors include her husband; one son, Dennis McFerren of Farmington; four grandchildren; two great–grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Kerkhove of Attica; and two brothers, Dick Simpson of Phoenix and Tom Simpson of Topeka, Kan.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Maus Funeral Home in Attica.

The graveside service for Mrs. McFerren will be at noon Thursday in Riverside Cemetery in Attica, with Pastor G. Scott Pattison officiating.

Hofbauer–Schmitz–Lynk Funeral Home in Donnellson is in charge of local arrangements.

Paul Woodsmall

Paul Leonard "Jake" Woodsmall, 82, of Arbor Court, formerly of 502 Cedar Lane, Mount Pleasant, died at 1:20 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, at Henry County Health Center in Mount Pleasant.

Born March 21, 1922, in rural Mount Plea–sant, he was the son of Wesley William and Elsie Marie Brownell Woodsmall. In 1944, he married Alberta Winifred Hill in Mount Pleasant.

Mr. Woodsmall worked for Hoffman Dairy in his earlier years. He was briefly self–employed in construction before working for Nelson Construction of Burlington. For 28 years he worked for H. Eugene Smith Construction Co. of Mount Pleasant. He was involved in the construction of many of the newer buildings and additions at Henry County Health Center, Iowa Wesleyan College and the Mental Health Institute of Mount Pleasant.

In his spare time, he loved raising and working with animals of all kinds. His specialty was raising rabbits. He enjoyed baseball and was a loyal supporter of Mount Pleasant football. He was dubbed the unofficial honorary mayor of "Leetown," a neighborhood in Mount Pleasant.

Survivors include his wife, Alberta; seven sons, Larry "Woody" Woodsmall, Paul Woodsmall, Tom Woodsmall and Kevin Woodsmall, all of Mount Pleasant, Jerry Woodsmall of Lockridge, Ronald Woodsmall of Rockford, Ill., and Tim Woodsmall of Mount Carmel, Ill.; one daughter, Anna Marie Baxter of Mount Pleasant; 22 grandchildren; several great–grandchildren; and one brother, Dwight "Bud" Woodsmall of Mount Pleasant.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, one granddaughter, four brothers, two who died in infancy, two half brothers and one half sister.

Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. Thursday at Weir & Kimzey Funeral Home in Mount Pleasant, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m.

The funeral for Mr. Woodsmall will be at 11 a.m. Friday at New Sweden United Methodist Church in rural Lockridge, with Pastor Kenneth E. Smith of the Church of the Nazarene in Mount Pleasant officiating. Burial will be in New Sweden Methodist Cemetery.

Olive White

Olive Elaine White, 91, of Burlington, died at 3:55 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, at Rosebush Gardens Health Center in Burlington.

Born May 28, 1912, in Le Mars, she was the daughter of Frank and Ethel Cunningham White.

Miss White was a nurse for the Veterans Administration in Kansas, Missouri and Iowa and also had served in the United States Army. She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, ceramics, needlepoint, and working for her church and many charitable organizations.

Survivors include two cousins, William B. Engelke of Sutherland, and Jane E. Cahill of Burlington, and three nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, one half brother and one cousin.

Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today at Prugh's Chapel in Burlington. The family will receive friends at 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Catholic Church, one hour prior to services.

The funeral for Miss White will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Catholic Church with the Rev. Patrick Hilgendorf officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for St. Vincent dePaul Food Pantry.

Mary Davis

Mary M. Davis, 85, of Fort Madison, died at 2 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002, at the home of her daughter in Fort Madison.

Born Dec. 26, 1916, in Keokuk, she was the daughter of Bernard and Anna Keraghan Hogan. She married Francis Eugene Davis on June 30, 1940, in Keokuk. He died Aug. 11, 1989.

Mrs. Davis retired from J.C. Penney Co. with 35 years of service.

She was a member of Sts. Mary & Joseph Church in Fort Madison.

Survivors include three sons, Thomas Davis of Salem, Va., Mark Davis of Golden, Colo., and Michael Davis of Sioux City; two daughters, Marta Manka of Fort Madison and Kathy Neuweg of West Point; 18 grandchildren; 10 great–grandchildren; one brother, William B. Hogan of Gulfport, Miss.; one sister, Anna Kinkeade of Keokuk; and one sister–in–law.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one son, one daughter and two brothers.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday at King–Lynk Funeral Home in Fort Madison. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with a wake service at 7:30 p.m.

The funeral for Mrs. Davis will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Sts. Mary & Joseph Church, with the Rev. Thomas Parlette officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Fort Madison.

Memorials have been established for her church and Fort Madison Vocal Boosters. Contributions may be left at the funeral home.


A Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Theodore "Ted" Vinovich, 83, of Burlington will be held in St. Paul's Catholic Church this morning at 10:00 A.M. Rev. Fr. Patrick Hilgendorf will be the celebrant. Music will be provided by the Des Moines County Resurrection Choir. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery with full graveside military rites being conducted by VFW Posts 10102 and 9162, American Legion Post 52, Hamilton–Walters Marine Corps League and AMVETS Post 29. A memorial has been established for the Alzheimer's Unit at Klein Center.


Graveside Ash Committal Services for Mrs. Frances Anna Miles, 73, of Springdale, Arkansas, formerly of Burlington, will be held in Jaggar Cemetery in Danville, Iowa, on Saturday, October 9, 2004, at 10:00 A.M. There will be no formal visitation, as per her wishes, her body has been cremated.


Graveside Ash Committal Services for Mrs. Pauline Grace Leffler, 88, of Burlington who died on Wednesday, October 6, 2004, at her daughter's home will be held in Old Stone Cemetery at a later date. As per her wishes, her body has been cremated. A memorial has been established for Old Stone Church and Burlington Public Library.

Zachary Durbin

Zachary Craig Durbin, 28, of Hobe Sound, Fla., formerly of Galesburg, Ill., died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004, at his home.

Born July 5, 1976, in Galesburg, he was the son of Terry and Judy Wessels Durbin. On Dec. 31, 2003, he married Michelle Copely in Lakeland, Fla.

He worked for Copley RV in Stuart, Fla.

He was a 1994 graduate of Galesburg High School. He served in the Air Force from 1995 to 1997, stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base in Mo. He later attended Indian River Community College in Stuart. He moved to Hobe Sound in 2002.

Survivors include his wife of Hobe Sound; his parents of Weaver; his grandmother, Alice Ramsey of Galesburg; one brother, Chris Durbin of Story City; one sister, Tina Thomas of Tucson, Ariz.; and one nephew.

There will be no visitation. His body will be cremated.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Galesburg, with the Rev. Jill Vivroux officiating.

A memorial has been established.

Hinchliff–Pearson–West Galesburg Chapel in charge of arrangements.

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