Bertha Aleen Graskewicz
WEST FRANKFORT -- Bertha Aleen Graskewicz, 87, of West Frankfort, died at 5 p. m. Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, in Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mount Vernon. Memorial services will be at 11 a. m. Monday in East Fork Cemetery
in West Frankfort, with Pastor Don Wilburn officiating. There will be no visitation. Friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital and will be accepted at Union Funeral Home. Mrs. Graskewicz was born March 21, 1917, in West Frankfort, to Frank and Sybil (Ice) Fleming. She was a homemaker. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Don and Georgianne Graskewicz of West Frankfort and John and Rita Graskewicz of Thompsonville; two daughters and a son-in-law, Ann and Fred Kobel of Champaign and Sue Jones of Tolono; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Adam, on Jan. 25, 1964.
CENTRALIA -- Gladys Mary Glammeyer, 74, of Centralia, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, at home. Services will be at 1 p. m. Tuesday in Boggs Chapel of Styninger-Pacey Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Park. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p. m. Monday in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of the donor's choice and will be accepted at the funeral home.
PINCKNEYVILLE -- Celeste L. Mentel, 93, died at 1:42 p. m. Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, in the Coulterville Care Center. Services will be at 10 a. m. Monday, Aug. 9, in St. Bruno Catholic Church, with Fathers Brian Barker and Gene Wojcik officiating. Burial will be in St. Bruno Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p. m. Sunday and from 8 to 9:30 a. m. Monday at Pyatt-Harrawood Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Luke Memorial Hospice and will be accepted at the funeral home.
MARION -- Roxanna (Aikman) Franklin Pulver, 92, died at 7:45 a. m. Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, at Hawthorne Inn. Services will be at 11 a. m. Tuesday in Zion United Church of Christ in Marion. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a. m. Tuesday in the church. Meredith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Zion United Church of Christ or Hospice of Southern.
JONESBORO -- Sue Bunch, 67, of Jonesboro, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004, at home. She was born Aug. 8, 1936, in Cobden, the daughter of Walter G. and Mildred P. (Burris) Hill. She married Leon Bunch. She was a member of Faith Assembly Church in Wolf Lake. Our beloved wife, loving mother and grandmother, whose life was dedicated to serving her family and many others, will be greatly missed. Her service here has been completed and she has gone to her heavenly reward -- eternal life with Jesus. Survivors include her husband, Leon of Jonesboro; two daughters, Cheryl and husband, Darrell Manus of Jonesboro and Valerine and husband, Daniel Bevil of Lick Creek; three sons, Rick and wife, Angi Bunch and Martin and wife, Terri Bunch, all of Jonesboro and Darryl and wife, Meredith Bunch of Anna; grandchildren Sara Lynn Manus, Kyle and Kassie Bunch, Tonya, Brandon, Christopher Bunch, Christina Bevil, Jordan, Mikayla, Morgan, Charles, Aaron and wife, Svetlana Eads; four sisters, Billie Jean Alley of Macomb, Norma Lemaster of Florida, Betty Toler of Jonesboro and Shirley Rendleman of Indiana; and brother, Bob Hill of Anna. Services will be at 3 p. m. Saturday, Aug. 7, in the chapel of Hileman Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jim Stamp officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p. m. Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will be in Ebenezer Hall Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Tip Hospice.
Gayle Dianne Jones
MARION -- Gayle Dianne Jones, 53, of Marion, died at 6 a. m. Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, in Fountains Nursing Care Center in Marion. Gayle was born June 21, 1951, in Champaign, to Howard and Luella (Gates) Jones. They survive of Marion. Miss Jones has worked various jobs for Franklin-Williamson Human Services in West Frankfort since age 21. Gayle enjoyed competition. As a result she has won numerous gold medals, at both the state and district level, in bowling, bocce ball, basketball and field events during the Special Olympics. Gayle enjoyed going to the riverboat with her family, playing her organ and harmonica, typewriting, attending the Mari-Egy Day Camp, collecting Coca-Cola products and participating in activities and games with her friends at the Marion Group Home. She was a past member of the Girl Scouts of America and a registered Republican. Survivors include her mother and father, Howard and Luella Jones of Marion; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Allan K. and Jackie Jones and Monte G. & Carol Jones, all of Marion; sister and brother-in-law, Terri and David Murphy of Marion; nieces and nephews, Phillip and Paula Murphy of Avianne, Italy, Matthew Murphy, Wendie Johns, Jeff and Kistin Lober and Samantha and Mallory Jones, all of Marion; great nieces and nephews, Patrick Murphy of Avianne, Italy, Elair, Kaiden and Dennon Johns and Kelsey and Kennedy Lober, all of Marion. Gayle considered the staff and residents of the Marion Group Home her extended family. She was preceded in death by her nephew, Dane Johns. Service will be at 11 a. m. Saturday in Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion, with Dr. Joey Brent officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery
in Marion. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a. m. Saturday in the funeral home. Memorial donations are suggested to Marion Group Home, c/o Franklin-Williamson Human Services of West Frankfort.
MARION -- Roxanna (Aikman) Franklin Pulver, 92, died at 7:45 a. m. Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, at home. Arrangements are pending at Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale.
Camille Joan Hickman
ELKVILLE -- Camille Joan Hickman, 25, of Herrin, formerly of Elkville, passed away at 10:44 p. m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004, in St. Louis University Hospital. Camille was born in Du Quoin on Nov. 8, 1978, to Larry and Joyce (Craig) Hickman of Elkville. She joined the family that included her sister, Amanda Joy Hickman, now of Herrin. She was united with Christ in baptism at the Elkville Christian Church, where she faithfully attended to worship and celebrate with her church family. She graduated from Elverado High School in 1997. She attended John A. Logan College, where she received an associate's degree in accounting in 1999. She then went to SIUC, where she completed the Paralegal Capstone Program and graduated in 2001 with a bachelor's degree. She was a member of the Organization of Paralegal Students. She worked at Kroger stores in Du Quoin and Carbondale while she completed her degrees. After graduating, she worked as a paralegal in Murphysboro and most recently in Herrin. Camille was an avid reader, Rams fan, and loved spending time with her family and friends going to movies, eating out and participating in traveling trivia contests. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her parents of Elkville; one sister, Amanda Joy Hickman of Herrin; maternal grandparents, Allen 'Shot' and Naomi 'Gene' Craig of Elkville; uncles and aunts, Robert and Helen Almaroad of Marion, Ron and Pat Craig of Vergennes, Viola and Paul Parrish of Murphysboro, Joan and Gary Degenhardt of Ava, Chancey and Vickie Hickman of Florida, and Dolores and James King of Murphysboro; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Jim and Alberna Hickman, and Aunt Juanita Hickman. Services will be at 1 p. m. Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at the Elkville Christian Church in Elkville, with Brother Gary Pruitt officiating. Interment will be in Elkville Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p. m. Friday at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin and from 11 a. m. until the time of services Saturday at the church. Friends may make memorials to the Elkville Christian Church Building Fund. Memorials will be accepted at the funeral home.
JONESBORO -- Hans Greiving, 60, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004, in Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis. Services will be conducted at 11 a. m. Saturday, Aug. 7, in Hileman Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a. m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a graveside service and intermenty in Friendship Cemetery
in Dongola. The Rev. Dan Yeager will be officiating. Mr. Greiving was born on Feb. 11, 1944, in Chicago Heights, the son of Carl and Herminah (Langhans) Greiving. He worked for Keystone Wire and Steel. Survivors include one son, Jeff Greiving of Jonesboro; one daughter, Wendy Greiving of Makanda; one stepdaughter, Barbara Doublin of Anna; two step-sons, Jim Lacy of Makanda and Brian Lacy of Anna; one brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Janet Greiving of Dyer, Ind.; four grandchildren; four stepsisters; and one stepbrother.
TAMMS -- Lena Mae Peppersack Butler Barker, 87, of Tamms, died at 1:30 p. m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004, at home. Services will be at 1:30 p. m. today in Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna, with the Revs. Darrell Faire and Carl Land officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery
in Dongola. Visitation will be from 11 a. m. to 1:30 p. m. today in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Frank D. Tippy
MURPHYSBORO -- Frank D. Tippy, 56, formerly of Murphysboro, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004, in La Center, Wash., after a long battle with cancer. He was born Nov. 10, 1947, in Murphysboro, to John and Ruth (Neace) Tippy. He grew up in the area and graduated from Murphysboro Township High School in 1966. Frank worked for J. T. Blankenship and Assoc. before graduating from Southern Illinois University in 1970. He was with the Chicago and Northwestern Railway for 26 years and worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for eight as a professional engineer living in many states during his railroad career. He was a train enthusiast throughout his life. Fishing, camping, playing guitar and model railroading were his hobbies, but Bible study and family life were his passions. He taught and served in more than a dozen congregations of the Church of God in the Midwest. He was a dedicated family man. Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Pamela (P. J. ) McGowan Tippy, also formerly of Murphysboro; four children, Nathan of Troy, Mo., Samantha of Anderson, Ind., Veronica and Benjamin both of La Center; four grandchildren of Troy; his father, John W. Tippy Sr. and a brother John W., both of Murphysboro; a sister Ruth Ann Sands of Carbondale; and many nieces and nephews. His mother preceded him in death. There will be two memorial services. The first will be at the Mount Carbon Church of God in Murphysboro on Monday, Aug. 9. Visitation will begin at the church at 3 p. m. followed by a service at 6 p. m. A service will be held the following week at the First Church of God in Vancouver, Wash. Memorial contributions may be made to Children of Promise Missions Program through the First Church of God, 3300 NE 78th St., Vancouver, WA 98665.
HERRIN -- Charles A. Horn passed away at 3:30 p. m. Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, in Herrin Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was born May 20, 1943, in Energy, to David Leon and Laura Jean (Sellars) Horn. He attended Energy and Herrin schools. After retiring in 1998 from McKesson Co., he spent time hiking,
hunting and with his special grandson Tristan and the rest of his family. He was a member of Hurricane Memorial Church in Herrin. He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and Greg Houseworth, one son, Steven Horn, their mother, Jennie (Marshall) Horn-Absher, and one grandson, Tristan Houseworth, all of Herrin; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Barbara L. Myrick of Herrin and Wilma J. and Wallace Ridgway of New Lenox; three nieces, Jaki Hosman and her husband, Stacy, of Marion, Cindy Myrick of Buncomb and Julie Barnes of Herrin; two nephews and their wives, Richard and April Myrick of Reno, Nev., and Bob and Kathy Prather of Carbondale; seven great-nieces; five great-nephews; nine great-great-nieces; four great-great-nephews; one aunt, Katie Vancil of Dowell; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Richard Horn; aunt and uncle, Lucille and Buck Barnes; an uncle, Fisher Horn; one brother-in-law, Rodger Myrick; one nephew, Michael Prather; and several other aunts and uncles. Services were held Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, in Van Natta Funeral Home in Herrin. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery
in Carterville. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be provided by Van Natta Funeral Home.
Ralph H. Sprehe
CENTRALIA -- Ralph H. Sprehe, of Centralia, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, in St. Mary's Hospital. He was born June 25, 1914, in Hoffman, a son of Ben and Flora (Doel) Sprehe. He married Bernice Mueller May 17, 1941, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 6, 2000. Mr. Sprehe is survived by one son, Bill Sprehe and wife, Jeanne Ann of Centralia; one daughter, Mary Ballagh and husband, Tom of Centralia; two sisters, Dorothy Sprehe and Anita Lenzini of Carbondale; four grandchildren, Molly Harlan and husband, Derek of Centralia and Chelsey Sprehe of Centralia, Jill Turnage of Edwardsville and Michael Ballagh of Bloomington; one great-grandchild, Brooks Harlan of Centralia. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Howard Sprehe and Forrest Sprehe, one sister, Alice Westerbeck, two brothers-in-law, Harvey Westerbeck and Arnold Lenzini and one sister-in-law, June Sprehe. Mr. Sprehe was a life-long resident of Hoffman and Centralia and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Centralia. He graduated from Centralia Township High School in 1931. Mr. Sprehe founded Centralia Cartage Company in 1940 which grew to serve Southern Illinois, St. Louis, Evansville and Chicago before merging with Associated Truck Lines in 1978. He had earlier founded Sprehe Truck Service in Hoffman in 1931. Mr. Sprehe was chairman of the board of the Old National Bank from 1985 to 1995. He also had served on the boards of the First National Bank and Centralia Savings and Loan. He was a charter member of the Centralia Industrial Commission and served on the St. Mary's Hospital, St. Mary's Lay Advisory Board, Centralia Chamber of Commerce, Kaskaskia College Foundation, Centralia Rotary Club and as chairman of the Centralia United Fund Drive. Mr. Sprehe served for several years in many capacities of statewide and national truck transportation organizations, most notably as the president of the Illinois Trucking Association. He received the Jaycees Outstanding Service Award in 1973, Centralia Chamber of Commerce Industrial Appreciation Award in 1978, American Truck Historical Society Founder Award in 1980, Centralia Chamber of Commerce Award in 1987, Madonna Club Humanitarian Award in 1991 and the Kaskaskia College Foundation Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2002. Mr. Sprehe has been a contributor to many charities in the Centralia area, including the Centralia Recreation Complex, Centralia Area Historical Society, Jaycee Park/Sprehe Fields, Village of Hoffman Electronic Early Warning System, Hoffman Library, Centralia Foundation and the Kaskaskia College Foundation. He and his wife established the endowed St. Mary's Parish/Kaskaskia College Scholarship Fund. Services will be at 11 a. m. Monday, Aug. 9, 2004, in Irvin Funeral Home Chapel. Entombment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p. m. Sunday in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice and will be accepted at the funeral home.
MOUNT VERNON -- Cecil Oral Marcum, 83, died at 7:10 p. m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004, in Jeffersonian Care Center. Services will be at 1 p. m. Saturday at Mount Catherine Cemetery
in Woodlawn, with Mark Mitchell officiating. There will be no visitation. Johnston Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is in charge of arrangements.
McLEANSBORO -- Sam A. McCullough, 93, died at 11:15 p. m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004, in Hamilton Memorial Nursing Center. Services will be at 1 p. m. Saturday in Harre Funeral Home, with the Rev. Robert Sefried officiating. Burial will be in Garrison Cemetery
near Aden. Visitation will be from 10 a. m. to 1 p. m. Saturday in the funeral home.
Lena D. Parran
CARBONDALE -- Lena D. Parran, of Decatur, Ga., formerly of Carbondale, made her transition from life to everlasting life on Thursday, July 29, 2004, at 10:52 p. m. at the DeKalb Medical Center in Decatur. A home- going service will be at noon Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church, corner of Monroe and South Marion streets in Carbondale, with the Rev. Sidney Logwood officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a. m. to noon Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery
in Carbondale. Jackson Funeral Home in Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.
MURPHYSBORO -- Gerald 'Jelly' Grammer, 90, of Murphysboro, passed away at 11:25 p. m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Services will be held at 10 a. m. Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, in Pettett Funeral Home with the Rev. Frank Voorhees officiating. Burial will be in Murdale Gardens of Memory. Friends may call from 9 to 10 a. m. Saturday at the funeral home. Gerald was born Oct. 16, 1913, in Pomona, to John Wesley and Ida Ellen (Lipe) Grammer. He married Wilma Blake in April 1940 in Jackson, Miss. She preceded him in death on Oct. 17, 1995. Mr. Grammer was a farmer and worked in janitorial services at the Jackson County Nursing Home in Murphysboro. He was a member of Dutch Ridge Baptist Church in Pomona and a member of the Jackson County Farm Bureau. Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Shirley Phillips of Murphysboro and Geraldine 'Jeri' and Kenny Scranton of Creal Springs; seven grandchildren and six grandchildren-in-law, Greg and Angie Peterman and Gary and Tammy Peterman, all of Murphysboro, Sherri and Chris Harlambopoulos of Carroll Stream, Todd and Kim Stewart of Murphysboro, Travis and Johnna Stewart and Timothy Stewart, all of Marion, and Kendra and Sean Priddy of Las Vegas; two step-grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; close family friend Candace Melvin and family; and one sister, Louise Ellis of Wood River. He was preceded in death by five brothers; five sisters; one son-in-law, Bud Phillips; two grandsons, Terry and Tracy Stewart; one great-grandson; and one step-grandson.
MURPHYSBORO -- Earline F. Crane, 64, of Murphysboro, died at 4:50 a. m. Wednesday, Aug 4, 2004, in the Rehab and Care Center of Jackson County. Services will be at 2 p. m. Saturday, Aug. 7, in Pettett Funeral Home, with the Rev. Peggy Camp officiating. Burial will be in Murdale Gardens of Memory. Visitation will be from 12 to 2 p. m. Saturday at the funeral home.
JOHNSTON CITY -- Dion D. Martin, 49, of Johnston City, died at 6 a. m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004, in Herrin Hospital. Services will be held at 3 p. m. Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, in Murman and Wilson Funeral Home, with the Rev. David Sherwood and Paulette Sherwood officiating. Burial will be in the East Fork Cemetery
east of West Frankfort. Visitation will be after 5 p. m. today in the funeral home. Dion was born Aug. 25, 1954, in Chicago, the son of Arlie Harry and Pearl Louise (Johnson) Martin. He married Marian F. Henkelman Oct. 18, 1980, in Johnston City, and she survives. He is also survived by two sons, Stephen Daniel Martin, stationed with the U. S. Army in Germany, and James Andrew Martin of Johnston City; one daughter, Hannah Rose Martin of Johnston City; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Jackie and Frank McGee of Clarksville, Tenn., and Juanita and Larry Burton of West Chicago; two brothers, Darrell Martin of Herrin and Keith Martin of New Lenox; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister and mother-in-law. After nine years, Dion finally lost the battle to his blood disorder, but won the war over spiritual death. Dion was a mechanic who loved motorcycles and cars but hated busting his knuckles. One of his friends, Kevin Ray, who also loves cars, was always there for Dion. In the last few years, Dion was restoring a 1968 Nova. Working on that car was one of the things that kept him going. Another thing that kept him going was his faith in a loving, merciful and forgiving God.
ELDORADO -- Norma Theresa Victoria Elmore, 73, died at 2 p. m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004, in Fountainview Nursing Home. Services will be at 9 a. m. Saturday in St. Mary's Catholic Church, with Father Don Abell officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Anna Alice Smolak
DOWELL -- Anna AliceSmolak, 79, passed away at 11:06 a. m. Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, at home. Arrangements are incomplete at Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin.
PINCKNEYVILLE -- Celeste L. Mentel, 94, died at 1:42 p. m. Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, in Coulterville Care Ceneter. Arrangements are incomplete at Pyatt-Harrawood Funeral Home in Pinckneyville.
MURPHYSBORO -- Marie Saylor, 89, of Murphysboro, passed away at 3:45 a. m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004, in her granddaughter Debbie's home in Goreville, surrounded by her family. Services will be held at 11 a. m. Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, in Pettett Funeral Home, with the Rev. P. K. Sunny officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p. m. today and until 11 a. m. Friday in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois Inc. Marie was born Aug. 5, 1914, in Perry County, to Riley Dearmond and Dora (Beard) Dearmond. She married George Saylor on July 21, 1934, in Murphysboro, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 14, 1954. She worked at former Brown Shoe Co. for several years. Mrs. Saylor was a member of the St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Murphysboro and a member of the VFW Post 7190 Ladies Auxiliary. Marie enjoyed growing flowers and was an excellent seamstress. She spent many hours sewing Barbie doll clothes for her granddaughter Debbie. She also enjoyed cooking for her children and grandchildren. Mrs. Saylor is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, LaDonna and Robin Teitloff of Metropolis; one sister, Agnes Fann of Du Quoin; six grandchildren, Deborah Saylor Connell and her husband, Knute Connell, Lee Ann Murphy and her husband, Tim Murphy, Arnold Saylor Jr. and his wife, Karen Saylor, Thomas Reed and his wife, April Reed, Bobby Reed and his wife, Tonya and Van Reed; eight great-grandchildren Natalie Connell, Adam Connell, Jennifer Saylor, Melissa Saylor, Emily Lane, Terrin Reed, Tristin Reed and Sydney Reed; several nieces and nephews and two very good friends, Helen Garner and Cheeca Vancil, both of Murphysboro. She was preceded in death by three sons, Arnold Saylor Sr., Charles 'Wayne' Saylor and Donald Saylor, one brother, two sisters and many friends.