EAST PEORIA -- Vern Norton, 68, of 203 Ave. D. Lot 97, died at 12:55 a. m. Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born on March 8, 1936, in Pomona, to Frank W. and Mae Noble Norton. He married Anna M. Bennett in Peoria on Dec. 18, 1982, and she survives. Also surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Melody and James Reynolds of Washington, Ill.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Doreen Norton of Charleston, S. C. , and Victor and Ali Norton of Washington, Ill.; two stepdaughters and their spouses, Hazel and Jerry Maddox and Marna and Aaron VanOrder, all of East Peoria; six grandchildren; and two sisters, Carol Baggett of Murphysboro and Kay Norton-Jordan of Maryville. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. He was a power trucker at Caterpillar Inc. for 32 years, retiring on July 1, 1998. He was a loyal member of United Auto Workers 974, and he attended Faith Christian Centre in Washington, Ill. Services will be at 11 a. m. Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria, with the Rev. Rick Brisbin officiating. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to OSF Forest Park 1700 (cancer unit) in Peoria.
Luise Kissel Tinder
CARTERVILLE -- Luise Kissel Tinder, 86, of Carterville, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, in Herrin Hospital. Memorial services will be held at 1 p. m. , Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, in Riggin-Pillatsch Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Dorothy Cook officiating. Friends may call from noon until the time of service. Luise was born on Oct. 11, 1917, in Lampertheim, Germany, to Fritz and Luise (Moss) Kissel. She married Elmer P. Tinder in 1958 in Germany. He preceded her in death in November 1996. She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Inge and Jack Hadfield of Carterville; one son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Erika Kissel of Lampertheim, Germany; one sister, Inge Beoh of Mannheim, Germany; six grandchildren, Bill and Martha Hadfield of Leavenworth, Kan. , Robert and Jeananne Hadfield of Crescent City, Calif. , and Thomas, Simone, Rene and Jeannine Kissel, all of Germany; six great-grandchildren, Molly and Byron Hadfield, both of Leavenworth, Kan., and Jace, Jaclyn and Rustin Hadfield, all of Crescent City, Calif.; and one great-grandson in Germany. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer Tinder; two sisters; and one brother. Luise was a homemaker. She enjoyed crocheting, handwork and spending time with her friends at the Carterville Senior Citizens.
CHESTER -- James C. Blechle, 84, of Chester, died at 4 p. m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004, in Chester Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home.
Robert Russell Choate
AVA -- Robert Russell Choate, 81, died at 9 a. m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004, at home. Services will be at 2 p. m. Thursday, Aug. 26, in Wilson's Funeral Home in Ava, with the Rev. Marvin 'Bud' Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Buchanan Cemetery
in Rockwood. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. today and from 7:30 a. m. to 2 p. m. Thursday at Wilson's Funeral Home. Mr. Choate was a farmer and a retired heavy equipment supervisor. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Chester. He was a World War II veteran, serving in an Army armored division from 1943 to 1946. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 487 in Chester, Kaskaskia VFW Post 3553 in Chester, and Alma Lodge 497 A. F. and A. M. in Steeleville. He was also an honorary member of Mississippi Valley Gun Club and Carpenters Local 169 in East St. Louis. He was born on June 19, 1923, in Jackson County, to John Lawrence and Lelia V. Smith Choate. He married Ruby K. Koehn Sept. 18, 1948, at First Baptist Church in Ava. He is survived by his wife, Ruby K. Choate of Ava; one nephew, whom they are raising, Matt Tindall of Ava; one sister, Eula Mae Berry of Collinsville; and one brother, Charles Choate of Fairview Heights. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Jack, Harold, John and George; and one sister, Ruby Morrison. Memorials may be made to Buchanan Cemetery
or the First Presbyterian Church of Chester.
DU QUOIN -- Opal (Craig) Vaughn, 81, of Du Quoin, died Monday, Aug. 23, 2004, in the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Dennis (Henrietta) Melvin of Du Quoin. She was born Dec. 14, 1922, in Johnson County, to John Logan and Minnie Elizabeth (Thornton) Craig. She last married Clarence Vaughn on Dec. 3, 1976, and he preceded her in death. Opal is survived by her granddaughter, Henrietta and husband Dennis Melvin of Du Quoin; one grandson, Donald Lee Jr. and wife Suzie Dasher of Pinckneyville; one sister, Edna (Craig) Stepson of Benton; one brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Rowie Craig of Benton; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and a special son-in-law, Donald Lee Dasher Sr. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence; one daughter, Bonita Dasher; one son, David Lingle; five brothers; and two sisters. Services will be held at 1 p. m. Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, in the Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort, with the Rev. Timothy Melvin officiating. Burial will be in the County Line Cemetery
in Creal Springs. Friends may call after 10 a. m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.
Nettie Opal 'Granny' Knight
HARRISBURG -- Nettie Opal 'Granny' Knight, 90, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at 7:25 a. m. Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, in Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. She was born May 15, 1914, to William Preston Barnes and Lura Ann Bramlet-Barnes in Golconda. She married Benjamin Stanley Knight on Aug. 21, 1937. She was preceeded in death by her parents; her husband, Stanley; one son, Bennie Joe Knight; three brothers, Roy, Harley and Charles Barnes; and one sister, Beulah Goebel. She is survived by one daughter, Ramona Pretz of Mount Vernon; one son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Carol Ann Knight of Creal Springs; one daughter-in-law, Linda Sue Knight-Johnson of Vienna; seven grandchildren, Deborah Vincent, Karmen Pretz, Angela Knight-Paris, Lisa Knight-Mighell, Kathy Lovelace, Sharon Wisdom and Diana Ball; 14 great-grandchildren, Michael, Joey, and Kristina Vincent, Kasey and Jamie Paris, Ellianna and Brody Mighell, Chelsy, Heath and Kalli Lovelace, Andrea and Austin Wisdom, and Kaylind and Dustin Ball; and many dear friends. She was a homemaker and Granny to all who knew her. She was a member of the First General Baptist Church in Wood River until she moved to Southern Illinois to be near her family. She was a member of the Wood River Garden Club, a volunteer for the Wood River Hospital Auxiliary and a volunteer for the Republican Party. Visitation was Tuesday at Gaskins Funeral Home in Harrisburg. Services will be at 10 a. m. today in the funeral home. Burial will be in Sunset Hills Cemetery
in Harrisburg. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association and will be taken at the funeral home.
ELDORADO -- Georgia F. 'Midge' Stout, 91, died at 5 a. m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004, at home. Services will be at 11 a. m. Saturday, Aug. 28, in the Colonial Terrace Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Jack R. Holoman officiating. Burial will be in Lindale Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. Friday at the funeral home.
ELGIN -- Gladys (McGowan) Stites, 103, formerly of Tunnel Hill, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, in the Rosewood Care Center in Elgin. Services will be at 2 p. m. Thursday in Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna, with the Rev. Jeffery Lowery officiating. Burial will be in Robinson-Wise Cemetery, north of Ozark. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p. m. Thursday in the funeral home.
MARION -- Edna M. Qualls, 89, died at 7 a. m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004, at home. Services will be at 1 p. m. Friday in Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, with Dr. Joey Bent officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a. m. to 1 p. m. Friday in the funeral home.
Margo C. Aldridge
MURPHYSBORO -- Margo C. Aldridge, 67, of Murphysboro, died at 3:55 a. m. Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, in the Rehab and Care Center of Jackson County in Murphysboro. She was born Aug. 15, 1937, in Harvey, a daughter of the late Lionel and Marion Baldwin Swedler. She was married June 16, 1956, to William H. Aldridge Jr. , and he survives. Other survivors include four sons and three daughters-in-law, William H. III 'Harry' and Kim of Murphysboro; Richard S. and Christy of St. Johns, Ind. , James A. and Colleen of Stutgart Air Force Base, Germany, and Dennis M. Aldridge of Wister, Okla.; two brothers, Johnnie Swedler of Galena and Eugene Swedler of Lansing; two sisters, Lionela Totel and Heather Koenig, both of Ottawa, Ill.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p. m. Thursday, Aug. 26, in the Crain Funeral Home Pleasant Grove Chapel on Old Illinois 13 between Carbondale and Murphysboro. Interment will be in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 11 a. m. to 1 p. m. Thursday at the funeral home. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Southern Illinois Chapter.
MURPHYSBORO -- Anne Rogers, 72, died Monday, Aug. 23, 2004, in a car accident near Effingham. Services will be at 10 a. m. Saturday, Aug. 28, in First United Methodist Church in Carbondale, with the Rev. John R. Annable officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. Friday at the church. Huffman-Harker Funeral Home in Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.
MURPHYSBORO -- Gene Rogers, 71, died Monday, Aug. 23, 2004, in a car accident near Effingham. Services will be at 10 a. m. Saturday, Aug. 28, in First United Methodist Church in Carbondale, with the Rev. John R. Annable officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. Friday at the church. Huffman-Harker Funeral Home in Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.
WEST FRANKFORT -- Lena Page, 101, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004, in Franklin Hospital in Benton. Arrangements are incomplete at the Parker-Reedy Funeral Home.
BENTON -- Leon Augustyn, 89, died at 2:27 p. m. Monday, Aug. 23, 2004, in Franklin Hospital in Benton. Services will be at 10 a. m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, in the Liberty-Ridlin Cemetery
in Macedonia, with the Rev. Larry D. Clyatt officiating. Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Harry Kenny Etheridge
GOREVILLE --Harry K. (Kenny) Etheridge, 58, formerly of Goreville, lost his battle to cancer on Friday, Aug. 20, 2004, at home in Houston. He was born on March 1, 1946, in Tunnel Hill, to the late Harry L. and Judy (Coonce) Etheridge. Kenny was inducted into the United States Army in 1966. He served in Vietnam and received an honorable discharge in 1968. After he returned home he made his living as a construction worker, and for the last 15 years owned and operated his own backhoe business. He married Brenda Dooley, and they had three daughters. He is surveyed by his wife, Brenda; three daughters and sons-in-law, Joleena and Greg Clark of Thompsonville, Bridget and Eric Anderson of Wentzville, Mo. , and Brigetta Pulley of Thompsonville; seven grandchildren, Mitchel Pulley, Gage Pulley, Erica Anderson, Dylan Anderson, Brendan Clark, Miss Megan Clark and Noah Anderson; three brothers and four sisters, Deeann Etheridge of Goreville, Ted Etheridge of Goreville, Karen Jones of Goreville, Kathy Miller of New Jersery, Janice Etheridge of Goreville, Bruce Etheridge of Goreville, and Bryan Etheridge of Goreville. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Oren Gale Etheridge. Kenny was a devoted Republican, loved Gen. George S. Patton and liked telling little bitty stories. He will be sadly missed by those that loved him. A private memorial service for the family will be held at a later date.
HARRISBURG -- Kenneth Donald Modglin, 62, died at 2:30 a. m. Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, in the VA Medical Center in Marion. Services will be at 11 a. m. today in Reed Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Art Watson officiating. Burial will be in Colbert Cemetery, with full military honors performed by members of the American Legion and the VFW. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p. m. Monday at the funeral home.
CAIRO -- Helen Frances Bauerle, 90, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Services will be at 10 a. m. Monday, Aug. 30, in St. Patrick's Church in Cairo, with Father Jerome Fortenberry officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery
in Villa Ridge. Visitation will be after 5 p. m. Sunday in the Barkett Funeral Home. The Holy Rosary will be recited at 7 p. m. in the funeral home chapel, with Monsignor McGhee officiating.
Marsha M. Roberson
DALE -- Marsha M. Roberson, 57, died at 8:44 a. m. Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, in Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado. Services will be at 2 p. m. Thursday at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, with the Revs. Kenny and Vera Mae Brand officiating. Burial will be in Digby Hill Cemetery
in Dale. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Vera Aileen Mosley Chaniot
WEST FRANKFORT -- Vera Aileen Mosely Chaniot, 86, passed away peacefully on the morning of Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004, in Phoenix, where she had recently moved to be with family. She was born in West Frankfort to Walter and Hannah Mosley on Jan. 10, 1918, the eldest of six children. She was married to Clifford Chaniot for 31 years, and together they had one child, La-Tisha. Her surviving relatives are her brother, Randall Mosley; her grandchildren, Elizabeth, Clifford and Laura; and her great-grandchildren, Hannah, Rachael, Jacob, Jonah and Benjamin. Not to be forgotten are her many nieces and nephews, along with her dear sisters-in-law. She leaves many others and although no direct relation, they are no less loved. Services will be held at 11 a. m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004, in Boner Cemetery, with services to be presided over by Lloyd Whittaker. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Aileen's name to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 East Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014-5669.
Dorothy J. Cox
MARION -- Dorothy J. Cox, 81, formerly of Carbondale, died at 4:40 a. m. Monday, Aug. 23, 2004, at Shawnee Christian Nursing Home. Dorothy was born May 2, 1923, to George Almond and Julie (Proctor) Cox in Marion. Dorothy was a professor of library sciences at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She was a graduate of SIUC, a member of SIU Emeritus Association. , Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, Beta Phi Mu Retirees, SIU Alumni Association, and ISEA. She was a Baptist. Survivors include, a niece, Marsha Rebecca of Marion; two great-nephews, Tim Bailey and wife, Dawn, of Stonefort and Todd Bailey and wife, Wendi, of Vienna; two great-great-nieces, Taci Bailey and Taryn Bailey; two great-great-nephews, Trey Bailey and Tanner Bailey; Ms. Cox was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Marvin Cox, and niece, Jennifer Gail Bearden. Services will be at 11 a. m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of the arrangements. For those who prefer memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.
PINCKNEYVILLE -- Violet A. Trigg, 89, died at 7:13 p. m. Friday, Aug. 20, 2004, in St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Services will be at 11 a. m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, in the First Baptist Church in Pinckneyville, with the Rev. Jim Endsley officiating. Burial will be in the Mueller Hill Cemetery
in Pinckneyville. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p. m. today and from 8 to 9:30 a. m. Wednesday at the Pyatt-Harrawood Funeral Home and from 10 to 11 a. m. Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Pinckneyville or the American Cancer Society.
JOHNSTON CITY -- Rose Steinmetz, 58, of Johnston City, died at 7:17 p. m. Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, at her family home. Services will be at 11 a. m. today in Murman and Wilson Funeral Home in Johnston City, with Sister Catherine Wellinghoff and the Rev. Robert Jilek officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery
in Johnston City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, envelopes available at the funeral home. Rose was born on July 20, 1946, in Herrin, the daughter of Fred and Bonnie (Porter) Yelencich. She married Don Steinmetz in May 1969, in Johnston City, and he survives. Rose had worked at Anderson News for the last 18 years. She was a graduate of Johnston City high school class of 1964 and was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Johnston City. She is survived by one daughter, Lisa Moore and husband, Kevin of Carterville; and one son, Shane Steinmetz and wife, Liberty of Johnston City; a grandson, Coltan Steinmetz; one brother Greg Yelencich and wife, Ingela of Johnston City; one stepson, Randall Steinmetz Sr. of Herrin; two step-grandchildren, Randy Steinmetz Jr. of Harrisburg and Christina Fox of Harrisburg; two step-great-granddaughters, Alex Steinmetz of Marion and Hailey Steinmetz of Harrisburg. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Joanne Von Dane
WEST FRANKFORT -- Joanne Von Dane, 75, of Fairfield Glade, Tenn., formerly of West Frankfort, passed away Monday morning, Aug. 23, 2004, at her home. Joanne was a member of Fairfield Glade Baptist Church and volunteered with Plateau Pregnancy Services in Crossville, Tenn. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eva and Hershel Simpson. Survivors include her husband, Ralph Von Dane of Fairfield Glade, Tenn.; two daughters and sons-in-law Lisa and Fred Chaney of Loudon, Tenn. and Kay Herrell of Jupiter, Fla.; a son and daughter-in-law, Gary Ray and Libby Killion of West Frankfort; seven grandchildren, Cameron Chaney, Blake Chaney, Barrett Chaney, Riley Herrell, Justin Killion, Basil Killion and Alecia Lenich; two great-granddaughters, Justice Killion and Maleah Killion; a step-son and step-daughter-in-law, Jim and Marla Von Dane of Fernandida Beach Fla.; a step-daughter and step-son-in-law, Joy and Ralph Chadwell of Winston Salem N. C.; and a step-granddaughter and step-great-granddaughter, Stephanie and McKenna Phillips. Services will be 6 p. m. Wednesday, at the Fairfield Glade Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p. m. Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of Fairfield Glade Baptist Church, 5160 Peavine Rd. , Fairfield Glade, TN 38571 or Plateau Pregnancy Services, 99 Walker Hill Rd. , Crossville, TN 38555, 931-456-6944. Bilbrey Funeral Home Inc. of Crossville, is in charge of arrangements.
CARBONDALE -- Peggy Green, 93, formerly of Cairo, died at 9:50 a. m. Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004, at the Carbondale Nursing and Rehab Center. Services will be at 11 a. m. Wednesday, in Spencer Heights Memorial Park in Mounds, with the Rev. Ronnie S. Mack officiating. Massis Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of the arrangements.