CARRIER MILLS -- James Walter Dunning, 69, of Looxahoma, Miss. , formerly of Carrier Mills, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, in the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Services will be at 1 p. m. Thursday in the Felty Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery, with full military rites by the Carrier Mills and Harrisburg American Legions. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p. m. today at the funeral home.
MOUNT VERNON -- Madeline M. (Kerr) Hinkle, 79, died at 9:56 a. m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004, in Saint Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon. Services will be at 1 p. m. Thursday in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, with Pastor Jack Lucas officiating. Burial will be at 3:30 p. m. Thursday in Denning Cemetery
in West Frankfort. Visitation will be from 11 a. m. to 1 p. m. Thursday in the church. Newell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
CHESTER -- Valla Dorisene Smith, 68, of Labadie, Mo. , formerly of Chester, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, at home. Services will be at 2 p. m. Thursday in Schroeder-McClure Funeral Chapel in Chester, with the Rev. Lyle Babcock officiating. Burial will be in New Palestine Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. today and 7:30 a. m. to 2 p. m. Thursday in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to New Palestine Cemetery
Nancy Davis Sorrels
ANNA -- Nancy (Davis) Sorrels, 78, passed away at 10:17 a. m. Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, surrounded by her family. Nancy was born on Feb. 3, 1926, in Anna, the daughter of Ora and Clella (Davis) Davis. She married Bill Sorrels on Sept. 9, 1945, in Anna. He preceded her in death on Aug. 18, 1989. Surviving Nancy are 'Nancy's Girls,' Cindy and husband, Larry Swope, Mindy and husband, Larry Carter both of Anna, Cecelia and husband, James Hodges of Gatesville, Texas, Nan and husband, Maurice Ginsburg of Makanda; one brother, Jim and wife, Sandra Davis of Anna; grandchildren, Jason of Erin Karraker, Julie Hand and Eric, Jay, David and Neely Carter, Chris Hodges, Lauren Shelton, Michael Joe and Nicholas Ginsburg; great-grandchildren, Danton, Cody and Kayla Hand; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bill and one grandson, Anthony Hodges. Nancy was a very engaging and social person with many interests. She loved to dote over her grandchildren and cherished her time with her many friends by playing card and planning parties. Her knack for quilting and handiwork won 'Best of Show' at the 2003 P. A. S. T. Quilt Turning. Her love for Christmas has become a family tradition and will be passed down in her loving fashion for many years and generations to come. Nancy and Bill were co-owners of Jo-An Laundry and Cleaners in Anna, Vienna and Cairo for many years until their retirement. Services for Nancy Davis Sorrels will be held at 11 a. m. today at the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Anna, with the Rev. Steve Wilkinson, Monsignor Dennis Schaefer and Sister Joan Backes officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a. m. at the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the Danton Hand Fund for Autism. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of the arrangements.
Katie F. Stork
NEW ATHENS -- Katie F. Stork, 91, of New Athens, formerly of Walsh, passed away 4:10 a. m. Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, at New Athens Home. She was born to the late Martin and Lena (Stumpe) Young on Sept. 15, 1912, in Evansville. She married Arthur Stork on June 21, 1932; he preceded her in death on Nov. 13, 1963. Arthur and Katie managed the Stork General Merchandise Store in Walsh and Ellis Grove. She was also a homemaker. She was a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church, Chester, a former member of St. Pius V Catholic Church, Walsh, and Altar Sodality at St. Pius V Catholic Church. Survivors include two sons, Charles (Pat) Stork of Sparta and Donald (Joanna) Stork of Belleville; one brother, William Young of Chester; one sister Clara (Herb) Eggemeyer of Chester, two sisters-in-law Pauline Young of Chester and Laverne Young of Evansville; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, five brothers and five sisters. Funeral Mass will be at 9 a. m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004 at St. Pius V Catholic Church, Walsh with the Rev. John J. Joyce officiating. Interment will be in St. Pius Catholic Cemeteryin Walsh. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p. m. today and 8 to 8:30 a. m. Wednesday at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home, Evansville. Prayer Service will be 5 p. m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to New Athens Home, 203 South Johnson St. New Athens, Illinois 62264.
Leslie F. Waite
HARRISBURG -- Leslie F. Waite, 97, died 11:50 a. m. Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at Harrisburg Medical Center. Services will be 11 a. m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, at Raleigh Masonic Cemetery
in Eldorado, with Dr. Blaine Welker officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the building fund at First Baptist Church or the McKinley Ave. Baptist Church Building Fund. He was a retired construction superintendent for Barter Construction Company. He was a member of the Harrisburg First Baptist Church. A member of the Masonic Lodge, Busse, Iowa, and Egyptian Shrine Club and a 32nd Degree Mason. He was born on Aug. 20, 1907, in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of Farrel G. And Madge (Hill) Waite. He married Levenia Jolly April 20, 1931, she died Feb. 26, 1999. Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Farrel and Wanda Waite of Harrisburg, M. Jay and Judy Waite of Carrolton, Texas, Leslie Dale Waite of Harrisburg; eight grandchildren, Steve and Teresa Waite of Ridgefield Conn. , Ryan and Kristie Van Buren Ark. , Bryan Waite of Harrisburg; Marilyn Waite of Harrisburg, Glynda and Greg Fullbright of Auburndale Fla. , Kim Camp of Atlanta, Jae Lynn and Armondo Rangel of Lewisville, Texas and Tracy and Jeff Adams of Galatia; 15 great-grandchildren, Jason (Brittany) Fullbright of Lakeland, Fla. , Adam Leslie Taylor of Fayetteville, Ark. , Mathew Waite of Lewisville, Texas, Joseph, Anthony, and Eric Waite of Ridgefield, Conn. , Colton Wayne Adams of Galatia, Jeremy Camp of Atlanta, Mitchell Garret Waite of Van Buren, Ark. , Brittany Camp of Atlanta, Shelby Rangel of Lewisville, Texas, Olivia and Juliana Waite of Ridgeville, Conn. , Delaney Nicole and Evan Rae Adams of Galatia; great-great grandchild, Brantly Jason Fullbright of Lakeland, Fla. Leslie was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Jolly, a son, Jerry Lee, his father, mother stepfather and two sisters. For 25 years Leslie and his wife enjoyed their winters at Frog Creek Campground near Palmetto, Fla. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed sharing his catch with many friends.
GOLCONDA -- Helen Densch, 89, died at 2:50 p. m. Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, at Pope County Care Center in Golconda. Services will be at 1 p. m. Thursday, Sept. 9 at Brownsfield Baptist Church in Brownsfield, with the Revs. Justin Reynolds and Don Anderson officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery
in Golconda. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p. m. Wednesday, with Eastern Star Service at 8 p. m. at Aly Funeral Home in Golconda. Arrive at the church at noon before service on Thursday. Mrs. Densch was Pope County Treasurer for 16 years and a real estate saleswoman since 1952. She was a member of the Brownsfield Baptist Church. A member of the Pope County Republican Women, PTA, a home extension secretary and Order of Eastern Star of Illinois 1007. She was born on Jan. 18, 1915, in Ford's Ferry, Ky. , the daughter of Hugh and Zoa (McConnell) Curry. She married Rue Densch Sept. 18, 1937, he preceded her in death on Feb. 21, 1997. Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Jeanne and Ted Bristoe Boglino and Alice and George Thodoropoulos of Golconda; four grandchildren, Maryann and Keith Schutt of Golconda, Michael Boglino of Harrisburg, Capt. Krist and Amity Thodoropoulos, Germany, and Adrian Thodoropoulos of Golconda; four great-grandchildren, Cody Burk, Taylor Burk, Mackenzie Schutt, Kaleb Schutt; one sister-in-law, Marie Densch Gray of Carrabelle, Fla.; nieces and nephews in Florida. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Hugh and Zoa (McConnell) Curry; step-father, James Ledbetter; husband, Rue Densch and one brother, Hugh Curry.
Shirley Jane (Davis) Mitroka
ROYALTON -- Shirley Jane (Davis) Mitroka, 70, died at 6:40 a. m. Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, at home. Shirley was born Aug. 1, 1934, in Franklin County, to Isaac and Golda Gertrude (Lindsey) Davis. She married Charles Mitroka 50 years ago, April 29, 1954, in West Frankfort. He survives in Royalton. They celebrated their 50th anniversary with their family on the 4th of July weekend. Other survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Deena Mitroka Jr. of Royalton; a daughter, Kim Mitroka and Scott Shipley of Royalton; her grandchildren, Melissa Mitroka, Steve Battaglia Jr., Ashley Mitroka, Matthew Battaglia and Desrie Rideout; brothers-in-law, Mike Mitroka of Royalton, George Mitroka and his wife, Mary Ann of Howell, Mich. and a sister-in-law, Julie Lembo of Royalton. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Douglas Partin. Shirley was a homemaker and a farm wife. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, called 'Baboo' by her grandchildren. She was a member of the Holy Protection of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church and Alter Society in Royalton. A funeral Mass for Mrs. Mitroka will be held at 10 a. m. Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, at the Orthodox Church in Royalton, with Father George Gulin officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Orthodox Cemetery, east of Royalton. Visiting hours are from 6 to 9 p. m. Wednesday at Vantrease Funeral Home in Royalton where the Requiem Parastas prayer service will be held at 7 p. m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Mrs. Mitroka may be made the St. Mary's Orthodox Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home or may be mailed to P. O. Box 307, Royalton, IL 62983.
WEST FRANKFORT -- Kevin Meneese, 37, formerly of Herrin, died 9 p. m. Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, in Franklin Hospital in Benton. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Varis-Stone Funeral Home of West Frankfort.
Vlasta (Duty) Whittington
WHITTINGTON -- Vlasta (Duty) Whittington, 87, died at 3:32 p. m. Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, at Severin's Nursing Home in Benton. She was born in Franklin County on Sept. 4, 1917, the daughter of Ransom and Bertha Duty. She was a retired beautician. She married Woodrow Whittington, and he preceded her in death. Woodrow was the barber in Whittington for 70 years. She is survived by three nephews, Mr. and Mrs. Basil Whittington, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Whittington, and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Whittington; and two nieces, Peggy McCann and Patsy Herring. Services will be held at 11 a. m. Wednesday, Sept. 8 at Johnston Funeral Home in Whittington, with the Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Burial will be beside her husband in the Shiloh Cemetery
in Whittington. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p. m. Tuesday at the Johnston Funeral Home in Whittington.
Willard Charles Kellerman
PINCKNEYVILLE -- Willard Charles Kellerman, 85, of Columbia, formerly of Pinckneyville, passed away at 4:15 p. m. Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at the St. Anthony Hospital in St. Louis. Williard had worked as a locomotive engineer for Penn-Central Railroad for 25 years. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Pinckneyville. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Fireman and Engineers for 30 years. He was born Jan. 10, 1919, at Breese, the son of Charles Edward and Mildred Mabel (Baker) Kellerman. He married B. Faye Hutchings on Oct. 4, 1981, at Augusta, Ga. , and she survives. He is survived by his wife of Columbia; one son, Donald Gene Kellerman and wife, Carol of Mulkeytown; three daughters, Rosalie Smith of Killeen, Texas, Linda Comiskey and husband, James of Brooklyn, Mich. , and Lana Butzky and husband Karl of Livonia, Mich.; one stepson, Glenn Batson of Du Quoin; one sister; Helen Duane Lucas of Myrtle Creek, Ore.; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Charles W. Kellerman, three brothers and one sister. Services will be at 10 a. m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin with the Rev. Jon Smithley officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin. Interment will be in the Mueller Hill Cemetery
at Pinckneyville. Friends may make memorials to the Zion Lutheran Church of Pinckneyville or American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home.
Leslie (Les) B. Via Sr.
ELDORADO -- Leslie (Les) B. Via Sr. , 81, died 5:50 a. m. Monday, Sept. 6, 2004 at Ferrel Hospital in Eldorado. Services will be at 2 p. m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, at Watson Funeral Home in Eldorado, with the Rev. Hubert Bradley officiating. Burial will be in the Rhine Cemetery
in Eldorado. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. with a Masonic Service said at 7 p. m. Tuesday. Mr. Via was a retired truck driver and a bus driver for Eldorado Unit No. 4 School District. He was a member of the Little Chapel Church. He was a member of the Raleigh Masonic Lodge No. 128, a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Ainad Temple in East St. Louis. He was born May 7, 1923, in Hickman County Ky. , the son of Bloomer Via and Tishie (Beadles) Via. He married Dorothy Via, March 15, 1947. She preceded him in death April 14, 1990. Survivors include two sons, Leslie (Shorty) and wife, Debbie Via of Marion and Tom Via of Marion; and one daughter, Mrs. Ron (Pamela) Watson of Eldorado; six grandchildren, Shannon and Tina Watson of Eldorado, Brian and Cheryl Watson of Elorado, Gary and Tracey Via of Jackson, Mo. Greg and Marci Via of Alameda, Calif. , Jason Via of Carbondale and Justin Via of Marion; and six great-grandchildren, Alex, Brittany and Emily Watson, Elizabeth, Mary Kate and Ian Via. He is preceded in death by a son, Dennis (Deputy Dog) Via Jan. 2, 2003; one brother and two sisters.
Edward U. 'Dink' Wendell
WILLISVILLE -- Edward U. 'Dink' Wendell, 93, died at 9:50 p. m. Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004 in Memorial Hospital in Chester. Services will be at 11 a. m. Thursday, Sept. 9 at Wilson's Funeral Home in Steeleville, with the Rev. Marvin 'Bud' Bennett, officiating. Burial will be in Caledonia Cemetery
in Sparta. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p. m. Wednesday and from 7:30 to 11 a. m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Mr. Wendell retired from Menard Correctional Center. He was of the Protestant faith and a member of the AFSCME Illinois Retirees Chapter No. 56 in Chester. He was born Saturday, Aug. 19, 1911 in Willisville, the son of Edward U. And Francis (Karwood) Wendell. He married Beulah Mae Johnsey on March 29, 1947, in Perryville, Mo. She died on April 26, 1997. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Rex and Carolyn Wendell of Willisville; three daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and George Harris of St. Louis, Norma Jean Wise of Columbia and Della and Marvin Myers of Percy; 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters Eunice Buening and Alma McDonald both of Chester. He is preceded in death by his parents, one son, Jack, three grandchildren, three sisters and three brothers.
Steven Michael Cain
WOLF LAKE -- Steven Michael Cain, 54, died at 5:52 p. m. Friday, Sept. 3, 2004 east of Anna. He was born on Sept. 13, 1949, in Tuscola, the son of Clifford Dean and Clara Louise (Peddycourt) Cain. He attended Anna Heights Baptist Church in Anna and was a member of the Anna Moose Lodge No. 1346. Steven had a kind heart and was always wanting to do anything he could to help others, will be sadly missed by all those who knew him. He is survived by his parents, Cliff and Clara of Wolf Lake; one brother, Phillip Cain of Wolf Lake and his special friend, Marsha Wilson of Cobden; two sisters, Brenda and husband, David Schlenker of Anna and Donna and husband, Tom Morse of Longwood, Fla.; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Services for Mr. Steven Michael Cain will be held at 10 a. m. Friday, Sept. 10, 2004, at the Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna, with the Rev. Jim Stamp officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call at the Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna from 5 to 8 p. m. Thursday. Memorials may be made to Haven House in Anna.
JOHNSTON CITY -- Roy Cagle, 79, died at 5:30 a. m. Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, at Benton Health Care Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Murman and Wilson Funeral Home in Johnston City.
MARION -- Billy Bankston, 74, died 5:29 p. m. Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. Arrangements are incomplete at Blue Funeral Home in Marion.
CARTERVILLE -- Abe North, 91, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, at Parkway Manor in Marion. Arrangements are incomplete at Riggin- Pillatsch Funeral Home in Carterville.
MURPHYSBORO -- Dr. Barbara Cordoni Kupiec, 70, died 6:50 a. m. Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. Services will be at 11 a. m. Thursday at Grace United Methodist Church in Carbondale, with the Rev. Sally Hamon officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Crain Funeral Home Pleasant Grove Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
CHESTER -- Valla D. Smith, 68, of Labadie, Mo. , formerly of Chester, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, at home. Arrangements are incomplete at Schroeder-McClure Funeral Home Chapel in Chester.
CHRISTOPHER -- John Wayne Branum, 60, formerly of Du Quoin, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, in St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon. Services will be at 2 p. m. Wednesday at the United Pentecostal Church in Du Quoin, with Pastor John Snell and Brother Bob Baker officiating. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery
in Du Quoin. Visitation will be from 12 to 2 p. m. Wednesday at the church. Memorial may be made to the First Apostolic Church in Ziegler. Pyatt-Harrawood and Epplin Funeral Home in Du Quoin is in charge of arrangements.
CHESTER -- Marion L. Moellering, 83, died at 10:05 a. m. Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, at Three Springs Nursing Home in Chester. Services will be at 10 a. m. Thurday at Welge and Pechacek Funeral Home in Chester, with the Rev. Mark Willig officiating. Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery
in Chester. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. Wednesday and from 7:30 to 10 a. m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church Radio Fund.
DU QUOIN -- Mary E. VanDermark, 88, died 4:30 p. m. Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, at Pinckneyville Community Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin.
HARRISBURG -- Lena Rose Barger, 77, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at home. Burial was on Monday, Sept. 6, in the Cedar Bluff Cemetery
McLEANSBORO -- Bernadine Sloan, 83, died at 2:30 a. m. Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, in Salem TWP Hospital. Services will be 10 a. m. Wednesday in the IOOF Cemetery
in McLeansboro, with the Rev. Robert Sefried officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p. m. today at Gholson Funeral Home.
MURPHYSBORO -- Edith E. Cox, 86, of Murphysboro, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, in Carbondale Nursing and Rehab Center. She was born Jan. 14, 1918, in Grand Tower, to Martin and Hattie (Saul) Berkbigler, and they preceded her in death. Edith married Henry Odell Cox in Murphysboro on Dec. 7, 1936, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 2, 1992. Services will be conducted at 11 a. m. Wednesday in Crawshaw Funeral Home in Murphysboro, with Pastor Charles Allen officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. Tuesday at Crawshaw Funeral Home. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Ronald O. and Delilah Cox of Cummings, Ga.; three daughters and one son-in-law, Brenda Harrison and Patsy Raski of Murphysboro and Kim and Jeff Duke of Carbondale; seven grandchildren, Randy Cox of Lake Carlyle; Terry and wife Micki Cox of Cummings, Ga. , Tab and wife Kristy Harrison of West Frankfort, Clay and wife Sue Harrison of Boyertown, Penn. , Autumn and husband Leon Maxheimer of Tucson, Ariz. , Allison Raski of St. Louis and Kelsey Duke of Carbondale; 10 great-grandchildren, Julie and Bradley Cox, Drew, Noah and Savannah Harrison, Derrick and Haley Bickel, Mariah and Scout Maxheimer and Brynn Harrison; two sisters, Vanna Berkbigler of Granite City and Margaret Berkbigler of Altamont; and many nieces, nephews and close friends. Four brothers, Lewis 'Grit,' Sandy, Kenny and Harry Berkbigler, and three sisters, Wanda Bilderback, Helen Raines and Beulah Sykes, preceded her in death. Edith was a member of the First Christian Church in Murphysboro, American Legion Paul Stout Post 127 Ladies' Auxiliary, VFW Post 7190 Ladies' Auxiliary and the Senior Citizens, all in Murphysboro. Edith worked at the Ben Franklin Variety Store in Murphysboro for 25 years. She set a great example for all who knew her to follow. She enjoyed life and made the most of each day. She had many great friends of all ages. She loved to fish and play bingo and bunco, and participated in Apple Festival activities. She loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorials are encouraged and may be made to the Alzheimers' Association.