The Rev. Grady U. Sappington
MILLCREEK -- The Rev. Grady U. Sappington, 78, of Millcreek, passed away Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, in Union County Hospital. He was born on Jan. 30, 1926, in Floyd, Ark. , the son of John Weston and Sarah Elizabeth (Keith) Sappington. He married Ruby Newton on Jan. 29, 1958, in St. Louis. He worked as a television and electronics repair man. He was a member of the Jesus Name Pentecostal Mission Church. Mr. Sappington served in the U. S. Army during World War II. Survivors include his wife, Ruby Sappington; one daughter, Esther Mae Holderbach of Mesa, Ariz.; two sons, Grady U. Sappington Jr. of Anna and Jesse Dean Sappington of Little Rock, Ark.; one stepdaughter, Naomi Z. D. Shannon of St. Louis; two stepsons, Marvin L. Lute Jr. of Wai Paku, Hawaii, and Daniel A. Lute of Rockford; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Delavina Ferrin of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; and one brother, Quentine Carl Sappington of Little Rock, Ark. Services will be conducted at 2 p. m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, in the chapel of Hileman Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Anna Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a. m. to 2 p. m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
HERRIN -- Bill B. Lawson, 80, of Herrin, passed away at 12:55 p. m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, in Herrin Hospital. Bill's choice of final disposition was to be cremated. His family will honor his wishes and will have a memorial service at 1 p. m. Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, in New Barham Cemetery
in Marion, with the Rev. Brad Harlow officiating. Family and friends who wish to attend Bill's memorial service are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Van Natta Funeral Home in Herrin is entrusted with Bill's memorial service arrangements. Bill was born in Herrin to John Thomas and Marie (Barham) Lawson on May 9, 1924. He was employed by the Bunny Bread Company and worked for 40 years until his retirement. Bill served our beloved country proudly during World War II. He was an avid golfer and a proud Herrin Tiger sports fan. Bill enjoyed the many friendships he developed over the years by drinking coffee with his pals at the Hardee's and McDonald's restaurants in Herrin. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Penny and Charles Patrick of Herrin; one grandson, John and wife Tracy Patrick of Marion; one great-grandson, Tyler Patrick of Herrin; three special friends, Joyce Calvert, who was the mother of his daughter, L. D. Starrick and Craig Baumgaurd, all of Herrin; and several loving nieces and nephews. Bill is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Tom Lawson and L. P. Lawson; and one sister, Ruth Lawson. Bill will be dearly missed.
WEST FRANKFORT -- Gladys Brown, 92, of West Frankfort, went to be with the Lord at 6:57 p. m. Friday, Sept. 24, 2004, in Parkway Manor in Marion. She was born on Oct. 11, 1911, in Central City, Ky. , to Lanna Gamblin and Eura (Cobb) Gamblin. She was married to James S. Brown, and he preceded her in death on June 2, 1990. Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Jack Cobb of Johnston City, Brenda and Charles Ksycki of DuBois, and Gloria and Rick Plasters of West Frankfort; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ed and Janet Brown of West Frankfort and Jack and Phyllis Brown of Buckner; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James; two sons, Billy James and Donald Ray Brown; and one sister, Nellie Gamblin. She was a Baptist. Mom was loved by her family and will be greatly missed. Private funeral services will be Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, in the Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort, with the Rev. Brian Mixon officiating. Burial will be in Tower Heights Cemetery
in West Frankfort.
HERRIN -- David Ray Profitt, 39, died at 5:44 a. m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004, in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Arrangements are pending at Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin.
TILDEN -- Philip Hewitt, 81, died at 3:25 p. m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004, in Sparta Community Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Wilson Funeral Home in Tilden.
Frank R. Olguin
MURPHYSBORO -- Frank R. Olguin, 89, of Murphysboro, passed away at 5:10 a. m. Friday, Sept. 24, 2004, in Fair Acres Nursing Home in Du Quoin. Services will be held at 1 p. m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, in Pettett Funeral Home, with Father Gary Gummersheimer officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery
in Sesser. Friends may call from 10 a. m. to 1 p. m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to St. Andrew Church. Frank was born on Aug. 22, 1915, in Austin, Texas, to Jesse and Genevieve (Rogers) Olguin. He was a long shoreman with the Long Shoreman's Union Local No. 19. Mr. Olguin served in the U. S. Army during World War II. He was a former member of the Moose and Elks lodges. Frank married Alice Weir on June 9, 1945, in Seattle, and she preceded him in death on April 13, 1998. He is survived by one son, Ralph Olguin of Girard; five grandchildren, Melody Olguin of Murphysboro, Frank Olguin of Pana, Robert Olguin of Farmersville, Anita Wilson and her husband Gary of Ramsey, and Sherri White and her husband Chad White of Taylorville; 10 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Virginia Galarza and Louise Guajardo, both of Austin, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
HERRIN -- Samuel L. Reichert, 85, died at 1 p. m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Arrangements are incomplete at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin.
CYPRESS -- Cecil Schnaare, 78, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004, in the Hillview Care Center in Vienna. Arrangements are incomplete at the Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak.
NASHVILLE -- Harry J. Schorfheide, 73, died at 8:10 a. m. Friday, Sept. 24, 2004, in the Pinckneyville Hospital. Services will be at 11 a. m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in the Trinity Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Timothy Scharr officiating. Burial will be in the church Cemetery, with military rites by the Nashville American Legion Post No. 110. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p. m. Monday and from 7:30 to 9 a. m. Tuesday at the Styninger-Krupp Funeral Home in Nashville and from 10 to 11 a. m. Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be made to the church or to the Pinckneyville Hospital Skilled Care Unit and will be received at the funeral home.
VIENNA -- Nell (Alldredge) Johns, 86, died at 11:25 p. m. Friday, Sept. 24, 2004, in the Hillview Health Care Center in Vienna. Services will be at 10:30 a. m. Monday, Sept. 27, in the Fellowship Baptist Church in Vienna, with the Rev. Steven Lindsay officiating. Burial will be in the Vienna Fraternal Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. today at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna and from 9 to 10:30 a. m. Monday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Association, 620 East Walnut Street, Carbondale, IL 62901, or to the Fellowship Baptist Church, P. O. Box 28, Vienna, IL 62995.
CYPRESS -- Freddie G. Little, 75, died at 8:45 a. m. Friday, Sept. 24, 2004, in the Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah. Services will be at 11 a. m. Monday in the Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak, with the Rev. Steve Heisner officiating. Burial will be in the Cypress Masonic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p. m. today at the funeral home.
Louis 'Louie' Russell
MURPHYSBORO -- Louis R. 'Louie' Russell, 85, of Murphysboro, passed away at 10:17 p. m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2004, at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro. Services will be held at 2 p. m. Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, in Pettett Funeral Home, with John L. Sullivan officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park, with military services conducted by the American Legion Post 127, VFW posts 7190 and 2605, and the Jackson County DAV Chapter 69. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p. m. today and until the hour of services on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to the donor's preferred form of remembrance. Louie was born on June 17, 1919, in Murphysboro, to James Franklin Russell and Hortense (Leach) Russell. He was a World War II Army veteran. Mr. Russell apprenticed at his father's barber shop, Russell's Barber Shop, which was passed to his brother, Odell, and himself, and they operated it together. He later went to work for the secretary of state for 10 years and retired as a license examiner. He was a member and past commander of American Legion Post 127, a past commander for the 25th District of the American Legion and a past commander for the 5th Division of the American Legion. Louie was involved in the creation of the Apple Festival in Murphysboro. He is survived by one son, Louis Robin Russell and Karen Russell of Columbus, Ind. He married Sarah E. Sullivan of Murphysboro in 1962, and they had two children, Brian Louis Russell and wife Carolyn Russell of Garland, Texas, and Amy Lianne Reeves and husband John W. Reeves Jr. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Regan and Josh Littrell and Andrew and Emily Russell, all of Columbus, Alexandria N. Reeves of Murphysboro, and Ethan C. and Jacob A. Russell, both of Garland; three great-grandchildren, Carson L. Littrell, Wil R. Littrell and Charles A. Russell, all of Columbus; one brother, William E. Russell of Peoria; three brothers-in-law, Leon Sullivan of Burfordville, Mo., Clifford and wife Shirley Sullivan of Cape Girardeau, and John L. and wife Barbara Sullivan of El Cajon, Calif.; an especially close nephew, William 'Tuffy' Schmellmyer of Murphysboro; and other nephews, nieces and cousins, who remember him well. He was preceded in death by two brothers, one sister, a special niece and his parents.
IRVINGTON -- Kathleen Cravens Croan, 55, died at 11:38 a. m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004, in St. Mary's Hospital. Services will be at 11 a. m. Monday in the Boggs Chapel of the Styninger-Pacey Funeral Home, with the Rev. Bruce Gordon officiating. Burial will be in the Richview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p. m. Sunday at the Styninger-Pacey Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Irvington Methodist Church and will be received at the funeral home.
Crystal Eloise Hart
MOUNT VERNON -- Crystal Eloise Hart, 79, died at 1:05 p. m. Friday, Oct. 8, 2004, at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mount Vernon. Services will be at 2 p. m. Sunday in Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery
in Benton, with the Rev. Dennis Preston officiating. Those attending the service are asked to go directly to the cemetery on Sunday. No public visitation will be held. Hughely Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Hart was a member of the First Christian Church in Christopher. She enjoyed her grandchildren, cooking, gardening and visiting with her friends. She was born on Nov. 17, 1924, in Parrish, to Ransom Price Sr. and Glenna (Launus) Price. She married Thomas Perry Hart Jr. on Nov. 21, 1942, in Cape Girardeau. He died on Feb. 1 ,1992. Survivors include two sons, Mark Hart and wife Becky of Kokomo, Ind. and Keith Hart and wife June of Mount Vernon; grandchildren, Darren Hart and wife Laura, David Hart and wife Ivory both of Fort Wayne, Fla. , Michelle Asay and husband Kevin of Lafayette, Ind. , Olivia Hart of Houston, Paul Hart of Mount Vernon; great-grandchildren, Haven Hart, Havannah Hart and Ethan Asay; and several nieces and nephews. Her parents, husband, one infant sister, Wanda Ruth and one brother, Ransom Price preceded her in death. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association and will be accepted at the funeral home or may be mailed to Hughey Funeral Home. P. O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, IL 62864.
JOHNSTON CITY -- Howard Krantz, age 73, of Johnson City, passed away at 8:50 a. m. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2004, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion. Services will be at 10 a. m. Monday, Oct. 11, 2004, in Maplewood Cemetery
in Marion. Mr. Krantz was born in Marion to John and Reta Bradley Krantz on Sept. 3, 1921. He was married to Irene Sadaj Krantz; she died in 2001. Survivors include one daughter, Elaine Myers, Johnston City; one granddaughter, Manissa and Jimmy Lampman of Chicago; two great-grandsons, Robert and Zachary Lampman of Chicago; one brother, Edward Krantz, West Frankfort and Lenard Krantz, Missouri; several cousins, nieces and nephews. Mr. Krantz is preceded in death by his parents, wife, three brothers, Loren, Floyd, and Richard Krantz; three sisters, Lola Ray, Loren Vansaghi, and Eileen Winstead; three sons, Howard, William Earl and John Howard Krantz; and one great-grandson, Christopher Lampman. He was a veteran of the Navy and a member of the VFW in West Frankfort. He was a retired welder from the Coal Mines. Memorials can be made directly to the VA Medical Center in Marion.
JOHNSTON CITY -- Katherine Kowalis, 75, of Johnston City, passed away Friday, Oct. 8, 2004, at 7:50 a. m. at Herrin Hospital. Services will be held at 3 p. m. Monday, Oct. 11, 2004, at the Murman and Wilson Funeral Home in Johnston City, with Monsignor Ken Schaefer and Sister Catherine Wellinghoff officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery
in Johnston City. Visitation will be from 12 to 3 p. m. Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Johnston City, St. Paul's Catholic Church, or donor's choice, envelopes are available at the funeral home. Katherine was born on Oct. 27, 1928, in Johnston City, the daughter of Joe and Lizzie (Hughes) Trapani. She married Ralph 'Peppy' Kowalis on June 14, 1952, in Johnston City, he survives. Katherine was a member of the St. Paul's Catholic Church in Johnston City, where she was a member of the choir. She was a teacher for more than 32 years and worked in the family grocery store all of her life. She is survived by one son, Philip Kowalis and wife Lisa of Johnston City; two grandchildren, Lauren and Allyssa Mary-Joe; a sister-in-law, Bettye Trapani of Johnston City; a niece, Elizabeth Carter and husband Leonard of Freeport; great-nieces and nephews, Cassie, Katrina, and Mathew Carter, and Brittani and Heather Trapani; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Pat Francescon and husband Don of St. Louis, Evelyn Goralski and husband Ray of Chicago, Catherine Hope and husband Bill of Johnston City, and Mike Kowalis and wife Linda of Olney. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Philip Trapani; and one nephew, Joe David Trapani. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and had many dear friends. She was loved by all who knew her.
Vella Mildred Reiger
SESSER -- Vella Mildred Reiger, 88, died at 5:15 a. m. Friday, Oct. 8, 2004, in Benton Health Care Center. Services will be at 11 a. m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, in Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, with pastors Ryan Thorpe and Tim Melvin officiating. Interment will be in Hammond Cemetery
in Sesser. Visitation will be after 6 p. m. Monday at the funeral home. Mrs. Reiger was a homemaker. She was of the Apostolic faith. She was born Dec. 5, 1915, in Du Quoin, to William Alonzo Scott and Fannie Story. She married Charles Richard Reiger, and he preceded her in death on April 6, 2001. She is survived by one sister, Sphrona Story of Sesser, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Selma S. Brown
OLMSTED -- Selma S. Brown, 98, of Olmsted passed away at 4 p. m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004, at Daystar Care Center, Cairo. Services will be held at 2 p. m. , Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Olmsted, with the Rev. Carl Miller officiating. Interment will be held in Green Lawn Cemetery, Villa Ridge. Friends may call from 1 p. m. until time of the service at the church. Memorial donations may be made to the Daystar Care Center, 2001 Cedar St. , Cairo, IL 62914 and will be accepted by the funeral home. Selma was born Feb. 23, 1906, in St. Louis, to William and Louise (Luecke) Temke. She married Charles Arden Brown on Jan. 29, 1924 in Mound City. He preceded her in death on Jan. 9, 1968. She is also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Robert Brown; two brothers, William Temke and Fred Temke; two sisters, Edith Duffy and Lydia Poppe; two sons-in-law, C. Robert Hall and Billy Droge; and one granddaughter, Donna Coonrod. Survivors include two daughters, Sue Hall of Carbondale and Helen Droge of Marion; seven grandchildren, Candace Smith of Carbondale, Melanie Hall of Wolf Lake, Billy Ray Droge of Mounds, James Droge of Murphysboro, Mike Droge of Marion, Cathy Frey of Marion and Penny Phillips of Marion; nine great-grandchildren, Samantha, Rebecca and Clayton Smith, Kelly Clark, Tracy and Cassie Stricker, Madison Pitts, Stacy Thomas, and William David Droge; and a dear friend, Eva Sheffer. Selma was a lifelong member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Olmsted. She was the oldest living member of the church. Although Selma's stay at the Daystar Care Center was only for a brief time, the family wishes to convey their heartfelt gratitude for the loving care extended to Selma especially by the Blue Wing. Meredith Funeral Home, Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.
Flo Lacene (Treece) Nevins
CARBONDALE -- Flo Lacene (Treece) Nevins passed away Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, in Christus St. Elizabeth at the age of 85. Born in Carbondale on Aug. 30, 1919, Mrs. Nevins was the owner of Flo's Cafe, adjacent to the Carbondale train depot during the late 1950s and 1960s. Mrs. Nevins is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Neal and Linda Campbell; five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and one brother, Bill Joe Treece, all of whom live in Texas. Her father, William Treece; her mother, Maggie Braswell; and her brother, Max Treece, preceded her in death.
Olin Leon Martin
BENTON -- Olin Leon Martin, 84, of Benton, went home to be with the Lord at 12:40 a. m. Friday, Oct. 8, 2004, at the Franklin Hospital in Benton. Services will be at 11 a. m. Monday Oct. 11, 2004, at Morton and Johnston Funeral Home, with the Rev. Ken Petty officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p. m. Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery. military graveside services by Benton American Legion and VFW.
OAKLAWN -- Rose Watson, 90, of Oak Lawn, died at 9 a. m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2004, at home. Visitation will be from 10 a. m. to noon today in Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home. Services will be held after the visitation in Maple Hill Cemetery, with Father Steven Poole officiating. Burial will be in the cemetery. Rose was born on Sept. 3, 1914, in Sesser, to Martin and Anna Kokal Saiz. She married Raymond Watson, and he died June 19, 1961. Survivors include a brother, Stanley Saiz of Springfield and two sisters, Anna Dralser of New York and Josephine Moschino of Oak Lawn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two brothers, Martin and Lawrence.
Dr. Walter George Nieds
MARION -- Dr. Walter George Nieds, DDS, 83, of Marion, formerly of Lake Zurich, passed away at 10:45 a. m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2004, at home. A private Mass will be held in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion. Blue Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Marion Hands of Hope Clinic for Dental Care. Envelopes are available at the funeral home or may be sent c/o Blue Funeral Home, P. O. Box 411, Marion, IL 62959. Dr. Nieds was born on Nov. 9, 1920, in Chicago, to Albert and Mary (Smolik) Niedzwiadek. He married Catherine M. 'Kay' Smith on Jan. 21, 1945, in Neosha, Mo. , while serving as a captain in the U. S. Army during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Kay Nieds of Marion; his children and their spouses, Cynthia M. and Jeff Birkmeier of Lima, Ohio, Carin M. and Jim Jelinek of Carol Stream, Cathy M. and Larry Olbrantz of New Richmond, Wis. , Walter G. Jr. and Peggy Nieds of Marion, Cheryl M. Schwarz of Lake Zurich, Warren G. and Joan Nieds of Merrill, Wis. , Christine M. and Ken Grooms of Lake Zurich, and Ward G. and Lynn Nieds of Elgin; 17 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Dr. Nieds graduated from Loyola University School of Dentistry and took postgraduate studies at the University of Illinois. He was a founding and charter member of the American Academy of Dental Electrosurgery; a member of the American Equilibration Society, the American Dental Society, the Illinois Dental Society and the Chicago Dental Society; and past president of the Illinois Academy of Dental Practice Administration. He was an international lecturer, an avid golfer, a boater, an amateur gardener and an enthusiastic pruner. He was loved by many and will be missed by all.
WEST FRANKFORT -- Louise Mills, 89, died at 1 p. m. Friday, Oct. 8, 2004, in the Franklin Hospital in Benton. Arrangements are incomplete at the Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort.
Darrell Glenn Howerton
MARION -- Darrell Glenn Howerton, 42, of Marion, passed away at 9:04 a. m. Friday, Oct. 8, 2004, in Herrin Hospital. Services will be held at 11 a. m. Monday, Oct. 11, 2004, in the IOOF Cemetery
in Marion, with the Rev. Larry Stevens officiating. Murman and Wilson Funeral Home in Johnston City is in charge of arrangements. Darrell was born on Sept. 7, 1962, in Mount Vernon, the son of Jesse B. and Frieda L. (Moses) Howerton. He married Patricia Graham of Herrin in 1980, and she survives. He is survived by one daughter, Jessica Howerton of Marion; two grandchildren, Lushawna and Christopher Morris of Marion; a sister, Treasure Hermetz and husband, Robert of Johnston City; a brother, Robert Howerton and wife, Gloria of Carbondale; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jerry and Kay Graham of West Frankfort; two sisters-in-law, Angela Graham of Marion and Kimberly Laws and husband, Bill of Benton; one brother-in-law, Terry Graham and wife, Mary of Tamaro; nieces and nephews, Lisa Filkins of Johnston City, Shane Hermetz and wife, Valerie of Herrin, David Hermetz and wife, Cindy of Johnston City, Michele (Howerton) Vargas of Carbondale, Tonia Howerton of Carbondale and Rob and Colleen Howerton of Belleville; five other nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents.
ROYALTON -- Donna Howerton Rowatt, 57, died at 2:21 a. m. Friday, Oct. 8, 2004, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Arrangements are incomplete at Riggin-Pillatsch in Carterville.
JONESBORO -- Billy L. Travis, 80, died Friday, Oct. 8, 2004, at the Union County Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.