Edna Inez Taylor
CARBONDALE -- Edna Inez Taylor, 90, died at 8:10 a. m. Monday, Oct. 4, 2004, in Century Assisted Living in Carbondale. Arrangements are pending at Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale.
AVA -- Benjamin D. Connor, 71, of Ava, formerly of Murphysboro, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004, in Carbondale. Private family cremation services were conducted. Crawshaw Funeral Home in Murphysboro was in charge of arrangements.
CHESTER -- Reuben E. Snider, 83, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2004, at St. Ann's Healthcare Center in Chester. Arrangements are incomplete at Schroeder-McClure Funeral Home in Chester.
JOHNSTON CITY -- Audrey Ervin, 78, died at 11:27 a. m. Monday, Oct. 4, 2004, at home. Arrangements are incomplete at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin.
JOHNSTON CITY -- June E. Lecers, 89, died at 11:29 a. m. Monday, Oct. 4, 2004, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion. Services will be at 11 a. m. Thursday, Oct. 7 at Murman and Wilson Funeral Home in Johnston City. Visitation will be after 5 p. m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
JOHNSTON CITY -- Harold 'H. L.' Laverne Ray, 72, of Johnston City passed away at 5:45 a. m. Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion. Services will be held at 11 a. m. Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, at the Murman and Wilson Funeral Home in Johnston City, with the Rev. Mark Lathim officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery
in Johnston City. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p. m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Herrin City Library, envelopes available at the funeral home.
CARTERVILLE -- Helen Banycky, 78, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2004, at home. Arrangements are incomplete at Riggin-Pillatsch Funeral Home in Carterville.
Washington -- Brooks William Manier, 86, died at 10:23 a. m. Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. Services will be held at 10 a. m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004, at Deiters Funeral Home in Washington, with the Rev. Richard Garrett officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p. m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2004, at the funeral home, where Masonic Services will be held at 7:45 p. m. Burial will take place in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. Memorials can be made to Sunnyland Christian Church.
Donald J. Richey
MARION -- Donald J. Richey, 75, of Marion, passed away at Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, at home with his family. Donald was born on Sept. 4, 1929, in Crab Orchard, to Milo and Fannie (Turner) Richey. He played basketball for the Crab Orchard Trojans in high school. He married Barbara L. Guined on Nov. 1, 1952, in Detroit. She survives in Marion. Mr. Richey was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the U. S. Air Force as a staff sergeant of the 661st Air Squadron. He played on the Air Force baseball team and a little semi-pro ball after his discharge. He retired from Easton Corp. (formerly Vickers) as senior engineer in robotic testing and hydraulics. He attended Center Baptist Church in Crab Orchard. He was a former member of the Fluid Power Engineers Society and the Troy-Clawson Elks Lodge in Troy, Mich. In his spare time, he enjoyed
golfing and bowling. Survivors include his wife- Barbara Richey of Marion; daughter and son-in-law, Janis and John Kyle of Troy, Mich.; daughter, Nancy Suter and special friend, Charles 'Bud' Baker of Clawson, Mich.; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Jeff Stone of Linden, Mich.; eight grandchildren, Kimberly Kyle and fiance Joseph Lang, Christen Kyle, Jacqueline Kyle, Michael, Jillian and Matthew Suter, Laura and Jacob Stone; brother and sister-in-law, Julian and Ursula Richey of Marion; sister, Nell Hohlt of Portland, Ore.; sister, Margie Miller of Alton; sister, Jo Barger of Marion. His parents, one grandson; Bradley Stone, two brothers; Warren and Wallace Richey and two brothers-in-law preceded him in death; Jerry Miller and John Barger. Services will be held at 1 p. m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion, with the Rev. Sam White officiating. Burial will follow in Coal Bank Cemetery. The Marion VFW and American Legion Posts will perform military rites at the graveside. Visitation will be from 10 a. m. to 1 p. m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis foundation or Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.
Roman S. Klein
CHESTER -- Roman S. Klein, 92, passed away Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at St. Ann's Healthcare Center in Chester. Roman was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chester. He was a retried sheet metal worker. He was born on Nov. 27, 1911, in Walsh, the son of Valentin and Mabel (Woolford) Klein. He married Dorothy M. Milligan on Nov. 24, 1932, and she survives. He is also survived by one son, Delbert Klein and wife Betty of Chester, three daughters, Ramona Young and husband Roger of Lake of Egypt, Mary Ann Wilson and husband Jim of DeSoto, Mo. and Nancy White and husband George of Rochester; 10 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and one sister, Lillian Favier of Red Bud. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Tom Klein, two brothers and two sisters. Mass will be held at 10 a. m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chester, with Father Eugene Wocjik officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
in Chester. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p. m. today and from 7:30 to 9:45 a. m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, at the Schroeder-McClure Funeral Chapel in Chester. There will then be a procession to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chester. Memorials may be made to Masses or St. Ann's Bird Sanctuary.
Raymond Richard 'Dick' McSmith
STEELEVILLE -- Raymond Richard 'Dick' McSmith, 63, died at 12:22 a. m. Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, in Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis. Services will be at 11 a. m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, at Peace Lutheran Church in Steeleville, with the Rev. Frank Langhoff officiating. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery
in Steeleville. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p. m. today and from 7:30 to 9 a. m. Tuesday at Wilson's Funeral Home in Steeleville, then from 10 to 11 a. m. at the church. American Legion services will be at 8 p. m. today at the American Legion in Steeleville. Memorials may be made to Peace Lutheran Church All-Stars, Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery
Fund or the family. Mr. McSmith was a tool crib attendant at TUMS in Pinckneyville. He was a veteran in the U. S. Air Force in Vietnam. He was a member of the B. B. K. American Legion Post No. 480 in Steeleville. He was an avid camper, fisherman and woodworker. He was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Steeleville. He was born Friday, April 4, 1941, in Sparta, to Roscoe McSmith and Edna M. (Thompson) McSmith. He married Judith K. Bass Nov. 30, 1963, at Peace Lutheran Church in Steeleville and she survives. Other survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Cheri and Stan Buchheit of Chester; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Carla McSmith of Steeleville; four grandchildren, Ashley and Brandon Buchheir, Alli Bierman and Rayme McSmith; one brother and sister-in-law, Paul Dean and Yoko McSmith of Oklahoma City; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Doria and Richard Cavalier of Sparta and Pat and Frank Cavalier of Santa Cruz, Calif.; and one sister-in-law, Pat McSmith of St. Pete Beach, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one infant sister, two step brothers and one step sister.
ANNA -- Larry Chamness, 58, of Anna, passed away Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, in the Union County Hospital, as a result of an accident. He was born on Oct. 1, 1946, in Anna, the son of Frank and Eva (Kinder) Chamness. Larry was a retired iron worker at Local No. 782. He was a life member of the Anna Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3455 and a member of the First Baptist Church in Anna. He enjoyed fishing,
hunting, gardening and watching his nephews play football. He served in the U. S. Marines during the Vietnam era. He is survived by three brothers and one sister-in-law, Fred and Norma Chamness of Davenport, Fla. , and Robert 'Bob' Chamness and Frank 'Doc' Chamness, both of Anna; his special friends, Linda Williams and son Donnie Hileman and Gwen Kelley and son, Braxton; four nephews and their spouses, Mike and Teresa Chamness of St. Cloud, Fla. , Tony and Emily Chamness of Memphis, Tenn. , and Timmy and Cindy Chamness and Matt and Traci Chamness, all of Anna; four nieces and their spouses, Beverly and Rick Tweedy and Debbie and Robin Dillon, all of Anna, Alice and David Ury of Jonesboro, and Cathy and Steve Stearns of Anna; many great-nieces and -nephews; one great-great-niece; and many other friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one nephew, Mark Chamness; one great-niece, Nikki; and two sisters-in-law, Pat and Gloria. Services will be conducted at 1 p. m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, in the chapel of Hileman Funeral Home, with the Rev. Tim Sadler officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p. m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Casper Cemetery, with military rites by the Carroll P. Foster Post No. 3455 Anna VFW. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
W. Arnold Ranta
CHESTER -- The Rev. W. Arnold Ranta, 76, died at 8:15 a. m. Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004, at Memorial Hospital in Chester. Arrangements are incomplete at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Chester.
PINCKNEYVILLE -- Rosa M. Smith, 93, died at 7:50 a. m. Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004, in Pinckneyville Healthcare Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Pyatt-Harrowood Funeral Home in Pinckneyville.
JONESBORO -- Collin Brimm, 78, of Oxford, Ark. , formerly of Jonesboro, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004. Arrangements are incomplete at Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.
SCHELLER -- Sophia Trader, 86, died at 12:15 a. m. Sunday, Sept. 3, 2004, in Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mount Vernon. Services will be at 10 a. m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, at St. Barbara's Catholic Church in Scheller, with Father Bert Iffert officiating. Burial will be in St. Barbara's Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p. m. today at Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville. Memorials may be made to St. Barbara's Cemetery
and will be accepted at the funeral home.
JOHNSTON CITY -- Harold Laverne Ray, 72, died at 5:45 a. m. Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion. Arrangements are incomplete at Murman and Wilson Funeral Home in Johnston City.
Florence Wilson Felts
CARTERVILLE -- Florence Wilson Felts, 87, of Roswell, Ga. , formerly of Carterville, died Oct. 2, 2004. She was a resident of Carterville for 24 years. She was a very active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the White Shrine and Amaranth. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Carterville where she taught high school Sunday school. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Ross Felts, in 2001. She survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Richard (Karrol) Ward of Roswell, Ga. , and Mr. and Mrs. Ron (Barbara) Finley of Easley, S. C.; grandchildren, Jeff and Stephanie Finley, Jennifer and Andrew Brett, Steve and Cathy Ward, Doug and Tana Ward, Kara and Gary Chagnon, and Randy and Barbara Ward; 12 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 2 p. m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, in the Northside Chapel 12050 Crabapple Road, Roswell, GA. , with the Rev. Greg Barr officiating. Interment will be at 11 a. m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in the East Lawn Memorial Park in Herrin. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 1925 Century Blvd. , Atlanta, GA 30345.
Robert Armand St. Germain
ANNA -- Robert Armand St. Germain, 68, died of lung cancer, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at home. Services will be held in New Hampshire at a later date. In lieu of visitation and flowers, memorials may be made to Children's Medical Resource Network, c/o Dr, Deanna St. Germain at P. O. Box 179, Anna, IL 62906; or to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 1110 N. Johnson St. Marion IL, 62959-1665. Crain Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
AVA -- Irma I. Schilling, 93, of Sullivan formerly of Ava, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004, in Illinois Masonic Home in Sullivan. Arrangements are incomplete at Wilson's Funeral Home in Ava.
COBDEN -- Donald J. Smith, 69, died at 4:45 p. m. Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004, at home. Arrangements are incomplete at Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Cobden.
CARTERVILLE -- Flossie Mae Shields, 94, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004, at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Services will be at 2:30 p. m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, in Hillcrest Cemetery
in Carterville, with Dr. Dwayne Sheumaker officiating. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Carterville. Riggin-Pillatsch Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements.
Kay Zimnoch Sherman
CARBONDALE -- Kay Zimnoch Sherman passed away at 2:25 p. m. Friday, Sept. 24, 2004, in the Carbondale Nursing and Rehab Center, after a relatively short battle against cancer. She died a few days before her 70th birthday. Born Oct. 3, 1934, in New York City, Kay spent her early years there, but in 1947 she traveled to the far east with her family. There she completed her education at The American School in Manilla, Phillipines, and King George V School in Hong Kong. A highly talented and gifted individual, she put the honors and distinction gained at school to good use and began a 15-year international career in public relations and journalism. One of the highlights of her career was in 1965 in London, England, when she won the prestigious Gwynneth Jenkins Trophy and was nominated for the Outstanding Public Relations Woman of the Year by the Institute of Public Relations. In 1969, following the untimely death in England of her second husband, Pulitzer Prize-winner Eugene Sherman of the LA Times, Kay decided to return to the United States. After visiting relatives in New Jersey, she settled in Mattoon, where she also gained an English tutoring qualification at Lakeland College. Ultimately, she put her roots down in Carbondale some 20 years ago and used her training and considerable linguistic talents tutoring American and foreign students in the evenings and on weekends. Kay never remarried and had no children of her own. However, her extended family and friends range across America, from Texas in the west to Louisiana in the south to Baltimore in the east, and across the seas to England and on to Australia. Kay was preceded in death by her parents and her second husband, Eugene Sherman. She is survived by her sister, Elaine Newman of London; a nephew, Martin Newman of Tonbridge, England; an uncle, John Mackenzie of Plano, Texas; and a niece, Alexander Schwarz, great-niece, Phoenix Schwarz, and great-nephew, Zavier Schwarz, all of Sydney, Australia. There will be no service. After cremation, her ashes will be transported to England for intermenty in the family plot with Kay's mother in Chichester, England. Anyone wishing to do so may make a donation to a registered charity or cancer research via an organization of their choosing. She will be sorely missed by us all -- wherever we are.
Dr. J. Clinton Taylor
VIENNA -- Dr. J. Clinton Taylor, 79, of Columbus, N. C. , formerly of Vienna, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, in the Willowbrooke Court Center at Trion Estates in Columbus. Services will be at 11 a. m. Friday in Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Burial will be in the Taylor Cemetery, located north of Vienna. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Taylor Cemetery
Fund c/o Bob Taylor, 4530 U. S. Highway 45 North, Vienna, IL 62995.
WEST FRANKFORT -- Dorothy M. Patton, 85, of West Frankfort, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004, at home. She was born on Oct. 30, 1918, in West Frankfort, to T. O. Sloan and Blanche (Morris) Sloan. She was married to Roy E. Patton, who preceded her in death on May 21, 1988. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Jayne and John Border of Benton and Peggy and Cris Trapani of Herrin. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Leigh and husband Gerald Walen, Kathleen and husband Matt Dial, Kristine and husband Scott Cordts, Roy E. Mize, Maria Trapani, Angelina Trapani, Cristina Trapani, Cathy and husband Chris Terry, and Connie Johnson; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Thomas O. Sloane of Oakland, Calif. , and Richard Sloan of Bakersfield, Calif.; and one sister, Mary Jane Ford of Houston. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Dorothy was a member of the Second Baptist Church in West Frankfort, where she was a Sunday school teacher for 50 years, a former church treasurer, and on the parsonage building committee. She was a past president of the UMWA Hospital Auxiliary, the first coordinator of Meals on Wheels, and a member of the Four Mile Home Extension. She was also very active in several bridge clubs. Services will be held at 2 p. m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, in the Second Baptist Church, with the Rev. Brett Beasley officiating. Burial will be in the Tower Heights Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p. m. Monday at the Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort and after noon Tuesday at the church. Memorial contributions can be made to the Second Baptist Church Building Fund and will be accepted at the Parker-Reedy Funeral Home.
CAIRO -- Robert Charles Achenbach, 89, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, in Daystar Care Center. Services will be at 1 p. m. Monday, Oct. 4, in Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo, with the Rev. Thomas Bray officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery
in Olmsted. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to First Southern Baptist Church or to Daystar Care Center, both in Cairo.