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  • Lois G. Kreps age 84 of Prairie City, IL formerly of Avon, IL passed away on Saturday June 10, 2017 at the Prairie City Rehab & Health Care Center in Prairie City, IL.  She was born on October 17, 1932 in Avon, Lee Twp. Fulton Co. IL to Forrest and Charlotte Serven Hornbaker.  She married Edwin L. Kreps in Warrenton, MO on December 5, 1954 and he preceded her in death on October 11, 1977.  Lois is survived by 1 Daughter and 1 Son – Karen R. Shamblin of Prairie City, IL and Greg K. (Teresa) Kreps of Mahomet, IL, 7 Grandchildren and 8 Great-Grandchildren.  She was also preceded in death by her Parents and 2 Sisters.
    Lois attended and was very active in the Prairie City Presbyterian Church for many years.  She more recently had been attending the Bushnell Baptist Church.  She graduated from Cottage Hospital School of Nursing and spent several years at McDonough District Hospital as an RN serving as a surgical Nurse and later retired from Monmouth Hospital.
    Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday June 29, 2017 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home in Bushnell, IL with visitation being held 1 hour prior to the time of services at the Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Bushnell Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Harbor Light Hospice.  Please sign the guestbook or leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com.


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  • Esther Meryl Cook, 97, of Macomb passed away at 7:50 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.
     
    Baptized in Bethel Baptist Church at the age of 8 and longtime active member in Baptist churches in Blandinsville and Macomb. Meryl served as Sunday School teacher, church clerk, delivered tapes and visited shut-ins, was a member of Missionary Society and served on various committees.
     
    Meryl was a 4H leader for 13 years and was a 50 year member or Homemakers Extension. She also joined the Host Family Program and served as American "mom" to International Students for 25 years. Some have continued to stay in contact.
     
    She married Carol J. Riggins on February 25, 1939. Her children are Roger (Sandra) Riggins of Macomb, Marilyn D. (Steve) Pastorelli of Macomb, Ronald J. (Gale) Riggins of Tremont, Illinois and J. Kathleen (Alan) Theis of Wales, Wisconsin. Carol was killed in a milk truck accident on November 19, 1954.
     
    Meryl moved to Macomb in 1958 so her children could attend college. She rented rooms to college men for 13 years.
     
    On October 9, 1966, Meryl married Curtis R. Cook. He died on December 24, 1973.
     
    Meryl worked at McDonough District Hospital for 30 years, retiring in October, 1989.
     
    After retirement, she enjoyed traveling, gardening, making unusual recipes, helping whenever needed and spending time with her grandchildren. She was known as the "cookie grandma". She went on Mission trips to India, Zaire, Costa Rica, and Alaska. Other travels included trips to Europe, Japan, Korea and Taiwan and bus trips in the U.S. and Canada. More recent years she enjoyed traveling with family.
     
    Meryl was preceded in death by son, Roger Riggins and son-in-law, Steve Pastorelli and siblings, Garold Holstine, Otho Holstine, Mary Elizabeth Smith, Ruth Parks and Marjory Parks. Children, Marilyn Pastorelli, Ronald (Gale) Riggins and Kathleen (Alan) Theis, daughter-in-law, Sandra Riggins and brother, Walter Holstine of Aledo survive.
     
    Meryl’s family includes ten grandchildren: Julie Melvin of Macomb, Dianne Cash and Sue Walker of Ft. Myers, Florida; Cindy Lueck of Macomb, Debi Mathew of Ottawa, Canada, Rick Riggins of Peoria; Ryan Riggins of Macomb and Amanda Riggins of Bloomington; Becky Theis of Denver, Colorado and Lindsay Kaufman of Madison, Wisconsin.
     
    Fourteen great-grandchildren include Ashley Foster of Marion, Illinois, Hannah Melvin of Industry, Baylee and Cody Walker of Ft. Myers, Florida, Addison Riggins of Peoria, Erin Lueck of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Tyler Lueck of Bloomington, Matthew and Andrew Lueck of Macomb, Lexi, Sierra and Ravi Matthew of Ottawa, Piper and Riley Riggins of Macomb and Elaina, Sienna and Cora Kaufman of Madison, Wisconsin.
     
    Two great-great-grandchildren are Olivia Foster of Marion and Emmett Cox of Industry.
     
    Meryl has two step-daughters, Juanita Cherry of Trenton, New Jersey and Teresa Gilbert of San Angelo, Texas. Step-grandchildren include Melanie Brennan of Las Vegas, Stephen Pastorelli of Ely, Nevada and Gina Bickers of Macomb. Step-great-grandchildren include Zach and Colin Cherry of New Jersey, Brandon, Benjamin and Nicholas Gilbert of Texas, Zachary Connor, Emily and Abigail Brennan of Las Vegas, Brandon and Tyler Bickers of Macomb and Joe and Tony Pastorelli of Ely, Nevada.
     
    Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Macomb with Reverend Claudia McCain officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 26, 2017 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Burial will be in Camp Creek Cemetery south of Macomb.
     
    Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund or the McDonough County YMCA.
     
    The family would like to thank the entire staff at the Elms, the nurses and doctor from the McDonough District Hospital Hospice, and the Home Healthcare nurses for the amazing care they provided for our mother in the past months. Their compassionate care was a blessing to Meryl and a comfort to the entire family. We extend to every one of them our deep, heartfelt appreciation.
     
    You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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  • Lori Ann McKee; The McKee Family sadly announces the passing of Lori Ann McKee , loving wife and mother.  Lori was born to Joseph Virgil Davis Jr. and Cindy Beth Herndon Davis of Tucson, AZ on August 12, 1971. She and her family moved to Bullhead City, AZ in 1988.
    On July 4, 2001 she married Doug McKee and together, they raised two boys and three girls:  Douglas Tyler McKee currently at Southern Utah University, Matthew Laurence McKee also at Southern Utah University, Saylor Nicole McKee who will be an attending Senior at Mohave High School this fall, and twin girls, Lexi Taylor McKee and Laci Ann McKee who will be advancing into the 7th Grade at Montessori Preparatory Academy this coming year.
    Lori was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  She was a loving and passionate mother and wife; nothing was more important to her than her family.  With her family, she enjoyed outdoor activities and attending the numerous athletic events and musical programs that her children participated in. Lori also celebrated life with her friends everywhere she went, from church events to school functions to friendly lunches. Lori had a permanent smile and a kind, sweet heart.
    In 2012 Lori was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer.  Although the odds were stacked against her, she courageously battled the disease for over five years, inspiring those around her and baffling the medical community as she fought the disease back time and time again...Lori was the living embodiment of the term "never give up".  Sadly, and despite all her efforts, the cancer spread too rapidly and she succumbed to the disease on the evening of June 9, 2017.  She passed peacefully and comfortably in their family home surrounded by all five children, her brother-in-law Jeff McKee, her niece Maria McKee Plott, her mother-in-law Delores McKee and her loving husband Doug.  Each was privileged to give her a kiss goodbye and whisper a sweet and private message into her ear before she slipped the bonds of earth and returned to her Heavenly Father.
    Lori is the niece of Scott Herndon, cousin of Kolette and Jessica Herndon, Granddaughter of Donovan and Marge Herndon, niece of Hodge and Jalane Herndon, and niece of Kermit and Norma Danner of Macomb Il.
    Graveside services will be held at 3:00 PM Tuesday June 20, 2017 at the Pennington Point Cemetery. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com 


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  • Norma Rowland, 94, of Rushville, passed away at 6:40 AM, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at her home.

    She was born on January 24, 1923, in Schuyler County, Illinois, the daughter of Wesley and Myrtle (Rittenhouse) Paisley.  She married Thomas J. Rowland on March 24, 1944, at the First United Methodist Church in Rushville.  He preceded her in death on April 30, 2006.

    Surviving are one son Thomas Lee Rowland and wife Donna of South Jacksonville, seven grandchildren Kris Atwell and husband Corey, Kim Fruehling and husband Chris, Thomas Jonathan Rowland, Patti Murphy and husband Mike, Brad Greer, JoLynn Greer and Trisha Scott and husband Stephen, great grandchildren Morgan and Nathan Atwell, Sydney and Taylor Fruehling, Samantha and Lindsey Harmon, Brooke and Hunter Greer, and Jake and Cole Scott, two great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Linda Ann Greer, four brothers Kenneth, Jack and Lyle Paisley, and an infant brother, five sisters Doris Logan, Evelyn Akers, Minnie Stephens, Vera Crockett, and Mary Lou Phillips.

    Norma was a graduate of Rushville High School and Illinois State University.  During her college years, she worked at State Farm Insurance and was the supervisor of the bookkeeping department and later as an assistant to the President of the company.  She returned to Rushville, to fulfill her passion for teaching.  She taught Bookkeeping and Shorthand for 25 years.  She later performed the accounting for the family business Rowland & Sons until 1986, when the business closed.  She and Tom served as Parade Marshalls for the Smile’s Day Parade in 1989.

    She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Schuyler American Legion Auxiliary both in Rushville and a bridge club.  She was a founding member of the Monday Night and Tuesday Morning Ladies Golf Leagues.  She was the City Champion of the Scripps Park Members Tournament.  She volunteered at the HELP Center in Rushville.  She and her husband enjoyed wintering in Florida.

    Memorial Services will be at 11:00 AM, Friday, June 23, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Reverend John Sowers officiating.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Friday, June 23, 2017,   at the Wood Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to the Scripps Park Golf Course or the First United Methodist Church.  You are invited to share your memoires and leave condolences at www.woodfuneralhome.online.
     


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  • Thomas Robert Downs age 72 of Bushnell, IL passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 13, 2017 after a courageous battle with Leukemia and Alzheimer’s for the last 7 years.  He was born on June 4, 1945 in Canton, IL to Franklin and Lydia Johns Downs.  He first married Vickie Bowton in 1962.  He later married Deborah Ann Cook in Canton, IL on April 2, 1984.  Tom is survived by his wife Debbie of Bushnell, IL, 5 Children – Mike (Lana) Downs, John (Jennifer) Cardosi, Tim (Pam) Downs all of Canton, IL, Wayne (Tina) Cardosi of St. Louis, MO, and Lora (Kevin) Becker of Steeleville, IL, 12 Grandchildren and 7 Great-Grandchildren.  He is also survived by brother John (Patty) Downs, sister Jane (Larry) Wages, and mother-in-law Charlotte Cook all of Canton, IL.

    Tom was on the Fulton Co. Board from 1974 to 1978 and Deputy of Fulton County from 1978 to 1982.  He worked at International Harvester for 21 years as a Journeyman Machinist Machine Repairman and also as a Gunsmith for many years.  In 1984 he joined the Bushnell Police Dept. retiring as a Sergeant in 2010.  Tom was also a master woodworker having owned and operated Tom’s Woodworking.  He received many awards for his work plus many people in Bushnell and surrounding towns have some of his work.  In his spare time he loved fishing with Joe Francis and hunting in his younger years.  His main love was spending time with his grandchildren especially teaching Eric and Morgan Cardosi to fish and passing on his woodworking skills to Eric.

    A visitation will be held from 4 – 6 P.M. on Friday June 16, 2017 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home in Bushnell, IL.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Leukemia Assoc. or the Alzheimer’s Association.  Please sign the guestbook or leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com.


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  • Norma Jean Wilson age 92 of Galva, Illinois, formerly of Colchester, passed away at her home in Galva, Monday, June 12, 2017, with her family at her side.  She was born September 9, 1924 in Brooklyn, Illinois, to Ira and Mary Moore Arnold.  Norma was united in marriage, November 3, 1948 in Blandinsville, Illinois to James Woody Wilson.  He preceded her in death February, 1993.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, 4 Brothers: Walter Arnold, Calvin Arnold, Jimmy Arnold, Jerry Arnold, 2 Sisters: Martha Willis, Mildred McMahan and 2 Grandchildren.
    Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Son: Steve Wilson, Augusta, Illinois, 1 Daughter: Lorena K. Siverly, Galva, Illinois, 4 Grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Grandchild on the way, 3 Brothers: Bill Arnold, Quincy, Illinois, Chester Arnold, Hettick, Illinois, Tommy Arnold, Florida, and 1 Sister: Florence Dunn, East Moline, Illinois.
    Norma was a member of the Colchester First Baptist Church, She had worked at the Blandinsville Nursing Home, Colchester Nursing Home, Hilton Nursing home in Colchester, She cared for elderly people in her home and helped her husband farm.  She loved to quilt, gardening, cooking, and baking.  She would share her harvest from her garden with many local friends and family.  All of Norma’s quilts were hand quilted and she made sure to make a quilt for all of her family.  She was a regular at many local farmers markets, where she would sell her baked goods along with what she grew out of her garden.  Norma’s greatest love of all was when she could cook and baked for her family and have them all gather together.
    Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, June 17, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Dennis Clements.  Burial will follow the services at Glade City Cemetery in Blandinsville.  Visitation with the family will be 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Friday.  Memorial is to O.S.F. Hospice Care out of Galesburg, Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.


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  • Marion Dobbs, 92, of Macomb passed away on May 28, 2017 in Pennsylvania.
    Cremation rites have been accorded. Private burial of ashes will be held in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.
     


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  • Bobby L. Mathena age 81 of Colchester, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Heartland Health Care Center in Macomb.  He was born June 13, 1935, in Williamstown, Missouri, to Russell and Nancy Anna Davies Mathena.   Bobby was united in marriage on June 16, 1965, in Peoria, Illinois to Juanita A. Fisher.  She preceded him in death on January 4, 2017.
     
    Surviving to mourn his passing  Sons; Gerald and Cindy Brown, Carthage, Illinois, Roger and Paula Brown, Macomb, Illinois, Rodney Brown, Kanas City, Missouri, Kevin Brown, Tennessee, Illinois, 1 Daughter Kimberly and George Lewis, Bloomington, Illinois, 14 Grandchildren: Jamison, Erin, Austin, Paxton, Wyatt, Brandi, Christopher, David, Kimberly, Joshua, Anna, Amanda Emily, Brett, 6 Great Grandchildren: Reece, Gavin, Jersey, Jesslynn, Jace, Charlotte,  2 Brothers: Russell and Mary Mathena, Joliet, Illinois,  Bill Mathena, Macomb, Illinois, 4 Nephews: Gary, Frank, Charles, Dennis, 3 Nieces: Brenda, Nancy, and Luana.
     
    Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, wife: Juanita, 1 brother: Basil, 1 sister: Betty Mathena Swanson, 1 Sister-in-law, 1 brother-in-law, and 2 nieces.
     
    Bobby served his country in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. He attended Grade School in Missouri and was a Graduate of Macomb High School.  He worked at McGraw Edison in Macomb before joining the carpenters Local 644 in Pekin, Illinois where he retired after 30 years.  Bobby was a Member and served as Past Patron of OES #123, Past Master of AF & AM #0017.  He was a member of the Macomb VFW Post 1921, and Macomb American Legion Post 6.
     
    Bobby enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing pitch and mushrooming. He loved to fish, having a cabin on the river for many years.  Of all the different things that Bobby did in his life, the greatest treasure was his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
     
    Juanita A. Mathena age 92 of Colchester, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Heartland Health Care Center in Macomb, Illinois.  She was born May 27, 1924 in Bluff City, Illinois, to Loren and Evanna Parks Fisher.  Juanita was united in marriage to Wayne K. Brown, April 1945, she was later united in marriage to Bobby L Mathena on June 16, 1965, in Peoria, Illinois.
     
    Surviving to mourn her passing are, Sons; Gerald and Cindy Brown, Carthage, Illinois, Roger and Paula Brown, Macomb, Illinois, Rodney Brown, Kanas City, Missouri, Kevin Brown, Tennessee, Illinois, 1 Daughter Kimberly and George Lewis, Bloomington, Illinois, 14 Grandchildren: Jamison, Erin, Austin, Paxton, Wyatt, Brandi, Christopher, David, Kimberly, Joshua, Anna, Amanda Emily, Brett, 6 Great Grandchildren: Reece, Gavin, Jersey, Jesslynn, Jace, Charlotte, 2 Half Sisters, Romona Teel, Industry, Darlene Jarnot, Macomb, 1 Half Brother: Gary Fisher, Macomb.
     
    Juanita had been employed at Western Illinois University in Building services.  She was a member of the Colchester Eastern Star, Colchester United Methodist Church, Women’s Bowling Association of which she bowled all over the United States.  Upon the death of her mother, she was raised by her Grandparents, Worley and Hattie Parks. In 1937 she moved with her grandparents to Colchester, where she graduated from Colchester High School in 1943.
     
    She loved to fish, having a cabin on the river for many years.  When she was not fishing she loved her country music, always having the radio on.  She attended many Country music Concerts all over the country and taking her kids with her.  After the kids grew up, they started taking her to many concerts in St. Louis or Chicago.  
     
    Juanita also loved her Chicago Cubs, which she was proud to let you know she was a Cub Fan.  Of all the different things that Juanita did in her life, the greatest treasure was her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
     
    Graveside service will be Friday, June 16, 2017, at Mt Auburn Cemetery in Colchester, with Rev. Mark Smith. Military rites will be preformed by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion.  In Lieu of flowers the family would like a memorial be made to McDonough District Hospital Hospice.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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  • Teddy Mac Parsano, 79, of Rushville, passed away at 1:45 PM, Friday, June 9, 2017, at his home.
     
    He was born on January 8, 1938, in Rushville, Illinois, the son of Harley and Ada (Chockley) Parsano, Sr.
     
    Teddy served as a cook in the US Navy, from 1956 until retiring in 1976.  He then worked as a machine operator at NTN Bower in Macomb for 20 years retiring in February of 1999.
     
    He was a member of the Schuyler American Legion Post #4 and the White Hat CB Club.  He enjoyed woodworking, dancing and camping.
     
    Surviving are his longtime buddy Steve Campbell of Rushville, the children of his longtime companion Helen Kelly: Jeanie Kirkham and husband Bud of Camden, Joyce Stambaugh of Astoria, Jim Kelly and wife Pam, Jack Kelly and wife Dixie all of Camden, Helen’s grandchildren and great grandchildren, one sister-in-law Pauline Parsano of Rushville, one brother-in-law Harold Anderson of Peoria Heights, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, longtime companion Helen Kelly, her son Jerry Kelly, her grandson Scott Kelly, her granddaughter Cindy Mangold, two brothers Harley “Parsie” Parsano, Jr., and George Parsano, three sisters Frances Young, Ida Mae Anderson and Jenny Emery.
     
    Services will be at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with David Haney officiating.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery with military rites by the US Navy Honors Detail and the Schuyler American Legion Post # 4.  Visitation will be from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials may be given to Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation or the Big Buddy Program in Rushville.  You are invited to share your memories of Teddy and leave condolences at www.woodfuneralhome.online.

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  • Diana Lynn Morris, 63, of West Point, Illinois, formerly of Carthage and Blandinsville passed away at 8:20 a.m. Friday, June 9, 2017 at Memorial Hospital in Carthage.
     
    She was born on May 24, 1954 in Danville, Illinois to Walter "Hub" and Minnie Porter Terrell. She married William Lee Morris on March 13, 1990. He survives.
     
    Also surviving are two sons, Duane Thompson of West Point, and David Thompson; daughter-in-law, Kim Thompson of West Point, nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Don (Jackie) Terrell of Blandinsville and three nieces.
     
    She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother in infancy.
     
    Diana lived in Carthage and has lived in West Point for the last five years.
     
    A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Blandinsville with Reverend A. Lee Unger officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded. Private burial of ashes will be held at a later date.
     
    You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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