BENTON – Shawn Michael “Elrod” Eldridge, 28, of Benton, passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 in Benton, IL. 

He was born on April 14, 1990, to Danny E. and Cindy S. (Tasky) Eldridge at Herrin Hospital, Herrin, IL. Shawn was a 2008 graduate from Benton Consolidated High School, and worked as a Coal Miner at S & L Industries, LLC.

Shawn was a loving son and father. He loved spending time at Starks Total Body Fitness weight lifting and working on his overall fitness and health. Shawn enjoyed being outdoors with friends and fishing. His pride and joy was his little girl, and his two pet dogs, Hoss and Kush. 

Shawn is survived by his loving daughter, Emeri Jade Eldridge of Benton, IL; parents, Danny E. and Cindy S. (Tasky) Eldridge; special nephew and his little buddy, Austin Joe Eldridge of Benton, IL; companion, Ashley Griffith of Benton, IL; two aunts, Linda Knapp of Benton, IL and Pam Ray of Charlotte, NC; one uncle, Monty (Jean) Eldridge of Manteno, IL; and many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his big brother, Josh Joe “Elrod” Eldridge.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., at the Pate Funeral Home, with Rev. Jim Muir officiating.

Burial will take place in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pate Funeral Home in care of funeral expenses, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Shawn’s loving family would like everyone to know that suicide is preventable, and with help comes hope. The National Suicide Prevention Life Line is free, confidential, and always available at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  Help a loved one, a friend, or yourself. For more information on preventing suicide please visit 

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BENTON – Bonnie B. (Pritchett) Hopkins, 62, of Benton, Illinois, passed away at 2:11 a.m. on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at Franklin Hospital. Bonnie’s final act of kindness was to give the gift of life through organ donation.

A luncheon will take place from 12-1 p.m. on Sunday, December 16th at the St Paul’s Lutheran Church at 1 West Frankfort Plaza, West Frankfort, Illinois 62896, (618) 932-3450, with a Memorial Celebration of Life Service, officiated by Pastor Alan Janneke following the luncheon.  All who knew her are welcome.

A private family interment of ashes will be held at a later date in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton, Illinois.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leffler Funeral Home to assist with the cremation expenses, and will be accepted at the church on Sunday, or may be mailed to the Leffler Funeral Home, 401 E Main St, Benton, Illinois 62812. (618) 438-0021.

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MCLEANSBORO – Dorothy Irene Sledge, age 89, passed away at her home to be with the Lord on Monday evening,  December 10, 2018 at 9:36 p.m.               

Irene was born July 3, 1929 to Noble R. and Vida (Phelps) Eblin.

She is survived by her daughter Donetta Bailey Malone of McLeansboro; granddaughter, Gina Miller of Ziegler, IL; great-granddaughter Stephanie

Sue Bailey Miller of Mulkeytown; daughter Billie Bailey Banovz (Randy) of McLeansboro, granddaughter Angie (Chad) Burgett of Charleston, IL; great- granddaughter Mattie Burgett of Carbondale, IL; great-grandson Logan Burgett of St. Louis, MO; grandson Alex Banovz of Louisville, KY and great- grandson Luca; 1 son, Rick Bailey (Janice) of McLeansboro; granddaughters Stacy (Clint) Winemiller of McLeansboro; Alyssa (Duke) Griesemer of McLeansboro; Adrienne Winemiller of Evansville, IN; granddaughter Maegan (Nathaniel) Musgrave of Walnut Hill; great-grandsons Malachi and Micah Musgraves; step-granddaughter Deanna (Todd) Speiser of Woodlawn, IL; step great-grandchildren, Braden, Avrie, Madison and Sofia. Also surviving are 2 brothers, Gene (Kitty) Eblin of Tuscola, IL and Bob (Ann) Eblin of Mt. Vernon, IL and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vida & Noble Eblin, husband Walter Sledge, sister Louise Fortenberry, brother Russell Eblin, first husband Bill Bailey, son-in-law Marvin Malone and granddaughter Tamara Lynn Bailey.

Irene was a homemaker for many years and she later was employed by Napa Distribution Center  for several years before retiring from Napa. She was first married to Bill Bailey from August 22, 1946 to September 4, 1970 and in later years she married Walter Sledge on December 29, 1988 until his death on August 2, 2002. She lived her life for God and was a devout Christian.

Visitation will be held 6to 8 p.m., Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL.

Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m., Friday, December 14, 2018 at Harre Funeral Home with Pastor Jacob Gray officiating.

Burial will be in Zion Grove Cemetery in Dix, IL.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Hamilton County Historical Society and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home in memory of Irene.


BENTON – Marilyn Bradley, 75, of Benton passed away Sunday evening, December 9, 2018 at her home.

She was born in Logan, IL on July 19, 1943, the daughter of Roy Allen & Nina Lorene (Hubbs) Spain.

Marilyn is survived by her:

                3 Sons:

                                Steven Webb Sr. & wife Tammy of Christopher

                                Scott Webb & wife Dee Ann of Mulkeytown

                                Shawn D. Webb Sr. of Benton

                5 Grandchildren

                6 Great-Grandchildren

                1 Sister: Carolyn Roach of Thompsonville

                1 Brother: Dale Spain & wife Dorothy of Chillicothe

Mrs. Bradley was preceded in death by her Parents, 1 Brother-Leroy Spain, 1 Brother-in-law-Frankie Roach and her Fiance-Dick Moss.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 12th at the Morton & Johnston Fuenral Home in Benton with Pastor Harol Whitlock officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

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CHRISTOPHER – Charles “Chuck” Vogel, 88, of Christopher passed away on December 9, 2018.

He was born on June 5, 1930 in Christopher to Martin “Bill” and Maude (Jones) Vogel. He married Naomi (Eldridge) Vogel on May 22, 1955 and she survives of Christopher.

He is also survived by his daughter LuAnn (Rick) Polley of Mulkeytown; two grandsons Charles “Kip” (Ashley) Polley of Granite City, IL and Tyler Loren Polley of Fort Lauderdale, FL; one great grandchild Taylor Ray Polley of Granite City, IL; one sister Frances Furlin; five nieces and nephews Jo Ellen Eldridge of Springfield, IL, Debbie (Ron) Frost of Austin, AR, Michael Eldridge of East Hazelcrest, IL, Jeffery Eldridge of Sauk Village, IL, Teresa Eldridge of Lowell, IN; and several great nieces and nephews.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was also a member of the First Christian Church in Christopher.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father Joe Berolatti, mother and father-in-law Genell and Bob Reid, two brothers-in-law Pete Furlin and Raymond Eldridge.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday December 12, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Christopher with Rev. Daniel Ison officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. at the church. Burial will be at Harrison Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the First Christian Church of Christopher. Envelopes will be available at the church.

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SESSER – Jane M. (Vaughn) Baine, 70, of Sesser and formerly of Aurora passed away Sunday night, December 9, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Baine was born in Aurora on January 30, 1948, the daughter of John Pierce & Alverda (Johnson) Vaughn.

Mrs. Baine was a member of Rescue Free Will Baptist Church in Whittington. She loved to make jewelry, and paint pictures. Her grandkids were her life.

She is survived by her:

                Husband: John T. Baine II of Sesser

                Daughter: Sara Montgomery & husband Leonard Jr. of Benton

                Son: John Travis Baine III & wife Theresa of Waterman, IL

                8 Grandchildren:

                                Alexandra Bee & husband Kurtis

                                Shaina Baine

                                Micah Montgomery

                                JT Baine

                                Abigail Montgomery

                                Leonard “Trey” Montgomery III

                                Landon Baine

                                Melina Baine

                1 Great-Grandson: Talan Bee

                1 Sister- Ruthann Gregg & husband Michael of Prescott Valley, AZ

                1 Brother: Jonathan Vaughn of Sycamore, IL

                Several Nieces, Nephews & Family Members

Mrs. Baine was preceded in death by her Parents, 2 Brothers-Roland Vaughn & Charles Vaughn and by 1 Sister-Linda Kay Parks & her husband John.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 13th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Bryant Harris officiating. Burial will be in the Wolf Creek Cemetery in Carbondale. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home and after 9 a.m. on Thursday.

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BENTON – James Carl Marchese, 97, of Benton, IL,  passed away at 6:05 a.m., on Monday, December 3, 2018,  at Helia Healthcare of Benton, IL, after a brief illness.

He was born on July 7, 1921, to John and Marie (Miller) Marchese in Buckner, IL. He shared many years of marriage with his loving wife, Alfredia (Steinheimer) until she passed away on January 6, 2007.

James was a high school football, basketball, and baseball stand out. He then went into the United States Coast Guard, and served during World War II. Following, he worked as a plant manager for Long Airdox Corporation. James was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

James is survived by his one daughter, Cathy Washnock of Ipswich, Massachusetts; his one son, James K. Marchese and his wife, Jeanie, of Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania; his four grandchildren, Mikkel Washnock, Lauren Washnock-Maldonado, Elizabeth Marchese, and Victoria Marchese-Sampson; his four great-grandchildren, Madelyn and David Washnock-Hanson, Isla and Tillman Washnock; and his nephew, Steve Stewart; and his niece Jayne Lau.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Alfredia Marchese, parents, John and Marie Marchese, one sister, Capitola Stewart, son-in-law, James A. Washnock and one niece, Iris Hampleman.

James loved watching sports, tending to his tomato and strawberry gardens, and playing cards, but most of all, he enjoyed spending precious time with family, especially his grandchildren.

Services have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 South Main Street, Benton, IL.

As per families request, cremation will take place.

Services may be held at a later date.

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CHARLESTON – Kaitlyn Marie Stanfield, 22, of Charleston, formerly of Sesser, passed away on December 5, 2018.

She was born on March 1, 1996 in Carbondale to John and Michelle (Yung) Laskowski.  She was married to Robbie Stanfield on June 30, 2018 and he survives of Charleston.

Kaitlyn is survived by her husband Robbie; her Fur Baby’s Mya and Kitty; parents John and Michelle (Yung) Laskowski of Sesser; two sisters Ashley Laskowski and Rachel Laskowski both of Sesser; grandparents Bill and Gayla Yung of Sesser, great grandmother Mary Ragland of Tamaroa; Father and Mother-In-Law Larry and Linda Stanfield; Brother-In-Law Mike (Daisy Edmison) Stanfield of Chicago; Sister-In-Law Jamie (Chris Anderson) Stanfield of Stillwater, MN; one niece Harlow Anderson; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Sonny and Grace Laskowski, and one great-grandfather Charles Ragland.

A Celebration of Life will be on Saturday December 8, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Mark Miller officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family with checks payable to Robert Stanfield. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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WEST FRANKFORT – Larry E. Neibel, 71, of West Frankfort, passed away Monday December 3, 2018 in SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon at 9 a.m.

Larry was born July 14, 1947 in West Frankfort to Harry and Lucille (Appleton) Neibel. He attended the First Christian Church in West Frankfort. Larry loved his family, his pets, and to fix things. He was a coal miner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Brother Gene; Aunt Betty Bruce; and Nephew Travis Neibel

He is survived by his wife Charlotte; Son Larry Wayne Neibel; Daughter Christina (Donyel) Amey; Granddaughter Peyton (Chase) Reese; Grandson Dylan Michael Reed; Sisters Shirley (Robert) Tippy, Linda (Garland) Dempsey; Brothers-in-law and Sisters-in-law Mike and Roberta McLaren, Ronald and Pamela McLaren, and Bruce and Brenda McLaren; Aunt and Uncle Judy and Charles Woods; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside Services will be held Thursday December 6, 2018 from 11 a.m. to Noon in Tower Heights Cemetery in West Frankfort with Pastor Brian Harris officiating. Friends are asked to meet directly at the cemetery. 

Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort is in charge of arrangements.   

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MARION – Claude Aleczander Tobias O’Daniell, an infant born on August 16, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond Heights, MO, passed away on Monday, November 26, 2018, at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, at the age of 3 months and 10 days. Claude’s life will continue to live on through his precious gifts of life through organ donation at Mid-America Transplant Services.
He was born to Devin O’Daniell and Claudia (Mocaby) Bolivar. Claude’s life may have been shortly lived, but it was filled with beautiful moments and loving times.
Claude is survived by his mother, Claudia Marie Bolivar; father, Devin A. O’Daniell; maternal grandfather, Claude Neal Mocaby; paternal grandmother, Michelle (Tom) O’Daniell-Wallace; paternal grandfather, Scott Adams; paternal great-grandmother, Inez (Rea) O’Danielle; paternal great-grandfather, Ron O’Daniell; two brothers, Adonis Westerberg and Luciano Bolivar; a sister, Aurora Bolivar; maternal aunt, Ada Mocaby; maternal uncle, Bryan (Britney)Mocaby; paternal aunt, Jessica Howell; paternal uncle, Colton James Meadows; two maternal great-aunts, Michelle Mocaby and Helen Mocaby-Willett; materal great-uncle, Denzil Mocaby; two paternal great-uncles, Mike O’Daniell and Matt O’Daniell; many cousins; and his loving family at Marion O’Charleys. 
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Monte Jean Wininger; a maternal great-grandmother, Norma Mocaby; and maternal great-grandfather, Claude Ladle Mocaby.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

Visitation will be held on Monday, December 3, 2018, from 2 to 6 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 10 a.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL, with Pastor Roger Webb, officiating services. Burial will follow services at Plaster Groves Cemetery, Thompsonville, IL.
Memorial contributions may be at the funeral home in care of Claudia Marie Bolivar.

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BELLE RIVE – Mary Catherine Rapp

Age: 88
Residence: Belle Rive, IL
Passed Away: 1:19 a.m. Monday, November 26, 2018 at Lavender Ridge Memory Care of Mt. Vernon, IL

Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, November 30, 2018 at Harre Funeral Home in Dahlgren, IL. Rosary Service will be held at 7 p.m.
Funeral Mass: 10 a.m., Saturday, December 1, 2018 at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Dahlgren, IL
Clergy: Father Slawomir Ptak
Burial: St John Nepomucene Catholic Cemetery, Dahlgren, IL

Date of Birth: February 2, 1930 Place of Birth: Piopolis, IL
Father: Joseph Haas Mother: Isabella (Hopfinger) Haas
Marriage to: Harold Stephen Rapp on May 3, 1952 at St. John Baptist Catholic Church in Piopolis. He passed away July 4, 2001.
Church Affiliation: Member St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, Dahlgren, IL

Activities: Mary was a talented seamstress, baker and gardner and has passed these talents onto her children. She was a loving wife, mother, doting grandmother & great grandmother. Her family will miss her dearly. Mary had an unwavering faith in God, was very active in St. Ann’s Altar Sodality and was an avid Right to Life advocate.

6 Sons: Steven Rapp( wife Sharon), Belle Rive, IL.
Anthony “Tony” Rapp ( wife Dorcas “Dorrie”), Dahlgren, IL.
Sanford Rapp, Belle Rive, IL.
Cletus Rapp (wife Callie), Belle Rive, IL.
Martin Rapp ( wife Sheina), Ranger, GA.
Eugene Rapp, Belle Rive, IL.
3 Daughters: Deanna Buerke (husband Stan), Friedericksburg, VA.
Frieda Liles, Charlotte, N.C.
Mary Jo Hollensbe, Mt. Vernon, IL.
Grandchildren: Christopher Buerke, Amanda Buerke Jaeger, Jamie Rapp, Melissa Rapp Schulz, Kathleen Rapp Bangea, Stephen Taylor, Casey Rapp Tucker, Lindsay Rapp Stranz, William Brady, Tyler, Joseph, Kyle, Nathan & Jacob Rapp, Justine Brozas, Tabitha Rapp Finley, Chelsea Hollensbe
Great Grandchildren: Penelope, Eleanor, Cody, Katie, Madelyn, Wyatt, Kaylin, Rose, Jade, Layla, Ava, Vivian, Liam, Chloe, Clayton, Maya and Violet

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Parents, husband, one brother, Oswin Haas; three sisters Victoria Wellen, Caroline Roesch and Ervena Haas and Son-In-Law Dean Hollinsbe

HARRE FUNERAL HOME, Dahlgren, is in charge of all arrangements.