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MCLEANSBORO – Leslie D. Johnson
Age: 88
Residence: McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: 7:40 p.m., Monday, January 24, 2022 at McLeansboro Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, McLeansboro, IL
Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, January 28, 2022, Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL
Funeral: 11 a.m., Saturday, January 29, 2022 at Dale Pentecost Church, Dale, IL
Clergy: Pastor Mike Glenn and Pastor Terry Buchanan
Burial: Digby Cemetery, Dale, IL

Date of Birth: April 21, 1933
Place of Birth: Broughton, IL
Father: John Leslie Johnson
Mother: Thelma (Satterfield) Johnson
Marriage to: Joan M. (Irvin) at The Church of God on March 24, 1956 in McLeansboro, IL
Occupation: Factory Worker and he was employed at Whirlpool Corp.
Church Affiliation: Dale Pentecost Church, Dale, IL
Military Service: Leslie served in the U.S. Army.

SURVIVORS

Wife: Joan Johnson, McLeansboro, IL

Son: Brent Johnson (wife Sheila), McLeansboro, IL

Daughter: Shelia Glenn (husband Mike), McLeansboro, IL

Grandchildren: Jeremy (Amy) Glenn, Lesley (Donny) Brian, Joshua Johnson, Amanda (Alex) Smith, Eli Johnson

Great Grandchildren: Braden Glenn, Gracie (Luke) Donelson, Alyssa Nelson, Jessica Glenn, Brittany Ragan, Garrett Glenn, Alivia Smith, Allie Smith

1 Great Great Granddaughter: Navey Belle Glenn

Brother: Danny Johnson (wife Sandy ), McLeansboro, IL

Preceded in Death By: Parents, Pete and Thelma Johnson; Sisters, Carlene Bailey and Shirley Aydt; 1 infant Great Grandson

The Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro is in charge of arrangements.


BENTON – Mary Alice Sims, age 79, of Benton passed away at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, January 23, 2022, at her daughter’s home in Whittington.

Celebration of Life Services will be held, at a future date.

Cremation arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mary Alice Sims may be made to the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the Leffler Funeral Home.

To leave online condolences to the family or to share memories of Mary Alice, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com.


FRANKLIN COUNTY – Helen Starasta Mallory passed away on Sunday, January 23, 2022.

She was born September 6, 1927, in Zeigler, Illinois, to Michael and Julia (Rapach) Starasta.

Mrs. Mallory was the 1945 Homecoming Queen of Christopher Community High School.

She had worked for the U.S. Treasury Department and was retired from the Christopher Public Library. She enjoyed reading, her state fair prize-winning crewel work, her flower garden and her rag doll collection.

She married Samuel Edgar “Red” Mallory on September 18, 1948. He preceded her in death on January 7, 1964.

She is survived by two daughters, Judith Mallory Carter of Christopher and Leah Joy (David G.) Stallman of Mulkeytown. She was the proud grandmother of Ryan Thomas (Amanda) Carter, Eric David (Bobbie) Stallman and Matthew Joseph (Stephanie) Stallman and great-grandmother of Catherine Joy Stallman and Ian Douglas Stallman.

Mrs. Mallory was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband, sisters Margaret Michalcik, Elizabeth Rebeschini and brother George Starasta.

There will be no public service per her wishes. Interment will be in Smith Cemetery in Buckner, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.


BENTON – Gene Ramon Alexander, more affectionately known as “Mr. A”, passed peacefully into God’s presence at 86 years of age on December 8, 2021, at 9:17 p.m. in Deaconess Midtown Hospital of Evansville, Indiana after suffering a stroke at his home.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, January 30, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Kurt Sanders officiating. At 3:30 p.m. the Dedication Ceremony of a new bronze bench with a statue of his likeness will be held. Both services will be in the Doug Collins and John Malkovich Event Center located at the Benton Grade School Complex in Benton.

In lieu of flowers, Mr. A has specifically requested that donations be made to the Mr. A Memorial Fund Rend Lake College Foundation, Benton Ministerial Alliance, First Christian Church Fellowship Hall, or the SICF (Mr. A Fund). Marty Leffler at Leffler Funeral Home in Benton will accept and direct all donations.

To leave online condolences to the family or to share memories of Mr. A, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com.

Celebration of Life Services are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.


SESSER – David Alan Clark, 57, of Sesser, passed away on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at SSM Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

He was born on April 21, 1964 in Benton, IL to Kenneth and Mary Ellen (Cockrum) Clark.

He is survived by his son David (Nikki Ramey) Clark II of Sesser; granddaughter Marley Clark of Sesser; three sisters Teresa (Donald) Studt of Evansville, Debi Bradley of Sesser and Tammy (Nathan) Colvin of Sesser.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was a truck driver and loved to make his family laugh with his sense of humor.

His wishes were to be cremated with a Celebration of Life at a later date.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.


WEST FRANKFORT – Estelle Marie Radjenovich, age 89, passed away at 1:03 p.m. Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at the Westside Rehab Care Center of West Frankfort, IL.

Mrs. Radjenovich’s wishes are to be cremated. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a future date.

Cremation arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Franklin County Animal Control, P.O. Box 210, Christopher, IL 62822-0210 or visit www.petsneedhomes.org.

To leave online condolences to the family or to share memories of Estelle, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com.


SESSER – Jason Paul Sample, 50, of Sesser, passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at his home.

He was born on February 19, 1971 in West Frankfort, IL to Kenneth Marland Sample and Elizabeth (Hayse) McGhee.

He is survived by his son Shylow Passama-Sample of Florence, Oregon; one sister Kendra Hernandez of Sesser and one brother Marland Sample of Ellsworth, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

His wishes were to be cremated with a memorial service to be held at a later date.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.


LOGAN – Mrs. Thelma Smothers, age 87, of Logan went to be with her Lord and Savior at 7:18 a.m. Thursday, January 20, 2022.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 24, 2022, at the Logan Church of God, with Rev. Mike Mayberry and Rev. Rick Fowler officiating. Burial will follow in the Logan Church of God Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday at the Logan Church of God.

Funeral Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Thelma was born on November 3, 1934, in Celina, Tennessee; the daughter of Eston Eads and Mary Rhea (Thrasher) Eads. She married Jackie Dean Smothers on October 22, 1953, and he preceded her in death on November 15, 2018.

Her working career consisted of working in a dry-cleaning plant in Taylorville, IL, waitress, laborer with American Can Company, cleaned houses, worked with the Franklin County Senior Services at the West Frankfort Wit and Wisdom Center, and she was a cosmetologist.

She was a member of the Logan Church of God, where she formerly served as a Sunday School Teacher, and Church Clerk.

Thelma enjoyed sewing, most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.

Surviving is her three children: Loretta Rice and husband Steve of Logan, IL, Jack D. Smothers of Logan, IL, Lisa Morse and husband Zandle and son Tyler of Buncombe, IL; five grandchildren: Melissa Coons, James Pense and wife Chrystal, Paula Coons Arpasi and husband Thomas, Daniel Rice, Chloe Morse; three great-grandchildren: Kaven, Aubrie and Mia; a sister Gena Clark and husband Jack of Monroe, TN; a brother: Raymond Eads and wife Janice of Livingston, TN; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter Connie Coons; and three brothers: Samuel George Eads, Ray Wilson Eads, and John Wheeler Eads.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Logan Church of God and will be accepted at the church.

To leave online condolences to the family, or share memories of Thelma, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com.

Due to the mandate issued on August 26, 2021, by Gov. J.B Pritzker, and the recent Omicron surge, masks are recommended at all times while inside the church.


BENTON – Phyllis Jane Barnfield, 85, of Benton passed away on Thursday morning, January 20, 2022.

Phyllis was born in West Frankfort, IL on June 21, 1936, the daughter of Jesse Lee & Maggie (Whitlow) Wallace.

She married Bill Barnfield on July 9, 1955, and he survives.

Mrs. Barnfield was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church. She worked for 20 plus years at Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department. Her family and her faith were the most important things in her life. Even though Mr. & Mrs. Barnfield may have had only one year of schooling beyond high school, they knew an education would provide one with limitless opportunities. Mrs. Barnfield was proud that all of her children graduated college and as of now, the five oldest grandchildren have done the same.

Mrs. Barnfield is survived by her:

Husband: Bill Barnfield of Benton

 

4 Children:

Deidre Rea & husband Richard of Dunlap, TN

Dr. Terry Barnfield & wife Glynis of Salem

Clydette Barnfield of Benton

Dr. Marda Voss & husband Travis of Weldon Spring, MO

 

7 Grandchildren:

Jesse Rea & wife Caroline

Dr. Libby Ownby & husband Kirby

Dr. Rayla Bolton & husband Captain Aaron Bolton

Ford Barnfield

Jennings Barnfield & wife McKenna

Eva Voss

Elise Voss

 

4 Great-Grandchildren:

Jacob & Emily Claire Rea

Ethan & Kaden Ownby

Mrs. Barnfield was preceded in death by her Parents and 2 Sisters-Billie Vanhorn & Weymouth Clark.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, January 24th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be after 10:00 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church Building Fund.

For more information or to send online condolences, please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.


BENTON – Marietta Kolisek, 90, of Benton, IL, passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL.

She was born in West Frankfort, IL, on November 30, 1931, to John C. and Nell F. (Troutt) Wall.

Marietta retired as a receptionist from Old Ben Coal Company.  She was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in Benton.  She was married to Fred Kolisek, who preceded her in death in 2008.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Melinda and Jan A. Melvin of Benton, IL; sister, Winnie Bergeson of Joliet, IL; sisters-in-law, Janet Kolisek and Margaret Rice of Benton, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Marietta was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sisters Maxine Jackson and Kay C. Wall, brothers Ralph L. Wall and Jack Walls.

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

Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m., on Monday, January 24, 2022, at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery, with the Reverend Jim Jenkel officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 201 South Main St., Benton, IL, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Condolences may be given at www.patefh.com.    


THOMPSONVILLE – James Ronald “Jim” Heifner, age 83, of Thompsonville, passed away at 10:48 a.m. Thursday, January 20, 2022, at the Franklin Hospital of Benton.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 23, 2022, at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Elder Willie Huffine officiating. Burial with Military Honors provided by the Thompsonville American Legion Post #1194 and the Army National Guard, will be in the Brady Cemetery East of Akin. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until the funeral hour at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

James Ronald Heifner was born in Hamilton County, Illinois on July 17, 1938; the son of William Martin Heifner and Ida Mae (Poynor) Heifner.

He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, serving from 1961 to 1963, spending most of that time in Thailand.

He married Patricia Ann Flannigan on June 17, 1967, at Plasters Grove Free Will Baptist Church, and she survives. They had two children, Cynthia Ann Heifner Biggs and James Martin Heifner, both of Akin. He also leaves behind three cherished granddaughters Payeton Heifner, Harley Heifner, and Brooke Biggs. He was also blessed with one great-grandson Dramir Haskins.

Jim is survived by a sister, Darlene Roberts of Dale, Illinois; and was preceded in death by a brother Charles, who died as an infant; a sister Barbara Wyant; brothers John Heifner, and Carlton Heifner. He was very close to his siblings who lived near most of his life. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was a member of Plasters Grove Free Will Baptist Church for 47 years, where he became a Trustee and Deacon.

Jim made a living as a coal miner and working in the oil fields and construction.

He was a member of the Thompsonville American Legion Post #1194 and the Akin Masonic Lodge # 749 of Thompsonville. He was also a Caretaker and on the Board of Trustees for Brady Cemetery, and at one time Eastern Township Trustee and Republican Precinct Committeeman.

He enjoyed collecting antiques and “trading” with friends. Most of all he loved visiting with family and friends whether it was drinking coffee in Thompsonville, fellowship at his church or just at home. He will be remembered as a devoted family man and good friend to many.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Plasters Grove Free Will Baptist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of Jim, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com.

Due to the Mandate issued on August 26, 2021, by Governor J.B. Pritzker, and the recent surge in Omicron cases in our region, masks are recommended to be worn at all times while inside the funeral home.  


EWING – Jack L. Townley, of Ewing, IL, passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at home with his wife by his side. He was 84 years of age.

Jack was born on November 9, 1937, in Ewing to Jack C. and Pauline (Whittington) Townley. On his 20 birthday of November 9, 1957, he married Helen Marie (Adams) Townley and to this union were born three sons Larry, Jack Kevin and Jeffery.

In his teenage years Jack worked for his dad at the Home Ice & Coal Company. He had several other jobs but the one he liked best was as manager/operator of Platolene 500 Service Station on West Main Street in Benton. He loved talking to the customers and meeting new people.

Jack is survived by his wife of 64 years Helen, son Jack Kevin (Jill) of Ewing, daughter-in-law Debbie Townley Webb of Ewing, grandchildren Stephanie (Chris) Nunez of Yuma, AZ, Jesse (Kristina) Townley of Yuma, AZ, Damien Townley of Ewing, Libby Townley of St. Louis, Ben Townley of Marion. Great-granddaughters Samantha, Chloe and Allison Townley of Yuma, AZ, Hailey McIntosh of Ewing, sister Mary Brock of Logan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sons Larry and Jeffery, sister Ida (Townley) Campbell.

Funeral arrangements are Friday, January 21st at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home with Rev. Ron Cremeens officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to time of the funeral at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be at Shiloh Cemetery in Whittington.

To view complete obituary go to Morton & Johnston Facebook page.


IMPERIAL, MO – Joan Evelyn Gardner, 87, of Imperial, MO passed away on Wednesday evening, January 12, 2022, at her home.

Mrs. Gardner was born in Benton, IL on February 9, 1934, the daughter of William Edward & Mila Lee (Hall) Vantrease.

She married Donald Allen Gardner on August 27, 1960, and he preceded her in death on August 7, 2005.

Mrs. Gardner was a retired government worker who enjoyed reading and spending time with her family. She was a devoted and loving mother and proud grandma.

Mrs. Gardner is survived by her:

Son: Alan E. Gardner

Son: James M. Gardner wife Kellie L. (Mueller) and their daughter Ariel R. Gardner

Daughter: Vicki K. (Gardner) Theiss, husband Jason W. Theiss and their children Katelyn C. Theiss, Kristen N. Theiss and Justin A. Theiss

Mrs. Gardner was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Brother & Sister-in-law-James Curtis Vantrease & Barbara Jeanne (Huffstutler) Vantrease and Sister & Brother-in-law-Mildred Esteleda (Vantrease) Fletcher & Harvie David Fletcher.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 22nd at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

For more information or to send online condolences, please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.


BENTON – Doris Gilbreath, 95, of Benton, passed away on January 18, 2022, at Stonebridge Senior Living Center in Benton.

She was born on May 22, 1926, in Benton, IL to Raymond and Nina (Jones) Miller.  She married William Gilbreath on March 28, 1942, and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children William “Bill” Gilbreath of Benton and Janet (Joel) Flatt of Rochester, IL; six grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; four sisters Karen (Jim) Morrison of Benton, Ruthann Patin of Louisiana, Ailene Liebman of St Louis and Billie (Ben) Hessleberg of St Louis and James Miller of Macedonia, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister Lida Rusher and one grandson Will Gilbreath.

She was a member of the Rend City Baptist Church.

Funeral services for Doris will be on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother Larry Cook officiating. 

Visitation will be on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Valier.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rend City Baptist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.


MCLEANSBORO – Daphne Drake

Age: 91
Residence: McLeansboro
Passed Away: 8:22 p.m., Sunday, January 16, 2022 at Hamilton Memorial Rehab and Health Care Center, McLeansboro, IL

A visitation will be held Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with funeral services beginning at 11 a.m. Reverend Mark Byars will officiate the service with burial in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL.

Date of Birth: April 27, 1930

Place of Birth: McLeansboro, IL

Father: Leslie Lee Donelson

Mother: Lelia (York) Donelson

Marriage to: James Drake on December 20, 1947 in Morganfield, KY. He passed away in 2003.

Occupation: Daphne was employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse for several years.

Church Affiliation: Member of the First Baptist Church, McLeansboro, IL

Activities: She loved playing her organ and singing with her sisters.

Survivors:

1 Daughter: Carolyn DeBow, Paducah, KY

2 Sisters: Katherine (Kitty) Lakin, McLeansboro, IL
Clara Nell Dillinger, Paducah, KY

Grandchildren: Heath Bowling and wife Tara, Paducah, KY
Christopher Bowling, Philadelphia, PA
Amy Bowling Sugg and husband Corey, Louisville, KY
Jennifer DeBow, Paducah, KY

8 Great-Grandchildren

Several Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in death by: Parents Leslie and Lelia Donelson; Sisters Lee Ann James and Marilyn James; Brother, Donald Donelson.

Memorials to: In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to be made to The Salvation Army.

The Harre Funeral Home of McLeansboro is in charge of arrangements.


BENTON – David Lee Rogers, age 68, of Benton, passed away at 8:56 a.m. Friday, January 14, 2022, at the Deaconess Midtown Hospital of Evansville, Indiana.

Private family only graveside services will be held.

Arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions in memory of David may be made to the Elks Crippled Children’s Fund and will be accepted at the Leffler Funeral Home.

To leave online condolences to the family or to share memories of David, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com.


SESSER – Lonnie Gaylor, 56, of Sesser, passed away on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at his home.

He was born on December 27, 1965 in Tiptonville, TN to Glenn Mathis and Joyce (Lawrence) Connell.

He is survived by his sister Katherine Clawson of Herrin; best friend Luke McGill; one niece April and three nephews Phillip, Shawn and Hiram and several cousins, great nieces and great nephews.

Lonnie was a very kindhearted and simple person and loved to collect comic books, action figures and movies. He was also a freelance artist.

His wishes were to be cremated with a private service at a later date.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

The Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser is in charge of arrangements.


THOMPSONVILLE – Deloris L. Beyreis, 63, of Thompsonville, passed away at 11:15 p.m., on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at her residence with her loving family by her side.

She was born on July 23, 1958, to Clifford and Hildred (Sanders) Obrecht in West City, IL. Deloris worked as a social worker for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Deloris was a loving mother, grandmother and a devoted housekeeper. She enjoyed canning and sewing. After having her four children, she went back to school and earned her master’s degree in social working, specializing in children and family violence and started helping Veterans suffering from PTSD.

She was a member of Whittington Baptist Church.

Deloris is survived by her children, Michelle Clark, Melissa Wilkerson, Mitchell Clark and Marshal (Nadine) Clark; seven grandchildren, Shae Ogroski, Macy Clark, Madison Cox, Nathan Wilkerson, Noah Wilkerson, Cash Clark and Colt Clark; three great-grandchildren, Liam, Margaux and Rutledge; one brother, Robert “Bob” Obrecht; and one sister, Blanche Jolly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Hildred Obrecht; adopted parents, Wilma and Halcy Buntin; her husband, Larry Townley, two brothers, Frank “Scottie” Obrecht and James “Jim” Isaacs and a sister, Nancy Kay Rhine.

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

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., at the Pate Funeral Home in Benton, with the Reverend Mark Minor officiating. Following the service, burial will take place in the Mt. Etna Cemetery in Thompsonville.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.


MCLEANSBORO – Royce James, age 84 of McLeansboro, IL, passed away January 8, 2022 at his residence.

Royce was born December 5, 1937 in Silver Point Tennessee to the late Hooper and Winnie (Steele) James. He married Annabelle Fairchild Wagoner on December 6, 1958 in Peru, IN. She passed away on December 20, 2010. Royce married Pamela Hart on June 15, 2014 in McLeansboro, IL and she resides in McLeansboro, IL

Survivors:

In addition to his wife, Pam, he is survived by his sons, Rick (Lisa) James Of Elkville, IL, Steve (Kay) Wagoner of Alabama, Step-daughter, Amy Hart of McLeansboro.

Grandchildren are Derek James of Belle Rive, IL, Jessica Walker of Union City, Tennessee; Great-grandchildren, Bailey Wagoner, Rushdon Howell, Rori Howell of Union City, TN.

Siblings include Freddie James of Silver Point, TN; Billy (Darlene) James of Opdyke, IL, Treable Roberts of Silver Point, TN; Catherine Ann Overturf of Loganville, GA;

Brothers-in-Law, Robert Harrington, McLeansboro, IL; Marvin Reed of Mexico, IN.

Sister-in-Law: Tina (Mike) Burris of Dahlgren and several nieces and nephews.

Church Affiliation: Attended Hopewell Baptist Church.

Occupation: Royce worked many years in various factories.

Activities: Loved hunting, fishing and working on cars. He loved spending time with his family. He always enjoyed when someone called him saying they were coming by to visit, especially his son, Rick and grandson, Derek. He enjoyed car rides with his wife Pam or just sitting on the porch seeing the beauty of God in nature.

Preceded in Death by: Parents; Sisters Ruby James, Evalena Reed, Star Hester and Mildred James; 1 Brother Lenard James.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to noon, Thursday, January 20, 2022 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL.

A funeral service will begin at noon with Pastor Jacob Gray officiating and interment will follow at Middle Creek Cemetery near Dahlgren, IL.

Memorials may be accepted at Harre Funeral Home to assist the family with burial expenses.


VALIER – Glenn Russell Pinkham, 57, of Valier, passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at his home.

He was born on February 17, 1964 in Christopher, IL to Carl Gene and Dolores (Williamson) Pinkham. He married Susan (Furlow) Pinkham and she preceded him in death.

He is survived by step-son and friend Corey Cavinder of Mulkeytown.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and one brother Michael Pinkham.

Glenn’s wishes were to be cremated with a private celebration of life service at a later date.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

The Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is in charge of arrangements.


WEST FRANKFORT – LaDonne Weaver Treece, age 97, saw the face of Jesus and was reunited with her husband and daughter on Tuesday, January 11th at 6:19 p.m. at Herrin Hospital.

She was born to Gerald and Hazel (Dew) Weaver on December 26, 1924 in West Frankfort, IL. She was the second daughter born to the Weaver family that consisted of four girls. LaDonne was born and raised in the same house where she spent her childhood, young adult life, and for the majority of her life. She married her high school sweetheart, Robert on February 25, 1950. Together they raised three children and owned Treece Supply Co.

Growing up, LaDonne, was an active part of her parents’ business, Weaver Flowers. Her love of flowers began the day she was born. She spent countless hours roaming the aisles of the greenhouses; smelling carnations and roses, touching the geraniums, pansies and petunias, and admiring the beauty of the snap dragons, mums, and gladiolas. As she got older, she took a more active role designing and making arrangements for all occasions.

She attended West Frankfort schools and graduated in the class of 1942. After graduation, she attended SIU and later transferred to Iowa Sate in Ames, Iowa. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics. When she returned home, she taught for a short time at Frankfort Community High School. At the death of Rolla Treece in 1957, LaDonne and Bob took over the family business, Treece Supply Co. that had been in business since 1913. They continued operating the business with their son, Richard until 2005.

LaDonne was active in various community organizations. She was a 50+ member of Beta Sigma Phi. Belonged to Business and Professional Women’s Club serving as President. During her years in the club, one of their guest speakers was Sargent Shriver, a member of the Kennedy family. She was a member of the West Frankfort Library board for 28 years, and served as President. She also belonged to the Shawnee Library Board for 10 years, serving as President.

She was willing to help others and cooking was her outlet. She made soup and baked goods for neighbors and friends who were sick or suffering a loss. Her specialties were yeast breads and pies.

LaDonne loved her husband, kids, grandkids, and great grands. Her sisters were important to her and they had many memorable trips thru the years.

She accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior when she was just a young girl. She taught Sunday School for several years and was a member of the First Baptist Church in West Frankfort.

LaDonne is survived by her daughter, Marsha Hogan, and son, Richard Treece of West Frankfort; grandchildren Chris (Sara) Hogan, Matt Hogan of Marion, IL, Laura (Chris) Duckworth of Cobden, IL, Robby (Meredith) Speer of Leander, TX, David Speer of Nashville, TN. Great grandchildren Marley and Ava Hogan of Marion, IL, Cooper and Callie Duckworth of Cobden, IL, Maxine and Murphy Speer of Leander, Texas. Other survivors include a son-in-law, Allen Speer, and a beloved nephew and nieces.

LaDonne’s family would like to thank our dear friends and care giver extradonaire, Casidy Daniels and her fiancée Jason Yunker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Donna, in laws, and sisters Geraldine Kelley, Joann Williams, and Marilyn Paulk.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at the Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Tower Heights Cemetery in West Frankfort. Visitation will be from 12 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to the West Frankfort Public Library and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Due to the mandate issued on August 26, 2021, by Gov. J.B Pritzker, masks must be worn at all times while inside the funeral home.


MCLEANSBORO – Dorothy Louise (McGill) Roberts

Age: 94
Residence: Peoria, IL and formerly of Broughton, IL
Passed Away: Saturday, January 1, 2022 at St. Frances Medical Center, Peoria, IL.
Graveside burial servicves will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Hickory Hill Cemetery near Walpole,
IL.
Clergy: Pastor Jacob Gray

Date of Birth: November 8, 1927
Place of Birth: McLeansboro, IL
Father: John Inman McGill
Mother: Opal (Mezo) McGill
Marriage to: Gordon Roberts (Deceased)

Survivors:
1 Daughter: Sharon Delmar, Tulsa, OK
3 Grandchildren: Lonnie Lewis Bacon, Dirk Ryan Bacon of Peoria, Joshua Delmar, OK
8 Great grandchildren
4 Great-great grandchildren
1 Sister: Gloria Jean “Judy” Prince & husband Jerry, McLeansboro, IL
1 Brother: Gary Edward McGill, Benton, IL
1 Sister-in-Law: Becky McGill, Peoria, IL
Several Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in death by: Parents; 6 Sisters, Grace Davolt (John), Alice Kelso (Harold), Mary Ruth Craddock (Ray), Jo Ann Gray (R.D.Gray), Jane Hollis (Bill); Infant Sister, Glenda Sue McGill; 2 Brothers, James Norman McGill (Elfriede), John Inman McGill Jr. (Patt); Sister-in-Law, Sue McGill.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.


MCLEANSBORO – Catherine Lavinia Jenkins, 70, of McLeansboro, IL passed away on Thursday, January 6, 2022 in Fairfield, IL.

Catherine was born June 19, 1951, the daughter of Frederick Robert Browne & Patricia Jean (Callahan) Browne. On April 17, 1971 she married Constant “C.J.” Joseph Jenkins II, who preceded her in death.

Catherine served in the U.S. Navy in San Diego, CA and later worked for the U.S. Military Civil Service as a Payroll Technician in Norfolk, VA. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her husband, her animals, and her children and grandchildren. She loved her family, and was dearly loved by them.

She was a former member of the VFW Auxiliary in Norfolk, VA and she attended the Mt. Olivet General Baptist Church in McLeansboro, IL.

Catherine is survived by 3 sons: Constant Joseph Jenkins III & wife Micki of Paris, IL; Michael “Scott” Jenkins & wife Mona of Fairfield, IL; and Wayne Charles Jenkins of McLeansboro, IL; 10 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 1 on the way, 2 nieces, 1 nephew, 2 sister-in-laws: Sandra Jenkins of McLeansboro and Eva Browne of Washington State, and several close friends.

She was preceded in death by both parents, her husband Constant “C.J” Joseph Jenkins II, and a brother Frederick Michael Browne.

A family Memorial Service for Catherine Lavinia Jenkins will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Mt. Olivet General Baptist Church in McLeansboro with Pastor Bennie Webb officiating.

Visitation will be held Saturday at the church from noon until the time of service at 1 pm. Burial will follow the Memorial Service at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

The Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at www.gholsonfuneralhome.com.


MULKEYTOWN – Gary Edward Browning, 71, of Mulkeytown, passed away on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at Herrin Hospital.

He was born on July 30, 1950 in Auburn, WA to Rev. Ernest and Thelma (Ball) Browning.  He married Cheryl “Cherie” (Swisher) Browning on July 12, 1975 and she preceded him in death on April 3, 2014.

He is survived by his two children Joseph Browning of St. Louis, MO and Angie Worley of Mulkeytown; two grandchildren Braden Worley and Emma Grace Lynn Browning; two sisters Darlene (Dale) McDaniel of Villa Ridge, IL and Cindy (Donald) Jackman of Sikeston, MO and three brothers Ernie (Jan) Browning of Florida, Robert (Sherry) Browning of Florida and Gilbert (Donna) Browning of Olive Branch, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Graveside services will be on Friday, January 14, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Ward Cemetery in Mulkeytown with Pastor Robbey Smith officiating.  Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

The Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is in charge of arrangements.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.


BENTON – Laura Nicole Schuler, 28, of Benton, passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Lourdes-Mercy Hospital.

She was born on April 13, 1993 to Mario Larios and Kathy (Serratt) Fromherz. She married Derrik Schuler and he survives of Benton.

She is survived by her husband Derrik Schuler of Benton; her mother Kathy (Serratt) Fromherz of Arizona; her father Mario Larios of Sesser; her children Gio, Aria, Nick and Emma; sisters and brothers Joanna Dexl, Jeremy (Vanessa) Munoz, Franky Munos, Alex Larios and Carlos Larios.

Funeral services for Laura will be on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Chris Hottensen. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 7:00 p.m.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.


MULKEYTOWN – Delton Ray Cook, 84, of Mulkeytown, passed away on January 7, 2022 at Pinckneyville Community Hospital.

He was born on July 3, 1937 in Mulkeytown to Jesse O. and Mildred Elizabeth (Uhls) Cook. He married Mary Catherine (Bryant) Cook on July 22, 1937 and she preceded him in death on May 11, 2020.

He is survived by his children Danny Cook of Mulkeytown, Christy Cook of Mulkeytown and Neita Cook of Surprise, AZ; one granddaughter Shonda (Roger) Pinkham of Mt Vernon; great grandchildren Chelsea Oliver, Hannah McKinney and Alexis Oliver; great great grandchildren Ethan Fletcher, Finnley Shirrell, Adlynn McKinney and Carter Oliver and one sister Marty Hargraves of Herrin and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and one infant brother Marion Lee Cook.

He was a devout member of the Greenwood Methodist Church in Mulkeytown for 72 years and played the piano the majority of those 72 years.

Funeral services for Delton will be on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Pastor Bill Wiggs officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Ward Cemetery in Mulkeytown.

The Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is in charge of arrangements.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.


MULKEYTOWN – Jerry Dean Rice, 75, of Mulkeytown, passed away on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin.

He was born on March 4, 1946 in Christopher to Vernon and Geneva (Baldwin) Rice. He married Nancy Jean (Edmonds) Rice on September 12, 1964 and she preceded him in death on August 26, 2021.

He is survived by his sons Jeffrey Rice of Mulkeytown and Shannon (Melissa) Rice of Mulkeytown; granddaughter Adrian (John) Rapp of Mulkeytown; great grandchildren Mykie and Isabel; one sister Darla Minton; five brothers Roger (Brenda) Rice of Coello, Lee (Diane) Rice of Mulkeytown, Donald Rice of Frankfort, KY, Vernon Paul Rice Jr. of Mulkeytown and Robert Rice of Marion and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death parents, wife, three sisters Fay Furlow, Donna Barlow and Roberta Bullock and one brother Bill Rice.

Funeral services for Jerry will be on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother Denny Bush officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home and on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m.  Burial will be at Zeigler Cemetery.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.


MCLEANSBORO – Jeanie  Naas

Age: 64

Residence: McLeansboro, IL

Passed Away: 9:19 p.m., Thursday, January 6, 2022 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital, Mt. Vernon, IL

Visitation: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 10, 2022, Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL

Funeral Service: 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 10, 2022, Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL

Clergy: Pastor Jacob Gray officiating the services.

Burial: Brush Harbor Cemetery near McLeansboro, IL      

Date of Birth: May 13, 1957   

Place of Birth: Spokane, WA

Father: Norman Coy               

Mother: Delores (Lynch) Coy  

Jeanie was a homemaker            

Activities: She loved facebooking and crocheting gifts for the grandchildren.

Church Affiliation: She was a member of Ten Mile Missionary Baptist Church, McLeansboro, IL

Survivors:

Husband: Terry Naas, McLeansboro, IL

3 Sons: Christopher Naas, Los Angeles, CA

              Jeremy Naas, McLeansboro, IL

              Timothy Naas (fiancé Kionna Gillespie), Kansas City, MO

3 Step-Brothers: Shawn Borup, Denny Borup and Patrick Tracy all of Washington State.

2 Grandsons: Deacon Naas

                         Gabriel Naas

2 Granddaughters: Kaylee Naas and GraceLynn Naas                                                                                                                                                            

Preceded in Death By: Parents 

The Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro is in charge of  arrangements.


WEST FRANKFORT – Mr. Albert James Babb, age 81, of West Frankfort and formerly of Benton went home to be with his Lord and Savior in Heaven at 5:50 p.m. Thursday, January 6, 2022.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 10, 2022, at the West City Church of God with Rev. Harol Whitlock officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday at the West City Church of God. Arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions In Memory of Al Babb may be made to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To leave online condolences to the family or to share memories of Al, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com.

Cremation arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.


BENTON – Mrs. Connie Ann Wyant, age 75, of Benton passed away at 12:11 p.m. Thursday, January 6, 2022 at Herrin Hospital.

Connie’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in May.

The Leffler Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial contributions In Memory of Connie Wyant may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To leave online condolences to the family or to share memories of Connie, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com.

Cremation arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.


CHRISTOPHER – Missy Ann Watson, 49, of Christopher, passed away on January 8, 2022 at her home.

She was born January 18, 1972 in Staunton, IL to Richard Earl and Clara Ann (Brown) Watson. 

She is survived by her significant other Phillip Shukites of Christopher and she loved her Shukites boys Zane and Xander. They were the light of her life along with her dog Ellie.

She is also survived by her son Brian Neil Young Jr. and four brothers Richard Watson, Andrew Brim, Dale Hammonds and Billy Hammonds.

She was preceded in death by her parents, step mother Ruth Watson and one sister Tina Curwick.

Her wishes were to be cremated with no services.

In lieu of flowers donation can be made to the Gilbert Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

The Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is in charge of arrangements.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.


BENTON – Charlotte Petrazio, 93, of Benton passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at Helia Healthcare in Benton.

She was born on July 22, 1928 in Alma, IL to Jacob and Bertha (Sidwell) Kramer. She married Ralph Dasher and he preceded her in death. She then married Harry Tate and he preceded her in death. She married Phillip Petrazio and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children Martin (Judy) Tate of Macedonia, IL and Melissa (Keith) Cash of East St. Louis; grandchildren Mark Tate, Angie Tate, Brad Veteto, Martha Veteto, Melanie Pierce, Steven Underwood and Shane Tate and several great grandchildren and one brother Glenn Kramer of Cleveland, TN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Theresa Chwarczinski, one son Mike Tate, one grandson Travis Underwood, four sisters Ruth Marie Kramer, Jennie Mitchell, Mabel Cowan and Katherine Bell and five brothers Owen Kramer, Kenneth Kramer, Dewey Kramer, Jacob E. Kramer and Harold Kramer.

Graveside services for Charlotte will be on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Harrison Cemetery in Buckner. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.


SESSER – Minnie Marguerite Blain, 72, of Sesser, passed away on Monday, January 3, 2022 at her home.

She was born on September 4, 1949 in Edina, MO to Charles and Marguerite (Smalls) Heimer.

She is survived by her son James Devere (Angela) Blain of Mulkeytown; four grandchildren Jonathon Nutt, Morgan Blain, Madison Blain and Megan Blain; one great grandchild Ariana Blain and two brothers Richard Allen Heimer of Kansas City, MO and Charles “CJ” Breusch of Moberly, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents and 11 brothers and sisters.

Her wishes were to be cremated with a memorial service at a later date.

She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.


MACEDONIA – Karen Lee Rice, 71, of Macedonia passed away Monday morning, December 13, 2021 at SSM Health Good Samaritan in Mt. Vernon.

She was born in Christopher, IL on January 4, 1950 the daughter of Harlie & Jessie M. (Lairsey) Webb.

She married Warren Rice on June 17, 1971.

Mrs. Rice was a retired School Teacher. In her first year of teaching she taught at Edwardsville. She then spent the rest of her teaching career (34 years) at Ewing-Northern Grade School. She started out teaching Kindergarten for the first 2 years. She then moved to the 5th grade where she remained. She enjoyed gardening & being outdoors.

Mrs. Rice is survived by her:
Husband: Warren Rice of Thompsonville
Son: Ben Rice & wife Heather of Sesser
2 Grandsons: Ryker & Kyler
1 Brother: Don Webb & wife Judy of Benton

Karen was preceded in death by her parents.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 8th at the Barren Township Townhouse.

For more information or to send online condolences, please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.


ZEIGLER – Ethel Doyce Grove, 81, of Zeigler, passed away on January 3, 2022 at 2:50 p.m. at the Herrin Hospital.

She was born on July 7, 1940 in Morganfield, KY to Brady and Cholene Wright. She married Harold Grove and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children Pat (Josh) Pemberton of Mulkeytown, Janet Stokes of Marion, KY, Raymond (Amy) Grove of West Frankfort, Donald (Kim Busby) Grove of Morganfield, KY, Dennis (Carrie) Grove of Cleburn and Larry (Amanda) Grove of Zeigler; several grandchildren and great grandchildren and one brother Shirley Gene Wright of Connecticut.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and eight brothers and sisters.

Funeral services for Ethel will be on Friday, January 7, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at noon at the funeral home. Burial will be at Harrison Cemetery in Buckner, IL.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gilbert Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.


MCLEANSBORO – Kenneth Ray Nelson, age 85, of McLeansboro, IL passed away at 9:00 a.m., Sunday, January 2, 2022 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital, McLeansboro, IL.

Kenneth was born May 9, 1936 to Ivan and Hazel (Files) Nelson. On September 14, 1956 he married Bonnie Muehlenbein and they were happily married for 64 years before she passed away October 29, 2020.

Ken worked as an Oil Field Driller for Les Wilson, In. in Carmi, IL for over 40 years. He loved fishing, camping and hunting.

He is survived by two children; David (Genia) Nelson of McLeansboro and Denise (Dale) Miller of Macedonia, IL; five Grandchildren, Kelli (Ben) Mowrer, Melissa (Greg) Kaufman, Matthew (Katie) Nelson, Aaron (Brittany) Miller and Madison Miller; Great-grandchildren Aden and Alexa Mowrer, Dylan, Jacob, Aubrey, Allee Kaufman, Eli Eskew; two Great-great grandchildren Adalynn and Zachary Kaufman.

One Sister: Linda (Dennis) McGill, McLeansboro, IL
One Sister-in-Law: Martha Muehlenbein

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, wife and one brother Cecil Nelson.

Visitation Service will be held 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 5, 2022 and Funeral Service held at 1:00 p.m. at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL with Brother Bill Miller officiating.

Interment will be in Crouch Cemetery, Belle Prairie, IL.

The Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro is in charge of arrangements.


BENTON – Gracie A. Shreve, 24, of Benton passed away at 6:20 p.m., on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

She was born on July 18, 1997, to Alan and Stacey (Key) Akin in Carbondale, IL. On June 24, 2019, Gracie married Troy W. Shreve.

Gracie was a loving wife, daughter, and friend to many. She enjoyed spending time with her family as much as possible, making crafts, and taking photographs. Gracie adored her pet Chihuahua named Boss.

She is survived by her loving spouse of 2 years, Troy W. Shreve; two sisters, Brittany Akin and Mia Akin; three brothers, Frank Akin, Gary Akin and Aiden Akin; paternal grandfather, Gary L. Akin; five aunts, Viola (Stewart) Edwards, Olga Easley, Patsy Larson, Ida (Matthew) Tiberend and Danielle Oellermann; one uncle, Jason Akin; mother-in-law, Cindy (Josh) Bundy; father-in-law, Barry Shreve; and many cousins and friends.

Gracie was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Barbara Ann Akin; maternal grandmother, Minnie Key; and maternal grandfather, Frank Key.

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

Visitation will be held Tuesday, January 4, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.


EWING – Timothy John Shaputis, age 45, of Ewing, passed away at 6:53 a.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at the SSM Good Samaritan Hospital of Mt. Vernon.

Tim’s wishes were to be cremated.

Celebration of Life Services will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, January 3, 2022, at the Leffler Funeral Home, of Benton. Burial for family and close friends will take place at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 4, 2022, in the Hope Cemetery of Ina.

Memorial contributions in memory of Timothy John Shaputis, may be made to the family, and will be accepted at the Leffler Funeral Home.

To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of Tim, visitwww.lpfuneralhome.com.


BENTON – Thomas Tyler McGuire, 46, of Benton, passed away at 5:08 p.m., on Friday, December 24, 2021, in Pinckneyville, IL.

He was born on March 14, 1975, to Michael “Mike” and Vicki (Crisp) McGuire in Benton, IL.

Tyler enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved football, coaching it and watching it. Tyler also enjoyed training hunting and dogs.

He is survived by his son, Parker McGuire and daughter, Taylor McGuire; his parents, Michael “Mike” and Vicki McGuire of Benton; his brother, Michael (Suzanne) McGuire of Benton; three nieces, Madison (Grante) Hungate, Landyn McGuire and Haighdyn McGuire; a great-niece, Paislynn Hungate; former wife and mother to his two children, Nicole McGuire and mother-in-law, Andrea Christian; and many other dear family and friends.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main Street., Benton, IL.

Services for Tyler were privately held.

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.


BENTON – Mrs. Linda Mae Spain, age 68, of Benton passed away at 9:51 a.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at her home with her loving husband by her side.

Linda’s wishes were to be cremated. A small private ceremony of immediate family and friends was held on December 31, 2021, at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions In Memory of Linda Spain, may be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To leave online condolences to the family or to share memories of Linda, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com.

Cremation arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.


MCLEANSBORO – David Allan Zarek, 62, of McLeansboro, IL passed away at his home on Thursday, December 30, 2021.

David was born February 24, 1959 in Chicago, IL the son of Robert Zarek & Lois May (Speerless) Zarek. On Aug 21, 1991 David married Linda Marie (McInerney) Zarek, who survives.

David worked as a photographer for Photochrome Photography for 25 years and also worked as a wedding photographer. He was of the Catholic faith. He loved the Chicago Cubs, gardening, reading, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. He loved his dogs Iggy & Mac. He was a loving husband, brother and uncle.

He is survived by his wife Linda Marie Zarek of McLeansboro, brother Mike Zarek of McLeansboro, 2 sisters: Roxanne Ritcheson of McLeansboro and Sherri Zarek of Wisconsin, niece Sarah Ritcheson of McLeansboro, 2 nephews: John Ritcheson, Jr. of Fairview Heights, IL and Christopher Zarek of Chicago, IL and a brother in law John Ritcheson, Sr. of North Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his parents Robert & Lois Zarek and a nephew Michael Trushka.

In accordance with David’s wishes, he will be cremated and a private family service will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be made at www.gholsonfuneralhome.com.