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George Edward Houmes, 96

George Edward Houmes, 96, passed away on Sunday January 13, 2019.  He was born August 12, 1922 to Date A. and Mary (Tilton) Houmes at the family farm in Hoopeston, IL.  He attended elementary school at Victor school located in Prairie Green Township.  He graduated from John Greer High School in 1940.  George married Edith Jaynes, a class mate, on August 6, 1940.  They lived on and were involved in the operation of the family farm until retirement in 1984.  In 1945 and until 1982 he was active in various positions in the plant food industry.  In 1945, he owned and operated Hoopeston Fertilizer Co., later selling to the Stipp family.  From that time until retirement he held management positions with major plant food companies.  George was very civic minded and felt it was important to be involved in local affairs.  He served on the Wellington School Board, the Iroquois County Board and the Hoopeston Community Hospital Board.  During his retirement years, in Texas, he served as Treasurer of the Lagarto Volunteer Fire Department and as president of the Carmel Hills Property Owners Association.  He was a member of the Hoopeston Masonic Star Lodge #709 for over fifty years, a member of the Valley of Danville Scottish Rite for over fifty years and a proud member of Alamin Shrine in Corpus Christi, TX, until his death.  He was a member of the Arlington Heights Church of Christ in Corpus Christi, TX.  George owned and enjoyed several Harley Davidson motorcycles.  His pride and joy was a 1998 heavily chromed parade bike that he rode in Shrine parades.  On October 4, 2008, he joined in marriage to Barbara Y. Young.  They enjoyed traveling and spending time together at their home on Lake Corpus Christi. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith, of over 67 years; his parents; one son, Dan V. Houmes; three sisters; one brother; one great-granddaughter; two step-daughters; and one step-granddaughter.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; one daughter, Gayle Karen Rush; one son, Date A. “Chip” (Cindy) Houmes; one daughter-in-law, Sandy Houmes; thirteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-granddaughters; one step-grandson; two step-great-grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Thursday January 17, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  A masonic service will follow at 7:00 P.M.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday January 18, 2019 at the funeral home, with Rev. Dustin Wells officiating.  Burial will be in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

Memorials may be made to the Prairie Green Church of Christ 278 N 2800 EAST Rd, Hoopeston, IL 60942 or the Hoopeston Masonic Star Lodge #709 208 W Orange St, Hoopeston, IL 60942.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view George’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Julie Ann Yi, 60, of Rantoul

Julie Ann Yi, 60, of Rantoul, passed away at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Accolade Healthcare of Paxton Senior Living.

Julie was born on February 11, 1958, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the daughter of Ora and Donna (Fields) Fletcher Sr. 

She is survived by her partner- Mary Diana Howard of Rantoul; grandchild- Nia Yi; three brothers; four sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son- Jesse Yi and step-mother- Ruth Fletcher.

Julie served in the Unites States Air Force.  She was a member of the Rantoul Church of the Nazarene.  She enjoyed fishing, camping, making jewelry, reading the bible and she loved her cats.

According to her wishes cremation rites will be accorded.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac, to assist them in honoring Julie’s life.  Memorials may be made to Mary Howard to help assist with the funeral arrangements.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Howard Sheffield, 89, of Lincoln, IL

Howard E. “Pee Wee” Sheffield, 89, of Lincoln, IL, passed away at 10:51 A.M. Monday January 7, 2019 at The Christian Village in Lincoln, IL.  He was born April 24, 1929 in Hoopeston, IL, the son of Herbert E. and Ida F. (Bell) Sheffield. 

He is survived by 9 nieces and nephews, Mary (Charles) Vandevender of Dana, IN, Doris Butt of Granite City, IL, Elaine Ramsey of Estancia, NM, Nancy Anderson of Milford, IL, Stephen (Linda) Ingold of Goodland, IN, Herbert Ingold of Chatsworth, IL, Margaret (Dwayne) Knollenberg of Lincoln, IL, Richard Ingold of Gibson City, IL, and John (Michelle) Ingold of Rankin, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 5 sisters; 4 brothers; 2 nieces; 2 nephews; 1 great-niece; 3 great-nephews; and one great-great-niece.

Howard worked for Douglas Aircraft in California for ten years.  He later worked at Plibrico in Chicago as an accountant until his retirement in 1991.  He was an avid amateur photographer and was a member of the Photographic Society of America, the Greenbriar Camera Club of Chicago and the Chicago Area Camera Clubs Association. 

A visitation will be held 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Monday January 14, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 11:00 A.M. Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Brent Zastrow officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Howard’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Crystal Joan "Cookie" Nelson, 61, of Kankakee

Crystal Joan “Cookie” Nelson, 61, of Kankakee, IL, passed away at 5:25 P.M. Thursday January 3, 2019 in Kankakee, IL.  She was born May 22, 1957, in Danville, IL, the daughter of Lucy Floyd Cross.

She is survived by her mother; two sisters, Patricia Pickett of Hoopeston, IL and Pamela Lindsey of Hoopeston, IL; three brothers, John (Paula) Cross of Scottsdale, AZ, Stanley Eugene Cross of Hoopeston, IL, and Michael Cross of Hoopeston, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jeff and Dora Floyd and one sister, Marcia Bradshaw.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday January 9, 2019 at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston, IL, with Rev. Tom Cici officiating. 

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Crystal’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Zelda B. Page, 84, of Hoopeston

Zelda B. Page, 84, of Hoopeston, IL., passed away at 5:48 A.M. Thursday, January, 3, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  She was born August 20, 1934, the daughter of Clyde and Rosalie (Bills) Ross.  She married Truman Page on October 14, 1985.  He survives in Hoopeston.

 

She is survived by one daughter, Diana (Darrell) Wallace of Perrysville, IN.; one son, Max Boswell of Hoopeston, IL.; two step sons, Curtis (Marilee) Page of Hoopeston and Craige (June) Page of Hoopeston, IL.; two sisters, Marlene (John) Porst of Mecca, IN. and Brenda (Lester) Sims of Mecca, IN.; nineteen grandchildren, twenty great – grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Don Ross, and one grandson, Chris Page.

 

Zelda was a medical records technician in Hoopeston for eighteen years and in Watseka for four years.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for thirty- five years and attended the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Hoopeston.  Zelda played the piano, enjoyed college basketball and was an avid Illinois fan.

 

A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Monday, January 7, 2019 at the Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation at 1:00 P.M. at the funeral home with Rev. Tom Cici officiating.  Burial will follow the service at Sunset Memorial Park in Danville, IL.

 

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ 502 E. Main St.  Hoopeston, IL. 60942.

 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Zelda’s eternal tribute page and to send condolences to the family.

 

Anderson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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Jesse David Hatchett, of Rossville IL, 29

Jesse David Hatchett, of Rossville IL, loving father and son, found his peace at the age of 29. His story began in Ely, NV on November 29, 1989.   A blue eyed, tow head baby boy was born to James and Mary Bainbridge Hatchett.

     Jesse was very inquisitive as a child. Always taking his toys apart to see how they worked. Sometimes he got them put back together, sometimes he didn’t. It didn’t matter, they had served their purpose.

     Jesse attended Rossville-Alvin and Bismarck-Henning schools.  In his early teens he played baseball and ran track. While in junior high, Jesse put Rossville on the map by breaking records and taking Rossville-Alvin to state. You can bet when there was mischief to be had him and his cousins were right in the middle of it.

     Jesse was an exceptionally creative artist. Any empty space where ink or paint could go was soon filled with intense imagination and brilliance. Jesse also liked to go fishing with his mother and enjoyed the outdoors. He liked collecting rocks and would spend hours searching for them.

     Jesse had his trials, as we all do, but through it all his heart was always kind. He went out of his way to make people laugh.  He had an infectious giggle that one couldn’t help but laugh right along with. Jesse loved his children with all his heart. Greyson would always tell him “Daddy, you are my superhero.”

     Jesse is preceded in death by his grandparents Bill and Sally Bainbridge of Rossville, IL and his cousin Christopher Morin of Alvin, IL.

     Jesse is survived by his mother, Mary Bainbridge Hatchett, of Rossville, IL. His father James Hatchett of Knoxville,  TN, a daughter, Isabella,  a son, Greyson, a brother Jory Young, and his grandparents Jim and Angela Hatchett of Snead,  AL. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

     Jesse’s presence will be deeply missed but his memory and the way he loved his family will forever be with us.

    A Celebration of Jesse’s Life will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 7, 2019, at the Morning Star Church, in Rossville.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Jesse’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at: www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Jean Ann Abernathy, 94, of rural Fithian

Jean Ann Abernathy, 94, of rural Fithian, passed away at 6:10 a.m. Sunday, December 30, 2018, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home, in Danville.

Jean was born on August 21, 1924, in Paxton, Illinois, the daughter of Louis A. and June (Wilson) Knerr. 

She is survived by five children- Judy (Bob) Smith of Danville, Donna (Bob) Lamb of Ada, Ohio, Gary (Irene) Abernathy of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Kathy (Mark) James of Austin, Texas and Debbie (Sam) Sands of Chapel Hill, Tennessee; eleven grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; two sisters- Vonna Boughton of Watseka, Illinois and Carol Wooldridge of Kankakee, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, spouse-James Abernathy. four sisters- Lois Vanduyn, Faye Clark, Maxine Schmidt and Verna Howe, three brothers- Elmer Knerr, Calvin Knerr and Don Knerr, one infant brother, one grandchild- Jacob and two great-grandchildren- Alexandra and Payne.

Jean started working at Collegiate Cap and Gown, in Champaign, as a seamstress in 1969.  She worked there for over 20 years until her retirement.  She also worked for several years at Garst Seed Company, as seasonal help.  She enjoyed gardening, sewing, reading, traveling and being a mother and grandmother.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 5, 2019, at the Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac.  According to her wishes cremation rites will be accorded following the visitation and a private family burial will take place at a later date.  Memorials may be made to the Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service, 300 South 2nd Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Mrs. Abernathy’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Dale Wesley Glenn 79

Dale Wesley Glenn went to the Lord on December 23, 2018 to join his wife, Joyce of 56 years.

Dale was born on August 28, 1939, in Hoopeston, IL, to Herbert E. and Verna (Cox) Glenn.  He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Joyce; and brothers, John, Ralph, and Robert.  Dale is survived by his wife, Marty; sister, Rozanna (Ray) Estep of Danville, IL; one son, Bobby (Sandy) Glenn of Monticello, IN; and many nieces and nephews.

He attended Hoopeston Public Schools, graduating in 1957.  Dale received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Eastern Illinois University in 1962.  The University of Illinois was his next step in his education, where in 1967 he received a Master’s Degree in Education Psychology.  In 1973, he received a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Northern Illinois University.  And in 1980, received a Master’s Degree in Administration from Illinois State University.

After graduating from college in 1962, he coached basketball at Tinley Park, Potomac, and Oakwood before becoming Head Basketball coach at Joliet Central, where his teams won over 300 games, and in 1970 the “Steelmen” played for the State Championship.

While at Joliet, Dale was Director of Special Education for Joliet High School District 204, where he pioneered Joliet into the forefront of High School Special Education in the 1970’s, including founding one of the first high school Alternative School programs for “Behaviorally Disturbed” students that nearly every high school district in the country has today.

After retiring from coaching in 1981, Dale joined the Will County Sheriff’s department as a youth and gang counselor, eventually retiring in 1997 as a training Sgt for the Will County Aux.

An avid tennis player, hunter, and fisherman in his younger days, his hobby became golf after retiring, and he and Joyce enjoyed almost every day at the Fruitland Golf Course with their friends.  Dale had 5 “Hole in One” in his career and often shot his age into his 70’s.

Dale’s book of poetry, “The Journey” reflects his love for God, parents, spouse, family, and friends.

A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 PM Thursday January 3, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday January 4, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL, with Rev. David Bowen officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hoopeston Church of God 1004 E. Orange St. Hoopeston, IL 60942 or the Crescent City (FL) Christian Center. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Dale’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston, IL, is handling the arrangements.

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Daniel V. Houmes, 75, of Hoopeston, IL

Daniel Vinson Houmes, 75, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 5:01 A.M. Saturday December 29, 2018 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  He was born February 23, 1943, in Danville, IL, the son of George Edward and Edith Pauline (Jaynes) Houmes.  His father survives in Corpus Christy, TX.  He married Sandra Hodge on February 23, 1962.  She survives in Hoopeston.

He is also survived by one daughter, Georgina Houmes Metzler and her fiancé Doug James of Broken Arrow, OK; two sons, Dan B. (Cindy) Houmes of Phoenix, AZ; and Doug (Donna) Houmes of Vail, AZ; one sister, Gayle Houmes Rush of South Bethany Beach, DE; one brother, Chip (Cindy) Houmes of Hoopeston, IL; four grandchildren, Danielle Root, Adria Banas, Ridge Houmes, and Braze Houmes; three great-grandchildren, Jubilee, Boaz, and Phoebe Root; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Edith Houmes; and one granddaughter, Samantha Metzler.

Daniel farmed his family’s farm for forty years.  He served as the Supervisor of Prairie Green Township for twenty-six years, was a member and past president of the Wellington Lion’s Club, and was a lifetime member of the NRA.  He enjoyed model railroads, watching western movies, drinking coffee with his friends in Wellington, and spending time with his family.

A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Friday January 4, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday January 5, 2019 at the funeral home, with Rev. Dustin Wells officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

Memorials may be made to the Wellington-Greer Fire Protection District, P.O. Box 143, Wellington, IL 60973 or the Prairie Green Church of Christ, 278 N 2800 East Rd, Hoopeston, IL 60942.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Daniel’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Roger Dale Arms Sr., 53, of Hoopeston

Roger Dale Arms Sr., 53, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 7:59 A.M. Thursday December 27, 2018 in Ambia, IN.  He was born April 3, 1965, in Bloomington, IN, the son of Junior F. and Nellie (Capps) Arms.

He married Barbara Arms and together they had four children, Jessica Lynn Arms of Hoopeston, IL, Ashley Nichole Arms (Andy Cornelius) of Hoopeston, IL, Roger Dale Arms Jr. of Ambia, IN and Brandon Dale Arms of Hoopeston, IL.  He later married Delores Abrams and is most recently survived by his significant other, Mary Jennings.  He is also survived by one sister, Oni (Dani) Hart of Shoals, IN; three sisters-in-law, Mary Arms of North Vernon, IN, Mary Arms of Ellettsville, IN, and Nina Arms of Bloomington, IN; ten grandchildren, Levi Barger, Karson Arms, Braylon Arms, Bryson Arms, Emmitt Wood, Eastyn Wood, Huxley High, Brayden Cornelius, Bently Cornelius, and Brynlee Cornelius; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Virginia, Judy, Donna, and Carolyn; and five brothers, Gary, Jimmy, Danny, Lary, and Nile. 

Roger owned and operated Blue Sky Carwash in Hoopeston.  He then worked at M&N Pallett for several years and later worked at FedEx.  He enjoyed listening to country music, buying and selling cars, playing cards especially poker, and mowing his yard.  Roger also enjoyed visiting with friends, spending time with family and loved his cat, Nancy Boy.

A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. CST Wednesday January 2, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 1:00 P.M. CST Wednesday at the funeral home, with Pastor Dan Mikel officiating.  A graveside service will be held at 2:00 P.M. EST on Thursday January 3, 2019 at Valhalla Memory Gardens in Bloomington, IN.

Memorials may be made to the Morning Star Church 201 N. Chicago St. Rossville, IL 60963.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Roger’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements. 

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Linda Sue Brown, 71, of Hoopeston

Linda Sue Brown, 71, of Hoopeston, passed away Tuesday, December 25, 2018, at Watseka Rehab and Health Care.

Mrs. Brown was born on June 14, 1947, in Danville, Illinois, the daughter of Fred and Kitty (Compton) Garrison.  She married Robert Norton on December 24, 1973 and he preceded her in death on August 16, 1988.  She later married Fred Brown on December 2, 1995, in Hoopeston.  He preceded her in death on August 4, 2009.

She is survived by one brother- Timothy Garrison Sr. of Hoopeston; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands and three brothers- Hank Watson, Wally Garrison and Joe Garrison.

Linda was a past member of the VFW Auxiliary Post #4826.  She enjoyed doing scroll work.

According to her wishes cremation rites will be accorded.  There are not any services scheduled at this time.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Linda’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Naomi Jane (Correll) Blackwell, 90, of Hoopeston

Naomi Jane (Correll) Blackwell, 90, of Hoopeston, passed away at 1:06 a.m. Saturday, December 22, 2018, at Accolade Healthcare of Paxton.

Mrs. Blackwell was born on July 9, 1928, the daughter of Valmer “Bud” and Muriel (Andrews) Correll.  She married Harold C. Blackwell on August 31, 1990, at Prairie Green Township Church.  He survives.

She is also survived by her daughter- Dorothy (Robert Jr.) Rickart of Hoopeston; two granddaughters- Deana L. Correll Hurt and Julie Rosebraugh-Brown; great-grandson- Shawn M. Hurt; sister- Vonna M Finley of Danville; sisters-in-law- Joyce W. Correll of Goldsboro, North Carolina and Carol Marez; brother and sister-in-law- Lloyd and Marsha Blackwell; brother and sister-in-law- Steve and Barb Blackwell.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister- Edna (Correll) Albright and brother- Richard “Dick” Dean Correll.

Mrs. Blackwell worked at CBS and Stokleys for several years, until her retirement.  She enjoyed doing embroidery.

According to her wishes cremation rites have been accorded and a burial will be held at a later date at Partlow Cemetery, in Armstrong.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Mrs. Blackwell’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Ray Cramer, 77, of Hoopeston

Ray Cramer, 77, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 9:10 AM Thursday December 20, 2018 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  He was born April 2, 1941, in Enid, OK, the son of Walter Wyley and Rachael (Isaman) Cramer.  He married Bonnie Kibbons of August 22, 2010 in Smartsville, CA.  She survives in Hoopeston, IL.

He is also survived by one son, Scott Cramer; one step-son, Brian Thomas; one sister, Loretta Back of Billings, OK; two grandsons, Steven and Shane Cramer; two step-granddaughters, Katie and Hanna Thomas; one step-great-grandson, Kaden Thomas; two nieces, Terri Hurbert and Cathy Lackley; one step-niece, Terri Tincher; three nephews, James Lee Back, Ray Gene Back, and Pete Cramer; and Scott’s adopted son, Glenn and his wife Stefanie and their children Tristan, Kaitlyn, Adrian, and Annabella.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Kelly Cramer; one brother, Gene Cramer; and one brother-in-law, Joe Back.

Ray worked for the telephone company in Hoopeston until his retirement.  He enjoyed playing cards, listening to music, and loved watching football especially the Chicago Bears.

A visitation will be held 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Friday December 28, 2018 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 11:00 A.M. Friday at the funeral home, with Pastor Cathy Najmon officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Ray’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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James Michael Franklin, 54, of Oakwood

James Michael Franklin, 54, of Oakwood, IL, passed away at 9:50 A.M. Wednesday December 19, 2018 at his home.  He was born December 24, 1963, in Watseka, IL, the son of James William and Karen (Duffin) Franklin.  He married Sally Crose on November 16, 1990 in Danville, IL.  She preceded him in death.

He is survived by one son, James Franklin of Oakwood, IL; one sister, Terri Sothard of Mariam Woods, MO; one brother, Bobby (Kim) Franklin of Hoopeston, IL; three sisters-in-law, Ruthie Crose, Linda (Edward) Woodfork, and Donna (Mike) Crose; one special cousin, LeRoy Winters; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one infant son, Michael Franklin; one sister-in-law, Bonnie Crose; and two brothers-in-law, Charles and David Crose.

James worked at Wagner’s Seed in Milford for many years and later worked at AutoZone.  He enjoyed watching sports and spending time with his son.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday January 2, 2019 at Oakhill Cemetery in Oakwood, IL.  Burial will follow.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view James’ eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences. 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Gertrude Marie Pate, 89, of Hoopeston

Gertrude Marie Pate, 89, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 1:01 A.M. Wednesday December 19, 2018, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  She was born August 29, 1929, in Iroquois County, IL, the daughter of Samuel and Elise (Egolf) Maul.  She married Alfred Pate on September 18, 1947 and together they shared 71 years of marriage.  He survives in Hoopeston.

She is also survived by 3 daughters, Linda (Scott) Mann of Hoopeston, IL, Betty (Gene) Roach of Rossville, IL, and Sharon “Lucy” Pate of Hoopeston, IL; two sons, Larry (Cathy) Pate of Milford, IL and Gayle “Nard” (Cindy) Pate of Greenville, IL; 17 grandchildren, Tom Pate, Tami Harwood, Gara Ipock, Holly Borgers, Nikki Jones, Shawn Tuggle, Jesse Roach, Keri Darby, Jarett Roach, Sara Pate, Sadie Pate, Sally Swartz, Travis Pate, Lindsey Roeder, Heather Pate, Donnie Inman, and Jamie Gudgel; 35 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, David Pate; two sisters; three brothers; and one grandson, Ian Tuggle.

Gertrude began working at Howard Industries in 1965 and worked there until her retirement in 1991.  She was a life-member of the Prairie Green Church of Christ.  She enjoyed bowling, crocheting, and following her grandkids.

A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Saturday December 22, 2018 at the Prairie Green Church of Christ, 278 N 2800 East Rd, Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 1:00 P.M. Saturday at the church, with Rev. Dustin Wells officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston. 

Memorials may be made to the Prairie Green Church of Christ 278 N. 2800 East Rd. Hoopeston, IL 60942.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Gertrude’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

 

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Kathryn Elaine "Kathy" Tetrault, 59, of Hoopeston

 

Kathryn Elaine “Kathy” Tetrault, 59, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 5:16 A.M. Friday December 14, 2018, at her home.  She was born February 9, 1959, in Kankakee, IL, the daughter of George Richard Bennett and Doris Jean (Hays) Bennett-Page and step-daughter of Lester Page.   She married Donald Everett Tetrault in November 1979 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Chebanse, IL.  He survives in Hoopeston.

She is also survived by two daughters, Melinda Tetrault-McCammon of Carlyle, IL and Jennifer Tetrault of Rossville, IL; two sons, Andrew Tetrault of Hoopeston, IL and Joseph Tetrault of Hoopeston, IL; two sisters, Patricia “Patty” Dandurand of Bourbonnais, IL and Laurie (Byron) Shearer; one step-sister, Leslie Williams; two step-brothers, Lowell (Mary) Page and Lane Page; one brother-in-law, John Bradley; 6 grandchildren, Angela, Bryce, Jasmine, Alexa, and Addielynn Tetrault and Damain Schwartz; one great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; parents; step-father; one sister, one brother, one step-sister; and one step-brother.

Kathy worked at Casey’s General Store, where she served as a cook, casher, and assistant manager for sixteen years.  She loved to make crafts, play baseball, volleyball, and go camping.  She also enjoyed playing cards, making candy with family members, connecting with friends on social media and most of all, spending time with her family.

Per her wishes, she will be cremated.  A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Wednesday December 26, 2018 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  A burial will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Carle Cancer Center 2300 N Vermilion St, Danville, IL 61832.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Kathy’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Harold L. Bushue, 86, of Rankin

Harold L. Bushue, 86, of Rankin passed away on Monday, December 10, 2018 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born June 18, 1932 in Edgewood, IL, the son of Ernest and Evelyn Hinkle Bushue and they preceded him in death in addition to one brother, Donald Bushue.

He married Arlene V. Swingler on May 10, 1958 in Teutopolis and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Gina (Dan) Camp of Loda and Jodi (Mark) Carter of Naperville; three sons, Jeff M. (Pam) Bushue of Danville, Gregg (Karen) Bushue of Rankin and Marc (Sheri) Bushue of Louisville, KY; four sisters, Belva (Paul) Trudeau of California, Judy (Tom) Johnson of Columbus, IN, Janet Schramm of Danville and Patty Fancher of Columbus, IN; one brother, Mike (Pat) Bushue of Rankin; fourteen grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Bushue served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1955 during the Korean Conflict. He was a lifetime farmer in the Rankin area. Harold was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hoopeston, Cissna Park American Legion, and was a charter member of the Rankin Lions Club.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hoopeston. Fr. Tom Gibson will officiate. Burial will follow at Rankin Union Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Cissna Park American Legion Post #527.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Friday, December 14, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Rankin. A prayer service will follow at 7:00 pm.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

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Arthur Kelnhofer, 68, of Hoopeston

Arthur James “Art” Kelnhofer, 68, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 9:02 P.M. Monday December 3, 2018 at his home.  He was born March 15, 1950, in Danville, IL, the son of Herbert Roy and Nettie Naomi (Dean) Kelnhofer.  He married Kristi Ann Ellis on June 1, 1968, at St Anthony Catholic Church in Hoopeston.  She survives in Hoopeston, IL.

He is also survived by three daughters, Joy K. Smith of Beaufort, SC, Joanna L. Kelnhofer (Scott Lewis) of Beaufort, SC, and Jeanne M. (David) Willingham of Beaufort, SC; four sisters, Regina K. Sollars of Centennial, CO, Mary Ann (Rick) Kincade of Mt. Pleasant, WI, Sherry L. (Rick) Hayn of Hoopeston, IL, and Christy J. Wood (Dave Miller) of Watseka, IL; 9 grandchildren, Miranda Smith, Caitlyn Smith, Kelsey Kelnhofer, Alexis Kelnhofer, Haley Wright, McCayla Willingham, and Collin Willingham all of Beaufort, SC; Brianna Kelnhofer (Kyle Looney) of Bluffton, SC and Christopher Willingham of Cherry Point, NC; one great-grandchild, Kaden Looney of Bluffton, SC; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and twin sons, Herbert Roy and Dale Curtis Kelnhofer.

Art served in the United States Marine Corps. for 21 years as a maintenance aircraft officer.  After his retirement from the service, he was a press operator at the Beaufort Gazette for several years.  He enjoyed tinkering on cars with his Dad, watching the TV classics, and spending time with is family especially his grandchildren.

A visitation will be held 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Monday December 10, 2018 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 1:00 PM Monday at the funeral home, with Steve Unger officiating.  Burial will follow at Mann’s Chapel in rural Rossville, IL.  Military rites will be accorded by the Hoopeston American Legion Post #384.

Memorials may be made in Art’s memory to the Hoopeston Animal Shelter 901 W. Main St. Hoopeston, IL 60942, the Save the Lorraine Foundation c/o Iroquois Federal, 511 S. Chicago Rd, Hoopeston, IL 60942 or online at www.savethelorraine.com, or the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter 207 W. Prospect Road, Suite 1, Bloomington, IL 61704. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Art’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.  

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Helen Louise Howard, 97, of South Holland IL, formerly of Hoopeston

Helen Louise Howard, 97, of South Holland IL, formerly of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 10:43 P.M. Wednesday November 28, 2018 at HCR Manorcare in Homewood, IL.  She was born July 13, 1921 in Hoopeston, IL, the daughter of Oscar and Mamie (Johnson) Carlson.  She married Woodrow Clayton Howard on January 4, 1940 at his parent’s farm home in IL.  He preceded her in death at age 94 on December 26, 2012.

 

She is survived by:  two daughters, Karen K. Gerdes of Beaver Dam, WI and Shirley (Ray) Bridgeman of New Lenox, IL; two sons, Arthur C. (Crista) Howard of Colorado Springs, CO and Jeffrey G. Howard of South Holland, IL; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by:  her parents; one son, Oscar Howard; one son-in law, Marvin Gerdes; one sister, Anna “Ann” Marie Clouse; one brother-in-law, Earl E. Clouse; and two grandsons.

 

Helen was a homemaker.  Her favorite color was blue in keeping with her Swedish ancestry.  In her earlier years, she enjoyed taking care of neighborhood children, going to garage sales, and playing cards.  In her later years, she enjoyed going to the senior center, putting together jigsaw puzzles, taking care of her baby doll, and couponing.  She was blessed in her later years to be taken care of in her home by five wonderful women: Loretta Swigart, Kim Avila, Therese Swigart, Betty Ondreka, and Irene Stingley.

 

A visitation will be held at 1:00- 2:00 P.M. Saturday December 8, 2018 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 East Main Street Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Tom Cici officiating.  Burial will follow at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston, IL.

 

In lieu of flowers, please direct your generosity to your favorite charity.

 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral.home.com to view Helen’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.

 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Edward "Eddie" Anthony Hillman III, 26, of Armstrong

Edward “Eddie” Anthony Hillman III, 26, of Armstrong, passed away suddenly at 9:29 a.m. Sunday, November 25, 2018, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Eddie was born on July 23, 1992, in Danville, the son of Edward and Becky (Creighton) Hillman Jr.  He is survived by his parents; two sisters- Nicole (Tim) Beckham of Foley, Alabama and Heather (Tyson) Roan of Chicago; two nieces- Lily and Madison Roan; paternal grandparents- Edward and Jane Hillman Sr. of Fredericksburg, Virginia; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents- Wilbur and Betty Creighton.

Eddie graduated from Armstrong Township High School in 2010.  He was an original founder of the Gamer’s Club, Captain of the Scholastic Bowl team, Senior Class President, member of the Homecoming Court and class Valedictorian at Armstrong Township High School.  He then graduated from Eastern Illinois University, in 2014.  Eddie graduated with honors and departmental honors.  While at EIU, he was President of the RHA.  After graduating from EIU, Eddie began teaching physics and chemistry at Armstrong High School.  He also had a great love for archery and served as the archery coach at Schlarman Academy.  In the fall of 2016, Eddie moved to Nebraska, where he served as a grad research assistant at the University of Nebraska, while pursuing his PhD in Plant Pathology.  Eddie was a member of the Mycological Society of America.  He loved archery, kayaking, long boarding, playing his guitar, playing video games and Dungeons and Dragons.  Eddie was always known for his great sense of humor and how he would do anything for anybody.  He would always find a way to help people solve their problems.  Eddie touched so many lives and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him and loved him.

A Celebration of Eddie’s Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, December 9, 2018, at the Middlefork United Methodist Church, in Potomac, with Pastor George Desmond officiating.  Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, December 8, 2018, at the Armstrong Township High School.  He will be laid to rest following the services in Partlow Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Edward Hillman III Memorial Scholarship Fund.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Eddie’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Richard "Dick" E. Jones, 79, of Hoopeston

Richard “Dick” E. Jones, 79, of Hoopeston, passed away Saturday, December 1, 2018, at Carle Foundation Hospital, in Urbana.

Dick was born on March 1, 1939, in Danville, Illinois, the son of Marion Dwight and Betty (Marlow) Jones.  He married Marilyn Block on June 29, 1959, at the Danville United Methodist Church.  She preceded him in death on December 8, 2004.

He is survived by two sons- Randy Jones of Oxford, Indiana and Mark Jones of Hoopeston; five grandchildren- Ryan and Kyle Jones, Tia Williams, Levi Williams and Alexis Wood; and five great-grandchildren- Finley, Emma, Onisty, Darius and Analise.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Dick graduated from John Greer High School.  He worked in the automotive business for over 60 years, owning car dealerships in Milford and Hoopeston.  He enjoyed motorsports, football, going to auctions and watching auctions on TV.  He also loved classic cars, antique tractors and working.

A Celebration of Richard “Dick” E. Jones Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 6, 2018, at the Blurton Funeral Home, in Hoopeston, with Pastor Tom Cici officiating.  He will be laid to rest following the services in Floral Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Dick’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

 

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Elizabeth Marie Kirby-Ferguson, 29, of Rossville

Elizabeth Marie Kirby-Ferguson, 29, of Rossville, passed away at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at St. Louis University Hospital, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Elizabeth was born on September 29, 1989, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the daughter of Robert and Julie (Yaden) Kirby.  She married John Ferguson on April 16, 2010, in Danville.  He survives.

She is also survived by her three children- Halie, Nathan and Christian Ferguson; parents- Robert and Julie Kirby of Hoopeston; sister- Stephanie (Jesse Rosenberger) Kirby of Rossville; maternal grandmother- Beverly Yaden of Hoopeston; two nieces- Elly May and Mia Kirby; mother-in-law- Shirley Ferguson of Haughton, Louisiana; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her sister- Melinda Kirby; maternal grandfather- Cecil Yaden, paternal grandparents- Keith and Peggy Kirby and father-in-law- Gary Ferguson.

Elizabeth attended Rossville Grade School and Bismarck-Henning High School.  She was a member of Antioch Church of Christ.  Elizabeth enjoyed fishing, going for walks, riding her bike, penny shopping and flea markets.  The love of her life was spending time with her children.

A Celebration of Elizabeth’s Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 6, 2018, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Hoopeston.  She will be laid to rest following the services in Floral Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Elizabeth’s children to help with their college fund.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Elizabeth’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Steven Alan "Squire" Rhodes, 62, of Hoopeston

Steven Alan “Squire” Rhodes, 62, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 1:42 p.m. Thursday November 29, 2018 at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana, IL.  He was born December 5, 1955 in Danville, IL, the son of Donald J. and Eunice (Dietel) Rhodes.  He married Sara Ann Fourez on November 9, 1997.  She survives in Hoopeston.

 

A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday December 4, 2018 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday December 5, 2018 at the funeral home, with Dave Rhodes officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

Anderson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. 

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Geroldene "Jerri" A. (Gebhart) Kult, 61, of Boswell

Geroldene “Jerri” A. (Gebhart) Kult, 61, of Boswell passed away on November 25, 2018 at The Gathering Together located in Plainfield, Indiana. She was born November 26, 1956 to the late Harvey and Edna Gebhart.

 

Jerri grew up in the Greater Lafayette area and was a graduate of Wainwright High School in 1975. Working in various industries throughout her life, Jerri found cooking to be her passion. She owned and worked at different restaurants throughout her career life. Jerri enjoyed spending time with her family, church friends, friends, and neighbors. She had recently helped organize a block party for her Boswell neighbors. Jerri was a loving, generous spirit who would help anyone in need. She touched the lives of those around her and will be missed dearly. 

 

Jerri married Bryon Kult at Dayton United Methodist Church on May 30, 1994. He survives. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her six (6) children: Kristyl Frantz (Brandon) Shoaf, Lynn Frantz (Mike) Cooley, Gregory (Beth) Frantz, Mallory Kult (Craig) Redlin, Rebecca Wolfe (Chris) Shepperd, and Elizabeth Wolfe (Scott) Dadacz and her fourteen (14) grandchildren. Jerri is also survived by her sister, Kathy Krell.

 

A visitation will be held 2:00P.M. – 5:30P.M. EST on Saturday December 8, 2018 at the Fowler Christian Church.  A celebration of life will follow the visitation at 5:30 P.M. EST at the church with Pastor Kirk Zimmerman officiating.  No burial will be held.

 

Memorials can be made to: The Gathering Together, 147 N. Center Street, Plainfield, Indiana 46168; Heart to Heart Hospice, 2611 Waterfront Parkway East Drive, Suite 200, Indianapolis, Indiana 46214; the Fowler Christian Church 106 N. Madison Ave, Fowler, Indiana 47944; or to Jerri’s family.

 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Jerri’s eternal tribute page and to send condolences to the family.

 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston, IL, is helping the family with arrangements.

 

 

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Donna Marie Gagnon, 70, of Rossville

Donna Marie Gagnon, 70, of Rossville, IL, passed away at 11:11 A.M. Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Carle Hoopeston Regional Heath Center in Hoopeston.  She was born October 11, 1948, in Danville, IL, the daughter of Leland and Gladys (Lewis) Turner.  She married Kenneth Gagnon on October 21, 1966, in Rossville, IL.  He preceded her in death on August 18, 2013.

She is survived by one daughter, Pamela Stevens of Rankin, IL; one son, Michael (Megan) Gagnon of Danville, IL; one brother, Duane (Linda) Turner of Rossville, IL; 7 grandchildren, Bodyn Gagnon, Maya Gagnon, Eric Bell, Jacob Mann, Miranda Williams, Dylan Stevens, and Nicholas Stevens; 3 great-grandchildren, Aryonna Rose, Avery Kenneth, and Brantley Chase and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by very special friends, Cindy Shank Bell, Judy Rayfield, Vickie Danner, Nicole Mathews, Alandize, and Mya and her St. Bernard, Harvey St. Augustine Gagnon.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; parents; and son-in-law, Allen Stevens.

Donna and her husband, Kenny, owned The Village Pub in Rossville for 10 years.  She later worked in the cafeteria at Rossville-Alvin schools until her retirement.  She loved walking her dogs and going out to eat, especially at McDonald’s.  Donna also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Per her wishes, she will be cremated.  A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Friday November 30, 2018 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The memorial service will follow the visitation and will begin at 1:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home, with Pastor Kevin Purdy officiating.  No burial will be held.

Memorials may be made to the Vermilion County Animal Shelter, 14775 Catlin Tilton Road, Danville, IL 61834.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Donna’s eternal tribute page and to send condolences to the family.

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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