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Obituaries Archives for 2018-11

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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Nora Elia Rodriguez Cruz, 61, formerly of Hoopeston

Nora Elia Rodriguez Cruz, 61, formerly of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 6:23 P.M. Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Chicago, IL.  She was born March 2, 1957, in Harlingen, TX, the daughter of Liborio G. and Santiaga (Espino) Rodriguez.  She was married to Gabino Cruz.  He survives.

She is survived by her mother, Santiaga Rodriguez; three sons, Juan M. Robles, Jr. (Courtney Messerle) of Kankakee, IL, Santos Robles (Evelin Zavala) of Chicago, IL, and Jose A. Robles (Amber Boudreau) of Kankakee, IL; four sisters, Maria Graciela (Ramon Sr.) Solis of New Braunfels, TX, Olga Lydia (Paul) Mayer of Seguin, TX, Corina Rodriguez of Chicago, IL, and Nancy Rodriguez (Stephen) Spadaro of San Antonio, TX; three brothers, Joe Rodriguez of Champaign, IL, Robert Rodriguez of Tampa, FL,  and Lionel Rodriguez of Chicago, IL; three grandchildren, Isaiah Liborio, Julieta, and Camila Santiaga; three step-grandchildren, Trenton, Dylan, and Layla; fifteen nieces and nephews, Erika, Jessica (Jose Luis/Pepe), Jose Luis Jr. “Sonny”, Jacklyn, Sara, Isabella, Camilla, Sophie, Ramon Jr. (Charity), Evelina (Ivan), Taylor (Marisa), Rachelle (Jeremiah), Natalie, Gia, and Bella; and eight great-nieces and nephews, Christopher, Marrissa, Isamar, Pepito “LJ”, Andrew, Kellen, Rowan, and Hope.

She was preceded in death by her father, Liborio Rodriguez; her grandparents in Mexico, and her sister-in-law, Elida.

Nora loved her family and family gatherings.  She adored her grandchildren and her sisters were her best friends.  She had a fun-loving spirit and brought joy wherever she went.  She was always cheerful, sweet, and kind.  Nora loved listening to Christian music and had a strong faith.

A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Thursday November 29, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church 423 S. Third St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral mass will follow the visitation and will begin at 1:00 P.M. Thursday at the church, with Father Thomas Gibson officiating.  Following the service, she will be cremated.  No burial will be held.

Memorials may be made in Nora’s memory to St Anthony Catholic Church, 423 S. Third St., Hoopeston, IL 60942 or Phil’s Friends, 1350 Lake St. Suite I, Roselle, IL 60172 (philsfriends.org).

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

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

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R. Tommy McMillan, 81, of Hoopeston

R. Tommy McMillan, 81, of Hoopeston, IL., passed away Sunday November 25, 2018, at 9:55 A.M. at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston.  He was born February 9, 1937, in Casey, IL, the son of Thomas and Hazel (Johns) McMillan.  He married Marilyn Thomas on August 21, 1959 in Greenup, IL.  She survives.

 

He is survived by one daughter, Rhonda (John) Watson of Glasgow, KY; three sons, Eric (Karla) McMillan of Hoopeston, IL., Shaun (Annette) McMillan of Wellington, IL., and Anthony McMillan of Hoopeston, IL; one sister – in – law, Garnet McMillan of Franklin, NC; eleven grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and only brother, Rhondel McMillan.

 

Tommy was a teacher for forty-four years.  He taught basic business and typing which later became keyboarding.  He was the last teacher in the state of Illinois to teach short hand.  Tommy taught in East Lynn until 1973 and then taught at Hoopeston – East Lynn High School when they consolidated.  He worked at Stokley’s during corn pack season from 1973 until the early 90’s.  He belonged to the Hoopeston Historical Society and attended the United Brethren Church of Claytonville, where he served as the church secretary and treasurer.  Tommy ran the scoreboard for wrestling, volleyball, and basketball and was the ticket taker for many sports.  He enjoyed gardening, reading his Bible and loved visiting with his friends at Henning’s Root Beer Stand Restaurant.

 

A visitation will be held 3:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, November 29, 2018 at the First Church of God 1004 E. Orange St.  Hoopeston, IL with Sam Ristow and Sam Terrell officiating.  Burial will follow at Amity Cemetery in Goodwine, IL.

 

Memorials may be made to the family c/o Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL 60942.  They will be establishing a scholarship fund for youths to become an educator. 

 

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

 

Anderson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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Evelyn "Evie" Ruth Hofer Martin

Evelyn “Evie” Ruth Hofer Martin passed away on November 21, 2018 at Heritage Health in Hoopeston, Illinois. She was born on January 4, 1928 to Andrew and Agnes (Kelly) Hofer on a farm near Chalmers, Indiana. On June 19, 1949, she married Richard “Dick” Martin, her husband of almost 68 years. He preceded her in death on May 6, 2017. 

 Evelyn is survived by her four children:  Linda Martin of Hoopeston, IL, Carol Martin (Shari Grote) of Minneapolis, MN, Donna Martin (Sarah Reckmeyer) of Ottawa, IL, and David Martin (Brenda Villa) of Cincinnati, OH; two grandsons: Sean (Bianca) Danner of Madison, WI and Scot (Jen) Danner of Danville, IL; and one great-granddaughter, Madison Danner. 

 She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Zelma Klene and husband James Klene; one brother, Rev. Andrew Hofer and wife Charlotte “Chi” Hofer; and one sister in infancy, Dorothy. 

 Evelyn attended East Lynn Grade and High Schools, graduating in 1945. She remained loyal to East Lynn green and white her entire life. Upon graduation from high school, she worked at FMC until she was married. Evie and Dick partnered closely, raising 4 children and running operations at Maple View Farm.  Later, she shared her gift of hospitality as the local Welcome Wagon lady, as receptionist at the Hoopeston Chronicle, and as a Meals on Wheels volunteer. In her final years, Evie enjoyed making new friends and reconnecting with old ones at Autumn Fields and Heritage Health. 

 Evelyn was a member of First Presbyterian Church for over 50 years, where she served as an elder, taught Sunday School, and sang in the choir. She kept her love of music alive playing piano and singing throughout her life. She was also a member of the Sweet Corners Square Dance Club, Owl Club, and was a past Worthy Grand Matron of Eastern Star.

 A celebration of Evelyn’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church in Hoopeston, Illinois with Rev. Wade Meranda and Rev. Ann Schwartz officiating. Visitation will be at the church two hours prior to the service. Cremation rites have been entrusted to Anderson Funeral Home. The family would appreciate memorial gifts be given to First Presbyterian Church, Hoopeston Public Library, or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

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

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Billie Frank Norris, 91, of Hoopeston

Billie Frank Norris, 91, of Hoopeston, passed away at 11:49 p.m. Friday, November 23, 2018, at his home.

Mr. Norris was born on March 27, 1927, in Burkesville, Kentucky, the son of John and Crettie (Scott) Norris.  He married Irma Marie Matthews on July 16, 1949, in Jamestown, Kentucky.  She preceded him in death on November 1, 2002.

He is survived by two sons-Wayne (Judy) Norris and Dennis Norris both of Hoopeston; three grandchildren- Cindy (Dan) Johnston, Eric Norris and Betsy (Troy) Stevens; two great-grandchildren- Cody Johnston and Morgan Stevens; two sisters- Ruby Milton of San Antonio, Texas and Mary Lou Hickey of Dunlap, Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three brothers and two sisters.

Billie worked as a production mechanic at American Can Company for 40 years, until his retirement in 1987.  He enjoyed boating, camping, fishing, traveling, telling stories and socializing at the coffee shop.

Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at Floral Hill Cemetery, with Pastor Gary Milton officiating.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Billie’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Connie Lou Nelson, 73, formerly of Potomac

Connie Lou Nelson, 73, formerly of Potomac, passed away at 1:26 p.m. Thursday, November 22, 2018, at Accolade Healthcare of Paxton.

Connie was born on May 15, 1945, in Danville, Illinois, the daughter of Dale and Alice (Livingston) Huffman.  She married David J. Nelson on February 14, 1965, in Potomac.  He survives.

She is also survived by her mother Alice Huffman; brother- Dale (Lynn) Huffman of Urbana; sister- Glenda (Doug) Thompson of Luxemburg, Wisconsin; niece- Jamie (Michael) Ellars; nephew- Zach (Jen) Huffman; and six great-nieces and nephews- Natalie, Callie, Dillon, Aiden, Elliot and Lucas.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents and father.

Connie graduated from Potomac High School in 1963.  She started her career at Chanute Air Force Base where she met her husband Dave. They moved to Minneapolis, where she worked for 28 years as an executive assistant at Honeywell.  Connie finished her career at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, until her retirement.  She enjoyed collecting cookbooks, shopping, reading and playing the piano.  Connie loved and cherished her family and was very generous to all of them. 

A Celebration of Connie’s Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 26, 2018, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac, with Pastor Randy Holden officiating.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  She will be laid to rest following the services in Potomac Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Connie’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Mildred Jackson, 94, of Hoopeston

Mildred Jackson, 94, of Hoopeston, passed away at 9:20 a.m. Thursday, November 15, 2018, at Heritage Health, in Hoopeston.

She was born on April 10, 1924, in Lebanon, Kentucky, the daughter of Charlie and Rose (Farmer) Riley.  She married Albert Jackson on December 7, 1940, in Lebanon, Kentucky.  He preceded her in death on November 17, 2012.

She is survived by her children, Joseph (Glenda) Jackson of Russellville, Ind., Carolyn (Steve) Gigax of Patricksburg, Ind., Dorothy Denny of Greencastle, Ind., Linda (Byron) Yanders of Hoopeston, Mildred (Scott) Hoss of Rocky Ford, Colo., Gerald (Amy) Jackson of Bismarck, Brenda (Tony) Perryman of Rabbit, Ky., Kenneth Jackson of Hoopeston and Margaret Ward of Rocky Ford, Colorado; 47 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren, seven great-great-great-grandchildren; and one sister- Shara (Paul) Cox of Lebanon, Kentucky.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two daughters, three brothers and six sisters.

Mildred was a homemaker and enjoyed quilting, making crafts and spending time with her family,

A Celebration of Mildred Jackson’s Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Hoopeston.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.  She will be laid to rest following the services in Floral Hill Cemetery.   The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Mrs. Jackson’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Fred Dean Rosenberger, 77, of Armstrong

Fred Dean Rosenberger, 77, of Armstrong, passed away at 4:35 p.m. Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Gardenview Manor, in Tilton.

Mr. Rosenberger was born on January 1, 1941, in Champaign, the son of Frederick and Salma (Green) Rosenberger.  He married Sharon Wolfe on December 9, 1966, in Champaign.  She survives.

He is also survived by four daughters- Lori (Kirk) Donovan of Mansfield, Rebecca Rosenberger of Houston, Texas, Sherry Rosenberger of Houston, Texas and Robin Rosenberger of Rantoul; three sons- Wayne Rosenberger of Quincy, Scott Wolfe of Bismarck and Jesse Rosenberger of Armstrong; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister-Peggy (Ron) Eldridge of Homer; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son-Todd Rosenberger, daughter- Diana Strong, two brothers and two sisters.

Fred worked for several years as the manager of Rolling Hills Campground.  He was a member of the Urbana Church of Christ.  Fred was a jack of all trades and could fix anything.  He enjoyed camping, taking care of his chickens, hiking and sightseeing.

According to his wishes cremation rites will be accorded.  He will be laid to rest at a later date in Partlow Cemetery.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Mr. Rosenberger’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Donald Lee "Don" Gillis, 57, of Rossville

Donald Lee “Don” Gillis, 57, of Rossville, IL, passed away at 5:24 A.M. Tuesday November 13, 2018 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  He was born October 25, 1961, in Danville, IL, the son of Robert Luther and Betty Lou (Ault) Gillis.  He married Rebecca Sue Freeman on November 1, 1980 in Bismarck, IL.  She survives in Rossville.

He is also survived by two daughters, Amy (Chris) Myers of Bismarck, IL and Emily Anne Scates of Rossville, IL; one son, Michael Gillis of Bismarck, IL; one sister, Debra Delahr of Hoopeston, IL; one brother, Allen (Tami) Gillis of Rossville, IL; four grandchildren, Taylor and Kaitlyn Myers, Mia Gillis, and Josephine Scates; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Luther and Myrtle Gillis and Frank and Nova Ault; and his parents.

Don was a painter for 37 years.  He served as a past little league coach and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with his grandchildren.

A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Saturday November 17, 2018 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. Saturday at the funeral home with Pastor Gary Milton officiating.  Burial will follow in the Rossville Cemetery in Rossville, IL.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.  

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Clarence Lloyd Kentner 91, of Rossville

Clarence Lloyd Kentner,91,  of Rossville, went to be with the Lord on November 10, 2018. Lloyd died on the family farm east of Alvin, Illinois, where he was born on October 29, 1927, the son of Charlie Ambrose and Zora Ermina (Phipps) Kentner. Lloyd and Nola Wylder were married in the Rossville Methodist parsonage on December 18, 1947. Nola preceded Lloyd in death on August 6, 2009. Surviving are their children: Sue (Lonnie) Seymour, Rita Armbrust, Charlie (Shirley) Kentner, Debbie (Clif) Craig, and Dianna (Larry) Gernand. Lloyd is survived by eleven grandchildren: Michael Craig, Angie (Solomon) Chan, Becky (Shawn) Drennan, Andy (Emily) Gernand, Jackie (Doug) Malan, Patrick Seymour, Liz (Choulong) Traimany, Katie (Daniel) Bretscher, Ashley Gernand, David Armbrust, and Luke (Thea) Gernand, as well as twelve great-grandchildren: Morgan Drennan, Macey Gernand, Hunter Malan, Tristen Drennan, Evan Gernand, Zachary Craig, Drew Gernand, Lexie Malan, Ryan Traimany, Felicity Malan, Levi Traimany, and Noah Bretscher. Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents; his son-in-law, Dennis Armbrust; two grandchildren, Emily Gernand and Jacob Kentner; and five sisters: Zeda Moore, Florence Johnson, Glenna Hughes, June Deck, and Frances Lanham.

 

Growing up, Lloyd lived on Sumner farm east of Alvin where his family moved in 1923.  For grades first through eighth, he attended the neighborhood one-room Sumner School and then graduated from Alvin High School in 1945. After graduation, Lloyd partnered with his father in farming. In 1947, he married Nola, and they became the tenant farmers who lived on Sumner farm. At this time, Lloyd's parents moved to a farm south of Danville they had recently purchased. In 1992, Lloyd, Nola, Charlie, and Shirley bought Sumner farm. At the time of his death, Lloyd still resided on the family farm where he was born and lived for his entire life of 91 years.

 

Lloyd was a president of the Alvin School Board when his children were in attendance there. He was a member of the Alvin Methodist Church and later the Rossville United Methodist Church. With his son, Charlie, he was a regular participant in the Sunday morning men's breakfast and services at the church.

 

Throughout his life, Lloyd loved music. Self-taught, he played both guitar and mandolin. Often during the midday break after eating lunch, he would spend a few minutes playing music with a day worker, friend, or one of his children. He loved the chance to let the stress melt away as he engaged in this favorite pastime. When his fingers stiffened with age and he could no longer play himself, he still enjoyed listening to the music of others.

 

Lloyd's life was filled with the activities of a busy farmer. In the early years, he took on a variety of second jobs to provide for his growing family. He did custom spraying for others, and he sold both grain dryers and seed corn. He often helped his neighbors with their welding needs. Both he and Nola were quick to lend a helping hand when someone needed help. Over the years, they worked with their son Charlie to expand their farming operation. In 1978, Lloyd and Nola were pictured in a Monsanto advertisement which appeared in several farm magazines. Lloyd was very passionate about farming and the land; he was always eager to engage in "farm talk."

 

Visitation will be Sunday, November 18, from 2-5 pm at the Rossville United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Monday, November 19, at 10:30 am at the Rossville United Methodist Church, with one hour of visitation preceding the service. Burial will be in Gundy Cemetery.

 

Memorials can be made to the Rossville United Methodist Church in Lloyd’s name.

 

The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Mr. Kentner’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with his family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Mary L. (Fennell) (McCool) Brown

Mary L. (Fennell) (McCool) Brown passed away on October 28, 2018.  She is predeceased by her husband of 32 years, Roger W. Brown and her twin sisters, Loretta and Lorraine Fennell.  She is survived by her step-son, Roger W. Brown II; four grandchildren, Lindsay Roberts and her family, Trevor Chapman and his daughter, Ryan Brown and his family, and Tyler Brown.  She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Sandra Brown, several cousins, and her Aunt Mary.  Mary was born on February 18, 1943, in Canton, MA.  She was an award-winning realtor in Nashua for many years. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to Brookhaven Hospice of Bedford, NH.

Mary will be interred with her husband and sisters in Rossville, IL.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday November 16, 2018 at the Rossville Cemetery in Rossville, IL, with Father Thomas Gibson and Pastor Chris Quick officiating.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Shirley Dale York, 93, of Hoopeston

Shirley Dale York, 93, of Hoopeston, passed away at 6:13 p.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center.

Mr. York was born on February 4, 1925, in Hoopeston, the son of John and Nora (Murphy) York.  He married Patricia Keith on September 6, 1953, in Hoopeston.  She survives.

He is also survived by three sons- John “Dale” (Olga) York of Hoopeston, Don (Michelle) York of Hoopeston and Steve (Jennifer) York of Grant Park; twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister- Amy Howk.

Shirley graduated from John Greer High School and later enlisted in the United States Army, where he served from 1943 to 1946.  He worked for several years as an electronic technician, starting at TRW and retiring from Schumacher’s, in 1995.  He was a member of the Hoopeston American Legion Post #384.  Shirley enjoyed recording music, reading, going to the library and spending time with his wife Patricia.  He also loved building and working on electronics and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. 

A Celebration of Shirley Dale York’s Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Blurton Funeral Home, 309 E. Washington St. Hoopeston, with Pastor Ken Cameron officiating.  He will be laid to rest following the services in Floral Hill Cemetery, with full military honors conducted by the Hoopeston American Legion Post #384.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Danville Alliance Church or to the Hoopeston Public Library.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Mr. York’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Alice Marie (Butcher) Phillips, 80, of Danville

Alice Marie (Butcher) Phillips, 80, of Danville, passed away at 1:40 a.m. Sunday, November 4, 2018, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, in Danville.

Mrs. Phillips was born on February 28, 1938, in Danville, the daughter of Cecil and Sylvia (Rector) Butcher.  She married Darrell Lee Phillips on July 28, 1956, in Johnsonville, Indiana.  He preceded her in death on January 12, 1981.

She is survived by five sons- Kenneth (Cher) Phillips, Jerald Phillips, Russell (Chris) Phillips, William Phillips and Mark Phillips; eleven grandchildren- Ambre, Shelby, Damion, Jenifer, Erin, Andrew, Zachary, Whitney, Kendra, Terra and Devin; eight great-grandchildren and one on the way; one great-great grandchild; and her life-long friend- Mary Lee Estes.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two daughters- Brenda and Donna Phillips, one sister and five brothers.

Alice graduated from Danville High School.  She was a member of the Alvin Church of God.  She enjoyed crafting, cooking and loved spending time with her family and friends during the holidays.  Alice was always the most excited “kid” during Christmas.  She was the best mom and was always known as mom to all of her family and loved ones.

The Phillip’s family would like to extend a very special “Thank You” to Susan and William Powell for being with Alice and the family during her time in the hospital.

Graveside Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, November 9, 2018, at Gundy Cemetery, in Bismarck, with Pastor Dan Hunt officiating.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Mrs. Phillip’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Betty Gholson Eckersley Boehme, 93, of Hoopeston

Betty Gholson Eckersley Boehme, 93, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 6:12 P.M. Thursday November 1, 2018 at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston.  She was born July 24, 1925 in Hoopeston, IL, the daughter of Vernon and Helen (Thornbury) Gholson.  She married Dale Eckersley in 1949.  He preceded her in death on August 8, 1966.  She later married Wayne Boehme in October 1971 and he preceded her in death on November 16, 1997.

She is survived by one daughter, Patricia (Paul) Berthiaume of Saugus, MA; one son, Don Eckersley of Wellington, IL; two step-daughters, Sandy McCord of Hoopeston, IL and Betty Homa of Hoopeston, IL; four sisters, Mary Knapp of Cissna Park, IL, Shirley (Butch) Sondgerath of Ambia, IN, Alice Butts of Danville, IL, and Pat (Ron) Sondgerath of Indianapolis, IN; six grandchildren, Chris (Vanessa) Flohr, Desirae (Ahmy) Arca, Sarah Soleau, Rachel (Mark) Burns, Allison Berthiaume, Jessica (Travis) DeRossett; two step-grandchildren, Jason (Melia) McCord and Eric McCord; 21 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Vernon Gholson II, William Gholson, Carl Gholson, Bernard Gholson, and Robert Gholson; and two brothers-in-law, Earl Knapp and Larry Butts.

 Betty worked in the lunchroom at Hoopeston-East Lynn School until her retirement.  She served in the United States Naval Reserve and was a member of the Hoopeston United Methodist Church.

A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday November 6, 2018 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday November 7, 2018 at the funeral home, with Pastor Cathy Najmon officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.  Military rites will be accorded by the Hoopeston American Legion Post #384.

Memorials may be made to Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living 423 N. Dixie Highway Hoopeston, IL 60942. 

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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