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Francis E. "Hoss" Bradley of Anna, Illinois died on April 20, 2015

Lucille E. Daisy of El Paso, Illinois died on April 10, 2015

Lena "Jane" Emery of Indianapolis, Indiana died on April 23, 2015

Joseph David Sronce of Willisville, Illinois died on April 7, 2015

Lena “Jane” Emery of Indianapolis, Indiana, March 1, 1922 – April 23, 2015

     Mrs. Lena “Jane” Emery, age 93 of Indianapolis, passed away on April 23, 2015. She was born March 1, 1922 in Cobden, the daughter of Herman and Ruth Rose Brown. She married Gene Emery on June 25, 1946 in Crown Point, IN. He preceded her in death in 1985.

     Jane is survived by her daughter, Donna (Jeff) Cover; grandchildren, Gina (Court) Maple, Travis (Megan) Cover; great-grandchildren, Emma Maple, Olivia Maple, Joshua Cover, Samuel Cover; sisters, Gerry Winstead, Margaret Santos, and Betty Hutton; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Gene Emry and one son, Darrell Emery.

     Jane was a member of the University Baptist Church in Carbondale. Jane worked for Western Union in the 1940′s and from 1960′s to 1970′s at Sears in Carbondale. She later worked for the 1st National Bank in Carbondale from 1980′s to 1990′s.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Lena “Jane” Emery will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 27, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. John Annable officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the University Baptist Church in Carbondale. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Francis E. “Hoss” Bradley of Anna, Illinois, May 29, 1944 – April 20, 2015

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        Mr. Francis E. “Hoss” Bradley, age 70 of Anna, died at 10:14 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015 at his home. He was born May 29, 1944 in Cairo, the son of James Francis and Louise Tanner Bradley.

        Hoss is survived by his nieces, nephews and cousins; special friend, Debbie Jones of Anna; other realtives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, and one sister.

        Hoss served his country in the United States Army during Vietnam.

        According to his wishes, Hoss will be cremated.

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Lucille E. Daisy of El Paso, Illinois, August 18, 1920 – April 10, 2015

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       Mrs. Lucille E. Daisy, age 94 of El Paso, IL, formerly of Anna, died at 6:12 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2015 at Heritage Health in El Paso, IL. She was born August 18, 1920 in Anna, the daughter of Jasper and Frances Lyerly Douglas. She married Robert A. Daisy on December 25, 1940 in Jonesboro. He preceded her in death in 2003.

        Lucy is survived by her two daughters, Sally (George) Boyd of El Paso, IL, and Joyce Daisy of Carbondale; three granddaughters, Suzanne Stone of St. Louis, MO, Lesley Ann (Patrick) Quinlan of Prosper, TX, and Marjorie (Rhett) Hillard of Clinton; five great-grandchildren, Tyler, Benjamin, Victor, Fredrick and George; and one sister, Fran Jones of Silver Spring, MD; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Robert A. Daisy.

          Lucy was a member of the FirstBaptistChurch in Anna, IL, and attended the FirstBaptistChurch in El Paso, she was deeply involved in her church and community affairs. Her religion played a big part of who she was, which lead her to form a Children’s Choir at her church while her girls were young.  She also held many UnitedMethodistChurch office positions.  

          Lucy worked as a librarian at the GolcondaHigh School and the Golconda Public Library in Golconda, IL. She also was a member of the Golconda Golden Circle, and a  Pope County Historical Society board member.  She was also involved in the Pope Co. Homemakers.  In El Paso, Lucy volunteered at the public library, food pantry, and sang in the church choir.

          Lucy loved to bake her special rum cake for her family and friends, and made it a point to teach her daughters and granddaughters how to make the best pie crust.  Lucy enjoyed spending her time gardening and was particularly proud of her iris.  She also enjoyed reading, singing, and watching Cardinals on her bird feeder.  She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. 

          Funeral services for Mrs. Lucille E. “Lucy” Daisy will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 17, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Dr. Tim Smith officiating. Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 11:00 a.m. in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the El Paso, IL, Public Library. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Lucille E. Daisy of El Paso, Illinois, August 28, 1920 – April 10, 2015

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       Mrs. Lucille E. Daisy, age 94 of El Paso, IL, formerly of Anna, died at 6:12 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2015 at Heritage Health in El Paso, IL. She was born August 28, 1920 in Anna, the daughter of Jasper and Frances Lyerly Douglas. She married Robert A. Daisy on December 25, 1940 in Jonesboro. He preceded her in death in 2003.

        Lucy is survived by her two daughters, Sally (George) Boyd of El Paso, IL, and Joyce Daisy of Carbondale; three granddaughters, Suzanne Stone of St. Louis, MO, Lesley Ann (Patrick) Quinlan of Prosper, TX, and Marjorie (Rhett) Hillard of Clinton; five great-grandchildren, Tyler, Benjamin, Victor, Fredrick and George; and one sister, Fran Jones of Silver Spring, MD; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Robert A. Daisy.

          Lucy was a member of the FirstBaptistChurch in Anna, IL, and attended the FirstBaptistChurch in El Paso, she was deeply involved in her church and community affairs. Her religion played a big part of who she was, which lead her to form a Children’s Choir at her church while her girls were young.  She also held many UnitedMethodistChurch office positions.  

          Lucy worked as a librarian at the GolcondaHigh School and the Golconda Public Library in Golconda, IL. She also was a member of the Golconda Golden Circle, and a  Pope County Historical Society board member.  She was also involved in the Pope Co. Homemakers.  In El Paso, Lucy volunteered at the public library, food pantry, and sang in the church choir.

          Lucy loved to bake her special rum cake for her family and friends, and made it a point to teach her daughters and granddaughters how to make the best pie crust.  Lucy enjoyed spending her time gardening and was particularly proud of her iris.  She also enjoyed reading, singing, and watching Cardinals on her bird feeder.  She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. 

          Funeral services for Mrs. Lucille E. “Lucy” Daisy will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 17, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Dr. Tim Smith officiating. Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 11:00 a.m. in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the El Paso, IL, Public Library. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Asher Zoromski of Jonesboro, Illinois, April 6, 2015 – April 6, 2015

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Asher Zoromski, stillborn son of Sekara Zoromski, was born on April 6, 2015 at 11:47 p.m. in the Carbondale Memorial Hospital.             

Asher is survived by his mother, Sekara Zoromski of Jonesboro; brother, Kiefer Zoromski of Jonesboro; grandfather, Bruce Zoromski of Jonesboro; and aunt, Tiffany Zoromski of Marion.

He was very loved by his family and will always be a cherished memory.

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Joseph David Sronce of Willisville, Illinois, July 21, 1950 – April 7, 2015

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            Mr. Joseph David Sronce, age 64 of Willisville, formerly of Mill Creek, died at 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2015 in Cobden. Joseph was born July 21, 1950 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of David and Jewel (Brown) Sronce.

            Joseph’s favorite Bible verse was John 3:16. He enjoyed spending time with his family, working on cars, motorcycles and walking.

            Joseph is survived by his three daughters, Stephanie Dunlap of Granite City, Candace Lytle of Anna, and Serena Smith of Anna; seven grandchildren, Trevor, Elizabeth, Joseph, Jeffrey, Emma, Ava, and Rilee; one brother, Roger Sronce of Vergennes; two sisters, Selena McBride of Murphysboro and Jan Blazier of Willisville; other relatives, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

            A memorial service for Mr. Joseph David Sronce will be at 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Kenneth Dickerson officiating. Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. and until the service at 3:00 p.m. in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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Joseph David Sronce of Cobden, Illinois, July 21, 1950 – April 7, 2015

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Vurline Brasel of Cobden, Illinois, December 24, 1926 – April 7, 2015

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         Mrs. Wilma Vurline Brasel, 88, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at the Union County Hospital Long Term Care after a brief battle with cancer. Vurline was born on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1926 to William and Lanie (Smith) Clayton. 

          Vurline started working at age 16 for Florsheim Shoe Factory and quit after 10 years to become a stay-at-home mother and homemaker.  She married Lloyd Brasel in 1953 and they were married almost 60 years when he preceded her in death in April 2013.

          Vurline is survived by her two daughters, Evelyn Brasel of Jonesboro, and Carla (Jeff) Chatham of Cobden.  Other survivors include brother Beryl (Ruthe) Clayton of Anna; and sisters Pansy (John William) Jackson of Anna, Betty Jo Raney of Carbondale, and Freida (Charles) Brasel of Ft. Worth, Texas; many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; two siblings who died in infancy, and her husband.

          Vurline enjoyed gardening, sewing, preserving fruits and vegetables and reading.  She was a loyal and faithful member of the Bethel Baptist Church where she enjoyed attending services regularly. 

          The family would like to extend a special thanks for the outstanding staff at Chamness Care, Union County Hospital Long Term Care and Celtic Hospice for guiding us through some difficult times and transitions.

          Funeral services for Mrs. Wilma Vurline Brasel will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden with Rev. Terry Kern officiating. Interment will be in the Cobden Cemetery. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden.  Flowers are welcome, but in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, Kelley Cemetery, or Celtic Hospice & Home Health. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden.

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Richard F. Duke of Jonesboro, Illinois, February 9, 1940 – April 6, 2015

     Mr. Richard F. Duke, age 75 of Jonesboro, died at 9:55 p.m. Monday, April 6, 2015 at his home. He was born February 9, 1940 in Granite City, Illinois, the son of Dewey and Frieda Christiansen Duke. He married Phyllis Jeanne, and she preceded him in death.

     Duke is survived by his niece, who he lived with, Susan (Leonead) Kern and her children, Jennifer Buckingham, Jordan, David and Harry Kern all of Jonesboro, other nieces,  Elizabeth (Red) Martin of Jonesboro, Janet Cochrane of Albiqurqe, NM., Mary (Kevin) Bourland of Rogers, AR., Sharon Agne of Los Lunes, NM., and Cathleen (Mike) Isom of Robinson, IL; nephew, David Agne of Jonesboro; many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Phyllis Duke; two sisters, Shirley Jean Agne and Doris Humphrey; and one niece, Christine Agne.

     Duke attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Anna. He worked many years as a diesel mechanic.

     According to his wishes, Duke will be cremated. Interment will be in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

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Ethel Hassfield of Jonesboro, Illinois, March 8, 1932 – April 6, 2015

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     Mrs. Ethel Hassfield, age 83 of Jonesboro, died at 6:00 p.m. Monday, April 6, 2015 at her home. She was born March 8, 1932 in Jonesboro, the daughter of Herman and Marie Tucker Ralls. She married Robert Hassfield on May 8, 1954 in Jonesboro. He preceded her in death on January 3, 1996.

     Ethel is survived by her brothers and sisters, Herman Ralls of Jonesboro, Curly Ralls of Anna, Sue Burris of Anna, Richard Ralls of Anna, Harold Ralls of Texas, Jim Ralls of Anna, Elizabeth Ramage of Anna, Chuck Ralls of Jonesboro, Melvin Ralls of Anna, Joe Ralls of Anna, Mike Ralls of Anna, Barbara Sullivan of Lick Creek, and Linda Eudy of Jonesboro; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Hassfield; and one brother, Lum Ralls.

     Ethel loved animals, and growing flowers. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Ethel Hassfield will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Bill Carter officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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