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Eddie Walter Alexander of Dongola, Illinois died on January 20, 2015

Sharon K. Baity of Anna, Illinois died on January 28, 2015

Monique Janine Burklin of Cobden, Illinois died on January 22, 2015

Betty L. Davis of Anna, Illinois died on January 17, 2015

Martha J. Furlow of Cobden, Illinois died on January 19, 2015

Nellie June Layman of Dongola, Illinois died on January 27, 2015

Bryce Schrodt Jr. of Dongola, Illinois died on January 14, 2015

Sharon K. Baity of Anna, Illinois, March 29, 1945 – January 28, 2015

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     Mrs. Sharon K. Baity, age 69 of Anna, died at 2:10 a.m., Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She was born on March 29, 1945 in Chicago, the daughter of Thomas W. and June Stalcup Gann.           

     Sharon is survived by her son, Mike (Renee) Baity of Anna, daughter, Jamie Baity & fiancé Brandon Olson; one grandchild, Holden Baity, two brothers, Bob Holley & friend Linda McCloud of Anna, and Charles (Sandy)Gann of Hendersonville, Tennessee; two sisters, Lori (David) Ray of Anna, and Lynn Timmerman of Carbondale. She was preceded in death by her parents; and infant son, Jason Baity.     

     Sharon worked at Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in Anna for many years. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Anna.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Sharon K. Baity will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 31, 2015 in the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cobden. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 30, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home and envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Nellie June Layman of Dongola, Illinois, April 28, 1929 – January 27, 2015

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   Nellie June Layman, 85, passed away on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at the University of Saint Louis Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Nellie was born April 28th, 1929 in Cambria, Illinois to Denny Howell and Edith (Beavers) Howell.  She was an avid gardener and took great pleasure in attracting and feeding hummingbirds. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

    Nellie was small in stature, but she was a pillar of strength for her 2 children, 4 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. She instilled the importance of kindness, compassion, and family, while leading by example to teach determination, persistence, work ethic and mental toughness.

    She married the love of her life, Ralph, on April 12th, 1952 at the Bible Fellowship Baptist Church in Carterville, IL. The two were inseparable for 62 years and had a life full of love.

    Nellie or “mama”, as referred to by her grandchildren, will be greatly missed by family, friends, and those who knew her best.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Layman; three brothers, Howard, Carl, Homer; Five sisters, Martha Keller, Wilma Tindle, Shella Christian, Dorothy Hodges, and Ella Craddock; and three half brothers, Hershel Howell, Fred Howell, and Kenneth Vaughn.

    Survivors include one son; Bob Layman and wife, Barbara, of Dongola and one daughter; Debra Carter and husband, Rick, of Anna; four grandchildren, Jason Layman and wife, Mindy, of Pickerington, Ohio, Chris Layman and wife, Melissa, of Fort Branch, Indiana, Ryan Carter and wife, Torie, of Anna, Cole Carter and girlfriend, Taylor Tripp, of Anna; four great-grandchildren, Kali and Wyatt Layman of Fort Branch, Indiana, Connor and Eleanor Layman of Pickerington, Ohio; sister, Betty Palmer of Hurst; sister-in-law, Donna Howell of Carterville; brother, Jim Howell and wife, Maxine, of Carterville.

    Funeral services for Mrs. Nellie June Layman will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 30, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. John Warren officiating. Interment will be in the Hill Crest Cemetery in Carterville. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00p.m. Thursday, January 29, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Monique Janine Burklin of Cobden, Illinois, April 30, 1940 – January 22, 2015

     Mrs. Monique Janine Burklin, age 74 of Cobden, died suddenly at 12:20 a.m. Thursday, January 22, 2015 in the Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born April 30, 1940 in Paris France, the daughter of Renee Marie Laudrain. She married George Bryan Burklin on May 30, 1959 in Chicago. Together they had five children.

     Monique is survived by her loving husband, George Burklin as well as her adoring Children, Randy (Sherry) Burklin, Alethea (Stace) England,  Jeff (Susan) Burklin, Michele (Mark) Scanlon, Mark Burklin, Laura (Michael) Golden, Michael (Sherry) Burklin; sixteen cherished grandchildren; two great-grandsons; two brothers, Jean-Pierre (Jeannine) Chamoreau and Camille (Jocelyne) Chamoreau both of France. Monique was proceeded in death by her mother, one brother Claude Chamoreau as well as numerous cats and dogs whom she loved immeasurably throughout the years.

     Monique enjoyed reading, gardening, bird watching, baking, playing online games (especially puzzles) and was dedicated to rescuing stray animals. If possible, Monique would have saved every homeless and helpless animal she encountered. Monique’s husband George describes her as the sweetest most loving woman on earth who loved her family dearly.

     Services for Mrs. Monique Janine Burklin will be private (no flowers please). Interment will be in the Cobden Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Animal Rescue of your choice.

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Eddie Walter Alexander of Dongola, Illinois, March 17, 1935 – January 20, 2015

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         Mr. Eddie Walter Alexander, age 79 of Dongola, died at 3:45 pm, Tuesday January 20, 2015 at his home.  Eddie was born on March 17, 1935 in Alto Pass, the son of Samuel Walker and Ada (Rendleman) Alexander.

          Eddie proudly served his country in the United States Army and retired after twenty years of service.  

          Eddie is survived by one brother, Gene Alexander.  He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Charles Alexander and one sister, Mary Lou Bizzel.

          Following Eddie’s wishes he will be cremated and there will not be any funeral services.

 

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Martha J. Furlow of Cobden, Illinois, March 7, 1931 – January 19, 2015

     Mrs. Martha J. Furlow, age 83 of Cobden, died at 12:35 p.m. Monday, January 19, 2015 in the Anna Rehab and Nursing Center. She was born March 7, 1931 in Wolf Lake, the daughter of Frank A. and Pearl O. Sims Thomas. She married Raymond Furlow, on November 7, 1946 in Oceola, Arkansas.

     Martha is survived by her loving husband, Raymond Furlow of Cobden; two sons, Raymond (Sheryl) Furlow of Cobden and Bobby J. Furlow of Clinton, KY; three grandchildren, Josh J. Furlow, Jeff Furlow, and Mike Furlow; one brother, Charles Allen Thomas of Pennsylvania; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

     Martha was a member of the Makanda Baptist Church, the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary; and Anna Moose Lodge Auxiliary. She loved gardening, cooking and canning. She worked many years for Southern Illinois University in Carbondale as a supervisor in the laundry department.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Martha J. Furlow will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 23, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden with Rev. Paul Tirey officiating. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Makanda. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 22, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. Memorial contributions may be made to Celtic Hospice or Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden.

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Robert Joe Wright of Anna, Illinois, February 16, 1941 – January 14, 2015

     Mr. Robert Wright, age 73 of Anna, died at 8:41 a.m. Wednesday, January 14, 2015 in the Union County Hospital in Anna. Robert was born February 16, 1941 in Anna to Curtis and Beatrice Davis Wright.

     Robert is survived by a son, John DeValk of Tinley Park, Illinois; two grandchildren;  one brother, Dareld (Geraldine) Davis of Jackson, Missouri; also  cousins, friends and other relatives.
    

     There will be a celebration of life for Mr. Robert Wright on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at 3:00 p.m., at Great Boars of Fire Lodge in Anna. All friends and relatives are invited to attend and are asked to bring pictures or other remembrances for display.  

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Betty L. Davis of Anna, Illinois, June 28, 1938 – January 17, 2015

     Mrs. Betty L. Davis, age 76 of Anna, died at 11:40 a.m. Saturday, January 17, 2014 in Anna, surrounded by her girls. She was born June 28, 1938 in Kensington, Kansas, the daughter of Edward John Sr. and Martha Huskey Fink. She married Arthur O. Davis on August 1, 1960 in Anna. He preceded her in death on September 28, 2006.

     Betty is survived by her two daughters, Peggy (Tim) Murray of Anna, Lori (Billy) Thompson of Anna; six grandchildren, Joshua Murray, Jeremiah and Taylor Davis, Billy Michael and Abigayle Thompson, Hunter Turner; two great-grandchildren, Layne Murray, and Karlee Thompson; one sister, Irene Tucker of Arkansas; one brother, Ralph (Sheila) Fink of Phillipsburg , Kansas; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arthur O. Davis; one daughter, Mary Elizabeth Davis; four brothers, Edward Fink Jr., Robert Fink, Leonard Fink, and Lewis Fink.

     Betty was a member of the Anna First Baptist Church and was a life member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary. She was an avid bingo player and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Betty L. Davis will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 21, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Larry Barnhart officiating. Interment will be in the Busby Cemetery in Goreville. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 21, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.  

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Bryce Schrodt Jr. of Dongola, Illinois, November 12, 1940 – January 14, 2015

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Mr. Bryce Schrodt Jr., age 74 of Jonesboro, died at 1:52 p.m. Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at his home. He was born November 12, 1940, the son of Bryce Sr. and Mary Schrodt.

        Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 3, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Susan Middleton officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery.

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Dwight D. Kiefer of Cobden, Illinois, May 26, 1953 – January 13, 2015

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     Mr. Dwight D. Kiefer, age 61 of Cobden, died at 9:47 p.m., January 13, 2015 at the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. He was born May 26, 1953 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, the son of Troy S. and Mildred Glaub Kiefer. He married Karen Flamm on February 5, 2005 in the St. Joseph Church in Cobden.

     Dwight is survived by his loving wife, Karen Kiefer of Cobden; his children, Robert J. Kiefer of Perryville, MO, Carrie A. (Steven) Santel of Ellisville, MO; Karen’s children, Sarah L. Garner and Emily L. Garner both of Cobden; two grandchildren, William R. Santel and Owen D. Santel; mother, Mildred Kiefer of Perryville, MO, brothers and sisters, Michael (Wilma) Kiefer and Troy Joe (Anna) Kiefer all of Perryville, MO, Kenneth (Karen) Kiefer of Jackson, MO, Louise Finger of Perryville, MO, Daniel (Darlene) Kiefer of Perryville, MO,  Mary (Rick) Hoehn of Perryville, MO; brother in law, Bill Fischer of Perryville, MO; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Dwight Kiefer; father, Troy S. Kiefer; two sisters, Juanita Kiefer and Kathy Fischer; and brother in law, Roy Finger.  

     Dwight was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Anna. He retired on July 5, 2010 after 26 years of service from Procter and Gamble as a line technician. He loved woodworking,  working in his shop, yard work and spending time with his grandchildren. Dwight enjoyed listening to music, watching football, pampering his beloved pets and most of all taking care of other people.

     The family would like to thank the Doctors and medical team at the Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis, Missouri for their compassion and care during Dwight’s illness.

     Visitation for Mr. Dwight D. Kiefer will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Friday January 16, 2015 at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden.  The rosary will be said at 7:00 p.m. by Father Federico Higuera.  Visitation will also be at 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Young & Sons Funeral Home in Perryville, MO.  The funeral mass will be at 1:30 p.m. at the St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church in Perryville, MO with Father Milton Ryan officiating.  Interment will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Perryville, MO. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, St. Mary’s Catholic Church or St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church.

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Timothy Michael Holbach of Anna, Illinois, January 22, 1949 – January 13, 2015

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     Mr. Timothy Michael Holbach, age 65 of Anna, died at 7:33 a.m. Tuesday, January 13, 2015 in the Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He was born January 22, 1949 in Elgin, IL, the son of Robert J. and Isabelle M. Walker Holbach. He married Martha Cunningham on October 16, 1971 in Anna.

     Timothy is survived by his loving wife, Martha Holbach of Anna; one brother, Tony Holbach of Blackpool England; one sister, Marcie (Holbach) Damiani of Elgin; other realties and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

     Timothy was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Anna for many years. He was retired from GTE Telephone Company and was a member of IBEW Local 702.

     Funeral mass for Mr. Timothy Michael Holbach will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 15, 2015 in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Anna with Father Federico Higuera officiating. Interment will be in the Trinity Cemetery in Anna. Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. and until the service hour at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 15, 2015 in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Trinity Cemetery. Envelopes will be available at the church and the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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