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Virginia Cora Ayers Barrass of Harrisburg, Illinois died on December 15, 2014

Robert D. DeHoet of Murphysboro, Illinois died on December 18, 2014

Jean Barnes McCarty Fisher of Round Rock, Texas died on December 6, 2014

Charles R. "Charlie" Haire of Anna, Illinois died on December 15, 2014

Donald E. Johnson of Jonesboro, Illinois died on December 13, 2014

Lucille M. O'Daniell of Jonesboro, Illinois died on December 22, 2014

Marilyn Talaga of Dongola, Illlinois died on December 19, 2014

Lucille M. O’Daniell of Jonesboro, Illinois, November 13, 1925 – December 22, 2014

     Mrs. Lucille M. O’Daniell, age 89 of Jonesboro, died at 8:30 a.m. Monday, December 22, 2014 in the Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born November 13, 1925 in Ware, the daughter of Sylvester and Grace F. Hoover Morse. She married Albert O’Daniell on March 13, 1943 in Jackson, Missouri. He preceded her in death on January 25, 1995.

     Lucille is survived by her son, Carrell O’Daniell of Jonesboro; two grandchildren, Scott (Kim) O’Daniell of Waterloo, Renee (Tim) Brimm of Anna; six great grandchildren, Stephanie (Jason) Joles, Dustin Brimm, Kristen Brimm, Ryan (Robin) O’Daniell, Nicholas O’Daniell (Amanda Fausz), Jacob O’Daniell; three great-great grandchildren, Rayne O’Daniell, Vayda Joles, and Amelia O’Daniell; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Albert O’Daniell; one sister, Mary Johnson; and two brothers, Richard and Leroy Morse.

     Lucille was a member of the Church of Christ in Anna.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Lucille M. O’Daniell will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 28, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with John Shelton officiating. Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, December 27, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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Robert D. DeHoet of Murphysboro, Illinois, October 8, 1954 – December 18, 2014

     Mr. Robert D. DeHoet, age 60 of Murphysboro, died at 10:57 a.m. Thursday, December 18, 2014 at his home. He was born October 8, 1954 in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Leonard and Yvonne Stone DeHoet. He married Charlene Evans on May 28, 1983 in Iowa City, Iowa.

     Robert is survived by his loving wife, Charlene DeHoet of Murphysboro;  two children, Ariana and Claire DeHoet; two grandchildren; one sister, Lisa Siegrist; two brothers, Jeff and John DeHoet; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

     Robert was a member of the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Carbondale for many years. He received his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Robert was the director of Education at Southern Illinois University Museum in Carbondale. He was a member of the American Association of Museums and the Museum Education Association.

     Memorial services for Mr. Robert D. DeHoet will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 22, 2014 in the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church located at 402 West Mill Street in Carbondale with the very Rev. Mother Kathryn Jeffrey officiating. Friends are asked to go directly to the church. Interment will be in the Winchester City Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Andrew’s Church Catechesis Program or the Arts Education Festival, payable to the S.I.U. Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the church and the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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Marilyn Talaga of Dongola, Illlinois, September 19, 1939 – December 19, 2014

     Mrs. Marilyn Talaga, age 75 of Dongola, died at 3:50 a.m. Friday, December 19, 2014 at her home. She was born September 19, 1939 in Chicago, the daughter of Robert and Mary Margaret Kenny Milton. She married Stan J. Talaga on July 22, 1963 in Jeffersonville, IN.

     Marilyn is survived by her three children, Mike Talaga, Cindy (Roger) Beauchamp and Tracy Sparrow all of Dongola; six grandchildren, Jessica Schneider-Koenig, Ericka Talaga, Becky Schneider, Melissa Talaga, Megan Talaga, Mya Sparrow; three step-grandchildren, Cara, Melissa and Josh Beauchamp; four great grandchidlren, James, Isaak, Hannah and Jamison; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Stan J. Talaga; and one brother, Robert Peterson.

     According to her wishes, Mrs. Marilyn Talaga will be cremated. 

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Charles R. “Charlie” Haire of Anna, Illinois, July 21, 1936 – December 15, 2014

     Mr. Charles R. “Charlie” Haire, age 78 of Anna, died at 8:55 a.m. Monday, December 15, 2014 in the Regional One Health in Memphis, Tennessee. He was born July 21, 1936 in Cobden, the son of John R. and Lydia Trees Haire. He married Patricia A. “Pat” Millis on June 30, 1957 in Anna. She preceded him in death on January 3, 2011.

     Charlie is survived by his three daughters, Diane (Tracy) Kirby of Goreville, Lisa (Tommy) Page of Chester, Kathy (Pete) Connelly of Southaven, MS; one son, Charles W. (Courtney) Haire of Anna; ten grandchildren, Adam (Connie) Kirby, Scott Kirby, Mandy Page, Amy (Aaron) Eggemeyer, Ashley Page, Sean and Kyle Connelly, Wade, Chris and Ryan Haire; three great-grandchildren, Cooper, Emma and Zane Eggemeyer; three sisters, Vera Colboth of Anna, Maye Stout and Faye Eaves both of Buncombe; one brother Lowell Haire of Elgin; other relative and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Pat Haire; three brothers and two sisters.

     Charlie was retired from Bunny Bread. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

     Funeral services for Mr. Charles R. “Charlie” Haire will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 20, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Jimmy Keller officiating. Entombment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 20, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the Anna-Jonesboro Baseball Team. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Virginia Cora Ayers Barrass of Harrisburg, Illinois, September 6, 1918 – December 15, 2014

     Mrs. Virginia C. Ayers Barrass, age 96 of Harrisburg died at 4:27 pm Monday, December 15, 2014 at the Harrisburg Medical Center in Harrisburg. She was born September 6, 1918 in Mill Creek to Claude and Effie Goodman Heilig. She first married Virden Ayers on July 19, 1938 in Mantino, and later married Thomas Barrass in 1978 in Saline County.

     Virginia is survived by her nieces, Vicki (Tom) Fox of Carrier Mills, Linda Donaldson of Marion; nephews, Michael and Wardie Heilig both of Marion; great niece, Angie (Larry) Henk of Harrisburg; great-great niece & nephews, Anniston, Austin and Brandon Henk. She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; one sister and brother in law, Faye and Gwen Owen; one brother and sister in law, Ward and Jane Heileg.

     Virginia was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Harrisburg. She was retired after thirty five years of service from the Elgin Mental Health Center in Elgin, IL.

     Graveside services for Mrs. Virginia C. Ayers Barrass will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 18, 2014 in the Jonesboro Cemetery with Pastor Christine Cunningham officiating. Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery. Friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available at the cemetery and the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home.

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Donald E. Johnson of Jonesboro, Illinois, September 16, 1930 – December 13, 2014

     Mr. Donald E. Johnson, age 84 of Jonesboro, died at 3:15 a.m. Saturday, December 13, 2014 at his home. He was born September 16, 1930 in Reynoldsville, the son of Earl and Blanche Freeman Johnson. He married Ervina M. Rogers on January 9, 1949 in Anna.

     Donald is survived by his wife, Ervina M. Johnson of Jonesboro; one daughter, Rhonda (Jim) Brumitt of Jonesboro; one granddaughter, Lara (Mike) Jackson of Bowling Green, KY; two brothers, John (Judi) Johnson of Hollister, CA, Lavern “Hardrock” (Pat) Johnson of Morris, IL; two sisters in law, Sue (Scott) Abney of LaFayette, IN, Lou Ann Johnson of Fresno CA; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Donnie Johnson; one brother, Howard Johnson; and one sister, Mary Bailey.

     Donald was a member of the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, he was a student of God’s Word. He worked many years for the Union County Highway Department.  Donald was a member of the American Legion and the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 318. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.

     Funeral services for Mr. Donald E. Johnson will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 16, 2014 in the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro with Rev. Michael Turner officiating. Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna and the Scott Air Force Base Honor Guard. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, December 15, 2014 in the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation or the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro. Envelopes will be available at the church and the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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Ralph Edward Layman of Dongola, Illinois, November 23, 1930 – December 9, 2014

     Mr. Ralph E. Layman, 84, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 at Anna Rehab and Nursing in Anna. Ralph was born November 23rd, 1930 in Southern township in Williamson County, IL to Lillian Throgmorton Layman and Harry Earl Layman.

     He attended Carterville High School graduating in 1948. During this time he was active in Boy Scouts achieving Eagle Scout on Jan. 5th 1948. After high school he joined the U.S. Air Force serving in Alaska until returning home to care for his mother, who had fallen ill. During his service Lillian (mother) would often bring pictures of him to work to show co-workers at Sangamo Electric in Carterville. One of those co-workers was Nellie June Howell. Ralph and Nellie soon began dating and were married on April 12th, 1952 at the Bible Fellowship Baptist Church in Carterville. Throughout the next 62 years the two lead a life full of love and built countless memories together. 

     Ralph again served his country when he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany. Upon his return home he worked at Sangamo Electric and attended Southern Illinois University obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1959 and a Masters of Education in 1962. During his time as an educator he would positively affected hundreds of young minds throughout the state of Illinois with a majority of his time devoted to the Cutler and Dongola school districts. 

     Following his career as an educator he would be self-employed, owning and operating the laundry mat in Anna, running a professional cleaning service, working as a real estate agent, and wood crafting. 

     Ralph enjoyed spending time with his wife, Nellie, and loved to hear her sing their favorite gospel songs. Both were avid gardeners and traveled the Midwest together showcasing the crafts he built and she had painted.

     Ralph or “Papa”, as he was referred to by his grandchildren, will be greatly missed by family, friends, and those that knew him best.

     Survivors include his wife, Nellie Layman of Dongola; two children, son Bob Layman and wife, Barbara, of Dongola and 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; two sister-in-laws, Betty Palmer of Hurst and Donna Howell of Carterville; One brother-in-law Jim Howell and wife, Maxine, of Carterville, One aunt Margie Trovillion of Goreville; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Carl Layman.

     Funeral services for Mr. Ralph E. Layman will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 12, 2014 at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. John Warren officiating. Interment will be in the Hill Crest Cemetery in Carterville. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Illinois Army National Guard Funeral Honors Team of Marion, the Herrin V.F.W., the Herrin American Legion, and the Freeman Spur American Legion. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Masonic Rites will be conducted at 7:30 pm, Thursday, December 11, 2014 at the funeral home.  Memorial donations can 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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Jean Barnes McCarty Fisher of Round Rock, Texas, July 17, 1927 – December 6, 2014

     Mrs. Jean Barnes McCarty Fisher, age 87, formerly of Anna, Illinois, passed away peacefully on December 6, 2014 in Round Rock, Texas. Jean was born July 17,1927 in Carbondale, Illinois to Thomas Elmer and Beulah Pearl Barnes.

     She was a war wife during the Korean war, living in Japan for a year and a half with a young daughter and one on the way until her husband, 1st Lt. Don Allmon was killed. She returned to the states and lived in Carbondale.

     She was a beautiful woman and modeled frequently for the Alyce Fly Shop in Carbondale. Jean married Hal McCarty, a well respected man in the community, and was a help to him with their business, McCarty Funeral Home, until Hal’s death in 1970.

     She was a wonderful cook and was once featured in the Southern Illinoisan for her triple layered chocolate cake. She was a great entertainer and hosted many dinner parties in her home. She was an avid bridge player, which allowed her to make friends wherever she lived.

     She married Glen Rioux and moved to Hilton Head Island, SC. After a lengthy illness with Parkinson’s disease, she was widowed once again. She later married Bob Fisher and they traveled the world. After a brief illness, Bob passed away in 2012.

     Jean was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Anna for many years and served as President of the Women’s Association.

     Jean is survived by daughters, Anne McCarty Moore and Patty McCarty(Larry) Austin; son, Hal (Katherine) McCarty; grandchildren, Courtney (Jeff) Ray, Mandy (Daniel) Page, Tara (Paul) Haas, Sarah Hilley, Caitlin (Billy) Charboneau, Jared McCarty, Lauren (Mike) Piccione, Tyler McCarty, Lindsay McCarty and great grandchildren; Megan and Sydney Ray, Bailee and Austin Hilley, Avery and Drew Page, Trey and Halle Haas, and Jeffrey Piccione; nephews, Jon (Joyce) Lutz, whom she loved like a son; Mike and Tom Marx, Don and Scott Barnes and niece, Julie Azbell.

     In addition to her to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her husbands, granddaughter, Alyssa McCarty; great-grandson, Maddox Gabriel Haas; sisters, Elizabeth Hallagan and Margaret Marx, and brother, Tom Barnes. She had many friends in Anna who passed before her.

     Memorial services for Mrs. Jean Barnes McCarty Fisher will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 15, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Jonathan Whitley officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the services hour at 1:00 on Monday December 15, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Bonnie Emmalee Pickel of McClure, Illinois, January 20, 1933 – December 8, 2014

     Mrs. Bonnie Emmalee Pickel, age 81 of McClure, died at 12:05 p.m. Monday, December 8, 2014 in the Chateau Girardeau, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She was born January 20, 1933 in Union County, the daughter of Earl Eugene and Viola Wareing Eudy. She married James F. Pickel on December 5, 1954 in Anna. He preceded her in death on March 7, 1997.

     Bonnie is survived by her daughter, Pam Mehrle (John Eisentraut) of McClure; two sons, Jimmy Lee Pickel of McClure, Jeffery Lynn (Kim L.) Pickel of Cape Girardeau; six grandchildren, Jason Pickel, Derek Mehrle, Dasha Fehrenbacher, Justin Pickel, James Pickel II, Bonnie Pickel; nine great-grandchildren, Jordan Pickel, David Mehrle, Janson Pickel, Samuel Mehrle, Jastin Pickel, Jacob Pickel, Jaegen Pickel, Eli Fehrenbacher, Jarrett Pickel; five sisters, Ermadell Elkins of Anna, Shirley Miller of McClure, Naomi Clark of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Peggy St Cin of Cape Girardeau, MO, Deanie Hinkle of Jonesboro; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband James F. Pickel; three brothers, Ernest Eudy, Elvis Leon Eudy, George William Eudy; and son in law, David Mehrle.

     Bonnie was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She Loved fishing and kept numerous foster children over the years.  

     Funeral services for Mrs. Bonnie Emmalee Pickel will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Nathan Burgell officiating. Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 10, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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Jean Barnes Fisher of Round Rock, Texas, July 17, 1927 – December 6, 2014

     Mrs. Jean Barnes Fisher, age 87, formerly of Anna, Illinois, passed away peacefully on December 6, 2014 in Round Rock, Texas. Jean was born July 17,1927 in Carbondale, Illinois to Thomas Elmer and Beulah Pearl Barnes.

     She was a war wife during the Korean war, living in Japan for a year and a half with a young daughter and one on the way until her husband, 1st Lt. Don Allmon was killed. She returned to the states and lived in Carbondale.

     She was a beautiful woman and modeled frequently for the Alyce Fly Shop in Carbondale. Jean married Hal McCarty, a well respected man in the community, and was a help to him with their business, McCarty Funeral Home, until Hal’s death in 1970.

     She was a wonderful cook and was once featured in the Southern Illinoisan for her triple layered chocolate cake. She was a great entertainer and hosted many dinner parties in her home. She was an avid bridge player, which allowed her to make friends wherever she lived.

     She married Glen Rioux and moved to Hilton Head Island, SC. After a lengthy illness with Parkinson’s disease, she was widowed once again. She later married Bob Fisher and they traveled the world. After a brief illness, Bob passed away in 2012.

     Jean was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Anna for many years and served as President of the Women’s Association.

     Jean is survived by daughters, Anne McCarty Moore and Patty McCarty(Larry) Austin; son, Hal (Katherine) McCarty; grandchildren, Courtney (Jeff) Ray, Mandy (Daniel) Page, Tara (Paul) Haas, Sarah Hilley, Caitlin (Billy) Charboneau, Jared McCarty, Lauren (Mike) Piccione, Tyler McCarty, Lindsay McCarty and great grandchildren; Megan and Sydney Ray, Bailee and Austin Hilley, Avery and Drew Page, Trey and Halle Haas, and Jeffrey Piccione; nephews, Jon (Joyce) Lutz, whom she loved like a son; Mike and Tom Marx, Don and Scott Barnes and niece, Julie Azbell.

     In addition to her to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her husbands, granddaughter, Alyssa McCarty; great-grandson, Maddox Gabriel Haas; sisters, Elizabeth Hallagan and Margaret Marx, and brother, Tom Barnes. She had many friends in Anna who passed before her.

     Memorial services for Mrs. Jean Barnes Fisher will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 15, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Jonathan Whitley officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the services hour at 1:00 on Monday December 15, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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