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Opal Banks of Anna, Illinois died on October 10, 2014

Carole Anne Hofmeister of Anna, Illinois died on October 8, 2014

Josephine Esther Mueller of Anna, Illinois died on October 20, 2014

Janice Elaine Peavler of Jonesboro, Illinois died on October 17, 2014

Frieda Carol Talley of Cobden, Illinois died on October 16, 2014

Josephine Esther Mueller of Anna, Illinois, August 15, 1915 – October 20, 2014

     Mrs. Josephine Esther Mueller, age 99 of Anna, died at 7:35 a.m. Monday, October 20, 2014 in the Jonesboro Rehab and Nursing Center. She was born August 15, 1915 in Union County, the daughter of John and Clara Huppert Duschl.

     Josephine is survived by her grandson, Bob (Mary) Hileman of Portgage, IN; several nieces and nephews; special friend, Sarah Boyd; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Louise Woodard and Rosemary Crowell; brothers, Elmer, Leon, and Otto Duschl.

     Josephine was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Anna and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was retired from Jo-An Laundry in Anna after 20 years of service.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Josephine Esther Mueller will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 23, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Tim Weiser officiating. Interment will be in the Tower Grove Cemetery in Murphysboro. Friends may call after 9:00 and until the service hour at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 23, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church or the Donor’s Choice. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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Janice Elaine Peavler of Jonesboro, Illinois, April 6, 1944 – October 17, 2014

     Mrs. Janice Elaine Peavler, age 70 of Jonesboro, died at 9:40 p.m. Friday, October 17, 2014 at her home. She was born April 6, 1944 in West Frankfort, the daughter of John Dwight and Emma Effie Wharry Gray. She married Donald E. Peavler on March 28, 1964 in Anna. He preceded her in death on December 8, 2002.

     Janice is survived by her daughter, Victoria Stout of Jonesboro; son, Scott Peavler of Marion; two grandchildren, Alexa Nicole Peavler and Erin Renee Stout; one sister, Brenda Sue Conway of Andrews, TX; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Donald E. Peavler.

     Janice worked most of her career as a Registered Nurse for the State of Illinois, at Choate Mental Health and the Department of Public Health. She was a friend to many and had a heart of gold. She had a zest for life and a humorous personality, she loved to laugh, travel and go on cruises.  Janice was involved with the Serenity Retreat Leagues.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Janice Elaine Peavler will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Bill Littrell officiating, cremation will follow. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, October 20, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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Frieda Carol Talley of Cobden, Illinois, December 4, 1946 – October 16, 2014

    Mrs. Frieda Carol Talley, age 67 of Cobden, died at 10:54 p.m. Thursday, October 16, 2014 in the Ridgway Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Ridgway. She was born December 4, 1946 in Anna, the daughter of Robert and Lula Mae Barker Stone. She married Oren Talley Jr. on October 28, 1966 in Jonesboro. He preceded her in death on November 25, 1987.

    Frieda is survived by her daughter, Becky (Shannon) Lewey of Cobden; three grandchildren, Tyler, Austin and Dylan Lewey; three sisters, Mary Jane Morgan of St. Petersburg, FL, Bonnie (Dave) Hankey of St. Louis, MO, and Edith (Glenn) Hartsock of Jonesboro; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Oren Talley Jr.; two brothers, Robert E. Stone and Glen Hileman; and one sister, Betty Morgan.

    Frieda was a member of the Immanuel Worship Center in Cobden. She worked as a cook for the Village Inn in Cobden for many years. Frieda loved to quilt and enjoyed spending time with her quilting club.

    Funeral services for Mrs. Frieda Carol Talley will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 22, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden with Rev. Kenneth Mixen officiating. Interment will be in the Cobden Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. Memorial contributions may be made to American Syringomyelia & Chiari Alliance Project Inc. (A.S.A.P) or Angel’s Cove. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden.

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Opal Banks of Anna, Illinois, September 24, 1917 – October 10, 2014

Mrs. Opal Banks, age 97 of Anna, died at 4:05 am, Friday, October 10, 2014 at the Jonesboro Rehab and Healthcare Center.  She was born on September 24, 1917 in Eldorado, the daughter of Herbert and Nora (McClellan) Simmons.  Opal was united in marriage to Clyde Banks on February 14, 1959 in Shawneetown.

Opal was a member of the Lockard Chapel Baptist Church.

Opal is survived by her husband Clyde Banks of Anna; one son, David (Nancy) Yetto of Colchester; one daughter, Lynn (Ronnie) Stewart of Monee; five grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Opal Banks will be held at 12:00 pm, Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Jack Richardson and Rev. Bob Richardson officiating.  Interment will be in the Anna Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna on Tuesday from 10:00 am until the funeral hour at 12:00 pm.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Lockard Chapel Baptist Church.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Carole Anne Hofmeister of Anna, Illinois, January 21, 1943 – October 8, 2014

    Mrs. Carole Anne Hofmeister, age 71 of Anna, died at 2:00 am, Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at her home in Anna.  Carole was born on January 21, 1943 in Chicago, the daughter of Pat John and Esther Mary (Melfi) Corvo.  She was united in marriage to Carl Edward Hofmeister on January 30, 1977 in Streamwood.

    Carole is survived by her husband, Carl Hofmeister of Anna; three daughters, Patricia Hudgens of Joliet, JoAnne (Donald) Mulvihill of Schaumburg and Lisa (Wally) Britt of Cobden seven grandchildren, Sasha and George Hudgens, Jessica Garcia, Samantha and Tori Mulvihill and Jacob and Lillian Britt; one great-grandchild, Catherine Presley Hudgens; cousins; in-laws; other relatives and many friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

    Carole was of the Catholic faith. Carole’s children and grandchildren were most important to her and she loved them dearly. She loved to travel with her husband and loved to paint and was an instructor for the Donna Dewberry One Stroke painting class.  

     A celebration of Carole’s life will be held at 1:30 pm, Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden.  Friends may call from 11:00 am until the service hour at 1:30 pm on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden.  Entombment will be in the Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Chicago.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden.

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Billie E. Kelley of Jonesboro, Illinois, November 2, 1926 – October 4, 2014

     Mrs. Billie E. Kelley, age 87 of Jonesboro, died at 7:00 a.m. Saturday, October 4, 2014 at her home. She was born November 2, 1926 in Dongola, the daughter of William H. and Lova Lowrance  Fisher. She married Harold Kelley on June 7, 1952 in Clay County Arkansas. He preceded her in death on May 5, 1995.

     Billie is survived by her two sons, William Scott (Elizabeth) Kelley of Jonesboro, John Kevin Kelley of Rogersville, TN; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Bobby Fisher of Dongola; one sister, Betty McIntire of Dongola; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Harold Kelley.

     Billie was retired from Florsheim Shoe Company after forty eight years of service.

     According to her wishes, Billie will be cremated. Interment will be held privately in the Dongola American Legion Cemetery.  

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Jean Herbert Roberts of Anna, Illinois, September 16, 1923 – October 4, 2014

     Mr. Jean H. Roberts, age 91 of Anna, graduated to Heaven at 11:50 a.m. Saturday, October 4, 2014 at his home. He was born September 16, 1923 in Galatia, the son of John and Ethel Douglass Roberts. He married Virginia Rae Loveless on March 24, 1945 in Monroe City, Indiana. She preceded him in death in 2006.

     Jean is survived by his daughter, Vicki (Michael) Carlin of Spring Green, WI; three grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; special lady friend, Connie “Fifi” Mays of Anna; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Virginia Rae Roberts; two brothers, Joe D. Roberts and David W. Roberts.

     Jean was born in a log cabin house with a separate log cabin kitchen, like in George Washington’s day, two miles south of Galatia. Since he was two years old, he grew up on a small farm one and one quarter miles northeast of Galatia. He went to Cedar Point School until the fifth grade. He then went to middle school (sixth through eighth grades) in Galatia, then graduated from Galatia High School. He then took one year post-graduate in Eldorado High School, prerequisite to electrical engineering college at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. His college was interrupted by World War II. With and early honorable discharge, he came to work in an aircraft factory in Evansville, IN, whereby he met and married Virginia Rae Loveless, daughter of Emmett and Mae (Toutman) Loveless. He then went to work for AT & T. After extensive travel he settled in AT & T’s Radio and Television Operation Department in Chicago. From there he was transferred to the Test-Board operation in Indianapolis, and from there to their circuit-layout engineering office in Cincinnati, and from there back to their Communications Engineering Department in Chicago where he retired after nearly forty years with AT & T.

     He retired in his wife’ s home town of Petersburg, IN. He organized a country band and played the violin and harmonica around nursing homes in Southwest IN for ten years. Also, during this ten years he was chosen by the Mayor of Petersburg, IN to chair a committee to establish a long needed comprehensive planning and zoning commission for future growth of residences and businesses.

     During the twenty three years of retirement in Petersburg, he was a weather spotter for Fox Channel 7 TV News in Evansville, IN for 15 years. He also ran a column in the Petersburg-Press entitled “The Bible has the Answer”. This column ran for 10 years with permission from the publisher of Creation Scientist’s literature.

     During his retirement in Petersburg, IN, he was very active member in the First Baptist Church. His wife passed away after sixty one years of marriage in 2006, whereby he moved back to Galatia, his home town. There his life took a one hundred eighty degree turn. He started dancing by country music bands in Southern Illinois where he met a wonderful lady, Connie Mays from Anna, and together they have traveled abroad and have been dancing ever since. He attended the Church of the Nazarene in Anna.

     Funeral services for Mr. Jean H. Roberts will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 7, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Dr. Richard Keeley officiating. Interment will be in the Walnut Hills Cemetery in Petersburg, IN at 2:00pm Wednesday October 8, 2014. Friends may call from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 7, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Alan Ray Beasley of Anna, Illinois, November 8, 1970 – October 3, 2014

     Mr. Alan Ray Beasley, age 43 of Anna, died at 8:45 a.m. Friday, October 3, 2014 at home. He was born November 8, 1970 in Hornell, NY, the son of Raymond and Annetta Ruth Earley Beasley.

     Alan is survived by his father, Raymond Beasley of McClure; one daughter, Brieanne Beasley of Bath, NY; fiancé, Betty Short of Anna; one uncle, Archie Beasley of Del Rio, TX; one aunt, Barbara Early of Bath, NY; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Annetta Ruth Beasley.

     Funeral services for Mr. Alan Ray Beasley will be at 7:00 p.m. Monday, October 6, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Randy Morgan officiating. Interment will be in the Nondaga Cemetery in Bath, NY. Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, October 6, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carmi Baptist Children’s Home. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Nicholas “Nick” Ray Ervin of Dongola, Illinois, August 21, 2003 – September 28, 2014

     Nicholas “Nick” Ray Ervin, age 11, of Dongola, passed away at 4:10 p.m. Sunday, September 28, 2014 in Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He was born August 21, 2003 in Marion, the son of Marvin Jr. and Leetta Poole Ervin.

     Nick is survived by his parents, Marvin “Jake” Jr. and Leetta Ervin of Dongola; one sister, Jasmine Ervin of Dongola; paternal grandmother, Carol Pennington of Sugar Grove, IL, paternal step grandmother, Nancy Ervin of Dongola; three aunts; one uncle; other relative and many friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Marvin Ervin Sr.; and maternal grandparents, Otha and Betty Poole.

     Nick attended the Weaver Creek Baptist Church. He was a student at the Dongola Unit School #66 and enjoyed playing the trumpet in the school band.

     Funeral services for Nicholas “Nick” Ray Ervin will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, October 2, 2014 in the Dongola Unit  School #66 in Dongola with Pastor Jay Franklin officiating. Interment will be in the Liberty Cemetery in Villa Ridge. Friends may call from 4 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dongola School Band. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro and at the school.  

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Tomas Peter “Tom” Bacon of Anna, Illinois, January 25, 1933 – September 18, 2014

     Mr. Thomas “Tom” Peter Bacon, age 81 of Anna, died at 11:50 a.m., Thursday, September 18, 2014 in the Union County Hospital in Anna. He was born January 25, 1933 in Anna, the son of George A. and Ruth Sifford Bacon.

     Tom was a lifelong member of Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church in Anna where he was baptized in 1933, making him the oldest baptized member of the congregation. He loved his church and sang in the choir for 45 years.

     He graduated from AJCHS in 1951 and briefly attended the University of Illinois before being called to active duty in the U.S Army during the Korean Conflict during 1952-53. He was discharged in 1953 with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He served at Camp Cook, California, Ft. Lewis, Washington, and Camp Desert Rock, Nevada where he participated in the Nuclear Bomb Tests. Tom served briefly as Secretary/Treasurer of the Anna Building and Loan Association.  He joined his uncle, Lynn Sifford in the insurance business and made it his lifelong career. He owned and operated Sifford Insurance Agency for many years, then joined Taylor Dodd and Wood in his later years.

     He loved Anna and the rolling hills of Southern Illinois where he played golf with his friends for 50 years.

     Tom is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Martha and Mark Kelly of St. Augustine, Florida; one sister, Betsy Flamm of Webster, Indiana; three beloved cousins, Sue Galt of Monticello, Jodie Steggerda of Dearborn, MI, Nancy McGarry of St. Petersburg Beach, FL; nieces and nephews; other relatives and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his much loved daughter, Mary Beth Bacon; and his dear companion of twenty years, Ruby Boswell.

     Per his wishes, Tom will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at the Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church in Anna at a later date. Memorials may be made to Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church or P.A.W.S. of Anna. Memorial envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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