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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

Ralph Edward Layman of Dongola, Illinois died on December 9, 2014

Bonita "Bonnie" Mangum of Anna, Illinois died on December 4, 2014

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

Mary JoAnn “Jo” Sanders of Anna, Illinois, April 27, 1932 – June 12, 2014

     Mrs. Mary JoAnn “Jo” Sanders, age 82 of Anna, passed away at 7:28 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014 in the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She was born April 27, 1932 in Jonesboro, the daughter of Everett and Allie Brown Frick. She married D. G. “Duffy” Sanders on November 24, 1955 at her parent’s home in Jonesboro. To this union, two children were born, Michael and Sandra.

     Jo is survived by her one son, Michael (Carole) Sanders of Midlothian, IL; one daughter, Sandra (Tim) Fischer of Mokena, IL; five grandchildren, Toney, Tom, Tim, Justin and Noel Sanders; four sisters, Carol Sue (Ken) Dillow of Anna, Bernice Kaupas of Anna, Betty Jean Dickerson of Jonesboro, Fern Dexter of Jonesboro; sister in law, Carole Frick of Anna; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband “Duffy” on November 24, 1999; two brothers, Paul Wilburn and Sidney “Sid” Frick; and two sisters, Patricia Ann Marsh and Kathrine June Frick.

     Jo was a loving mother and always was there for her children. She was also a caretaker to her parents and sister as they aged, coming home to help care for them.

     Jo loved nature, planting her flowers, caring for them and feeding her birds year round. She was an avid hockey and football fan.

     While living in the Chicago area, Jo worked at the Oak Forrest Hospital as a Dietary Supervisor. Upon returning to Southern Illinois she worked for the Illinois Forestry Service.

     Jo attended the Lockard Chapel Baptist Church in her younger years.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Mary JoAnn “Jo” Sanders will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Joe Aldridge officiating. Interment 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 Monday, June 16, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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Helen C. Garner of Anna, Illinois , June 2, 1926 – June 11, 2014

     Mrs. Helen C. Garner, age 89 of Anna, died at 10:25 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at her home. She was born June 2, 1925 in Union County, the daughter of Everett Brady and Martha Jane Smith Caraker. She married Carl L. Garner on August 24, 1946 in Piggott, AR. He preceded her in death after 56 years of marriage on August 2, 2002.

     Helen is survived by her nieces and nephews, Brenda (Paul) Sadler of Dongola, Cheryl (Larry) Jaymes of Wamego, KS, Terry (Billie) Henderson of Cobden, Bob (Betty) Carker of Anna, Donna Sadler of Jonesboro, Glenda (Larry) Koeller of Winslow, IL; a host great nieces and nephews; cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Carl L. Garner; two sisters, LaVada Henderson and Zelma Yates; one brother, Curtis Caraker.

     Helen was a member of the Anna Heights Baptist Church. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a life member of the Anna V.F.W. Auxiliary. She was retired from the Florsheim Shoe Company in Anna after 40 years of service.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Helen C. Garner will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Tim and Paul Sadler officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Pall bearers will be T.J. Henderson, Steven Gee, Elijah Sadler, Bob Caraker, Larry Jaymes and Ron Garner. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 13, 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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Geraldine Aldridge of Johnston City, Illinois, July 20, 1943 – June 11, 2014

     Ms. Geraldine Aldridge, age 70 of Herrin, formerly of Johnston City, died at 10:19 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in the Memorial Hospital in Herrin. She was born July 20, 1943 in Tamms, the daughter of Herman and Ruth Furlow Aldridge.

     Geraldine is survived by her mother, Ruth Aldridge of Johnston City; four sisters, Marie Qualls, Loretta Aldridge, Mary Aldridge all off Johnston City, Betty (Paul) Marlow of West Frankfort; one uncle, Raymond (Martha) Furlow of Cobden; many nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; her loving dog Taco; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Herman Lee Aldridge; and one brother, Carl Lee Aldridge.

     Geraldine was of the Baptist Faith. She was warm and loving; she loved spending time with her family. Geraldine will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Geraldine Aldridge will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 13, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden with Pastor Curtis Smith officiating. Interment will be in the Cobden Cemetery. Friends may call after 12:00 noon and until the service hour at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 13, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden.

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Evelyn L. Merk of Jonesboro, Illinois, October 19, 1926 – June 8, 2014

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     Mrs. Evelyn L. Merk, age 87 of Jonesboro, died at 10:48 a.m. Sunday, June 8, 2014 in Delmar Gardens North in Florissant, MO. She was born October 19, 1926, in Jonesboro, the daughter of Bert Ervin and Eualia Goot Turner. She married Joseph M. Merk on August 10, 1947 in Jonesboro. He preceded her in death on February 25, 2011.

     Evelyn is survived by her children, Martha (Anthony) Lococo of Florissant, MO, John (Patricia) Merk of Fayette, MO, Jane (Michael) Leavitt of St. Louis, MO; four grandchildren, Jennifer (James) Williams, Andrew (Pam) Lococo, Krista (James) Evans, Michelle Merk; six great grandchildren; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Joseph M. Merk.

     Evelyn worked many years as a registered nurse. She was a member of the Nurses Association and was active in pro-life activist events.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Evelyn L. Merk will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 13, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Scott Harner officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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Lavada Louise Pearson Baggott Simpson of Olmsted, Illinois, November 3, 1941 – June 9, 2014

     Mrs. Lavada Louise Pearson Baggott Simpson, age 72 of Olmsted, died at 12:15 a.m. Monday, June 9, 2014 at her home. She was born November 3, 1941 in Jonesboro, the daughter of Robert Harold and Charlotte Louise Irwin Pearson. She married Raymond Baggott and later she married Lucine “Andy” Simpson on November 4, 2003. He preceded her in death on April 18, 2014.

     Lavada is survived by her daughters, Regina Baggott of Olmsted, Rebecca (Scott) Johnson of Cobden; one son, Ray (Lori) Baggott of Du Quoin, IL; six grandchildren, Amber Baggott, Virginia Baggott, Sarah (Eric) Beggs, Allen Richards, Sarina Lyerla, Alex Baggott; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Larry (Brenda) Pearson of Mt. Vernon; two sisters, Patsy (Lester) Hartline of Cobden, Laura (Bobby) Qualls of Metropolis; first husband, Raymond Baggott of Du Quoin; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; second husband, Lucien “Andy” Simpson; one son, Robert Lane Baggott; and one sister, Linda Randolph.

     Lavada was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Cobden. She worked a registered nurse with geriatric patients in various nursing homes in Southern Illinois; but she was most passionate about all the years she spent serving her Lord as a preacher’s wife.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Lavada Louise Pearson Baggott Simpson will be at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden with Rev. Clifton Lingle officiating. Interment will be in the Kelly Cemetery in Cobden. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden.

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Leteisha Genele Pugh of Anna, Illinois, March 13, 1989 – June 2, 2014

     Ms. Leteisha Genele Pugh, age 25 of Anna, died at 1:15 p.m. Monday, June 2, 2014 at her home in Anna after a long battle with cancer. She fought until the end. She was born March 13, 1989 in Carbondale.

     Leteisha is survived by her son, Eli Huff of Anna; parents, Michele Jo (Kevin) Starr of Anna; five sisters, Leneisha Pugh, Makaila Smith, Ashley Starr, Haley Starr all of Anna, Amy Dentmon of Carbondale; two brothers, Christopher Pugh of Carbondale, Kevin L. Jr. (Camelia) Starr of Miramar, FL; grandparents, Nash Johnson of Carbondale, Michael (Barbara) Johnson of Anna, Charlie Pugh Sr. of Decatur, IL, Sue Starr of Jonesboro; uncles, Scott (Chris) Johnson of Carbondale, Jeff (Linda) Starr of Anna, Ray Pugh, David Barron of St. Paul, MN, Bruce Barron of San Diego, CA; one aunt, Mary (Terrance) Lyes of Carbondale; a host of nieces, nephews and special friends, Jennifer Johnson, Tamico Terrell, Gayle Mercer, Jessica LeClair and all of the other cancer family and friends she gained during her journey. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Jack Starr and Helen Pugh; great grandparents, Mary and Chester Johnson; Mattie and Clyde Williams, Annie and William Parker; one uncle, James Pugh; one cousin, Chad Michael Rushing.

     Leteisha was a dedicated mother to her son, and dearly loved spending time with all her family and friends. She is my daughter, my friend, my hero. She showed everyone how strong she really was and was a hero to a lot of people.

     Funeral services for Ms. Leteisha Genele Pugh will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Jeff Starr officiating. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Murphysboro. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. In lieu of flowers the preferred form of remembrance is memorial to contributions to her son, Eli Huff. Memorials may be made at the Anna State Bank or the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Linda Irene Moss Tripp of Cobden, Illinois, August 31, 1948 – June 2, 2014

     Mrs. Linda Irene Moss Tripp, age 65 of Cobden, departed this life at 3:05 p.m. Monday, June 2, 2014 at her home after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Linda was born in Anna, Illinois, on August 31, 1948, the daughter of Dan C. Moss and Mabel Irene Sullivan Moss.  She married the love of her life, Ira Dugan Tripp, Sr. on June 5, 1966 at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in rural Cobden, Illinois.  The couple began their married life in Muncie, Indiana and moved to Cobden eight years later.  Linda gave birth to two sons, Ira Dugan Tripp, Jr. on June 10, 1967 and Dustin Daniel Tripp on May 1, 1970. 

     Linda is survived by her husband, Ira Dugan; sons and daughters-in-law Ira and Lisa of Buncombe, IL, Dustin and Adrienne Tripp of Cobden, IL; one brother, Michael Moss and wife Lannie, Marion, IL; one brother-in-law, Charles E. Tripp, Buncombe, IL;  grandchildren, Michael Glenn Tripp, Logan Dustin Tripp, Alexis Ann Tripp, Madison Paige Hartline, and Kylie Mae Tripp;  very special aunt, Mary “Aunt Meme” Howell of Glenview, IL  and her husband, Richard; close friend, Geloria Jerrell, Buncombe, IL,  she is also survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many close friends. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Dan C. and Mabel I. Moss; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Glenn E. and Iragene Tripp. 

     Linda lived for her family and was the center of many family celebrations through the years.  She was an excellent cook and loved preparing the families favorite dishes on birthdays and holidays. 

     Linda was a graduate of Marion High School in 1966.  She later attended Shawnee Community College, and Southern Illinois University Carbondale graduating with honors.  She completed bachelors and master’s degrees through the College of Agriculture at SIUC. 

     While attending SIUC she was employed as a graduate assistant in the College of Agriculture and upon graduation was hired by the College as a Medical Technologist, a position she held for several years. 

     Linda accepted Christ as a young child and was baptized at Anna First Baptist Church.  She is a former member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church and was active in the Clear Creek Baptist Association.  She was a member of Anna Heights Baptist Church, Anna, Illinois.  She actively participated in church activities serving as Vacation Bible School Director for many years, member of the building committee, and the Baptist Women’s mission groups.  She taught Sunday school at the local nursing homes for several years.

     She was a member of the SIU Alumni Association, Garden Club, lifetime member of the NRA, Corvette Club, and member of the Ladies Eastern Star and past precinct committee member for Lick Creek.

     A special thank you to the loving church family and especially Linda’s Sunday school class who prepared countless meals these past four years. 

     Linda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. 

     Funeral services for Mrs. Linda Irene Moss Tripp will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 6 2014 in the Anna Heights Baptist Church with Kim Capel officiating. Interment will be in the Ebenezer Hall Cemetery in Lick Creek. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014 and after 10:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 11:00 on Friday, June 6, 2014 in the Anna Heights Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the preferred form of remembrance is to the Anna Heights Baptist Church, Hospice of Southern Illinois or the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available at the church and the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Charles M. New of Cobden, Illinois, October 8, 1948 – June 1, 2014

     Mr. Charles Maurice New, age 65 of Cobden, died at 10:02 a.m. Sunday, June 1, 2014 at his home. He was born October 8, 1948 in Munci, Indiana, the son of Lee Hollis and Hazel Malone New.

     Charles is survived by his children, Cindy My Dung (Don Kopinsk) of Dallas, Tx, Lysa Nguyen of Phoenix, Az, Tina Seals, Charles New Jr. Tracy New all of Cobden; nine grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Patricia (Pete) Williams of Annapolis, MO, Larry (Charlotte) New of Muncie, IN, Clyde (Cindy) New of Bryant, IN, Johnny (Ruth) New of Anna, Ginger (Bryan) Morrison of Cobden; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Nancy Timmons.

     Charles proudly served his country in the United States Army during Vietnam. He was a retired correctional officer and avid biker.

     Funeral services for Mr. Charles M. New will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden with Rev. Bryan Morrison officiating. Interment will be in the Cobden Cemetery. Graveside military honors will be conducted by the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna and the Illinois Army National Guard Military Honors Team of Marion. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. Memorial contributions may be made the New family. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home

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Laurence W. Bryan of Anna, Illinois, March 9, 1947 – May 30, 2014

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        Mr. Laurence W. “Butch” Bryan, age 67 of Anna, went to be with the Lord at 12:56 a.m. Friday, May 30, 2014 in the Cobden Rehab and Nursing Center.  Laurence was born on March 9, 1947 in Millstadt, the son of Henry Cliffton and Nora Delephine Bryan.  He married Susan Capps on December 15, 1984 in Perryville, MO.

        Laurence is survived by his loving wife Susan of Anna; six sons, Larry Earl Bryan of Virginia, John Henry Bryan of Morris, Clifton Bryan of Anna, Dallas (Kathy) Law of Cape Girardeau, MO, Darrell (Josie) Law of Villa Ridge and Ronald (Tammy) Law of Grand Tower; two daughters, Mary Law and partner Kim Pind of Reynoldsville and Rebecca Bryan of Anna; fourteen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; six sisters, Betty (Mel) Mueller of Millstadt, Myrtle (Clyde) Schluter of Anna, Henrietta (Mack) Youngblood of Mattoon, Joyce (Joe) Sullivan of Anna, Sue (Kent) Egner of Anna and Charlotte (Jerry) Toler of Dongola; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Skyler Law.

        Laurence proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps.  He was a member of the Faith Community Church.

        Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Pastor Bon Reynolds officiating.  Interment will be in the Mound City National Cemetery in Mound City, IL.  Military rites will be conducted at the graveside by area veterans and the Marine Corps Honor Detail.  Friends may call from 5 until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, June 2, 2014 at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Faith Community Church.  Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Dr. Amos Rehberger of Brownsville, Texas, April 18, 1925 – May 27, 2014

     Dr. Amos Rehberger, age 89 of Brownsville, TX, formerly of Anna, died at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in the Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville, TX. He was born April 18, 1925 in Mascoutah, IL, the son of Ralph and Mathilda Caroline Haas Rehberger. He married Beverly Bequeret on June 12, 2000 in Paducah, KY.

     Amos is survived by his loving wife, Beverly Rehberger of Brownsville, TX; children, Robert L. Rehberger of Stockbridge, GA, Dr. Linda (Charles) Sommercorn of Green Oak, IL, Jeffery (Tisha) Rehberger of Highland, IL; Beverly’s children, Rebecca Witt of Brownsville, TX, Herbert L. Garris of Mesa, AZ, Kathleen (Richard) Morales of Marion, IL; sixteen grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren; one sister, Cornelia Rehberger of Highland, IL; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Greg Rehberger; two brothers, Paul and Omar Rehberger and one sister, Mildred.

     Amos was of the Catholic Faith. He was a graduate of St. Louis University and for over fifty years held a successful dental practice. Amos was a proud Veteran; he served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy, during WWII in the South Pacific.

     Amos was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post #2035 in Brownsville, Texas. He was an avid hunter, and farmer. He loved horses and enjoyed racing sulky carts. 

     Funeral services for Dr. Amos Rehberger will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Paul Sadler officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call after 11 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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