Current Obituaries
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June Christ of Cobden, Illinois died on July 2, 2015

Lonnie Dale Harvel of Jonesboro, IL died on July 3, 2015

Ellison "Fuzzy" Foster Knight of Jonesboro, Illinois died on June 25, 2015

Wilma H. Morris of Jonesboro, Illinois died on June 29, 2015

Velma Lorene Mull of Tucson, Arizona died on January 6, 2015

Richard Rodger Patterson of Cobden, Illinois died on June 25, 2015

Carl Wayne Sloan of Cobden, IL died on June 23, 2015

Sandra K. Tash of Tamms, IL died on June 26, 2015

Robert "Bob" Gaylon Woolridge of Jonesboro, IL died on June 20, 2015

Ruth E. “Granny” Stone of Anna, Illinois, July 19, 1930 – March 1, 2015

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     Mrs. Ruth E. “Granny” Stone, age 84 of Anna, died at 12:36 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 2015 in Anna. She was born on July 19, 1930 in Union County, the daughter of Marshall A. and Bertha May (Wright) Ramage. Ruth married Raymond Delmar Stone. He preceded her in death.

     Ruth worked for many years as a housekeeper at the Union County Hospital.

     Ruth is survived by four children; Janet & husband Jack Vanover of Printer, KY, Don & wife Becky Stone of Anna, Bon & wife Cheryl Stone of Goreville, and Delmar & wife Marie Stone of Winchester, TN; seven grandchildren, Bradley & wife Lavena Vanover, Tim & wife Heather Stone, Betsy Stone, Ashley Stone & husband Tyge Smith, Christopher Stone, Patricia & husband James Lively, and J.R. & wife April Stone; nine great-grandchildren, Haley Pully, Tori Vanover, Caiden Stone, Blake Stone, Milam Smith, Alex Lively, Emma Ruth Lively, Olivia Stone, and Katlyn Stone; seven brothers and sisters, Lewis “Dobe” Ramage of Perks, Agnes Eddleman of Perks, Louise Aden of Marion, Joann Lessar of Elco, Howard Ramage of Dongola, Rita Ramage of Olmstead, and Ann Rosson of Mill Creek; She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Homer, Harvey, and Ralph.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth E. “Granny” Stone will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Pastor Terry Kern officiating. Interment will be in the Dongola American Legion Cemetery. Friends may call at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 5 until 8:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Sammy Clinton Van Arsdale of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, June 13, 1941 – February 27, 2015

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       Mr. Sammy Clinton Van Arsdale, age 73 of Cape Girardeau, MO., died at 10:56 p.m. Friday, February 27, 2015 at his home. The family is rejoicing that he is out of pain and with his heavenly family. Sammy was born June 13, 1941 in Exie, KY, the son of Carl and Eula Ennis Van Arsdale. He married Linda Wiggs Evans on November 17, 1974 in Bloomington, IL.

        Sammy is survived by his loving wife, Linda Van Arsdale of Cape Girardeau, MO; two sons, Charles Richard III (Kim) Evans of Jonesboro, and Vincent (Joann ) Van Arsdale of Spotsylvania, VA; three grandchildren, Kasey (Tyler) Clutts of Jonesboro, Samuel and Joseph Van Arsdale both of Spotsylvania, VA; two great granddaughters, Maggie Louise Clutts of Jonesboro, and Addison Van Arsdale of Fredericksburg, VA; one sister, Leola Tibbs of Bloomington, IL; one brother, Sonny (Karen) Van Arsdale of Bonita Springs, FL,;  several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Carl Van Arsdale; and a still born daughter.

        Sammy was a member of the St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, MO. He enjoyed volunteering at the Cape Senior Center. Sammy attended grade schools in Clinton, IL. He was a graduate of Clinton Community High School and Illinois State University in Normal, IL with a Bachelor of Science degree.

        He proudly served in the United States Army for six years from 1960 to 1966 and was a Vietnam Veteran. Sammy was very proud of the fact he served with the 11th Air Assault Division from 1964 to 1965 and the 1st Air Cav. Division from 1965 to 1966. He was a lifetime member of the Bullwhip Squadron Association.

        Sammy worked for thirty five years for State Farm Insurance Company. He retired in 2001 as a Professional Development Manager in Systems Project Development. Throughout his career he served primarily in responsibilities of Auto Service and Underwriting. As part of  his continuing education with State Farm he completed studies to earn a Charted Life Underwriter (CLU) and Charted Financial Consultant (ChFC) designations from the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA.

        A celebration of life for Mr. Sammy Clinton Van Arsdale will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015 in the Kornthal Church in Jonesboro with Pastor John Dehne officiating. Interment will be in the Ebenezer Cemetery in Jonesboro with military graveside honors conducted by the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna and the Illinois Army National Guard Military Honors Tam of Marion. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, Kornthal Church, St. Francis Hospice Cape Girardeau, MO, or VA Hospice Cape Girardeau, MO. Envelopes will be available in Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home and at the church. Following the Celebration of life, family and friends are invited to a celebration of life meal at the Great Boars.

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Larry D. White of Anna, Illinois, September 3, 1936 – February 26, 2015

     Mr. Larry D. White, age 79 of Anna, died at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, February 26, 2015 at his home. He was born September 3, 1936 in Herrin, the son of Tim and Montell Pearson White.

     Larry is survived by his cousins, Maxine Atkisson, Gary (Mary) Pearson, Jim (Linda) Pearson, Victor Modglin, Carol (Donna) Modglin; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

     Larry was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church and attended Old St. Vincent’s Catholic Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Early in his career he worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Fingerprint Division; he later attended McKendree College and became an educator. Over the years Larry taught at various high schools, including A-JCHS from 1963 to 1972 as an English teacher. He was the GED instructor for Five-County Regional Adult Education in Cairo for many years.

     Funeral services for Mr. Larry D. White will be at 2:00 p.m.  Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Interment will be in the Blairsville Cemetery, in Blairsville. Friends may call after 12:00 noon and until the service hour at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Old St. Vincent’s Church. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.  

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Ralph Eugene “Gene” Spring of Wolf Lake, Illinois, October 25, 1930 – March 27, 2015

     Mr. Ralph Eugene “Gene” Spring, age 84 of Wolf Lake, died at 10:10 p.m. Friday, February 27, 2015 in the Marion Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He was born October 25, 1930 in Wolf Lake, the son of Ralph G. and Helen Tucker Spring. He married Mary Louise West on April 5, 1958 in Union County.

     Gene is survived by his loving wife, Mary Louise Spring of Wolf Lake; three sons, Ronald Rosenthal, Duane Spring, Brad and wife Kim Spring; four grandchildren, Tim Rosenthal, Jodi (Rosenthal) and Husband Scott Treece, Ellen (Spring) and husband Jordan Graff; Amy Toler; five great grandchildren, Austin Treece and girlfriend, Maggie Morgan, Kayla Treece and boyfriend, Michael Calhoun, Braeden Treece, Ava Rosenthal, Cole Halterman; sister, Jeanette Kissel of St. Louis, MO; nephews, Mike Kissel, Steve and wife Kris Kissel; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph G. Spring; mother, Helen (Tucker) Spring; sister, Peggy Spring; and son, Kevin Spring.

     Gene was a member of the Galilee Baptist Church. He was a truck driver and farmer for many years.

     Funeral services for Mr. Ralph Eugene “Gene” Spring will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. John Cripps officiating. Interment will be in the Casper Cemetery. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the donors charity of choice. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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Ralph Eugene “Gene” Spring of Wolf Lake, Illinois, October 25, 1930 – February 27, 2015

     Mr. Ralph Eugene “Gene” Spring, age 84 of Wolf Lake, died at 10:10 p.m. Friday, February 27, 2015 in the Marion Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He was born October 25, 1930 in Wolf Lake, the son of Ralph G. and Helen Tucker Spring. He married Mary Louise West on April 5, 1958 in Union County.

     Gene is survived by his loving wife, Mary Louise Spring of Wolf Lake; three sons, Ronald Rosenthal, Duane Spring, Brad and wife Kim Spring; four grandchildren, Tim Rosenthal, Jodi (Rosenthal) and Husband Scott Treece, Ellen (Spring) and husband Jordan Graff; Amy Toler; five great grandchildren, Austin Treece and girlfriend, Maggie Morgan, Kayla Treece and boyfriend, Michael Calhoun, Braeden Treece, Ava Rosenthal, Cole Halterman; sister, Jeanette Kissel of St. Louis, MO; nephews, Mike Kissel, Steve and wife Kris Kissel; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph G. Spring; mother, Helen (Tucker) Spring; sister, Peggy Spring; and son, Kevin Spring.

     Gene was a member of the Galilee Baptist Church. He was a truck driver and farmer for many years.

     Funeral services for Mr. Ralph Eugene “Gene” Spring will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. John Cripps officiating. Interment will be in the Casper Cemetery. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the donors charity of choice. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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Nicole Lynn Ristow of Wolf Lake, Illinois, May 30, 1989 – February 26, 2015

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       Miss Nicole Lynn Ristow, age 25 of Wolf Lake, died Thursday, February 26, 2015. She was born, May 30, 1989 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, the daughter of David Dean Ristow and Mary Lou (Harris) Ristow.

        Nicole was a customer service representative at Kohl’s in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She was very active in the “Kohl’s Cares” program.

        Nicole is survived by her mother, Mary Lou Ristow (Jerry Myers) of Wolf Lake; three uncles, Gary, Donald, and Auggie Harris; one aunt, Inis Houseman; special friends, Lacey Rendleman, Sharon McComb, Tracey Ellis, and Luis Wolters; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her father, David Dean Ristow.   

        Funeral services for Miss Nicole Lynn Ristow will held be at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Anthony & Jamie Harris officiating. Friends may call from 12:00 p.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Robert C Alsip of Anna, September 3, 1935 – February 25, 2015

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       Mr. Robert C. Alsip, age 79 of Anna, died at 11:35 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, 2015 in Southeast Health in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He was born September 3, 1935, the son of Mart and Gertrude (Grimes) Alsip.

        Survivors include; one sister, Wilma Varthelman; and one cousin, Jean Welch of Vienna, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Joe and Lee Alsip.

        Funeral services for Mr. Robert C. Alsip will be held on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Clair Weaver officiating. Friends may call at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro on Monday, March 2, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery.

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Luis Carlos Gonzalez of Jonesboro, Illinois, October 8, 1985 – February 19, 2015

     Mr. Luis Carlos Gonzalez, age 29 of Jonesboro, died at 9:01 a.m. Thursday, February 19, 2015 in Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. He was born October 8, 1985 in Monterrey, Mexico, the son of Jose L. Gonzalez and Dora V. Trevino.

     Luis is survived by his son, Daymion Azael Gonzalez; one daughter, Aleeyah Mia Gonzalez; mother, Dora V. Gonzalez of Jonesboro; father, Jose L. Gonzalez of Mexico; two sisters, Dora E. Gonzalez of Chaffee, MO, Nora V. Gonzalez of Dallas, TX; one brother, Alex Gonzalez of Jonesboro; maternal grandmother, Evelia C. Trevino of Mexico; paternal grandmother, Maria Gonzalez of Mexico; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Jose S. Trevino and paternal grandfather, Felipe Gonzalez.

     Luis was a 2004 graduate of Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. He played Wildcat Football for four years and was on the wrestling team. He enjoyed attending concerts and currently was attending nursing school. Luis enjoyed spending time with his children and his family.

     Funeral services for Mr. Luis Carlos Gonzalez will be at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, February 22, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Father Federico Higuera officiating. Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. and until the service hour at 5:00 p.m. in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Wanda Van Pickerill of Anna, Illinois, August 6, 1923 – February 16, 2015

     Mrs. Wanda Van Pickerill, 85 of Anna, died at 2:05 p.m. Monday, February 16, 2015 in the Union County Long Term Care Center in Anna. She was born August 6, 1923 in West Frankfort, the daughter of Walter and Laura B. Stokes Pearce. She married John Wilson and later married Jay Van Pickerill.

     Wanda is survived by her daughter Patricia Sue Wilson of Jonesboro; niece, Tanya (Richard) Pengress of Anna; cousin, Sylvia Sue Bollig of Denver, CO; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Jay Van Pickerill.

     Wanda grew up in the Dongola area, she later moved to Springfield. She was a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church in Springfield.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Wanda Van Pickerill will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 22, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Pastor Kathy Montira officiating. Interment will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield. Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. and until the service hour at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 22, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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Otis R. Hamel of Jonesboro, Illinois, February 24, 1946 – February 16, 2015

     Mr. Otis R. Hamel, age 68 of Jonesboro, died at 1:04 p.m. Monday, February 16, 2015 at his home in Jonesboro. He was born February 24, 1946 in Marion, the son of John Logan and Lena Farthing Hamel. He married Genevia Thomason in 1964 in Jonesboro.

     Otis is survived by his loving wife Genevia Hamel of Jonesboro, four children, Terry (Robin) Hamel of Jonesboro, Melanie Hamel of Jonesboro, Diane (Keith) Franklin of St. Mary, Missouri, Vickie (Matt) Sadler of Jonesboro; thirteen grandchildren, Kimberly, Seth and Kyleigh Hamel, Nikki Hughes, Cindy (Mike) Outlan, Michelle Hamel- Baker (Johnathon Harp), Mary (Brandon) Hughes, Logan, Danny, Amber and Malenzie Franklin, Matthew (Misty) Sadler, Jacob (Chelsea) Sadler; fourteen great grandchildren; one sister, Mattie Treece of Winchester, IL; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Richard Hamel and Jimmy Ray Hamel; one sister, Frances Bettors; and nine half-brothers and sister.

     Otis was a member of the Union County Coon Hunting Club. He was a foreman for Heartland Harvest, an auto mechanic and repaired lawn mowers for many years.

     Memorial services for Mr. Otis R. Hamel will be at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in the Apostolic Faith Tabernacle in Jonesboro with Rev. Mark Goins officiating. Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call from 2 to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in the Apostolic Faith Tabernacle in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home  and at the church.  

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