SESSER – Celina Pool, age 74, of Sesser passed away on Tuesday, April 17 at Helia Healthcare in Benton.

Her wishes were to donate her body to the SIU School of Medicine. No services will be held.

The Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser is handling arrangements.

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SESSER – Alfonso “Al” Acosta Sr., age 79, of Sesser passed away on Tuesday, April 17.

His wishes were to be cremated with no services.

The Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser is in charge of arrangements.

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SESSER – Lou Morgan, age 77, of Sesser passed away on Sunday, April 15.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser.

Visitation will be on Sunday, April 29 from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m.

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MULKEYTOWN – Diane Burroughs, age 52, of Mulkeytown passed away on Wednesday, April 18.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 23 at 6 p.m. at the Bear Point Free Will Baptist Church in Sesser. Visitation will be on Monday, April 23, from 5 to 6 p.m. 

The Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is in charge of arrangements.

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ALHAMBRA – Frances P. Wheat, age 94, of Benton passed away on Thursday, April 12 at the Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra. 

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Pate Funeral Home in Benton.

Graveside services will be held Monday, April 23 at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Memorial Park in Murphysboro.

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ORIENT – Doyle Leon Parr, age 84, of Orient passed away on Thursday, April 18 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 at the Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort. Burial will be in Denning Cemetery on the Orient Road. 

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday prior to the service. 

Military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 1961 of Orient, VFW Post 5764 of West Frankfort and Zeigler Post 177.

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WEST FRANKFORT – Merrie Ann Schafer, age 57, passed away on Monday, April 16 at her home.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, April 21 at 3 p.m. at the First Christian Church in West Frankfort. Visitation will be after 1 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in Tower Heights Cemetery.

The Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort is in charge of arrangements.
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WEST FRANKFORT – Monica Renee Helms, age 50, of West Frankfort passed away on Tuesday, April 17 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21 at the Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort. Burial will be in Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the service.

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CHRISTOPHER – Theresa Lynn Chwarczinski, age 65, of Christopher passed away on Saturday, April 14.

Her funeral is set for Friday, April 20 at 1 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher.

Visitation will be on Thursday, April 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Harrison Cemetery.

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BENTON – Barbara “Barb” A. Bettress, 66, of Marion and formerly of Benton passed away on Tuesday, April 17 at her home.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Pate Funeral Home in Benton.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 20 from 10:30 a.m. until noon at Pate Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 20 at noon at the Pate Funeral Home. Burial will follow services at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton.

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MT. VERNON – Leo Gerald Plante, age 85, of Mt. Vernon passed away Saturday, April 14 at his residence in Green Tree Residential Assisted Living in Mt. Vernon.

A memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 20 at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Dahlgren. A burial of ashes will follow in the St. John Nepomucene Catholic Cemetery in Dahlgren.

The Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro is in charge of arrangements.

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LOGAN – Ruth E. Kirk, age 69, of Logan passed away on Monday, April 16 at her home.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 19 at 1 p.m. at the Logan Church of God. Burial will be in the Logan Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

The Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton is in charge of arrangements.

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WEST FRANKFORT – Dale A. Whittington, age 41, of West Frankfort passed away on Sunday, April 15 at his home.

Memorial funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.

Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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CHRISTOPHER – Gertrude “Gertie” Eickelman, age 95, of Christopher passed away on Sunday, April 15.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday, April 18 at noon at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. 

Visitation will be Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at noon.

Burial will be in the St. Andrew Catholic Cemetery in Christopher.

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HERRIN – Marjorie Susan Morvich, age 92, of West Frankfort passed away in the hospice unit at Herrin Hospital on Thursday, April 12.

There will be no services. Following cremation, interment of ashes will be private at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton.

The Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort is in charge of arrangements.

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MCLEANSBORO – Dorothy “Dot” Hall, age 94, of McLeansboro passed away on Friday, April 13 at her home.

Mrs. Hall was cremated as per her request and her ashes will be buried in Brooklyn, Maryland at a later date by family.

The Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro is in charge of arrangements.

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DUNLAP, TN – Ruth Imogene Rea, age 99, of Dunlap, Tennessee and formerly of Benton passed away Wednesday, April 11 in Whitwell, Tennessee. 

A memorial service was held Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m. at the Standefer-Reed Funeral Home in Dunlap.

Interment will be Friday April 20 at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Valier.  

Go to gilbertfuneralhomes.com for more information.

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OCALA, FLORIDA – Nicole Washington, age 35, of Ocala, Florida passed away on Saturday, April 7.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, April 14 at noon at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher.

Visitation will be on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at noon. Burial will be in the Mulkeytown Cemetery. 

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HERRIN – Danny Willis, age 68, of Orient passed away Tuesday, April 10 at Herrin Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14 at the Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort. Burial will be in Boner Cemetery in West Frankfort.

Visitation will run from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Union Funeral Home prior to the service.

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MCLEANSBORO – Jacqueline Grein Eddy, age 81, of McLeansboro passed away Tuesday, April 10 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.

Her funeral is set for Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church in McLeansboro. Burial will be in the St. Clement Catholic Cemetery in McLeansboro.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

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BENTON – Robert Martin Garrison, age 95, of Benton passed away on Tuesday, March 20.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14 at Pate Funeral Home in Benton. Interment will follow at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery. Military funeral honors will be performed by the Scott AFB Honor Guard.

Following the graveside service, the Garrison Family wish to invite family and friends to join them for food and beverages and to share memories and stories of Robert’s life at the Benton Elks, located at 167 Industrial Park Drive in Benton.

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DAHLGREN – Mary Ellen Tennyson, age 77, of Dahlgren passed away Sunday, April 8 at her home.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 12 at 1 p.m. at the Harre Funeral Home in Dahlgren. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Dahlgren.

Visitation will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 at the Harre Funeral Home in Dahlgren.

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MACEDONIA – Claude Albert Sullivan, age 97, of Macedonia passed away Sunday, April 8 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 at the Macedonia United Methodist Church. Burial, with Military Honors conducted by the Benton American Legion Post 280, V.F.W. Post 2671 and the Army National Guard of Marion will be in the Macedonia Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to the funeral hour at 1 p.m. at the church.  

Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

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WEST FRANKFORT – Esther A. Farley, age 94, of West Frankfort passed away Saturday, April 7 at Helia Healthcare in West Frankfort.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 10 at the Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort. Burial will be in Tower Heights Cemetery in West Frankfort. 

Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the service.

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BENTON – Phyllis L. McPherson, age 82, of Benton passed away Thursday, April 5 at Herrin Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 9 at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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WEST FRANKFORT – Elizabeth Annetta Carter, age 69, of West Frankfort passed away Tuesday, April 3 at Franklin Hospital in Benton.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 at the Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort. 

Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service.

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BENTON – Mardell Fern “Ginger” Gingles, age 83, of Benton passed away Monday, April 2 at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at the Leffler Funeral Home in Benton. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Leffler Funeral Home. 

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MACEDONIA – Ernest Wayne Payne, age 53, of Macedonia passed away Saturday, March 31 at Franklin Hospital in Benton.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 5 at 1 p.m. at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Visitation will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 5 at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Burial will be in the Antioch Cemetery near Macedonia.

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WEST FRANKFORT – Nancy Bundy, age 80, of West Frankfort passed away Monday, April 2 at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 5 at the Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort. Burial will be in the Tower Heights Cemetery in West Frankfort. 

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the service.