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SESSER – Janice Faye Overton, 75, of Sesser passed away Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at her home.

Mrs. Overton’s wishes are to be cremated with no public services.

Cremation arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made In Memory of Janice, to the Church of Christ of Sesser.

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MULKEYTOWN – Beth Mandrell, 66, of Mulkeytown, passed away on Thursday, December 2, 2021, at Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville, IN after a lengthy battle with COVID pneumonia.

Beth was born June 15, 1955, in Du Quoin, IL to Gene and Marian (Inabnit) Flint. Being of a nondenominational faith she pledged her life to the Lord at the age of 12. She attended Mulkeytown Grade School and graduated as the valedictorian of her class in 1973 from Christopher High School. She attended Rend Lake College after high school and earned a licensed practical nurse (LPN) certificate. She worked as an LPN at Marshall Browning Hospital until 1977. She met her husband, Vernon in 1976 and they were married in December 22 of that year. She was a housewife and mother until their youngest went to school and then she returned to the workforce as an aid in the Christopher Elementary School. While at CES she found her passion for libraries and she continued her work as a librarian for the remainder of her career.

She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Vernon Mandrell of Mulkeytown, children; Kara (Brad) Avis, Mt. Pleasant, IA, Aaron (Danielle) Mandrell, California, MD and Leah (Matt) Rolando, Ursa, IL, grandchildren; Peyton, Jacob, and Riley Mandrell, Carter and Audrey Rolando, mother, Marian Flint, DuQuoin, IL, brothers; Dave Flint, Mulkeytown, IL, Don (Angie) Flint, Mulkeytown, IL, and sister, Charlotte (Lance) Smith, Carlyle, IL, many nieces, nephews, cousins, beloved aunt and uncle, Martha and Glen Bauman, Sesser, IL, and special friends, Alvin & Doris Lloyd, Sesser, IL

She was preceded in death by her father, Gene Flint, brother and sister-in-law, Alan and Alpha Flint.

An avid gardener, Beth loved being outdoors working in her garden during the warmer months. A gifted seamstress and cake baker, Beth was extremely creative and loved sharing her gifts with others. She enjoyed resale shopping with her daughters to find treasures to repurpose or renew. A proud military parent, she loved to tell others about her son’s journeys as a part of the US Navy. Spending time with her grandchildren was one of her biggest joys in life. She loved vacationing with family each year and especially enjoyed going to the beach. She had recently retired from Rend Lake College after working for 21 years as a reference librarian. Her love of helping others could be seen in the care she took when assisting students, teaching classes, reading to children, and helping to grow the LRC through fundraising and grant writing. A firm believer in education, she worked tirelessly to obtain both her bachelors and master’s degrees after she turned 40.

The world was a brighter place with her in it. She was “Momma Beth” and “Miss Beth” to many people and touched those who were fortunate to have her in their lives. She found joy in helping and giving to others. Whether lending a listening ear or giving her time, she was always willing to take the time to be there for others.

Services will be held at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, IL. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5 and funeral will be held on Monday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. with Scott Potter and Jon Knochenmus officiating. Burial at Mulkeytown Cemetery and luncheon at Mulkeytown Grade School will follow. Attendees are asked to wear a mask during this difficult time to protect our family and friends.

HERRIN – William Kelly Owens, age 75, of Herrin passed away at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, November 28, 2021, at the Herrin Hospital.

Bill would insist that donations be made to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots, in lieu of flowers, and will be collected at the graveside services.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 3, 2021, at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton, with Rev. Alan Minton officiating. Per Bill’s request, Military honors will be provided by the United Staes Marine Corps. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.

Funeral Arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

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MARION – Ernest “Harvey” H. Olson, Jr., 80, of Marion, formerly of Benton, passed away at 12:24 a.m., Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Herrin Hospital.

He was born on August 3, 1941, to Ernest and Lilah (Hawkins) Olson, Sr., in Chicago, IL. Ernest served in the United States Navy as a Naval Air Reservist. He retired as a General Contractor after working over 45 years on major construction projects. On May 5, 1962, he married the former Louise M. Stubbings in Miami, OK. To this union they had three children.

Harvey was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He was a board member of the Hill City Water District in Benton for 15 years. Harvey enjoyed sailing, woodworking and carpentry. Through the years, Harvey has been the mentor to many individuals assisting them in teaching them how to start up their own construction businesses. He really took pride in making hand holding Crosses, and sharing them with many families and individuals.

He is survived by his loving spouse of 59 years, Louise M. Olson; three children, Mark A. (Lynne) Olson, Curtis M. (Lori) Olson and Karen L. (Kevin) Luebke; four grandchildren, Anna (Lucas) Stefan, Luke Olson, Erin (Anthony) Fund and Brandon Olson; two brothers, Paul E. (Ingrid) Olson and Fred O. (Lynn) Olson; sister, Caryl L.Damiani; two sister-in-laws, Nicole Olson and Patricia (John) Armstrong; aunt, Phyllis (John) Geschwind; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Harvey was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Lilah Olson, Sr.; brother, Philip L. Olson; sister, Donna M. Waltrip; and brother-in-law, Art Damiani.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

Per Harvey’s wishes cremation will take place and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Memorials contributions may be made to the St. Jude’s Hospital for Children by visiting, Hospice of Southern Illinois by visiting or the First Christian Church in Benton and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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WEST FRANKFORT – Gary Peters, 73, of West Frankfort, IL passed away on Saturday, November 27, 2021.

He was born on December 2, 2021 to John and Louella (Tramell) Peters.

He is survived by his former wife Vickie (Shadowen) McDonald; two sons Guy Eugene Peters of West Frankfort and Gregary Jay Peters of West Frankfort; grandchildren Nathan Charles Peters, Gunner Jay Peters and Gabriel Peters; step children Jimmy, Amy, Ryan, Shawn and Chris; step grandchildren “TT” Thomas, “Baby Girl” Cheyenne, Erica, Landien, Graclyn, Madison and “Country Girl”; two sisters Judy Sawyer of Moline, IL and Joan Tice of Missouri; two brothers Johnnie Peters of Missouri and Michael Shawn Peters of Missouri and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one step daughter Ashley and one step grandchild Hunter.

He was a truck driver for Fred Norman Trucking in Murphysboro, IL and he was a Veteran of the United States Army serving in the Vietnam War.

A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, December 3, 2021 from 2 until 4 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher.

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SESSER – John David Zimmerman, 74, of Sesser passed away on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville, IN.

He was born on July 25, 1947 in Sesser, IL to Donald and Margaret (Pearson) Zimmerman. He married Linda (Prior) Zimmerman on June 8, 1968.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years Linda Zimmerman of Sesser; two children Mark Zimmerman of Sesser and Amanda (Eric) Tindall of Sesser; grandchildren Haleigh Zimmerman, Mackenzie Tindall, Mackayla Miller and Kade Zimmerman and one great granddaughter Hadley Tindall.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers Harold Zimmerman and Jack Zimmerman.

He was an outdoorsman, loving to hunt, fish and play with his dogs. He also loved to talk about guns and collect guns, but most important was his family and he loved to watch all of his grandchildren play sports.

He was a member of the Bear Point Free Will Baptist Church and had worked at Old Ben #26.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Bear Point Free Will Baptist Church in Sesser with Brother Gowdy Cannon and Brother Larry Cook officiating.  Visitation will be on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. at the church.  Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

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