ST. LOUIS – Gwendolyn Risch, 80, of St Louis, Missouri left her loving family and friends on Saturday, July 14, 2018. 

She was born in Christopher, Illinois on Sept. 4, 1937, the daughter of Glen and Lorita Turner. Besides her many friends, she leaves behind her sons Eric of Napa, California and Kurt of Eugene, Oregon; grandchildren Max, Ansel, Ruby of California and Cassidy of Oregon; one brother Jim Turner of Christopher, one sister Jane Fiorenzi of Herrin and many adoring nieces and nephews.

After working as an executive secretary and model in St. Louis, she became a homemaker, gourmet cook, accomplished seamstress, oenophilist and world traveler. She traveled extensively to exotic places on all continents and oceans. She leaves behind many wonderful memories and shed tears. She was truly a special lady.

Graveside services will be on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Harrison Cemetery in Buckner. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

The Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is handling arrangements.

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BENTON – Patricia Ann Akins passed away at her home in Benton, Illinois on July 17, 2017. 

Pat was born in Peoria, Illinois to Charles E. and Edna (Avery) Johnson. As a young girl, she loved playing semi-pro softball, running fast, and eating Fannie May chocolates. Though almost always the youngest in her circle, she never knew it and always felt like one of the biggest kids (if not the biggest one).

She first saw Arthur E. Akins, her husband of 57 years, driving by in a convertible and wearing his Air Force uniform while stationed in Peoria. After marrying on her parents’ farm, she began her family in Little Rock, Arkansas and lived in Tehran, Iran before settling in Benton. She raised three daughters and cared for her and her husband’s aging parents in the ensuing years.

Few things made her as happy as giving gifts to friends and family and spoiling her grandchildren. (Who says ice cream isn’t for breakfast?) A competitive softball player and bowler for many years, she also enjoyed ceramics, listening to Elvis and Dean Martin, bingo, and playing cards with friends. She spent many years active at the Elks and Boneyard Bocce Ball Club.

She was preceded in death by Arthur and her beloved sister, Vivian Johnson of Laura, Illinois. She is survived by her loving daughters, Charlene Sarver, Angela Brewer, and Joy Akins and her sister-in-law, Shirley (Akins) Jones. She will also be missed by her sons-in-law Ed Sarver, Dan Brewer, and Steve Buttitta. She was over the moon about her surviving six grandchildren, Stephanie (Sarver) Bakmaz, Stacie (Sarver) Summers, Kacie Brewer, Rusty Brewer, Liam Buttitta, and Annan Akins, as well as her five great-grandchildren. She will be loved and missed by them all.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 20 at the Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Benton West City Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry.

For more information or to sign the online guest register, please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.

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LOGAN – Ida Louetta Mocaby, 83, of Logan passed away Tuesday morning, July 17, 2018 at her home.

She was on Aug. 4, 1934, the daughter of Robert & Alma (Bradley) Melvin. She was married to John Robert Mocaby, Sr. on Sept. 30, 1951 and he died on Feb. 23, 2014. She worked for several years as a caregiver. Everyone that she took care of loved her.

She is survived by her four children:

John Mocaby, Jr. & wife Mary of Logan

Janet Brannan of Logan

Joy Smith & husband Tom of Logan

Robin Mocaby of Logan

16 Grandchildren

22 Great-Grandchildren

Five Siblings:

Helen Rose Kirk

Robert Gene Melvin & wife Linda

Mary Kay Mosley

Anna Summers & husband Leon

Carol Davis & husband Denny

Mrs. Mocaby was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, by a Daughter – Lynnette Camden, by a Granddaughter – Jamie Bragg and by two Brothers-in-law – Gene Kirk & Bill Mosley.

Funeral services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19 at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Dean Severin officiating. Burial will be in the Logan Church of God Cemetery in Logan. Visitation will be after 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

For more information or to sign the online guest register, please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.

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BENTON – Arthur Carl (Dobb) Dobrzynski, age 74, passed away from cardiac complications on Friday, July 13, 2018, at St Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital.

Arthur was born November 24, 1943, in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Benton at the age of four. He graduated from BCHS. After serving in the US Army for two years, he returned to Benton and joined the Benton Police Department. On April 18, 1970, he married Patricia J, Laraway. The couple had recently celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary. 

In 1997, Arthur retired from the Benton Police Department after 28 plus years of service. After his retirement, Arthur went to work for eight years at Rend Lake Community College in law enforcement. In July 2016, he joined the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department working in court security. Arthur was very proud of his 43 years in the law enforcement field.

Arthur is survived by his loving wife, Patricia, of Benton, Illinois, and his uncle, Van Blaszczynski and family in California and first cousins Vera and Ray also in California. He is preceded in death by his mother, Francis Yezerski; his step-father, Leon Yezerski; his father, Arthur R. Dobrzynski; his grandmother and grandfather, Helen and Vincent Blaszczynski and his aunts and uncles. His sister-in-law, Susan Laraway, and his parents-in-law also preceded him in death.

He will be sadly missed by his family, the Laraway family and friends.

In accordance with Arthur’s wishes, he has been cremated.

A memorial service to celebrate Arthur’s life is scheduled for Thursday, July 19 at 10 a.m.  at the Morton and Johnston Funeral Home on South Main in Benton, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be sent to the Fraternal Order of Police or to a charity of your choice.

Pat would like to thank the hospital staff for their care and dedication.

For more information or to sign the online guest register, please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com

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ROYALTON – Carla J. Bogdajewicz, 83, of Royalton, Illinois, passed away Wednesday July 11, 2018 in her residence at 10:00a.m.

Carla was born November 15, 1934 in Turbigo, Italy to Giuseppe “Joseph” and Luigia “Gina” (Tapella) Merlo. She married Clem Bogdajewicz on February 2, 1957 and he survives. Carla was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church – Royalton, Illinois for many years.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda; parents. Carla is survived by her husband, Clem Bogdajewicz; son, Mark (Anita) Bogdajewicz.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday July 14, 2018 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church – Royalton, Illinois with Rev. Dr. Eusebius Mbidoaka officiating. Union Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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MCLEANSBORO – Betty Lou Gibbs, 89, of McLeansboro passed away on Wednesday July 11th.

Visitation will be held Friday July 13th at 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 Noon at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro. There will be a graveside service Friday, July 13, at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, McLeansboro.  If not attending the visitation,  you may go directly to the cemetery.  Reverend Robert Sefried and Pastor Jacob Gray, officiating. Mrs. Gibbs is survived by sisters Jane Roberta Roberson,  McLeansboro, Faye Hammons, Las Vegas, NV, Dorothy Pearce, Lockport, IL, Eulah Walden and husband Charles, Bethalto, IL. Sister-in-Law, Betty Todd Emerson, Rock Springs, WY, numerous nieces,  nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

Mrs. Gibbs was preceded in death by: Parents; Husband John Franklin Gibbs; Sisters Maye McPeak and Husband Elmo,  Ruby Jean Voulgaris and Husband Philip, Beulah Todd and Brother John Robert Todd, Brothers-in-Law Houston Hammons, Tommy Pearce, Ed Skibinski &  Leo Roberson as well as three nephews.

Since Betty was a 20+ year cancer survivor and cancer has affected so many of her family, in lieu of flowers,  donations may be made to Hamilton County Relay for Life in memory of Betty Gibbs.

Arrangements for  Betty Gibbs are under the direction of Harre Funeral Home,McLeansboro.  

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SESSER – Keith Poropat, 70, of Sesser passed away on Wednesday July 11, 2018. He was born on August 20, 1947 in Chicago, IL to John and Frieda (Hart) Poropat. He married Martha (Riggle) Poropat on November 16, 1995 and she survives of Sesser. 

Keith was a graduate of Rich East High School. He was employed by the Auto Mart in Mt. Vernon. He was a member of Central Christian Church in Mt. Vernon.

In addition to his wife Martha, he is survived by a granddaughter Samantha Logsdon of Sesser, a sister Winona Kay Baker of Waltonville, several nieces and nephews and his Pug, Leo.

Funeral services for Keith Poropat will be Saturday July 14, 2018 at 1 00 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Bro. Kirk Packer officiating.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Heart Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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VALIER –  Mary Alice Mitchell, 83, of Valier passed away on Monday July 9, 2018.  She was born on August 24, 1934 in McLeansboro, IL to Bill and Violet (Moore) Holland. She married Darrell Mitchell on February 10, 1996 and he survives of Valier. Other survivors include her children Lee Wininger of Christopher, Robert Wininger of DuQuoin and June Hogan of Benton; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren; four sisters Onis Marie Banks of Benton Harbor, MI and Inis Orr of Orlando, FL, Dottie Holland of Benton, IL and Loretta Williams of Plumfield.

Funeral services will be on Thursday July 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the West City Church of God with Pastor Harol Whitlock officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday July 11, 2018 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Gilbert Funeral Home and also on Thursday from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at 11:00 AM at the church.  Burial will be at Logan Church of God Cemetery.

 

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WEST FRANKFORT – Mary Ann Adams, 69, of West Frankfort, Illinois, passed away Wednesday July 4, 2018 in Barnes-Jewish Hospital – St. Louis, Missouri at 10:08 p.m.

Mary Ann was born September 9, 1948 in Herrin, Illinois to John and Helen (Jakuboski) Bertetti.  She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, retired  school teacher, and co-creator of ECHO Program. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; niece, Nikki; parents. Mary Ann is survived by sons, Adrian (Bethany) Adams and Jarod Adams; brother, John (Elaine) Bertetti; sister-in-law, Leslie Adams; nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday July 13, 2018 at Union Funeral Home – West Frankfort, Illinois.  Visitation will be held from 9:00-11:00 a.m. prior to the service.

Condolences of sympathy may be made to www.unionfh.com.
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WEST FRANKFORT – Alice Ann Coulter, age 65, of West Frankfort; went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 24, 2018.

Ms. Coulter’s wishes were to be cremated. A graveside committal service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the East Fork Cemetery of West Frankfort, with Rev. Harol Whitlock officiating.

Arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benton Ministerial Alliance; and can be mailed to Benton Ministerial Alliance 302 South Main Street, Benton, IL 62812.

To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of Alice, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com

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BENTON – Helen Marie Baser, age 85, of Benton; passed away 5:01 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2018 at the SSM St. Joseph Hospital of St. Charles, MO.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. Gary West officiating.  Burial will be on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.  Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Leffler Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the North Benton Missionary Baptist Church, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To leave online condolences to the family or to share memories of Helen, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com

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MT. VERNON – Terrie Lee (Robles) Nevarez-Allen, 55, of Mt. Vernon, passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Evelyn’s Hospice House, Creve Coeur, MO.

She was born on June 30, 1963, to George and Brenda (Eckles) Robles in Chicago, IL. Terrie was a LPN for 25 years.

Terrie enjoyed fishing, traveling, snorkeling and caring for others as a nurse.

She is survived by her son, Jesse Nevarez and Kelsi Renn of McLeansboro, IL; one brother, George G. Robles, Jr. of Akin, IL; one sister, Tammy Heiman of Akin, IL; dear friends Melinda Potter and Billie Cox.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Cindy Robles; and step-father, John Heifner.

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

Visitation will be held Monday, July 9, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at Pate Funeral Home, with Pastor Roger Webb, officiating.  Burial will follow services at Brady Cemetery, Akin, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Cancer Foundation, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.
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VALIER – Richard “Dickie” Bartolotti, age 71, of Valier passed away on Wednesday, July 4.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 8 at 1 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. Burial will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher.

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BENTON – Larry Wayne Stowers, age 66, of Benton passed away on Sunday, July 1 at SIH Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Celebration of Life Services will be held Saturday, July 7 at 1 p.m. at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton. Burial will be in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton.

Visitation will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

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MCLEANSBORO – Ebert Ray French, age 78, of McLeansboro passed away on Tuesday, July 3 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.

Funeral services are set for Saturday, July 7 at 11 a.m. at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Burial will be in the Ten Mile Cemetery in McLeansboro.

Visitation will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 6 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

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BENTON – Helen May Wayman, age 81, of Benton, passed away on Friday, July 29 at Stonebridge Nursing and Rehab Center of Benton.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 6 at 1 p.m. at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton.

Visitation will be on Friday, July 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

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BUCKNER – Glenda Faye Kirkpatrick, age 73, of Buckner passed away on Monday, July 2 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, July 5 at 11 a.m. at the First Apostolic Church of Zeigler.

The Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher assisted the family with arrangements.

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WEST FRANKFORT – William “Bill” Wazorik, age 95, of West Frankfort passed away on Monday, July 2 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, July 5 at 11 a.m. in the Tower Heights Cemetery in West Frankfort.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort prior to leaving for the graveside service.

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MCLEANSBORO – Norna E. Thomas, age 82, of McLeansboro and formerly of Springerton, Illinois passed away on Saturday, June 30 at Hamilton Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in McLeansboro.

Graveside services only will be held on Thursday, July 5 at 10 a.m. at the Hammack Cemetery in Springerton. Those attending the service are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Burial will be in the Hammack Cemetery in Springerton.

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Kenneth E. Browning, age 95, of Benton passed away on Thursday, June 28 at his home in McLeansboro.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 3 at 2 p.m. at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Burial with military rites conducted by the Benton American Legion and VFW Posts and the National Guard Honor Team will be held in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton.

Visitation will be after 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3 at the funeral home.

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SUWANEE, GA – Mary L. Karcher, age 92, of Suwanee, Georgia and formerly of McLeansboro passed away on Thursday, June 28 at Country Gardens Senior Living in Duluth, GA.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 3 at 11 a.m. at the Crowell Brothers Funeral Home in Peachtree Corners, GA. Viewing will be at 10 a.m.

There will be a graveside service on Thursday, July 5 at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in McLeansboro followed by a reception at the Mt. Olivet General Baptist Church. Graveside services are under the direction of the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

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GULFPORT, MS – Lillian Louise Fravell, age 88, of Gulfport, MS and formerly of Orient passed away on Wednesday, June 27 at Memorial Hospital of Gulfport, MS.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 3 at 11 a.m. at the Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort. Burial will be in the Denning Cemetery on the Orient Road.

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

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BENTON – Murline Cooper, age 87, of Benton passed away on Friday, June 29 at Helia Healthcare of Benton.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 2 at noon at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 1 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.