NEOGA -- Katherine Marie Williams, 91 of rural Neoga, Illinois passed away at 12:40 A.M., Saturday, October 21, 2017, in the Heartland Christian Village of Neoga. Marie was born February 18, 1926, in Shelby County, Illinois the daughter of Wallace H. and Mabel (Friese) Kuster. Marie married …

MATTOON -- Thelma Pendergast, 93, of Mattoon died at 7:56 a.m. on Sunday (October 22, 2017) at Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home Harmony Center. Arrangements are incomplete. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

STRASBURG -- Dorothy M. Weber, 78, of Strasburg, IL, passed away on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Lavender Ridge Memory Care in Effingham, IL.

CHARLESTON -- Lori Ann Oakley, age 47 of Charleston and formerly of rural Westfield, Illinois, entered her Heavenly Home on October 19, 2017 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Salisbury Church, 2350 Madison Avenu…

GAYS -- Jeanne M. Escue, 74, of Sullivan, formerly of Peoria, died at 2:00 PM on October 15, 2017 at Mason Point in Sullivan.

CHARLESTON -- Geraldina Ortiz-Muñiz, 93, of Charleston, formerly of Puerto Rico, died Wednesday (Oct. 18, 2017) at Hilltop Skilled Nursing and Rehab. 

SULLIVAN -- Karol Lynn Young, age 69, of Mattoon passed away on October 18. 2017 at her residence.

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PARIS -- Rev. Raymond “Ray” Roberts, Jr., age 78 of rural Edgar County, Illinois, passed away at 2:18 p.m. Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in Paris Health Care Center in Paris.   

WINDSOR -- Helen “Louise” Bottrell, 81, a former resident of Windsor and the rural Sullivan area, passed away June 14, 2017, in Walker, MN, and funeral services were held at Hope Lutheran Church in Walker. A graveside inurnment for Louise will be Saturday, October 21, 2017, beginning at 11:0…

CHARLESTON -- Carl Kemper, age 55, of Charleston passed away at 1:22 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017 at his residence.

TOLEDO -- Mary Ann Stirewalt, 73, of Toledo died at 5:50 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 17, 2017) at Clark Lindsey Village in Urbana.

SULLIVAN -- Jeanne M. Escue, 74, of Sullivan, formerly of Peoria, died at 2 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 15, 2017) at Mason Point in Sullivan.

CHARLESTON -- Carl Kemper, 55, of Charleston died at 1:22 p.m. Friday (Oct. 13, 2017) at his residence.

PHILO -- George W. Brazelton, 83 of rural Neoga, Illinois passed away at 7:49 P.M., Sunday, October 15, 2017, in the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois. George was born December 11, 1933, the son of John and Ruth (Carter ) Brazelton. He Married Joann Briggs on May 9, 1953. He atte…

MATTOON -- Chiyo Kirby, age 93, passed away October 12, 2017 at 5:00 A.M. at Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home in Mattoon, IL.

CHARLESTON -- Jean Dionne (Rockwell) Weidner, 81, formerly of Charleston passed away on October 11, 2017.

MATTOON -- Mary R. Sherer, of Mattoon, IL, passed away at 10:55 P.M., Friday, October 13, 2017 at Mattoon Health Care Center, surrounded by her family.

MATTOON -- Funeral Services for Max Brown were held on Friday at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Mitch Strader officiating. Burial followed at Janesville Cemetery. Musical selections played were, “Hallelujah” and “Amazing Grace.”

MATTOON -- Memorial Services for Lois Beverley-Simpson were held on Tuesday at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Rickey Ferguson officiating. Musical selections played were, “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace.”

ATWOOD -- Shalynn Brooke Conner, 22, of Atwood, IL, passed away suddenly on Saturday morning, October 14, 2017 at her residence.

MATTOON -- Chiyo Kirby, 93, of Mattoon died at 5 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 12, 2017) at Odd Fellow Rebekah Home.

TOLEDO -- Peggy D. Edgar, 88, of Toledo, IL passed away at 12:34 AM on October 12, 2017 at Heartland Christian Village in Neoga, IL

MT. CARMEL -- Nell Wiseman, a long-time teacher at Charleston High School (CHS), passed away on October 10, 2017, in the St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. She was born the daughter and only child of Walter V. Tanquary and Tressie Withrow Tanquary. Nell was preceded in death by her parents.

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. -- Caroline Gano Adams was born March 8, 1939 in Charleston, IL. She was the daughter of Kenneth R. and Maxine (Brown) Gano. She graduated Charleston High school in 1957. She was employed by Braniff girlies as a flight attendant during the 1960s and 1970s often flying w…

TOLEDO -- Peggy D. Edgar, 88, of Toledo died at 12:34 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 11, 2017) at Heartland Christian Village in Neoga.

CHARLESTON -- Violet V. East, 92, of Charleston, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

ARCOLA -- James H. “Jim” Coatney, 68, of Arcola, IL passed away at 6:29 P.M., Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at his residence.

ARCOLA -- Hortense M. Biggs, 101, of Arcola, IL, passed away at 3:45 a.m., Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Care Center, Mattoon, IL

BROWNSVILLE, Ind. -- Linda L. Amstutz, 70, of Brownsville, died Oct. 9. Funeral services 1 p.m. Thursday, October 12. Visit for information.

PANA -- Tina M. Burdzilauskas, 60, of Pana, died Tuesday, October 10, 2017 in her home. She was born April 17, 1957 in Pana to the late Robert E. & Phyllis (Blickem) Burdzilauskas.

SHELBYVILLE -- Pamela “Pam” J. Boarman, 67, of Shelbyville, passed away at 1:18 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at home surrounded by her loving family.

MORRIS -- LeRoy Hankins, 94, of Morris, died peacefully at the LaSalle Veteran’s Home with his family at his bedside.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Donald “Rich” Ellison, 69, of Knoxville, Tenn. died Monday (Oct. 9, 2017).

MATTOON -- Morris “Max” Brown, 86, of Mattoon died at 1:50 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 10, 2017) at Mattoon Healthcare.

CASEY -- Rick G. Hammond, 67, of Evansville, Ind., formerly of Casey, died at 3:13 p.m. Friday (July 21, 2017) at his home.