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WESTFALL GENEALOGY

My Childhood Memories-Page 9c

Chapter 15-My Classmates & Other Fieldon, Otter Creek Township, and Jersey County, IL Families (Continued)

Below are the obituaries of relatives of classmates who attended Jersey Community High School with me in Jerseyville, IL.

The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who graduated with me in 1961 from Jersey Community High School, Kenneth Young, Jr.'s father Kenneth L. Young.

Died 10-05-1983. Kenneth L. Young, 56, Rural Route 2, Godfrey, died at 12:30 pm May 10 at Christian Northwest Hospital, in Florissant, Missouri. He was born September 25, 1926, in Jersey County, the son of Blanche (Hutchinson) Young of Jerseyville and the late Walter A. Young. He married Dorothy Groves in 1948 in Jerseyville. Young retired from Laclede Steel in 1975. He is survived by his wife, mother 2 sons, Kenneth Young, Jr. of Godfrey and Kevin at home; 4 daughters, Patricia Young, and Carol McCoy of Grafton, Karen Freeman of Jerseyville and Barbara Young of Dow; and 5 grandchildren. Also surviving are 8 Sisters, Bernice Hazelwood, Shirley Carter and Lois Fitzgibbons, all of Jerseyville, Alice Baker of Alton, Marie Cumby of Jacksonville, Judy Saragosa of Wood River, Sylvia Carter of Mt. Olive and Eileen McKelvey of Cahokia. He was preceded in death by his father and 1 brother. Funeral services were held at 10 am May 14 at Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Rev. William Turner of Assembly of God church, Newbern, officiated, with burial in Valhalla Memorial Park. Memorials may be given to the American Lung Association and the American Heart Association.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who graduated high school with me from Jersey Community High School in 1961, my cousin, Virgil Griffin's sister Geneva Ruth McClintock.

Geneva Ruth McClintock, 69, died at 2:17 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006, at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis. Born March 23, 1937, in Fieldon, she was the daughter of Wesley Charles Griffin and Anna (Westfall) Griffin Coleman. She was a member of the Holy Ghost Church in Jerseyville. Survivors include one son, John McClintock Sr. of Jerseyville; four grandchildren, John McClintock Jr. of Moline, Ill., and Erikia, Lance and Alex McClintock, all of Jerseyville; two great-grandchildren, Dylan Riley and Chloe McClintock; and one sister, Eunice Fugett of Portland, Ore. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Norma Jean Griffin and Viola Godar; and three brothers, Virgil, Melvin and Harold Griffin. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Alexander and Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. The Rev. William Hembrow will officiate. Burial will be at Grimes-Neely Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who graduated high school with me from Jersey Community High School in 1961, Patricia Marie (Maness) Cummings's brother Frank Maness.

Frank Maness, 55, died at 9:09 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at his home. He was born Dec. 5, 1952, in Alton to Henry "Bud" and Vernadean (Wolfe) Maness. He had worked at Olin in East Alton for 30 years. Survivors include one sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and George Cummings of Dow; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and Linda Maness of Bethalto, Gary and Bertha Maness of Wildwood, Fla., and Donald and Chris Maness of Jerseyville; and several beloved nieces and nephews. His parents preceded him in death. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Alexander and Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where the Rev. Jon Lorch will officiate at services at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11. Burial will be at Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jerseyville Public Library.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who graduated high school with me from Jersey Community High School in 1961, Joan (Margeson) Brannan's father Jesse Leon Margeson.

Died 17-05-1974. Funeral services for Jesse Leon Margeson, 72, a resident in the Kane area for the past 30 years, were held Sunday afternoon, May 19, at hires Funeral Home in Carrollton. He died at 1:45 a.m. Friday, may 17, at the Boyd Memorial hospital where he had been a patient for the past four days. His death followed an extended illness. The Rev. Chester Sutton of Jerseyville officiated and interment was in the Jalappa cemetery near Kane. Mr. Margeson had worked at McDonnel-Douglas Aircraft in St. Louis for 13 years and also a retired farmer. He was born in Lawton, Iowa, January 12, 1902, the son of the late George and Eva Garlow Margeson. He married the former Hazel Daniels in 1922 in Maquoketa, Iowa. His survivors are his wife, Hazel; four daughters, Mrs. Leo (Lola) Abbott of Kane, Mrs. Garnett (Margaret) Lamb of Hamel, Mrs. Ronald (Joann) Byland, Carrollton, Mrs. L. W. (Joan) Brannan of Jacksonville; two sons Marvin of Jerseyville, and Darriell of Carrollton; 24 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one brother, Oley of Maquoketa, Iowa; and two sister, Mrs. Howard McCutcheon of Apache Junction, Arizona, and Mrs. Margaret Stevens of Monterey Park, California. His parents, two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Crull and Myrtle Margeson, one sister and five brothers preceded him in death. The American Cancer society has been designated as a memorial.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who graduated high school with me from Jersey Community High School in 1961, Robert Halter's mother Mary Eva (Walz) Halter.

Mary Eva Halter, 85, died at 10:35 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, at Willow Rose Rehabilitation and Health Care in Jerseyville. She was born Aug. 20, 1922, in Jersey County, daughter of Fred J. and Alta (Simons) Walz. Her marriage to Cornelius Halter took place Sept. 3, 1938, in St. Charles, Mo. He died Aug. 6, 1973. A lifelong resident of Jersey County, she was very proud of her 34 years of dedicated service to Jersey Community Hospital, where she was a nurse's assistant in their obstetrics department. She took great pride in presenting many newborn babies to their proud parents. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara Joann and Harold Koenig of Jerseyville; a son-in-law, Raymond Hess of Genoa, Ill.; a daughter-in-law, Jean Halter of Nashville, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous loving nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Robert Halter; a daughter, Janet Hess; two grandchildren, Douglas Halter and Laura Koenig; a great-grandson, Anthony Joseph Larson; a brother, Fred Walz; three sisters, Nellie Isringhausen, Balbina Tohill and Irene Ewin; and two half sisters, Minnie Holtmann and Katherine Rice. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Peace United Church of Christ in Jerseyville, where she was a member. The Rev. Ed Campbell will officiate. Burial will be at Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey. Memorials may be given to the Peace United Church of Christ or VNA TIP Hospice.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, Guy Devening's father Edwin "E. T" Devening.

Edwin "E. T." Devening, 75, died October 23, 1983 at Christian hospital ne in St. Louis. Visitation and services were held at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Rev Robert Broeder officiated and burial was in Gunterman cemetery. Born September 14, 1908 in Hardin, he was a son of the late Lee & Catherine (Hamilton) Devening and was a farmer and trustee of Gunterman cemetery. His survivors include 1 son, Guy Devening of Fieldon; 3 daughters, Marie Jackson, Medora, Katherine Wessel, Fieldon; and 2 sisters, Hazel Devening and Margaret Hagen, both of Fieldon; 13 grandchildren. His wife, Minnie Hagen, died November 15, 1982. Masonic services were conducted by Fieldon Lodge. Memorials may be given to Gunterman cemetery.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, a daughter of my mother's cousin William Henry Shults., Patricia Louise (Shults) Rench's mother Ethel M. (Boomer) Shults McGowen.

Ethel M. (Boomer) McGowen, 82, died at 5:05 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 2002, at Jersey Community Hospital in Jerseyville. She was born Nov. 28, 1919, in Jersey County to Roy and Delia Ione (Gettings) Boomer. She married William Henry Shults Oct. 10, 1935, in Jerseyville. He died in November 1974. She married Walter E. McGowen Oct. 20, 1978, in Jerseyville. He survives. A homemaker, she was a member of Peace United Church of Christ in Jerseyville. In addition to her husband, surviving are a daughter and her husband, Pat and Jim Rench of Jerseyville; three stepsons and their wives, Gene and Becky McGowen of Brighton, Mike McGowen and Tim and Tonya McGowen, all of Jerseyville; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren; and four sisters and their husbands, Violet and Wilbert Fraley, Inez and Joe French, Naomi and Charles Webster, all of Jerseyville, and Eva McIntire of Rosewood Heights. Besides her parents and first husband, preceding her in death was a daughter, Shirley Schnieder. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where services took place at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Wilbur Cain officiated. Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville. Memorials may be made to Charity Christian Church Building Fund, Alzheimer's Disease Research or Peace United Church of Christ.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who graduated with me in 1961 from Jersey Community High School, who's father married my sister's husband Joseph Alben's sister the former Josephine Alben, Carole Lee Mayhall's father Amiel Mayhall.

Amiel Mayhall, 89, died at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 13, 2001, at his home. He was born March 19, 1912, in Chautauqua, a son of the late James Henry and Laura Ann (Brown) Mayhall. A lifelong resident of Fern Glen Valley, he recently moved to Jerseyville because of his ill health. A pipefitter by trade, he began working at Shell Oil Co., where he remained for 19 years, until he began working on construction as a pipefitter with Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local No. 553, of which he was a 65-year member. He married the former Josephine Alben Oct. 17, 1936, in Alton. She survives. Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Harold and Christine Phillips of Godfrey and Gene and Maggie Mayhall of Granite City; four daughters and sons-in-law, Sonya and Gary Whyte of Godfrey, Barbara and Ronald Short of Jerseyville, Carole Mayhall of St. Louis and Alyce and William Gibbs of Del Mar, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and a brother and sister-in-law, Henry J. and Alyce Mayhall of Manchester, Mo. He was preceded in death by two infant sons, Richard and George; two sisters, Cora Ince and Bessie Chadderton; and three brothers, Harold Mayhall, Lawrence Mayhall and James Henry Mayhall. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday. David McElwain will offficiate. He will be laid to rest in Scenic Hill Cemetery in Grafton. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society-Jersey County Relay for Life.

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The obituary of a relative of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, Robert Pruitt and Joseph Pruitt's mother Jessie W. (Tozer) Pruitt.

1985: Fieldon - Jessie W. Pruitt, 60, died at 5:35 am today 25 September 1985 at Christian Hospital Northeast in St. Louis. She was born 13 February 1925 in Petersburg, a daughter of Alice (Rogers) Tozer of Carrollton and the late James Tozer. On 11 April 1944 in Phoenix City, Alabama, she married Leo "Cotton" Pruitt who survives. She was a member of the Business Booster Club of Fieldon and Jerseyville Eagles' Auxiliary. In addition to her husband Leo of Fieldon and mother Alice Tozer of Carrollton, surviving are two sons, Robert and Joseph, both of Godfrey; four grandchildren; one brother, Charles Tozer of Carrollton; and two sisters, Alice Pegram and Loraine Schofield, both of Carrollton. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 pm Wednesday at Jacoby brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville where services will be conducted at 1:30 pm. Thursday with the Rev. Wayne Pendleton officiating. Burial will be in Fieldon cemetery.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, a granddaughter of my mother's cousin Josephine (Kraushaar) Maltimore, Carrie Sue (maltimore) Stephen's father Joseph Maltimore.

Died 20-07-1979. Services for Joseph Maltimore, 60, of Route 3 Jerseyville were conducted Sunday afternoon at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home by the Rev. R. E. George. Burial was in Oak Grove cemetery. His death occurred at 2:45 p.m. July 20 at St. Elizabeth's hospital in Granite City. Born in Greene County November 24, 1918, he was a son of Edward and Josephine Kraushaar Maltimore. Maltimore was employed at Laclede Steel and was a World War II veteran. His survivors are his wife, Evelyn; his mother, three Sons, Gilbert of Greenfield, Howard of Fieldon and Larry of Alton; three Daughters, Mary Lou Baker and Carrie Stephens of Jerseyville and Linda Pilger of Godfrey; one brother, Perry of Jerseyville; three Sisters, Mary Foster and Bonita Sherman, both of Jerseyville and Opal Kruckerburg of Godfrey; 10 grandchildren. A daughter, Joann Maltimore, preceded him in death.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, a granddaughter of my mother's cousin Elizabeth (Kraushaar) Tucker, Carmen (Tucker) Woodring's father Arthur E. "Bud" Tucker.

Arthur E. Tucker, 75, died at 5:29 pm Sunday, April 1, 1990, at Jersey Community hospital. He was a construction laborer with Local 646. Born in Jersey County, he was the son of the late James & Elizabeth (Kraushaar) Tucker. Surviving are 3 daughters, Beth Fry of Delhi, Carmen Woodring of Fidelity and Kathy Plough of Jerseyville; 10 grandchildren; 12 g-grandchildren; 1 sister, Eva Dunsin of Jerseyville; and 1 brother, Howard Tucker of Jerseyville. Preceding him in death were 1 son, Arthur L. Tucker; 1 grandson; 2 brothers, Jerome and Alfred Tucker; and 1 sister, Jesse Cope. Services are at 2 pm today at Jacoby-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jerseyville with Rev. Richard George officiating. Burial is in Grimes cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Church of the Nazarene of Jerseyville.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, Vincent Edward Heitzig's mother Doris Lee (Long) Heitzig.

Doris Lee Heitzig, 75, died at 2 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2000, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born March 31, 1925, in Jerseyville, the daughter of Hazel (Mourning) Davis of Jerseyville, and the late Thomas Long. For many years, she lived on their farm near Fieldon, where she assisted on the farm and raised her family of five children alongside her husband, Vincent Heitzig, whom she married Dec. 27, 1944, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fieldon. She lived on the farm until his death March 28, 1988, and moved to town shortly thereafter. She is survived by her five children and their spouses, Vincent Edward and Judy Heitzig of Jerseyville, Debbie and Terry Drainer of Roselle, BeBe and Mike Hodge of South Lake, Texas, Dennis Heitzig of St. Louis and Dianna and Rick Bain of Jerseyville; eight grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; and her brother, Richard Long of California. She is also survived by her care giver who became her dear friend, Mary Sterling. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fieldon. She will be laid to rest at St. Mary's Cemetery in Fieldon. Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, a grandson of my mother's cousin Clarence Kraushaar., Sherman Kraushaar Jr.'s father Sherman Lee Kraushaar Sr.

Sherman Lee Kraushaar, 95, died at 5:35 a.m. Thursday, June 7, 2007, at Jerseyville Manor Nursing Home. Born Sept. 24, 1911, in Fieldon, he was one of four children of Clarence and Charlotte "Lottie" (Atwood) Kraushaar. He served with the U.S. Army for several years, serving in Iran, and retired in 1973 from Olin Corp. in East Alton after 21 years of service. He married the former Rosaella Vinyard on Jan. 12, 1946, in Jerseyville, and they shared 60 years together before her death on July 28, 2006. Surviving are a son, Sherman Kraushaar of Jerseyville; three daughters and a son-in-law, Bonnie Kinder of Golden Eagle; Shirley Davidsmeyer of Carrollton and Connie and Joe Pruitt of Godfrey; a son-in-law, Robert Pruitt of Godfrey; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Kay (Kraushaar) Pruitt, on June 20, 2006; and three sisters, Beulah Delp, Myrtle Delp and Mary Lyles. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday. Burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville, with the Jerseyville American Legion Post 492 conducting military rites. Memorials may be given to the firing squad of the Jerseyville American Legion.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, Joann (Schaaf) Cunningham's mother Cora A. (Legate) Schaaf.

Cora A. Schaaf, 88, died at 12:44 a.m. Monday, July 2, 2007, at Willow Rose Rehabilitation and Health Care in Jerseyville. She was born in Grafton on Nov. 21, 1918, one of nine children born to the late Harry and Alma (Suddeth) Legate. She married William C. Schaaf on Dec. 2, 1936, in Jerseyville, and the two farmed for many years before moving into Jerseyville in 1961. She then began working at several restaurants, including Walkers Five and Dime and Sav-Mor. The couple shared nearly 57 years together before his death on July 13, 1993. Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Edna and Edgar Short and Joann and Paul Cunningham, all of Jerseyville; three grandchildren and their spouses, Martin and Cathy Short, Terry and Carolyn Short and Cynthia Stamper, all of Jerseyville; great-grandchildren, Eric, Zachary, Travis and Faith Short and Corey and Codey Stamper; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death was an infant son; a granddaughter, Denise Cunningham; a grandson-in-law, Avery "Curt" Stamper; and eight siblings. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday. The Rev. Doug Haynes will officiate. Burial will be at Fieldon Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Church of the Nazarene in Jerseyville.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, Charles Schaaf's mother Cora Alice (Ford) Schaaf Varble.

Cora Alice Schaaf Varble, 86, died at 6:45 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2008, at Jerseyville Manor Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 4, 1921, in Kane, the daughter of Louis and Nettie (Dunham) Ford. She married Julius "Dude" Schaaf of Fieldon and together they were the parents of 10 children before their eventual divorce. After the divorce, she operated a restaurant in Fieldon and was a nurse's aide at Garnet's Chateau. She met Glen G. Varble and the two later married on Dec. 18, 1975, in Alton. After their marriage, they moved to Pearl, where she began working at Brown Shoe Company and later as a nurse's aide at the Community Care Center, both in Pittsfield. Her husband's declining health forced her to retire and he passed away Jan. 15, 1994, after 18 happy years of a happy marriage. Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Joe Roth of Fieldon and Carol and Jeff Barnett of Mount Sterling, Ill.; six sons and daughters-in-law, Russell Schaaf of Cottage Hills, Robert and Carolyn Schaaf and Kenneth W. "Bill" and Alice Schaaf, all of Jerseyville, Charles and Edna Schaaf, Donald and Barbara Schaaf, all of Fieldon, and Jim and Marcia Schaaf of Griggsville, Ill.; 25 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; two brothers, William "Woody" Ford of Kane and Wilbert Ford of Springfield, Ill. She was preceded in death by her parents; two infant children; a daughter-in-law, Marge Schaaf; three brothers, Henry, Ernest and Winslin Ford; and two sisters, Frances Wilson and Edna Pickett. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 2, at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where the Rev. Barbara Alley will conduct services at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 3. Burial will be at Mount Gilead Cemetery in Carrollton. Memorials may be given to the Fieldon United Church of Christ or to the Blessing Hospice of Greene County.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, Donald Russell's father Charles William Russell.

Died 01-21-1970. Charles William Russell, 80, of Jerseyville died January 21, at Jersey Community hospital. Services were held Saturday afternoon at 1:30 pm at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where visitation was held Friday pm. Rev. Roy Hill of Gillespie officiated at the rites. A retired farmer, he was born July 5, 1889 in Oswego, KS, the son of Reuben & Martha (Hand) Russell. He is survived by his wife, Anna (Minard?) Russell; 5 sons, John of Hettick, Clarence of Kane, Alfred, Charles and Donald of Jerseyville; 2 daughters, Mrs. Leona Strebel of Jerseyville and Mrs. Esther Branham of Delhi; 24 grandchildren; 7 g-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Paul Russell of Carrollton and Harold Russell of Jerseyville; and 1 sister Mrs. Pearl McGowen, also of Jerseyville. 2 sons preceded him in death.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, Mary (Ayres) Cresswell's brother Everett Zadock Ayres.

Everett Zadock Ayres, 72, died at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at Memorial Medical Center in Belleville. He was born Dec. 22, 1927, in Otterville, a son of the late Ernest and Freda (McCoy) Ayres. For 30 years he worked on the railroad as a carman and retired from Conrail in 1982. In addition, he also operated a landscaping business in Belleville for many years. As a young man he enjoyed the outdoors and hunting and will be missed by his family as well as friends. He married the former Levetta Weller May 31, 1947, and they enjoyed 53 years of marriage. Their union brought five children and their spouses, Ernest and Barb Ayres of Jerseyville, Everett and Joyce Ayres of Highland, Margaret and James Keck of Highland, Delbert and Rebecca Ayres of Collinsville and Brenda and Paul Niemaczek of O'Fallon; 10 grandchildren and their spouses, Jeanette and Bryan Wildermuth of Highland, Jennifer and Jason Patterson of Bement, Kristina and Andy Cooksey of Highland, Jason and Rebecca Ayres of Godfrey, Joshua and Jennifer Ayres of Edwardsville, Jessica Daniels of Collinsville, Hannah and Matthew McKittrick of Highland, Caleb Ayres of Highland, Jeremiah and Kyle Niemaczek, both of O'Fallon. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters and their spouses, Hazel Wallace of Alton, Vernon and Mildred Ayres of Grafton, Raymond and Connie Ayres of Jerseyville, Juanita and Ed Garrett of Virden, Grace and Hap Oliver of Jerseyville, Phyllis and Gary Haynes of Jerseyville and Mary and Ronald Cresswell of Elsah. He was preceded in death by an infant grandson, Keith Everett Keck; a brother, Harold E. Ayres; and two infant sisters, Marita and Emma Ayres. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday. His son-in-law, James Keck, officiated. He was laid to rest in Noble Cemetery in Otterville. Memorial gifts may be given to a local hospice in care of the funeral home.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, a son of my mother's cousin William Kraushaar Sr., William Kraushaar Jr.'s mother Sylvia L. (Carter) Kraushaar.

Mrs. Sylvia Kraushaar, 74, 200 McBride St., Jerseyville, IL died at 5:10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at St. Luke's West Hospital. Mrs. Kraushaar was born Sept. 3, 1910 in Illinois. She married William Kraushaar, and he died Jan. 17, 1962. She is survived by three sons, William of Miami, Fla., Richard of Texas, and Ron of Jerseyville; a daughter, Judy Tanner of Brighton; a brother, Fred Carter of Alton, and seven grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home on Friday, Oct. 19 with Reverend R. E. George officiating. Burial was in the Fieldon Cemetery.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, a son of my mother's cousin Otto Henry Kraushaar, Richard Kraushaar's father Otto Henry Kraushaar.

Otto Henry Kraushaar, 90, of Michael, died Saturday, July 27, 1996 at the home of his son with whom he lived. He was a lifetime farmer, retiring in 1970. He was a member of the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Jerseyville. Born November 19, 1905 in Richwood Township in Jersey County, he was the son of the late Joseph and Christina (Martin) Kraushaar. He married Adaline McCartney May 13, 1924 in Jersey County and she died May 26, 1985. Surviving are three daughters, Mable Dunham of Alton, Virginia Jones of Michael and Judy Byrd of Wood River; one son and daughter-in-law Richard and Rita Kraushaar of Michael; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Irma Rose Kraushaar and Mary Lee Barbary; five brothers, Chris, Charles, Fred, Herb and Clarence Kraushaar; six sisters, Elizabeth Tucker, Inas Gallup, Kate Goshorn, Julie Cross, Anna Mayfield and Josephine Maltimore, and one grandson, Roger Dunham. Visitation was held Sunday at Jacoby Funeral Home in Jerseyville. The funeral was conducted Monday, July 29, 1996 at Jacoby Funeral Home in Jerseyville with Rev. William Hembrow officiating. Burial was in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Jerseyville. Memorials may be made to the Calhoun County Meals Plus or Calhoun County Health Department.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, my cousin, Joann (Westfall) Brown's mother Bertha E. (Wanick) Westfall.

Bertha E. Westfall, 90, died at 7:58 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2008, at Heritage Manor in Gillespie. She was born July 25, 1918, in Eldred to Julius and Lula (Cornelius) Wanick. Her marriage to Floyd N. Westfall took place June 15, 1935, in Jerseyville. She was a member of Ss. Simon and Jude Church in Gillespie and a volunteer at the Gillespie Caring Center. Survivors include seven grandchildren, Dan Brown, Randy Brown, Michael Westfall, Jamie Westfall, Jason Westfall, Brenda, and Donna Palicka; several great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and a son-in-law, Lyle Brown. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one son, Floyd Westfall Jr.; and one daughter, Joann Brown. Visitation will be from 10 until time of services at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie. Monsignor Larry Auda will officiate. Burial will be at Grimes Cemetery in Jerseyville.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, a daughter of my cousin Viola F. (Griffin) Godar, Wanda Faye (Godar) Groppel's mother Viola F. (Griffin) Godar.

Viola F. Godar, 59, died at 2:05 a.m. Monday Nov. 11, 1985 at Greenwood Manor nursing Home in Jerseyville. She was born in Jersey County, a daughter of Anna (Coleman) Griffin of Jerseyville and the late Wesley Griffin. On April 28, 1942, she married Alfred Godar, who survives. In addition to her mother and husband, surviving are one son, Dwain of Fieldon; three daughters, Wanda Groppel, Theresa Killion and Sylvia Chandler, all of Jerseyville; 10 grandchildren; two brothers, Harold Griffin of Washington and Virgil Griffin of Jerseyville; and two sisters. Eunice Kessler of Oregon and Jeneva McClintock of Arizona. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where a rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fieldon at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. William Hembrow as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the church where she was a member.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, a daughter of my cousin Harold Wesley Griffin, Virginia (Griffin) Ward's father Harold Wesley Griffin.

Harold Wesley Griffin October 7, 1924 - June 17, 2002. Harold Wesley Griffin, 77, who lived recently in Coupeville, Washington, and had moved there from Goldbar, Washington, was born in Otterville, Illinois. Harold is survived by his wife, Alice; a daughter Virginia & (Paul) Ward of Jerseyville, Illinois; a son, Ronald & (Mildred) Griffin of Goldbar; a son, David & (Virginia) Griffin of Sultan; sisters, Eunice Kessler of Portland, Oregon; and Geneva McClintock of Jerseyville; 6 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Wilma in 1991; by two children Rosemary & Mitchell Griffin; two brothers, Virgil & Melvin Griffin; and two sisters Viola Godar & Norma Jean Griffin.

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The obituary of a relative of one my high school classmates who graduated with me in 1961 from Jersey Community High School, a grandson of my mother Lovie (Kraushaar) Westfall's cousin Clarence Kraushaar, Sherman Frank Lyles's mother Mary Edith (Kraushaar) Lyles.

Mary Edith Lyles, 71, died at 4:01 pm Friday, 22 Feb. 1991 at home. Born in Rosedale township, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Charlotte (Atwood) Kraushaar. She married Lloyd Leon Lyles Sr. on 18 Jan. 1934 in Fieldon. He died 2 Feb. 1982. Surviving are three Daughters, Charlotte Dawson of Alton, Linda Cheek of Delhi and Mary Lee Dunham of Fieldon; five sons, Lloyd Leon Lyles, Jr. Of Jerseyville, James Thomas Lyles of Winder, Ga., Sherman Frank Lyles of Mount Vernon, David Edward Lyles of Taylorville and Gary Neal Lyles of Fieldon; 33 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; a sister, Beulah Fryman of Jerseyville; and a brother, Sherman Kraushaar of Jerseyville. Preceding her in death were a grandson; and a sister, Myrtle Delp. Visitation is from 4 to 9 pm today at Jacoby-Schroeder funeral home in Jerseyville, where services are at 10 am Monday. Kevin Shaw will officiate. Burial is in Fieldon cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, my cousin, Victor Kraushaar's father Raymond Charles Kraushaar.

Final services for Raymond Charles kraushaar, 68, of 1008 Warren St., Jerseyville were held Nov. 17, 1975 at Jacoby Funeral Home with the Rev. Dorcie Hill officiating. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery. His death occured at 8:15 a.m. on Nov. 15 at the Jersey Community Hospital. A retired truck driver, he was born Nov. 22, 1906 in Fieldon, a son of Charles and Caroline (Haushalter) Kraushaar. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge. His survivors are his widow, Mrs. Mildred (Adams) Kraushaar; two sons, Clifford and Victor of Jerseyville; nine grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Lovie Westfall of Pearl and Lizzie Horn of Waverly, Iowa. His parents and one sister preceded him in death. The family designated the Heart Fund as a memorial.

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The obituary of a relative of one my high school classmates who graduated with me in 1961 from Jersey Community High School, Marcella (Briggs) Lyles's mother Pearl M. (Cope) Briggs.

Pearl M. (Cope) Briggs, born 25-12-1905, Fieldon, Jersey County, Illinois, died 22-01-1980, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. Pearl M. Briggs, 74, of Jerseyville, died Jan. 22, at Jersey Community hospital. Her husband was the late William Jefferson Briggs Sr. Services were held at Jacoby Brothers Funeral home in Jerseyville. Rev Leo Nafd Todd officiated and burial was in Oak Grove cemetery. She was born Dec. 25, 1905 at Fieldon, a daughter of Lonnie M. & Eliza Jane (Plum) Cope. Survivors are 2 sons, Charles W Briggs and Morris Briggs both of Jerseyville; 6 daughters, Thelma Davis, Kane, Grace Kanallakan, Barbara Lyles and Marcella Lyles, Jerseyville, Elsie Simpson, Winston Salem, NC and Betty Roberts, Dow; 1 brother, Earl Cope of Michigan; 1 sister, Mary Silk of Godfrey; 31 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 sons, Paul and William Jr., 4 brothers and 1 sister. Memorials may be given to the Art fund.

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The obituary of a relative of my high school classmates who graduated high school with me from Jersey Community High School in 1961, Samuel Woodring and Marlin Woodring's father Odie G Woodring.

Died 26-11-1981. Odie G Woodring, 68, of Jerseyville, died November 26, at St. Joseph hospital. The WW II Navy Veteran was born June 21, 1913 in Ky, a son of John & Stella (Burklow) Woodring. He was a furnace operator at Olin where he retired in 1975. He is survived by his wife, Frances (Estes) Woodring, whom he married April 11, 1935 in Hardin; 2 sons, Marlin, Jerseyville and Samuel, Medora; 5 daughters, Gwen Calvert, Janet Gettings and Barbara Cain, Jerseyville; Phyliss Vinyard, Roodhouse and Susie Glass, Wood River; 24 grandchildren; 6 g-grandchildren; 2 bros, Lynn Ray Woodring, Henderson, KY and Charles Woodring, Louisville, Ky.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, Maurice B. "MB" Williams's father Maurice B. Williams.

Maurice B. Williams, 89, died at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at Jersey Community Hospital in Jerseyville. Born March 7, 1918, in Fieldon, he served with the U.S. Army during World War II from 1942 until 1946. He was a self-employed truck driver for 61 years, served as a school trustee since 1964 and served on the Jerseyville Mutual Insurance board for 21 years. He was a member of Fieldon United Church of Christ since 1926 and Fieldon Masonic Lodge 592. He married Ruby I. Lyles on July 26, 1941, in Elsberry, Mo. She died in August 1994. He and Katherine Bruns-Booth were married on Jan. 24, 1997, in Roxana. She survives. Also surviving are five sons and four daughters-in-law, Maurice B. "MB" and Karen Williams of Carrollton, Merle L. Williams of Fieldon, Dennis D. and Vicki Williams, Don E. and Donna Williams and Gil L. and Karen Williams, all of Jerseyville; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lela Siedlar of East Alton and Emma Berkel of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and two adopted nieces, Phyllis Frazer and Bernice Guilander. Besides his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Janet Williams; a sister, Imogene Tindall; and grandparents, Oscar and Emmaline Williams. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Alexander & Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville, with Masonic funeral rites by Fieldon Lodge 592 at 3:30 p.m. Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Fieldon United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Barbara Alley officiating. Burial, with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 492 of Jerseyville, will be at Fieldon Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Fieldon United Church of Christ.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, Nancy (Mundy) Birkenstock's father Charles Wesley Mundy.

Died 30-04-1979. Dated 5/3/79: Services for Charles Wesley Mundy, 63, of rural Fieldon will be held at 1 pm Friday at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home with the Rev. Wilbur Cain officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery. His death occurred at 8:45 pm April 30 at Blu-Fountain Manor in Godfrey. Born in Jersey County March 7 1916 he was a son of Harvey V. and Rozena Crawford Mundy and was a laborer. His survivors are his wife, the Former Julia Pitchford whom he married December 31,1938; one son, Harvey L. Mundy of Yuma, Arizona; three Daughters, Shiley Skaggs, Victoria, Texas, Nancy Birkenstock, Woodson Terrace, Missouri, and Lois Greenwell, Kane; 11 grandchildren. Also surviving are four Brothers, Roy Mundy, Alton, Al, Brighton, Robert, Eugene, Oregon, and Richard, Seattle, Washington; seven sisters, Betty of Arizona, Martha McQuagge, Washington, Aldora Miller, Eileen Crew, Lela Williams and Lillian Lamparter of Alton. Visitation from 4 to 9 pm Thursday at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home where Masonic services will be conducted at 7 pm. The American Cancer society has been designated as a memorial.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, Nancy (Mundy) Goodman's mother Julia Elizabeth (Pitchford) Mundy.

VICTORIA, TEXAS Julia Elizabeth Mundy, 94, formerly of Jerseyville, died at 1:01 a.m., Thursday, November 26, 2015 at the Twin Pines Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Victoria. She was born in Rockbridge on Oct. 8, 1921, and was the last surviving child born to the late Avery Lewis and Artie Bell (Burger) Pitchford. She married Charles Wesley Mundy Sr. on Dec. 31, 1938, and together they made their home and raised their family of five children in the Nutwood area. The two shared 40 years together before his death on April 30, 1979, after which Julia moved into Jerseyville. She relocated to Victoria two years ago due to her health and her desire to be near her family. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Harvey and Linda Mundy of St. Paul, N.C.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Kenneth Goodman of St. Genevieve, Mo., Shirley and Harold Skaggs of Comanche, Texas, and Lois and Patrick Cazinha of Victoria, Texas.; 12 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, siblings, and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Charles Wesley Mundy Jr. on Nov. 25, 1964; a grandson, Cameron Lee Skaggs. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Charity Christian Center in Jerseyville, with Rev. Wilbur Cain officiating. Burial will be alongside her husband at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville. Memorials may be given to the Charity Christian Center in Jerseyville.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, William Camerer's father John H. Camerer.

John H. Camerer, 75, of Godfrey, formerly of Pearl, died Thursday, May 16, 1991 in St. Anthony's Hospital in Alton. Born Nov. 26, 1915 in Eldred, Mr Camerer was a son of John B. and Rosetta (Graham) Camerer. He married Vera M. Davis on April 8, 1937, in Hardin. She survives. Mr Camerer had been employed by Federal Steel in East Alton and retired in 1979. He was an Army Veteran of World War II. Survivors also include to daughters, Loraine Garner of Winfield, Kan., and Bona Lambert of Ava; four sons, Dean and Paul Camerer of Jerseyville, William Camerer of Michael and Phillip Camerer of St. Louis; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Lucille Sharrow of Pearl and Louise Riley of Carrollton. Mr Camerer was preceded in death by a sister, Elva Wooldridge and a brother, Alvin Camerer. Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday in the Hanks-Gubser Funeral Home in Pearl by Joe Rowlett. Burial was in Green Pond Cemetery near Pearl. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

William Camerer's mother Vera M. (Davis) Camerer's obituary - Vera M. Camerer, 75, of Jerseyville, formerly of Pearl, died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 1994 in Jersey Community Hospital in Jerseyville. Born Jan. 29, 1919 in Pearl, Mrs. Camerer was the daughter of Edward and Emma Silkwood Davis. She married John H. Camerer April 18, 1937 in Hardin. He died May 16, 1991. Survivors include a daughter, Lorraine Garner of Winfield, Kan; three sons, Dean and Paul of Jerseyville, and William of Michael; a brother William Davis of New Canton; 17 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Camerer was preceded in death by a daughter, Bona Lambert; a son, Philip Camerer; and two brothers in infancy. Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Hanks-Gubser Funeral Home in Pearl by the Rev. Robert A. McAdams. Burial was in Green Pond Cemetery at Pearl. Memorials may be made to the Jersey Community Hospital or the Jerseyville Health Care Center.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who graduated with me in 1961 from Jersey Community High School, Robert Gilman's father William David "Bill" Gilman.

William David "Bill" Gilman, 73, died December 15, 1990 at Jersey County Memorial hospital. Born in Elvins, MO he was the son of the Late George S & Mary Louise (Usher) Gilman. He was a past Master at Fieldon Masonic Temple 592, a member of Shrine and Scottish Rights, past Pres of Community Unit District 100 School Board, Honorary Chapter Farmer of Jersey County FFA, Member of Ag Stagilization Conservation and a self employed farmer. He married Naomi (Gropple) Gilman September 11, 1940, in Fieldon and she survives. Also surviving are 1 daughter, Linda King of Jerseyville; 4 sons, Carl and Robert of Fieldon, Roger of Hardin and Fred of Kampsville; 9 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren and 2 step g-grandchildren; 2 Sisters, Leoria Short, Columbus, MO and Priscilla Devine of Florissanst, MO; 2 brothers, Therain Gilman of Jerseyville and Gerald Gilman of Edwardsville; and 1 step sister, Bernice Poleet of Elvis. Preceding him in death were 2 brothers, Clyde and Willard Gilman; and 1 sister, Virginia Catherine Stevens. Visitation was at Jacoby Brothers funeral home in Jerseyville. Masonic services were held. Funeral services were at funeral home with Revs Rick Francis and John Gaydos officiating. Burial was in Fieldon cemetery. Memorials may be given to Shriner Hospital for Crippled Children in St. Louis.

Robert Gilman's mother Naomi (Groppel) Gilman's obituary - Naomi Gilman, 87, died at 11:10 p.m. Monday, April 24, 2006, at her home. Born June 12, 1918, in Fieldon, she was one of three children of Charles H. and Hettie (Isringhausen) Groppel. She married William O. Gilman on Sept. 11, 1940, in Fieldon. They shared 50 years together before his death on Dec. 15, 1990. A lifelong resident of Jersey County, she dedicated herself to her family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and spent her adult life caring for her children and assisting her husband on their farm in the Fieldon area. After retirement in 1980, they moved to Jerseyville. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Larry King of Jerseyville; four sons and daughters-in-law, Carl and Jean Gilman of Fieldon, Roger and Barbara Gilman of Hardin, Robert and DeeDee Gilman of Jerseyville and Frederick and Mary Gilman of Michael; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Kevin and Heather Gilman of Hardin, Julie and Rex Schofield of Jerseyville, Susan and Kevin Ayers of Jerseyville, Kristy and Mark Baalman of Hardin, Jayson and Jenny King of Jerseyville, Jamie and Brian Anderson of Godfrey,David and Renee Gilman of Fieldon and Charles and Ann Gilman of Hardin; and 17 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Tony Gilman, who was the first American killed during the Kosovo peacekeeping mission; and two brothers, Raymond and Robert Groppel. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the Fieldon United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Barbara Alley officiating. She will be laid to rest beside her husband at the Fieldon Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Blessing Hospice of Greene County or the Fieldon United Church of Christ building fund, where she was a longtime member.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who graduated with me in 1961 from Jersey Community High School, Sandra Kaye (Woolsey) Stanley's father Lester W, Woolsey.

Died 22-02-1989. Lester W Woolsey, 76, died February 22 at Jersey Community hospital. He was a self-employed barber for 30 years retiring in 1972. He was born in Jersey County, son of the late Steven & Eva (Hutchens) Woolsey. He married Edith (Dwyer) Woolsey, September 21, 1969, in Jersey County, and she survives. Also surviving are 2 sons, Rodney W Woolsey, Jerseyville and Arbie D Woolsey, Yucaipa, CA; 2 daughters, Eva Sharol Backeus and Sandra K Stanley, both of Bellville; 2 stepsons, Harold Tucker, Ft Madison, WI, and Clifford A Tucker, Jerseyville; 2 stepdau, Phyllis Frazier, Jerseyville; 16 grandchildren; 11 step grandchildren; and many g-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 1 stepson, Reginald D Tucker, 4 sisters and 3 brothers. Visitation was at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Services were held there with Revs Earl Clagg and Joy Settles officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be given to American Diabetes Foundation or American Heart Assoc.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who graduated with me in 1961 from Jersey Community High School, Mylas Woolsey's father David D Woolsey.

Died 17-02-1987. David D Woolsey, 74, died February 17, at Christian hospital NE, St. Louis. He was employed 25 years at Laclede Steel, retiring in 1975. Born in Jersey County, he was a son of the late Myles & Edith (Dare) Woolsey. Surviving are his wife, Christina (Liles) Woolsey, Jerseyville; 1 son, Mylas Woolsey, Jerseyville; 1 brother, Dean Woolsey, Jerseyville; and 1 sister, Jerry (Woolsey) Barrow, of Florida. Visitation was at Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. The body was moved to First Assembly of God Church where Rev Wayne Pendleton conducted the final rites. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be given to First Assembly of God Church.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who graduated with me in 1961 from Jersey Community High School, Jerry Weigel's father Robert "Bob" Weigel.

Died 06-12-1988. Robert "Bob" Weigel, 78, died December 6, 1988 at Jersey Community hospital, after a lengthy illness. He was a carpenter with Shell Oil Company of Wood River for 28 years, retiring in 1970. Born in Deer Plain, a son of the late Jacob & Kathryn (Ninteman) Weigel. On July 25, 1934, he married Dorothy (Chappell) Weigel in Jerseyville. She died January 17, 1987. Surviving are 4 daughters, Wilma Calame, Alton, Barbara Meyer, Delhi, Judy Weigel, Jerseyville and Marcella Marie Hornsey, Godfrey; 1 son, Jerry Weigel, Godfrey; 17 grandchildren; 8 g-grandchildren; 2 bros, Arthur Weigel of Livermore, CA, and Fred Weigel of Alton; 5 sisters, Emma Willman, Wood River, Edna LaMarsh, Brussells, Alma Miller, Edwardsville, Dorothy Koch, Wood River and Louella Cilli of Monaca, PA. He was preceded in death by 1 son, Melvin Weigel; and 2 bros, Henry and William Weigel. Visitation and services were from Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Rev Clyde Myers officiated and burial was in Oak Grove. Memorials may be given to Delhi Baptist Church where he had been a member.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who graduated with me in 1961 from Jersey Community High School, Donna Sue Warford's father Rufus Clinton (Jim) Warford.

Died 22-08-1958. Rufus Clinton (Jim) Warford, 53, died August 22 at Barnes hospital, St. Louis, of injuries suffered in a 70-foot fall from a cliff while vacationing in the Ozarks. The Grafton man had undergone major surgery for correction of internal injuries suffered in the fall. The remains were brought to Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Services were held at First Methodist Church in Jerseyville with Rev Robert Berry of Grafton officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery. Mr & Mrs Warford and daughter, Donna were joined on a vacation to the Ozarks by the couple's son and daughter-in-law, Mr & Mrs James Warford and children. The elder Warford, fell from the cliff while seeking shelter from a rainstorm. Alone at the time, Warford's cries were heard by some men fishing who summoned his son. The injured man was rushed by ambulance to Barnes hospital, where he underwent surgery. He was born in Highbee, Missouri, August 14, 1905, a son of the late William T & Flora Ann (Fowler) Warford. He had been employed at Shell Refinery for the past 30 years, and at the time of death was supervisor of the cracking dept. The family had lived in Jerseyville before moving to their present home. While residing here he was Worshipful Master of Jerseyville Lodge 394, AF & AM. Surviving are his wife, Mrs Irene (Perdun) Warford; a son, James, of the Illinois State Highway Police force; 2 daughters, Mrs Kermit Heid, Champaign and Donna Sue Warford of Grafton; 1 sister, Mrs Ettie Major, and 1 brother, Estelle Warford, both of Higbee, and 5 grandchildren.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who graduated with me in 1961 from Jersey Community High School, Larry Joe Wahle's father George J. Wahle.

Died 22-02-1981. George J Wahle, 79, of Brighton, formerly of White Hall, died February 22 at Lawnwood Medical Center, Ft Pierce, FL while vacationing. Born June 7, 1901 in Otterville, a son of Adolph & Mary Louise (Kirchner) Wahle. Surviving are his wife, Nina Mae (Phipps) Wahle, whom he married June 29, 1933 in Alton; 3 sons, Donald R of Godfrey, Larry of Brighton and Jack of White Hall; 1 daughter, Sharon Wahle of Godfrey; 1 brother, Fred Wahle of Fieldon; 1 sister, Grace German of Jerseyville; 10 grandchildren and 5 g-grandchildren. Visitation was from Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Services were conducted at the funeral home with burial in Noble Cemetery.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who graduated with me in 1961 from Jersey Community High School, Kenny Rulo's mother Blanche C. (Declue) Rulo.

Died 05-05-1981. Blanche C. Rulo, 59, 105 E. Main, Grafton died at St. Anthony hospital in Alton, May 5, 6:02 pm. A funeral mass was celebrated Friday am at St. Patrick church in Grafton with burial in Scenic Hill cemetery. She was born December 22, 1921 in Richwoods, Missouri, a daughter of Joseph & Frances (Boyer) Declue. Her survivors include her husband, Rolla Rulo whom she married December 12, 1941 in Potosi, Missouri; 8 sons, Rollen, Joe, Kenny, Jerry, Dick, Ronnie and Terry, all of Grafton and Roy of Godfrey; 3 daughters, Charlene Carpenter of Alton, Betty Fry of Wood River and Sharon Lyons of Germany; 21 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Cletus Declue of Richwoods, Missouri and Leonard Declue of Fieldon; 2 sisters, Lena Mayhew of Wood River and Lorene Cain of Fieldon. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 son, 1 daughter and 1 sister. The rosary was recited Thursday evening at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Grafton. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who graduated high school with me from Jersey Community High School in 1961, June (McIntire) Hayes's stepmother Dollie Marie (Miller) McIntire.

Dollie Marie McIntire, 79, formerly of Jerseyville and Godfrey, died at 4:55 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, at Alton Memorial Hospital, after a lengthy illness, surrounded by her family, after entering a peaceful rest. She was born Feb. 8, 1925, in Enough, Mo., to Charles Marvin and Reau (Evans) Miller. She married Floyd A. McIntire on Aug. 2, 1944, in Jerseyville. He died Feb. 21, 1990. A loving and devoted wife and mother, she was homemaker and farmer and leaves behind many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will cherish her memory. Her legacy is her faith in God and devotion to her children. Surviving are 12 children and their spouses, Lloyd and Denise McIntire of Jackson, Mich., Barbara and John Wiley of Godfrey, Joan McIntire of Albany, Mo., Pat and Joe VanWalleghen of O'Fallon, Mo., Sandy Compton of Alton, Dollie and John Klaas of Kane, Pearl and Terry Fester of Dow, Bessie Walker of Alton, Raymond and Kandy McIntire of Bethalto, Mary J. Johnson of Godfrey, Betty Finch of Wood River and Virginia and Paul Ward of Jerseyville; 34 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren, with whom she played a vital role in their lives; a sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Steve Evancho of Godfrey; and a brother, Dallas Delmar Miller of Delhi. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet; a stepdaughter, June Hayes; a son-in-law, George Johnson; two grandsons, Shannon and Darrell Johnson; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Opal Irene Wells; and five brothers, Carl "Eddie" Miller, Ira "Bill" Miller, Earsie Miller, Loya Miller and an infant. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Wilbur Cain will officiate. Interment will be beside her husband of 45 years and infant daughter at Scenic Hill Cemetery in Grafton. Memorials may be given to a church of the donor's choice.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, Dorothy Bull's grandfather Asher A. Bull.

Asher A. Bull, born 1883, Gilead, Greene County, Illinois, died 10-1968, buried Oak Wood cemetery. Asher A Bull, 85 yrs-2 mo-28 days, died at a physicians office where he had been moved by ambulance. The Jerseyville resident was a son of the late George W & Mary (Carrico) Bull. He was born in Gilead. He is survived by his wife, Clara M. Bull; 3 daughters, Mrs. Gus (Mary) Orban of Brighton, Mrs. Ralph (Elizabaeth) Bauser and Mrs. Juitte (Norma) Gill of Alton; 2 sons, Floyd Harold Bull of Jerseyville, and Edward N Bull of Bowling Green, KY; 18 grandchildren; and 17 g-grandchildren. 5 children, Leslie and Rosalie, and 3 infants preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at Gospel Assembly Church. Rev Harry Frazer and Rev. Louis Kappler officiated and burial was in Oak Wood Cemetery (Upper Alton). Visitation was at Jacoby Brothers funeral home in Jerseyville.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, Roger Vahle's father Louis O. "Louie" Vahle.

Louis O. "Louie" Vahle, 67, of rural Jerseyville, died March 10 1987 at John Cochran Veterans' hospital, St. Louis. He was born December 10, 1919 in Fieldon to the late Louis H. & Blanche A. (Williams) Vahle. He served in the Army in WW II and for the past 13 years had been supervisor of the Illinois Valley Work Project at the Susnig Center in Jerseyville. He married Ilda Marie (Cunningham) Vahle, July 6, 1941, in Jerseyville. He was a member of Moose Lodge, American Legion Post #492, VFW Post #4528 and First United Methodist church, Jerseyville. Surviving are his wife, Ilda; 3 sons, Roger, Kane, Ronald of Naples, Florida and Rodney of Jerseyville; 1 sister Emma Powers, Grafton; 7 grandchildren; and 3 g-grandchildren. The funeral was March 14, at First United Methodist church with Rev. Mike Michels officiating. Burial was in Fieldon cemetery, with graveside military rites by American Legion Post #492 and VFW Post #45280. Memorials may be given to First United Methodist church, Kidney research and the Heart Association.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, Urban P. Postlewait's father Urban Francis "Bud" Postlewait.

Urban Francis "Bud" Postlewait, 55, of 1112 E. Spruce St., Jerseyville, was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:55 am on 1 March 1975 at Jersey Community Hospital. He was born 30 June 1919 in Greene County, a son of Urban D. and Mary Ann Schnelton Postlewait. Postlewait, a former mechanic, was a World War II veteran. He was a member of the American Legion and a past commander at Kane. His survivors include his widow, Mrs. June Williamson Postlewait; three Sons, Urban P. Postlewait of R. R. 4, Dennis M. of Champaign and Kim of Kane; stepsons, Ronald and Randy Williamson of Alton and Michael Williamson of Jerseyville; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Gail Wilkinson of Alton and Debra Williamson of Springfield; a brother and sister, George R. Postlewait of Godfrey and Mrs. A. J. Hansen of Carrollton. Final rites were conducted Tuesday morning 4 March at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert L. Heintz officiating. Interment was at St. John's cemetery in Carrollton. The family designated the heart fund as a memorial.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, Trudy (Thomas) Montelth's mother Marjorie (Parsell) Thomas.

Died 04-1980. A former Jerseyville resident, Marjorie (Parsell) Thomas, 63, of Normandy, Missouri, died Wednesday am at Barnes hospital, St. Louis, following an illness of 4 weeks. Born in Jerseyville, a daughter of the late Everett & Gertrude (Wedding) Parsell, she was a retired employee of Doan Agriculture Company. Surviving are 1 Daughter, Trudy Montelth of Manchester, Missouri; and 2 sons, William Jr. of Las Vegas, Nevada, and John W. of Memphis, Tennessee. Visitation will be from 2-9 pm today at Lupton Funeral Home, 7233 Delmar, University City. Funeral services willbe held at 10 am Friday at trinity Presbyterian church, 6800 Washington, University City, and burial will be in Valhalla cemetery, St. Louis. The church and the heart fund have been named as memorials.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who attended high school with me at Jersey Community High School, Ronald Kessler's father Christian Kessler.

Services for Christian Kessler, 65, of R. 4, Jerseyville, will be conducted at 1:30 pm 9 January at Jacoby Brothers funeral home by the Rev. James Maxwell. He died 7 January 1980 at Jersey Community Hospital. Kessler was an electrician at Central Electric in Alton. Born 29 August 1914 in South Dakota, he was a son of Christian and Olive Levi Kessler. He is survived by his wife, the former Irene Krause whom he married 2 March 1935 in Alton; a son, Ronald of Jerseyville; two Daughters, Loretta Hagen of Granite City and Esther Gowin of Jerseyville; one brother, Louis Kessler of Alton; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Visitation from 4 to 9 pm Tuesday at Jacoby Brothers funeral home. The cancer society has been named as a memorial.

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The obituary of a relative of one my high school classmates who graduated with me in 1961 from Jersey Community High School, Michael Brainerd's mother Blanche Ellen (Greenwalt) Brainard.

Blanche Ellen (Greenwalt) Brainard, born 1923, Plainview, Macoupin County, Illinois, died 02-22-1990. Blanche Ellen Brainerd, 67, died Feb. 22, 1990, at Barnes hospital, St. Louis, MO. She retired in 1985 as manager of Brainerd's Village Inn in Grafton. Born in Plainview, she was the daughter of the late John & Mina (Armstrong) Greenwalt. She married Charles "Chuck" Brainerd on March 11, 1939, in St. Charles, MO. Surviving are her husband; 1 daughter, Linda Milton of St. Louis; 7 sons, Ronnie Brainerd of Delhi, David Brainerd, Jerseyville, Michael Brainerd of St. Louis, Chuck Brainerd, Dow, Allan Brainerd, Woodson, and Jeff and Troy Brainerd, both of Grafton; 18 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; and 1 brother, David Lee Greenwalt of OR. 1 son, Richard Brainerd, preceded her in death. Visitation and services were held at Jacoby-Schroeder funeral home in Jerseyville, Rev. James Baker officiating. Memorials may be given to Grafton Volunteer Emergency Corps.

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The obituary of a relative of one my high school classmates who graduated with me in 1961 from Jersey Community High School, Cleo Lott's mother Elizabeth Josephine (Boulton) Lott.

Elizabeth Josephine Lott, 87, died at 4:14 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011 at Jerseyville Manor Nursing Home, where she had been a resident for just over a week. She was born Aug. 5, 1924, in Columbus Junction, Iowa, one of 10 children born to Frank and Bonnie B. (Hopkins) Boulton. She married Samuel Lott on May 1, 1942, in Mediapolis, Iowa, and for the majority of their married life, they resided in Jersey County on Richey Hollow Road, where she and Sam raised their family of 10 children. She loved to entertain and spend time with her family and friends, and was an avid gardener. Elizabeth and Sam shared 52 years together before his death on Jan. 25, 1995.

Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, E. Irene and Bob Lacy of Fieldon, Robin and Larry Bridgeforth of Seaside, Calif., and Annette and Brian Shunskis of Alaska; seven sons and daughters-in- law, Cleo and Joetta Lott of Jerseyville, Warren and Debbie Lott of Carlinville, Richard and Connie Lott, Roger and Jeannie Lott, Ralph and Bev Lott, Ronnie and Theresa Lott, and Leland and Sue Lott, all of Jerseyville; 25 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and five sisters, Shirley, Peggy, Hilda, Anna and Bonnie. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Paul, Donald, Max and Jim Boulton; and a granddaughter, Tina Lott. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. until service time at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the First Assembly of God in Jerseyville, with the Rev. Larry Hayes officiating. Burial will be in the Grimes-Neeley Cemetery in Jerseyville. Memorials may be given to the First Assembly of God or to the Grimes-Neeley Cemetery both in Jerseyville.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who graduated with me in 1961 from Jersey Community High School, Harry Stockton Goheen Jr.'s mother Verna Lucille (Miller) Goheen.

Verna Lucille Goheen, 84, died at 9:10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at Jersey Community Hospital. She was born July 27, 1927, in Jersey County, and was the daughter of Earl Miller and Ruth (Angel) Miller, now deceased. She married Harry Stockton Goheen Sr. March 30, 1940, in St. Charles, Mo. He died July 8, 1993. She was a homemaker. Survivors include three sons, Harry S. "Dutch" Jr. and Grace Goheen of Fidelity, Donald and Patricia Goheen of Wood River and Terry and Faye Goheen of Cottage Hills; one daughter, Joy Hendy of Jerseyville; a half brother, Leonard Burch of Kane; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant son, Edward Goheen; a granddaughter, Grace Goheen; and half brother, Emmett Kellerman. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Alexander & Gubser Funeral Home, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. The Rev. Sonny Renken will officiate. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to the family. Alexander & Gubser Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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The obituary of a relative of one of my high school classmates who graduated with me in 1961 from Jersey Community High School, Carl Jerome Wittman's mother Mary Ann "Mayme" (Horn) Wittman.

Mary Ann "Mayme" Wittman, 92, died peacefully at 7:00 a.m., Thursday, April 4, 2013, at her residence. She was born in Jersey County on Aug. 15, 1920, she was one of three children born to the late George Phillip and Bertha (Steckel) Horn. She graduated from Jersey Township High School, and worked at the International Shoe Factory in Jerseyville prior to her marriage. Mayme married Carl John Wittman on Dec. 30, 1940, at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Jerseyville, and together they were blessed with ten children and 63 years together before his death on Oct. 18, 2003. Mayme was the backbone of her family, and instilled in them her devotion to the Catholic religion. She led a quiet life guided by prayer, and loved to entertain to entire family with the Sunday dinner. She was very active in the community and volunteered for many church functions and charitable events many times with her sister, Toad, at her side.

Surviving are her ten children and their spouses, George "Butch" Wittman, Jerry and Kathy Wittman, Becky and Lewie Miles, Helen and Ronald Medford, Neal and Cindy Wittman all of Jerseyville, Hope and Randy Gibson of Alton, Bonnie and Wayne Seehausen of Jerseyville, Minette and Bob Griffith of Godfrey, Vincent and Kay Wittman, and Gene and Jackie Wittman all of Jerseyville; 26 Grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; a sister, Florence "Toad" Erwin of Jerseyville; a special niece and her husband, Judy and Bob Smith of Jerseyville; sisters-in-law, Catherine "Sis" Gray, Jackie Wittman, Gerry Wittman and Martha Wittman. In addition to her parents, and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter in law, Margaret Wittman; a grandson, William C. "Bill" Seehausen; a great-grandson, Mark Wittman; a brother, Father Cornelius Horn; and a nephew, Thomas Erwin. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Jerseyville, with Father William Hembrow officiating. Burial will take place at the St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Jerseyville. Memorials may be given to the St. Francis/Holy Ghost Catholic Schools of Jerseyville or in honor of Mayme's devotion to others, do a random act of kindness of someone in need.

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