OLD SETTLERS MEMORIAL PRAYER • Pausing ‘In The Garden’ To Remember

by Ron Deabenderfer

One of many favourite previous time hymns in our Christian neighborhood is “Within the Backyard.” It involves thoughts when events like this come up, once we pause to recollect those that have handed from us over the past 12 months; gardens, nearly assigned a passion standing in our present tradition, have been as soon as scenes of exercise, even through the warmth of the day, however they have been additionally retreats for these with wounded souls as soon as night arrived.

Sounds of nature within the nightfall are universally soothing; we who’ve lived by means of the stress of politics, of the upsetting of routine attributable to the virus pandemic, want a soothing retreat. That’s very true for these of us who’ve suffered lack of life inside our households, so we come to the backyard of promised solace each alone and as a physique to show to Thee, our Father God, in instances once we want Divine understanding and assurances.

We are able to think about too our family members coming to satisfy Thee in a quiet backyard spot because the portal to life past that which we all know. We are able to take consolation in that. Believers additionally take consolation of their information that we can also hint our family members path by means of the roses, accompanied by the birds’ calls, until we additionally hear Him welcome us to His kingdom as He welcomed them.

First we point out the homemakers, the women who did their greatest to maintain orderly houses in what appears to be an yearly extra disordered universe. Households ship a lot liked youngsters right into a generally unwelcoming world with excessive hopes for his or her offsprings’ success — however the success a lot depends upon the sturdy base the house gives. We convey forth Shirley Reincke, who with husband Bud raised six sons close to Irving, taking time from her brood to drive a college bus however all the time current when her boys or grandchildren had a ball recreation to play.

Helen Merriman, as soon as a one-room schoolteacher, teamed with husband Russell “Bur” Merriman to farm simply east of the county line street dividing Montgomery and Fayette counties. Their dwelling produced three sons and three daughters. He was a World Struggle II Military veteran. She was named a Lady of Distinction for the Springfield Diocese, they usually belonged collectively. She handed in late August in 2019; he handed this previous June. Additionally from Fayette County was Edith Reindl, whose son Steve and household reside in Hillsboro. One of many daughters, Mrs. Stan (Cindy) Huber, lives in Coffeen, and two daughters, Pam Kennett and Angela Ohms, reside in Hillsboro.

Cindy Dixon, a retail vintage vendor in addition to a homemaker, is survived by three stepdaughters on this county. Coffeen Excessive Faculty graduate Frances Cole belonged to the East Fork Baptist Church, made quilts and babysat in her dwelling; two daughters survive her. Verda Chappelear, born in Greenville, married Rex, they usually raised a productive household on their farm south of Hillsboro. Their seven youngsters all settled on this space, maybe as a result of mother was an incredible cook dinner. Shirley McGill lived in Reno, Donnellson, and Panama throughout her lifetime as a homemaker and crafter.

Caroline Masinelli was born in Carlinville, lived for a time in Wilsonville, however handed in Hillsboro. Considered one of her daughters lives in Taylor Springs. Peggy (Andrews) Pogue was a homemaker who loved touring and taking walks. Rural Bingham farm spouse Could Della Probst attended Canaan Chapel; considered one of her sons is a Hillsboro veterinarian. HUMC member and attendee Dorothy Wille previously lived on Lake Hillsboro and loved deer looking and fishing.

Marilyn Snoddy and husband Bud ran an area sanitation service and drove busses for HCUSD #3, however a lot of her time was dedicated to elevating their two sons in Schram Metropolis. Carol Fenton, a homemaker from Butler, raised her granddaughter. Arlene Trost, a Hillsboro homemaker, was closely concerned with the Woman Scouts group and was a member of the Lioness Membership. Anna Scheldt, the mom of Hillsboro’s Carol Lazenby, drove a college bus for Litchfield between homemaking duties; two grandchildren and a great-grandchild reside within the Hillsboro space. Bette Rental was a homemaker, seamstress, upholsterer, pianist, composer, and Clairol hair mannequin throughout her lifetime; she handed on the Hillsboro Rehabilitation and Well being Care Middle. Greenville’s Maxine Maroon left a son and his household in Donnellson.

Patricia Snow, a Mulberry Grove graduate, lived most of her life within the Coffeen space earlier than transferring to Hillsboro. She leaves a son, 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Dianna E. Hamby of Irving was born in Springfield; amongst surviving youngsters are Michael “Mikey” Gorman of Hillsboro. Iowa native Sueann Williams died in early December at her Hillsboro residence whereas Debi Cantrall, who lived in Coffeen on the time of her demise, loved studying, cooking, and enjoying poker. Dorothy Lyttaker, as soon as of Donnellson, was a member of the Panama VFW Publish.

Laura (Richmond) Moler had labored on the Shell station on South Foremost however most popular her position as stay-at-home mom and grandmother. Glendora Godbersen was a 4-H chief who attended Bethel Baptist Church. Her daughter lives in Hillsboro. Betty Moore, a Butler native, and her husband despatched 5 daughters to graduate from HHS. She was a member at Ware’s Grove Lutheran. Born in Japan, Sue Titsworth lived her life as a housewife in Donnellson, additionally working briefly for DeMoulin in Greenville. Her son Richard nonetheless lives in Donnellson.

Tillers of the soil, those that odor grime after a delicate rain and reside partly on the whims of nature, maybe perceive backyard photographs extra totally than we city-slickers. In addition to the Merrimans, the native ag neighborhood misplaced each farmers and people who labored with them. That neighborhood shrinks as farms develop in dimension – as do the challenges. We’re grateful for all who labor to feed a world stuffed with starvation. 

William “Invoice” Tucker raised cattle, sheep and hogs close to Rt. 127 instantly north of Butler. A robust supporter of the county’s 4-H packages, he lived to be 100. Mark David Huber grew up on a farm between Coffeen and the CIPS plant. He secured a bachelor’s diploma associated to agriculture and went to work for M&M Service in Macoupin County; he additionally served as an umpire and referee for junior excessive and highschool athletic occasions. Charles Meisner, a farmer and a rural mail provider in Jersey County, is survived by many grandchildren, considered one of whom, Rachel, lives in Hillsboro.

Dean Brown farmed and raised youngsters alongside the North Street; he was additionally concerned within the insurance coverage enterprise. A son and his household farm the homeplace. Leta Logsdon was a helpmate to husband Charles on their household farm. Dave Rahe was a mild and clever large man who labored for Soil Conservation till his retirement, even doing a stint with the Military Corps of Engineers. After retirement, he started his personal soil examine firm to help crop improvement on space farms; he and his spouse despatched two sons by means of HHS and college research to present them a strong basis for his or her futures. He additionally volunteered his time and information regionally to Bremers, the Pure Space Guardians and to the Breakfast Sertoma Membership.

Ed Kulesza’s acreage was alongside Rt. 185 east of VanBurensburg. A Korean Struggle veteran, he labored for McDonnell Plane and for Woolsey Brothers (in Vandalia) after his service stint. He was a 45 yr member of the Bethel Baptist Church. Kenneth L. Brown of Coffeen farmed, drove a milk truck route, labored for the cellphone firm, and belonged to the Coffeen Lions Membership. Robert Schniepp farmed close to Nokomis. A 1950 highschool grad, he was deployed to Korea throughout that battle. His daughter was a doctor in Hillsboro earlier than transferring to California. Military vet Clarence “Ace” Hoehn of Fillmore farmed after his discharge. Panhandle (Farmersville) resident Invoice Whitworth grew up within the Butler space and graduated from HHS in 1959 earlier than becoming a member of the Military. He grew to become first a fertilizer salesman after which an organization govt with Potash Corp.

Father God, subsequent we flip to call those that gave up stretches of their lives in order that we will have gardens to go to as we want. As soon as they left their houses to defend us; now they go away their earthly houses to satisfy Thee. Amongst them is James Mutchler, who after service within the Marine Corps established a plumbing contract enterprise in Hillsboro. An HHS graduate, he held memberships within the Plumbers and Steamfitters Native 137, and in Working Engineers 520. Although he moved out of state, he has youngsters now with households of their very own within the native space. HHS grad Don White was an Air Drive veteran who returned to farm along with his brothers close to Irving and to run the Nation Kitchen Restaurant there whereas additionally working at Eagle Picher. Don’s brother Dale additionally handed lately; he too was a veteran however of the Navy. He too farmed; a member of Ware’s Grove Lutheran Church, he had served on the Hillsboro Faculty Board and the Montgomery County Board. Dale set scoring data as a basketball participant at Irving Excessive Faculty. A son and grandson function the household farm.

Allen Marfell went to the Air Drive, then spent one other 31 years within the Air Nationwide Guard primarily based in Springfield. A Witt native, he raised his household in Hillsboro. HHS sports activities star Charles Boston, who additionally performed basketball and baseball for Bradley College, was an Air Drive veteran. Native survivors embrace his brother, Joe Boston, and half-brother, Albert Oberle. Born in Schram Metropolis, Dale Traylor graduated from HHS and St. Louis Faculty of Enterprise. After World Struggle II started, he enlisted within the Marines; after WWII was over, he grew to become an area lineman for Illinois Energy for 38 years. After retiring from IP, he served as this county’s Emergency Companies Director for 15 extra years.

Dave Imler’s impression on this neighborhood was a lot bigger than the variety of years he lived amongst us. A local of Ohio and a graduate of the Air Drive Academy, he was a pilot through the Vietnam period. He and his spouse moved to the Coffeen space a decade in the past, and he grew to become a director for Hillsboro Space Hospital and was energetic in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Sertoma. Dave Baugher, born in Irving, was an electrician’s mate within the Navy who got here again to work for and retire from Granite Metropolis Metal. Sons Toby and Chris have been HHS athletes who coached and educate in Litchfield. Dave’s brother, Joe, one other Navy man who served within the Korean Struggle, got here dwelling to mine coal at Coffeen, to labor for Eagle Picher, and to drive a college bus route.

Lyle Hanauer, an Military medic who earned a Purple Coronary heart in motion in Italy throughout WWII, labored in Springfield for Allis Chalmers (and Fiat Allis) for over 30 years. A resident of Taylor Springs extra lately, he grew to become a loyal camper at Rainmaker Campgrounds through the summer season. Hudson Mugge attended elementary faculty and junior excessive in Hillsboro whereas his father was superintendent of faculties right here. An Military veteran, Hudson served within the Center East. His father, Michael, left Hillsboro for Murphysboro in 1986; an Air Drive veteran, he preceded his son in demise by seven weeks.

Frederick “Gene” Govaia, a 1959 graduate of HHS, was a member of the Army Police throughout his Military tour of obligation. He then mined coal in Coffeen and Carlinville earlier than ending his working profession at Casey’s on Faculty Road. James S. Younger was a truck driver for Bunn Capital of Springfield after serving within the Marines. Three of his brothers and two sisters nonetheless reside in Montgomery County. Michael B. White, who lived in Springfield, labored for the Springfield Park District. The son of Burrel and Doris White, he grew up on a farm alongside the Crimson Ball Path and served within the Military Nationwide Guard from 1971 till 1978.

Witt native Charles Ettling lived in Wooden River after his service within the Navy through the Korean Struggle and labored as a instrument and die maker for McDonnell Douglas/Boeing for 39 years. Brother Ed nonetheless calls Witt dwelling. Marine Corps veteran and HHS grad Kenny Cruthis of Panama drove a truck for Cassens and was a member of Teamsters Native 604. 1960 HHS grad John Currie was an Military veteran and Caterpillar worker who lived and farmed close to Cerro Gordo. Military veteran Lloyd Taylor of Pana (his daughter, Angel Lynch, lives in Witt) was a millright in Decatur after his discharge. Litchfield native however Hillsboro resident Kenneth Meyer was an Military veteran whose tour of obligation included time in Germany. He grew to become a truck driver and a coal miner.

Phil Crouch lived on the Crouch farm simply west of Coffeen whereas he and his siblings attended HHS; he returned to that farm after serving as a Naval Hospital Corpsman and labored as a nurse for the well being division and on the Taylorville Correctional Middle. He was additionally a valued member of the Coffeen Volunteer Fireplace Division. Military veteran James P. Raburn was born in Missouri however moved to this space in 1975. He raised his youngsters in Irving and was a painter by vocation. Mulberry Grove graduate Samuel Bohle grew to become a concrete finisher after his service time. Amongst his survivors are a daughter in Irving and a son in Hillsboro.

Mark Hoehn of Witt was an Air Nationwide Guard veteran who loved plane if one can choose from the restored F-Four sitting close to the primary curve on Rt. 16 as one enters Witt from Irving. Marine veteran Earl McCormick graduated from Mulberry Grove; he farmed and labored on the Coffeen energy station. A son and grandson survive in Coffeen. Invoice Lentz, Jr., of Witt belonged to the Lions Membership there; an Military veteran, he has three brothers in Hillsboro. Gloria Corridor had been a waitress in Pana; a daughter, Cynthia Oller, survives in Witt. Coast Guard veteran Robert T. Ethical of Fillmore got here to this space from Florida the place he was a cross-trained firefighter and port authority officer.

Earl “Glen” Moreland of Ramsey has household within the extra speedy to us space; after six years within the Air Drive, he labored for the U.S. Postal Service in Hillsboro whereas serving an extra 25 years plus with the Air Nationwide Guard. Hillsboro native George Huber of Vandalia was an Military veteran who used that have as a springboard to a authorized profession; he additionally farmed. Born in Sorento, Roy L. Starnes grew to become a Korean Struggle vet who then labored in Florida earlier than retiring to Coffeen. He handed in March; his spouse, Lucy, who had been a retail clerk, handed in mid-June.

Vera Clark, the mom of former Hillsboro resident John Clark and the grandmother of Hillsboro space residents Joei Sanford and Jacqui Anderson, was a WWII veteran of the Girls’s Military Corps. Cynthia “Cyndy” White of Coffeen died at a sister’s dwelling in Joplin, MO. The spouse of Charles “Buck” White, she was an Air Drive veteran, serving as a dental hygienist. In civilian life she designed and picked up jewellery. Vietnam Period Air Drive veteran Charles McCoy, Jr., lived in Staunton however has household in Hillsboro. He labored as a welder/repairman for Chrysler in Fenton, MO, after discharge, and was a member of the United Auto Employees Union. Thomas Gad lived in Panama and graduated from HHS. After serving within the Military, he headed for Chicago and a profession as an electrician.

William “Invoice” Beeler, a Marine veteran of the Korean Struggle, lived in Butler however labored out of Wooden River Native #338. Regionally he’s survived by a daughter, two sons and their households, eight grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Billy Archer spent 13 years within the Air Drive, then farmed north of Butler alongside Rt. 127. He additionally drove vehicles and instructed truck drivers for Buske Trucking.

Those that come to the backyard normally are proven the best way by others, professionals who educate or ministers who lead us to the suitable pathway. We misplaced our share of them on this chaotic yr; we increase their names to Thee as a goodbye to them. At instances they labored regionally; others put down roots right here within the love of a strong dwelling earlier than excelling elsewhere. Coffeen’s Richard “Bud” White served as a professor of training at Japanese Illinois College for over 30 years; his personal school coaching was semi-local as he did his undergraduate work at Greenville. Lodema States got here to Hillsboro as Lodema Grove to show dwelling economics; when adjustments in academic curriculums developed, she grew to become an elementary faculty instructor at Beckemeyer. By then she was Mrs. States and had two youngsters, each of whom grew to become HHS after which school graduates. Husband Invoice nonetheless lives in Hillsboro.

LaMoine Reeves, of Donnellson, was an eighth grade instructor and principal at Coffeen Faculty whereas it had junior excessive standing. A Navy veteran, he served on an plane provider through the Korean Struggle. He was a constitution member of the Coffeen Lions Membership and had served on the Hillsboro Space Hospital Board and the Hillsboro Training Basis Board. Survivors embrace a son Geoff and household and brother Roger of Hillsboro and three grandchildren. Till sickness took its toll, he and his vintage GMC pickup have been regulars at native automobile reveals. Carl Gates graduated from Coffeen Excessive Faculty, served as a pilot within the Air Drive, labored for the U of I, and have become a professor of Economics and Enterprise at Sauk Valley Group Faculty. Anne (Paton) Wade was raised in a home on the HHS campus – one’s academic roots can’t be deeper than that. A 1951 grad of HHS, she had a really productive profession, instructing first in Coffeen after which in District #Three the place her husband was a coach. Her brother Hugh shepherded the flock at St. Paul’s Lutheran; a nephew nonetheless worships there. Mrs. Wade lived to be 100.

Paul Londrigan, a U of I graduate, taught highschool English, first in Decatur after which within the suburbs of Chicago earlier than transferring to a lakeside dwelling in Hillsboro to take pleasure in his retirement. Regionally, Donna (Betoche) Springer graduated from Hillsboro Excessive in 1970 and married her highschool sweetheart. Educated as a classical pianist, she taught music for Hillsboro faculties. She and Denny owned Bassett hounds and Nice Danes; each of their sons have been closely concerned in music. Nellie Mackey taught elementary faculty, first in Irving after which at Beckemeyer. Her youngsters after which her grandchildren attended HHS. She was a graduate of Fillmore Excessive. Jim Kull was the primary laptop aided drafting instructor at HHS. He additionally taught industrial arts and constructing trades; he utilized these abilities as a landlord in Hillsboro. Sorento native Bonnie Bollman lived to be 102. A Greenville Faculty graduate, she earned her grasp’s diploma in training from U of I; she taught elementary faculty and wrote poetry. Dave Hendricks was one of many first expertise academics within the space, instructing at Litchfield Excessive from 1975 to 1990 when he grew to become expertise director there. Three daughters survive in Hillsboro.

We’ve misplaced 4 pastors since final August. The Rev. Abraham Brown’s commanding voice echoed by means of St. James Baptist Church (and from the pulpit at memorable Previous Settlers church providers) earlier than he moved to the Jacksonville space. The Rev. Herbert Coates was the Free Methodist Church minister from 1954 till 1958 when the church was situated on Birch Road. Mike Fogle, Jr., of Danville, who grew up in Schram Metropolis, attended theological faculties and have become a minister within the Sidwell UPC. He was a passionate fan of the Creation Museum in Kentucky; his mom, Lucille Caulk, survives in Hillsboro, as does a niece and two nephews. Pastor Karen Devaisher, the valedictorian of her class at Witt Excessive, labored as a church secretary earlier than getting into seminary when she was 49. Finally she was ordained as an elder for a United Methodist Church in a suburb of Indianapolis.

Steve Traylor wrestled at HHS for 4 seasons. After turning into a rural mail provider on this space, he superior to wrestling nationwide legislators as a lobbyist in D.C. for the Nationwide Union of Rural Letter Carriers. For many who knew him, his years in retirement have been too few. Carroll Ann (Imle) Mears, whose household as soon as owned and operated the Crimson Rooster, left the halls of the Rooster to stroll the halls of the White Home as press advance for President Jimmy Carter when D.C. was a extra civil place than it has grow to be. A gifted pianist, she additionally labored on Humphrey’s presidential marketing campaign earlier than turning into a tv newscaster.

Veterinarian Charles Vail had a clinic on Hillside Avenue for 34 years earlier than he retired to Arkansas. Earlier than his civilian life he served as an Military flight gunnery coach throughout WWII. 1948 HHS graduate Carolyn Millhorn of Bettendorf, IA, married in Hillsboro and raised her two youngsters right here earlier than transferring. A flautist and a journalist, she wrote for The Montgomery County Information whereas within the space. Ricky Jones of Hillsboro was a Particular Olympics participant and a sports activities fan. Robert L. Baron of Donnellson was a local of Taylor Springs and a SIUC grad who labored as an engineer for Boeing Plane. He was an Air Drive veteran. Myrtle M. (Kendall) Massey went to Evergreen Place in July of 2019 after residing within the Hillsboro/Sorento space. A bookkeeper/accountant, she leaves a stepdaughter within the Irving space. Virginia (Carriker) Brilliant was born in Irving 103 years in the past. An HHS graduate in an period when females couldn’t take a highschool diploma as a given, she taught grade faculty in Irving and, extra uniquely, Morse Code at Scott Discipline throughout WWII.

Evelyn Vincent of Taylor Springs had lived in Bingham and was a rustic faculty instructor within the Ramsey district earlier than turning into exercise director at a Hillsboro nursing dwelling. She has a daughter and granddaughter residing regionally. Maud Belden had labored at Hillsboro Space Hospital and at Coffman Medication in Litchfield; her daughter lives in Taylor Springs. Greenville Excessive graduate Terri L. McGibany lived in Taylor Springs and spent 33 years working for the Illinois Division of Human Companies on this county.

Many people moved to this space looking for a greater job or a greater way of life, for brand new soil to have a tendency. Once we accomplish that, we create distances between ourselves and people who nurtured us; after they cross, we come to Thy backyard to wish for them and for us. Native lawyer Steve Cullison’s mom, Loretta Could Cullison, was a trustworthy Methodist in Belvidere who started her working profession in one-room faculty homes. William “Invoice” Shalter, as soon as of Ottawa, IL, retired to Solar Metropolis, AZ. He was the daddy of Will Shalter, who served as CEO of the Montgomery County Financial Improvement Company till turning into a instructor in Christian County. William “Invoice” Harmon, the daddy of native physique restore store proprietor John Harmon, ran Harmon’s Nation Catering for 20 years. He had additionally labored for McKay Auto Elements and for Worldwide Paper.

A neighborhood educator, Jean Hobson, misplaced her father, James Jankus, in April. A paratrooper within the Korean Struggle (101 Airborne Division), he grew to become dean of scholars at Bloom Path Excessive Faculty. One other junior excessive teacher, Mary Ellen Mathews, misplaced each her father, Charles McIlvoy of Glen Carbon (he was an industrial engineer for Granite Metropolis Metal) and her mom, Laura McIlvoy, a registered nurse who preceded her husband by 4 months. The Rev. John Curtis of Carlinville, the daddy of Hillsboro’s Lisa Sullivan, final served the UMC in Carlinville and Rural Church east of Carlinville. Litchfield’s Barbara Ann Rentz was the mom of David Strowmatt, at present head of the county’s Veterans Space Fee. She retired from the Division of the Navy in 1997. Nancy L. Atkins of Greenville was the mom of Laura Garmon (HHS science instructor Mark Garmon’s spouse) and the grandmother of Hillsboro college students Megan and Miah Garmon. A pastor’s spouse, she had labored as a daycare instructor and a nurse’s aide. Terry L. Hays of Kansas, IL, and the daddy of Mrs. Emily (Mark) Hughes, was a Vietnam Struggle Marine veteran. A member of the Christian Church, he was a retiree of the U.S. Postal Service. He labored out of Charleston and Paris.

Ruth Welge didn’t reside distant as she labored as a cook dinner at Waggoner Faculty and with poultry within the Raymond space. She was the mom of Jerry Welge of the Coffeen space. Patricia Wilson, a CNA on the Litchfield Well being Care Middle, is survived by three sons, together with Terry Wilson of Hillsboro. Gertrude Yokley, who lived in Williamsville, was the mom of Dennis Yokley, long-time supervisor of Hillsboro’s department of Roger Jennings. Zonna Elane Culbreth of Johnson Metropolis is survived by two sisters with native connections, Janice Grimes and former resident Fran Harvel. Mark Thompson, a metal employee for Laclede Metal, leaves a son in Hillsboro; and Charles Randle, who was born close to Walshville, grew to become a building employee who retired in 1993. A daughter survives in Hillsboro. Additionally with a daughter and her household in Hillsboro is Sharon Tarrant, an accountant from Taylorville.

James Henry of Edwardsville, the daddy of Diane (Henry) Beeler and great-grandfather of youngsters with Hillsboro roots, was a building employee. Camilla (Paden) Mayer was born 102 years in the past within the Woodsboro space. A 1936 HHS grad, she married within the native Presbyterian Church and lived in St. Louis till her husband retired they usually moved east. Kin stay within the space. H. Edward Miller of Collinsville left a sister (Kathryn Lengthy) and two brothers (Larry and Terry Miller) within the Hillsboro space. Harold Hartman grew up in rural Hillsboro; a daughter and sister survive regionally. Jeff Schoen was a welder and machinist; a brother and sister-in-law survive in Hillsboro. His and Greg’s mother, “Chris”, labored most lately as a CNA at St. Francis.

Nokomis’ Jean Storm is survived by two sons (one in Hillsboro and one in Irving) and a daughter in Fillmore; she was a homemaker. Kevin Burdell, a ‘92 graduate of HHS, offered vehicles for Rush Truck Middle in Springfield. Cliff Mueller’s sister, Janet Poggemoeller of Okawville, had been a CNA and exercise director in Alhambra and Aviston. Wesley Edwards of Peoria, an Military vet, is survived by two daughters in Irving and a sister, Faye Weller, in Hillsboro. He had labored for Caterpillar. Anna V. Ragland of Litchfield, well-known for the pies she baked for native eating places, is survived by a daughter, Virginia Diesselhorst of Coffeen.

At instances individuals drop into our midst for some time after which they bodily transfer on. All the time a little bit of their spirit stays to be mourned as they transfer by means of their final gardens. Al Schumacher belonged to and held management positions within the United Methodist Church as he headed the mortgage division for what’s now the Financial institution of Hillsboro earlier than transferring to their department financial institution in Vandalia. Daughter Kelley and two grandchildren nonetheless name Hillsboro dwelling. Geraldine “Jeri” Unusual Landholt graduated from HHS and have become a medical lab technician and a medical transcriptionist who lived to be 100. Joyce Ann Huber, who was raised northwest of Coffeen, grew to become a pc programmer for the Illinois Division of Income in Springfield. A robust advocate of the Proper-to-Life motion, she usually contributed letters to The Journal-Information.

Carole Kay (Ronk) Terneus, an HHS graduate, handed in Chesterfield, MO; after leaving the Hillsboro space, she grew to become an govt secretary for St. Louis Faculty and Hospital earlier than concentrating her efforts on her household. She leaves a sister in Hillsboro. Andrew Homa grew to become an Military veteran; he returned to civilian life to have a profession as an insurance coverage govt for Franklin Life. Born in Texas, Eunice Moore graduated from Coffeen Excessive and was married in Coffeen. Dwelling in Springfield, she was energetic within the Calvary Church. Born in Schram Metropolis, Darlene (Gualandi) Andre attended HHS earlier than transferring to East Chicago, IN, in 1955 after the mine wherein her father labored closed. She retired after working within the automotive elements business.

Fillmore Excessive grad Dorothy “Dot” (Knodle) Wittnam taught in a one-room schoolhouse. She and her husband have been married for 65 years earlier than his demise three years in the past. She handed in Billings, MT. Phyllis (Simmons) Steward, a ‘65 HHS grad, a concert-level pianist, and a former English instructor, earned her grasp’s diploma from the U of I in labor and industrial relations. She retired from the college’s administration staff in 1999. A brother survives within the Butler space. Roger Mollett moved from right here to Springfield to work for the State Police as a pc programmer, then grew to become a supervisor for the Division of Corrections. Julia (Edwards) Sanks grew up in rural Coffeen/Hillsboro and graduated from Millikin College in Decatur. After marriage and a transfer to Georgia, she loved a protracted profession in training, together with working a Sylvan Studying Middle for ten years.

Coffeen native Doris Pickel grew to become a bookkeeping supervisor at Soy Nationwide Financial institution in Decatur whereas residing in Mt. Zion. Two brothers and a sister nonetheless reside within the Coffeen neighborhood. Larry Robbins, a mason, moved his household to Jacksonville, FL within the late ‘60s; he was a member of the Worldwide Bricklayers Union for over 60 years. HHS grad Kelley G. Durbin served within the Military Reserves and labored at Laclede Metal in Alton. Brother Barkley survives in Springfield; sisters Brenda (Hillsboro) and Cathy (Witt) are in our speedy space.

Individuals of enterprise come to and cross by means of gardens too. The previous summer season has been considered one of stress for our enterprise neighborhood; we pray Thy grace and peace contact them as they face the nonetheless unknown on this period of challenges. Harry Ashmore ran a scrap yard on Railroad Road for years; he was a World Struggle II veteran who offered a worthwhile service for the realm even earlier than recycling was advocated. Kansas transplant Ron Reeves was a panorama architect for the state earlier than opening Illinois Wooden Preserving (now Hixson Lumber) on Faculty Road. Reeves grew to become concerned with the Chamber of Commerce, sat on the hospital board, and was elected to town council. His son and household nonetheless reside regionally.

Rose Patton got here to Hillsboro together with her husband Pete to personal and function the Patton Funeral Residence on the nook of South Foremost and Tremont. They raised their household right here earlier than transferring to Springfield in 2006. Quite a few HHS graduates attended Lincoln Land Group Faculty bolstered by a Patton Memorial Scholarship. In addition they sponsored the native quick pitch softball staff that entertained the neighborhood whereas enjoying on the Taylor Springs area. Most cities had softball groups then. Merle McFarlin, a graduate of Ranken Tech, managed the Household Enjoyable Middle throughout from the pool in Central Park and was co-owner of Candy Addictions on South Foremost.

Ruth Osborn labored for Montgomery Ward after they had a retailer in Litchfield. Then she owned and operated the Crimson & White grocery retailer in Butler. A housewife as nicely, she was a member of the Union Presbyterian Church. The final member of the HHS class of 1933, Aileen J. Hucker, lived to be 105, and was a girl of many skills. As soon as the proprietor of Hucker Radio and Tv (throughout from Triangle Park the place Fairground intersects with Rt. 127), she was additionally a florist, an inside decorator, a seamstress, and an Illinois worker. A daughter, Nancy Glassmeyer, and a granddaughter, Anne Foster, reside in Hillsboro. Dorothy Gleichman and husband Spec ran a plumbing enterprise in Hillsboro; daughters and grandchildren of the couple grew up within the farm dwelling close to Butler. Dorothy had been a ‘49 graduate of Hillsboro Excessive. Delores Hughes, who with husband Stan lived west of Hillsboro alongside Rt. 16, as soon as labored for Boeing Plane in South Dakota. After her marriage, she was a secretary for the State Farm Company in Hillsboro.

Earl Sorrells’ gravelly voice grew to become a fixture on WSMI airwaves as he reported market costs and browse from his mother’s diary. A farmer and influential Republican, he additionally operated a farm provide retailer and elevator in Raymond and was a member of the Hillsboro Space Hospital Board of Administrators. Ilean Himes of Fillmore labored for the state, for Allis-Chalmers in Springfield, for a Packard Auto Firm, and for Robbins’ Restaurant in Vandalia earlier than switching gears to take care of household. She was a member of the Fillmore United Methodist Church.

HHS grad Kay Grill’s son and daughter additionally graduated from the identical faculty. Her working profession included time spent at Safety Financial savings and Mortgage; her leisure time centered round bowling with pals in a number of leagues. Verna Sarsany of Witt clerked for a number of companies; she was first a member of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church of Witt after which of St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis. Coffeen Excessive graduate Ila Butler and her husband managed a grocery retailer, laundromats and numerous rental properties in Hillsboro.

Hazel Redman, a member of Ware’s Grove Lutheran Church, was born in Butler Grove Twp. She and husband Invoice owned and operated two numerous companies through the years – the Hiltop Bakery on South Foremost and Whispering Hills Christmas Tree Farm on Seven Sisters Street. She additionally labored for Kroger in Litchfield. 4 youngsters survive, as do two sisters, Bev Davis (close to Coffeen) and Helen Brinkman (Hillsboro). Hillsboro native Danny DeWitt moved to the Metro-East to grow to be a consultant for a laboratory gross sales firm – and a Methodist lay speaker. HHS grad Teresa Claybrook labored for the Social Safety Administration for greater than 30 years. Karen Wayne was a beautician who had salons in Morrisonville, Taylorville, Hillsboro, and Irving. Former Hillsboro resident Betty Brown and her husband owned Brown Aluminum regionally, and he or she additionally labored as a cashier at IGA for 22 years.

Ralph Calvert was a colourful character who lived in Fillmore. He as soon as ran a buffet restaurant there and managed the Hillsboro Nation Membership for some time. Calvert was a Korean Struggle veteran. Louis Rudis moved right here after working for Tosetti and Associates in Nokomis and Bruce Webb Insurance coverage within the Panhandle space of the county. A daughter and two sons reside regionally. A 1989 grad of HHS, Tony Hayes appeared ahead to spending time along with his nieces and nephews. He labored at Wareco (a fuel station throughout from the Dairy Queen) and IGA.

Verna Shuck, a Bunker Hill native, ran a restaurant that served these working on the shoe manufacturing unit and Hillsboro Glass. Later, as a resident of the Village Flats on Hamilton Road, she took pleasure in adorning for the vacations. Coffeen native Emma Jean Barnes was an Air Drive spouse who grew to become very energetic within the United Methodist Girls’s group, serving on the board of the Cunningham Youngsters’s Residence in Urbana for over 50 years. She additionally served as president of the Chatham Library Board and sang in church choirs.

Lila Ann Web page, born in Barry however a ‘71 HHS graduate, was a cashier at Wal-Mart for over 20 years and a supervisor of a youth heart in Litchfield. Maxine Willett, a therapeutic massage therapist who labored from dwelling, loved outside actions. She leaves her husband in Hillsboro and a daughter in Fillmore.

Once more this yr, our Father, we got here to the backyard to recollect those that died too quickly. We bear in mind them with sorrow due to our loss, but in addition as a result of they’d too little time to kind recollections of their very own. Caleb Martin grew to become a licensed laptop aided draftsman for an East Alton firm. His time with spouse Bethany, a Journal-Information worker, was too quick (by 50 years) earlier than most cancers referred to as him away. Chandra Bosler attended HHS; her life ended at age 30. 

Patricia Hoxsey, previously of Sorento, left 4 youngsters as she handed at age 26. She had labored at Burger King in Litchfield and McDonald’s in Pinckneyville. Taylor Tomazzoli, whose father was raised right here and whose paternal grandparents nonetheless reside right here, deliberate to be a surgical assistant earlier than she was referred to as away. Andrew Robinson was a younger man whose father and daughter reside in Hillsboro. Erica Cravens, 26, a waitress at an area restaurant and the mom of two, handed as her life was simply starting.

As we come to this backyard of recollections, ideas of those that reported to bodily work every day trudge with us. Good individuals know the dignity of sweating for his or her household, for the enjoyment of day’s labor for day’s pay. Jim Summers, Sr., of Coffeen was a custodian of Hillsboro Unit Colleges for 18 years earlier than working at Graham Correctional Middle for 21 years. He bred and offered canine as pets, was a volunteer fireman, and helped with the Coffeen meals financial institution. Shirley J. Snow, born in Ramsey, married Benny Snow at Mt. Moriah Church and cooked in space eating places.

A ‘73 graduate of HHS, Patricia Ann Greek grew to become a postal worker. Ernest Frayer from Fillmore had been a builder of grain bins. Roy Treadway labored as a painter, then labored for Illinois Consolidated after which as a gunsmith. A 1966 Witt Excessive graduate, Cynthia (Frank) Hawn, labored for Blue Cross Blue Defend. Ralph (Joe) Jennings of Irving attended Hillsboro faculties. Mark Clemons of Panama labored on the Indianapolis Speedway, as a DJ in West Virginia and Florida, and offered luxurious vehicles in Florida earlier than retiring regionally. He was additionally thought of an completed drummer with a lot curiosity in marching bands.

Panama native David Calufetti, a 1956 HHS graduate, grew to become a heavy tools operator who belonged to Working Engineers Native #920. Jutta Shroyer, who was born in Germany, lived in Hillsboro for 47 years and labored within the laundry division at nursing houses. Three of her youngsters nonetheless reside in or close to Hillsboro. Allen Dunlap labored in native factories earlier than turning into a resident of Hillsboro Nursing and Well being Care Middle for a number of years. Kay (Hamby) Augustyniak, an ‘83 HHS grad, labored as a waitress and at Schutt Sports activities. Two brothers and her dad and mom survive right here. Eloyious (Bailey) Kinder was a phone switchboard operator again within the day in each Hillsboro and Litchfield. She moved to Iowa in 2016 to be close to her daughter’s household. She was the sister of the late Jim Bailey, an area regulation officer.

Tom Mikolasek, a ‘72 HHS grad, was a deacon within the Calvary Baptist Church. His spouse April and three daughters additionally graduated from HHS. A truck driver, he belonged to Working Engineers Native #965. Born in Fillmore Twp., Henry Ernst served in Germany for the Military through the Korean Struggle. He got here again to civilian life through the use of his mechanical talents as a accomplice in an auto restore store, as a repairman on the Coffeen mine, and as a mechanic at Wright Ford. Son Steve adopted in his footsteps. John Petcher, Jr., a Hillsboro native, was a manufacturing unit employee at Eagle Picher and Sherwin Williams when the zinc oxide producer owned that plant. Mildred Thacker labored at Hillsboro Glass for over 15 years in addition to for the railroad hospital in Chicago when she lived there.

Margaret Clanton was a farm spouse east of Coffeen; a seamstress, she labored in space garment factories and at Curler Derby in Litchfield. Joe Childers spent his final years within the Coffeen space after working as a candymaker for the Brach’s plant in Chicago. Ronald Fry lived alongside Rt. 16 between Hillsboro and Litchfield. He and his spouse operated a greenhouse. He additionally labored for Echlin Brake Elements after which Affinia in Litchfield; the couple served the neighborhood as foster dad and mom. Marian Holcomb had been a postal clerk. Irving’s Gary Lehnen spent a few years with the Hillsboro Water Division. Jimmie Dean Hayes of Witt, a self-employed carpenter, died on account of a deadly mechanical accident at his dwelling. Appreciated regionally as an individual who rescued canine and located higher houses for them, he’s survived by his spouse, mom, two sons, and 5 grandchildren.

Ronald Rhodes of Irving labored as a forklift operator for Firestone Tire Firm in Decatur and loved steel detecting. Dennis “Butch”  Hollingshead was a retired railroad engineer. David McDonald of Fillmore had been a truck driver. Janice Bergman held jobs at Shell (the fuel outlet within the ‘Boro), Casey’s, and as a bartender. She lived in Hillsboro and Irving; her youngsters reside in Hillsboro. Leaving grandchildren in Hillsboro was Viola Nockman, who labored for Curler Derby, then was employed by and retired from Hillsboro Space Hospital. Korean Struggle veteran Robert Codemo was a long-time member of the work crew on the Coffeen energy plant; three of his youngsters graduated from HHS, and great-grandchildren are within the space.

Ron Compton, a Hillsboro native, graduated from HHS in 1974. A welder, he held membership within the native nation membership. He’s survived by his mother in Hillsboro, a daughter in Coffeen; one brother and two sisters. Josh Eckert had a large talent set; he labored as a chef at space eating places and in addition put in grain bins. Robert Miller was self-employed as a mechanic at Hillsboro Auto on the curve of Rt. 16 as one drives west towards Litchfield. Lamar Yeske of Witt served our nation within the Military through the Korean Struggle. A protracted-time Witt United Methodist member, he served his metropolis on their fireplace division and labored at Caterpiller in Decatur.

Norton Henke of Panama graduated from HHS and have become a supervisor for the A.O. Smith Company. In his youth Henke was one of many higher beginner baseball gamers on this space. Coffeen resident Verna Emerson, an Oklahoma native, labored as a cook dinner at Hawthorne Lodge for 40 years. An attendee of Grace Fellowship Church, she is survived by her youngsters Drury, Jr.; Berdina; and Jeff and their households. Chris Compton of Panama grew to become an over-the-road trucker after graduating from HHS. Then he was a salesman, distributor, and installer of restaurant tools. Seven siblings are amongst his survivors. ‘67 HHS grad James D. Keith, an Military veteran, grew to become a pressman, first for the Home of Sunshine in Litchfield after which for the Litchfield Information-Herald. Donna Cunningham was a beautician who moved from Reno to Butler (in 1990). She was a member of the Reno Presbyterian Church; 4 of her 5 youngsters reside in Butler.

Barbara Fenton, a Hillsboro native, labored for the college district for 27 years. As a passion she made Barbie garments for dolls belonging to many space children. Robert Kirkwood of Bunker Hill labored for Aladdin Metal in Gillespie for over 25 years; he leaves a daughter (Bobbi) and her household in Hillsboro. Bea Carter labored within the bakery division on the Hillsboro IGA; daughter Robin lives in Hillsboro. James Revisky, a long-time Panama resident, was a truck driver (Teamsters Native 604) who acquired a coronary heart transplant 19 years in the past. James “Spanky” Lane of Butler graduated from HHS and labored as a laborer out of Native #1084. Three brothers survive within the space. Robert Haslett, a Coffeen handyman, leaves 4 brothers and a sister within the space. James Cordray of Virden was born in Springfield, married in Panama, and labored in Carlinville as a truck driver till his retirement in 2019. He attended Hillsboro Excessive with the category of 1965. Ronald Rosko, a Witt Excessive graduate, served within the Navy for 3 years, then had a protracted profession in business; mining, together with a stint at Coffeen and time as a mine inspector; and as a enterprise proprietor as a accomplice along with his spouse within the R&D Tavern in Witt.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Orthodox Russian Church in Benld.

Diane (Redfearn) Essex, a ‘75 graduate of HHS, grew up and lived in Panama. She labored at Echlin Brake Elements and later ran a day-care heart in her dwelling. Robbie Maroon of Donnellson labored on the Coffeen mine for ten years, then mined in Albers till turning into a Bond County freeway maintainer till retirement in 2008. A member of the United Mine Employees, he loved racing vehicles at Highland Speedway. Joe Bercume lived in Donnellson whereas cooking for Lu-Bob’s Restaurant in Greenville. “Annie” Sales space of Sorento labored for Owen’s Glass for 27 years; then she cleaned homes and managed laundromats, working for wages till she was 88. A daughter and a sister reside in Hillsboro.

J.D. Davidson lived in Macoupin County, however he was born in Hillsboro and has household in Butler and Hillsboro; he was a truck driver and boilermaker. Billy Joe Webb, Jr., of Coffeen was a member of the Teamsters and a driver of semis delivering vehicles throughout the nation. Paul Estell of Litchfield had been a forklift operator for Worldwide Paper; he has a son in Hillsboro. Alan Redding was born on his household’s farm close to Sorento; he grew to become a painter after portray railroad bridges. A member of Painters Union Native 910 for 59 years, he’s survived by youngsters within the Litchfield and Butler areas. Arthur Unterbrink of Greenville had twin grandsons, the Knops, graduate from HHS; he was a carpenter, labored for Nevinger Refrigeration, and owned his personal building firm in his working profession. Throughout his retirement, he and his spouse ran a comfort retailer on the lake in Keyesport. JoAnn Hampton was a cook dinner for a lot of space eating places throughout her profession after graduating from HHS. Born in Sorento, she lived and labored in Hillsboro for many of her life; one brother, Larry Dale Halleman, survives in Witt.

Dave “Tiny” Andrews was a large of a person with a caring coronary heart. He was a member of the Litchfield Police Division earlier than getting into upon a 30 yr profession as a deputy sheriff for Montgomery County. After retirement he served as president of the Senior Residents Board which meets in Taylor Springs. Bob McNealy served many roles inside the legal justice system: as dispatcher for Hillsboro Police and Fireplace Division, as chief of police in Wilsonville, and as a board member with the Alton Belle On line casino. He was a member of the Hillsboro Baptist Church and pastored the Reno Baptist Church. Vietnam Military veteran the Rev. “Bob” Mosser had a 27 yr profession as a chaplain at Graham Correctional Middle.

John D. Durbin, who grew up in Hillsboro and Witt, retired to Florida after retiring from Graham. Regionally a daughter, two sisters, and two grandsons are among the many survivors. Gary Camerer drove from Gillespie to protect prisioners at Graham till his retirement in 2001. Zala Meyer, a Coffeen Excessive graduate, grew to become an LPN by finding out at Capital Space Vocational Middle after which labored in space nursing houses earlier than 22 years of employment at Graham. Gary Lutz, a Vietnam vet who earned a Bronze Star, returned to Hillsboro as a police officer earlier than doing the identical work in St. Louis. Nokomis’ Betty Rench served as an accountant at Graham.

Those that are inclined to us once we’re ailing, each on our journey to the backyard and our final days in it, have all the time been essential however usually ignored (till medical emergencies and pandemics threaten) roles in our tradition. Amongst those that took the ultimate steps this yr are Witt Excessive Faculty graduate Betty Hobbie, a medical stenographer who spent 40 years within the medical area in Los Angeles earlier than returning to the realm. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran.

Marilyn (McQuern) Webb, an HHS grad, lived in Peoria and labored as a registered nurse at St. Francis Medical Middle there. Barbara Jean Morell, who lived in Hillsboro, was a nursing assistant and exercise director at Hillsboro Rehab and Well being Care Middle. Sandra C. Toberman, a local of Dixon, was a medical transcriptionist; her husband and son Trevor reside in Hillsboro. Michael L. Guinn, Sr., was an HHS grad, an Military vet, and a CNA in that order. He labored at each the Montgomery Nursing and Rehab Middle and for Hillsboro Well being Care and Rehabilitation Middle.

Augusta (Pfeifer) Hartman of Coffeen was an LPN, first at Greenville Hospital, then at Hillsboro Rehabilitation and Well being Care Middle. 5 of her six surviving youngsters reside in Coffeen. Panama native and 1948 graduate of HHS, Betty Malisia labored as a nurse for a few years at Hillsboro Rehabilitation and Well being Care Middle and at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. She additionally taught Sunday Faculty, and he or she is survived by 4 youngsters, seven grandchildren, and 9 great-grands. Judy Owen was an LPN and homemaker who loved making jewellery. Tammy (Lawson) Novotny, a 1977 HHS grad, labored as a ward clerk at Hillsboro Space Hospital. Her husband, Mark, survives regionally, and her son, Lucas, lives in Cabot, AR. Mary Learn of Witt, a local of Decatur, had been a registered nurse at Hillsboro Space Hospital. Mary Beth Shreve had attended HHS and labored as a CNA  at native amenities.

Mary Chesser was each a nurse at St. Francis and head nurse for Dr. Dan Wujek; daughter Jami lives in Hillsboro. Pauline White of Walshville was a CNA for each Hillsboro Space Hospital and St. Francis Hospital who additionally offered dwelling well being care and assisted with Bible Faculty later in her life.

Lord, we who survive one other yr will meet once more, spiritually if not bodily, with Thee and one another in mid-summer of 2021, to stroll with Thee, to speak with Thee, and to wish to Thee for these whom we bear in mind. To take action provides us pleasure as Thou grants the peace which has been promised and for which all souls search.


Author, reporter, columnist, statistician, and retired educator, Ron Deabenderfer yearly pens the Previous Settlers Memorial Prayer.  This yr’s prayer consists of these on The Journal-Information obituary pages by means of July 30.

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