• Wilbur D. Talbert, age 90 of Odin, died on Thursday, December 14th, 2017 at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia. He was a retired Supervisor with the Food and Drug Administration and a member of the Marshall Creek Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corp.
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  • Anna Mae Bargesser, 86, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 5:33 A.M. December 11, 2017 at Mount Vernon Countryside Manor. Ann was a Registered Nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital, an instructor at Rend Lake College, and the director of nursing at Jeffersonian Nursing Home. She was a member of Logan Street Baptist Church and volunteered for Hospice of the Good Samaritan. Ann’s greatest joy was being with her family and helping others. She was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.
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  • Freddie Eugene Dent, age 87, of Nason, Illinois passed away at 2:18 P.M. December 15, 2017 at his residence in Nason, Illinois. Fred worked in the Nason coal mines at 18 years old before he proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1952-1953. He went on to work as welder maintenance for Fisher Body/General Motors for 34 years. Fred was also the owner of Bubba’s Place in Nason for 28 years. He was a member of Amvets, VFW, Ducks Unlimited, and United Auto Workers. Fred enjoyed watching Nascar and the Saint Louis Cardinals in his spare time. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. Fred was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
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  • Carmine Anthony Gallo, Jr., 79 of Salem, Illinois passed away December 14, 2017 at Doctors Nursing Home in Salem. He served his country proudly in the U. S. Air Force. Carmine had lots of friends, and was loved by the staff at Doctors Nursing Home as he had been a resident there for three years. He was always there with a joke to make you smile, or a kind word in times of trouble. He will be missed by many, and, will always remembered fondly. He was retired as a salesman, was member of St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Church in Salem, and will be remembered as an avid card player in the Texas Hold'em Poker Group.
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  • Harold Lee Gentz, age 88, of Centralia, Illinois, formerly of Aviston, Illinois and Sesser, Illinois, passed away at 1:25 A.M. on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at home with his family by his side. Mr. Gentz was of the Catholic faith. He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston, Illinois, where he was a member of the church choir. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country during the Korean Conflict. He was a clerk stationed at an Air Force Base in Newfoundland. He enjoyed making rugs out of burlap sacks with each having his own design on it. He cherished the time he spent with his family, especially his children and grandchildren. Mr. Gentz was chairman of the Clinton County Bicentennial Commission membership who voted and set-up the Clinton County Historical Society that was organized in 1976. He was the first president of the historical society. In 1985, he was active in efforts to raise money to purchase the Sidney Breese Home in Carlyle to house the Clinton County Historical Society Museum. As a result of his love for history, he restored monuments in Lake Branch Cemetery, an old Civil War Cemetery outside of Aviston, Illinois. Mr. Gentz was an American History and English Teacher who taught at Breese Central High School from 1974 to 1995 and Aviston Community High School from 1958 to 1974. He graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a Master’s Degree in History and a Bachelor’s Degree in English. Mr. Gentz was an antique dealer for many years. He was also a quilt dealer who pieced them together and sold the completed quilt to a dealer in New York. He lived in Centralia, Illinois for the last 2 years and previously lived in Avistion, Illinois and Sesser, Illinois.
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  • Gary VanBuskirk, age 74, of Odin, died December 10th, 2017 at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia. He was a carpenter in the maintenance department at St. Mary's Hospital and was a member of the NRA and the Salem American Legion.
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  • Margaret "Margie" Lynn Becker Ehler of Wamac, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017. Margie was a homemaker for most of her life and was fiercely independent. She enjoyed drawing, painting, animals and zipping around town on her moped. Margie believed what she believed and would hold that belief with determination. She loved her family and was always concerned with their wellbeing.
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  • Logan Morris, 41, of Salem, IL, died December 15, 2017 at Salem Township Hospital. He attended Kaskaskia College, was a CNA, and was a former tech at Bryan Manor. He was of the Baptist faith.
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  • Charlene Marie Johnson, age 61, of Centralia, passed away Monday, December 11, 2017 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia, where friends may inquire for additional information.
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  • Muzette Duncan, 95, of Centralia, answered her heavenly roll call of her master on Friday, Dec 8, 2017 at 8:39p.m at St. Marys Hospital in Centralia IL. Muzette was also a long-time resident of Centralia, Illinois, where she became member of Second Missionary Baptist Church, and was baptized by Rev. Gaines in 1934. As a member of the church she held several offices, including assistant clerk and past president of Women's League. At the time of her passing, Muzette was the oldest living member of Second Missionary Baptist Church. She was affiliated with AARP, Centralia Democrat Club, Child Welfare Club, and N.A.V.R.E. Muzette enjoyed attending Tuesday Bible class. She worked for Lear Siegler Heating Company and was a retiree of the Old National Bank in Centralia where she worked for over 20 years. She was a graduate of Lincoln School in 1935 and graduated with Honors from Centralia High School in 1939 at the age of 16. Additionally, she was a staunch supporter of the Centralia Orphans Basketball team.
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