• Betty L. Owens, 90, of Waltonville, Illinois passed away at 8:02 A.M. February 18, 2018 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Betty worked as a seamstress at Good Samaritan Hospital for 23 years. She attended Woodlawn Christian Church. Betty’s greatest joy was spending time with her family. She was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.
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  • Ann D. Schoonover, age 86, of Centralia, formerly of Salem, died February 16th, 2018 at Centralia Manor. She was an Opera singer and retired from Lutheran Child and Family Services as a Social Worker. Ann attended Monticello College and then the Conservatoire Americanne in Fontainebleau, France and Trappsches Conservatory in Munich, Germany receiving her certification as an opera and concert singer. She later attended Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. Ann was an Episcopalian.
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  • Velma Marie Ullery, 83, of Texico, passed away at 4:30 a.m., Thursday, February 15, 2018, at her home. She attended Meyer School, and Bluford High School, and was a member of Panther Fork Missionary Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Women's Missionary Union. She enjoyed quilting, embroidering, gardening, and spending time with her family and her church family.
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  • Robert Charles Shufeldt, age 74, died in Greenville, S.C., on February 18, 2018. The son of the late Eugene and Margaret Warren Shufeldt, he was raised in rural south central Illinois. A graduate of the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, Shufeldt also held a PhD in agronomy from Ohio State University. Moving to Greenville in 1975 Bob worked in the textile industry testing dust levels in cotton mills throughout the Southeast for Texcon, Inc., and later for Health and Hygiene/ELB of Chapel Hill, NC. A long-time member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Bob was active in men’s mission projects, the Gittings Prison Ministry, and operated sound and recording systems for church events.
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  • Reva Louise Poole, age 55, passed away at 7:49 A.M. February 12, 2018, at her residence in Opdyke, Illinois. Reva enjoyed working in the Jefferson County Comprehensive Services Work Shop and was a member of South Side Baptist Church. She was much loved and will be missed by all who knew her.
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  • George Robert "Bob" Webb, age 91, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 11:10 P.M. February 15, 2018, after a long and memorable life. Bob was a professional in the real estate title business for sixty-five years and owned Webb & Harriss Abstractors. He was highly respected for his expertise in abstract/title work and was proud of his work in the developments of Rend Lake, Interstate 57, and Interstate 64. He retired from the Law Office of Terry Sharp. His career blessed him with many long-time friends. Bob was a member of the AMVETS, and he was a huge fan of Rams basketball and the Saint Louis Cardinals.
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  • Melba Lois Haney, age 83, of Centralia, passed away Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Fireside House in Centralia. In 1952 she married Dean and after marriage they lived for short periods in New London, Conneticut/Philadelphia Pennsylvania and Key West, FL before settling down in Centralia. She attended both grade and highschool in Centralia and later took classes at KC. First and foremost Melba was a loving wife and mother, she also was a Certified Dental Assistant and an accomplished seamstress. For many years she was a Pink Lady at St. Mary's Hospital. Melba had many different interests over the years but, sewing was her biggest passion and hobby. While she was still at home she had a constant companion in her little dog Sunshine.
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  • Harold "Pete" Dean Young, age 82, of Louisville, passed away Monday, February 12, 2018 at Clay County Hospital in Flora, IL. Harold was retired from Fedder's after 30 years. He was a member of North Harter Christian Church. Pete loved spending time with his children and grandchildren nd tinkering outside.
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  • Tyson L. Leek, 32, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 1:27 A.M. February 14, 2018. He was born December 26, 1985 in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Tyson worked on the barge as a first mate. He was also self-employed as a window-tint specialist and did truck and motorcycle repair and detailing, which he enjoyed doing. Tyson loved his dog, Diamond and was a great friend to many. He would have given his shirt off his back to anyone in need. Tyson was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
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  • Richard Paul “Dick” Pawlisa, age 84, of Salem, Illinois, passed away at 2:45 A.M. on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Dick grew up in Central City, Illinois and graduated with Centralia Township High School’s Class of 1951. He moved to California and was employed as a roughneck at Standard Oil of California for 14 years. He worked on the first oil rig off of the west coast. He returned to Centralia, Illinois and was employed as a stationary engineer in the boiler plant at the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center for 14 years. He retired in 1995 from the Circles of Care in Melbourne, Florida and returned to Centralia, Illinois. He was employed at the Crisp Center of Kaskaskia College before retiring in 2016 after 20 years of service. Dick enjoyed traveling, going to auctions and most of all, he enjoyed working. He was known not to stop working on a job until it was totally completed. He cherished the time he spent with his friends, family and his dog, Lulu. If you knew him or not, he was always up for a conversation. Dick never met a stranger.
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