• August “Augie” Aydt, 99, of Centralia passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at Centralia Fireside Nursing Home. Augie served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was transferred to Galesburg, IL in 1957 while working for the railroad and returned to Centralia in 1980 after he retired. He was a member of St. Mary Church in Centralia, the Knights of Columbus, and the VFW. Augie gardened, fished, rode his bicycle, collected wood for his wood stove, and was an avid “recycler” before it became fashionable. In his early 90s he had to slow down; he moved first to Heritage Woods and then to Fireside House, forming many new friendships with staff and residents. In his later years, Augie spent more time reading, doing puzzles, and watching baseball. As a life-long Cubs fan, 2016 was a great baseball season. Being active remained important to Augie and he participated in daily exercise classes until last week. He took pleasure in simple things, and the twinkle in his eye brought joy to many.
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  • Antionette Martin, age 16, of Centralia, passed away Monday, May 1, 2018 at Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Antionette enjoyed spending her time with her friends at the Centralia Library. She enjoyed her free time being on facebook and watching movies. Most of all, she loved spending time with her brothers and sister.
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  • Virgil W. DeBoer, 79, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 12:00 P.M. May 3, 2018, at Nature Trail Nursing Home. Virgil was an avid golfer for 61 years. He was a sports enthusiast and was a member of Green Hill Country Club. Virgil received his master’s degree at Illinois State University. Virgil worked as a teacher, coach, and counselor at Mount Zion for many years. Later in life, he worked as a teacher representative for I.F.T. Teacher Union until he retired in 1995. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him.
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  • Regina Ann Reid, age 62, of Centralia passed away Friday, May 4, 2018, surrounded by her loving family at her home. Regina was retired from Kaskaskia College as an Assistant Director of Adult Education. She was extremely active in her church as a Sunday school teacher, bible school teacher, puppet team leader, and media ministry. Regina was an avid collector of magnets, cookie jars, and miniature animals. She had a compassionate heart for adopting homeless cats. Regina will be deeply missed by all the lives she touched.
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  • Paul A. Langenfeld, 87 of Centralia, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia. Paul served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a 1949 graduate of Centralia High School and attended Centralia Junior College. Karaoke was his love. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals Fan for over 70 years. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and friends.
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  • Karen L. Moravec, 72, of Woodlawn, Illinois passed away at 10:50 A.M. May 2, 2018 at her residence. Karen worked as a school bus driver and cooked at KC Hall in DuBois. She was a member of Ladies Solidarity and was very active at Saint Michael Catholic Church in Radom. She enjoyed quilting and cooking in her spare time. Karen’s greatest joy was spending time with her family. She never missed acknowledging a loved ones birthday or special occasion. Karen will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
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  • Judith "GiGi" Oldfield, 68, of Centralia, passed away Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Barnes Jewish Hospital. Judith began her working career at Hollywood Candy Factory. She worked there as the company transitioned into Leaf Candy Factory. After the candy factory closure, she was employed for 18 yrs. with Nascote Industries and will be remembered as a hard worker. Judith was also an avid rock collector and enjoyed flower gardening. She loved the tranquility and peace of rocking on her front porch in her rocking chair. She will be remembered as a loving "GiGi" and sister.
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  • James "Jim" M. Cox, Jr., 75 of Centralia formerly of Chicago, passed away Thursday, May 3, 2018 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.
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  • Cornelius G. "Bergy" Bergbower, 88, of Bluford, Illinois passed away at 11:22 A.M. May 3, 2018, at Mount Vernon Health Care Center in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Cornelius served as a mechanic for the United States Air Force from 1950-1953 and worked as a lineman until retirement from the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad. He avidly enjoyed nature, gardening, reading, tinkering, and especially spending time with his family. He will be dearly missed.
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  • Wesley Burton Miller, 96, passed on to his eternal home at 1:30 p.m., April 27, 2018, at the Bethany Health Care and Rehab Center, in DeKalb, Illinois. On December 4, 1940, he and his brother Wayne joined the Army Air Corps and were stationed at Wheeler Air Force Base in Hawaii. He was a World War II Veteran, Survivor of the bombing at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and served in the 106th Infantry Division during the three-week Battle of the Bulge, which began December 16, 1944. After his military service, he attended DePaul University in Chicago. On January 2, 1946, he married Evelyn Berniece Poole, and they shared 72 years together. The majority of their married years were lived in Chicago, Illinois, where he worked as plant manager for a metal finishing plant. After his retirement in 1984, both he and his wife served the elderly and needy for 20 years at Bethel Community Church in Chicago, as well as in their own neighborhood. Their selfless and loving spirits were an example to all. In March 2012, they relocated from Chicago to Sycamore, Illinois. Burton was also a long-time fan of the Chicago Cubs and was overjoyed as he and his grandsons gathered around the TV in 2016 to watch and celebrate the Cub's first World Series win since 1908.
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