• Donna Jean Mathena, age 82 of Kell, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2018, at SSM Health St. Marys Hospital in Centralia. Donna established the first Kindergarten class and also taught Second Grade for Kell Grade School for many years. She was a member of the Alpha Delta Teachers Sorority. She was an active member of Kell Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday School Teacher, Women’s Missionary Union, and the church organist. When Donna was younger she sang in a Traveling Gospel Quartet. She enjoyed flower gardening and cooking with her grandchildren. Donna’s greatest enjoyment was traveling with her husband Bill and spending time with her family and friends.
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  • Carol Lee McFarland, 84, of Centralia passed away January 28, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. Carol was a member of Calumet Street Christian Church in Centralia. She enjoyed gardening, reading and crossword puzzles. Everyone that knew Carol would call her "Mother". She also enjoyed her time with her four-legged friend Oscar. Most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren and family.
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  • Eric Chiles Irwin, 71, of Salem, IL died January 11, 2018.
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  • Gretta Fay Harrison, 95, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 12:08 P.M. January 25, 2018 at Mount Vernon Health Care Center. Gretta was a homemaker and stayed home to care for her family. She also sold Avon for many years and worked in the craft department at Dobbs. Gretta was a past member of Rebekah Lodge and Eastern Star. She was also a member of Southside Baptist Church. Gretta’s greatest joy was spending time with her family. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
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  • Billy Joe Wilson, 83, of Walnut Hill, passed away at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, January 25, 2018, at Residential Living Center, in Mt. Vernon. He attended Bethel Grade School and graduated from Mt. Vernon Township High School in 1952. He served on the Grand Prairie School Board and was an auto body repairman, and farmer. He also served as a Deacon and Elder, as well as Sunday School Teacher, at Boyd Christian Church. He was a family man and loved his family, but mostly, he loved Jesus.
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  • Nelson L. Poole, 66 Years, of Opdyke, Illinois passed away at 11:05 P.M. January 24, 2018 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Nelson was a member of Opdyke Missionary Baptist Church and worked at Continental Tire for 36 years. He was a loving father and grandfather. He will be missed dearly by all know who knew him.
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  • Donald J. Thompson, 64, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 4:15 P.M. January 19, 2018 at Saint Louis University Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri. Donald enjoyed fishing and hunting in his spare time. He had a outgoing personality and never met a stranger. He loved the Lord and his church. Donald’s greatest joy was spending time with his family. He was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
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  • Dale Lynford Bohlen, 94, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 10:52 A.M. January 24, 2018, at Mount Vernon Countryside Manor. ale proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Force and trained as a bomber pilot during World War II from 1943-1945. He continued his interest in aviation and was a member of a local flight club for many years. In 1950, Dale was selected from World War II veterans to homestead land in Hazelton, Idaho. In 1956, Dale and his family moved to Mount Vernon. Dale was a member of Logan Street Baptist Church for 61 years. He enjoyed singing, working with youth groups and, in later years, he and his wife Pauline volunteered as church greeters each and every Sunday.
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  • Ronald William Klosterman, 81, died at 12:30 am Friday, January 26, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. Mr. Klosterman was a lifelong resident of Centralia. He graduated Centralia High School, Class of 1955. He was an Orphan and played basketball and football. He attended South Eastern Louisiana University, in Hammond, Louisiana, on basketball scholarship. He served as President of his Senior Class in college. He majored in Mathematics. He served in the US Army, stationed in Berlin, Germany. He was stationed at Check Point Charlie during the Cold War. He monitored Soviet communications. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and VFW. He married Joan Carlson on November 15, 1975. He retired from Warren G. Murray Center in 2009. During the 70’s and 80’s he worked for family owned business Fred & Mary’s. He was an avid sports fan and loved his Cardinals. He was known for his quick wit, jovial personality and infectious smile.
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  • Ronald Behrens, 74, of Shattuc, passed away at Carlyle Healthcare Center on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, with his loving family by his side. Ron was the co-owner of Cycle City in Centralia, and he was a self-employed carpenter most of his life. He retired in Shattuc. He was a member of Keyesport Sporting Clay Club and served in the Illinois National Guard.
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