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Harriet Joy Fitzgerald - 10/5/2014

Harriet Joy Fitzgerald

Harriet Joy Fitzgerald, 86, of Quincy, IL, formerly of Farina died September 26, 2014 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy.  She had formerly worked as a waitress, and later as secretary/bookkeeper for Michel's Fertilizer in Farina.  She is fondly remembered for her years of service as a CNA at Doctors Nursing Home in Salem where she loved to pamper and spoil her residents.  She was a member of Frieden's United Church of Christ in Farina.

The family will gather at the church to meet with friends from 10:00 A.M. until the service hour on Saturday.  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday at the Frieden's United Church of Christ in Farina with Pastor Bill Causer officiating.  Burial will be private.  Memorials may be made to Frieden's United Church of Christ in Farina and accepted by the Rankin Funeral Home who is in charge of arrangements.

Harriet Fitzgerald is survived by Jonny Fitzgerald, her son and wife Debbie of Garland, TX, Jamie Fitzgerald, her son and wife Debbie of Quincy, IL, Diana Courson, her daughter and husband David of Custer,, SD, Debbie Romano, her daughter and husband Ted of Cheyenne, WY, Ted Jahraus, her brother and wife Joann of Farina, IL, Bob Jahraus, her brother and wife Carrel Ann of Farina, IL, Clyde King, her brother-in-law of St. Peter, IL, Dorothy Jahraus, her sister-in-law of Farina, IL, Shirley Jahraus, her sister-in-law of Farina, IL, 7 Grandchildren including Dan and wife Ann, Matt and wife Katie, Eric and wife Megan, Jordan and wife Nicole, Alexis, Bradley and Julia, 1 step-grandson Adrian and wife Tricia, 7 Great Grandchildren including Myles, Samuel, Chase, Noah, Dallee, Attley and Jameis,  3 step great grandchildren Rylee, Jacob, and Jordyn.

Born February 15, 1928 in Farina, she was the daughter of George W. and Ella (Hohlt) Jahraus who preceded her in death.  She married Theodore "Ted" Fitzgerald, October 1, 1946 in Boulder, CO.  He preceded her in death July 11, 1999.

Harold Bray - 10/4/2014

Harold Bray, age 63, of Centralia, IL passed away at 4:15 a.m. on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at his home in Centralia, Illinois.

Funeral arrangements for Harold Bray are pending at Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia where friends may inquire for additional information. 

Bonita Vaughn - 10/3/2014

Bonita Vaughn

Bonnie Vaughn, age 67 of Salem, passed away on October 1st, 2014 at 1:15am at her home. She was a private caregiver.

Family graveside services will be held on Friday, October 3rd at the East Lawn Cemetary in Salem. There will be no public visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family and will be received at the Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home.

Bonita Vaughn is survived by her husband, Cloris Eugene Vaughn of Salem; her daughters, Sabrina Huff of Salem, and Tanya Bray and husband Jason of Salem; as well as Grandchildren Landon Bray, Haden Bray, and Caitlyn Huff.

She was born on July 15th, 1947 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri to William and Mildred (Brooks) Savage. She married Cloris "Geno" Vaughn on September 19th, 1970 in Farmer City.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert Vernon Savage, Sr.

Evan Joseph Roddy - 10/3/2014

Evan Joseph Roddy

Evan Joseph Roddy, age 2 months, 18 days, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away Monday, September 29, 2014 at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mount Vernon, Illinois.  Evan was a member of Woodlawn Christian Church.

Graveside Service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, October 3, 2014 at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn, Illinois with Mr. Tracy Thomas presiding.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois.  Interment at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn, Illinois.  For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Scholarship Fund for Alyssa Roddy, (please make checks payable to "Ryan & Lisa Roddy") and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call (618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.

Evan Joseph Roddy is survived by his parents - Ryan & Lisa Roddy of Mount Vernon, Illinois;  sister - Alyssa Roddy of Mount Vernon, Illinois;  paternal grandparents - John & Rebecca Roddy of Salem, Illinois;  maternal grandparents - Gary & Janet Langa of Mount Vernon, Illinois;  paternal great grandmother - Donna Roddy of Salem, Illinois;  3 aunts - Kimberly and husband Andy, Amy and husband Raymond, Rachel and friend Chris;  Uncle Jason;  5 cousins - Clay & Rylee Langa, Landon & Sabryna Richards, Kaidon, Kylar and Mercedez Roddy.

Evan Roddy was born on Friday, July 11, 2014 in St. Louis, MO to Ryan and Lisa Roddy.  His stepbrother: Brandon Roddy, paternal great grandfather: Joe Roddy, paternal great grandparents: Raymond & Pauline Purcell, and maternal great grandparents: Russell & Earlene Anderson, Bud & Loretta Langa preceded him in death.

Helen C. Bratovich - 10/3/2014

Helen C. Bratovich

Helen C. Bratovich died peacefully, Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at the Autumn Grove Cottage in Spring, Texas.  She was a 1941 graduate of Salem High School.   Helen worked as a civilian employee in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Paris, France and later earned a Master of Science degree in education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  She taught science at Hillsboro Junior High for 22 and a half years, wowing the students with her contagious enthusiasm until her 'retirement' in 1988.  Over the next decade or so, she continued to substitute teach for several school districts in the Vandalia area.  When not in the classroom, she pursued her hobby of rock mineral and fossil collecting and creating jewelry from the samples she collected.  She could often be found wandering the western United States in search of that elusive 'next gemstone', bringing her family along to share her joy, read the map and carry the rocks.  After her husband's passing, Hele continued to live in Vandalia along with her sister Leila Noe, traveling and pursuing her hobby of rock collecting and searching for antiques across Southern Illinois until moving to Autumn Grove Cottage in Spring, Texas in late 2008.  Helen was a dedicated member of the Church of Christ meeting in Vandalia.  

Graveside funeral services for Helen Bratovich will be held at ten Friday morning at the East Lawn Cemetery in Salem, with Dwight Butler officiating.  Visitation will be at the Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home from six to eight on Thursday night.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association in Helen's name.  

Helen Bratovich is survived by her two sons:  Matt and wife Kristy and Mark and wife Aileen; sisters: Dorothy Bailey, Alma Schmitz and husband Dick and Mary Crick; grandchildren: Christopher, Nicholas, Johanna, Luke, Brittney and Matt Ryan Bratovich, Rebecca Helen Geise and husband Phil, Tara Fitzgerald and husband John and Allison Covias and husband Josh, as well as nine great grandchildren. 

Helen Bratovich was born on June 30th, 1923 in Olney to Walter Allen Cope and Nellie Natalie (Nisbett) Cope.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Dr. John Edward Bratovich on April 29th, 1990, her parents Walter and Nellie Cope, sisters:  Ruth Weidner, Lella Noe, Anna Laura Cope and her brother: Walter Cope. 

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