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Onorio Gherardini - 6/6/2015

Onorio Gherardini

Onorio Gherardini, 94 years and 10 months, of Cherokee Village­, AR formerly of Centralia, passed away at 8:38 a.m. on Sunday, April 26, 2015 in Cherokee Village. Onorio was employed for 39 years as a Carman for the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad.  He was an income tax preparer for many years, even into retirement.   He lived most of his life in Centralia, IL before retiring to Cherokee Village, AR in 1980.  He served his country in WWII, receiving a combat infantry badge, three bronze stars and numerous metals from the South Pacific campaigns.  Onorio had an extensive career in golf, winning the Southern Illinois Golf Association Championship in 1956.  After retirement, he was a golf instructor in Cherokee Village and neighboring country clubs.  Onorio was a member of Word Works Ministry in Cherokee Village.  He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather that will be missed by all who loved him.

A Celebration of Life Service is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Lakeside Chapel in Centralia. Entombment will follow at the Hillcrest Memorial Park in Centralia. Military Honors will be accorded at the gravesite by the American Legion Post 446 and V.F.W. Post 2055. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Way of Life Church Building Fund and will be accepted at Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home, which is in charge of local arrangements.   Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.tricountyfuneralhome.com or www.sutherlandfuneralhome.com.   

Onorio Gherardini is survived by his wife Suzanne Gherardini of Cherokee Village, AR; son, Greg (Nancy) Cruzen of Tulsa, OK; daughter, Kim (Tim) Copple  of Centralia, IL; grandchildren: Tim (Stevie) Miller of Arvada, CO; Michael (Diane) Miller of Glendale, CA; Matthew Copple of Centralia, IL; Kacie (Ryan) McIntosh of Carlyle, IL; Krista (Jeff) Sherrill of Sperry, OK; David (Kyleigh) Klein of Tulsa, OK; Katie (Tim) Fahrenbach of Tulsa, OK; Charlotte (Eric) Howard of Nashville, TN; great grandchildren:­­­­­­­ Aden and Ashton Miller, Sean and Isabella Miller, Laney McIntosh, Maisie and Liam Burke, Sydney and Isaac Sherill, Isaak Duke, Skyler Klein, Mason Fahrenbach, William and David Howard ;  one sister, Marie Miller of Centralia, IL; two sister-in-laws, Judy Lander and Becky Frattini of Joliet, IL, many nieces and nephews, extended family members and friends. 

Onorio was born June 22, 1920, in Wamac, IL, son of Emilio and Erminia (Grotti) Gherardini.  Onorio married Suzanne (Sundermeyer) Cruzen on November 24, 1967 at First Christian Church in Centralia, IL.   Onorio­­­ was preceeded in death by his parents, two sisters: Ofelia Brandonisio and Olanda Riley; one brother, Hubert Gherardini, two brother-in-laws, Donnie Sundermeyer and Ernie Sundermeyer and one sister-in-law, Gwen Ward.

Betty Jean Smith Wilder - 5/31/2015

Betty Jean Smith Wilder

Betty Jean Smith Wilder 90, of Centralia, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015 at Carlyle Healthcare Center. Mrs. Wilder was a member of the First Baptist Church in Centralia. She lived in Centralia since 1931.

Services for Betty will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 2015 at Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia with John Willis officiating.  Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park.  Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Sunday at Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made the Carlyle Healthcare Center or Hospice of Southern Iliinois, Belleville Office.  On-line condolences and memories of Betty may be shared with the family at www.maczfuneralhomes.com.

Survivors include husband - Don Wilder; son; James K. Smith wife Claudia of Centralia, Il; Daughter- Judy Kay, & her husband Gary Sprehe of Plano, Tx, Also, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces & nephews also survive her.

Betty Jean Smith Wilder was born the daughter of Ruben Albert and Irene Lillian (Ferrill) Mc Dowell on April 18, 1925 in Murphysboro, Illinois.  She married Harry M. Smith. He preceded her in death. She later married Don Wilder. He still survives her.

Dorothy F. Ahlf - 5/30/2015

Dorothy F. Ahlf

Dorothy F. Ahlf, age 85, of Carlyle, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at St. Louis University Hospital.  Mrs. Ahlf was owner and operator of Wedekemper Farm Supply and operated her farm. She was an active member of the Shattuc United Methodist Church, serving as the treasurer and a Sunday school teacher. Dorothy was a member of the Gideons and the Kaskaskia College Foundation. She was a volunteer at St. Joseph?s Hospital in Breese. Dorothy enjoyed water aerobics. She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed going to their sporting events.  Dorothy was known as 'grandma' to many and was known for her hugs.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Shattuc United Methodist Church. Rev. Mark Doane will officiate. Interment will follow at the Carlyle City Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, May 29, 2015 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral service at the Shattuc United Methodist Church in Shattuc. In leiu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shattuc United Methodist Church, Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School, Gideons, or the Clinton Wedekemper and Family Endowment Scholarship fund at Kaskaskia College. Condolences and memories of Dorothy may be shared with the family by visiting www.maczfuneralhomes.com or the funeral home's Facebook page. Day Macz Funeral Homes in Sandoval is in charge of services.

Survivors include sons Gary Wedekemper and wife Pamela of Carlyle, Donald Eugene Wedekemper and wife Deb of Howell, Michigan, Lynn Wedekemper and wife Laurie of Carlyle, and Mike Wedekemper and wife Laura of Shattuc; daughters Julie Ramsour and husband Dave of Hoffman, Patti England and husband Bob of College Station, Texas, and Renee Ahlf and special friend Greg Corder of Schertz, Texas; sister Edna Chapman of Central City; grandchildren Michelle Baranivsky, Clinton Wedekemper, Benjamin Wedekemper, Garret Wedekemper, Shanna Wedekemper, Steven Wedekemper, David Wedekemper, Elizabeth Wolff, Amanda Wedekemper, Thomas Wedekemper, Brandon Ramsour, Jordan Ramsour, Colin Ramsour, Chad England, and Todd England; 21 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was born the daughter of Thomas and Mabel (Yardley) Quick on December 22, 1929 in Boulder. She married Clinton William Wedekemper on March 20, 1949. He passed away on September 18, 1976.  She married Ben L. Ahlf on September 9, 1977. He passed away on March 21, 2003.Mrs. Ahlf was preceded in death by her husbands, sisters Lucille Abanathie and Mildred Quick, brothers Paul, Dean, Junior, Elmer, Earl, Carl, Tom, and William Quick, and children Larry and Mary.

Esther Jewel Bland - 5/30/2015

Esther Jewel Bland

Esther Jewel Bland, age 88, of Centralia, Illinois, passed away at 3:40 P.M. on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Mar-Ka Nursing Home in Mascoutah, Illinois.  Mrs. Bland was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Centralia, Illinois where she loved to attend services and enjoyed the fellowship of her church family.  She formerly attended the Gilead United Methodist Church in Walnut Hill, Illinois.  She like watching birds.  She cherished the time she spent with her family and friends.  Mrs. Bland was a homemaker and housewife.  She has lived all her life in Centralia, Illinois.  

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia, Illinois with Brother LunKing Tjhie officiating.  Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery in Centralia, Illinois.  Friends may call from 10:30 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday at Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia, Illinois.  In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made in Mrs. Bland's memory to the Southern Illinois Hospice or Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness and will be received by the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia, Illinois.  Online Condolences of Sympathy may be left for Mrs. Bland's family at www.moranfuneralhome.net or on Facebook.

Mrs. Bland is survived by her sons, LaVerne Bland and wife Kay of Edgerton, Missouri and James Bland and wife Julie of Mascoutah, Illinois; daughters, Delores Sellars and husband Vernon of Joliet, Illinois and Diana Lawson of New Castle, Delaware, 7 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.                                                     

She was born on January 3, 1927 in Walnut Hill, Illinois, the daughter of Ace Haney and Anna (Brooks) Haney.  She first married Vernon Virgil Bland and he preceded her in death on October 29, 1948.  She then married Cleatis James Bland on December 20, 1949 in Pocahontas, Arkansas and he preceded her in death on December 16, 1989.  In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents, 2 grandsons and 7 sisters.

Cindy Beard McDaneld - 5/29/2015

Cindy Beard McDaneld, 54, of Salem Died today May 27, at her home.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Rankin Funeral Home in Salem

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