CHRISTOPHER -- Krista Stewart, 41, of Sebring, Fla., formerly of Christopher, died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002, in Sebring, Fla. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. Private graveside services will be Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Masonic and I. O. O. F. Cemetery in Benton. She is survived by her father and step-mother, Bob and Doris Stewart of Royalton; her mother, Barbara Mitchell and her companion Gary Gregory of Sebring, Fla. ; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Karla and Brad Yancik and Kerry and Kevin Smith; one niece, Valerie Stewart; her paternal grandmother, Stella Stewart; two step-sisters, Cathy and John Gaddis and Lisa and David Price; two step-nieces and two step-nephews; many aunts, uncles and cousins; her companion, Vicki Britton; and a multitude of friends.
MARION -- Mary Ollis, 80, of Indianapolis, Ind., formerly of Marion, passed away at 5:40 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002, in Riverwalk Village Nursing Care Center of Noblesville, Ind. She was born July 13, 1922, in Creal Springs, the daughter of Claude Ellis and Ida (Miles) Ollis. Mary was united in marriage to James Everett Ollis on Aug. 23, 1941, in Jackson, Mo. Together they enjoyed 51 years of marriage until his death came in November of 1992. Mary's working career earlier in her lifetime was with Tendall House Publishing. She later worked for Gospeland Book Store of Marion for many years until she moved to the Indianapolis, Ind. area in 1995, to be near her son. Her church membership was with Marion Third Baptist Church. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Alison Ollis of Indianapolis, Ind. ; four granddaughters, Ann Marie, Deanna, Emily and Amanda Ollis, all of Indianapolis, Ind. ; one brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Jane Ollis of Marion; and many other family members and many friends. Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; two sisters, Ina Bailey and Zola Johns; and one brother, Edward Alsip. The funeral service for Mary Ollis will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, in Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court Street, Marion, with Rev. Edward L. Alsip officiating. Interment will follow in McKinney Chapel Cemetery northeast of Goreville. The time of visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 27, at the funeral home. For those who prefer, memorial expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to "Child Evangelism Fellowship" and may be mailed c/o Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, P. O. Box 370, Marion, IL 62959. Memorial contribution envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.
Easter Lillie Salger
STEELEVILLE -- Easter Lillie Salger, 100, died at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, in Memorial Hospital in Chester. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Immanuel Lutheran Church in West Point, with the Rev. Elmer J. Schwartzkopf officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Saturday at Wilson's Funeral Home, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. American Legion Auxiliary services will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the church organ or building funds. Mrs. Salger had taught school in Shiloh Hill and Willisville. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and BBK American Legion Auxiliary Post 480, a charter member of Immanuel Lutheran Church Ladies Aid and Randolph County Home Extension, and a former member of Jolly Swingers band with the Steeleville Senior Citizens. She was born Easter Sunday, March 30, 1902, in Sparta to John B. and Mary Jane (Wilson) Pressly. She married Edmund F. Salger of Chester on May 16, 1925. He died July 10, 1979. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. Her parents, six brothers and four sisters also preceded her in death.
Wilma E. Egger
MARION -- Wilma E. Egger, 100, passed away at 2:01 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002, at the Heartland Regional Medical Center. To honor her wishes there will be no visitation or funeral scheduled. A private memorial service will be held with burial in Ellis, Kan. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of memorials to the Marion Carnegie Library or Marion Senior Citizens Center. Memorials may be sent to Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, P. O. Box 39, Marion, IL 62959. Wilma was born Nov. 30, 1902, in Ames, Kan., to Mertin Wentz and Jennie (Uglow) Wentz. They preceded her in death. She married John W. Egger on June 5, 1928. He preceded her in death on Jan. 26, 1988. Wilma was a graduate of KSU and was an avid reader. She supported the Marion Carnegie Library and the Senior Citizens Center, and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Marion and PEO. Wilma's pretty smile, sense of humor, and "always a lady" demure will be missed by all that knew and loved her. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn Maher Nangle and her husband Ernest Nangle of Marion; three grandchildren, Jodi and her husband Wayne Henderson of Roscoe, Kevin Maher of Marion and Staci Pavelka of Odessa, Texas; and seven great-grandchildren, Kerri and Erika Henderson of Roscoe, Ashley and Audrey Maher of Vienna, and Sara, Katy, and Alex Pavelka of Odessa, Texas.
Elbert Lee Frasier
HERRIN -- Elbert Lee Frasier, 86, died at 3 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002, at Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin. Elbert was born Jan. 11, 1916, at Stiritz, to Vernon Eli and Bessie Mae (Helms) Frasier. He married Gladys (Stern) Frasier on Feb. 14, 1936. Gladys survives. He was employed for 27 years at Allen Industries in Maintenance. He was also a brick and block mason. He was of the Protestant Faith. Before failing health, Elbert enjoyed fishing, hunting and putting a garden out every year. He is survived by his wife, Gladys Frasier of Herrin; one son and daughter-in-law, Delmar and Sandy Frasier of Herrin; one daughter and son-in-law, Norma Jean and Ron Stewart of Herrin; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 27, at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home, with Rev. Don Colson officiating. Burial will follow at Herrin City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today, Friday, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Shawnee Christian Nursing Center-Activity Department or to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Memorial envelopes are available at the funeral home.
MURPHYSBORO -- Vester Cavarretta, 88, died at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002. Mr. Cavarretta was born Jan. 23, 1914, in Petelia Policastro, Italy, to James and Maria (Tempera) Cavarretta. Mr. Cavarretta married Helen Grozik on Feb. 9, 1946, in Chicago. She survives in Murphysboro. He is also survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Tammy Cavarretta of Carbondale; two grandsons, Zachary and Nicholas at home; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Carmen Revak of Chicago and Elizabeth and William Bell of Zeigler; one brother, John Cavarretta of Zeigler; and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Cavarretta was a retired jeweler and was the former owner of V and H Jewelers of Zeigler and Pinckneyville. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Rotary and the American Legion in Zeigler and the VFW in Murphysboro. He was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church in Murphysboro. Funeral services for Mr. Cavarretta will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Royalton, with Father Joseph Schrage officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Friday, at the Vantrease Funeral Home in Royalton, where a prayer service will be at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery east of Royalton. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.
Cyril R. Schaefer
ANNA -- Cyril R. Schaefer, 76, died at 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002, at his home in Anna. He was born Oct. 9, 1926, in Wolf Lake, the son of Raymond and Lena Markert Schaefer. He married Gloria Kimmel on Jan. 20, 1951, in Anna. He is survived by his wife, Gloria, of Anna; his mother, Lena Schaefer of Anna; two sons, Rick (Marcia) Schaefer of St. Genevieve, Mo., and Randy (Diana) Schaefer of Jonesboro; three brothers, Eugene Schaefer of Anna, Carol (Aileen) Schaefer of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Jim (Wilma) Schaefer of Jonesboro; one sister, Ellen (Charles) Sergeant of Lebol, Kan. ; four grandchildren, John, Ryan, Sarah and Kyle; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and many friends. Cyril was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Anna, Knights of Columbus and Anna Moose Lodge 1346. He was an avid sports enthusiast and enjoyed car shows. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Anna, with Father Tom Miller officiating. Interment will be in Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 27, at the Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna, and a rosary service will begin at 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethany Village in Anna. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
CAIRO -- George R. Brooks, 83, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002, in Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Paducah, Ky. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo, with Dr. Larry L. Potts officiating. Interment will follow in Beechwood Cemetery in Mounds. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Masonic services will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, with Cairo Masonic Lodge 237 AF and AM officiating.
Bennie K. Glasser
MURPHYSBORO -- Bennie K. Glasser, 80, died at 4:48 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. He was born Sept. 26, 1922, to John Glasser and Molly (Rheinhardt) Glasser in Murphysboro. He married Golda Winchester Feb. 1, 1949, at the First Lutheran Church in Murphysboro, and she survives. He had worked for the former Brown Shoe Company for 30 years and for Williams Housing in Carbondale. He was a World War II U. S. Navy veteran. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Murphysboro. He is survived by his wife, Golda Glasser of Murphysboro; two sons, Wade Glasser of St. Louis, Mo., and Matthew Glasser and his wife Terri of Carterville; one granddaughter, Sarah Glasser of Carterville; and one sister, Bertha Glasser of Murphysboro. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Pettett Funeral Home, with Rev. Franklyn Schroeder officiating. Burial will be in Murdale Gardens of Memory in Murphysboro. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the hour of services Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church in Murphysboro.
Leonard J. Rendleman
MURPHYSBORO -- Leonard J. Rendleman, 91, formerly of Carbondale, went home to be with the Lord and his family at 12:35 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, from VA Medical Center in Marion. Graveside services will be noon today, Friday, at Alto Pass Cemetery. Walker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Rendleman worked for Rhodes and Burford Furniture for 42 years in Carbondale. He was a World War II veteran. He was born Oct. 11, 1911, on Bald Knob Mountain in Alto Pass, to Crawford and Laura (Hoyle) Rendleman. Survivors include one sister-in-law, Virginia Rendleman of Carbondale; two nephews and their wives, Donald and Janice Rendleman of Murphysboro and Jim and Lois Childers of Marion; one niece, Pamela Vilat of Bartlett; two great-nephews and their wives, Donald Gene and Carrie Rendleman of Murphysboro and Jeff and Veria Childers of Creal Springs; two great-nieces, Tonya Kay Rendleman of Murphysboro and Diana Bragg of West Frankfort; and two friends, Dennis Ratajczyk of Du Quoin and Warren Riley of Carbondale. His parents, six brothers and three sisters preceded him in death. He will be greatly missed by all that he leaves behind.
Velma F. Rude
NEW BURNSIDE -- Velma F. Rude, 95, died at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Ron Bundren, near Vienna. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Burial will be in the Robinson-Wise Cemetery north of Ozark. Visitation is after 5 p.m. today at the Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Memorials may be made to the Campus Outreach Ministries.