Mildred M. Nuber
MARION -- Mildred M. Nuber, 91, died at 7:02 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005, at Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin. Mildred was born March 30, 1913, to Joseph and Adelia (Picton) Sweeney in St. David. She married Edward N. 'Pops' Nuber Sept. 27, 1941, in Chicago, and he preceded her in death April 28, 1984. Mildred was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion, American Legion Auxiliary Post 147 and Eagles Ladies Auxiliary 2457 of Marion. Mildred is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Ed and JoAnn Nuber of Deltona, Fla., Frank J. and Marilyn Nuber of Troy, Mo., and Michael J. and Cheryl Nuber of Goreville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Adelia 'Didi' and Don Buttitta of Herrin and Maggie and Woody Almon of Marion; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Suzanne Sweeney of Park Ridge; and several nieces and nephews. Mildred is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward; and two sisters, Catherine Donovan and Florence Kooch. The funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin, with Monsignor Ken Schaefer officiating. Burial will follow in San Carlo Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion, with a prayer service will be at 5 p.m.Memorials may be given to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or Books for the Blind. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
DE SOTO -- Lottie Wildharber, 84, of De Soto, passed away at 11:13 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005, in the Rehab and Care Center of Jackson County. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, in Pettett Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jim Saylors officiating. Burial will be in De Soto Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Lottie was born June 5, 1920, in Graves County, Ky., to Mr. and Mrs. George M. Rilchman. She married Duward Wildharber Dec. 25, 1937, and he preceded her in death in October 1981. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Wildharber was baptized at New Hope Baptist Church in Sand Ridge, Ky., and she joined the Tabernacle Jubilee in De Soto. Lottie is survived by three children, six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren, including Judy Lanier and family of Dwight, Rose Hill and family of De Soto, and John Wildharber and family of Blairsville. She is also survived by two very close friends, Dorothy Vaughn and Robert 'Bob' Russell, both of De Soto. She was preceded in death by one granddaughter and eight siblings. The family would like to especially thank Dr. Michael Treece, the staff of St. Joseph Hospital, and the Rehab and Care Center of Jackson County for their patience and understanding in taking care of the family's mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Paul J. Bach
CARLYLE -- Paul J. Bach, 87, of Carlyle, entered into rest Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, at home. Paul was born in Bartelso on Sept. 20, 1917, a son of Peter and Josephine (Boeckmann) Bach. He married Irma Stein Sept. 13, 1943, at St. Mary's Church in Carlyle and she survives in Carlyle. In addition to his wife Irma, Mr. Bach is survived by six children, Pat and Gary Herrin of Kell, Dennis Bach of Belleville, Sandra Bach of Ruskin, Fla., Ken and JoAnn Bach of Makanda, Kevin Bach of Cobden and Duane and Betty Bach of Carlyle; grandchildren, Amy Hooten of Mount Carmel, Rebecca Pierson of Mira Loma, Calif., Jennifer Robinson of Lexington, Tenn., Colin Michelle and Melissa Bach of Belleville, Curt Bach of Carlyle, Douglas Bach of Cobden, Ryan Bach of Champaign and Tiffany Irwin of Norfolk, Va. ; great-grandchildren, Drew and Jess Pierson, Alyssa and Alex Hooten, Preston and Marshall Robinson and Connor and Zachary Bach; sisters, Mary Ely of Winter Park, Fla. and Nellie Dietz of Bartelso; and a brother, Greg Bach of Carlyle. Paul entered the U. S. Army on April 29, 1943, and was in Company B, 141st Infantry, 36th Division. He fought in the North African Campaign and was injured in the Monte Cassino and Montealto campaigns in Italy. He received a Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster and a Bronze Star. Paul was a farmer in the Carlyle area and retired from Scott Air Force Base after 22 years of employment. He was a member of VFW Post 3523, Carlyle; American Legion Post 404, Carlyle; Disabled AmericanVeterans, the Knights of Columbus 1392, Carlyle and the Catholic War Veterans. Paul loved to fish and enjoyed many hours on Carlyle Lake. One of his greatest joys was playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, at St. Mary's Church in Carlyle, with Father Chuck Tuttle officiating. A committal service will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery with military honors by the U. S. Army. Friends may call at 3 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday Zieren Day Funeral Home, Carlyle. The Knights of Columbus will pray the rosary for Mr. Bach at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mr. Bach may be made to the charity of the donor's choice and will be received at the funeral home.
MARION -- Floe Cross, 87, of Marion, passed away at 4:50 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, at Shawnee Christian Nursing Home in Herrin. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 2005, in Blue Funeral Home in Marion, with Dr. Jerry Ford officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion. Mrs. Cross was born Aug. 26, 1917, in Charleston, Mo., to Hosea and Nola (Parks) Tanner. She married M. D. Cross on Feb. 4, 1940, in Charleston, and he survives. Other survivors include one daughter, Theresa Vincelette of Marion; one granddaughter, whom Floe and M. D. helped raise, Sheila and husband Eddie Hodge; two grandsons, Shawn and Tim Vincelette; and three great-grandchildren, Seth and Gabriella Hodge and Nicholas Vincelette. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Dale Hanks; and one brother, Guy Tanner. Mrs. Cross formerly owned Huck's Convenience Store, Parkview Store and Four Seasons Flower Shop, all in Marion. She was a member of Third Baptist Church since 1943.
Jack E. Lashbrook
ENERGY -- Jack E. Lashbrook, 72, of Energy, formerly of Du Quoin, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, at his residence after a hard-fought battle with supranuclear palsy. Jack had worked for the coal mines for 17 years before retiring in 1994. He had served his country for 20 years in the U. S. Air Force including 12 months service in Vietnam. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Du Quoin. He was born Jan. 31, 1933, in Du Quoin, the son of Earl E. and Ethel M. (Coffel) Lashbrook. He married Barbara May Bowie on June 2, 1956, in Cheshire, England, and she survives. He is survived by his wife of Energy; daughters, Deborah Lynn Devore and Dale Stacy Devore, Sandra Diane Townsend and Bradley John Townsend, Jacqueline Anne Lashbrook and Kimbra Dawn Schirmer; grandchildren, Ryan Craig Siefert, Jennifer Brooke Devore Earnest, Derek Ray Siefert, Brittany Laine Bellaire, Aubrey Noelle Bellaire Gross and Brandon Michael Townsend; great-grandchildren, Jenna Elizabeth Paige Siefert and Jillian May Gross; brothers and sisters, Paul Lashbrook and wife Alberta, Wilma Woodside, Sharon Ping, and Dianne Cavins and husband Bruce; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters. Private family services were held. Private family burial will be in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery in Du Quoin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois in Marion or the First United Methodist Church in Du Quoin and may be sent to Searby Funeral Home, 130 S. Washington St., Du Quoin, IL 62832. Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin is in charge of arrangements.
Robert J. 'Bob' Brown
VIENNA -- Robert J. 'Bob' Brown, 78, died at 1:50 a.m. Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, in Massac Memorial Hospital in Metropolis. He was born Sept. 24, 1926, in Lincoln, Neb. He was the son of Scott R. Brown and Marie J. (Deardorff) Brown. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Paciotti and her husband Raymond of Dallas, Texas and Brenni Brown-Polanski and her husband Paul of Novi, Mich. ; a son, Barry Robert Brown of Grand Rapids, Mich. ; five grandchildren, Dominic Paciotti, Dawn Paciotti, Stephen Polanski, Rebecca Polanski and Rachel Polanski; a brother, Ray E. Brown and his wife Carolyn of Lincoln, Neb. ; a special friend and life partner, Barbara Ackmann of Vienna; nieces, nephews, other relative and many friends. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by an infant son, Robert Thomas Brown. Bob was an U. S. Army Signal Corps veteran of World War II. He served in the European Theater of Operations. Bob was a life member of the VFW post in Elgin. Bob earned a bachelor's degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Bob was employed as a research chemist and account manager for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio. He retired in 1989 with 34 years of service. Bob was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the International Rubber Group. Bob was a Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Shriners. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed woodworking, bowling and photography. Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna, with the Rev. Richard Martin officiating. A graveside service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 2005, in Lincoln Memorial Park in Lincoln, Neb., with the Rev. Andrew L. McDonald officiating. Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children, 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131-3597.
MARION -- Virginia Eggen, 80, of Marion, passed away at 10:10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, in Helia Health Care Center in Energy. Services will be held at 1 p.m. today in McKinney Chapel, located south of Marion, with the Rev. Kevin McNeely officiating. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at McKinney Chapel. Burial will be in McKinney Chapel Cemetery. Blue Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to McKinney Chapel Cemetery, and envelopes are available at the church or may be sent c/o Blue Funeral Home, P. O. Box 411, Marion, IL 62959. Ms. Eggen was born April 14, 1924, in Hays, Kan., to William and Elizabeth (Bieker) Wasinger. She married Floyd Eggen, and he survives. Other survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Kay and the Rev. Kenny Blumenstock of Marion; two grandsons, Matthew and Randall Blumenstock; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Elmer and Pearl Wasinger of Elgin, Harold and Marilyn Wasinger of Belvidere, and Wilifred Wasinger of Kingman, Ariz. ; and her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sons, William, Terry and Gordon Eggen; and one granddaughter, Ashleigh Blumenstock. Ms. Eggen worked as a hairdresser.
CENTRALIA -- Dorothy Niekrenz, 90, of Centralia, died at 8:46 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, in St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Boggs Chapel of Styninger-Pacey Funeral Home, with the Rev. Perry Schefelker officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Centralia Humane Society or the choice of the donor.
VILLA RIDGE -- Ruth Mathis, 65, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, in Diehlstadt, Mo. Private memorial services will be planned for later. There will be no visitation or funeral services. Barkett Funeral Home in Mound City is in charge of arrangements.