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. Wednesday 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 on Dec. 25, 1937, and he preceded her in death in October 1981. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Wildharber was baptized at the 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 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.
GRANTSBURG -- Hartley 'Gene' Hall, 70, died at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, in Aly Funeral Home in Eddyville, with the Rev. David Faulkner officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olive Cemetery in RenshaW. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Virginia Fern Thompson
MURPHYSBORO -- Virginia Fern Thompson, 84, died at 10:57 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005, in St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, in Wilson's Funeral Home in Ava, with the Rev. Nate Hagen officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Christian Cemetery in Murphysboro. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Thompson was a retired bookkeeper for First National Bank in Murphysboro. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Christian Church in Murphysboro and of the OES. She was born June 10, 1920, in Thebes, to Frederick J. and Pearl C. Van Dyck Wehmeyer. She married Raymond Johnson Oct. 12, 1940, in Leadington, Mo., and he passed away July 10, 1959. She then married Henry Evert Thompson March 19, 1965, in Murphysboro, and he passed away April 16, 1990. Survivors include four children and their spouses, David Johnson of Napa, Calif., Joyce and Dennis Haley of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Patricia and Joe Alley of Decatur, and Veneta and Bernie Kerkhover of Rockwood; one son-in-law, Albert Schlueter of Catonsville, Md. ; her grandchildren and their spouses, Matthew and Meagan Johnson, Debbie and Steve Behen, Chris and Dawn Alley, Angela Fentem, Sherri and Chris Flanagan, Karen and Tom Walker, Mike and Ginger Thompson, Dean, Steve and David Thompson, Mark Kerkhover, and Anne and Matt Holt; her great-grandchildren, Kyle, Brent, Kelsey and Keith Alley, Dillon and Zoe Behen, Madison Fentem, Alley, Mason and McKeelie Flanagan, Jason Yurth, Eric Schlueter, Josh, Brandon and Jackie Thompson, Jennie, Angie and Samantha Thompson, Ineesa and Herschel Thompson, Bethany Kerkhover, and Makayla and Malynda Holt; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Fred Wehmeyer of Carbondale and Melvin and Winston Wehmeyer, both of Thebes; one half-brother, Lynn Cole of Thebes; and many members of her church family, friends and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Darlene Schlueter; one son, Herschel Thompson; one daughter-in-law, Phyllis Johnson; and one grandson, Karl Schleuter. Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Hill Christian Church Building Fund or to the American Cancer Society.
Alvina J. Larson
CARBONDALE -- Alvina J. Larson, of Grand Rapids, Mich., a Carbondale resident from 1975 to 1994, passed away Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005, in Porter Hills Presbyterian Village in Grand Rapids, Mich. She was born March 3, 1916, to Alexander and Rose Rolnik, immigrants from Austria Hungary. Alvina was preceded in death by her nine siblings, all of whom were born and raised in Chicago. On May 2, 1936, Alvina married Lester Larson who also preceded her in death. Alvina moved to Grand Rapids with her son and daughter-in-law in 1994. Survivors include her children, Lars and Doris Larson of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Lynette and Jim Demus of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. ; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson Ave., S. E., Grand Rapids, Mich., with her pastors the Revs. Riley E. Jensen and Allan J. Weenink officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Westminster Church Endowment Fund would be appreciated. Metcalf and Johkhoff Funeral Service, 4291 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, is in charge of arrangements.
MARION -- Flowe Cross, 87, died at 4:50 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, in Shawneen Christian Nursing Home in Herrin. Arrangements are incomplete at Blue Funeral Home in Marion.
Albert Murphy Gunter
CHRISTOPHER -- Albert Murphy Gunter, 81, of Christopher, passed away Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, in Franklin Hospital in Benton. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, with Gene Fox officiating. Burial will be in Mulkeytown Cemetery. Visitation will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, at the funeral home. Albert was born April 5, 1923, in Byrdstown, Tenn., to Alfred Taylor and Susie Bell Pryor Gunter. He married Leona Van Hoye on Nov. 1, 1944, in Buckner. He retired from Old Ben Coal No. 21 and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Survivors include five sons, Hershel Lee and Joyce Gunter of Sesser, Donald Ray and Sharlyn Gunter of Valier, Allen Dale and Diane Gunter of Orient, Garry Wayne and Dori Gunter of Belleville, Dennis James and Dawn Gunter of Christopher; and two daughters, Brenda Lou Gunter of Christopher and Linda Sue and Barry Samuel Wink of Christopher; and daughter-in-law, Judy Gunter of Gobles, Mich. ; 13 grandchildren, Sherri Dawn Gunter of Benton, Marty Allen and Vicki Gunter of Mulkeytown, Brian Lee and Angie Gunter of Sesser, Jason Ray and Shawna Gunter of Sesser, Brent Andrew Murphy and Melissa Gunter of Sesser, Cory Don Gunter of Valier, Heather Kay and Rich Rickus of Gobles, Mich., Brice Taylor Gunter of Sesser, Wendy Sue and Mark Anderson of Buckner, Kyle Wayne Gunter of Belleville, Kara Charlene Gunter of Belleville and Samuel Blake Wink of Christopher and Nekko Lee Wink of Christopher; 11 great-grandchildren, Shayna Ranae Slone Gunter, Michelle Leigh Gunter, Lukas Brian Gunter, Elijah Eugene Gunter, Garrett Lee Gunter, Gavin Ray Gunter, Jaslyn Nicole Gunter, Jordan Scott Gunter, Joshua Ray Gunter, Alex Lee Anderson and Mollie Sue Anderson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona Van Hoye Gunter; one son, Francis Albert Gunter; one grandson, Keith Gunter; his parents, Alfred Taylor and Susie Bell Pryor Gunter; by five brothers, Ambrose Harland Gunter, Hershel Lee Gunter, Thomas Haskell Gunter, Freeman Ellis Gunter, George Alfred Gunter; and one sister, Vina Lou Gunter.
William E. 'Bill' Hudson
MURPHYSBORO -- William E. 'Bill' Hudson, 87, entered into rest Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, in Jefferson Barracks Veterans Affairs Hospital in St. Louis. Beloved husband and best friend for 62 years of Rena M. (Covington) Hudson; beloved father of Sharon (Roy) Morris, Linda (Wayne) Stahlman and Gary Hudson; dear grandfather of Brenda (Dustin) Lacy and Marie Birch; dear great-grandfather of Kyle, Frankie, Kendyl and Kori; our dear brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend to many. Mr. Hudson was born in Murphysboro Aug. 13, 1917, to Robert Jacob Hudson and Jeanetta Brothers Hudson. He worked as an electrician many years at Century Electric Co. and Deaconess Hospital, both in St. Louis. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at John L. Ziegenhein and Sons Funeral Home, 7027 Gravois, St. Louis. Interment will be in J. B. National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CAIRO -- Bonita L. Stephens, 81, died at 4:45 a.m. Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, in Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Ebenezer Hall Cemetery in Lick Creek, with the Rev. Kelly Cox officiating. The Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements.
HERRIN -- Mildred M. Nuber, 91, died at 7:02 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005, in Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin, with Monsignor Ken Schaefer officiating. Burial will follow in San Carla Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion. A prayer service will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Helen F. (Followell) Lucier
MURPHYSBORO -- Helen F. (Followell) Lucier, 99, of Murphysboro, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005, in Rehab and Care Center of Jackson County in Murphysboro. She was born in Cambria on Jan. 3, 1906, the daughter of the late Hugh and Maude (Grammer) Followell. She married Arthur Warren Lucier Aug. 6, 1938, and he preceded her in death Oct. 11, 1978. She was a member of the Murphysboro Garden Club and the St. Joseph Memorial Auxiliary. She was a graduate of Southern Illinois Normal University with a bachelor of arts degree in education. She taught in area schools for many years and retired in 1939. She became a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church May 22, 1971. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Crawshaw Funeral in Murphysboro, with Father Garry Gummersheimer officiating. Friends may call from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Andrew's Catholic Cemetery. Survivors include her close friends, Vicki and David Ardrey, Sharon and Jerry Canaley of Murphysboro, Jim Gillooly, and Doris Bastien, all of Murphysboro. Two brothers preceded her in death. Memorials may be made to Sally Logan Library or to the donor's preferred form of remembrance.