Mary Ann Burnett Harris
Mary Ann Burnett Harris, 81, Du Quoin, passed away at 10:55 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2003 at Fairview Nursing Center.
Mrs. Harris had been a Hairdresser. She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ and volunteered at the Du Quoin Food Pantry, Blood Drives for the Red Cross and participated in many church activities.
She was born June 11, 1921 in Du Quoin, the daughter of Nicholas and Agnes Glorine (Isaacs) Gidak. She married Harley A. Burnett on July 19, 1942 in St. Genevieve, Mo. and he preceded her in death on June 10, 1987. She then married Wilford Leclair Harris on March 14, 1992 in Du Quoin and he preceded her in death on January 19, 1996.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, James F. Burnett and Mary Payne of Carbondale.; one daughter, Barbara McConville of Du Quoin; one grandson, Rick McConville of Wake Forest, N. C. and two great-grandchildren, Megan and Cole McConville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, two sisters and two brothers.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, April 23 at 1 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park in Du Quoin with Rev. Paul Schultz officiating. Burial ollowed.
Those attending the services were asked to go directly to the cemetery.
Neal-McClure Funeral Home in Du Quoin was in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the donor's choice in Mary's name.
Fern Maxine Hawkins
Fern Maxine Hawkins, age 91, of Pinckneyville, died in the Pinckneyville Community Hospital Skilled Care Unit on Thursday, April 17, 2003 at 12:38 a.m.
Fern was born in Pinckneyville on October 24, 1911, the daughter of Luther and Florence (Gregory) Loucks. She married Kenneth Hawkins on May 17, 1930 in Pinckneyville and he preceded her in death on August 31, 1986. Fern was a member of the Beaucoup Baptist Church in Pinckneyville where she worked in the nursery and served on the kitchen committee for several years. She was also a member of the Golden Age Sunday School Class and the Women's Missionary Union.
Survivors include two sons, Thomas Hawkins and wife Judy of Pinckneyville and Dennis 'Dink' Hawkins and wife Dorothy of Sewickley, Penn.; two daughters, Judy Block and husband Bill of Pinckneyville and Rebecca Dow of New Port, Ky.; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Lillian Carson and Imogene Deal and a son in infancy.
Funeral services were held at the Beaucoup Baptist Church in Pinckneyville on Saturday, April 19 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Randy Plunkett officiating. Interment was in the Mueller Hill Cemetery in Pinckneyville.
Visitation was held at the Pyatt-Harrawood Funeral Home in Pinckneyville on Friday, April 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. and again on Saturday from 8 until 9:30 a.m. then at the church from 10 a.m. until services.
Memorial donations may be made to the Golden Age Sunday School Class of Beaucoup Baptist Church.
Ralph Hepp, 61, of Willisville, passed away at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2003 in Willisville.
Mr. Hepp was the Owner and Operator of Hepp's 4 Way Tavern in Willisville and a member of Operating Engineers Local #318. He was of the Baptist faith.
He was born Tuesday, September 16, 1941 in Cutler, the son of Frank W. and Flossie Mae (Dempsay) Hepp.
Surviving are three daughters, Diane Moore of Carterville, Lori Hepp of Cutler and Robin Hepp of Percy; four grandsons, Josh, Nicholas, Jackson and Dylan; four brothers, Wayne Hepp of Campbell Hill, Frank Hepp of Cutler, Denny Hepp of Freeburg and Larry Hepp of Willisville and two sisters, Wanda Rednour of Du Quoin and Minta Hepp of Willisville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and one sister.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 3 at 11 a.m. at Reformed Presbyterian Church of Cutler with Mike Higgerson officiating.
Mr. Hepp's wishes were to be cremated. Funeral was under the auspices of Wilson's Funeral Home in Steeleville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Love Fund for Family.
Guy George Holecek
Guy George Holecek, 67, of Du Quoin, passed away at 1:22 A.M., Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at Marshall Browning Hospital in Du Quoin.
Guy worked as a machine operator for Cabelec. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Du Quoin.
He was born December 15, 1935 at Dowell, IL, the son of Joseph and Louise (Stiller) Holecek.
He is survived by two brothers - Joseph Holecek of Elkville and John Holecek and wife Marge of St. Louis, MO, one sister - Rose Ann Smolenski of Little Rock, AK, two nieces - Carol Smolenski and Bridgett Holecek, two nephews - Gary Smolenski and John Holecek, Jr. and many other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother - Ray Holecek.
Funeral services were at 1:30 P.M., Friday, May 2, 2003 at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin with Msgr. Harry Jerome officiating.
Friends called from 6-8 P.M., Thursday at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin.
Interment was in the Sunset Memorial Park at Du Quoin.
H. Pauline House
H. Pauline House, age 76, of Pinckneyville, IL died in the Pinckneyville Community Hospital Skilled Care Unit on Thursday, April 17, 2003 at 6:55 p.m.
Pauline was born on May 21, 1926 in Pinckneyville, the daughter of Emery M. and Blanche E. (Uhles) Keith. She married Joseph E. House on August 18, 1951 and he preceded her in death on June 6, 2002. Early in life, Pauline worked at the P.N. Hirsch Clothing Store. She was a member of Nine Mile Baptist Church where she was a nursery worker, a Sunday school teacher and church pianist. Pauline was also active with the women's missions.
Survivors include three daughters, Luann Lipe and husband Robert of Pinckneyville, Dorothy Walker and husband Gary of Greenville, Ky. and Alice LaFond and husband Mark of Littleton, Colo.; three grandsons, Nolan Lipe, Garret Lipe and Derek Walker and two brothers, Norman Keith and wife Georgia of Du Quoin and Marvin Keith of Tamaroa.
Her parents, husband and an infant brother preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held on Monday, April 21, 2003 at the Nine Mile Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Kevin Carrothers officiating. Interment was in the Sunset Memorial Park in Du Quoin, IL.
Visitation was held at the Pyatt-Harrawood Funeral Home in Pinckneyville, IL on Sunday, April 20, 2003 from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Monday from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. then at the church from 10:00 a.m. till services.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Pinckneyville Hospital Skilled Care Activity Fund.
Betty Jo Johnson
Miss Betty Jo Johnson, of Ashley, departed this life at the St. Mary's/Good Samaritan Hospital of Centralia on Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at 8:46 a.m.. She was 77.
Miss Johnson was born in Oilton, Oklahoma on June 25, 1925, the daughter of James H. and Grace (Briscoe) Johnson. Betty ran a beauty shop at Radom for several years. She later worked at the Candy Factory in Ashley, then at the Hollywood Brands Candy Factory at Centralia. Betty was a member of the Ashley United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter #805 of Nashville for over 50 years and a member of the Modern Woodmen of America for more than 50 years. Betty loved books and was an avid reader.
Left to mourn her passing is a brother, James Johnson Jr. and wife Ruth of Whittier, Calif.; a sister, Mildred Briesacher of Ashley; four nephews and their families; other relations and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a twin sister, Bessie Jean Johnson in infancy and a brother-in-law, William Briesacher.
Funeral services were held at the Campagna Funeral Home of Ashley on Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Jan Laws officiating with interment in the Ashley City Cemetery.
Friends called at the Campagna Funeral Home of Ashley on Saturday from 11 a.m. until time of services.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Ashley Methodist Church or to the American Cancer Society.
Leona L. Kroeger
Leona L. Kroeger, 90, of Du Quoin, passed away at 7:45 A.M., Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at Marshall Browning Hospital in Du Quoin.
Leona was a homemaker. She was a member of Second Baptist Church in Du Quoin and Du Quoin Rebekah Lodge. She had worked as a custodian at Du Quoin Packing Plant.
She was born November 30, 1912 at DuBois, IL, the daughter of John and Katherine (Miller) Dober.
She married Ernest Edwin Kroeger in 1932 at Pinckneyville, IL and he preceded her in death in June of 1970.
She is survived by two sons - H.E. Buck Kroeger and wife Carol of Anna, IL and Ernest Robert Kroeger and wife Phyllis of Du Quoin, IL, one brother - Clarence Dober of Tamaroa, IL, four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers, and two sisters.
Funeral services were at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, April 17, 2003 at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin with Rev. Claude Hampleman officiating.
Friends called from 9 to 11 A.M., Thursday at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin.
Interment was in the Old Du Quoin Cemetery at Du Quoin.
Friends may make memorials to Second Baptist Church Building Fund.