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Doris Stephens

February 2, 1924 - June 25, 2015

Doris StephensRoanoke - Elsie Doris Stephens, 91, formerly of Minonk, IL, passed away at 4:45 pm on Thursday June 25, 2015 at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.She was born on February 2, 1924 in Secor, IL to Sedric and Mary Letsinger Scott. She married Charles William Stephens on August 17, 1941 at the Federated Church in El Paso, IL. He passed away on February 19, 1998.Surviving are her...
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Stan Hodel

August 1, 1922 - June 22, 2015

Stan HodelRoanoke - Stanley J. Hodel, 92, of Roanoke went home to be with his Lord and Savior at 8:00 pm on Monday June 22, 2015 at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.He was born on August 1, 1922 in Peoria, IL to David B. "Happy" and Anna E Herbst Hodel. He married Verna Sauder on September 9, 1945 in Roanoke. She survives.Also surviving are his five children, Barb (Mike) Meece of Normal,...
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June Rose Huschen

June 5, 1925 - June 6, 2015

June HuschenRoanoke - June Rose Huschen of Roanoke, passed away on at 1:43 pm on Saturday June 6th 2015 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, one day after celebrating her 90th birthday.June was born to Carl and Rose Rentsch Sauder on June 5, 1925 and raised on the family farm one mile south of Roanoke. June graduated from Roanoke Victory High School and attended Bradley University, where...
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John A. Weber

October 22, 1942 - May 18, 2015

John WeberRoanoke - John A. Weber, 72, of Roanoke, passed away at 4:15 pm on Monday May 18, 2015 at the OSF Richard Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.He was born on October 22, 1942 in Greene Township, Woodford County, Illinois to John E. and Elizabeth Koch Weber. He married Cheryl Ladendorf on September 12, 1964 in Roanoke, IL. She passed away on December 13, 2001.Surviving are two sons, Robbie ...
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Nelson Gene Blunier

August 2, 1928 - May 16, 2015

Nelson BlunierPekin- Nelson Gene Blunier, 86, of Pekin, went home to be with his Lord and Savior at 4:45 pm on Saturday May 16, 2015 at Pekin Hospital, in Pekin, IL. He was born on August 2, 1928 in Roanoke, IL to Charles L. and Ella Beer Blunier. He married Sharon Grendel on November 2, 1958 in Roanoke, IL.Nelson is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sharon Blunier of Pekin. He is preceded in...
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Joyce Grafelman

January 15, 1936 - April 26, 2015

Benson - Joyce Elaine Grafelman, 79, of Benson, IL, passed away at 1:13 pm on Sunday April 26, 2015 at Kindred Hospital in Peoria, IL.She was born on January 15, 1936 in Greene Township, IL to John E. and Elizabeth Koch Weber. She married Howard Grafelman on February 25, 1956 in Benson, IL. He passed away on December 2, 2014.Surviving are two sons, Scott (Sharon) Grafelman of Kansas City, MO;...
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Lori Backer

December 22, 1960 - April 19, 2015

Benson - Lori Ann Backer, 54, of Benson, IL, passed away at 2:40 p.m. on Sunday April 19, 2015 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.She was born on December 22, 1960 to Burton and Doris Gastmann Backer.Surviving are her two brothers, Stanley and Glen Backer of Benson.She was preceded in death by her parents.Lori volunteered for several organizations throughout the area. She was a member of...
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Robert Schumacher

March 10, 1939 - March 25, 2015

Roanoke - Robert "Bob" Schumacher, 76, of Roanoke, passed away at 2:35 am on Wednesday March 25, 2015 at the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Home.He was born on March 10, 1939 in Roanoke, IL to Melvin and Bessie Anliker Schumacher.Surviving are two daughters, Sandy Moffit of Peoria; Kim Sisk of Chillicothe, IL; one brother Melvin "Junior" (Jennie) Schumacher, Jr. of Metamora;...
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Carolyn Wilkey

July 24, 1935 - March 10, 2015

Carolyn WilkeySecor- Carolyn Wilkey, 79, of Secor, passed away at 10:04 am on Tuesday March 10, 2015 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. She was born on July 24, 1935 in Bloomington, IL to Dale and Ruth Jackson Woosley. She married Arthur Wilkey on November 11, 1951 at the Secor United Methodist Chruch. He survives.Also surviving are four daughters, Dawn (Dewey) Yates of Secor;...
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Ella Marie Manley

March 14, 1927 - January 2, 2015

Ella Marie ManleyBenson- Ella Marie Manley, 87, of Benson, Illinois passed away at 9:45 a.m. on January 2, 2015 at Synder Village in Metamora, Illinois where she had been a resident. She was born on March 14, 1927 in Wapella, Illinois a daughter of Patrick Henry and Ida Fern Keeney Murphy. She married James V. Manley on July 25, 1952 in Bloomington, Illinois. They enjoyed 61 years of marriage...
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Clara E. Fischer

January 21, 1938 - November 29, 2014

Clara FischerRoanoke- Clara E. Fischer, 76, of Roanoke, passed away at 7:45 am on Saturday November 29, 2014 at her residence. She was born on January 21, 1938 in Bloomington, IL to Virgil and Irene Holt Wilkey. She married Wilmer "Buster" Fischer on December 22, 1957 in Secor, IL. He passed away on April 13, 1993.Surviving are three sons, Bruce (Debbie) Fischer; Glenn (Evie) Fischer; Roger...
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Sally K. Martin Achterberg

December 6, 1967 - November 3, 2014

Sally K. Martin AchterbergEast Peoria- Sally K. Martin Achterberg, 46, of East Peoria passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer at 5:51 pm on Monday, November 3, 2014 at the Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka.She was born on December 6, 1967 in Peoria, IL a daughter to James and Helen Woertz Martin. She married Scott Achterberg on August 30...
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Nicholas J. Fehr

October 15, 1993 - November 3, 2014

Nicholas J. FehrRoanoke - Nicholas J. Fehr, 21, of Roanoke, IL passed away at his home at 9:25 am on Monday, November 3, 2014. He was born on October 15, 1993 in Peoria, IL a son of Nathan and Chris Herbst Fehr. Surviving are his parents Nathan and Chris Fehr of Roanoke; two brothers at home, Joshua and Samuel; maternal grandfather, Roger (Linda)...
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William Hodel

March 27, 1931 - August 16, 2014

Bill HodelRoanoke - William "Bill" Hodel, 83, of Roanoke, IL passed peacefully from this life at 9:30 pm on Saturday August 16, 2014 at his home, surrounded by the family he dearly loved.He was born on March 27, 1931 in Roanoke, IL to Silas and Caroline Huber Hodel. He married Betty Zimmerman on June 12, 1955 in Forrest, IL. She survives.Also surviving are two sons, Brent (Marge) Hodel; Brad (...
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Dylan Schroeder

September 30, 1999 - July 23, 2014

Benson-Dylan Dean Schroeder, 14, of Benson, IL died Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Camdenton, MO. Dylan was born September 30, 1999 in Peoria, IL to Terry and Cindy (Harms) Schroeder. Dylan was a twin to Donny Lee Schroeder. Dylan is survived by his twin brother, Donny; his grandparents, Gary and Janet Harms of Benson and Jane Schroeder of Peoria; his aunt, Kelley Schroeder of Peoria; aunt...
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Cindy Schroeder

December 14, 1967 - July 23, 2014

Benson- Cindy Kay Schroeder, 46, of Benson IL died on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Camdenton, MO. Cindy was born December 14, 1967 in Peoria, IL to Gary and Janet (Guinnee) Harms. She married Terry Lee Schroeder on August 17th, 1991 in Benson, IL and was the proud mother of twin sons Donny Lee and Dylan Dean Schroeder. She is survived by her son Donny; her parents, Gary and Janet Harms of...
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Terry Schroeder

January 28, 1964 - July 23, 2014

Benson-Terry Lee Schroeder , 50 of Benson, IL passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Camdenton, MO. Terry was born Jan. 28, 1964 in Peoria, IL the son of Donald and Jane (Selman) Schroeder. He married Cindy Harms on August 17, 1991 in Benson, IL and was the proud father of twin sons Donny Lee and Dylan Dean. He is survived by his son, Donny; mother, Jane Schroeder of Peoria; sister,...
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Gerald D. Sauder

October 5, 1926 - July 11, 2014

GERALD SAUDER Roanoke - Gerald D. "Jerry" Sauder, 87, of Roanoke, passed away at 8:21 pm on Friday July 11, 2014 at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.He was born on October 5, 1926 in Roanoke to Frank D. and Dora Mae Raub Sauder. He married Ann M. Blunier on October 10, 1948 in Roanoke. She passed away on March 10, 2002.Surviving are two daughters, Cheryl (Fred) Janssen of Roanoke; Jill ...
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Jack Bechtel

April 26, 1932 - July 2, 2014

Jack C. BechtelRoanoke- Jack C. Bechtel, 82, of Roanoke, IL passed away at 2:11 pm on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center. He was born on April 26, 1932 in Eureka, IL a son of Andrew and Frances Kollman Bechtel. He married Marilyn Wright on November 8, 1958 in Peoria, IL. She survives.Also surviving are his chilren, Mark (Chris) Bechtel of Menomonie, WI;...
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Geneva Thompson

October 26, 1924 - June 30, 2014

Geneva ThompsonBenson - Geneva P. Thompson, 89, of Benson, passed away at 6:45 am on Monday June 30, 2014 at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.She was born on October 26, 1924 in Benson, IL to Theodore and Lena Flohr Baumann. She married James L. Thompson on February 26, 1945 in Benson, IL. He passed away on May 4, 2003.Surviving is one son, James Jr. (Jane) Thompson of Eureka; two...
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Willard Reiner

August 4, 1921 - June 28, 2014

Willard ReinerRoanoke- Willard S. Reiner, 92, of Roanoke, passed away at 6:18 am on Saturday morning, June 28, 2014 at the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Home.Willard was born on a farm north of Roanoke on August 4, 1921 and was the only son of Seth B. and Gretja Wragge Reiner.Surviving is his sister Joyce Vissering of Roanoke and 12 nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents and...
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Virgil L. Funk

February 12, 1915 - June 7, 2014

Virgil L. FunkRoanoke- Virgil L. Funk, 99, of Roanoke, passed away at 2:09 pm on Saturday June 7, 2014 at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke. Virgil was born on February 12, 1915 near Francesville, IN to John C. and Alice Steffen Funk. He married Marie E. Grebner on February 1, 1941 in Kansas City, MO. She died on August 7, 2012 at the age of 93. Except for the WWII years, they spent...
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James H. Meismer

August 27, 1941 - June 7, 2014

James MeismerBenson- James H. Meismer, 72, of Benson, IL, passed away Saturday June 7, 2014 at 1:30 am at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke, after a courageous battle against brain cancer.James was born on August 27, 1941 in Ft. Wayne, IN to Lewie and Virginia Overton Meismer. He married Sandra Meinhold on November 4, 1967 in Roanoke, IL.He leaves behind his wife Sandra; their two...
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Lyle P. Heineke

February 14, 1925 - June 4, 2014

Lyle HeinekeBenson- Lyle P. Heineke, 89, of Benson, IL, passed away at 5pm on Wednesday June 4, 2014 at the Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka.He was born on February 14, 1925 in Benson, IL to John and Sena Woltzen Heineke. He married the love of his life, Betty Ann Brockling on August 9, 1947 in Minonk, IL. She survives.Also surviving are two sons, Paul (Julie) Heineke; Bruce (Pattie Tyner)...
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HaroldeneStauter

October 14, 1924 - Unknown

Haroldene B. Stauter Haroldene B. Stauter, 82 of El Paso passed away peacefully Thursday, March 15, 2207 at 5:00 P.M. at the Apostolic Christian Home, Eureka. Private family services will be held. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, El Paso is handling arrangements. Rev. Cheri Grizzard will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso. Haroldene was born October 14, 1924 in Glenwood,FL...
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DonaldThompson

May 17, 1940 - Unknown

DONALD A. THOMPSON Dana - Donald A. Thompson, 67, of 112 W. VanBuren, died at 6:10 pm on Monday September 10, 2207 at the Good Samaritan Home in Flanagan. Donald was born on May 17, 1940 in Peoria, IL to Dorsey A. And Orah Mae McClary Thompson. He was married to Marta Chin, later marring Juanita Thurman on June 1, 1999 in Lewistown, IL. Surviving are his wife, Juanita; one daughter, Donna...
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