Funeral Report: Stephen B. Harrell

Funeral Services were held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 8, 2019 at Gospel Kingdom Church to honor the life of Stephen B. Harrell.  Prior to the start of the service, the Wabash County Military Honor Guard performed a Walk-Through Salute.  Pastor Scott Burr welcomed the congregation to the service.  Allen Glass and Pastor Jim Gidcumb each presented a eulogy.  Kolten Turner gave a Scripture reading, Pastor Burr delivered a message and Jennifer Harrell presented the closing prayer.  Congregational songs included “Old Rugged Cross” and “It Is Well With My Soul” accompanied by pianist, Denise Rodgers.  Prelude and postlude music included “Amazing Grace”, “How Great Though Art”, and “Blessed Assurance”.  Burial followed at Highland Memorial Cemetery with Full Military Honors.  Pallbearers were Austin Turner, Kolten Turner, Tyler Harrell, Max Harrell, Nicolas Lewis and Lance Harrell.  Keepes Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Stephen B. Harrell.

Funeral Report: Charles F. “Chuck” Gher

Funeral Services were held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 6, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home to honor the life of Charles F. “Chuck” Gher.  Pastor Kevin McGinnis conducted the service beginning with a welcome and opening prayer.  Chuck’s middle brother, Don Gher, presented a Eulogy.   Pastor McGinnis continued with readings from both the Old Testament and New Testament.   There was a time for meditation before the closing prayer.  Closing song was a recording of “Amazing Grace” with accompanying bagpipes.  Burial followed at Allendale Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Bob Bowser, Rich Casburn, Jabez Coggan, Scott Hipsher, Craig Howard, Jack Johnson, Don Klusmeier, Chase Neely and Ed Wells.  Keepes Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of name Charles F. “Chuck” Gher.

Anthony “Todd” Kelsey, 54

Anthony “Todd” Kelsey, 54, of Albion, IL passed from this life to the next following a lengthy illness, surrounded by his family and friends, on November 3, 2019 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital in Fairfield, IL.

 Todd was born January 18, 1965 in Mt. Carmel, IL, the son of Linda (Gray) and Jack Kelsey.

 He graduated from SIU-Carbondale and worked at Toyota for 17 years. Todd was a local grain and cattle farmer who loved his cows. He was a member of the House of Prayer. He was a loving son, brother, and dad. He was also a very loving “Poppy.” Todd had a generous heart and helped many people behind the scenes. He could truly be described as “the hands and feet of Jesus.” Todd was a courageous fighter who battled cancer for 14 years, a fact he kept hidden from most. He enjoyed taking his Grands to his favorite fishing spot, which will remain a secret!

 Todd is survived by his son, Drake (Haley) Kelsey of Albion; his mother, Linda Kelsey of Albion; two sisters: Pam (Bob) Maher of Boonville, IN and Kindra (Kevin) Schnicker of Ellery, IL; one brother, Doug (Lynn) Kelsey of Normal, IL; three grandchildren: Kaysen, Kyntlee, and Kash; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by special friend Jenny Borgra of Evansville, IN and special friend Barry Hodges of Ellery.

 He was preceded in death by his father, Jack; and his grandparents: Raymond and Edna Kelsey and Chet and Mildred Gray.

 Visitation will be held Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the House of Prayer in Albion. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, November 8 at 10 a.m. at the House of Prayer with burial to follow at Little Prairie Cemetery, west of Albion.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to “Todd Kelsey Grandchildren Education Fund.”

 Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.meridithfuneralhome.com.

 Ingram-Meridith Funeral Home of Albion is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.

 

 

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Dale W. Bump, 81

Dale W. Bump, 81, of Princeton, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at his home with his family by his side. He was born on February 12, 1938 in Mount Carmel, Illinois, the son of Benny and Celia (Dossett) Bump. He married Rose Parker on June 19, 1981 and together they enjoyed thirty-eight years of marriage.

Dale loved his family and enjoyed the time he spent with his grandchildren. He always loved when the whole family would get together at family dinners and fish fry gatherings. One of Dale’s favorite treats was snack cakes. He was an outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. Dale worked for twenty-seven years at Snap On Tools. He faithfully served his Country in the United states Army and served during the Vietnam War. Dale will be missed by his family and all who knew him.

Dale will be remembered by his loving wife, Rose Bump of Princeton, Indiana; four sons, Rodger Bump, Robert (Sandy) Bump, Brian (Jamie) Bump, Bobby (Heather) Beadles; three daughters, Patricia Gilmore, Jamie Matsel and Carrie (Earl) Young; grandchildren, Cody Linxwiler, Casey Bump, Hunter Bump, Brett Pridgen, Brianna Bump, Kelly Bump, Audrey Beadles, Emma Beadles, Addison Matsel, Jaelynn Matsel, Brandon Young and Marrisa Young; six great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; siblings, Darlene (Tom) Allen, Debbie (Phillip) Cross, Dee Dee (Danny) Dillinger, Darnell (Floyd) Treece; and many loved nieces and nephews.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents; and his nephew, Tommy Allen.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 8, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 8, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home with Pastor Bart Newton officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery with Full Military Honors.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Dale’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Bump family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Stephen Harrell, 73

Stephen Harrell, 73, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019 at River Oaks Health Campus in Princeton, Indiana surrounded by the love of his family. He was born on September 5, 1946 in Lancaster, IL, the son of Billie R. and Ruth Irene (Price) Harrell. He married LaJean Doades on November 27, 1970 at the EUM Church in Mount Carmel, IL. Together they treasured forty-six years of marriage before her passing on March 3, 2017.

Stephen was a member of the 1964 graduating class of Mount Carmel High School. He also attended Wabash Valley College. He faithfully served his country in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968 during the Vietnam War. Stephen was the local Verizon Phone Service manager for many years and covered seven counties in Southern Illinois. He was a member of the American Legion for thirty-eight years and was a lifetime member of the VFW. Before his wife’s passing, the two of them greatly enjoyed traveling to Branson, Missouri to watch the various shows and visiting the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Stephen liked spending time with his friends at Fast Break Convenience Store, enjoying a cup of coffee and visiting. He attended Gospel Kingdom Church. Stephen dearly loved his family and will be deeply missed.

Stephen will forever be remembered by his children; Stephen Harrell and wife Jennifer of Evansville, IN, Lisa Pfeil and husband Stan of Owensville, IN; grandchildren, Austin Turner, Kolten Turner, Tyler Harrell, Max Harrell, Nicolas Lewis, Adam, Seth and Jacob Pfeil; two great-grandsons; one brother, Phillip Harrell and several nieces and nephews.

Stephen was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, LaJean; and one brother, Rolla Harrell.

Family and friends are invited for a Visitation from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, November 7, 2019 at Gospel Kingdom Church, 1440 West Third Street, Mt. Carmel, IL.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 8, 2019 at Gospel Kingdom Church, with Pastor Scott Burr officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Stephen’s memory to Gospel Kingdom Church.

Envelopes will be at the Church or can be mailed to Keepes Funeral Home, 1500 North Cherry Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Stephen’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Harrell family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Starretta “Starr” Beal, 75

Starretta “Starr” Beal, 75, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed Friday, November 1, 2019 at Oakview Nursing and Rehabilitation surrounded by the love of her family. She was born June 8, 1944 in Mount Carmel, the daughter of Bill Landford and Neldia McCrary.

Starr loved being outdoors. She enjoyed fishing and mushroom hunting. She had a love for animals, particularly dogs. She was a lifetime member of the VFW and a member of the Eagles club where she made many friends whom she thought of as family. Starr really enjoyed dancing. She will be dearly missed.

Starr will be lovingly remembered by her son, Bradley “Jay” Greathouse of Princeton, IN; daughters, Rickie (Ronnie) Bick of Carlinville, IL, Jamie (Billy) Tolliver of Mt. Carmel, Robin Tinsley of Elk City, OK, Danielle (Kevin) White of Poseyville, IN, Dara Wetter of Princeton, IN; twelve grandchildren, Haley Bick, Ashley Bick, Shadae Bick, Ronnie (Caylin) Bick, Jayson (Brandy) Hall, Travis Tinsley, Trenton (Heather) Tinsley, Chris (Jessica) Mangiantini, Camrun (Mike) Blaylock, Cory (Brittney) Henson, Rachel (Quincy) Penner, Jacquelyn Bergenzer; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Starr was preceded in death by her parents.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 6, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

Per Starr’s wishes, cremation will take place and no formal Funeral Service will take place.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Starr’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Beal family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Norman Thomas Steckler

Norman Thomas Steckler, of Waterloo, SC, formerly of Mt. Carmel, IL passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2019 in Laurens, SC at Laurens County Memorial Hospital, at the age of 89, from complications of pneumonia.

Norman was born in Mt. Carmel, IL on January 14, 1930 to Herman Anthony and Louisa Rose (Trapp) Steckler. He was the youngest of 6 siblings. He attended grammar school and high school in Mt. Carmel and graduated from Mt. Carmel High School. When he was young, he attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mt. Carmel with his family.

After high school he worked with his brother Herman J. "Bud” on the family farm and with farm machinery sales. He also joined the Illinois Army National Guard from 1948-1951. There he qualified as an “Expert” marksman. After leaving the IL Army National Guard, he immediately joined the United States Air Force (USAF) for even bigger dreams and aspirations. It was in the USAF that Norman learned the skills of aircraft maintenance and electronics that took him, literally, around the world for decades to come. Some of that time was spent in the USAF, but most was spent as a civilian contractor for Lockheed Martin. His work took him to Marietta, GA working on B-47 and C-130 aircraft; Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan and Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa in the C-130 program. Then back to the states to Lake Charles, LA, as a key supervisor in quickly revitalizing their programs for overhauling aircraft. Next, he headed to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for 7 years, working with the Royal Saudi Air Force C-130 program, then on to Johannesburg, South Africa for 4 years working with South African Airways. After those 4 years he resigned from Lockheed Martin, to move back to the states and start an aircraft parts business and a non-destructive testing business in Florida.

Always seeking adventure, Norman in his semi-retirement moved to South Carolina and continued to work in aircraft maintenance for Pembroke Airmotive, Inc.

In full retirement, Norman enjoyed the pleasures of country living with his wife, Vicky, in South Carolina. He relaxed with the dog, mowed his lawn, grew a vegetable garden and enjoyed sports programming. Norman was a quiet man, with few words, never boasted about his adventures, his engineering talents, nor all the places NOT captured in this brief history, his-story, (so we did it for him). He loved his family, and those were his parting words before he died, “I love you.” May you know that he loved you always! Forever, will we miss him!

Norman is survived by his wife “Vicky” Beryl (Dunstan-Styles) Steckler; sons, Tom and Traci (Heintz) Steckler of Washington; Tony and Kristine (Carlson) Steckler of Arizona; Grandchildren Tiana, Tyler, Michael and Katherine Steckler; Step-daughter Lorraine (Styles) and Bob Vivash and three step grandsons and step great grandchildren all from England;

stepson, Ken Paddock and family of California. Also, he is survived by two sisters Virginia Cado of California and Louise Peter of Mt. Carmel and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Lastly, Norman’s first marriage was to Sally, formally of Mt. Carmel, IL. From that marriage he had 3 children; David, Cynthia, and Beth Steckler. He always carried you in his heart.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers; Sylvester, Bud and Robert Steckler; his sons’ mother Michiko (Oka-Paddock) Steckler and stepson Mark Styles.

A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Mt. Carmel on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 5 :00 p.m. Interment of his cremains with military honors will be held prior to this service at 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School and Church.

Condolences may be made online at www.short-cunninghamfh.com

Short-Cunningham Funeral Home is honored to serve the Steckler family.

Charles F. “Chuck” Gher, 65

Charles F. “Chuck” Gher, 65, of Allendale, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at his home surrounded by the love of his family. He was born on October 30, 1954 in Mount Carmel, Illinois, the son of Jesse and Hilda (Dunkel) Gher. Chuck married Ashli Jones on September 21, 2002.

Chuck was very proud of his family and enjoyed watching his children at their sporting events. Being a lifelong resident of Allendale, he was a huge supporter of Allendale School and could always be found volunteering at many different events. Chuck and Ashli have helped with the school’s concessions stands and this was something he always looked forward to. Among Chuck’s hobbies, he had a special love of racing and enjoyed watching NASCAR. He worked at Pacific Press & Shear for thirty-seven years. He will be missed by his family and all who knew him.

Chuck will be remembered by his loving wife of seventeen years, Ashli Gher of Allendale; sons, Luke Gher of Evansville, IN, Owen-Joe Gher, Wyatt Gher, Chase Gher and Jax Gher all of Allendale; daughter, Heather (Tim) Thacker of Mount Carmel; four grandchildren, Jacob, Kody, Dylan and Grace Thacker; two brothers, Joe (Cathy) Gher of Newburgh, IN and Don (Mary) Gher of Seattle, Washington; many loved nieces and nephews. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 5, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 6, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin McGinnis officiating. Burial will follow at Allendale Cemetery.

The Gher family has requested in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made in Chuck’s memory to the Allendale Educational Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home or can be mailed to Keepes Funeral Home, 1500 North Cherry Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Chuck’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Gher family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Charles J. Casaleggi, 91

Charles J. Casaleggi, 91, passed away peacefully on October 24, 2019 in Mt Carmel, IL. Known as Charley, or later in life as Mr C, he was born on June 2, 1928 in Carteret, NJ. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lois, and his parents Charles and Mary Casaleggi.

He will be greatly missed by his children Carol (Mike) Underriner of St Louis, MO; Laura (Brian) Clark of Park Ridge, IL; Paul (Jane) Casaleggi of Mt Carmel, IL; Mark (Sue) Casaleggi of St. Louis, MO; and Lois (Dave Diamond) Casaleggi of Chicago, IL. His grandchildren are Paula (Kelly) Devillier, Carolyn (AJ) Daughtry Krill, Maria Casaleggi, Anna Casaleggi, Quinn Underriner, Forrest Casaleggi, and Alex Diamond. He referred to his two great grandchildren, Willow and Ember Daughtry Krill, as “The Little Ones.”

Charley and Lois were married in 1954 and raised their family in Middletown, NJ. After moving to Mt Carmel in 1971 they still enjoyed the east coast and often vacationed in New Jersey with family and friends. After Charley’s retirement, they regularly visited Cape May, NJ, which became one of their favorite places.

Charley graduated from the Stevens Institute of Technology and focused his entire career in the automotive and aeronautics filter industry. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and worked for Purolator before moving to Mt. Carmel. He worked as Vice President of Operations at Champion Labs. Here he initiated several expansions that allowed the company to grow and contribute to the lives of many families in the area. Charley understood the complex world of manufacturing, but always maintained that the most important aspect of any corporation is the people. He believed that when the employees are well cared for, the company would flourish.

During the last five years of his life Charley lived at Oakview Heights. The family is very grateful for the talented staff and the attentive care he received there.

A Memorial Mass will be held at St Mary’s Catholic Church, 125 W 5th St, Mt Carmel, IL on Saturday, November 23, 2019. Visitation with the family at 9:30, Mass at 10:30, and luncheon immediately following at the church.

Contributions in his memory can be made to St Mary's Catholic School Rockets Foundation, 417 Chestnut St, Mt Carmel, IL 62863 or Wabash Area Development, Inc. (WADI), 119 W 12th St, Mt Carmel, IL 62863.

Condolences may be made online at www.short-cunninghamfh.com

Short-Cunningham Funeral Home is honored to serve the Casaleggi family.

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Melinda K. “Mindy” Moore, 55,

Melinda K. “Mindy” Moore, 55, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at St. Vincent Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana surrounded by the love of her family. She was born on July 5, 1964 in Princeton, Indiana, the daughter of John and Mary (Turnbloom) Wilkinson. Mindy married Roy Moore on May 17, 2003 and together they enjoyed sixteen years of marriage.

Mindy loved her family and she treasured the time she spent with her grandchildren. She was a talented writer and would often create beautiful poems. She was also gifted in making arts and crafts. She loved nature and always enjoyed being outdoors and fishing with her family. She was a very hard worker and spent the last several years as a cook at the Road Ranger. She also worked for Rod and Debbie Rodriguez for many years helping with maintenance and many other tasks. Mindy attended Heartland Worship Center in Mount Carmel.

Mindy will be remembered by her husband, Roy Moore; mother, Mary Wilkinson children, Damon (Kristina) Sloss, Lindsay Moore, Dustin (Robin) King Moore, Amber Moore, James (Kenzie) Iglehart, Melanie (John) McGillam, Patrick (Dee) Iglehart and Derick (Lexis) Wilkinson; twenty four grandchildren; brothers, Greg (Connie) Wilkinson and Jimmy (Raven) Wilkinson; sisters, Theresa (Brett Bradley) Auler, Tira (David) Fields and Ellen (Greg) Edwards; in laws, Betty (Donnie) Jackson, Albert (Melissa) Moore and Kathy (Ron) Pulliam; many loved cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mindy was preceded in death by her father; brother, Bobbie Wilkinson; aunt, Jane Turnbloom; sister in law, Diane Cox; brother in law, Billie Ray Moore.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Heartland Worship Center, 212 W. 2nd St., Mt. Carmel, IL.

Funeral Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Heartland Worship Center with Pastor Daniel Moore of Hope Fellowship officiating. Burial will follow at Friendsville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mindy’s memory to The Alzheimer’s Association or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Envelopes will be at the Church or can be mailed to Keepes Funeral Home, 1500 North Cherry Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Mindy’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Moore family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Michael D. Hill, 72

Michael D. Hill, 72, of Mount Carmel, Illinois passed away on Monday, October 28, 2019 at St. Vincent Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana. He was born on January 7, 1947 in Wayne County, Illinois, the son of James and Reta (Stewart) Hill.

Mike faithfully served his country in the United States Army. He was a proud Vietnam Veteran and was awarded a Purple Heart Medal which is given to wounded Veterans. He was a self-employed carpenter and was skilled at woodworking. He enjoyed making things around the house. During Mike’s younger years, he worked at P & Hirsch department store in Mount Carmel for many years. He also worked in the heating & air industry. Among his hobbies, Mike enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and just spending time with family. Mike loved his family and will be missed by all who knew him.

Mike will be remembered by his sons, David Hill of Mount Carmel and Eric (Katie Paynter) Hill of Millington, TN; daughters, Amy (Keith) Poehlein of Gentryville, IN; grandchildren, Raven, Garrett, Jayda and Josh; brother, John Hill of Mount Carmel; sister, Mary (Jeff) Linson of Mount Carmel; many loved nieces and nephews.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Russell Hill.

In keeping with Mike’s wishes, cremation will take place and a Memorial Service to honor Mike’s life will be held at a later date.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Mike’s tribute wall and leave condolences for the Hill family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Evalyn I. Allen, 83

Evalyn I. Allen, 83, of Mount Carmel, Illinois passed away on Friday, October 25, 2019 at her residence. She was born in Patton, Illinois on December 11, 1935 the daughter of Elva and Wyaneda (Wilson) Nanney.

Evalyn worked for twenty-nine years at Wabash General Hospital in the admissions department before her retirement. In her spare time, she enjoyed yard work and decorating the yard with ornaments that she had made. Evalyn liked to crochet and made many gifts for her family and friends. She enjoyed daily exercise of riding her bicycle three miles a day. Evalyn loved her family deeply and was very proud of all of them. She was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

Evalyn will be lovingly remembered by her children, Paul (Teri Viloa) Allen, David (Shelly) Allen, Sharon (Joey) Grama, Debra Allen, fourteen grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; brother, Eldon (Debra) Nanney; sisters, Pamela Edwards, Donna Orr; son-in-law, Jeff Gray; many loved nieces and nephews and a special neighbor, Kevin Baize, who was like a son to Evalyn.

Evalyn was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Cynthia Gray; sisters, Norma Jean McCrary and Phyllis Morgan.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 5:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be 1:00 p.m., Thursday, October 31, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Snelling officiating. In keeping with Evalyn’s wishes, cremation will take place and a private family Burial Service will take place at Allendale Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made in Evalyn’s memory to the Wabash General Hospital Foundation. Envelopes will be at the funeral home or can be mailed to Keepes Funeral Home, 1500 North Cherry Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Evalyn’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Allen family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Jack J. Rossiano, 71

Jack J. Rossiano, 71, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at home, surrounded by the love of his family. He was born on November 22, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Jack and Bessie (Nyiri) Rossiano.

Jack faithfully served his country in the United States Army. He was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed watching sports of all kinds but most especially Major League Baseball. Jack enjoyed old western movies and was a Lone Ranger fan. He loved spending time with his great nieces and nephews. Jack was a member of the Free Methodist Church in Mount Carmel. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Jack will be remembered by his brothers, Danny (Wilma) Rossiano and Bobby (Christina) Rossiano, both of Chicago, IL; sisters, Gloria Vincent of Chicago, IL, Bessie Rossiano of Olney, IL, Patricia (Stuart) Smith of Mount Carmel, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; nephews, Austin Zuber, Gavin Griffith; niece, Brooklyn Frazier; brother-in-law Al Vincent.

In keeping with Jack’s wishes, cremation will take place and there will be no formal services.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Jack’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Rossiano family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Eva Maye Annerino, 93

Eva Maye Annerino, 93, of Des Plaines, Illinois, passed away peacefully in her home on October 12th, 2019. She was born on July 3rd, 1926 in Allendale, Wabash County, IL to her parents Emmett D. Couch and Jennie Belle (Leek) Couch.

Her life was full of family. She grew up helping her dad in the field and starting her education in a one-room schoolhouse before going on to graduate from Allendale High School in 1944.

She was always an independent and spirited woman with the confidence to pursue her dreams. She went from humble beginnings to owning and managing properties in Chicago. In her later years, when most people would have retired, she enjoyed transporting cars between dealerships in the surrounding areas. And this is where she met her love, Ed.

Even in her youth she had an admirable work ethic and never wanted to quit; she reluctantly retired at age 87. From growing up driving a team of horses in the country to driving luxury cars in the city, she loved to drive fast and never got a single ticket. There was no stopping ‘Nonnie’, as she was affectionately known.

Her years provided both joys and challenges. Later in life she would enjoy sharing stories of her many experiences and life lessons with her own family as it grew.

Through the years she was always known to keep her word and be generous, especially with her family. She kept a lovely home where family and friends were always welcomed, loved and fed. It was at her home where everyone got to enjoy her real talents as an amazing cook.

She was a remarkable and multifaceted woman and will be missed by many.

Always remembered lovingly by her longtime companion, Edward Caropepe; daughter, Jennifer Shaun (David) Simmons; four grandchildren: Bradley (Julia) Pemberton, Renee (Jon) Adam, Veronica Pemberton, Stuart (Alexis) Pemberton; five great-grandchildren: Quinn Pemberton, Lily Pemberton, Lincoln Pemberton, Tyler Pemberton, Ava Adam; Sister, June Ilene (Fred) Xanders; two nephews, Greg (Pattie) Xanders, Kevin Xanders; Niece, Misty (Paul) Kiefer; and great-nephew, Kyle Kiefer.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 20, 2019, from 11:00 until 12:30 in the Chapel of Short Funeral Home, 527 N. Mulberry Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois. A graveside service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Adams Corner Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Adams Corner Cemetery.

Condolences may be made online at www.short-cunninghamfh.com

Short-Cunningham Funeral Home is honored to serve the Annerino family.

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Wanda Lee Case, 83

Wanda Lee Case, 83, of Mt. Carmel, IL, passed away peacefully Thursday, October 11, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital of Evansville, IN.

She was born June 8, 1936 in Wabash County, Illinois the daughter of Ozro Joseph Hussey and Ethel Mae (Ridgely) Hussey-Abell. She married Dallas W. Case August 8, 2003. He preceded her in death October 27, 2018.

 Wanda worked as a hospital receptionist and secretary. She attended Allendale High School, graduating in 1954.

She was a member of Church of the Nazarene. She loved her family and playing the piano, singing music and reading her Bible. She and her husband, Dallas enjoyed singing Christian music together for friends at Heritage Plaza and other places. Wanda wrote some of the music they sang. When at home she would listen to Christian CD. She was a faithful Christian.

 Those left to cherish her memory are her four children, Sherry Byrd and husband John, Randall Dicus and wife Carol, Michal Dicus and wife Bev, Kevin Dicus and Micky; stepdaughter, Amanda Robb and husband Chris; thirteen grandchildren, Carie Richardson, Shannon Daniels, Billy Dicus, Brandon Dicus, Nicholas Dicus, Misty McQueen, Katelyn Ash, Jennifer Shoulders, Karen Dicus, Adena Dicus, Emily Siverely, Peyton Robb, Brandon Robb; nineteen great grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Robinson and Wilma Gerrish; brother, Donald Hussey; and several nieces and nephews.

 Preceded in death by her parents, husband, Dallas; two brothers, Randall Hussey and David Abell; two sisters Eva Mae Hussey and Charlotte Barhart; three brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law.

 Funeral Service for Wanda will be Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Short-Cunningham Funeral Home with Visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in Orio Cemetery.

Condolences may be made online at www.short-cunninghamfh.com

Short-Cunningham Funeral Home is honored to serve Wanda’s family.

 

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Opal Sprinkle, 101

Opal Sprinkle, 101, of Mount Carmel, Illinois passed away Friday, October 11, 2019 at Wabash General Hospital surrounded by the love of her family. She was born August 11, 1918 in Charleston Arkansas, the daughter of Granville Lee and Mary Katherine (Brown) Mitchell. She married Lloyd Sprinkle who preceded her in death.

Opal was devoted homemaker. Spending time in her yard and garden brought her great pleasure. She enjoyed sewing for her family and her home. Opal loved listening to Southern Gospel music and attended concerts as long as she was able. She was a member of Lancaster Zion United Methodist Church. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Opal will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Deena Kurtz and her husband, Dale; sisters, Lorine Sanders, La Juana Hampton; sisters in law, Wanda Mitchell, Elnora Deisher; and many nieces and nephews.

Opal was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, John Ann Lanning, Cleo Smith, Inez Mullaney, Hazel Couch, Theda Leighty; Brothers, Giles, Duane and Don Mitchell.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m., Wednesday, October 16, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

Graveside Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Highland Memorial Cemetery with Pastor Michael Payne officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in Opal’s memory to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be at the funeral home or can be mailed to Keepes Funeral Home, 1500 North Cherry Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Opal’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Sprinkle family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Annette Joyce Kemper (Mowatt), 77

Annette Joyce Kemper (Mowatt), 77, of Hendersonville, TN, formerly of Mt. Carmel, IL, passed away peacefully Friday, October 4th, 2019 at her home. She was born October 12, 1941 in Princeton, IN, the eldest of three children to Morris and Irene (Simpson) Kemper, both of whom preceded her in death.

Annette graduated from Mount Carmel High School in 1959 and attended Southern Illinois University.

She is survived by a daughter, Stephanie (Mowatt) Carlson and her husband Bob of Woodridge, Illinois; grandson Scott Carlson and granddaughters Haley Mowatt, Natalie (Carlson) Yasskin and her husband Bennett, and Melanie Carlson; brother Jim Kemper and his wife Mai; nieces Jeannie Bilskie, Jo Anne Shular, Tiffany Seaton, Tammy Rhodes, Mina Nolan, Moya Thompson, Misa Thomas, and Madea Gordon; and nephews Tim Kemper and Troy Kemper.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Morris and Irene Kemper, her sister, Nancy Shular and her son Steven Mowatt.

During her lifetime Annette followed many of her passions, including her creativity demonstrated through her love of arts and crafts; her exceptional golf abilities, winning many tournaments including the Evansville Country Club Women’s Championship in 1989; and her interest in the latest consumer technologies. She later had an interest in essential oils and was passionate about helping others through natural healing.

Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 19th, 2019 at Short-Cunningham Funeral Home, 527 N Mulberry St., Mt. Carmel, IL followed by a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. 

Condolences may be made online at www.short-cunninghamfh.com

Short-Cunningham Funeral Home is honored to serve Annette’s family.

 

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Larry Franklin Banks, age 68

Larry Franklin Banks, age 68 of Foley, Alabama (formerly of Mt. Carmel, Illinois) passed from this life to the next early on the morning of Friday, September 27, 2019 at the South Baldwin Regional Medical Center.

Larry was born in Princeton, Indiana on December 12, 1950 to Albert F. and Ruth L. (Mayhall) Banks.

He was a Veteran who served his country in the US Marine Corps for a total of seven years.

He married DiAnna Gaddy on December 11, 1982 in Dundas, Illinois. Larry and DiAnna enjoyed almost thirty-seven years of a wonderful marriage partnership.

He was a hard worker and for several years was employed in the old fields and was also a truck driver; working most recently before his retirement for Schneider Trucking Company.

Larry enjoyed activities from working in the yard to working puzzles. He never met a stranger and could always engage even the most shy person in a lively conversation. His greatest enjoyment was being with his close friends and his family.

Those family members who will miss him greatly include: his father, Albert F. Banks, his wife, DiAnna Banks, daughters: Dannette L. Lewis, Annette L. Fortner and Christina K. Hicks, sons: Aaron B. Banks and Thomas Lewis, Sr. Larry will also be missed by his sister, Regina Lear and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth L. Banks and two grandchildren, Erica Hicks and Devon Hicks; whom he has reunited with once again.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 10AM to 11AM at the Ingram-Meridith Funeral Home in Allendale, IL.

At 11AM, Pastor Stephen Freels will speak briefly at the funeral home and then give concluding remarks at the committal service, which will take place at the Zion United Methodist Cemetery.

The cemetery is located two miles west and one-half mile south of the Billet, Illinois road which is just off Route 1.

Military Rites will be given at the graveside committal.

Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.meridithfuneralhome.com

Ingram-Meridith Funeral Home of Allendale, Illinois is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.

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George W. Woodcock, 89

George W. Woodcock, 89, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, peacefully passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born April 13, 1930, in Brownsville, Kentucky, the son of Melittia (VanMeter) and George Washington Woodcock, Sr.  After graduating Brownsville High School, George entered the U.S. Army.   He served our country from 1947 through 1948.  From 1952 until 1953 George served in Korea as a Lt. in the 45th Division 180th Infantry Regiment.

Upon his return, he enrolled at Western Kentucky University for undergraduate courses and continued his education at the University of Kentucky graduating with a law degree.  George started his law practice in Morgantown, Kentucky.  In 1957 he moved to Mt. Carmel, Illinois, forming a law practice as McGaughey, McGaughey, Henry and Woodcock.  In March of 1962 George opened his own law practice.  He was a member of the Illinois Bar Association and Kentucky Bar Association.

At this point, he also began being actively involved in politics. George was elected State’s Attorney of Wabash County and served from 1968 through 1972.  In 1972 and 1976 he was elected delegate to the Republican National Convention.  In 1972, George was elected President of the Illinois Republican’s County Chairman’s Association, and in 1974, he was elected to be a State Member of the Illinois Republican State Central Committee.  George ran for and was elected Mayor of Mt. Carmel.  He served four terms, 1979 to 1986 and 1995 to 2003, starting the drive to build a new bridge over the Wabash River. 

On July 4, 1979, George married Marcia Hudson.  They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this year.  He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

For 50 years George was a member of the following organizations:  The Brotherhood Protective Order of the Elks Lodge 715, where he served as Exalted Ruler, The American Legion, serving as Past Commander of the Mt. Carmel Post, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Shriner’s International Ainad Temple and Wabash Valley Shrine Club and The Washington Meredith Masonic Lodge in Brownsville, Kentucky.  He was a member of Mt. Carmel Eagles Club.

He served as a member of The Rotary Club and Kiwanis Club in Mt. Carmel, was the original organizer for the booster’s club at Wabash Valley College and one of the four members who was instrumental in starting Little League Football in Mt. Carmel.  In addition, George served as Director for The First National Bank of Allendale for 30 years and Director and Vice-President for the Bank of Edmonson County for over 40 years.

Left to cherish George’s memory is his wife of 40 years, Marcia; children, Margaret Nell Woodcock, Marilynn Woodcock Bader and her husband, Mark and George W. Woodcock, III and his wife Pam, all of Mt. Carmel; grandchildren, Jeremy Scott Bader, Jennifer (John) Adams, Katie Potts, Nathan (Amy) Woodcock, Hannah (Jon) Jent, Jordan Woodcock and MacKenzie (Sebastian) Price; great-grandchildren, Grace, Emma, John Lee and Addison Adams, Wyatt and Xander Bader, Mason and Aubrey Potts, Stella, Scarlett and Sophia Woodcock, Isabella, Ava and Georgia Jent, Harlow, Eloise and Ivy Price; siblings, Helen Edwards, Alma Chapman and Scottie (Ethel) Woodcock; and, Margaret (Peet) Woodcock, the mother of his children.

George was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Edward George Woodcock and Barbara Woodcock Donahue.

Funeral services for George will be held Monday, September 30, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 512 N. Mulberry Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois.  Entombment will be at Highland Memorial Cemetery.

Friends and family are welcome for a visitation Sunday, September 29, 2019, from 2:00 until 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Short Funeral Home, 527 N. Mulberry Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois.  A Masonic service will be at 6:00 p.m.

 Memorials may be given in George’s memory to the USAMV (provides clothing and equipment for the Mt. Carmel Honor Guard) or the charity of your choice.

 Condolences may be made online at www.short-cunninghamfh.com

          Short-Cunningham Funeral Home is honored to serve George’s family.

 

 

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Jimmy L. “Jim” McVaigh 51

Jimmy L. “Jim” McVaigh 51, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2019.  He was born on October 28, 1967 in Berryville, Illinois, the son of Gene and Glenna (Jones) McVaigh.  He married Tracee Tennis and she survives. 

 Jim was a very hard-working man.  He owned and operated McVaigh Welding Shop in Wabash County for the past twelve years.  He was very good at his trade and in every job he did, he gave it his all.   Jim was previously employed at the Albion Police Department and the Edwards County Sheriff’s Department.  He taught the Concealed Carry Class to area residents.  In his spare time, he loved fishing, hunting, trail riding and camping with his family.  He greatly enjoyed the outdoors.  Jim loved his children and wife.  He will be dearly missed.

 Jim is survived by his wife, Tracee; son, Mitchell McVaigh of Albion, IL; daughters, Rae McVaigh and Glenna McVaigh of Mt. Carmel; father, Gene McVaigh; and brother, Bert McVaigh.

 Jim was preceded in death by his mother; and one brother, Neal McVaigh. 

 Family and friends are invited to gather for a Memorial Visitation from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Thursday, September 26, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.    

 Memorial contributions may be made in Jim’s memory to the National Rifle Association. Envelopes will be at the funeral home or can be mailed to Keepes Funeral Home, 1500 North Cherry Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

 Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements.To view Jim’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the McVaigh family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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