Eula H. Johnston - 778/21/1937 - 1/9/2015
Alexis, IL Johnston, Eula H. Eula H. Johnston, 77, of Alexis, Il, died 11:20 A.M. Friday, January 9, 2015 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg IL. She was born August 21, 1937 at Geneva, Illinois, the daughter of Fred and Thelma (Iles) White. She was raised and educated in Texas and graduated from Grand Prairie High School, Texas. Eula married Albert W. “Goob” Johnston on April 9, 1966 in Durante, Oklahoma and he preceded her in death on January 8, 1993. She retired from Maytag in Galesburg after 40 years and then worked for Burlington Northern Trucking in Galesburg, IL for several years. She enjoyed horse racing and playing bingo. Eula was of Catholic faith. She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Johnston of Burlington, IA and Julie Shull of Rio, IL, three sons, Stanley Johnston of Rolla, MO, Joseph Johnston of North Richland Hills, TX and David Tim Johnston of Avon, IL, 10 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and two sisters, Cheryl (Clark) Meeker-Scott of Monmouth and Linda (Gary) Peyton of Spring Grove, Il along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers and one sister. Cremation has been accorded. Memorial services will be planned at a later date. Online condolences may be made at www.hooverhall.com. Memorials may be made to the Alexis Cemetery Association. Wise Family Hoover Hall is in charge of the arrangements.
Mary Olson - 879/2/1927 - 1/6/2015
Monmouth, IL MARY LAURA TUBBS OLSON Mary Laura Tubbs Olson, a resident of Monmouth Nursing Home, went to her heavenly home January 6, 2015 at 8:10 PM. She was 87 years old. Mary was born September 2, 1927, on her Grandparents farm, in Hale Township, Warren County, Illinois, the daughter of William and Laura (Winebright) Tubbs. She was raised and educated in Warren County and Monmouth, graduating from Monmouth High School in 1945. For the next seven years she did secretarial work in Monmouth. Mary met Marion "Alec" Olson in Oquawka, IL and on November 29, 1952, they eloped and were married in Conway, Arkansas. They then set up housekeeping in Oquawka, IL. where they worked and raised their two children. Alec passed away February 12, 1969. Mary lived in Oquawka until July, 2008 when she moved back to Monmouth to Legacy Estates Assisted Living, .She was always proud of the fact that she never lived further than 8 miles from her birthplace. Mary enjoyed watching the Mississippi River and often wondered why anybody would ever want to live anyplace else but Oquawka, IL. Mary's working career was long and varied. She helped her husband in the commercial fishing business, took in washing and ironing, worked in the Circuit Clerk's Office at the Henderson County Court House and for more than 30 years worked for the Illinois Department of Public Aid, as a Case Worker, retiring in January 1992. Material things were not important to Mary - she was frugal in many ways, but also very giving in many ways. . She loved people! She was a devoted, caring and loving wife, caring for Alec during his extended illness. She devoted herself to her kids, doing without for herself to ensure their education. One of her true pleasures was doing special things for her grandkids, maybe a story, maybe a present, maybe a special event or maybe teaching them a new skill. She loved her extended family - sisters, sisters-in-law, brothers -in-law, nephews, nieces and cousins. Family gatherings were very special for her, especially picnics, whether at De La Bar Park, Monmouth Park or anybody's back yard. She was sometimes referred to as the "Rambling Historian" and her good sense of humor was a welcome addition to any gathering. Her neighbors, friends and church family were equally important to Mary. Amazingly, her High School DFD group have remained friends for over 70 years, never revealing their secret DFD name. Mary gave her heart to Jesus in the 1960's, and her hope was based on her faith in Jesus Christ. Over the years she served churches in various capacities, including Sunday School Superintendent and Teacher, Awana Club volunteer, Deaconess, Treasurer and bringing the most food to potlucks. She enjoyed sharing her car, always willing to give others a ride to church or other activities, including teenage friends of her kids. Mary felt she was truly blessed by God was excited to share with others how they could enjoy His blessings. She was currently a member of Grace Bible Church in Monmouth. Mary is survived by her daughter, Jane (Tim Knutson) Olson of Rothschild, WI, son, Jack (Sheryl) Olson of Mora, MN, four grandchildren, Jacob (Rana) Olson, Mora, MN, Andy (Candy) Olson, Mora, MN, Laura (Can) Şakırgil, Adana, Turkey, and Anna (Brad) Branham, Coon Rapids, MN, eight great-grandchildren, Alex, Ava, Aksel, Natalie, Mia, Silas, Sofia and Isabel, three sisters-in-law, Elsie Olson, Schaumburg, IL, Delores Olson and Donna Olson both of Oquawka, and one brother-in-law, Bill Tee of Oquawka. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and three sisters, Ruth Tee, Barbara Foust and an infant sister. Mary's family would like to express special appreciation to the staff at Legacy Estates and Monmouth Nursing Home. The professional and loving care she received at both facilities helped to make the last six years of her life enjoyable and comfortable. Funeral services will be Saturday January 10, 2015, 11:00 am with an hour prior visitation at Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel, Monmouth with Pastor Don Bell officiating. Burial will be in Oquawka Cemetery. Family will receive friends Friday Eve January 9, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be given to Grace Bible Church, Monmouth or the Henderson County Department of Public Health Transportation Fund. Online Condolences may be left at www.hooverhall.com. Wise Family-Hoover Hall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Ruth E. Hart - 7112/29/1943 - 12/31/2014
North Henderson, IL Ruth E. Hart, 71, of North Henderson, IL passed away Saturday December 31, 2014, 3:03 am at her home. She was born December 29, 1943 in Galesburg, IL the daughter of Samuel L. and Maude Maher Patterson. She married Dick Hart on August 2, 1964. She is survived by her husband Dick of North Henderson, IL one daughter Kim (Dan) Patterson of Osh Kosh, WI.; two sons Rich (Danielle) Hart of Austin, TX, and Rob (fiancé- Chloe Mulligan) Hart of Minneapolis MN; 5 grandchildren Natalie, Leah, and Brady Patterson, Sammy and Esther Hart; one sister Marlene Carlson of Anaheim, CA ; two sister-in-laws Celia Hart of Aledo, IL and Alice Patterson of Monmouth, IL; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and 1 brother (Sam Patterson) She graduated from Alexis High School. She received her associates degree in nursing with honors from Carl Sandburg College she also had a degree from Browns Business College. She was an active auditor for the Village Baptist Church where she was a member since 1982. She will be remembered as a loving Saint in Christ by her family. Funeral service will be Wednesday January 7, 2015, 2:00 pm, at the Village Baptist Church, Alexis, IL, Rev. Terry Johnston will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior from 1:00-2:00. Burial will be in the Mt Vernon Cemetery, North Henderson, IL. Memorials may be made to the Village Baptist Church building fund with family designation. Online condolences may be left at www.hooverhall.com. The Wise Family-Hoover Hall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Kathy S. Martin - 6311/18/1951 - 12/29/2014
Avon, IL Kathy S. Martin 63, of Avon, IL passed away Monday December 29, 2014, 1:10 am, at the Care Center of Abingdon. She was born November 18, 1951, in Avon, IL the daughter of William and Alice Lockwood Howard. She married James D. Martin in 1972 he preceded her in September of 1988; she later married Norman Smiley on February 28, 1998, he preceded her in March of 2014. She is survived by one daughter Coy (Galen) Kitch of Avon, IL and one son James (Penny) Martin of Bushnell, IL; grandchildren Corina Kitch and Abigial Kitch; two brothers Chet Howard of Avon, IL and Bob (Sig) Howard of Wamego, KS. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 husbands, 2 grandchildren, and 1 sister. Cremation rites have been accorded there are no services. Memorials may be made in her Memory. Online condolences may be made at www.hooverhall.com. Wise Family-Hoover Hall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Paula J. Riden - 648/3/1950 - 12/28/2014
Avon, IL Paula J. Riden, 64 of Avon, IL passed away Sunday December 28, 2014, 9:36 pm at her home. She was born August 3, 1950 at Saunders Hospital in Avon, IL the daughter of Paul and Barbara Oyler Bernhart. She married James L. Riden in Monmouth, IL on December 20, 1976. She is survived by her husband of Avon, IL; her mother Barbara Bernhart; two brothers Steve Bernhart (David ) and Ronnie (Kathy) Beckner; two daughters Julie Lundeen and Jamie Riden; two step daughters Janice Bridgewater and Cindy Ford; one stepson Donnie Riden; 4 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, many step grandchildren, 2 nephews, 1 niece, many cousins, aunts, and uncles. She was preceded in death by her father (Paul Bernhart) and 2 sisters (Anita, Gayle Lynn). She enjoyed flowers, fishing, sewing, cooking, and camping. Funeral service will be Friday January 2, 2015, 11:00 am at the Bushnell Christian Church in Bushnell, IL. Visitation one hour prior to service. . Paula requested that casual attire be worn. Memorials may be made to the Avon Fire Department and OSF Hospice of Galesburg, IL. Online condolences may be left at www.hooverhall.com. Wise Family-Hoover Hall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
William Rolland "Rollie" Jones, Sr. - 7211/13/1942 - 12/22/2014
William Rolland ”Rollie” Jones Sr., 72 of Galesburg, IL passed away Monday December 22, 2014, 5:12 pm at Cottage Hospital Galesburg, IL. He was born November 13, 1942, in Monmouth, IL the son of Harry and Sally Michael Jones. He married Pearl “Polly” A. Reathaford on February 29, 1964. He is survived by his wife of Galesburg, IL one daughter Barbara (Wayne) Saline of Rio, IL; one son Bill (Lonnie) Jones of Woodhull, IL; grandchildren Brooke Saline, Brett Saline, and Wolfgang Jones; two brother-in-laws Mike (Nancy) Reathaford, and Bob (Arlene) Reathaford; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother (Jim Jones), 1 sister (Jeanette Baker), and 1 niece (Elaine Corben) He coached Mercer County Junior Sheriff softball for over 20 years. He played fast pitch softball for many years. He was an avid Cardinal Fan. He raised draft and raised and raced standard bred horses. He worked for Burlington Northern in Galesburg, IL as a carman for many years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of North Henderson. He was an Honorary member of the Westmer At Large Methodist Church Funeral service will be Saturday December 27, 2014, 10:00 am at the United Methodist Church of North Henderson. Visitation will be Friday eve December 26, 2014 5:00-7:00 pm at the Hoover Hall Funeral Home Alexis, IL. Burial will be in the Pope Creek Cemetery Seaton, IL. Memorials may be made in his memory. Online condolences may be left at www.hooverhall.com. The Wise Family Hoover Hall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Florence A. Bolender - 10010/6/1914 - 12/18/2014
Monmouth, IL Florence A. Bolender, 100 of Monmouth died December 18, 2014 at 7:05 pm at Courtyard Estates Monmouth, IL. She was born October 6, 1914 in Monmouth, IL the daughter of John W. and Ida Florence (Jones) Foreman. She is survived by her daughter Barbara (Thomas) Honn of Chicago. She was preceded in death by her parents,1 brother Herbert Foreman and three sisters Eva Casson, Neta Stewart, and Hazel Davison. She was raised and educated in Monmouth. Florence was a homemaker. She was also a secretary for Pioneer Seed in Champaign and later for Dekalb Seed in Monmouth. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Monmouth. She was an avid bowler and golfer. Cremation rites have been accorded. No Visitation or Services are planned at this time. Online condolences may be made at www.hooverhall.com . Wise Family-Hoover Hall is in charge of arrangements.
John Patrick Keane - 854/13/1929 - 12/15/2014
Raritan, IL John Patrick Keane, 85 of Raritan, IL passed away Monday December 15, 2014 5:19 pm at the Oak Lane Nursing and Rehab Center Stronghurst, IL. He was born April 13, 1929 in Macomb, IL the son of John and Anna O’Leary Keane. He married Margaret M. Long in 1951 in St. Augustine, IL; she preceded him on May 14, 2009. He is survived by four sons John (Vicki) Keane of Media, IL, Ed (Joni) Keane of Raleigh, NC, David Keane of Roseville, IL and Tom (Sandra) Keane of Stronghurst, IL; four daughters Janet Helms of Peoria, IL, Judi (Fred) DiRosato of Akron, OH, Nancy (Jerry) Rosenberg of Peoria, IL and Diane (Jon) Gullberg of Media, IL; 19 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; two sisters Joan Keane of Monmouth, IL and Lillian Romano of Monmouth, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and 1 sister (Fran Peasley). He was a life long farmer and cattle feeder. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. He served on the St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery Board. He was a past president of the Raritan Feed Farm Supply in Raritan, IL. He was a member of the Illinois Beef Association and of the American Legion. Funeral Mass will be Monday December 22, 2014, at 10:00 am at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Monsignor Thomas Mack will officiate. Rosary will be at 3:30 pm with Visitation following on Sunday December 21, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 pm at the Hoover Hall Funeral Home Monmouth, IL. Burial will be in the St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery. Memorial may be made to the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and or Oak Lane Nursing and Rehab Center. Online condolences may be made at www.hooverhall.com. Wise Family-Hoover Hall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Dennis Fancher - 5710/18/1957 - 12/14/2014
Little York, IL Dennis G. Fancher, 57 of Little York, IL passed away Sunday December 14, 2014, 5:20 am at his home. He was born October 18, 1957 in Monmouth, IL the son of Howard and Geraldine Fancher. He is survived by one daughter Ashley Fancher of Little York, IL; one grandson Michael Ruhl; and one sister Donna Cunningham of FL. He was preceded in death by his parents. He loved to garden and he enjoyed his career as a truck driver. He loved his grandson and loved spending time with him. He loved his family and also loved spending time with the Walter’s family. He liked to fish and was an avid outdoorsman. Memorial Service Friday December 19, 2014 6:00 pm at the Hoover Hall Memorial Chapel Monmouth, IL. Memorials may be made in his memory. Online condolences may be left at www.hooverhall.com. Wise Family Hoover Hall Funeral Home in Monmouth, IL is in charge of the arrangements.
Robert F. Ehlen - 8612/3/1927 - 11/25/2014
Monmouth, Illinois Robert F. Ehlen, 86, Monmouth, IL, died 11:14 P.M. Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. He was born December 3, 1927 at Canton, Illinois, the son of Herman John and Ellen Marie (Walker) Ehlen. He was raised and educated in Canton and Galesburg and graduated from Galesburg High School in 1945. Bob married Beverly Rose Brown on April 19, 1952 in Evansville, Indiana and she preceded him in death on January 16, 1991. He served in the U.S. Army as a Lt. Col. for 20 years, serving during World War II, Korean War and the Vietnam War. He served as one of General McArthur’s Honor Guards post World War II. Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Ronda (Gregg Sage) Willhardt of Monmouth, Debbie ( Mike Heise) Maritz of Sheffield, IL and Robert ( Glenda) Ehlen of Cameron, 5 grandsons, I granddaughter, 1 great granddaughter, one brother, Dale Ehlen of Galesburg and his companion, Bonnie McCann of Monmouth, along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and 1 brother. Graveside committal with military honors will be 1:30 P.M. Saturday, November 29, 2014 in Warren County Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday morning at Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel, Monmouth. Memorials may be left for the OSF St. Francis Cardiac Care Unit. Online condolences may be left at hooverhall.com.
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