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Marie, Betty  
PEORIA - Betty J. Marie, 91, died at 4:26 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in the peace of her own home. She was born on June 14, 1924, in Peoria, Ill., to Walter and Frances Hickman, and was later adopted by John and Bertha Walsh. During much of her childhood, she was lovingly looked after by her aunt, Minnie Scherer, who became like another mother to her. Betty was a lifelong member of the St. Boniface/St. Ann parish. She graduated from St. Boniface grade school in 1937, and worked at the Butternut Bakery during WWII. On May 17, 1947, Betty married the love of her life, Bernard A. Marie, at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Upon marriage she became a devoted wife and homemaker. She and her husband raised five children, all of whom she loved dearly. Family was the center of her life. She is survived by one sister, Evelyn Duimovich of Santa Barbara, Calif.; five children, Richard (Gwen) Marie of Rochelle, Ill., Charles Marie of Peoria, Theresa (Matthew) Jennett of Peoria, Michael (Ruthann) Marie of Peoria and Mary (Daniel) LaKemper of Morton, Ill.; five grandchildren, Allycia (Ed) Natavio, Megan (Scott) Combs, Kyle Scriven, Brian LaKemper and Cullen LaKemper; and two great-grandchildren, Ethan Natavio and Aiden Natavio. Betty also is survived by her sisters-in-law, and brother-in-law, Ruby, Sister Mary, Linda and Russell Marie. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Marie, and eight siblings. Betty had unconditional love for all, and was a woman of great faith. She was a member of the St. Boniface bowling league, the St. Boniface/St. Ann's Ladies Club, Sunset Lanes Retiree Bowling League and the Caterpillar Retirees Club. She also enjoyed shopping, going out to eat and participating in Arthritis Water and Land Exercise classes. The family would like to thank all of those who have cared for their mom during the past several months, especially to Kendra Thomas, Mae Roberts and Dr. Charles Lagoski. A visitation will be from 4 until 6 p.m. Thursday, July 9, 2015, at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, with a prayer service led by Father Terry Cassidy beginning at 3:45 p.m. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 10, 2015, at St. Ann's Catholic Church, with visitation an hour prior. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Memorials can be made to St. Ann's Catholic Church, Arthritis Foundation or the American Heart Association.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on July 4, 2015
Marquith, Tyler - Gorham  
PEKIN - Tyler E. Marquith, 10, and Nicholas E. Marquith, 8, of Gorham, great-grandchildren of a Pekin resident, passed away Thursday evening, June 25, 2015, at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro. Tyler Eugene Marquith was born on March 12, 2005, in Carbondale, and Nicholas Edward Marquith was born on June 10, 2007, in Marion, to Brad and Deanna (Rendleman) Marquith. The brothers were both members of Murdale Baptist Church in Carbondale and participated in the Awana's Children Ministry. They both participated in Upward Basketball. Tyler had just finished fourth grade and had just completed baseball camp and took piano lessons. Nicholas had just finished second grade and had participated in Upward Soccer. They loved being boys and they both went together. Besides their parents of Gorham, they are survived by one sister, Lydia Marquith, also of Gorham; and one brother on the way. Also surviving are their grandparents, Ronald Rendleman of Pomona and Cindy and Junior Marquith of Murphysboro; their great-grandparents, Alveda Rendleman of Pekin and Clarence Marquith and Mariette Smith, both of Knoxville, Ill.; two uncles and two aunts, Nathan Dean Rendleman of Mapleton, Ill., Kevin Gene and Kimberly Rendleman of Glasford, Ill., and Christie Marquith of Murphysboro; and four cousins, Dakota Przybocki of Murphysboro and Charity Rendleman, Joshua Rendleman and Rebecca Rendleman, all of Glasford. They were preceded in death by their grandmother, Janice Rendleman; and great-grandparents, Beverly Marquith and Edwin Smith. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 29, 2015, at Murdale Baptist Church in Carbondale, with burial at Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 28, and was also from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church. Tyler had wanted to participate in the ministry of sowing seeds to "Build the Wall" at the Primavera Baptist Church in Brazil. In memory of Tyler and Nicholas, memorials may be made to Murdale Baptist Church, and the funds will be sent to Brazil to honor Tyler's wish. For more information, please visit www.pettettfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from June 30 to July 1, 2015
Martin, Garland  
METAMORA - Garland L. Martin, 96, of Metamora, Ill., passed away and met his Lord and Savior at 12:58 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015, surrounded by family members at Snyder Village, Metamora. He was born in Arlberg, Ark., on Nov. 11, 1918, Armistice Day. Garland was one of six children born to Sid and Mary (Moody) Martin. On July 5, 1953, he married the love of his life, Pearl Gosney Schneider, in Peoria, Ill. After being lovingly cared for by her oldest daughter and Garland, Pearl preceded him to heaven on Feb. 1, 2007. Before he married, Garland worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps for two years in Idaho and Arkansas. He proudly served in the U.S. Army in the Aleutian Islands and in England during WWII as an anti-aircraft gunner. Garland and Pearl had many adventures together, beginning with Pearl bringing three children into their marriage; Juanema (Wendell) Hinesley of Fairfield Bay, Ark.; the late Gary (Zona) Schneider of Groveland, Ill.; and Will (Heather) Schneider of Hollister, Calif. His new family taught Garland much about instant parenting, and he loved each as his own. Connie (Rollin) Reeb of Germantown Hills, Ill., was later born into their family. Garland worked for 33 years as a machinist for Caterpillar, was a UAW Local 974 member, and retired on March 31, 1981. During their retirement years, Garland and Pearl spent 20 winters in Texas and loved camping in their motor home. They were members of the Caterpillar Campers Club and weekend camping was especially a delight when the grandchildren were with them. Garland and Pearl enjoyed serving the Lord together. In addition to his parents, wife, and son, Garland was preceded in death by one great-grandson, Clay Spangler; two sisters, Vesta Farris and Odell Guffey; and two brothers, Glen Martin and Afton Martin. Garland is survived by one sister, Albia Williams of Clinton, Ark. Also, Garland is survived by seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren with two on the way, and three great-great-grandchildren. Grandpa Martin loved making the best pancakes ever for his grandkids and always had treats to share. Garland enjoyed the friendship and support of Minerva Reeb after their spouses went to heaven. While volunteering with Minerva at Snyder Village, Garland was named Volunteer of the Year several times. Minerva dedicated herself to faithfully keeping Garland company during the 3 1/2 years of his failing health. Spending his final years in a nursing home was certainly not Garland's choice, but he had a way of joking with the staff and residents at Snyder Village right up to the end. He never met a stranger. The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Whitford, Methodist Hospice, and the staff at Snyder Village for making Garland's stay as comfortable as possible. A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Germantown Hills Baptist Church, with the Rev. Robert Fields officiating. Visitation will be Monday, July 6, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m. and one hour before the service at the church. Burial will be in Hickory Point Cemetery, Metamora, with military rites accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Building Fund at Germantown Hills Baptist Church. Online condolences may be posted at www.masonfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on July 4, 2015
Martin, Garland L.  
Martin, Garland L., 96, Metamora. Mason Funeral Home Metamora Chapel, Metamora.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on July 3, 2015
Mathes, Harold  
TREMONT - Harold "Hal" Mathes, 80, of Tremont died on Thursday, July 2, 2015, after a lengthy illness, surrounded by his family. He was born June 11, 1935, in Kiel, Wis., to Edward and Hilda Ruh Mathes. He married Clara Thill on Sept. 17, 1955, at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Clara Mathes; four sons, Steve (Paula) of Richmond, Va., Tom (Gail) of Feeding Hills, Mass., Bob (Susan) of Bloomington, Ill., and Chuck (Jill) of Tremont, Ill.; one daughter, Sandi (Bill) Lipnoski of Melrose, Mass.; one brother, Willard (Lora) of Kiel, Wis.; and sister, Elaine (Vern) Brill of Seymour, Wis. He was the proud grandfather of 16 beautiful grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, as well as uncle of many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Maureen "Molly" Mathes; his brother, Earl Mathes; and three sisters, Elvira Kanz, June Wagy and Bernice Gutche. Hal attended Bradley University from 1953 to 1955. He worked as a design engineer at Caterpillar Tractor Company for 37 years, before retiring in 1992. He was a compassionate friend to many, and there was nothing he would not do for those he loved. Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2015, at Northfield Christian Fellowship in Tremont. Visitation will be from 3 until 7 p.m. Sunday at Davis-Oswald Funeral Home in Tremont, followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m. Further visitation will be from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Monday at the church. A private burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Delavan at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Tremont Rescue 702, P.O. Box 111, Tremont, IL 61568, or St. Mary's Cemetery Fund, 505 E. Fourth St., Delavan, IL 61734. The Mathes family would like to thank OSF Hospice for their loving care during Hal's illness. Their dedication and compassion was truly a blessing to our entire family. To express condolences online, visit www.davisoswaldfh.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on July 4, 2015
McCollum, Karen  
PEKIN - Karen I. McCollum, 62, of Pekin passed away at 6:54 p.m. Friday, June 19, 2015, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born July 6, 1952, in Oceanside, Calif., to David and Cora (Gorell) Martinez, she married Bradley A. McCollum on Oct. 5, 1996, in Peoria. He survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Michelle (Lawrence) Sund and one son, Chuck Slagel, both of Pekin; two granddaughters, Nikki Slagel of Hopedale and Charli Slagel of Pekin; one great-granddaughter, Ryleigh of Hopedale; one brother, David (Cheryl) Martinez of Pekin; two sisters, Karleen (John) Dedmon of Kent, Wash., and Karol (Charles) Isbell of Pekin. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother. Karen had worked for the Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino for the last 22 years, last working May 20. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Karen loved family, shopping, gardening and motorcycles. She was also an avid collector of Native American artifacts. Karen will be greatly missed by her loving dogs, Toby and Hunter. A memorial visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. There will be no services. Memorial Contributions may be made to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, IL 61554. To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from June 27 to June 28, 2015
McCully, William  
LACON - William L. McCully, 84, of Lacon died and went to be with Jesus on Friday, June 26 2015, at his residence. Born to the late Gilbert and Edith Craig McCully in rural Lacon on July 29, 1930, he married Norma Jean Fervier on Dec. 3, 1955. He enjoyed deer and pheasant hunting, bowled in leagues, and belonged to the local euchre club. Bill and Norma went to Branson and also took bus trips with friends. Most of all he enjoyed a cup of coffee, talking with friends and a game of crazy 8's with Norma almost every morning. Touring around town on the golf cart was also a favorite pastime. He was an Army veteran who served in the Korean War. Bill's life gave him many jobs, a farmer, construction worker, and a stint making boats at the sea sled factory. He then spent 26 years at Caterpillar Inc., retiring in 1992. Bill is survived by his wife; grandsons, Jeromy McCully of East Peoria and Jeffrey McCully of Chicago; sister, Eileen Tyson of Lacon; daughter-in-law, Diana McCully Stuart and son-in-law, Dave Stuart of East Peoria; sisters-in-law, Ellen McCully of Chillicothe and Mary Ann Yepsen of Lostant; and several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his son, Rick; brother, Mearl; and brothers-in-law, Jack Yepsen and Jackie Fervier. Services will be held on Monday, July 6, at 11 a.m. at Lenz Memorial Home in Lacon, with a visitation on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m., also at Lenz. Cremation rites will be accorded and a private burial will be at a later date in Lacon Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to American Legion Post 593. Online condolences can be left at lenzmemorialhome.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from July 3 to July 4, 2015
McCully, William  
LACON - William L. McCully, 84, of Lacon passed away Friday, June 26, 2015, at his residence. Services will be at 11 a.m. July 6 at Lenz Memorial Home, where visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on June 29, 2015
McCully, William  
McCully, William, 74, Lacon. Lenz Memorial Home, Lacon.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on June 28, 2015
McKay, Alex  
MINONK - Alex John McKay of Minonk passed away and went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at the age of 9, after a brave battle with cancer, at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends. Alex was born March 30, 2006, in Peoria, a son of John Dennis and Kimberly Dawn Cramblet McKay. Alex is survived by his loving parents, John and Kimberly McKay of Minonk; sister, Ella at home; paternal grandparents, John and Kay McKay of Minonk; maternal grandparents, Ron Cramblet of Milton, Fla., and Dot Cramblet of Bushnell, Ill.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Bryce; paternal great-grandparents; and maternal great-grandparents. Throughout his battle, he displayed courage, strength and bravery. He taught us to live life fully and inspired the comedian inside us. Alex enjoyed music, riding his 4-wheeler, playing sports and building Legos. He had a gift of being direct and honest when appropriate. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Minonk and was a 3rd grader at Fieldcrest South Grade School in Minonk and was a member of Cub Scouts Pack 3878. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Fieldcrest High School Gymnasium, with a family rosary recited prior to visitation. Private funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Minonk. Franciscan Friars will officiate. Interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk is assisting his family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, Alex's family requests memorials directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Online tributes and condolences may be sent to his family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from July 1 to July 2, 2015
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