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Isaacs, Ray J.  
Isaacs, Ray J., 73, Lewistown. Schmidt-Haller Burial and Cremation Services, Peoria.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Aug. 31, 2015
Kellstadt, Timothy - Princeville  
BRIMFIELD - Timothy Phillip Kellstadt, 48, of Noblesville, Ind., formerly of Brimfield, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Princeton, N.J. Tim was born Dec. 11, 1966, in Peoria. He was the third of four sons (whose first initials spelled out "CATS") to Charles and Shirley White Kellstadt. Survivors include his children, Ashlee (Jason) Webb of Seoul, South Korea, and Timothy Kellstadt of Faribault, Minn.; adopted children, Zack, Misty and Tish; parents, Charlie and Shirley Kellstadt of Brimfield; three brothers, Chuck (Cindy) Kellstadt of Brimfield, Allan (Melissa) Kellstadt of Lebanon, Ind., and Steve (Tina) Kellstadt of Elmwood; his grandchildren, Timmy, Tatum and "baby on the way" Thomas Kellstadt and Hayley, Chloe and Katie Webb; and multiple nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and a nephew. Tim served in the United States Navy's Nuclear Submarine Program from 1985 to 1993. He chose to live his life in service and for others. In addition to being a paramedic for various ambulance services, including B.Y.E and A.M.T., he had also been a volunteer for the Brimfield Fire Department. Tim currently worked as an electrician/technician for Lewellyn Technology of Indianapolis, Ind. His closest passion in recent years was in medical mission work for Friends of Children of Haiti. Tim loved to travel and was looking forward to being part of another mission team, returning to Haiti in September. He also was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and NASCAR. Tim loved people. He dedicated himself to helping others and he had a powerful enthusiasm for life. He derived great joy in making others laugh and craved the comical exchange of good humor. No one was considered a stranger to Tim. His contagious smile and friendly nature drew people close to him and he will be deeply missed by many. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Prince-ville. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Aug. 31, 2015, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Friends of Children of Haiti. Expressions of condolences may be left for Tim's family on his tribute wall at www.haskellhott.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Aug. 30 to Aug. 31, 2015
King, John - Mackinaw  
NORMAL - John A. King, 72, of Normal, Ill., formerly of Mackinaw, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Heartland Health Care Center in Normal. John was born Dec. 24, 1942, in Peoria to John August King and Sophia L. Andersen. He married Judy Kay French. She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Janina (Curtis Robson Jr.) King of Bloomington; one son, Jason (Roni Anderson) King of Green Bay; and nine grandchildren, Reese, Sophia, Persephone, Blake, Sam, Jacob, Kyle, Alexa and Reese. John was preceded in death by his parents and six sisters, Mary, Edna, Wendy, Margaret, Leona and Laura Mae. John had worked at Caterpillar Tractor Co. for 39 years. He was a member of Mackinaw Christian Church, Mackinaw Masonic Lodge 132 AF&AM and American Foundry Society. John enjoyed golf and spending time with his grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at Haensel Funeral Home in Mackinaw. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the funeral home. Masonic services will follow visitation at 7 p.m. Burial will be at Mackinaw Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Mackinaw Masonic Lodge. Online condolences may be made at www.haenselfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Aug. 31, 2015
Linsley, Rosa - Bartonville  
PEORIA - Rosa L. Linsley, 92, of Peoria, Ill., passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Peoria, Ill. She was born on May 27, 1923, to Adolph and Alma (Fragel) Fisher. Rosa was married on March 22, 1947, to Robert J. Linsley. Surviving are one child, Dennis (Leslie Stoens) Linsley, and one daughter-in-law, Patti Linsley of Peoria; two grandchildren, Ryan (Katlyn) Linsley and Jay Linsley; and one great-grandchild, Dawson. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two children, Robert B. Linsley and Carol Ann Linsley. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Walter and Raymond Fisher; and two sisters, Isabell Adams and Bertha Morse. In 1933, at age 10, Rosa played with the Farrow (Little) Chickens. She moved to the big team in 1938 at age 15 at second base. The Farrow Chix were state champions in 1939 and advanced to the national tournament at Soldier Field in Chicago. She played one more year with the Chix. In 1941, she started playing for the Cat Dieselettes. She played for Cat from 1941 to 1946. Rosa's father, "Shug," was coach and then manager in 1943, leading the team to a fourth successive state championship and regional title in Fort Wayne, Ind., with a national tournament appearance. She played one more year in 1946 with the Laramie Street Coalettes, a spin-off of the Farrow Chix. While with the Chix in 1939, at age of 16, then Commissioner Baumgarden called her "the best woman second baseman he had ever seen" and he was entering her into the Hall of Fame of Illinois. While with Caterpillar, she was offered a contract to play in the women's Professional Baseball League with the Rockford Peaches. Rosa also participated in several bowling leagues and tournaments. She retired to become a wife and mother. She enjoyed watching her two sons and grandsons play sports. Later in life she enjoyed visits with her new great-grandson, Dawson, watching the Cubs and Bears on TV. Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Bartonville, with Father David Heinz officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, with scripture reading at 4:15 p.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in West Peoria. Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Illinois Alzheimer's Association or St. Anthony's Catholic Church. To express online condolences or view the memorial DVD, please go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com .
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Nevius, Harlan - Bartonville  
BARTONVILLE - Harlan "Bud" Nevius Jr., 87, of Bartonville passed away at 11:40 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at his residence, with his family by his side. Bud was born Aug. 28, 1928, in Calhoun County, the son of Harlan and Mary Irene Oden Nevius Sr. He married Dorothy Jane Shive on April 24, 1952. He is survived by his wife of 63 years; his children, Mary (Dave) Zimmerman of Morton, Linda (Larry) White of Katy, Texas, and Debbie (Alan) Harmon of Mahomet, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Scott (Stephany Oparka) Kupferschmid of Denver, Kelli (Paul) Helmig of Tremont, Matthew and Christopher White, both of Katy, Texas, and Nick and Max Harmon, both of Mahomet, Ill., Ben (Kara) Zimmerman of Bloomington, Ill., Joshua (Lora) White of Seffner, Fla., and Jason White of Richmond, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Hayden and Elayna Helmig of Tremont, Sofia Zimmerman of Bloomington, Ill., and Olivia Baughan of Seffner, Fla.; and one brother, Gene (Irene) Nevius of Pittsfield, Ill. Bud was preceded in death by his parents. He was a forklift driver at Hiram Walker until his retirement. He was a member of Hiram Walker Retirees. Bud was always known as a family man. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Cremation rites will be accorded. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel. A celebration of life will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate. To view Bud's memorial page or leave an online condolence, please go to www.davison-fulton-bartonvillechapel.com .
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Petzel-Cravens, Marguerite - Decatur  
KMOX, WLS musician was 100 PEORIA - Marguerite Eloise Pauline Petzel-Cravens, age 100, of Peoria passed away at 4:05 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Funeral services will be on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Central Christian Church in Decatur, Ill. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Memorial services will be held at the First Christian Church, 6400 N. University, Peoria, Ill., on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Hall Cemetery in Blue Mound, Ill. Memorials may be made to Central Christian Church in Decatur, Ill. Marguerite was born Dec. 28, 1914, in Blue Mound, Ill., the daughter of Herman Randolph and Ada Evelyn (Gemmer) Petzel. She married Howard C. Cravens on June 8, 1952, in Blue Mound, Ill. Marguerite was a 50-year member of Central Christian Church. She was a graduate of Brown's Business College. Marguerite was a musician for KMOX in St. Louis, Mo., and WLS in Chicago and started her music career at WJBL in Decatur in the 1920's. She also worked for Illinois Power for 10 years. Marguerite loved to play the piano and sing. Music was her passion, especially with the High-Low Bi-Low group and the Mothers Singers. She also enjoyed gardening, cooking and sewing. Marguerite was a member of the Decatur Women's Club, Kiwanniannes and volunteered at the Decatur Memorial Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Howard C. Cravens of Peoria, Ill.; daughter, Chere Peters and husband, Steve, of Peoria, Ill.; grandchildren, Julie Peters and Elisa Peters of Peoria, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Gilbert, Curtis and Ralph; and sister, Marie Himstedt. Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home in Decatur is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be left to the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home at www.brintlingerandearl.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Aug. 30 to Aug. 31, 2015
Renken, Wilbur - Mason City  
MASON CITY - Wilbur Renken, 76, of Mason City passed away Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at his residence. He was born Sept. 22, 1938, in Mason City, Ill., to Koert and Helen (Spangler) Renken. Wilbur is survived by three children, Kent (Nikki) Renken of Mason City, Kimberly (Scott) Entwistle of Mason City and Kraig (Diana) Renken of Waunakee, Wis. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Kole Renken, Kase Renken, Alexander Entwistle, Zachary Entwistle, Katie Renken, Emma Renken and Megan Renken. Wilbur is also survived by one sister, Mary Joy Ewers; and one brother; Delbert (Lorraine) Renken. He was preceded in death by his parents. Wilbur was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church in Mason City. He served as mayor of Mason City and was an alderman for many years. Wilbur was the vice president of engineering at Komatsu. After 40 years of service, he retired in 2005. He was a devoted and loving father and grandfather and truly made his family the center of his life. Funeral services will be held on Sept. 5, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church in Mason City. Visitation will also be at the church on Saturday an hour and a half prior to the services, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow the services at the Mason City Cemetery. Pastor John Johnson will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Christ Lutheran Church of Mason City. Online memorial messages may be left for the family at www.hurleyfh.com . Hurley Funeral Home in Mason City is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Aug. 30 to Aug. 31, 2015
Rheinlander, Sister Michelle - Milan  
PEORIA - Sister Michelle Rheinlander, O.S.B., 93, of St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island, Ill., formerly of Peoria, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at the monastery. A Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Chapel of St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Monastery, where a Christian wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Burial is in Calvary Cemetery in Rock Island. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home in Milan is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Ave. W., Rock Island, IL 61201. Michelle (Rachel) Rheinlander was born on May 15, 1922, in St. Louis, Mo., a daughter of Arthur Rheinlander and Dorothy (Groff) Rheinlander. She attended St. Thomas Grade School and Resurrection School in St. Louis, Mo., St. Mary's Academy in Nauvoo, Ill., College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., and the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill. Sister Michelle Rheinlander entered the Benedictine community in July of 1940, and made her first profession as a Benedictine Sister on Aug. 22, 1945. Her ministry after entering the Benedictine Community included serving as Pastoral Associate of St. Mary's Parish in Moline, Ill., Public Health Supervisor and Nurse with Native American groups in Arizona, Associate and Superintendent of Peoria Diocesan Schools in Peoria, Ill., Director of Casa Kinder in Santa Clara, Mexico, and teacher at Immaculate Conception in Monmouth, Ill., St. John's in Clinton, Ill., Holy Family in Peoria, Ill., St. Anthony in Atkinson, Ill., St. Boniface in Peoria and St., John's in Bradford, Ill. She is survived by her Benedictine Sisters and one nephew, John Tittle. Sister Michelle was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Dorothy Kubik, Sue Tarbi and Nan Tittle; and one brother, Arthur Rheinlander. Online condolences may be left at wheelanpressly.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Aug. 30 to Aug. 31, 2015
Routh, Orlyn  
Routh, Orlyn, 79, Princeville. Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes, Princeville.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Aug. 31, 2015
Sigulas, Jean - Bartonville  
PEKIN - Charlotte Jean Sigulas, age 82, of Pekin, formerly of Bartonville, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Jean was born on Oct. 16, 1932, to Albert B. and Gladys L. (Northrup) Kelley. She married George N. Sigulas on June 25, 1950, in Peoria, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 20, 1994. Also preceding her in death were her parents. Surviving are her five children, Cynthia L. Sigulas of Morton, Ill., Kristen Marie (Jeffrey) Drucker of Lebanon, Conn., Nicki L. (James) Elsberry of Edmonds, Wash., Samuel G. Sigulas of Morton, Ill., and Andrew J. (Janice) Sigulas of Morton, Ill.; five grandchildren, Alexander and Joshua Drucker and Jordan, Amanda and Nathan Sigulas; two sisters, Kathryn Doubet of Bartonville, Ill., and June Williamson of Mapleton, Ill.; and six nieces and nephews. Jean was a 1950 graduate of Manual Training High School in Peoria. She worked for a time at the Peoria Journal Star and Nelson Sprinkler Company. She was also co-founder and was active for many years in the Peoria Genealogical Society, EP!C (formerly PARC) and the Peoria Regional Chapter of the Autism Society of America. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Mapleton, Ill. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Christian Home, 2125 Veterans Road, Morton, IL 61550. Online condolences may be made through www.davison-fulton-bartonvillechapel.com .
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