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Whitaker, James  
GRANVILLE - James H. Whitaker, 88, formerly of Granville and Mark, died Saturday, June 27, 2015, at Manor Court in Peru. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the UCC Church in Granville. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel, with Masonic services at 7 p.m. Burial will be in Granville Cemetery.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on June 30, 2015

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Benac, Angie  
Benac, Angie, 58, Peoria. Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, Peoria.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on June 29, 2015
Bobell, Kathleen  
CANTON - Kathleen Ruth Bobell, 73, of Canton passed away at 6:10 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2015, at the Graham Hospital in Canton. She was born on Sept. 2, 1941, to Robert and Gertrude (Lorton) Wiles. Kathleen married Leo R. Bobell on Aug. 21, 1960, in Canton at Wesley United Methodist Church. He survives, along with a son, Dr. Robert C. (Carla) Bobell of Canton; and two grandsons, Westin and Nathan. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert. Kathleen was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Job's Daughters, den mother for Cub Scouts Pack 99 and Graham Hospital Service League. She worked at Gallagher-Reeder Insurance Agency and Nagle Accounting & Tax Services as a secretary. She started and owned her own business, Kathy's Bridal, from 1989 to 2008. Kathy enjoyed making young women look beautiful in their prom or wedding gowns and would spend hours upon hours often staying up most of the night sewing and altering their dresses to perfection. She absolutely loved what she was doing and her passion was reflected in her products and services she provided to her customers who sometimes drove for many miles to come see Kathy. She also enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her two grandsons whom she adored. Kathy's legacy will be her ever sacrificial giving of herself and her unconditional love. It was often noted that you never left Kathy's house empty handed. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 2, at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton, with Pastor Brandon Theobald officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton. Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Spoon River College Foundation. To view Kathleen's DVD or make online condolences, you can go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from June 28 to June 29, 2015
Clark, Florence "Betty  
Clark, Florence "Betty," 78, Princeville. Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes, Princeville.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on June 29, 2015
Cochran, Silas  
ELMWOOD - Silas A. "Si" Cochran, 93, of Elmwood passed away and went to be with his Lord and Savior at 3:27 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2015, surrounded by his family, at his home. He was born May 1, 1922, in Parma, Mo., to Oscar R. and Clara Belle (Hon) Cochran. He married Lorene Anderson on June 27, 1942, in Malden, Mo. She preceded him in death on April 18, 2013. He is survived by six children, Becky (Chuck) Heaton of Peoria, Barb (Mike) Lubitz of Peoria, Fran (Jim) Ferry of Maquon, Larry Cochran of Asheville, N.C., Sheryl (George) Snider of Tucson, Ariz., and Ron (Candy) Cochran of Elmwood; one sister, Catherine Shelby of West Frankfort, Ill.; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Carl and Paul Cochran; and three sisters, Mary Crafton, Lena Crafton and Ruby Cochran. Si was a veteran of the United States Army, serving his country in the China Burma India Theater during World War II, where he was awarded the Victory Medal and Bronze Star. He worked on the Special Attachment Floor as a line inspector for Caterpillar, retiring in 1982. He lived to work and spent his retirement working various jobs, but his true passion was farming and tending to his garden. He enjoyed sharing his produce with his family and neighbors. Si was a devoted St. Louis Cardinals fan his entire life. He truly lived a life of love and was a great example to his children and grandchildren. He never met a stranger and left a lasting impression with all he met. Si was a member of the Elmwood VFW, a member of Bethel Bible Church in Edwards for over 50 years and most recently attended Hilltop Fellowship Church on Farmington Road. A true believer, follower and disciple of Jesus Christ, in Si's own words, "Glory be to God!" Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 3, 2015, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood, where visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Burial, with military honors, will be at Elmwood Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Peoria Rescue Mission or to OSF Hospice. To view Si's tribute video or to leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com .
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Davis, David  
GALESBURG - David Leo "Hamburger" Davis, 82, of Galesburg, formerly of Knoxville, died at 5:21 a.m. Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Woodridge Supportive Living Residence. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home in Knoxville, where visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Westfall Cemetery.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on June 29, 2015
Driscoll, Jerry - Peoria  
PEORIA - Joseph G. "Jerry" Driscoll, age 82, of Peoria passed away at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, June 27, 2015, at his home. Born Jan. 27, 1933, in Peoria, he was a son to the late Joseph Driscoll and Antoinette (Sheehan) Driscoll. Jerry graduated from St. Bernard Grade School, was a graduate of Spalding High School with the class of 1951, and later received both his bachelor's degree in history and master's degree in political science from Bradley University. He honorably served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Jerry married Eleanor Capranica on June 21, 1958, at St. John's Catholic Church in Peoria. He taught for District 150 for over 30 years, as well as at ICC and Bradley University. Jerry was a former Knights of Columbus St. Jude Council member and was actively involved in the Kiwanis Club. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor; five children, Danny (Erin) Driscoll of Peoria, Fr. Mike Driscoll of Ottawa, Kelly Driscoll of Peoria, Mary Ann (Dave) Carroll of Peoria and Patrick Anthony Driscoll of Chicago; eight grandchildren, Tommy, Billy, Molly, Maggie and Delaney Driscoll and Joelle, Jimmy and Kate Carroll; and sister-in-law, Toni Driscoll of Peoria; as well as several nieces and nephews. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Patrick Edward; and brother, Jack Driscoll. Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 30, 2015, between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at St. Philomena Catholic Church. An additional visitation will be held Wednesday, July 1, from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. Philomena Catholic Church. Fr. David Kipfer, Fr. Mike Driscoll and Fr. David Richardson will officiate and burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jerry's memory may be made to St. Philomena Catholic Grade School, Peoria Notre Dame High School or in the form of memorial Masses. Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com .
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Evans, Betty - Peoria Heights  
PEORIA HEIGHTS - Betty J. Evans, 62, of Peoria Heights passed away at her home Thursday, June 25, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. She was born on June 5, 1953, in Peoria, Ill., to Charles R. Hillen and Imogene L. (Hill) Kemple. She was preceded in death by her mother; her sister, Cynthia M. Hill; and her two brothers, Charles L. Hillen and Larry D. Mercer. She is survived by her father; son, Thomas J. (Shanon) Street; three grandchildren, Kaylee J. Street, Tony R. Clifton and Kenzie H. Williams; and her brothers, Joseph P. Hillen of Peoria and Avery F. (Betty) Mynatt of Stronghurst, Ill. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, neighbors and colleagues and was loved by many who knew her. Betty attended Woodruff High School in Peoria, graduating in 1971. She worked for over 20 years as a senior claims adjuster at Gallagher Bassett. An avid gardener, Betty always had a variety of beautiful flowers and plants growing both in and around her home. She loved animals and took wonderful care of many cats and dogs over the years, especially her little dog Chico. A memorial visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Northwoods Community Church, 10700 N. Allen Road, Peoria, followed by a memorial service at 5 p.m., with Pastor Kirk Moser officiating. Private inurnment will be at Parkview Cemetery in Peoria, Ill. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Schmidt-Haller Burial and Cremation Services assisted the family with cremation.
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Fisher, Eli  
EUREKA - Eli A. Fisher, 89, of Eureka passed away at 8:39 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2015, at Advocate Eureka Hospital. He was born on Jan. 7, 1926, in West Bend, Iowa, a son of Emil C. and Esther Anliker Fisher. He married Helen Schumacher on July 3, 1949, in Eureka. She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Janet (Floyd) Frieden of Elgin, Iowa; one sister, Edith Stoller of Paulding, Ohio; five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, Bruce (Tracy) Frieden with Mara and Dane, Bob (Julie) Frieden with Kyella, Trey, Broden and Garrett, Brian (Susie) Frieden with Trent and Adysen, Beth (Mike) Starkweather with Anden, Brielle and Carver and Ben (Traci) Frieden with Jacob and Mylie; and one special nephew, Hans Frieden. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Blanche Steffen; and one son, Bruce Fisher. An Army veteran, Eli served his country during World War II. Eli worked at various jobs in the community, spending the last 24 years working for Snyder True Value in Eureka. After his retirement, he enjoyed doing painting for others. He also volunteered his time at Eureka Hospital and the Eureka Apostolic Christian Home. He was a member of the Eureka Apostolic Christian Church, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Church ministers will officiate. Visitation will be held today from 4 to 7 p.m. at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. before services at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be in the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Advocate Eureka Hospital or the Eureka Apostolic Christian Home. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.argoruestmanharris.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from June 28 to June 29, 2015
Fleming, Loann  
PEORIA - Loann G. Fleming, 86, of Litchfield, mother of a former Peoria woman, passed away at 3:06 a.m. Friday, June 26, 2015, at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. She was born on Nov. 24, 1928, in Litchfield, Ill., the daughter of Jesse and Elsie (Oelrichs) Marburger. Loann graduated from Litchfield High School with the Class of 1946. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield for many years, where she participated in Zion Ladies Aid. She was also a member of the Litchfield Country Club and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. During her earlier working years, she worked at Illinois Power Co., Litchfield News Herald and Brown Shoe Company. She then went on to work for Litchfield Community Unit School District 12, where she was secretary to the principal at the Jr. High School. She enjoyed bowling, golfing, playing cards and traveling. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family. She married Harold Lee Fleming on May 1, 1948, at Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield. He preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 2011. She is survived by two daughters, Jane (Mark) Leitschuh of Troy, formerly of Peoria, and Amy (Michael) Trau of Ballwin, Mo.; two grandchildren, Dan (Debbie) Leitschuh of Columbia and John Leitschuh of Troy; and four great-grandchildren, Steven and Ava Leitschuh and Lucy and Jack Leitschuh She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two brothers, William and Lloyd Marburger. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield. The Rev. Fred Kraemer will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Litchfield. Visitation will be held today from 4 to 7 p.m. at Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield. The family suggests memorials to Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield. For more information, to light a candle or sign the online guestbook, please visit www.plummerfuneralservices.com .
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