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PERUGINI, Melvin Patrick - Springfield  
Melvin Patrick Perugini SPRINGFIELD, IL - Melvin Patrick Perugini, 77, of Springfield, died on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at St. John's Hospice. Melvin was born Sept. 7, 1937, in Springfield, the son of Patrick and Zelia McQuinn Perugini. He married Rebecca "Becky" Milburn on Aug. 15, 1964, in Sesser, Ill. He was a graduate of Williamsville High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked for Hammond Sheet Metal, and for both Capital and Illinois Plumbing and Heating Supply Companies. He had also worked for Pioneer Maintenance, Westwood Lounge, Mid-Illinois Caliper and King Pin Lanes. He was a life-time member of Knights of Columbus Council #3914 and the TRN Club. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, DeAnn Goldsby. He is survived by his wife, Becky Perugini of Springfield; son, Timothy Joseph Perugini of Springfield; one sister, Helen Poe of Springfield; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, until the time of the funeral service at 7 p.m. at Ellinger-Kunz & Park Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Griffiths officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to: Progressive Supranuclear Palsy at Cure PSP, 30 E. Padonia Road, Ste. 201, Timonium, MD 21093. Ellinger-Kunz & Park Funeral Home, 530 N. 5th St., Springfield, IL 62702 is in charge of arrangements. Visit our online obituary at www.ellingerkunzfuneralhome.com .
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Published in The State Journal-Register from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2014
PICKETT, Eleanor Lee - Divernon  
Eleanor Lee Pickett PLEASANT PLAINS, IL - Eleanor Lee Pickett, 77, of Pleasant Plains, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at St. John's Hospital. She was born Feb. 15, 1937, in Hillsboro, the daughter of E.L. "Bud" and Pauline Muncy Mounce. She married K. Wayne Pickett on Oct. 13, 1956, in Pawnee and he preceded her in death in 2008. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, the Rev. Diane Bigley in 2010. Eleanor was a dedicated member of the Peter Cartwright United Methodist Church, Pleasant Plains for over 55 years. Surviving are daughter, Rhonda Pickett of Norcross, Ga.; son-in-law, Dr. Rev. David (Tammy) Bigley of Roseville, Ill.; three grandsons: Noah Choi David Bigley, and Shane and Cameron Fleener; two uncles and several cousins. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at Peter Cartwright United Methodist Church in Pleasant Plains with the Rev. Pamela Hoffman and Dr. Rev. David Bigley officiating. A luncheon will follow. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. at Horse Creek Cemetery in Pawnee. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Peter Cartwright United Methodist Church, 205 W. Church St., Pleasant Plains, IL 62677 or Rev. Diane Bigley Literary Center, c/o Hillsboro United Methodist Church Pre-School, 537 Rountree St., Hillsboro, IL 62049. Bramley Funeral Home in Divernon is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left online at www.bramleyfh.com .
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Published in The State Journal-Register from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2014
SCHUTTE, Patricia Pace - Springfield  
Patricia Pace Schutte ST. CHARLES, MO - Patricia Schutte, 76, of St. Charles, MO, formerly of Springfield, IL, passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at St. Joseph Health Center where she was so wonderfully cared for and loved. Pat was born Feb. 23, 1938, in Alton, IL, the daughter of Lonnie and Cecil (Chester) Pace. She married Charles E. Schutte in Alton, IL, on April 26, 1958. They celebrated 52 wonderful years of marriage until his passing in 2010. She was also preceded in death by her parents and four siblings: Rubye Stansbury, Dal Pace, Mary Young and Ann McBroom. Pat is survived by a daughter, Susan (Thomas) Nash of St. Charles, MO; a son, Scott (Tammy) Schutte of Edinburg, IL; two grandchildren, Jill (Tyler) Campo of Town & Country, MO and Joshua (Bianca) Schutte of Ward, AK; two great-grandsons, Luca and Armand Campo; sister-in-law, Nancy Schutte; a niece, Lynne Pryor of Springfield; along with several nieces and nephews. Pat graduated from Alton High School in 1956. She worked for Myers Brothers Department Store in the accounting unit and retired from Illinois Bell Telephone Company in 1993. She loved her role as a homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother and especially great-grandmother! She showed great generosity in taking care of her family and friends, a selfless individual. Pat was an active member of South Side Christian Church, and has attended Harvester Christian Church since moving to St. Charles, MO, five years ago. Throughout the years she was involved with the PTA, Girl Scout leader, youth group sponsor and awesome babysitter for all her family! Pat was an avid Pepsi memorabilia collector and enjoyed shopping. Bisch Funeral Home West in Springfield is assisting with local arrangements. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23, at South Side Christian Church, 2600 S. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, IL, Robert Green officiating. The family will be gathering at noon to accept visitors. Memorials may be made on behalf of: Francois & Daleen Boshoff serving as missionaries with the Mailbox Club International. Gifts can be left at the church or mailed to: Trinity Baptist Church, 16296 Prairie Baptist Rd., Noblesville, IN, 46060, c/o Jeff Klingerman.
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Published in The State Journal-Register on Dec. 22, 2014
SMOTHERS, Elda Jane - Springfield  
Elda Jane Smothers SPRINGFIELD, IL - Elda Jane Smothers, 87, passed away Thursday Dec. 18, 2014, at her residence in Springfield. She was born June 25, 1927, in Danville, to Peter and Lillian Vandiver Stines. She married John Smothers in Danville in 1947 and he preceded her in death in 1988. She is survived by her daughter, Glenda Smothers of Springfield; three grandchildren: Rita (Waylon) Brinkley of Springfield, Donnie Deatherage of Riverton and Jonathon Smothers of Springfield; four great-grandchildren: Max and Cali Brinkley, and Scott and Brianna Deatherage; one sister and two brothers. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Rhonda Deatherage and Melody Clement. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 E. Allen, Springfield, with the Rev. Vaughn Beeman officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to: The Alzheimer's Association. Please visit the online "Life Remembered Story" at bischandsonfuneralhome.com .
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Published in The State Journal-Register from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2014
Theilen, Herbert  
Herbert G. "Herb" Theilen CHATHAM - Herbert G. "Herb" Theilen, 88, of Chatham, passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at Heritage Care in Spfld. Please see Fri. Dec. 26th edition for the complete obituary. Arrangements: Bisch Funeral Home West 544-5424.
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Published in The State Journal-Register on Dec. 22, 2014

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AUERBACH, William J. - Springfield  
William J. Auerbach SPRINGFIELD, IL - William J. Auerbach, 67, of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at St. John's Hospital. He was born July 22, 1947, in Springfield, the son of the late Dorothy Auerbach. Mr. Auerbach served in the U.S. Army. He retired after working for the U.S. Postal Service for 26 years. He is survived by two sisters, Susan K. Auerbach of Springfield and JoAnn Graves of Tucson, AZ, and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his mother, he was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia A. Finn, and two brothers, Robert Jallas and Joseph Jallas, Jr. Services are under the direction of Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 E. Allen, Springfield, where visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m., also at the funeral home. The Rev. Vaughn Beeman will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Please visit the online obituary at bischandsonfuneralhome.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.
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Published in The State Journal-Register from Dec. 20 to Dec. 21, 2014
BARNICK, Kenneth - Chatham  
Kenneth Barnick CHATHAM, IL - Kenneth Barnick, 81, of Chatham, passed away Dec. 18, 2014. He was born Oct. 4, 1933, to Joseph and Bernice Johnson Barnick. Ken married Sharlene Ann Holbrook on Feb. 23, 1957. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Sharlene; daughters: Debra (Michael) Lawson of Bloomington, Ill., Cindy Boyd of Evansville, Wyo., Laura (Ken) Smith of Rochester, Ill., Kathleen (Matt) Ryan of Rochester, Ill., Nancy (Charly) Smarjesse of Ormond by the Sea, Fla., and Michelle Cotton of Rochester, Ill.; grandchildren: Rebecca (Todd) Harris, Jessica (Mac) Ingmire, Christopher (Sarah) Lawson, Christine (Cole) Moser, Andrew Barnick, Austin Boyd, Carly Boyd, Cody Boyd, Joe (Ashley) Smith, Julie (Neal) Griffith, Jennifer (Austin) O'Malley, Geoff (Jessi) Ryan, Sarah Ryan (fiancé, Tyler), Sean Ryan, Nicholas Smarjesse, Jacob Smarjesse, Shaughnessey Cotton, Tyler Cotton, Morgan Cotton, and Drew Cotton; great-grandchildren: Eden and Avery Harris, Cohen Ingmire, Isabelle Boyd, Sierra and Haden Moser, Audrina and Preston Griffith, Lucy, Jack, and Henry Smith, and Anna O'Malley; sister, Shirley (Edward) Skala of Pingree Grove, Ill.; sister-in-law, Florence Barnick of North Platte, Neb.; brother-in-law, Tom (Jo) Holbrook of Minooka, Ill.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Cremation rites will be accorded before services by Cremation Services of Central Illinois of Chatham. His family will greet friends at a memorial gathering from 1 p.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21 at Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Rte. 4, Chatham, IL 62629. Committal service: 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at Camp Butler National Cemetery, where the Inter-Veteran's Burial Detail will conduct military services. Memorial contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123 or www.cancer.org To offer your condolences, please visit www.staabpolk.com .
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Published in The State Journal-Register from Dec. 20 to Dec. 21, 2014
BELL, Leah Maxine Clover - Oakley  
Leah Maxine Clover Bell OAKLEY, CA - Leah Maxine Clover Bell, 90, of Oakley, California and formerly of Springfield, known to all as Maxine, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in California, following her quest to return home, in the loving care of the hospice team. Mrs. Bell was born in Lomax, Illinois on June 26, 1924, to George M. Clover and Eva M. (Kern) Clover. She went to school in Terre Haute, Illinois and Burlington, Iowa. She married James Edgar Bell on her 22nd birthday on June 26, 1946, and he preceded her in death in February of 1998. Mr. and Mrs. Bell began their married life together in La Harpe, Illinois. In 1947, they moved to Rolla, Missouri, where Mr. Bell attended university. In 1949, after Mr. Bell's university graduation, they moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa, along with their daughter, Patricia. The family then moved to Nevada, where they lived for two and one half years. In 1952 they moved to Springfield, Illinois, where daughters Pamela and Penny were born. Mrs. Bell was a homemaker for most of her life. She loved to sew and made many clothes for her three daughters. She became employed at a fabric shop in Springfield, Illinois, enjoying the time helping people with their sewing needs. She is a member of the First Christian Church of Springfield, Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Bell were active members of the Polk of A. organization and danced their way across the USA with polka activities. Mrs. Bell was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and participated in many American Legion program and events. Later in life, Mrs. Bell joined a fitness club and enjoyed water aerobics for many years, making many new friends. In August 2010, Mrs. Bell moved to California to live with daughter, Patricia, and her husband, Keith. Mrs. Bell enjoyed her time in California and was involved with Patricia and Keith's clubs, where all the members knew her as "mom". Daughter Pamela and family returned to California in 2011 and the family has fond memories of their times together. In June 2014, Patricia, Pamela and Penny, family and friends joined together to celebrate Mrs. Bell's ninetieth birthday. Mrs. Bell is survived by her three daughters: Patricia Bell (Keith Handy), Pamela Musselman (Gene), and Penny Matthiesen (Michael); four grandchildren: Judson Musselman, Zackery Musselman, Lindsay Impson and Casey Vandenberg; and many great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Joan Siegworth (John) and Maxine Clover, many nieces and nephews, and numerous friends. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 E. Allen St., Springfield, with burial to follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 10:30 a.m. until the time of funeral service on Monday. Memorial contributions may be made to: The Alzheimer's Association Greater Illinois Chapter, 2309 W. White Oaks Dr., Ste. E, Springfield, IL 62704.
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Published in The State Journal-Register from Dec. 20 to Dec. 21, 2014
BRAUER, Terry Lee  
Terry Lee Brauer HILLSBORO, IL - Terry Lee Brauer, 61, died at 5:37 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at his residence in Hillsboro. Bass Patton and Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The State Journal-Register on Dec. 21, 2014
BURO, Arthur Emil - Springfield  
Arthur "Art" Emil Buro LINCOLN, IL - Arthur "Art" Emil Buro, 94, of Lincoln and formerly of Springfield, died at 1:35 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Symphony Nursing Home in Lincoln. He was born June 26, 1920, in Hallsburg, Texas to Herman and Hulda Kuehn Buro. He married Marietta Eilene Grant on Aug. 24, 1947, and she survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Velda Ann (Dean) Baker of Lincoln; one son, Earl Wayne (Marla) Buro of Marietta, Ga.; two grandchildren, Grant (Rebecca) Buro and Dyanna (Justin) Motes; one great-grandchild, Jackson Buro; four step-grandchildren: Deanna (Gabriel) Peterson, Eric (Sara) Baker, Ryan (Katana) Baker and Monica (Robert) Smith; eight step-great-grandchildren: Elise Howell, Andrew Baker, Jacob Baker, Megan Baker, Isaac Baker, Emma Baker, Mara Baker and Aidan Baker; one brother Herman Buro of Waco, Texas; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Hertha; and one brother, Leonard. He was a member of South Side Christian Church. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran serving during WWII. Art was a cabinet maker by trade. He was a manager for Myers Industries in Lincoln and Moline and Vice President at Coppes, Inc. in Nappanee, Ind. Visitation: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at South Side Christian Church. Funeral Service: 1:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at South Side Christian Church with Bob Green officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Petersburg, Ill., where military honors will be conducted. Memorial contributions may be made to: South Side Christian Church. Share stories, pictures, Facebook and Twitter at: StaabFamily.com
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Published in The State Journal-Register from Dec. 20 to Dec. 21, 2014
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