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OULSON, Shirley Mae  
Shirley Oulson GRAFTON, IL – Shirley Mae Oulson, 80, of Grafton, died at 4:55 p.m., Friday, March 20, 2015, at Jerseyville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Jerseyville, Ill. Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The State Journal-Register on Apr. 1, 2015
OVERBEY, Dianna Sue  
Dianna Sue Overbey GALESBURG - Dianna Sue Overbey, 57, formerly of Lincoln, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015, at her home. Funeral arrangements pending at the Quiram Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta.
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Published in The State Journal-Register on Mar. 29, 2015
PAONI, Alfred - Benld  
Alfred "Fred" Paoni BENLD, IL - Alfred "Fred" Paoni, 85, passed away on March 27, 2015, at his home. He was born November 15, 1929, in Springfield, Ill., to Ross and Catherine (Ferguson) Paoni. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Altia (Adams) Paoni; daughter, Susan (Clayton) Jones; two sisters, Margaret (Paoni) Sutton and Albina (Paoni) Runkles; three brothers, Thomas Ross, Robbie Gene and Rodger Dale Paoni; and first wife, Patricia (Ratsch) Paoni. He is survived by four children, John (Sharon) Paoni of White City, Ill., Cathy (Gary) Starnes of Enfield, Ill., Alan (Becky) Paoni of Imperial, Mo., and Sandy (Jim) Hammond-Cavasher of Rosewood Heights, Ill. He is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by Helene Everhart, his companion of many years, and his two brothers, George (Mary Jo) Paoni and Danny (Sharon) Paoni of Springfield. Fred was a semi-truck driver for many years. He drove for Orlandini Beer Distributors of Springfield, Ill., Night-Hawk, Checker and ABF of St. Louis, Mo. His hobbies were gardening, bowling, woodworking, fishing and the maker of good wines. He will be greatly missed by all of his relatives and friends. The family will host a memorial gathering from 5 p.m. until time of service at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Benld United Methodist Church, 209 S. Main St., Benld, Ill., with Reverend Ethan Carnes, OSL officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Route 66 Museum, Litchfield, Ill. Share stories, pictures, Facebook and Twitter at StaabFamily.com
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Published in The State Journal-Register from Mar. 29 to Mar. 30, 2015
PENDERGRASS Sr., James A. - Montgomery Village  
James "Jim" A. Pendergrass, Sr. MARYLAND - James "Jim" A. Pendergrass, Sr., 91, died peacefully at home in Montgomery Village, Md., in the loving care of his family on Sunday, 22 March 2015. Jim was born in Springfield, Ill., on 17 August 1923, the son of Ulysses G. and Susie Huston Pendergrass. In March 1943, Jim was inducted into the U.S. Army and served his country in the South Pacific during WWII. After his separation from the Army in 1946, Jim made his home in Washington, D.C., where he worked for the Smithsonian Institute for over 25 years and after as a contractor with the U.S. State Department for 16 years. Jim was a proud graduate of Howard University and was an enthusiastic member and supporter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. In later life, he came to Springfield to care for his sisters during their final illnesses. He returned to the East Coast to live with his family. Survivors include his son, James, Jr.; granddaughter, Erin Nicole; stepdaughters, Janice (Robinson) and Sandra (Garrett); nieces, Albertha, Susan, Ruth Alice, Lucille and Fredrica; nephews, Roland, Rudy, Isaac, Sylvester and James; and a host of grand, great-grand and great-great-grandchildren. In Central Illinois he is survived by Lena Houston Banks of Taylorville, Harold Meek (Susan), Victoria Nichols Johnson (Louis), and Neyna Johnson (Milton) of Springfield and their families. Jim's marriage to Odette (Johnson) of New Orleans ended in divorce. Odette preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death was his son, Ulysses Grant; his sisters, Eunice, Margaret and Ruth; his brother, Houston Grant; and his niece, Marian. His marriage to Nan (Taylor) ended in divorce. Relatives and friends are welcome to attend a visitation on Saturday, 28 March 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at Joseph Gawler's Sons Funeral Home, 5130 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. A funeral mass will be held at Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 13925 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Springs, MD 20904, on Monday, 30 March 2015 at 10 a.m. Internment is planned for Arlington National Cemetery and details will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions in honor of James A. Pendergrass, Sr., are welcome at The United Negro College Fund www.give.uncf.org .
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Published in The State Journal-Register from Mar. 27 to Mar. 28, 2015
PERO, John  
John Pero JERSEYVILLE, IL – John W. Pero, 87, died at 7:15 p.m., Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The State Journal-Register on Mar. 25, 2015
PETERS, Charles T. - Pittsfield  
Charles T. "Pete" Peters PITTSFIELD, IL - Charles T. "Pete" Peters, 75, of Pittsfield, died at 4:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2015, at Illini Hospital in Pittsfield, Ill. Pete was born Sept. 8, 1939, in New Berlin, Ill., the son of Theodore and Josephine M. Ludwig Peters. He married Sara Mae Patterson on Dec. 27, 1970. They later divorced and remained friends. She was his caregiver for the last nine months. Pete was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Rosemary Frank. Pete attended New Berlin High School and St. James Trade School, graduating in the brick laying trade. He worked with George Keifer in New Berlin for a few years and then moved his trade to Pittsfield. Pete served his country in the U.S. Army in the Military Police, earning the rank of Specialist 4th Class while stationed in Paris, France. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pittsfield. He is survived by his son, Joseph Peters of Odessa, Mo.; daughter, Darla (husband, Gerald) Harris of Odessa, Mo.; three grandchildren: Theodore Wayne Harris, Emily Jo Peters, and Tabitha Marie Mae Harris; two brothers, Thomas E. (wife, Irene) Peters and James F. Peters, both of New Berlin; brother-in-law, Thomas Frank of New Berlin; two nieces, Tomi and Toni; and several cousins. Visitation: Family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at St. Mary's Church, 304 E. Birch St., New Berlin. Visitation will begin with a prayer service. Additional Visitation and Funeral Mass: Family will also receive friends from 9-9:45 a.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015, at St. Mary's Church. Funeral Mass will begin at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Kevin Laughery and the Rev. Mark Schulte, celebrants. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in New Berlin. Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Mary's Cemetery, 304 E. Birch, New Berlin, IL 62670. The family of Charles T. Peters is being served by McCullough-Delaney & Butler Funeral Home, 714 E. Gibson St., New Berlin. Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.
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Published in The State Journal-Register from Mar. 25 to Mar. 26, 2015
PONTARELLI, Alice - Rochester  
Alice Pontarelli SHERMAN, IL - Alice Pontarelli, 89, of Sherman and formerly of Rochester, Ill., passed away at Villa Health Care East on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Alice was born to Walter and Viola (Dost) Wordelman, one of three children, on March 7, 1926, in Blue Island, Ill. Her parents, her husband, Edward, and a sister, Ruth Hill, preceded her in death. She is survived by a brother, George Wordelman of Shorewood, Ill.; and two daughters, Terry Miller (Mike, deceased) of Indianapolis, Ind., and Cherie Doherty (Tom) of Springfield. There are six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Alice graduated from Blue Island High School in Blue Island, Ill., in 1944. She met her husband, Edward Pontarelli, at the Trianon Ballroom in Chicago in 1948. The two were married on Sept. 3, 1949, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Chicago, Ill. Prior to becoming a mother and homemaker Alice was employed with the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago. Alice was a loving and devoted wife and mother. She was also a very talented seamstress and enjoyed making clothing and home furnishings using patterns she created. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sherman, Ill. Prior to joining Good Shepherd in Sherman, she and her husband, Ed, volunteered with ministering to homebound church members within the Lutheran church. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, March 28 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sherman, Ill. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. at the church with a luncheon to follow. A committal service will be held at Mottarville Cemetery in Rochester, Ill., after the luncheon. Memorial gifts may be made to the following organizations: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sherman, Ill., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rochester, Ill., or The American Cancer Society. Wilson Park Funeral Home in Rochester is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The State Journal-Register from Mar. 26 to Mar. 27, 2015
RAUPP, William John - Decatur  
William "Bill" John Raupp DECATUR – William "Bill" John Raupp, 89, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015, his mother's birthday, in Imboden Creek Living Center surrounded by his family. Bill was born Feb. 3, 1926, in Decatur, Ill., the oldest son of Carl A. and Ruth O. (Theiss) Raupp. He attended St. James Elementary School, graduated from St. Teresa High School in 1944 where he was captain of the basketball team and played football. He was athlete of the year for the city of Decatur. He then attended Millikin University. Bill proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy at Port Hueneme, Calif., from July 1944 until July 1946, earning the SC/3C Victory Medal. He was co-owner of Raupp's Shoes with his brother, Jim, where he worked until his retirement in 2011. Bill was a founding member of Holy Family Catholic Church and member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion and the Elks Club. Bill married Rita Marie Freischlag on November 26, 1947. Surviving is his wife of 67 years, Rita; daughters, Linda Brilley of Decatur and Cynthia Villa of Morton, Ill.; and sons, John, Jr., of Manhattan, Kan., and Stephen (Deborah) of Chatham, Ill.; grandchildren, Shane (Amy) Brilley, Jason (Nicole) Putman, Jessica (Shannon) Snow, Jamie (Karen) Putman, Beck and Luke Raupp; and great-grandchildren, Liz, Cayden, Christian, Michael, Kate, Julia, Tyler, and Molly. Bill is also survived by his brothers, Jim and Richard; sisters, Sr. Ruth Margaret Raupp, Nancy (Joe) Blanton, and Ruth Erker; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate his life will be 11 a.m., Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Holy Family Catholic Church with Very Rev. Joseph M. Molloy, V.F. celebrant. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Holy Family Catholic Church, St. Teresa High School, or the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Illinois. Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements www.gracelandfairlawn.com .
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Published in The State Journal-Register from Mar. 27 to Mar. 28, 2015
REAVIS, Larry Eugene - Springfield  
Larry Eugene Reavis SPRINGFIELD, IL - Larry Eugene Reavis, 50, of Springfield, died at 12:48 p.m., Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Memorial Medical Center. He was born Nov. 11, 1964, in Taylorville, Ill., to Wayne and Karen Sue Dame Reavis. He married Melissa Morgan on July 20, 2002, and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Gary W.P. Reavis of New Berlin and Jeffrey Reavis of Springfield; mother, Karen (Gary) Riddell of Chatham; one sister, Susan (Chris) Heaton of Chatham; two brothers, Mike Reavis of Wichita, Kan., and Randy Mauk of Lonoke, Ark.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents. Larry was a resident of the Springfield area most of his life. He had previously worked for Bacon and Van Buskirk Glass Company and for Ace Hardware. Music was his passion and he was a drummer for many local bands. Memorial Gathering: 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Staab Funeral Home. Memorial Service: 10 a.m., Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Staab Funeral Home with Pastor Don Pritchard officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Chatham Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The Family of Larry Reavis for funeral expenses. Share stories, pictures, Facebook and Twitter at: StaabFamily.com
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Published in The State Journal-Register from Mar. 31 to Apr. 1, 2015
ROBINSON, Alene L.  
Alene L. Robinson McLEAN - Alene L. Robinson, 75, passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Signature Health Care in Ormond Beach, Florida. Quiram Peasley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Published in The State Journal-Register on Mar. 29, 2015
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