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Admire, Kyle M.  
KYLE ADMIRE BUNKER HILL — Kyle M. Admire, 21, passed away unexpectedly at 7:10 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at his home. He was born on May 24, 1993, in Alton, Ill., the son of Jeff and Kristi (Modglin) Admire. Kyle loved fishing, hunting, spending time outdoors with family and friends and his dog, Hadley. In addition to his parents of Bunker Hill, he is survived by a brother, Tyler of Bunker Hill; his grandparents, Joyce and Dave Baumgartner of Belleville, Gordon Admire of Godfrey; an aunt, Jill Admire of Godfrey, and an aunt and uncle, Kelli and Joe Pence of Bunker Hill; and his very close special cousins, Kayleigh Admire of Godfrey, Bradley Pence of Belleville, Megan Pence of Bunker Hill, Brandon Admire, Bradley Admire and Joshua Admire, all of Bethalto. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jim Modglin, Carolyn Admire, and great-grandparents, Jim and Corky Davis and Nina Modglin. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until services at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto. Memorials may be made to Man in Recovery, 142 N. Huffman Street, Naperville, IL 60540. Online condolences and guest book may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com .
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Published in The Telegraph from Mar. 25 to Mar. 26, 2015
Becker, Dorothy J. - Benld  
BECKER BENLD — Dorothy J. Becker, 95, passed away at 5 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at her son Jim's residence in Chicago. Friends may call from 9:30 until 11 a.m. Tuesday March 24, 2015, at Kravanya Funeral Home, Benld, where funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Burial will be in the Benld Cemetery. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com . Kravanya Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in The Telegraph from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2015
Bond, Mary  
MARY 'IRENE' BOND ROSEWOOD HEIGHTS — Mary "Irene" Bond, 93, passed away at 1:10 a.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2015, with her family by her side. She was born on Nov. 5, 1921, in Alton, Ill., the daughter of the late George and Rebecca (Emmons) Tungett. Irene married Clayton D. Bond on Dec. 10, 1938, in St. Charles, Mo. He preceded her in death on Oct. 27, 2000. She was a homemaker, a beloved wife, and nurturing matriarch of five generations. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by four children and their spouses, Cindy and Lester Schlemer of Alton, Connie and Mike Collins of East Alton, Clayton "Butch" Bond and special friend Judy of Rosewood Heights, Gordon and Theda Bond of Meadowbrook; eight grandchildren and spouses, Scott and Linda Collins of Wood River, Traci and Jason Wright of Fosterburg, Melissa and Steve Schnare of St. Charles, Mo., Martin and Shannon Bond of Bethalto, Erin and Paul Ventimiglia of Alton, Christopher Hines and special friend Amanda of Godfrey, Nicholas Bond of Keysport, and Courtney and Jacob Koch of Rosewood Heights; thirteen great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren; and several special nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a great-grandson, Carson Wright, four siblings, Lucille Sloan, Homer, Robert and William Tungett. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Alton where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, with Pastor Ron Wenzel officiating. Burial will be follow at Bethalto United Methodist Cemetery in Bethalto. Memorials may be directed to Southern Illinois Hospice. Online condolences and guest book may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com .
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Published in The Telegraph from Mar. 24 to Mar. 26, 2015
Braasch, Charles E.  
CHARLES BRAASCH DORSEY — Charles E. Braasch, 84, of Dorsey, died at his residence near Dorsey, at 5 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2015. He was born May 27, 1930, in Prairietown, Ill., son of the late Ernest Braasch and Hilda Meyer Braasch. He married Dorothy M. Albrecht on on April 14, 1951, in Dorsey, and she survives. He was a construction superintendent with Morrissey Construction in Godfrey for 32 years, and retired in 1991. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard during the Korean War. He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Midway, Ill., Masonic Lodge #151 of Bunker Hill, and enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Surviving are wife, Dorothy M. Braasch of Dorsey, son, David (Sharon) Braasch of Dorsey, daughter Vivian (Robert) Childers, Dorsey, five grandchildren, Heather (Jon) Baumberger, Andrea (Nate) Hartley, Ethan Braasch, Caleb Braasch and Robert "Bobby" Childers, two stepgrandchildren, Sarah (Brandon) Bosarge, James Childers, four great-grandchildren, Ava and Mia Baumberger, Hank and Tessa Jo Hartley; one sister, Marie Franke, Bethalto, several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Wilma Engelke, and a brother, Ralph Braasch. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, at St. John's United Church of Christ in Midway. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 20, 2015, at St. John's United Church of Christ, Midway, with Rev. Lori Schafer officiating. Interment will be at Prairietown Cemetery in Prairietown. Memorials are suggested to either St. John's Church Memorial Fund or Alton Memorial Health Services Foundation. Williamson Funeral Home, Staunton, is in charge of arrangements. To sign the guestbook or leave an on-line condolence, please visit our website at www.williamsonfh.com .
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Published in The Telegraph from Mar. 18 to Mar. 19, 2015
Buis, George  
GEORGE BUIS JERSEYVILLE — George Lindsay Buis, 91, died at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Jerseyville Nursing & Rehab in Jerseyville. Born March 19, 1923, in Windsor, Mo., he was the son of Marcus L. and Viola (McCoy) Buis. Mr. Buis served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a pharmacist mate on an LST Landing Ship with another corpsman in the absence of a doctor. He was discharged from the Navy in February 1946, and went to work at The Western. Soon afterward he met and married Betty Bowman in March 1947. She preceded him in death in 1972.They had two daughters, Rebecca McCurdy and Melissa Buis, who also preceded him in death. In May 1977, he married Rosa Lee Whitaker. She preceded him in death in November 2010. Mr. Buis retired from the Olin Corporation as a pipefitter after over 40 years of service. Surviving is a son-in-law, John McCurdy of Scottsdale, Ariz., two grandchildren, Josh McCurdy (Dawn) of Lockport, Ill., and Jason McCurdy (Meredith) of Longwood, Fla., and three great-grandchildren, Alexis, Rebecca and Joshua. Also preceding him in death was a brother, Jesse Buis, and three sisters, Bessie Lay, Mary Hodge and Vera Wiegand. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at Gent Funeral Home in Alton, and continue from 10 until time of funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday, March 23, 2015. Jim Buis will officiate.Burial will be at Upper Alton Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Online guestbook and information may be found at www.gentfuneralhome.com .
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Published in The Telegraph from Mar. 19 to Mar. 21, 2015
Carter, William - Glen Carter  
GLEN CARBON - William "Bill" Carter, 67, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Visitation: 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m., Monday, March 23, at Mt. Joy Missionary Baptist, 327 Olive St, Edwardsville, IL. Interment immediately following the services at the Jefferson Barracks Memorial Cemetery. Cathy M. Williams & Sons Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be given to: https://www.crowdrise.com/helpstemstudents/fundraiser/joanrobinsonberry , Please include Donated in the name of Bill Carter in text.
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Published in The Telegraph from Mar. 21 to Mar. 22, 2015
Chadwick, Eldora Alice  
CHADWICK MARYVILLE — Eldora Alice Chadwick, 89, died at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Relais Bonne Eau Hospice in Edwardsville. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the Cambridge House, in Maryville. A reception will follow from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Cambridge House.
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Published in The Telegraph from Mar. 25 to Mar. 26, 2015
Champlin, Barbara L.  
BARBARA L. CHAMPLIN HARDIN — Barbara L. Champlin, 52, died Sunday, March 22, 2015, at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis. Born Sept. 26, 1962, in Jerseyville, she was daughter of the late Erwin H. and Bonnie Jean (Brooks) Keller. She married Jeffrey P. Champlin on Dec. 4, 1982, at the Our Redeemer Church in Carrollton, and he survives. She was a homemaker and was a medical lab tech for over 25 years before her failing health. Survivors are her husband and a son, Brandon Champlin of Orlando, Fla., a daughter, Ashleigh (Thomas) Camerer of Wood River; three grandchildren: Chelsea, Amanda and Drayden; two brothers, John (Deb) Barr of Colorado and Erwin Keller of White Hall; two sisters, Deb (Craig) Winters of Carrollton and Barbra (Jim) Stephens of Maryville; a sister-in- law, Kathie (Kurt) Pohlman of Shiloh; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; mother-in-law, Eileen Champlin; a brother, Ken Keller, and three sisters, Judy Cook, Beckie Keller and Margarette Keller; a niece, Courtney Barr. Memberships: St. John's Lutheran Church in Kampsville for many years before joining St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hardin where she served as treasurer. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at Hanks-Gress Funeral Home in Hardin. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Kampsville. Pastor Mark Hofferber is officiating. Burial will be at Hardin City Cemetery in Hardin. Memorials to 5A's Animal Shelter or charity of one's choice.
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Published in The Telegraph from Mar. 24 to Mar. 26, 2015
Champlin, Barbara L.  
CHAMPLIN HARDIN — Barbara L. Champlin died Sunday, March 22, 2015, at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at Hanks-Gress Funeral Home in Hardin. Funeral arrangements are pending at the funeral home.
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Published in The Telegraph from Mar. 23 to Mar. 24, 2015
Churchman, Karen Kay  
Photo KAREN KAY CHURCHMAN BELLA VISTA, ARK. — Karen Kay Churchman, a resident of Bella Vista, Ark., was born Oct. 11, 1971, in Tallahassee, Fla., to Herbert G. Churchman and Kathlyn M. (Churchman) Tillman. She passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Ark., after a brief hospital stay. Preceded in death by her father, Herb Churchman, and stepfather, Dr. Ernest Tillman, paternal grandparents, Herbert O. and Mary Churchman, and maternal grandparents, Herman L. and Marie Ackerman, and nephew Joshua Giffin. Karen, affectionately known as KK, is survived by her mother Kathlyn M. Tillman, her siblings K. Gayle Machetta and husband Peter of Henryetta, Oklahoma, Kimberly D. Denham and husband Robin of Medora, Ill., Daniel L. Churchman and wife Leigh of Birmingham, Ala., and Joanne Berry and husband David of Edwardsville, Ill., Carol Haukap of St. Louis, Paul Tillman and wife Jane of St. Peters, Mo., Richard Tillman and wife Tereasa of Federal Way, Wash., and their collective 16 children who were Karen's nieces and nephews, and 13 great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her fiancé T.J. Bruce and his children Audrey, Nathan, and Jacob and their extended family. A host of aunts and uncles, cousins, and dear friends are also among her loved ones. Karen graduated from Alton Sr. High School in Alton, Ill., in 1989, where she was a member of the Marching 100 Band and Encounter Christian Musical Ministry. She received her bachelor's of science degree in finance and marketing from the University of Oklahoma in 1993, where she played clarinet as a member of the Pride of Oklahoma marching band. During her collegiate years, she was an active member of the Tau Beta Sigma band sorority and the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. Holding various positions as a Wal Mart associate, she moved to Bella Vista in 2002 and completed her certification as a Human Resources Professional in 2011. She was an accomplished vocal and instrumental musician and published poet. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, Sooner sports, St. Louis Cardinals Baseball, NFL football, NASCAR, golf, canasta, and most of all, entertaining her family and loved ones. Karen was a member of St. Stephen's Parish of Bentonville, Ark. A memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at St. Stephen's Parish, 1300 NE J St, Bentonville, AR 72712, followed by a private interment at Roselawn Cemetery in Bethalto, Ill. in May. Funeral services are under the discretion of Bella Vista Funeral Home of Bella Vista, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, the family has designated memorial contributions to be made to the Nomad Shrine Club Transportation Fund of Bella Vista, c/o Phil Grier, 2 Barra Lane, Bella Vista, AR 72715. On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com .
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Published in The Telegraph from Mar. 25 to Mar. 26, 2015
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