Iva Deloris Warner

Iva Deloris Warner, age 68, of Brownstown, passed away 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at her home, surrounded by her family. There will be a private family service at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed at www.pagelfuneralhome.com Iva was born on May 25, 1951 in Centralia, the daughter of Virgil and…

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Kay Joy Duree

Kay Joy Duree, 80, of Bradford, Pa. passed away Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Bradford Ecumenical Home. Born on November 29, 1938, in Brownstown, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Tessie (Hunter) Stolte. She graduated from Saint Elmo High School in 1956, and later beautician school. On June 9, 1956 in the…

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Ione F. Doty

Ione F. Doty, 96, of Beecher City passed away on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at the Lutheran Care Center in Altamont. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 at the Evangel United Methodist Church in Beecher City, IL with Pastor Paul Bauer officiating. Burial took place in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in…

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Allen Keith Bandelow

Allen Keith Bandelow, 62, of Mason, died at 10:15 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2019, at his home. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 3 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in rural Altamont. Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 2 at Gieseking Funeral Home in Altamont. A private family graveside service was…

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Community Invited to Celebration for Larry Reed

Family and friends are invited to an open house celebrating St. Elmo resident Larry Reed’s 60th birthday, to be held 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 at the Centennial Building in St. Elmo Community Park. Refreshments will be served. Cards of congratulations are welcomed.    

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Families Turn Out for Ainad Shrine’s Circus of Thrills in Altamont

An X-Metal stunt jumper flies from ramp to ramp to cap off the 4:30 p.m. Ainad Shrine Circus at the Effingham County Fair, June 6.Families and thrill fans of all ages turned out to the Effingham County Fairgrounds on the afternoon of Thursday, June 6 for the Ainad Shrine of southern Illinois’ annual circus, visiting…

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Richard L. Miller

Richard L. Miller, 77, of Altamont, died at 2:40 a.m., Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Willowbrook Memory Care in Effingham. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 5 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altamont with Rev. Dr. James F. Wright officiating. Burial will follow at Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation was held from…

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Carolyn Yvonne Waltrip

Carolyn Yvonne Waltrip, age 88, of rural Brownstown, went home to her Lord and Savior on June 6, 2019 at her residence. Visitation was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 at Pagel Funeral Homes in St. Elmo, with services following. Interment was at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cooks Mills. Jim…

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Lela E. Wolf

Lela E. Wolf of Licking, Mo. passed away on Friday, May 31, 2019 at Hickory Manor. She was born to Otto and Gertrude (Goers) Braasch on June 14, 1931. She married Arnold W. Wolf on June 26, 1955 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Altamont. Lela is survived by sons, David of Bunker Hill and…

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“I Wake Up in War”: Infantryman Recalls Final Days of Tet Offensive

Ron Harre, a Ramsey resident born and raised in Brownstown, decorates his bedroom in Vietnam memorabilia: a hand-embroidered jacket with a map of the country on the back, caps, a carefully-arranged shadowbox, a collection of patriotic statuettes and displays on a shelving unit. But like many Vietnam veterans, Harre’s experiences aren’t limited to the medals…

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