Make A Wish Foundation Grants Altamont Student’s Wish to Visit Disney

On Monday afternoon, April 1, a number of Altamont Grade School early childhood and lower elementary classes packed into the cafeteria for a memorable party, celebrating five-year-old Altamont student Owen Savage and the granting of his wish through the Make A Wish Foundation of Illinois. At around 1:30 p.m., volunteers and family members began setting…

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Elnor Ruth Phibbs

Elnor Ruth Phibbs of Effingham, Illinois passed away suddenly on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 2:15 a.m. at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham. Elnor was born Saturday, Aug. 28, 1937 in the Bethlehem community of Altamont to Reinhart and Lydia (Yagow) Brauer. She attended Bethlehem Lutheran Parochial School, Altamont High School, and Eastern…

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Arvilla A. Beccue

Arvilla A. Beccue, 93, of Altamont passed away peacefully at 10:02 a.m., Monday, April 1, 2019 at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 6 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altamont with Rev. Dr. James F. Wright officiating. Burial followed at Immanuel Cemetery. Visitation was at 5-7…

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“The Lord Was Good”: Remembering a Year in Phan Rang

(Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series featuring the Vietnam War veterans of St. Elmo and the surrounding area. If you or a loved one served in Vietnam and want to tell your story, get in touch with us at news@altnewsban.com or (618) 483-6176.) 50 years later, David Cox sits at his…

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United Methodists Come Together Following Adoption of Traditional Plan

(Editor’s note: Language in the United Methodist Book of Discipline refers to LGBTQ people as “homosexuals” or “self-avowed, practicing homosexuals.” Except in direct quotes, the St. Elmo Banner will instead use the term LGBTQ, as is suggested by Associated Press guidelines.) In a well-publicized special meeting of the United Methodist Church, delegates from around the…

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Cornelia V. Budde Greene

Cornelia Violet Budde Greene, age 100, of Suwanee, Ga., formerly of Altamont, passed away on Friday, March 22, 2019. The service honoring the life of Cornelia was held on Wednesday, March 27 at 11 a.m. at Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel in Lawrenceville, Ga., with Pastor Michael Kober officiating. Entombment will be in East Shadowlawn…

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Ralph W. Powell

Ralph W. Powell, 77, of Brownstown, died at 12:05 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2019, at his home. According to Ralph’s wishes, his body will be cremated and there will be no visitation or funeral service. Burial at Fairview Cemetery in Avena township will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to the donor’s…

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Joanne Owen

Joanne Owen, 87, of Maryville, formerly of St. Elmo, passed away at 11:55 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. She was a resident of Liberty Village Nursing Facility in Maryville.   A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23 at Pagel Funeral Home in St. Elmo, with…

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Betty R. Lowe

Betty R. Lowe, 65, of St. Elmo, died at 7:18 a.m., Monday, March 18, 2019 at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Sidener Cemetery, St. Elmo. Memorials may be made to Donor’s Choice. Gieseking Funeral Home in Altamont is assisting…

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Carol Koester

Carol Koester, 82, of Brownstown, died at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2019 at Willowbrook Memory Care of Vandalia. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 27, at Liberty Christian Church in Brownstown with Jim Dann officiating. Burial followed at Liberty Cemetery. A visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26…

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