Area Obituaries

Larry L. Kramer

Larry L. Kramer, 77, of St. Elmo, died at 4:20 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Aperion Care in St. Elmo. According to Larry’s wishes, he will be cremated. Private family services will be held at a later date and internment of ashes will be held at Arborcrest Memorial Park. Gieseking Funeral Home in Altamont…

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Cleta Maxine Jones

Mrs. Cleta Maxine Jones, 95, formally of Farina, Vandalia, and Clinton, passed away peacefully on early Friday morning, April 5, 2019 at the Treasure Coast Hospice, Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County, Florida. Funeral services were held Thursday April 18 at 11:30 a.m. at Kull Funeral Home in St. Elmo with the Rev. Kent “Pee Wee”…

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Presley Lee Jones

Presley Lee Jones, 87, of Altamont, died at 2:11 a.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont with Rev. LeRoy Tucker officiating. Burial followed at Union Cemetery in Altamont. Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m.,…

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Rickie Joe “Rick” Sloan

Rickie Joe “Rick” Sloan, 63, of Effingham died at 2:08 a.m., Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago with his family by his side. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, April 12 at Gieseking Funeral Home in Altamont with Rev. Marcus Manley officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery in Altamont.…

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Sarah Van Horn

Sarah Van Horn, 95, of Sullivan, died at 5:05 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2019, at Sullivan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Sullivan. Private graveside services will be held at Griffith Cemetery in Brownstown. Gieseking Funeral Home of Brownstown is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. Sarah…

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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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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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