Area Obituaries

Robert Howard “Bob” Dufford

On July 4, 2019, Robert Howard “Bob” Dufford of Leesburg, Fla. passed away at age 84 at his daughter’s residence in Temecula, Calif. Bob, a 30-year U.S. Navy veteran, served around the world, including in Florida, Newfoundland, Puerto Rico, California (three tours), Guam, Wales (two tours), and Virginia, finally retiring at the rank of Chief…

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Ralph L. Stuckemeyer

Ralph L. Stuckemeyer, 90, of Beecher City, passed away at 8:42 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 at Lakeland Health Care Center in Effingham in the loving care of his family. Ralph was born on Oct. 20, 1929, in Moccasin Township in rural Altamont, the son of Frederic and Ida (Hammer) Stuckemeyer. Ralph and Carroll…

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Mary Janice (Smith) Eyman

Mary Janice (Smith) Eyman died peacefully at Luther Terrace in Altamont on Feb. 10, 2020 with her four loving daughters at her side. The family held a visitation on Sunday, Feb. 16 at Pagel Funeral Homes in St. Elmo from 4-7 p.m. Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 17 at Luther Terrace Chapel in…

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Donald Lambert Beccue

Donald Lambert Beccue, 78 years old, of Altamont, died at 1:48 a.m. early Sunday morning Feb. 9, 2020 at the Lutheran Care Center in Altamont. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday morning, Feb. 13, in the Lutheran Care Center Chapel, with Rev. Jeffery Michael from the Christ’s Church in Effingham officiating. Visitation was…

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Carolyn Ann Weaber

Carolyn Ann Weaber, age 76, of St. Elmo, passed away at 8:38 p.m. on Friday Jan. 31, 2020 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. A memorial service was held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 with visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. prior to service at the St. Elmo Christian Church, Tom Fedrigon…

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Steven Zacha

Steven Zacha, 75, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at his home. Steven was born on Dec. 22, 1944 in Altamont, to Louis and Gladys (Grobengieser) Zacha. He married Cynthia Kindle in Las Vegas on Nov. 15, 1987.Steven was a Navy veteran and lived life to the fullest. Survivors include: wife Cynthia Zacha of…

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Marcella Rose Portz

Marcella Rose Portz, 79, of Avena, died at 11:36 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham A Funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 30 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Elmo with Fr. Christudasan Kurisadima officiating. Burial will follow at St. Bonaventure Cemetery in rural…

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Sharon Lee Myers

Sharon Lee Myers, 73, of St. Elmo, died at 4:05 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont. Funeral services were held at noon on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 at Connection Church in St. Elmo with Pastor Tim Caraway officiating. Burial followed at Springhill Cemetery in rural Beecher City. Visitation was held…

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Arline L. Klitzing

Arline L. Klitzing, nee Ameiss, 88, of Belleville, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and wonderful friend to many, went to heaven on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Arline was born in St. Louis on March 2, 1931, to Arthur and Louise, nee Frederking, Ameiss. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a younger brother,…

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Lydia Berg Holste

On Jan. 22, 2020, Lydia Berg Holste, 100, of Weathersfield, Vt., formerly of Altamont, passed away peacefully at McClure Miller Respite Center in Colchester, Vt. No memorial service or viewing will be held. Lydia was born on Dec. 14, 1919 in rural Effingham county to August and Augusta (Becker) Berg. She left Altamont and lived…

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