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Melissa Higgs

Melissa Higgs, 51, of Effingham, died on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Louis. Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 11, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Altamont with Rev. Dr. James F. Wright officiating. Burial followed at Union Cemetery, Altamont. Visitation was from 4:00 -7:00 p.m., Monday at the church…

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Organ, Tissue Donors and Their Families Honored During April

Remembering Jeremy Voris, Tissue Donor from Windsor BY CARISSA SITKI The month of April has been designated as National Donate Life Month and Gift of Hope uses the month as an opportunity to celebrate the lives of organ and tissue donors through campaigns and online events. This year’s more digital approach was in response to…

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Hoskins Acquires Two Additional Newspapers

By Pamela Rensing mascherald@heraldpubs.com Greg Hoskins, publisher of Better Newspapers, Inc., is proud to announce the acquisition of two Illinois newspapers: The Breeze Courier and The Shopping Spree, both located in Taylorville, IL. Based in Mascoutah, IL, Better Newspapers, Inc. is a family-owned company now operating  26 publications in Illinois and Missouri.  The Breeze Courier…

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Neal Anthony Koberlein

Neal Anthony Koberlein, age 76, of Brownstown, Illinois passed away at 4:25 p.m. Saturday, December 26, 2020 at Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia, Illinois. Graveside services were held Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Bonaventure Cemetery in St. Elmo, Illinois with Father Joseph Havrilka officiating. Memorials may go to St. Mary’s Catholic Church,…

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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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Lola Maye (Scoles) Hawkey

Lola Maye (Scoles) Hawkey, age 82, formerly of St. Elmo, passed away on Feb. 14, 2019 at her home in Martin, Tenn. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, at Keens Chapel Cemetery in Farina. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Karin 4 Kritters, C/O Tabi…

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Kathleen Sue Beshears

Kathleen Sue Beshears, 51, of Vandalia, died at 6:40 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Springfield. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at Gieseking-Claggett Funeral Home, Brownstown, with Rev. Jim Dann officiating. Burial followed at Liberty Cemetery, rural Brownstown. Visitation was for two hours prior to the…

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James E. ‘Jim’ Moore

James E. ‘Jim’ Moore, 71, of St. Elmo, died at 10:10 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2 at Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont with Rev. Olen Evans officiating. Burial followed at Sidener Cemetery, rural St. Elmo with military rites by Crawford-Hale…

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Donald L. Kilzer

Donald L. Kilzer, 62, of St. Elmo, passed away at his home on April 29, 2017. Funeral service was held at noon, on Wednesday, May 3 at the St. Elmo Christian Church with two hours visitation prior to service. Tom Fedrigon officiated. Burial followed at the St. Bonaventure Cemetery in rural St. Elmo. Memorials may…

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