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Lorraine Margaret Benz | 92 | Elsah

Lorraine Margaret Benz (nee Buschmann), 92, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, at her home with family by her side. She was born March 5, 1930, in St. Louis, MO to Elizabeth (Renkemeyer) and Henry Buschmann. Lorraine married the love of her life, Edward Joseph Benz on April 28, 1951. Together they enjoyed 52…

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Alice Jean Hilgert | 87 | Jerseyville

Alice Jean Hilgert, 87, most recently of Jerseyville, passed away on Nov. 26, 2022 at River Crossing of Alton Nursing Home after a brief illness. Alice Jean was born to Chester Duncan Colman and Dorothy Cleora (Leonard) in Alton on Oct. 13, 1935. She attended Alton High School, graduating in 1953. An avid bowler at…

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Judith Anne ‘Judi’ Franz | 81 | Grafton

Judith Anne “Judi” Franz, 81, died Saturday, Nov. 26, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. She was born Dec. 17, 1940, in Marion, and was raised by Harrison and Theda B. (Meadows) Cole. She married Maurice Franz Feb. 16, 1980, in Grafton, and he survives. Also surviving are her sons, Jeff Coker, and Brian (Janet) Coker; her…

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Frederick ‘Fred’ H. Mueller | 92 | Carrollton

Frederick “Fred” H. Mueller, 92, of Carrollton, IL, passed away on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022 at Thomas H. Boyd Memorial Hospital in Carrollton, IL. He was born June 6, 1930, in East St. Louis, IL to William and Anna (Waltemate) Mueller. He married Geneva Mueller on Oct. 4, 1947 in East St. Louis, IL; together…

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Jeanne L. Knotts | 63 | Greenfield

Jeanne L. Knotts, 63, of Greenfield, died Tuesday, Nov. 22, at her home surrounded by her family.  She was born in Carlinville, Nov. 6, 1959, to Jim and Jacqueline (Middleton) Williams.  She married Robert “Bobby” Knotts, Aug. 15, 1987 in Greenfield, and he survives. Also surviving are her children, Crissie (Jeff) Olejnik of Jacksonville, Cheri…

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Mary Ellen Reynolds | 91 | Carrollton

Mary Ellen Reynolds, age 91 of Carrollton passed away Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022 at White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born March 1, 1931 in White Hall. She was the daughter of Jule and Liona Otey Hubbard. She married Robert F. Reynolds Oct. 16, 1951 in Carrollton and he preceded her in death…

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Violet L. Breden | 91 | Hardin

Violet L. Breden passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, at Calhoun Nursing and Rehab in Hardin at the age of 91. She had been in failing health for quite some time. She was born Oct. 31, 1931, the youngest child of Robert W. and Mossie E. Ruyle Anderson. She married Marvin E. Breden at St.…

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David A. Hoover | 78 | Pittsfield

David A. Hoover, age 78, of rural Pittsfield, IL passed away on Nov. 25, 2022 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL. He was born on Feb. 23, 1944 in the Detroit Township to James and Helen Phillips Hoover. He married Jean Batley on Aug. 4, 1963 at her parent’s home which later became their home…

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Bonnie Jean Dolbeare | 85 | New Canton

Bonnie Jean Dolbeare, age 85, of New Canton, IL passed away on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 at Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield, IL surrounded by family. She was born on May 14, 1937 in Barry, IL to Harry and Norma Allen Tittsworth. She married Clarence ‘Bud’ Dolbeare on Jan. 17, 1953 in Hannibal, MO and…

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Florence Clendenny | 87 | Pittsfield

Florence Clendenny, 87, of Pittsfield, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov 22, at 10:30 a.m. at the Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Burial followed at the Summit Grove Cemetery near Kampsville. Visitation was held Monday evening at the funeral home from 6:00 until 8:00…

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