Obituary of Lela Frances “Frannie” Roberts

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1946 – 2018

Lela Frances “Frannie” Roberts, age 71, of Harrisburg, passed away at 8:32 a.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Harrisburg Medical Center.
“Frannie” was born on November 14, 1946, in Hardin County, Illinois to the late James Jefferson Mason and Roberta S. (Fritts) Mason. “Frannie” married Wendell Roberts on October 26, 1974 and he survives.
“Frannie” was a beautician and owner of Frannie’s. “Frannie” was a member of First Baptist Church in Harrisburg and she was a Kentucky Colonel. She directed the Old Friends Community Gospel Choir, and she was a member of the Southern Illinois Homecoming Gospel Choir; she taught continuing education for Cosmetology, and she was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority and the Daughter’s of the American Revolution.
“Frannie” is survived by her husband, Wendell Roberts of Harrisburg; a sister, Carol Foster of Harrisburg; a brother, John Mason of Elizabethtown, Illinois; nephew, Larry Wayne Miller and wife Natalie of Colorado Springs, Colorado; nieces and nephews, Daniel Miller, Anthony Miller, Janie “(Bobby) Fields, Danny Hutchinson, Rachel Hutchinson, James Hutchinson, Brian Mason and Deborah K. Wallace.
“Frannie” was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Thelma Crane, and a brother, Bill Mason.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Rev. Gary Clark and Rev. Mike Weaver will officiate. Burial will follow in Sunset Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Hardin County Parent Teacher Conferences scheduled for Thursday, March 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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The conferences will be held

Thursday, March 29, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Jr./Sr. High School Parent Teacher Conferences information:

Teachers at the Jr. & Sr. High School are planning the annual Parent/Teacher Conferences. A time of 5 to 10 minutes will be allotted for you to meet privately with your child’s teacher. These conferences will be held in the Jr./Sr. High classrooms on Thursday, March 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. If more time is needed, you can make an appointment with the teacher at a later date.
No appointments will be scheduled. It will be first come, first serve basis.

Hardin County Elementary Pre-K – 5
Parent Teacher Conferences information:

Teachers at Hardin County Elementary School are planning the annual Parent/Teacher Conferences. A time of 15 to 20 minutes will be allotted for you to meet privately with your child’s teacher. These conferences will be held in the elementary classrooms on Thursday, March 29, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Since individual conferences will be scheduled, please complete the time availability sheet sent home with your child. They were due by Friday, March 16.
The teachers feel that these conferences are extremely important and are very interested in meeting with you to discuss your child. They will be prepared to talk about your child’s academic and/or social development. They will also address any concerns you might have.
If your child is failing to progress sufficiently, the teachers will inform you at this time and discuss ways you might be able to help your child improve their performance.
We hope that you will make every effort to attend.

Mr. Edmondson, Principal Mr. Stunson, Assistant Principal

Stefan Lou Thomas Goolsby

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Stefan Lou Thomas Goolsby, 25, of Elizabethtown, IL, died on Thursday, December 28, 2017, surrounded by family. Stefan was born on March 25, 2017 to Tommy and Janice (Carson) Gooslby. He is a member of Peters Creek Church, Army National Guard for 6 years, and former member of FFA, Cougars Outreach, and 4H.
Stefan is survived by his parents, Tom and Jan Goolsby; fiance, Willow Brooke; sister, Sheila (Michael) Downing; brother, Aaron Sachan; sister, Leah (Victor) Tayler; brother, Nathan (Tanya) Sachan; nieces, Allisha (Jason) Banks, Ashley Sullivan, Bailey Downing, Haley Johnson, Kurstiana Sachan, Nevaeh Sachan, and Ariella Sachan; nephews, Denver Mitchell, River Downing, Aaron Downing, Brayden Sachan, Issac Sachan, and Alexander Sachan; four great-nieces and nephews; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Alphonzo “Ponzi” and Gladys Goolsby; maternal grandparents, Jack and Emma Carson; niece, Brianna Nicole Sachan; and uncle, Johnny Goolsby.
As per Stefan’s wishes, his body had been donated to science. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Visiting and remembering will be held from 1-3 p.m. A Celebration Service will be held at 3 p.m. Friends and family are encouraged to share their memories and stories of Stefan.

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Obituary of Victor Maurice “Vic” Newlin

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Victor Maurice “Vic” Newlin, 91, of rural Elizabethtown, Ill., passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at the Harrisburg Medical Center in Harrisburg. He was born on November 18, 1926 in Yale, IL, the son of the late, Charles E. and Velva Ine (Lambert) Newlin.
Vic married Retha J. Colvin on October 6, 1946 in Sedan, Kansas. He was a proud World War Two Army veteran and a member of Shawneetown American Legion Post #585.
Vic was an avid Elk, Deer, and Fowl Hunter; ocean and fresh fisherman; and loved to mow grass with his John Deeres.
He spent twenty-two years know as “Gabby” at Peabody Coal, owned and operated Newlin’s Grocery and Gas Station near Sparks Hill and also worked in excavating and farming. Vic was of member of the Social Brethren Church.
He is survived by his loving wife, Retha Newlin of Elizabethtown; five children, Marilyn and James Pum of Burlington, WI, Leonard and Jan Newlin of Spring Valley, IL, Charles R. Newlin of Freeburg, IL, Susan E. Newlin of Elizabethtown, IL, Carol McCarty of Ridgway; three sisters, Tabitha L. Stivers of Casey, IL, Imogene Huddleston of Greenup, IL, and Dorothy Wilson of Westmont, IL; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Vic is preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Robert “Nature Boy”and Thomas Newlin; two sisters, Mary Eleanor Cutright and Mildred Sidenbender; two brothers, Glen E. and Ronald Newlin; one granddaughter, Marla Rider.
Visitation for Vic will be held on Wednesday, March 21st from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Vickery Funeral Chapel in Equality. Funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, March 22nd at 11 a.m. with Rev. James R. Hubbard officiating. Burial will be at the Lane-Winters Cemetery near Cave-in-Rock with military rites.
Internet condolences may be made at the website, .

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Obituary of Marjorie H. Downey


Marjorie Helen Downey, age 90, of Bridgeton, Missouri passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in Bridgeton, Missouri. She was born in Rosiclare, Illinois on November 6, 1927 to the late Garrett and Ruby Kerr (nee King).
Marjorie was the loving wife of the late John Downey. She enjoyed spending time with her family, playing the piano and listening to music.
Marjorie is survived by her children, Lee Ann (Richard) Marshall, Ada Lynn (Sam) Cast, Kerry J. (James Coleman) Downey and Richard C. (Dawn) Downey; grandchildren, Heather Marshall, Lindsey Marshall, Kyle Cast, Kodi Reel, Whitney Freeman, Ashley Freeman, Garrett Downey and Chelsea Bailey and a host of other family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Cortney Cast.
Funeral Ceremony was held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at West End Church of Christ 3815 Old Hwy 94 St. Charles, MO 63304 with Minister Matt Stewart officiating. Visitation was held from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the church on Sunday, March 11, 2018 prior to the funeral ceremony. Private burial was held at Kirk Cemetery in Ina, IL.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 9370 Olive Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63132 or Heartland Hospice in Marjorie’s memory.

Obituary of Douglas Ewell Taber

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Douglas Ewell Taber passed away peacefully on the evening of February 21st, 2018 in Auburn, California. Doug was born in Rosiclare, Illinois on October 13th, 1934 to Alvadis and Iva Mae Taber. He was the tenth of eleven children.
Doug was a gifted musician and would have impromptu jam sessions with friends and family from the time he could start blowing a horn. He joined the Air Force immediately after high school in 1952 where he served in Tripoli, Libya as a weatherman. Back in the States, he earned his degree from Southern Illinois University, and remained a proud Saluki for the rest of his life. He joined the Peace Corps shortly after its formation in 1960 and spent time in Guatemala. He subsequently lived in San Francisco, where he appreciated jazz music and one night actually watched the escape from Alcatraz unfold from his living room window. In October of 1965, he met the love of his life, Donna. They married in February of 1966 and had 52 wonderful years together. Doug’s final words were, “I married late, but I married well.”
Doug is survived by sons Kevin (Becky) and Nick, as well as nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by Donna on February 2, 2018, his step-son David, and all but one of his siblings.
Doug will be remembered for his great sense of humor and enormous and giving heart. When Doug became your friend, you had a friend for life.
He was surrounded by family when he passed and had them laughing and crying at the same time. The family will hold a gathering for friends and family to celebrate Doug’s life and memory at a future date.


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Betty J. Lamar


Betty J. Lamar,78, died on March 4, 2018 at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville, IL. She was born October 13, 1939 to George and Lennie Volkert. She was married to Raymond Parkinson in 1956 and Fred Lamar in 1990. Betty was a nurse for 30 years and worked most of those years at the Hardin County General Hospital.
She is survived by her children Debbie (Mike) Williams of Elizabethtown, Patti Burklow, of Harrisburg, Raymond (Tammy) Parkinson of Rosiclare, and Radonna Crum, of Danville; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister Sue Hayes of Crossville, TN; and her brothers, John Volkert of Rochelle, IL and Jim Volkert of Rosiclare.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, a sister, and a grandchild.
Rortvedt Funeral Services in Danville was trusted with cremation. Private burial will be in Fluorine Cemetery at a later date.

Obituary of Grace Werfelman

Grace Werfelman, 93, of Rosiclare, IL, passed away peacefully, January 13, 2018 at her home (Rosiclare Rehab and Health Care Center).
Gracie was born in Wisconsin in 1924 spending most of her days in the State system. Grace made her way to Hardin County, as one of the first residents of Riverview Terrace (now Whispering Oaks).
Anyone who knew her, loved her. For 30 years she became an active part of our community, its churches, working for Family Counseling, and other various community activities. Her quick whit and laughter will forever light the room.
She leaves a host of friends and Hardin County family to join a Heavenly Host.
Eulogy and Memorial was given on February 22, 2018. Proverbs 17:22

Obituary of Captain William D. Brown D.D.S.

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Captain William D. Brown, D.D. S. USNR (Ret.) 80, of Arthur, IL, passed away at 1:16 a.m. Friday, February 23, 2018 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.
Memorial visitation was held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the Arthur Southern Baptist Church, 530 N. Vine street in Arthur, IL. Masonic Rites were conducted by the Arthur Masonic Lodge 825 A.F. and A.M. was held at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Visitation was also held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at the Southern Baptist Church. A memorial service was held at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at the Church. Rev. Doug Davis officiated. Military rites were accorded. Burial was at Sea. The Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola, IL assisted the family with arrangements.
Dr. Brown was born on December 6, 1937 in Rosiclare, IL. He was a son of Kenneth Croft (K.C.) and Frances W. (Garland) Brown. He married Barbara Jeanne Wachdorf on April 17, 1968 in Chicago, IL.
Survivors include his wife Barb of Arthur, IL; four sons, Dr. Kenneth Edward Brown of Alexandria, LA, Kary Shane Brown and his wife Loretta of Evanston, IL, Kurt Everett Brown of Champaign, IL and Karl Shawn Brown and his wife Lindsay of Nixa, MO; three grandchildren, Zachary Brown of Evanston, IL and Michael and Abigail Brown of Nixa, MO; his mother, who is 100, Frances Brown of Rosiclare, IL; one brother, Joseph Everett Brown and his wife Liz of Ft. Collins, CO and one sister-in-law Linda Brown of North Port, FL.
He was preceded in death by his father, K.C. Brown and one brother, Kenneth Robert “Bob” Brown.
Dr. Brown served in the United States Navy Reserves from 1963 to 1990. He retired as a Captain (O6). He was a member of the Association of Military Surgeons. He received the Navy Commendation Medal. He was a pistol instructor for the Navy and was a National Champion on the Navy Pistol Team.
He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in 1963 and practiced in the Chicago area for 5 years. He has served as a Dentist in Arthur, IL since 1968. In July of this year, he would have marked 50 years of practice in Arthur. He loved serving people and truly cared about his patients.
He was a member of the Arthur United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Illinois State Dental Society and the American Dental Association. He was a past president of the Eastern Illinois Dental Society and served on their Executive Council. He was also involved in the Eastern Illinois Dental Study Club. He was a 5th generation Master Mason, and he was a member of the Knights Templar. He was a life member of the Illinois Rifle Association and the National Rifle Association where he was a certified Pistol and Rifle Marksman Instructor. He also taught Hunter Safety Courses. He was a CPR and Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor. He was a Merit Badge Counselor for Boy Scouts of America, and all four of his sons were Eagle Scouts.
Dr. Brown was an avid golfer and even shot a hole in one. He enjoyed pistol shooting and loved Illini basketball. He was known for his incredible wit and a great sense of humor.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Navy League of the United States or the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

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Obituary of Woodrow Mott

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Woodrow Mott, 94, of Elizabethtown, IL passed peacefully at 3:00 a.m., Friday, March 2, 2018 at Hardin County General Hospital, Rosiclare, IL. He was born on April 10, 1923 in Elizabethtown to the late Wiley and Nellie Banks Mott. Surviving are his daughters, Mary Ann (Bill) Bebout of Rosiclare and Lynda (Bob) Schutt of Elizabethtown; granddaughter Kim (Mike) Hermann of Decatur, IL; grandsons, Heath (Rosilyn) Schutt of Shelbyville, IL; Jared (Angie) Schutt of Corydon, KY; Kyle (Andrea) Bebout of Rosiclare, IL; six great-grandchildren, Chris and Caleb Hermann, Kyleigh and Walker Bebout, and Brook and Briley Schutt. He is also survived by several nieces; nephews; friends; neighbors; and special friends, Thelma Austin, Kasi Austin, and Jackie Dutton.
On June 5, 1943, Woodrow married his childhood sweetheart, Wilma Reed. She preceded him in death in April 1987. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Wiley and Nellie Mott; brothers, John Mott and Tom Mott; sisters, Eula Mae Ledbetter, Geneva Ralph, Wanda Flynn; and two sisters, Beulah and Verbie, who died in early childhood.
As a youngster, he spent 3 1/2 years in St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where he was cared for and learned to make friends.
Woodrow began his career underground at Hillside Mines in 1942 at the age of 19. Then he went on to work at the Ozark-Mahoning mill for 37 years, where he was well known as an excellent heavy equipment operator. All those who he worked with loved and respected his work ethics, his honesty, and that he was someone who was always ready to lend a helping hand.
Woodrow was saved in 1950 at Keeling Hill Church. He was ordained as a Deacon at the General Baptist Church of Elizabethtown in September 1983. He joined the First Baptist Church of Elizabethtown in 1997, and still attended services regularly until his passing.
Woody made lifelong friends with all who knew him at the restaurants, banks, Golden Circle, and local businesses. Everyone went out of their way to help him along in life. Woody will be missed by all who knew and loved him so much.
Hardin County Funeral Service will be in charge of arrangements. A Funeral Service will be held Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Elizabethtown. Visitation will be held from 11:30 until time of service on Sunday at the church. Burial will follow at Empire Cemetery. Rev. Ed Laffery will officiate services.