Elizabethtown residents Orpha McBee and daughter Georgetta Morris, along with Beverly Hall, are some of the ladies who enjoy quilting at the senior citizens center in Elizabethtown weekdays. The center provides good food, fellowship with friends, entertainment, and recreation such as quilting and pool games.
Photo by Jennifer Lane, H. C. Independent reporter. The E’town River Restaurant on the Ohio River in Elizabethtown, Illinois became partially unsecured on Tuesday morning, March 17. The strong current of the flooded Ohio took it down river a short distance. Local fishermen Michael Kumorek and son Jarrett went out in a jon boat and managed to tie the building to trees. Kumorek said a tugboat is supposed to return the restaurant to its original docking space at some point. The river is predicted to crest soon and flood water will recede.
Norma Jean Ozee, 86, of Bourbonnais, Illinois, formerly of Manteno, Illinois died Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Presence Our Lady of Victory Nursing Home in Bourbonnais. She was born Sept. 13, 1928, in Hardin County, Illinois to Loy and Alice Sandage Robinson. Norma married Marion Kenneth Ozee on July 9, 1945, in Paducah, KY. Norma worked at Manteno State Hospital. She attended First Baptist Church in Manteno. She was the mother of James and Nancy Ozee of Bourbonnais, Barbara Jean and Harold Olson of Pndleton, Oregon, Kenneth Richard Ozee (deceased), and Beverley and Harlyn Schmidt of Manteo, IL. Other survivors include sister, Eula White of Kankakee; brother and sister-in-law, William and Louise Robinson of Elizabethtown, IL and sister and brother-in-law, Faye and Trendell Lindsey of Rosiclare, IL; 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband; and a son, Kenneth Richard Ozee. Norma’s grandson, Reverend Chad Ozee, officiated at funeral services at Brown Funeral Home in Manteno. Burial was held March 17, 2015 at Rose Cemetery in Hardin County. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Obituary of Corina Mae Bellamy Corina Mae Bellamy, lovingly known as “Tootie”, was born February 12, 1939, and departed this life Thursday, March 5, 2015. Being at the time of her death, 76 years old. She was born at home in rural Elizabethtown to Bill and Josie Dunstan, fourth of five little Indians. She said her mom painted their butts red and let them go, and go she did. She had a free spirit and loved adventure. She showed no fear and had a heart that would give you the shirt off her back. She loved being outdoors and fishing, and could outfish anyone. Around 1960, she ventured to Chicago for work. While working at a donut shop, she met and married Harold Schmarje. They made their home in Chicago, and around 1962 she made the decision to love and raise two children she didn’t have to, and took in twins Billy and Susie. In 1964, they made their family complete when they again adopted the baby she always wanted, Regina. The struggle between country and city was always an issue and finally a home in the country won out. But it was too late, and the marriage ended in 1972. She worked at IYC and lived in Harrisburg for awhile when she met, who she would say, was the love of her life, Edward Bellamy; The only man who ever almost tamed her. They lived happily in Eddyville, IL until his death in 1991. She was proud of the fact that she only had a third grade education and still managed to put herself through nursing school. In 1988, she graduated college as an LPN. After Ed’s death, she decided to come home to Hardin County, to be near her children. She delighted in her grandchildren when they were small. She often spent days with them in the yard and took them to the creek or fishing. Life was an adventure she loved. She was always there to lend a hand, a meal, a dollar or a drink, or advice; and she never judged you. She had many friends she loved and she loved spending time with them. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ed; her parents, Bill and Josie Dunstan; two brothers, Ruie Davis and Elroy Dunstan; and one grandson John Mathews, Jr. She is survived by her children, Bill and Kay Schmarje, John and Sue Mathews, and Regina Schmarje; her brothers, Bill and Linda Dunstan, Harry and Brenda Dunstan; and her sister, Juanita Hentchel; eight grandchildren, Billy Joe Schmarje, Liza and Randy Hise, Sara and Kyle Borrenphol, Lacy Mathews, Josie and Loy Price, Robert Mathews, Nicholas and Debie Mathews and Levi Henry; 10 great-grandchildren, Gavin and Bella Hise, Case and Brasher Borrenphol, Kenz, Tyler and Drake Mathews, Madison and Mikaela Mathews, Justin and Ryan Mathews, and Mason Henry; and five great-great-grandchildren, Cooper, Chasity, Gordon, Keeligh and Brooklyn; and a host of nieces and nephews. She believed in the Lord and thought you were crazy if you didn’t. She was saved and baptized in 1978. She often wrote letters and poems to the Lord. She is rejoicing with her loved ones in heaven, I know. She was loved dearly and will be sorely missed. There are angels God puts on this earth who care for us and guide us. You can feel their love and gentleness as they walk through life beside us. They do great things for us everyday. They whisper in our ears. They hold us in their hearts when we are filled with all our fears. They are always there to give a hug and try to make us smile. They treat us with respect and love. They treat us like their child. God blessed us with an angel, we’re proud to call our own. She’s been with us throughout our lives, and with us as we’ve grown. She guided us the best she can and taught us like no other. And we are thankful we are the lucky ones, who got to call her mother.
The ferry is seen docked on the Illinois side of the Ohio River on Tuesday morning, March 17, 2015 at Cave In Rock. Notice the green metal bars in the picture. Those are the top of a swing set on the blacktop area. This gives you an idea of how high the flood waters are in an area where cars and trucks are normally driving.
Flood gates were erected on Friday, March 13 in Rosiclare by the City employees and crew from the Work Camp. This was done in the pouring rain to keep residents of Rosiclare safe from the flood. At this point, it appears that the river will not rise as high as in May 2011 but there is no definite word at this point.
The Ohio River is spilling its banks as record snowfalls melt. Heavy rain has added to the problem. This was the scene at Cave In Rock, Illinois at 8:30 a.m. this morning – March 12 – when the ferry crossed the river to the Kentucky landing. The strong current appeared to be making the trip difficult.
Carroll Calvin Bennett, age 73, of rural Eddyville, Illinois departed this life on Friday, March 6, 2015, at Baptist Health in Paducah, KY. Carroll was born in Pope County on June 19, 1941, the only child of George and Mary (Holloway) Bennett. He attended school at Cedar Grove and graduated from Pope County High School in 1958. Following graduation, Carroll, like many others at that time, left Pope County to find employ-ment in northern Illinois. While working in Elgin, he met the love of his life, Kay Collier, who was from Hardin County. Carroll and Kay were married on December 19, 1959 and had three children; Carl Dewayne (who died in infancy in 1961), Tonya Marie, and Sandra Dee. In 1969, Carroll moved the family back to his childhood family farm in Southern Illinois. Carroll worked as a carpenter and was well known for his carpentry skills, building and remodeling many, many homes, including homes for both his daughters. For a short time he worked as a correctional officer but left that job to return to his passion of carpentry. Carroll leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Kay; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tonya and Chuck Hughes, rural Eddyville, and Sandra and Darrell Cowsert, Golconda; four grandchildren, Delaney Cowsert and fiance Aaron Hall, Bennett Hughes and fiance Kaley Turpen, Destaney Cowsert, Hilary Hughes; and one great-grandchild, Raelynn Marie. Carroll was a member of both the Cedar Grove Social Brethren Church and Eddyville Masonic Lodge 672 for over forty years. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Aly Funeral Home in Eddyville; beginning with masonic rites accorded by Eddyville Masonic Lodge 672 AF & AM. Rev. Randy Vaughn will conduct the service. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until time of service. A private burial at Cedar Grove Social Brethren Church Cemetery will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Cedar Grove Church Cemetery, c/o Scotty Hargrove, 146 State Hwy 145 S., Grantsburg, IL 62943. Aly Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements .