Effingham Daily News
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Arthur William “Bill” Tarr, 81, of Wheeler, U.S. Army veteran, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Evergreen Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Effingham.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hall Funeral Chapel, Effingham, with the Rev. Kevin Colclasure officiating. Burial will be in Dieterich City Cemetery with military rites. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, March 23, at the funeral chapel. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be left at www.hallfuneralchapel.com.
Florence Simmons, 85, of Edgewood, passed away at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013, in her home surrounded by her loving family.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Pagel Funeral Home, Edgewood. Burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, March 23, at the funeral home. Memorials are requested to Lincoln Land Hospice or St. Jude Hospital.
Florence was born on Jan. 1, 1928, in Clay County, the daughter of David and Felicia (Abel) Davis. She married Robert “Bob” Simmons on June 12, 1954, at Flora and he preceded her on Sept. 13, 2003. She was a homemaker. Memberships include the Full Gospel Church, Edgewood, Edgewood-Mason Keenagers, and Mason Twp. voting committee. Florence loved her family and their faithful Sunday gatherings. She enjoyed quilting, and visiting with her special neighbors, Charles and Norma Veatch.
Surviving are her sons, Dave (Gerri) Cochran of Edgewood, Jerry “Beebe” Simmons of Edgewood, and Robert “Bubbles” (Brenda) Simmons of Dieterich; daughters, Dorothy “Dot” Depoister of Edgewood, Joyce (Steve) Liggett of Waltonville, Sherry Simmons of Edgewood, Kathy (Michael) Mosley of Edgewood, Pat (Gary) Harmon of Edgewood, Pam (James) Magnus of St. Peter, Lisa Merritt of Edgewood, Sandy (Ronnie) Colclasure of LaClede, and Shelia (Butch White) Simmons of Edgewood; sister, Fleda Simmons of Dieterich; brother-in-laws, Noel (Georgia) Simmons of Mason, Charles (Lucille) Simmons of Texas, Ralph (Marietta) Simmons of Mason and Glen (Freda) Simmons of LaClede; sister-in-law, Betty Ingram of Effingham; 47 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and her faithful companion “Pooch.”
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; sons-in-law, David Bushue and Robert “Butch” Depoister; and three grandchildren.
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Betty L. Wiseley, 78, of Toledo, died at 8:07 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Barkley Funeral Chapel, Toledo. Burial will be in Janesville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral chapel. Memorials may be made to the Life Center of Cumberland County, 507 E. Main, Toledo, IL 62468. Online condolences may be left at www.barkleyfuneralchapels.com.
Betty J. Bly, 69, of Perryville, Mo., formerly of Altamont, died at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at her home.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. today, March 23, at Union Cemetery, Altamont, with the Rev. Willie Deuel officiating. Memorials may be made to Southeast Hospice or for family use. Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.giesekingfh.com.
Betty was born on Friday, May 21, 1943, in Pickneyville, to Hosea and Wilma (Gruber) Taylor. She married Thomas Bly on July 31, 1975, in Decatur, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 13, 2002. Betty was a retired dispatcher, having worked for the Effingham County, and Perry County, Mo., Sherriff’s departments.
She is survived by her son, Anthony Hunter of Riverside, Calif.; her daughters, Peggy Lappe of Perryville, Mo., Tami (Scott) Wacker of Hudson, and Amy (Mike) Koester of Effingham; her brother, Richard Taylor of Collinsville; her six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, David in infancy; a brother; four sisters; and a sister in infancy.
Alan C. Maxwell, 67, of Beecher City, passed away at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Mason Christian Church with the Rev. Mark White officiating. Johnson Funeral Home, Effingham, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be made in Alan’s memory to Mason Christian Church, 624 N. State Highway 37, Mason, IL 62443. Online condolences may be left at www.johnsonandsonsfh.com.
Alan was born on Dec. 15, 1945, in Ipswich, England, the son of Charles and Gwendoline (Knights) Maxwell.
Alan is survived by his children, Rhonda Maxwell, Jennifer Depta, Kevin Kollmann, Andy Burnett and Amanda Berg; siblings, Frances (Brad) McGee of Louisville, John (Debbie) Maxwell of Edgewood, and Mary (Don) Bovard of Effingham; and several grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ivan Maxwell; and sister, Betty Pressler.
Joan Marie Bierman, 63, of Newton, passed away at 5:55 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Voelker Home for Seniors, rural Mason.
Funeral mass celebrating Joan’s life will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Newton, with the Rev. Al Kemme celebrating mass. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the church. In loving memory of Joan, memorials may be made to the St. Thomas School. Arrangements are under the care of the Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home, Newton. Online condolences may be left at www.blakefh.com.
Joan was born on July 17, 1949, in Effingham, the daughter of Edwin and Anna Mae (Brummer) Jansen. She married Bill Bierman on Feb. 5, 1972, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Edgewood, and he survives. Joan was a 1967 graduate of St. Anthony’s High School in Effingham and a graduate of Eastern Illinois University. Joan was a homemaker and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.
Joan is survived by husband of 41 years, Bill Bierman; five children, Chris (Melany) Bierman of Newton, Ben (Jill) Bierman of Newton, Jack (Kari) Bierman of Jewett, Ann (Bill) Swingler of Teutopolis, and Mary (Scott) Willenborg of Sigel; 16 grandchildren; five brothers, Lonnie Jansen, Nick Jansen, Tom Jansen, Joe Jansen and Stan Jansen, all of Mason; and two sisters, Betty Bailey of Mason, and Ellen Weber of Wakefield.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents.
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Catherine A. (Niebrugge) Flynn, 83, of Effingham, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, Green Creek, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church. Online condolences may be left at www.bauerfh.com.
Gary Wright, 74, of St. Elmo, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013, at 2:35 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Altamont, by the Dr. Rev. James F. Wright. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Kull Funeral Home, St. Elmo. There will be a second visitation from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery, rural Loudon Township, Fayette County, Beecher City. For those who prefer memorials, they may be given to the Springhill Cemetery in care of Steve Wright, at R.R. 2 Box 55, Beecher City, Illinois 62414 and or the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be left at www.kullfuneralhome.com.
Gary Ray Wright was born on Dec. 10, 1938, in rural Loudon Township, Fayette County, a fifth child into the family of George and Blanche (Durbin) Wright. Gary grew up in rural St. Elmo with his brothers Dwight, James and Oliver; and sister, Shirley. He married Ella Mae McVicker, the love of his life on March 25, 1959, in the church parsonage, Vandalia. She preceded him in death on March 25, 2008. Together, Gary and Ella Mae were blessed with six children, Larry, Craig, Danny, Patricia, Janice and Sandra.
Gary was a quality inspector for Norge and then Fedders USA in Effingham until his retirement in 2003. He was a very loving husband, father and grandfather and shared with his wife the responsibilities of raising a family. He was a baptized and confirmed member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church. Gary also enjoyed being an outdoorsmen as raising a large garden, deer hunting and other activities.
In his passing, he leaves behind two sons: Larry Ray Wright, and Craig Lee (wife, Dianna) Wright and his two grandsons, Thomas and Danny Wright, all of St. Elmo; three daughters: Patricia Kay Wright and his two grandsons, Robbie (wife, Ashley) Kinney and Alec Brady, and his granddaughter, Ashanta (husband, Josh) Ledbetter; Janice Kathrine (husband, J.D.) Russell and his three granddaughters, Kaitlyn, Courtney and Kyra; and Sandra Jean (husband, Tracy) May and his two grandsons, Cody and Payton May, all of St. Elmo; three brothers, Joseph Dwight (wife, Glynis) Wright, James Laverne (wife, Leona) Wright and Oliver Keith (wife, Edna) Wright, all of St. Elmo; one sister, Mrs. Earl (Shirley) Smith of Altamont; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Blanche (Durbin) Wright; son, Danny Lynn and wife, Lynn Ann (Harre), Wright; and brother-in-law, Earl Smith.
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Mossie L. Decker, 92, of Greenup, died at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Cumberland Rehab and Health Care Center, Greenup.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bishop Funeral Home, Greenup. Burial will be in Jack Oak Cemetery, rural Greenup. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Jack Oak Church. Online condolences may be left at www.blakefh.com.