Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Death Notices

March 23, 2013

Arthur Tarr


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 Bierman


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.

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