St. Elmo Obituaries
Annetta Mae McCoy (Durbin)
Written by Administrator Thursday, 29 May 2014 18:00
Annetta Mae McCoy (Durbin)
Macon—Annetta M. McCoy was called home peacefully at Decatur Memorial Hospital on May 23, 2014.
She was born on December 31, 1934 in St. Elmo, IL, the daughter of Darel J. Durbin and Alice N. (Dowds) Durbin. Annetta graduated from Altamont High School in 1954 and attended Sparks Business College.
Following her education, Annetta married the love of her life Leo McCoy and together they had five children. Annetta and Leo also graciously raised one grandchild, Courtney McCoy and one great-grandchild, Maekayla McCoy.
Annetta worked at Iverson’s Jr. Bootery and the Herald & Review until she retired. She loved spending mornings at Jan’s East in Grill and Claire’s with her friends and family having coffee.
In addition to her father, Darel J. Durbin, Annetta was preceded in death by her loving husband, Leo Dale McCoy; her son, Joseph Earl McCoy; one sister, Mary Catherine Apke; two brothers: Jay Francis Durbin and Ross Eugene Durbin; and one granddaughter, Amanda McCoy.
Surviving in addition to her mother, Alice N. (Dowds) Durbin, Annetta lovingly leaves behind her three daughters: Patricia L. Groves and her husband, Curtis, Mary “Sam” Iverson, and Virginia Crum and her husband, Chuck; one son, Steve McCoy and his wife, Rebecca; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren as well as many additional loving family and friends.
Those who wish to remember Annetta in a special way may make gifts in her memory at Decatur Earthmover Credit Union under the Annetta McCoy Memorial. Annetta may have left this world, but she will forever be in our hearts.
Harold H. Hall
Written by Administrator Thursday, 29 May 2014 17:01
Harold H. Hall
Harold H. Hall, 88, of St. Elmo, passed away at 5:40 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Aperion Care are in St. Elmo.
Funeral service was from 12 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at C & A Pagel Funeral Home in St. Elmo with Pastor Dan Laack officiating.
Visitation was from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. prior to service. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery following service with military rites.
Memorials may be made to Loretta’s Kitchen and Friendship Manor Memorial Fund.
Written by Administrator Wednesday, 21 May 2014 13:29
LaFern Soldner 90, of Effingham, formerly of Cowden, passed away at 12:18 a.m. Sunday, May 18, 2014 in her home.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 22, in the First Christian Church of Cowden. Pastor Nathan Harper officiated. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, in the church. Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. on Thursday at Farina Cemetery in Farina.
Memorials may be made in memory of LaFern to the First Christian Church of Cowden. Online condolences may be directed to the Family at www.lockartgreenfuneralhome.com
LaFern was born October 15, 1923 in Marion County, the daughter of Lonnie William and Lena Mabel (Harrell) Mulvaney.
She married Richard O. “Dick” Soldner on August 11, 1957 in Brown Christian Church in Kinmundy.
LaFern was a dedicated member of the First Christian Church of Cowden. In addition, she was a sister and past-president of the Philanthropy Educational Organization (P.E.O) Chapter H.D. of Pana, Illinois and Toast Mistress of Effingham.
LaFern graduated from Brown Grade School in Kinmundy and Salem Community High School in Salem. She competed educational training at Chicago Correspondence School of Accounting in St. Louis, MO and General Motors Accounting School in St. Louis. In addition she furthered her education at Lakeland College in Mattoon.
With her accounting training in place, LaFern was employed at Texas Oil Co. (Texaco) at Salem, during the southern Illinois oil boom and General Motors Co. (Chevrolet Motor Division) at Salem and Farina, where she directed accounting operations for dealerships in southern Illinois.
LaFern`s ambition was to become a certified public accountant, but those plans became secondary when she met, and later married Dick.
Her obvious talents and accounting expertise were put to good use as she became an integral part of the Soldner family ownership and operation of Ging Elevator in Cowden.
Through her church, she and Dick were very involved in world mission work in Mexico, Arizona, Montana and California. Working with the Cowden Rotary Club, they hosted and welcomed into their family, Charles Jammel, a Rotary exchange student from Brazil.
Surviving are her husband, Dick; daughter: Peggy Lynn (Richard) Drew of Escondido, CA; sisters: Velma Kepner of Glen Carbon, and Darlene (Vernon) Bandy of Salem; grandchildren: Tara (Dan) Mathiesen of Ladera Ranch, CA, Ty (Cathy) Howton of Boston, MA, Michael Drew of San Diego, CA, and Christy Drew of Chicago, Max Mathiesen and Sam Mathiesen, both of Ladera Ranch, CA; Rotary exchange student and “adopted” son Charles Jammel of San Paulo, Brazil; sisters-in-law: Sue Mulvaney of Kinmundy, Mary Brigham of Hilton Head Island, S.C. and Betty (George) Boston of Port St. Lucie, FL.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by son-in-law David Howton; brother, Eugene Mulvaney and brother-in-law Eugene Kepner.
Written by Administrator Wednesday, 21 May 2014 13:04
Pat Rhodes, 57, of Brownstown was chosen to be one of God’s angels on May 17, 2014 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis with his wife, Lola and his son Patrick by his side.
Pat was born on Wednesday, November 7, 1956 in Fayette County, IL to Truman and Ida (Haslett) Rhodes. He married Lola Eads on July 24, 1984 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Altamont.
Pat’s joys in life were playing music with his family, working in the oil field, John Wayne, playing Saturday night poker, laughing and making others laugh.
He was a gentle giant who over the years offered his gift of listening to area youth that had sought guidance in their lives. He was always looking to help others.
Pat is survived by his wife, Lola of Brownstown; sons, Patrick Rhodes (special friend, Becky Logue) and Errick Rhodes of Olney; sisters, Marjorie (Roger) Sperry, Sharon (Wilson) Stine, Pauletta (Kenny) Hardig, Susie (Tim) Flowers, Mary (Jake) Brown and Penny Miller; brothers, Joe Rhodes and Mike Rhodes.
Also, surviving are many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Peggy Knierim; and a sister in infancy, Billie Jo Rhodes.
Visitation was on Thursday, May 22, at Gieseking-Claggett Funeral Home, Brownstown from 5 to 7 p.m. and at the conclusion of visitation a brief memorial service was officiated by Pee Wee Denton. Memorials may be made to the family and online condolences may be expressed at www.giesekingfh.com
Doris G. Haslett
Written by Administrator Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:42
Doris G. Haslett
Doris G. Haslett, 84, of St. Elmo, died at 5:27 p.m., Sunday, April 27, 2014 at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham.
A graveside service was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 1, at Maplewood Cemetery, St. Elmo with Dan Laack officiating. Memorials may be made to the donors’ choice. Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Doris was born on Saturday, August 3, 1929 in rural Sefton Township, rural Fayette County, IL to Charlie and Edith (Kepner) Garrison. She married Bobbie Haslett and they later divorced.
She was affiliated with the First United Methodist Church, St. Elmo, and was formerly employed at the Lutheran Care Center in Altamont. She was previously employed with Lutheran Care Center, Altamont
She is survived by her sons: Greg Haslett and his wife, Shirley of St. Elmo, Pat Haslett and his wife, Cathy of Scottshill, TN, Tim Haslett and his wife, Pam and Dennis Haslett and his wife, Vickey, all of St. Elmo;
Grandchildren: Shane, Adam, Lindsay, Travis (Heather), Tyler, Toby (Jeni), Cpt. Christopher (Beth), Amy, and Sfc. Clayton Haslett; her great-grandchildren: Ryan, Isabella, Gabriella, Matthew, and Brooklyn Haslett, Vayda and Gavyn Smith, Trayce, Chloe, Silas, and Parker Haslett and Kendra Buchanan.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.giesekingfh.com
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