St. Elmo Obituaries
Nancy Lee Barnes Blair
Written by Administrator Monday, 11 February 2013 16:02Nancy Lee Barnes Blair
Nancy Lee Barnes Blair, 73, a retired director of the U.S. Geological Survey libraries, died January 9 of cancer at her Arlington, VA home with her daughter at her side.
Born in Terra Haute, IN, Ms. Blair grew up in St. Elmo before settling first in CA and then in VA. She graduated from St. Elmo High School, the University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, and received a masters degree in Library science from the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Blair was part of the first Peace Corp project in Somalia from 1962 and 1964 teaching English and other subjects to young Somali women.
Ms. Blair worked for the U.S. Geological Survey for more than 30 years retiring in 2005 as the director of the USGS library program. She is survived by a son, Ross, a daughter, Kinzi, and a grand-daughter, Margaret.
Franklin L. Hames
Written by Administrator Tuesday, 05 February 2013 12:40Franklin L. Hames
Franklin L. Hames, 73, of Vandalia, formerly of Brownstown died at 12:25 a.m., Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at his home.
Memorial Services were held at 7 p.m., Friday, February 1, at Gieseking-Claggett Funeral Home, Brownstown with Rev. Martin Haseley officiating, followed by military rites by V.F.W. Post #9770, Brownstown.
Visitation was from 5 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Private family burial will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.giesekingfh.com
Franklin was born on March 14, 1939 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma to Riley and Leona (Smith) Lynch. He served in the U.S. Army. He had worked as butcher most of his life and had also worked at Old Capitol Monument Works, Vandalia. He was a member of Arm Prairie Baptist Church.
He married Margarie Elizabeth Thomason on May 18, 1958 and she preceded him in death. He then married Donna (Welch) Parker on January 21, 2007 and she survives.
He is survived by his wife, Donna of Vandalia, sons; Rick Hames (Jeannie), Alma, Bill Hames (Charlotte), St. Peter. Daughters; Carol Evans (Roy), St. Elmo, Kathy Green (Edward), Vandalia, Christi Carlock (special friend, Max Yokley), Brownstown. Stepdaughter, Carla Engelbrektson (Dan), Vandalia. Stepson, Rick Sidwell, Ramsey. Many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Sister, Eva Bucknell (Bill) of Arkansas. Brother, Jim Lynch (Debbie), Blue Mound.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Margarie, grandson, step grandson, step great grandson and a daughter-in-law.
Ruba "Rubo" Owen White Jr.
Written by Administrator Tuesday, 05 February 2013 12:37Ruba “Rubo” Owen White Jr
Ruba “Rubo” Owen White Jr., 73, of Belleville formerly St. Peter, passed away at home, Sunday, January 27, 2013.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Pagel Funeral Home, St. Peter with visitation two hours prior. Memorials are requested to the American Heart Assn., Diabetes Assn., American Lung Assn., or donor’s choice.
Rubo was born on December 8, 1939 in Iola the son of Ruba Owen White Sr. and Minnie (Freeman) Smith. He married Jane Gesell and she survives.
Surviving are his wife; Jane of Belleville, daughters; Cathy Stein and husband, Kerry of Belleville and Nancy Hinton and husband Randy of St. Peter, son; Brett White and wife Julie of St. Peter, sisters; June (White) Logan of Edgewood and Diana (White) Podezwa of Flora, sister in law; Irene (Gesell) Heffner of Alton, grandchildren; Carla (Stein) and husband Keith Karban, Kristal (Stein) and husband Steve Fournie, Kyle Stein, Clayton Hinton and wife Katie, Jesse Hinton, Jorden (White) and husband Adam Lauwers, Shelbi White, and Jay White, great grandchildren; Nolan and Alaina Karban and Owen Lauwers.
Preceding him in death were his parents, father and mother in law; Glen and Alma Gesell, sister; Crystal (White) Cook, great grandson; Hudsen Lauwers, brothers in law; Lenny Podezwa, John Garrett, Joy Dean Logan, and Monty Heffner, and sister in law; Betty (Gesell) Garrett.
Brandie N. Weir
Written by Administrator Tuesday, 05 February 2013 12:35Brandie N. Weir
Brandie Nichole Weir, 27 of Brownstown, IL passed away Friday, January 25, 2013 at her home.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at the Crain Funeral Home, Newton. Visitation was held from 1 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery, Newton, IL. Memorial gifts in memory of Brandie may be made to the family.
Brandie was born on October 4, 1985 in Robinson, IL the daughter of David Randal Weir and Carolyn Sue Harris. Brandie worked at the Lawrence – Crawford Enterprise in Robinson and later at The Workshop in Teutopolis. She enjoyed music, drawing, jewelry, and her cell phone.
She will be loved and remembered by her mother Carolyn Sue Harris of Brownstown; father and step-mother, David and Dannel Weir of Willow Hill, IL; maternal grandmother Ina Maroon of Altamont; paternal grandparents Stanley and Joyce Weir of Robinson; sisters Mindy Weir of Brownstown and Heather Waldrop, husband Chad of Robinson; nieces Cheyenne Davis and Laura Orr both of Robinson; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Jack L. Harris and aunt Kathy Harris.
Laura E. Hollmann
Written by Administrator Tuesday, 05 February 2013 12:33Laura E. Hollmann
Laura E. Hollmann, 86 of St. Pete went to her Heavenly home on January 25, 2013. She died peacefully at home just five months after losing her husband and the love of her life, Erwin.
Laura was born on March 23, 1926 to Arthur and Bertha (Berg) Mercier in Effingham County, IL.
On Oct. 19, 1947, Laura was united in Holy Matrimony to Erwin Hollmann in St. Peter Lutheran Church with Reverend F.J. Duecker, officiating.
The Lord blessed them with the gift of three sons and a daughter and 64 years of marriage together. Erwin preceded her in death on August 12, 2012.
Laura was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church where she volunteered as a braille worker and made quilts for mission work. She had worked as a live-in housekeeper for Dr. and Mrs. Miller Greer in Vandalia before marriage and continued as a housekeeper and care-taker for Mrs. Greer, while raising her own four children. She enjoyed gardening and tending to her flowers and her chickens, she was well known for baking delicious pastries but most importantly she loved and took great pride in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who lovingly called her, “Grandma La-La”.
Laura is survived by three sons, David (Dolli) Hollmann of Fort Wayne, IN, Ron (Sara) Hollmann of Vandalia, Jim (Kay) Hollmann of Quincy; one daughter, Vickie Sloan of Humboldt; five grandchildren, Reverend Josh (Amie) Hollmann of Jackson Heights, NY, Adam (Nicole) Hollmann of Berkley, MI, Craig Hollmann of Quincy, Kelly (RJ) Plas of Lincoln, NE, and Justin Sloan of Charleston; four great-grandchildren, Elijah Hollmann of Jackson Heights, NY, James and Avery Hollmann of Berkley, MI, and Samantha, Emily and Andrew Plas of Lincoln, NE; brother-in-law, Bill Stine and sister-in-law, Doris Mercier and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brother, Harry Mercier; her sister, Helen Stine; brother-in-law, Walter Reiss and sister-in-law, Irma Reiss.
Funeral Service, officiated by Rev. William Emrick, were held 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, St. Peter, with burial following in the church cemetery. Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Pagel Funeral Home, St. Peter and one hour at church prior to service time. Memorials are requested to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Hour ministries, St. Peter Cancer Support Group or donor’s choice.
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