St. Elmo Obituaries
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.
Written by Administrator Tuesday, 29 January 2013 10:26Revis D. Calvert
Veteran, Oil Field Worker,
Revis D. Calvert, 84, of St. Elmo, died at 4:40 p.m, Monday, January 21, 2013 at the Voelker Home For Seniors, Mason.
Memorial services were held at 7 p.m., Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Gieseking-Claggett Funeral Home, Brownstown with Pee Wee Denton officiating, followed by military rites by American Legion Post #420. Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Avena Township Park District Save Our Pool Fund in care of the Fayette County Bank, St. Elmo. Online condolences may be expressed at www.giesekingfh.com. Private family burial will be at a later date at Maplewood Cemetery, St. Elmo.
Revis was born on September 17, 1928 in Edgewood to Orlando and Thelma (Haslett) Calvert. He had been employed with Claypool Drilling and was the retired owner/operator of Calvert Well Service. He spent 30 years in food concessions at area fairs and festivals and for Hannagan Auction Company. He was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church, Avena. He served in the Army from 1950-1952 in Korea. He was a life member of Weakly-Rowland American Legion Post #420, St. Elmo and a member of Gieseking-Schwerdtfeger V.F.W. Post #7676, Altamont. He was a co-founder of the St. Elmo Improvement Association. He was an organizer of the Band Day Parades and a member of and instrumental in the St. Elmo Save Our Pool Committee. He also very much enjoyed dancing.
He married Marilyn Brown on June 5, 1955 in St. Elmo and she survives. Also surviving are his daughter Daryl (Don) Reed of St. Elmo, brothers; Ralph (Debbie) Calvert of Coffeen and Don (Joyce) Calvert of DuQuoin.
Grandchildren Jaimee (Kris) Blankenship, Krysta (Larry) Tish and Revis Reed. Great grandchildren; Kaden, Madalynn, Jaxson, Torin and Corrigan. He is also survived by his special friends Bart and Trouble.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Jim Calvert and daughter-in-law Karen Calvert.
Joyce L Drees
Written by Administrator Monday, 21 January 2013 13:40Joyce L. Drees, 65 of St. Elmo, entered eternal rest at 3:08 a.m. Thursday, January 10, 2013 at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital.
Funeral service was 10 a.m. Monday, January 14, 2013 at C & A Pagel Funeral Home, St. Elmo with burial to follow at Spring Hill Cemetery, rural Beecher City. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials are requested to Crossroads Cancer Center, Effingham or donor’s choice.
Joyce was born on July 26, 1947 in Fayette Co. the daughter of Jacob and Nora (Calvert) Brewbaker. She married Gary L. Drees on August 15, 1985 and he preceded her in March of 2010.
She had worked many jobs which included the St. Elmo Food Liner for 26 plus years, cook at Ed’s Cafe, Brownstown and Daryl’s Dine In, St. Elmo, the concession stand at the St. Elmo Movie Theater, area nursing homes, housekeeping, and whatever it took to support her family. She was member of and named Lady of the Year by the St. Elmo Ladies Auxiliary Club and also member of the St. Elmo Women Civic Club, and St. Elmo HCE. Joyce was an advocate for the St. Elmo Little League and ran the concession stand. She enjoyed cooking, mushroom hunting, gardening, and beading jewelry. She attended the St. Elmo First Baptist Church.
Surviving are her children; Brad Denton of Salem and Sherry (Laverne) Shamhart of Wheeler, step children; Tina (David) Rubino of Maplewood, MO, Craig Drees of Beecher City, and Stacy (Bill) Barnes of Madison, IN, sister; Janet Stahulak of Decatur, seven grandchildren; Kendra (Chip) Lwao, Jacob, Dalton, and Meagan Denton, Kylee Denton, and Brittany and Blake Shamhart, one great grandchild, Emma Lwao, four step grandchildren, and two step great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, son; Michael Denton, brother; Charles Brewbaker, and half-brother; Don Brewbaker.
Daisy A. Durbin
Written by Administrator Wednesday, 16 January 2013 15:12Daisy A. Durbin, 93, of St. Elmo, entered enteral rest at 6:05 a.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Effingham, IL.
Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Sunday January 20, 2013, at Trinity Chapel, St. Elmo with burial to follow at Springhill Cemetery, Rural St. Elmo. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at C & A Pagel Funeral Home, St. Elmo, IL. Memorials can be made to St. Elmo FFA, New Horizon Church, Trinity Chapel or donor’s choice.
Mrs. Durbin was born November 17, 1919 in Fayette County to Russell and Gracie (Hedges) Hopper. She married Clifford Durbin on February 2, 1939 at the court house in Vandalia, IL.
In her passing, she leaves behind her daughters and son; Tena (husband Greg) Matas of Oreana, IL, Marilyn (husband Dwayne) Dial; Charlie (Wife Nancy) Durbin; Barbara (husband Paul) Shelton, all of St. Elmo, IL. , along with ten grandchildren; Doug Dial, Randy, Ryan ,and Kyle Matas, Chelsy and Clifton Durbin, Joshua, Amy Fulk, Deana and Dana Shelton, she also has 8 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, all six of her brothers: Marion Hopper, George Hopper, Walter Hopper, Earl Hopper, Bill Hopper and Freddie Hopper who died infancy; as well as sisters Bertha Hopper and Dolly Hopper who also died in infancy.
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