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St. Elmo Obituaries

Johnathon Skyler Warner


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Written by Administrator Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:41

Johnathon Skyler Warner, 22, of St. Elmo, died at 3:22 p.m., Sunday, November 24, 2013, Effingham.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont with Pastor Jim Watts officiating. Burial followed at Beecher City Cemetery, Beecher City. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, November 29, 2013 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Fresh Start TLC, 215 N. First St., Effingham, IL 62401, Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 505 Eighth Avenue Suite 902, New York, NY 10018, or the donor’s choice.

Johnathon was born on Friday, April 5, 1991 in Effingham to Billy Warner and Susan (Haywood) Martin. He was employed with Richardson Brothers Greenhouse, St. Elmo.

He is survived by his father, Billy Warner and stepmother, Laurie of St. Elmo, mother, Susan Martin and stepfather, Jason of Altamont; brother, Jeremy Warner of St. Elmo, sister, Jasmine Martin of Altamont; niece, Summer Martin; paternal grandparents, Bill and Althea Warner of St. Elmo, grandparents, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Jessica Suzanne Warner, paternal grandmother, Judy Poorman and maternal grandparents, Orville and Audrey Sue Haywood.

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Thomas Leroy Grames


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Written by Administrator Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:39

Thomas Leroy “Tom” Grames, 65, of Loogootee, passed away at 7:24 p.m. Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at Fayette County Hospital ER.

A memorial service was held at noon, Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Zion Lutheran Church in Loogootee.

Tom was born December 12, 1947 in St. Elmo, the son of Clinton and Hazel (Townsend) Grames.

After high school Tom enlisted in the US Corps of Engineers and served during the Vietnam War. He worked for a variety of employers throughout the years, starting at Fedders in St. Elmo; Altamont Pant Factory; to most recently Vandalia Wal-Mart.

Tom was married in the eyes of God to his long-time companion Barbara Becker. He believed in the Baptist faith.

Tom is survived by his mother, Hazel Grames of Altamont; wife, Barbara Becker, Loogootee; son, Calvin Grames and friend, Staci Margenthaler of Humboldt; step daughters Rebecca Morche of Belleville, MI and Eva and husband Dan Fischer of St. Louis, MO; step son, Paul Carl Becker of Loogootee; brothers, Gary Grames of St. Elmo, Dwight Grames of Brownstown, and Dick Grames of Altamont; sister, Mary Ann Kline of Altamont, Nellie and husband, John Johnson of Altamont, and Martha Merrill of Shelbyville; and grandchildren, Luke Grames, Mannie Grames, Shay Margenthaler, Allyssa Becker, Lauren Becker, and Dalton Miculinich.

He was preceded in death by his father; brother, Dennis Grames; sisters, Nina Lee and Carolyn Grames.


Evelyn Gertrude Reed


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Written by Administrator Wednesday, 23 October 2013 18:22

Evelyn Gertrude Reed, 95, of Altamont passed away at 2:50 a.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at the Lutheran Care Center, Altamont.
Visitation was held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, October 24 at the Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Beecher City. Graveside services followed at the Springhill Cemetery near Beecher City.
Memorials may be made to the Tri-County Fire Department or the Lutheran Care Center, Altamont
She was born July 17, 1918 in Champaign County the daughter of Ernest and Millie Eunice (Warren) McCullough. She married Gene Reed December 27, 1942 in St. Louis, MO and he preceded her in death July 30, 2002.    
Surviving are her children, Dale Reed (Shirley) of Beecher City, Ruth Ann Reed of Paris, Don Reed (Kim) of St Elmo, Carol Nichols (Andy) of Mode; sister, Roberta Larimore of Bement; eight grandsons, two granddaughters, 11 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson; brother and sisters-in-law, Alfred “Pete” and Wilma Reed of Shumway, Bernice Reed of Stewardson and Irene Reed of St. Elmo, several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers, Carl, Ernest and Charles McCullough and sisters, Dorothy Wall and Julia Pruett.
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Geraldine Virt


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Written by Administrator Monday, 07 October 2013 14:28

Geraldine “Gerry” Virt, 90 of Youngtown, Arizona passed away, September 26, 2013.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the First Baptist Church, Sun City, Arizona. At 2 p.m., Wednesday, October 9, 2013 a graveside service was held at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Brownstown.
Memorials may be made to LifeStream Complete Senior Living, 11555 West Peoria Avenue, Youngtown, Arizona, 85363 or to the donor’s choice. Gieseking-Claggett Funeral Home, Brownstown is in charge of local arrangements.
Gerry was born on Thursday, March 22, 1923 in Brownstown. She moved to Sun City in 1960 with her husband Rev. Harley Virt who was the first Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Sun City and Gerry was the church organist. Harley preceded her in death in 2002 and her son Darrell Lee Virt also preceded her.
Gerry is survived by her children; Kathryn Ubellacker, Shirley Warren and Carroll Virt, sister, Shirley Jones of Vandalia, eight grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
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MIldred Hunter


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Written by Administrator Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:58

Mildred Hunter
Homemaker/Upholstery Business
Mildred Imogene Hunter, 97, of St. Elmo formerly of Brownstown, died at 6:26 a.m., Monday, September 23, 2013 at Friendship Manor, St. Elmo.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Gieseking-Claggett Funeral Home, Brownstown with Rev. John Heicher officiating.
Visitation was held for one hour prior to service time. Burial followed at Maplewood Cemetery, St. Elmo. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
Mildred was born on Thursday, April 27, 1916 in Otego Township, rural Brownstown to William H. and Alma (Campbell) Reed. She married John R. Hunter on May 17, 1950 and he preceded her in death on March 20, 1997. She had been a homemaker and with her husband had operated an upholstery business.  She was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church, Avena.
Mildred is survived by her cousins, Karen Denning, Mary Walker, and Helen Henrichsmeyer and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one brother in infancy.
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