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Area Obituaries

Wilbert G. Kellerman

Mr. Wilbert G. Kellerman of rural Addieville, IL departed this life in the Friendship Manor Healthcare Center in Nashville on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 6:45 A.M. He had attained the age of 96 years, 4 months, and 6 days. Wilbert was born in Rice, IL on September 23, 1926 the son of William and…

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Dorothy T. Surmeier

It is with great sadness to announce Dorothy T. Surmeier, nee Kramper, 82, of Venedy, born April 23, 1940, in Venedy, passed away Friday, January 27, 2023, at Friendship Manor in Nashville, surrounded by family. Dorothy was a homemaker, wife, and mother of two beloved children. For a period of her early married life, she worked…

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Edward J. Schaepperkoetter

Edward J. Schaepperkoetter, of Shiloh, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital surrounded by his loving family.  Ed was born November 23, 1952 in Belleville to Doris (nee Luhning) and Alfred Schaepperkoetter. He spent much of his childhood outside, tending to the family garden. A trucker for most of his…

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Bernice “Bernie” Chambers

Bernice “Bernie” Chambers, age 92, of  Nashville, formerly of Villa Grove, Illinois, died on Friday, January 20, 2023 at 1:10 pm in the East Wing of Washington County Hospital.   She was born in Villa Grove, March 16, 1930, to Jerry and Blanche (Phillips) Martin. She married Leslie A. Chambers on My 27, 1950. He proceeded her in…

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Billy Ray Patton

Billy Patton of Oakdale, IL departed this life in the Memorial Hospital in Shiloh, IL on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 10:20 P.M. He had attained the age of 76 years, 5 months, and 24 days. Bill was born in Belleville, IL on July 28, 1946, the son of Richard William and Rohma (nee Wisely)…

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Thelma E. Prasuhn

Mrs. Thelma E. Prasuhn, of Nashville, IL, departed this life at the Washington County Hospital-Extended Care in Nashville on Friday, January 20, 2023, at 7:25 A.M.  She had attained the age of 93 years, five months and 29 days. Mrs. Prasuhn was born in Elkton, IL on July 21, 1929, the daughter of Henry and…

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Mary Jane Martens

Mary Jane Martens, nee Raines, 83, of Belleville, IL, born March 3, 1939, in Cumberland, MD, died Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at St. Paul’s Senior Community Center, Belleville. Mary Jane retired from Famous Barr with 25 years of service in 1997. She also worked 20 years with H&R Block during tax season. Mary Jane was…

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Becky Lynn Kurtz

Becky Lynn Kurtz, nee Smith, 57, of Lenzburg, IL, born December 31, 1965 in Rushville, IL, passed away on Sunday January 15, 2023 in Marissa, IL. Becky had worked in Quality Control at Deli-Star in Fayetteville, IL. She loved to go camping and spending time with her grandchildren. Becky attended St. Anthony Catholic Church in…

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Ethel Klasing

Ethel Klasing, nee Bachman, 97, of Belleville, IL, born November 13, 1925, died Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at Bria of Mascoutah Nursing Home. She had resided at Bria since August 2022. Ethel’s unconditional love and gentle humor will leave an empty place in the lives of her family. She was preceded in death by her…

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Charles B. Rusiewski

Mr. Charles B. Rusiewski of Nashville, IL departed this life surrounded by his loving family at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL, on Sunday, January 8, 2023, at 8:42 A.M.  He had attained the age of 87 years, 2 months and 4 days. Charlie was born on November 4, 1935, in DuBois,…

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