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C. Donald McCurdy - 9110/5/1923 - 1/11/2015
Wyoming – C. Donald McCurdy, 91, of Bradford, formerly of Wyoming, passed away Sunday, January 11, at 4:00 p.m. at Courtyard Estates of Bradford.
Don was born October 5, 1923, in rural Wyoming, the son of Clarence Everett and Irene A. (McDaniel) McCurdy. He married Mary Louise Shearer on February 24, 1946, in Wyoming. She preceded him in death on July 1, 2000.
Surviving are one son, David (Susan) McCurdy of Elmhurst, IL; one granddaughter, Margaret (McKay) Wood of Brookline, MA; one grandson, Douglas McCurdy of Elmhurst, IL; one brother, James (Carol) McCurdy of Monmouth; two sisters, Rosemary Eckstein of Peoria, and Martha Mosher of Washington; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Maureen McCurdy, and one sister, Dorothy McCurdy.
Don was a World War II Army Air Force veteran. He flew 26 missions over Europe and North Africa as co-pilot of B-24 bombers. He was a member of Wyoming American Legion Post #91. Don served on the Wyoming Grade School Board, and was Board president when a new grade school was built. He was a 4-H leader and was active in the Stark County Junior Fair. Don farmed in Stark County for many years before retiring.
Don was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Wyoming, where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2015. Rev. Matthew Noffke will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior.
Burial will be in Wyoming Cemetery, with military honors accorded.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational United Church of Christ in Wyoming.
Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Wyoming are in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.haskellhott.com.
The family would like to thank the staff at Courtyard Estates for the care, support and companionship they showed Don in the years he lived there.
Sandra L. Clark - 778/20/1937 - 1/10/2015
Elmwood – Sandra L. Clark, 77, of Elmwood, passed away at 12:12 p.m. Saturday, January 10, 2015, at Heartland Health Care Center of Canton.
Sandra was born August 20, 1937, in Peoria, the daughter of Clifton and Sarah Jeanette Worley Clark. Her parents preceded her in death.
Surviving are her Worley, Marlott, and Clark cousins. She is also survived by the McFall family: Cathy and Tom Meyers, Nancy and Kim Spafford, Harry and Bonnie McFall, and their 11 children and 25 grandchildren. Sandy’s family had been neighbors with the McFalls for 3 generations and became as close as family. They spent holidays, birthdays, and in-between days with each other.
Sandy’s valedictorian honors and academic achievements at Elmwood High School drew the attention of military recruiters for their civilian workforce. Sandy was pursued to come work for the United States Air Force. She worked for 38 years as an events coordinator and office manager for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. She worked with such distinguished military dignitaries as Gen. Colin Powell and other noted generals. After retiring from Wright-Patterson, she returned to Elmwood and worked as an administrative assistant for Elmwood Insurance Agency.
She was a former member and past president of Elmwood Business Women and a member of the Elmwood Chamber of Commerce. She also was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Elmwood where she served as a Ruling Elder and as a Deacon. Sandra loved flamingos, cats, and the beach.
Cremation has been accorded and services will be held at a later date, with burial of ashes in Elmwood Township Cemetery.
The family has entrusted Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville with arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.haskellhott.com.
Martha "Helen" Gehrig - 895/20/1925 - 1/9/2015
Edelstein – Martha “Helen” Gehrig, 89, of Chillicothe, formerly of Edelstein, passed away at 4:50 p.m. Friday, January 9, 2015, at Heritage Manor of Chillicothe. Helen was born May 20, 1925, in Dahinda, IL, the daughter of Anton “Tony” and Florence Weech Oppelz. She married Robert A. Gehrig on August 30, 1942, in Princeville. He preceded her in death.
Surviving are 3 sons, Jim (Gloria) Gehrig of Edelstein, Kenny (Donna) Gehrig of Princeville, and Keith (Karen) Gehrig of Edelstein; 7 grandchildren, Darcy (Gerry) Jacobus of St. Charles, IL, Jeff (Stacy) Gehrig of Toulon, Julie (Mike) Martin of Chillicothe, Janna (Karsten) Bourwieg of Bonn, Germany, Joel (Gretchen) Gehrig of India, Ashley (Luke) Coulter of Princeville, and Lindsay (Jorge) Martinez of Peoria; 19 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Doris Adams of Peoria. She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers, Anton “Bud” Oppelz and Donald Oppelz, and one sister, Luella Gehrig.
Helen worked as a timekeeper at Caterpillar during WWII. Helen and Robert farmed near Lawn Ridge and later in life she worked as a bookkeeper at Northern Propane Gas Company in Princeville. She was also a member of several social groups at the Congregational Church of Edelstein.
Helen was a life-long member of the Congregational Church of Edelstein, where a funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Mike Martin will officiate. Visitation will be Monday, January 12, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville. Visitation will also be a half hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Streitmatter Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Edelstein Congregation Church, P.O. Box 42, Edelstein, IL. 61526. Condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com
Lynette A. Curtis - 549/25/1960 - 1/5/2015
Princeville – Lynette A. Curtis, 54, of Princeville, passed away at 12:20 a.m. Monday, January 5, 2015, at Heritage Manor of Chillicothe.
Lynette was born September 25, 1960, in Peoria, the daughter of Gerald and Iva Camp Swiger.
Surviving is one son, Branden (Megan) Curtis of Edelstein; one grandson, Bradlee Curtis; and two brothers, Doug Swiger of Creve Couer, and Derrick Swiger of Princeville.
Lynette worked as an assembler at L.R. Nelson Corporation in Princeville.
Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 9, 2015, at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville. Rev. Mike Martin will officiate.Visitation will be two hours prior to memorial service. Burial of ashes will be at a later date in Princeville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.
Edwin G. Hasselbacher - 932/11/1921 - 1/5/2015
Elmwood – Edwin Glen Hasselbacher, 93, of Elmwood, passed away at 11:11 p.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015, at Unity Point Health-Proctor in Peoria.
Edwin was born the son to David and Maude Shane Hasselbacher on February 11, 1921 in Jubilee Township. He was married to Margaret A. Maher on December 30, 1942 at the Elmwood United Methodist Church, recently celebrating their 72nd wedding anniversary; she survives.
Also surviving are one son, Vernon (Linda) Hasselbacher of El Paso; three grandchildren, Erik (Leeann) Hasselbacher of Eureka; Stefani (Edward) Oltman of Benson; and Shannon Ramsey of El Paso; nine great-grandchildren; one son-in-law, Frank Leonard of North Carolina; 2 brothers, Clifford Hasselbacher of Morton and Rolland (Dee) Hasselbacher of Massachusettes; a sister-in-law, Louise Hasselbacher of Peoria; and many nieces and nephews. Edwin was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Sharon Leonard, his brothers Willard and Carl Hasselbacher, as well as his sister-in-law Betty Hasselbacher.
Edwin graduated from Brimfield High School in 1939. He worked at the Canteen Candy Company in Peoria and was drafted into the Navy in 1944 and served in WWII. He was discharged in 1946 and began work for Peoria Dairy until his retirement in 1986. He took night courses from the International Refrigeration Service Engineers Society and became a Certified Refrigeration Mechanic. He was a lifelong member of R.S.E.S and also served as past President. Edwin was a member of several other organizations during his life; Handyman Club, American Legion Post 638 (where he was past President of the State and local chapter), V.F.W. Elmwood Post #4724, the Engineers Society and a 60 year member of the Peoria County Farm Bureau.
Edwin’s hobbies included making grandfather clocks, stained glass and woodwork. He donated 2 of those clocks to the Peoria Veteran’s Affairs Clinic and the Danville Clinic. There are 7 churches in Central Illinois that house stained glass windows that he made. He also crafted wooden ornaments each year at Christmas for the fifth grade students at Elmwood Elementary for nearly 15 years.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 9th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Union Church in Brimfield. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral from 10-11 a.m. at the church. Reverend Stephen Barch will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Township Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to BYE Ambulance or the Union Church in Brimfield.
The family has entrusted Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville with arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.haskellhott.com
Francis Hammitt - 891/7/1925 - 1/4/2015
Princeville – Francis (Fran) Hammitt, 89, of Princeville, passed away at 11:47 a.m. Sunday, January 4, 2015, at Manor Court, Liberty Village in Peoria.
Fran was born in Peoria, January 7, 1925, to Dr. Frank and Bertha Meyers Hammitt. Preceding him in death are one daughter, Debbie Newell on February 13, 2014, and a sister, Betty (Bob) Weise.
Fran and Lois were married in Redwood Falls, MN, on May 20, 1950; and she survives. Also surviving are their children, Gregory (Candy) Hammitt of Alexandria, MN, Sandy (Jim) Mayberry of Dunlap, Randy (Natalie) Hammitt of Edwards, Beverly (Tony) Tesch of Lacon, and Bob (Candy) Hammitt of Peoria; son-in-law, Randy Newell of Williamsfield; 9 grandchildren; and 3 step-grandchildren.
Fran attended Bradley University and graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science of Chicago in 1951. He worked for Clugsten Memorial Home in Peoria before opening the Hammitt Memorial Chapel in Princeville in 1960, retiring in 1994.
Fran was a member of Illinois Funeral Directors Association; Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Peoria; Mohammed Temple, Shrine; Princeville American Legion Post #245; Princeville VFW Gold Star Post #1255; and a 50-plus-year member of Princeville Lodge #360, AF&AM. He also was a founding member and charter president of Princeville Lions Club.
Fran was a member of the Princeville United Methodist Church, where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 8, 2015. Pastors Rex Hendrix and Randy Douglass will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville. Burial will be in North Limestone Presbyterian Cemetery near Hanna City at 3:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to his church or Princeville Lions Club. Condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.
Verniece L. Hansen - 8910/28/1925 - 1/1/2015
Peoria – Verniece Laura Hansen, 89, of Peoria, passed away at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, January 1, 2015, at Cornerstone Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Peoria Heights.
Verniece was born October 28, 1925, to Burell and Bessie Bower Partlow in Menlo, Iowa. She married Russell F. Hansen on March 20, 1949, in Menlo, Iowa. He died January 4, 2005, in Peoria. She also was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers, Leo, Don, and Duane Partlow.
Surviving are two daughters, Celeste and Yvonne Hansen both of Peoria.
Verniece attended Drake University in Des Moines, IA, where she earned a teaching certificate. She was the first in her family to go to college. Verniece taught in one room school house and elementary schools in rural Iowa. She also did some substitute teaching in Aurora, IL, while her husband, Russell worked at Caterpillar. The whole family moved to Brussels, Belgium for four years. They traveled all over Europe. Verniece and family returned to Morton, where she sold real estate for CNR and Schrock.
Verniece loved sewing, playing bridge, gardening and going to church. Since 1987, she has devoted many hours assisting in the care of her youngest daughter, Yvonne, who had a stroke.
She was a member of the Morton Methodist and Pontiac Methodist Churches, and most recently a member of the Mossville United Methodist Church.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at Mossville United Methodist Church. Rev. Bob Herath will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to funeral service at church. Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery, Dunlap.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mossville United Methodist Church. Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to the family via www.haskellhott.com.
John D. Hanlin - 716/14/1943 - 12/31/2014
John D. Hanlin, 71, of Elmwood, passed away peacefully at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at his residence.
Debra L. Piester - 631/28/1951 - 12/31/2014
LaFayette – Debra L. Piester, 63, of LaFayette, passed away at 6:09 p.m. Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at Toulon Rehabilitation & Health Care Center.
Debra was born January 28, 1951, in Kewanee, the daughter of Wall and Maxine States Henderson. She married Francis Piester on April 4, 1970, at the LaFayette United Methodist Church. He died December 11, 2014, in Toulon. Also preceding her in death was her parents and one sister, Becky Gibbs.
Surviving are one daughter, Jennifer (Lonnie) Bell of Toulon; one son, Shawn (Jennifer) Piester of Galva; 8 grandchildren, Matthew, Trevor, Skylar, Christopher, Mackenzie, Cheyanne, Tyler, and Lucas; brother, Lindy Henderson of LaFayette; and a special friend of the family, Tiffany Schults.
Debra was a member of the LaFayette United Methodist Church, where a memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Rev. Tim Delaney will officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial of ashes will be at a later date in LaFayette Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Debra Piester family. Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Toulon is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to the family via www.haskellhott.com.
Marilyn E. Musselman - 772/14/1937 - 12/31/2014
Toulon – Marilyn E. Musselman, 77, of Toulon, passed away at 5:48 a.m. Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at her residence in Sebring, Florida.
Marilyn was born February 14, 1937, in Toulon, the daughter of Marvin and Nellie Pierson Dexter. She married Eugene G. Musselman on October 11, 1953.
He survives along with their children, Robert (Jill) Musselman of Toulon, Deborah Musselman of Carpentersville, IL, and Ronald (Deanna) Musselman of Toulon; 9 grandchildren, Jenny (Ben) Shenefield, Elizabeth (Eric) Jackson, Jacquelyn Baker, Steven (Michelle) Musselman, Jamie Peldonia, Christine (Stephen) Green, Ashley Musselman, Jessica Rieger, and Jason Musselman; 10 great-grandchildren, David Baker, Kaylee Jackson, Jilian Jackson, Trinity Peldonia, Conner Jackson, Tyler Musselman, Matthew Shenefield, Ryan Musselman, Lily Shenefield, and Emma Johnston; one brother, Milan (Lorraine) Dexter of Toulon; and one sister, Shirley Dynes of Kewanee. Her parents preceded her in death.
Marilyn was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Toulon, where she served on various committees, sang in choir, and was in charge of funeral dinners for many years. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 5, 2015, at First Baptist Church in Toulon. Rev. Al Harmon will officiate. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, January 4, 2015, at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Toulon. Burial will be in Toulon Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Toulon or Stark County Good Samaritan Fund. Condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.
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