Gary J. Whittaker - 75
9/22/1938 - 7/6/2014
Toulon, IL ...
Jerry L. Lee - 74
5/28/1940 - 7/5/2014
Toulon, IL ...
John E. Irwin - 92
4/20/1922 - 7/2/2014
Wyoming, IL ...
Marjorie J. Smith - 85
2/22/1929 - 7/1/2014
Princeville, IL ...
Richard R. Dailey - 46
9/24/1967 - 7/1/2014
Toulon, IL ...

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Lura B. Hamilton - 85

9/3/1928 - 6/26/2014
Wyoming, IL

Wyoming – Lura B. Hamilton, 85, of Wyoming, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 2:27 p.m. surrounded by her loving family.

Lura was born September 3, 1928, in Madison County, Alabama to James D. and Susie V. Madry Osborn, the oldest of 9 children. She married Elam M. Hamilton on February 15, 1947, in Athens, AL. He died April 21, 1996, in Peoria. Also preceding her in death were four children, Karen Harlan, Alton, John, and Tony Hamilton; two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Surviving are 12 children, Jean (Roger) Fahnestock, Nancy (Albert) Harmon, Margaret Wallace, David (Meg) Hamilton, Wanda (Donnie) Greenway, Wendy (Jerry) Miller, Roger (Lauretta) Hamilton, Barbara Bost, Charles (Joann) Hamilton, Terry Hamilton, Mary (Kevin) Meaker, and Joseph (Celeste) Hamilton; 54 grandchildren; nearly 70 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; daughters-in-law, Kelly, Peggy, and Marsha Hamilton; and son-in-law, Donnie Harlan.

Lura loved her family, her church, and her community. She was “Grandma Hamilton” to nearly everyone who knew her. Lura was an avid gardener, who loved her flowers and enjoyed decorating cakes for many years. Lura was a member of First Baptist Church of Wyoming for 49 years, of which she was the Pastor’s wife for 31 years.

Funeral service to celebrate Lura’s life and home-going will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at First Baptist Church of Wyoming. Pastor’s Joe Hamilton and Scott Webber will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 30, 2014, at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Wyoming. Burial will be in Wyoming Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to her church.

Condolences may be made to the family via www.haskellhott.com.

James Nicholson - 69

11/16/1944 - 6/20/2014
Peoria, IL


Peoria – James Nicholson, 69, of Peoria, formerly of Toulon, passed away June 20, 2014, at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. He suffered a heart attack while traveling through Pennsylvania on vacation.

Jim was born November 16, 1944, in Rochester, MN, to Joseph and Evelyn Nicholson. They preceded him in death. He is survived by a sister, Ruth Nicholson of LaGrange Park, IL; and a brother, Roy Nicholson of Washington, IL.

Jim was a 1962 graduate of Toulon High School. He earned a BA in chemistry from Eureka College in 1966, and did graduate work at Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego, CA. Jim retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Research Laboratory in Peoria. He was an avid reader, photography enthusiast, and lover of all things in the natural world.

Cremation has been accorded. Private graveside service and burial of ashes will be in the Toulon Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Toulon is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.

Penny J. Goerks - 74

8/3/1939 - 6/17/2014
Speer, IL

Speer – Penny J. Goerks, 74, of Speer, passed away at 10:04 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Heights Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Peoria Heights.

Penny was born August 3, 1939, in Sterling, IL, the daughter of John Robert and Ruth Barclay Heffelfinger. She married Robert L. Goerks on February 2, 1964, in Sterling. He survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Sherry (Brian) Cremer of Bloomington; one son, Steven (Vickie) Goerks of Wyoming; 5 grandchildren, Kaylee, Logan, Austin, Hannah, and Rachel; one brother, Dr. Lynn (Kathy) Heffelfinger of Sterling; and one sister, Julie Heffelfinger of Bloomington. Her parents preceded her in death.

Penny was a member of the Edelstein Congregational Church, where she was very active in several ministries. She enjoyed painting, crocheting, and quilting. Penny was a loving mother, grandmother, and caring friend to many.

Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Edelstein Congregational Church.  Rev. Dr. Gladys Herzog will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to memorial service at the church. Burial of ashes will be at a later date.

Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to the family via www.haskellhott.com.

Emily H. Stoller - 83

2/2/1931 - 6/16/2014
Speer, IL

Speer – Emily H. Stoller, 83, of rural Speer, passed away at 10:30 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2014, at Apostolic Christian Skylines in Peoria.

Emily was born February 2, 1931, in Chillicothe, the daughter of Albert and Luise Aberle Menold. She married Joseph Stoller on March 4, 1951, in Princeville. He survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Gale (Sonia) Stoller and Bruce (Mary) Stoller both of Princeville, and Brent (Kay) Stoller of Congerville; one daughter, Sandra (Don) Endress of Morton; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Farney of Peoria, and Martha (Nathan) Stoller of Bradford. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Dave, Jacob, Leonard and Alphy Menold, two sisters, Kathryn Farney and Nathalie Feucht, and one great-grandchild, Matea Stoller.

One of God’s children has gone home after courageously battling cancer for many years. We thank God for the grace that He gave our loved one to be a beautiful Christian example and spiritual rock for her husband and family, our church and the community.

Emily was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Princeville, where funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 20, 2014. Ministers of the church will officiate. Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014, at the Apostolic Christian Church Fellowship Hall in Princeville, and from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. on Friday at the church. Burial will be in the Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery, Princeville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Apostolic Christian Skylines, Inc. or CASA Vida y Esperanza (CVE) in Magdalena.

Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.

Margaret A. Streitmatter - 72

5/19/1942 - 6/1/2014
Wyoming, IL.

Wyoming – Margaret A. Streitmatter, 72, of Wyoming, passed away at 5:14 a.m. Sunday, June 01, 2014, at Apostolic Christian Skylines, Peoria Heights.

Margaret was born to Allen and Madge Bell Bown on May 19, 1942, in Peoria. She married Barry Streitmatter on December 2, 1962, in Peoria. He survives.

Also surviving are her sister, Doris (Don) Wilson of Princeville; sister-in-law, Benola (Hank) Bowdoin of Wyoming; brother-in-law, Verle (Pat) Streitmatter of Toulon, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Margaret was a member of the Princeville United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school and was also a secretary for many years. She was the Librarian at Lillie M. Evans Library. She enjoyed traveling and camping.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at the Princeville United Methodist Church. Rev. Rex Hendrix will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Streitmatter Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Akron Princeville Ambulance or the Apostolic Christian Skylines.

Condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com

Dorothy E. Kappes - 91

7/9/1922 - 5/31/2014
Princeville, IL

Princeville – Dorothy Elizabeth Kappes, 91, of Princeville, passed away at 11:10 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Lutheran Hillside Village in Peoria.

Dorothy was born July 9, 1922, in Dunlap, to Frank and Grace (Heinz) German. She married Valentine “Butch” Kappes on July 5, 1947, in Princeville. He preceded her in death along with her parents, three brothers and three sisters.

Surviving is her son, Joseph (Patricia) Kappes of Brimfield, three grandchildren, Brian (Lisa) Kappes of Peoria, Chris (Katie) Kappes of Edwards, and Jonathan (Jamie Harwood) Kappes of Peoria; and four great-grandchildren, Olivia, Jackson, and Brady Kappes and Savannah Watts.

Dorothy graduated from Princeville High School in 1940 and then attended University of Illinois for two years. In 1943, she returned to Princeville to teach in a one room country school house. The next year she was one of the first women employed by Caterpillar to work in the factory during World War II. She later worked as a telephone operator and then for the Princeville School District in the cafeteria until retiring at age 78.

During this time she was also one of the first dispatchers for the Akron-Princeville Ambulance Service, but is best known for owning and operating the Princeville Whip for 20 years. She always enjoyed the group of teenagers that worked for her throughout those years.

She was a kind and generous person, always willing to help her friends. Her greatest love was her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed playing cards with friends and relatives and was always ready to go out to eat. Everyone was always welcome on her front porch. Her family and friends were blessed to have her in their lives; she will be dearly missed by many.

Dorothy was a lifelong member of St. Mary of the Woods Church in Princeville where her funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014. Father Donald R. Henderson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at St. Mary of the Woods Church hall in Princeville, with Rosary being said at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. Mary of the Woods Cemetery in Princeville.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Akron-Princeville Ambulance Service or PAWS.

Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com

Marcia L. Cokel - 76

2/11/1938 - 5/30/2014
Princeville, IL

Princeville – Marcia L. Cokel, 76, of Naples, FL, formerly of Princeville, passed away on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Naples, FL.

Marcia was born February 11, 1938, in Monmouth, Illinois, the daughter of Carl and Frances Brock Hilsenhoff. She married Donald J. Cokel on October 27, 1962, in Monmouth. He survives.

Also surviving is one son, Paul (Donna) Cokel of Princeville; two daughters, Karen (David) Gilles of Lubbock, TX, and Kim (Juan) Garcia of Princeville; and 9 grandchildren, Luke, Natalie, and Noah Cokel, Megan, Mitchell, Mason, Matthew, and Max Gilles, and Justin Garcia. Her parents preceded her in death.

She worked at Cokel Welding in Princeville before retiring and moving to Naples in 1995. Marcia taught many people to knit, including nurses who cared for her recently. She enjoyed playing cards with friends and loved following her grandchildren’s activities and accomplishments.

Cremation has been accorded. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.  Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.

Joyce J. Meredith - 92

8/25/1921 - 5/25/2014
East Peoria, IL.

East Peoria – Joyce J. Meredith, 92, of East Peoria, formerly of Peoria, passed away at 6:48 a.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014, at Pekin Hospital, Pekin, IL.

Joyce was born August 25, 1921, the daughter of Joseph Price and Myrtle Coan Hendryx. During WWII, she married Sgt. Roderick Meredith on June 15, 1942 in Joliet, IL. He died January 16, 1995.

Surviving are one son, Robin(Patricia) Meredith of Washington, IL, and one daughter, Sylvia (Don Sulaski) Porter of East Peoria; five grandchildren, Christian Meredith, Katherine (John) Meredith-Cox, Christopher (Sara) Porter, Jacqueline Thomson, and Meredith (Eric) Sary; nine great-grandchildren, Caleb, Tia, Sadie, Marlena, Evan, Hayden, Grace, Bradley, and Lakota.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Wanda, Crystal, Cloye, Leeadel, one brother, Price and two younger sisters, Gloria and Lyal.

Joyce was born near Rome, IL, and grew up on a truck farm near Mossville, IL. She graduated from Woodruff High School in Peoria. She loved to dance and enjoyed studying and reading the bible and other spiritual books. Her siblings and parents continued to be an integral part of her family.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Haskell-Hott Funeral Home in Princeville. Rev. John Hauck will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services. Burial will be in Princeville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.

Roy F. Mueller - 95

2/28/1919 - 5/21/2014
Speer, IL

Speer – Roy F. Mueller, 95, of rural Speer, passed away at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at Apostolic Christian Skylines, Peoria.

Roy was born February 28, 1919, in Stark County, the son of Carl H. and Rose Riekert Mueller.

Surviving are three nieces, Lorre Sprague of Norris, IL, Nina (Dalles) Branson of Jonesville, VA, and Pauline (Dale) Bennington of Princeville, IL; and three nephews, Charles (Johanna) Mueller of Wyoming, IL, Carl Speer of Scottsdale, AZ, and Carl (Diana) Grigsby of Bryant, IL. His parents, four sisters, Marie, Helen, Lorraine, and Elsie, five brothers, Carl, Henry, Howard, Christian, and Albert, two nieces, Gladys Lisson, and Audrey Mueller, and one nephew, Frank Speer preceded him in death.

Roy was a longtime member and generous contributor to the Princeville Heritage Museum. He enjoyed his trips to see family in Ohio and Germany, and loved teaching them about gardening and farming.

Roy was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church, Princeville, where funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Ministers of the church will officiate. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 26, at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville, and from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Streitmatter Cemetery, rural Princeville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Apostolic Christian Church in Princeville, Akron/Princeville Ambulance Service, or Akron/Princeville Fire Department.

Condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.

Lolabel W. Taylor - 94

3/18/1920 - 5/20/2014
Toulon, IL

Toulon – Lolabel W. Taylor, 94, of Toulon, passed away at 12:40 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at Toulon Rehabilitation & Health Care Center.

Lolabel was born March 18, 1920, in Williamsfield, the daughter of Clyde and Lena May Stargel Walden. She married George “Junior” Taylor on July 22, 1941, in Memphis, MO. He died November 5, 2003.

Surviving are one son, Barry (Judy) Taylor of Toulon; two granddaughters, Christine Taylor (Bill) Milleker of Riverside, IL, and Dr. Carrie Taylor (Kurt) Loncka of Toulon; and three great-grandchildren, Kate & Anna Milleker, and Lilah Loncka.

Lolabel graduated from Blackburn College in Carlinville with an Associate’s Degree and began teaching at the Jack Creek School north of Toulon at the age of 18. She later obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degrees in Educational Administration from Bradley University in Peoria. Lolabel taught elementary students for many years in LaFayette and Toulon. Later, she served as Principal of Wethersfield Elementary and Curriculum Director for the Wethersfield District in Kewanee. She was Curriculum Coordinator and Reading Specialist for the Pekin Public Schools when she retired from education in 1975.

Lolabel was a member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, Toulon American Legion Auxiliary, Stark County Farm Bureau, and a lifetime member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority. She was a founding member of the Stark County Genealogy Society and an avid genealogist. Lolabel was a former member of the Williamsfield United Methodist Church and a current member of the Toulon United Methodist Church.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Toulon. Reverend Jennifer Seder will officiate. Visitation will be two hours prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Toulon Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Stark County Education Foundation.

Condolences may be made to the family via www.haskellhott.com.

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