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IN MEMORY OF: 
Elizabeth A. Shields

Elizabeth A. Shields, 84, of 1307 Meadlowlark Lane, Macomb, passed away at 5:40 p.m. Thursday, September 18, 2014 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.

She was born on May 3, 1930 in Blandinsville to Ofal and Bessie Bayliss Marlow.

She is survived by one daughter, Sheryl (Catherine) Shields of Galesburg; one son; Mark (Judy) Shields of Bella Vista, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Tawny Matthews of Blandinsville and Autumn (Chaim) McGuire of Macomb; five great-grandchildren, Dalton and Lexie Matthews of Blandinsville and Maura, Miles and Mikko McGuire of Macomb and one daughter-in-law, Anita Shields of Macomb.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers in infancy; two sisters and one brother.

Elizabeth lived her early life in Blandinsville before moving to Macomb. She was a P.E. teacher and coach at Bushnell Jr. High for many years before her retirement.

She was very active in the Calvary Baptist Church in Macomb and she enjoyed doing lunch and traveling with friends.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, September 22, 2014 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Macomb with Reverend Randell Whitmire officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb. There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be made to St.. Jude’s.

Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Delbert L. Lay

Delbert L. Lay, 86, of Macomb, formerly of Industry, passed away at 4:25 a.m. Friday, September 19, 2014 at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb.

He was born on April 8, 1928 in Lewis County, Missouri to Julian and Mattie Tompkins Lay. He married Martha Jean Smith on December 22, 1946 at the home of her parents.

They moved to McDonough County briefly in 1948 and returned in 1955, residing in the Indusry area for 52 years. In 2007, they moved to Wesley Village in Macomb. She passed away on June 19, 2014.

He attended Industry United Methodist Church, and enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling with his wife, and watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in all school and church related events. He especially enjoyed the sporting events.

He was the Industry Township Road Commissioner for 30 years retiring in April of 1997. During his time in office, he became interested in Township Officials of Illinois (TOI), serving as Sargeant of Arms, on the Board of Directors and as President from 1983 to 1986. He also was a volunteer fireman for the Village of Industry for 30 years and was very active on the Pinhook Celebration Committee. He served in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Martha Jean Lay; parents; daughter, Stacy Lynn Lay; son-in-law, Randall Severs; three sisters, Reba Parker, Imogene Longwith and Doris Bennett; two brothers, J.W. Lay and Joe Ronald Lay in infancy and nephew, Richard Owen.

He is survived by three daughters, Linda L. Bedwell of Macomb, Julianna (Barry) Daniels of Industry and Karen Severs of Macomb. He was the proud grandfather of eight grandchildren, Sean (Jeralee) Bedwell of Industry, Schuyler (Brett) Isley of Littleton, Keith (Corie) Daniels of Macomb, Kurt (Carly) Daniels of McKinney, Texas, Kari (Tim) Welch of Springfield, Ryan (Kelly) Severs of Macomb, Loren (Melissa) Severs of St. Charles, Missouri and Blake Severs of Lincoln, Nebraska. He is also survived by eight great-granddaughters, Audrey and Ellen Meixner, Shelby Daniels, Csilla Daniels, Nora and Gwen Severs, Avery Welch and Grace Bedwell; one great-grandson, Easton Daniels; one brother, Dale (Margaret) Lay of LaBelle, Missouri and one brother-in-law, C.L. (Phyllis) Bennett of Carrolton, Missouri.

Funeral arrangements are through Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 25, 2014 at the Industry United Methodist Church and funeral service at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 26, 2014 at Industry United Methodist Church with Reverend Steve Granadosin officiating. Burial will be in Industry Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Industry United Methodist Church Stained Glass Restoration Fund or Wesley Village Benevolent Fund.

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IN MEMORY OF: 
Martha Mae Coker Standard

Martha Mae Coker Standard, 91, of Industry, passed away at 10:55 p.m. Monday, September 15, 2014 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.

She was born on April 10, 1923 in BirminghamTownship, Illinois to Arlo (Pad) and Zela Stoneking Coker. She married Paul H. Standard on November 23, 1940. He passed away on September 8, 2005.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Dwayne and Rodney Coker and two sisters, Betty Bohling and Patty Lou Coker (in infancy).

Martha is survived by two sons, Kenneth (Sue) Standard of Industry and Terry (Linda) Standard of Macomb; four grandchildren, Mitchell (Christine) Standard, Tammy (David) Wilson, Susie (Sadek) El Idrissi and Jeffrey (Lori) Standard; seven great-grandchildren, Joshua (Mary Jo) and Elisabeth Standard, Nicole and J.D. Wilson, Samir, Sabrine and Saleem El Idrissi and Roman Standard. She was excited to know of another great-grandson and a great-great grandchild arriving in the new year. She is also survived by one sister, Ada Jane Johnston Renner of Macomb and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Martha had been a resident of Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb the last year. She was a faithful member of the Industry United Methodist Church. She was employed by the Industry School District for 25 years. She was an avid quilter and loved making quilts for her children and grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 22, 2014 at the Industry United Methodist Church. Reverend Steve Granadosin will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the Clugston-Tibbbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Burial will be in the Industry Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Industry United Methodist Church.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Richard A. Andrighetti

Richard A. Andrighetti, 83, of rural Colchester, passed away at 8:41 p.m. Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at his residence.

He was born on September 6, 1931 in Pekin to Angelo and Alice Marie Maddalozzo Andrighetti. He married Donna K. Kelly on June 17, 1967 in Macomb. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Michael A.K. Andrighetti of Colchester; one sister, Almeda Kath of Nisswa, Minnesota and special friends of the heart, Ron and Marilyn Smith of Macomb.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Richard has lived in the Colchester area for 43 years. He worked as a pipe insulator retiring out of the Davenport Union.

He was an Army veteran serving from 1952 to 1954 in the Korean War. He was a member of the Jacksonville VFW and the Macomb American Legion.

He was an avid bowler at College City Bowl bowling in several leagues.

A special thanks to Darlene and all others at MDH Home Health Care, PAC Jeff Leon, Dr. Mueller and Dr. John Rashid.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside services will be held at the Union Lennox Cemetery north of Roseville in the spring.

Memorials may be made to MDH Home Health Care.

Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.

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IN MEMORY OF: 
Robert E. Cobb

Robert E. Cobb, 84, a resident of the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Quincy, formerly of Sciota, passed away at 4:30 p.m. Monday, September 8, 2014 at Illinois Veteran’s Home in Quincy.

He was born on May 16, 1930 in Macomb to Vernie D. and Frances Lea Robinson Cobb. He married Carol Morrell.

Surviving is the mother of his children, Carol Cobb of Macomb; two daughters, Kathy (Gary) Branch of Macomb and Susie (Tom Taylor) Foxall of Macomb; one son, Steve (Randi Rouse) Cobb of Macomb; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Beverly Joan Walker of Macomb and Sharon (Lloyd) King of Rockford.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Lewis Cobb and Jerry Cobb.

Robert lived in McDonough County all of his life. He worked for the City of Macomb for several years at the sewer department before retiring. He was an Army Veteran serving during the Korean War.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, September 22, 2014 Oakwood Cemetery with Reverend Wally Holt officiating. Full military rites conducted by the Macomb American Legion and the Macomb VFW. There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association.

Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Dr. Eric M. Stiffler

Dr. Eric M. Stiffler, 67, of Macomb, passed away at 7:20 a.m. Sunday, August 24, 2014 at his residence.

He was born on January 20, 1947 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Harold and Beth Mackey Stiffler. He married Janice Owens on July 23, 1993 in Galena, Illlinois. She survives.

Also surviving are his parents, Harold and Dr. Beth Stiffler of Macomb; daughter, Jessica (Billy) Dicken of Bloomington; sons, Nathan Stiffler of California , Aaron Campbell of Brooklyn, and Raphael Campbell of Chicago; grandchildren, Ashlyn Dicken , Ian Campbell and Raquel Campbell; brothers, Randall Stiffler of Massachusetts and David (Karen) Stiffler of Massachusetts and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Eric lived in Macomb most of his life. In 1963, he went to Phillips Exeter Academy in Andover, New Hampshire. He got his B.A. from Yale University and his M.A. and PhD at the University of Chicago. He was hired at Western Illinois University as a faculty member from 1977 to 1989, Director of the Honors Program from 1987 to 1989, Assistant Provost from 1989 to 1991, Associate Provost from 1991 to 2001 and acting Provost from 2001 to 2003. He returned to the faculty from 2003 to 2005 before his retirement on June 1, 2005. He published many papers , he was devoted to his family and a fan of photography,woodworking and the outdoors .

Eric was a member of several educational organizations and committees. They are as follows; Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, serving as President, 1989-1990. He was inducted as faculty member in 1982, Mortar Board. Selected as Faculty Advisor in 1990. WIU Presidential Merit Award, 1981-1983. WIU/BOG Multicultural Conference Steering Committee, 1990-1991. Steering Committee for the Review of Graduate Education, ex officio, 1990-1991. Council of Curricular Programs and Instruction (CCPI), ex officio, 1989-1991. Dean’s Council, recording secretary, 1989-1991. Undergraduate Catalog Committeee, 1989-1991. Ad Hoc Committee on Publication Policies for Graduate and Undergraduate Materials, 1989-1990. Calender Committee, 1989-1990. University Honors Council, chair, 1987-1989. University Committee of Critical Thinking, 1985-1988. Council of Humanities Forum, 1981-1988. WIU Faculty Senate, 1984-1987. WIU Research Council, 1983-1986. Faculty Mentors Steering Committee, 1983-1985. College of Arts and Sciences Dean Search Committee, 1983-1985. Council on Admission, Graduation and Academic Standards (GAGAS), 1981-1984. North Central Association Accreditation Review Steering Committee, 1979-1980. Vice-President and Program Chair, Illinois Philosophical Association, 1984-1986. Secretary-Treasurer, Illinois Philosophical Association, 1979-1981. American Philosophical Association (Central Division) and Illinois Philosophical Association.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Dr. Mel and Judy Kerr farm near Bardolph on Mayland Road with Reverend Paula Englehorn officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. No visitation will be held.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to University Honors Program at WIU.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Charles Jay Poler

Charles Jay Poler, 68, of Industry, passed away at 1:06 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at his residence.

Jay was born on January 16, 1946 in Macomb to Raymond and Erma Klemme Poler.

He is survived by one brother, Jon (Lydia) Poler of Havana; nieces, Sherri (Bart) Kerz of Springfield and Kristi (Wes Simmons) of Havana and cousins, Lynn (Kreighauser) Corey of Washington and Kent Kreighauser of Galesburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jay graduated from Macomb High School and was currently employed by Go West in Macomb where he received many awards. He was a long time member of the Lamoine Ramblers Motorcycle Club and a proud member of the NRA.

Jay was known for his love of motorcycles, cars, firearms, Diet Mountain Dew and cheeseburgers. He could be found most Sundays at a picnic table along the Mississippi river where his motorcycle buddies would stop and share stories.

He was a wonderful brother and a great friend to all.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb with Reveren Gordan Blankenship officiating. There will be no visitation.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Charles Jay Poler Memorial Fund.

Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Keith Kaler

Keith Kaler, 64, of Bushnell, passed away on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

He was born on November 29, 1949 in Canton to Ray Eugene and Laura Jane Lieurance Kaler.

He is survived by two brothers, Rodney Kaler of Dallas City and Steven Kaler of Greensboro, North Carolina and three sisters, Jane Herschman of Dallas City, Elaine Handley of Sand Springs, Oklahoma and Deloris Rodeffer of Blandinsville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Carl Kaler and one sister, Charlene Clay.

Keith lived in Jacksonville for several years before moving to McDonough County.

Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at the Orendorff Cemetery east of Canton.

Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Frances May Davis

Frances May Davis, age 85, recently of Jacksonville, but formerly of Macomb, passed away on Sunday, August 3, 2014.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Leon Junior Davis, also recently of Jacksonville; her daughter, Shirley Hainds (husband, Ron) of Jacksonville; and three grandchildren, Christian Davis Hainds (wife, Sarah) of Chicago, Dr. Kiley Kate-Ellen Hainds (husband, Joe Bopp, Ph.D) of West Chicago, and Johanna Ley Hainds of Jacksonville. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Josef Demitry Hainds of Chicago and Madelyn Grace Bopp of West Chiicago. Frances is also survived by two brothers, Charles Alexander (wife, Connie) of Aledo, Illinois and Wayne Alexander (wife, Laura) of Cooperstown, New York; one sister, Mary "Peachy" Anderson of Macomb and several nieces and nephews.

Frances was born in Louisiana, Missouri to John and Jessie (Kelly) Alexander on September 22, 1928. She spent most of her childhood growing up in the Industry area. She married Leon Junior Davis on May 17, 1947. In her early adult life she worked for the Pacific Finance Credit Union in Macomb and then later was an administrative assistant at the ASCS office in Macomb. She retired from the ASCS office in 1987. Together, Frances and her husband began Davis Motorcycle Sales and Service in Macomb and enjoyed many years riding their Yamaha motorcycle throughout the United States, mostly to Colorado and Florida. She is also known for the beautiful hand-stitched quilts she made during her retirement years- a legacy she left for her daughter and grandchildren.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, John, Joseph, and Donald Alexander.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 7, 2914 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Wally Holt officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.

Memorials may be made to the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National MS Society in honor of Mrs. Davis’ granddaughter.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Francis M. Blasi

Francis M. Blasi, of Macomb, passed away peacefully at his residence Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the age of 79. He was born on June 28, 1935 in Bloomfield, Iowa the son of Lois Velma Francis and Charles Walter Blasi.

He is survived by one brother, Edward (Pat) Blasi of Rockyford, Colorado and one sister, Darlene (Ivan) Reihmann of Middle Amana, Iowa; three children, Julie (Ron) Blasi of Bettendorf, Iowa, Fran (Scott) Zielske of Greeley, Colorado and Mel (Melissa) Blasi of Macomb. Also surviving are eight grandchildren; Mike Blasi and Charles Reyburn, Amanda, Shelby and Leslie Zielske and Elijah, Noah and Ezra Blasi and four great-grandchildren.

He ws preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Charles Blasi.

Francis grew up on the farm in Southern Iowa where he helped his parents in raising crops and Angus cattle. He graduated from Pulaski High School in 1953 and then enlisted in the United States Army. He served in the Korean War Conflict from 1954-1956 as a United States Army Chef stationed in the United States and Germany. Upon his return, he met Bonnie Trachsel and the couple married in April, 1957. Mr. Blasi earned both a Bachelors and a Masters Degree from Northeast Missouri State University before starting his teaching career in Wapello, Iowa.

In 1962, Francis moved the family to Stronghurst, Illinois where he became a beloved and dedicated high school teacher in the Stronghurst and Southern School Districts. His teaching methods and discipline were so appreciated that he often won the most liked teacher. He helped hundreds of students by making math fun to learn and applicable to life. He taught all levels of mathematics and periodically coached basketball and baseball at both the junior high and high school levels. Mr. Blasi retired from teaching in 1990 with 33 years of service.

Francis’ favorite activities were always centered on the family. He loved all kinds of sports and loved attending ball games, choir concerts and various other activities of his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed cooking, gardening and was especially good at couponing and would give his finds to local charities, schools and family members.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday August 6, 2014 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Macomb with Bishop Matt Thomas officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial of ashes will be at 3 p.m. August 6, 2014 in the Pulaski Cemetery in Pulaski, Iowa.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Doris Rose Williams Chaffee

Doris Rose Williams Chaffee, 86, of Wesley Estates, Macomb, passed away at 8:33 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at her home.

She was born in Fulton County, Illinois on May 21, 1928 to Howard S. and Thressa Yocum Williams. She married William John Chaffee in Abingdon, Illinois on June 2, 1946. He preceded her in death along with one son, William Mark Chaffee.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda (Terry) Webb of Bushnell and Laura Pierard of Springfield; grandchildren, Sara (Cory) Hilton, Jill (Ryan) Olson, Nathan (Lisa) Webb and Katie Webb and great-grandchildren, Norah and Ruby Hilton, Brynn Olson and Jamey Webb.

Doris received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Illinois State University. She retired from teaching in the Bushnell-Prairie City School District in 1990.

Doris was a member of the Methodist Church and several teachers’ groups and women’s clubs.

For several years, she and her husband were avid square dancers. Other hobbies included gardening, cooking, genealogy work and travelling. Doris was a trained National Red Cross volunteer, and she served in disaster-stricken areas, including Ground Zero.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Private memorial services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the McDonough County Genealogical Society, Bushnell Historical Society or the Bushnell Swimming Pool.

Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Robert D. "Smokey" Weingartner

Robert D. "Smokey" Weingartner, 90, of Mesa, Arizona, formerly of Macomb, passed away on July 15, 2014 at Banner Gateway Hospital in Mesa.

He was born on November 22, 1923 in Macomb to Clyde H. and Catherine Easton Weingartner. He married Doris "Dodie" Goetz Glaza on August 22, 1968. She passed away in 1998.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Lisa Weingartner.

Smokey is survived by one daughter, Lori (Patrick) Hinkes of Mesa, Arizona; one son, Greg Weingartner of Fort Madison, Iowa; one step-daughter, Lori (Gary) Huckins of Mystic, Connecticut; two step-sons, Tim (Judy) Glaza of Mystic, Connecticut and Michael Glaza of Jupiter, Florida; two grandchildren, Nicole Hinkes and Ryan Hinkes and one brother, William E. Weingartner.

Smokey was an Army veteran serving during World War II. After the war, he worked for L.E. Myers and CIPS as a Journeyman Lineman. He owned and operated Weingartner Electric in Macomb for over thirty years. He moved to Tempe, Arizona in 1982, and then moved to Arizona City where he lived for 20 years. He returned to Macomb in 2005 for five years, and then moved back to Arizona in 2011.

He was a member of the Macomb American Legion Post 6, Macomb Country Club, Arizona City Moose Lodge, Arizona City Country Club and the Barbershop Quartet.

He loved to golf and loved to listen to music.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb with Reverend Wally Holt officiating. Full military rites will be conducted by the Macomb American Legion. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Memorials may be made to the Macomb American Legion.

Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.

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