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IN MEMORY OF:
Barbara "Joann" Bedwell

Barbara "Joann" Bedwell, 82, of Blandinsville, passed away at 11:35 p.m. Thursday, December 18, 2014 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.

She was born on September 1, 1932 in Mt. Sterling to Guy and Alena Smith Perry. She married Wade Bedwell on October 14, 1956 in Hersman. He survives.

She was a mother to three children, Daryl (Crystal) Bedwell of Bushnell, Crystal (Marc) Pedroni of Homer Glen and Gary Bedwell of Blandinsville (who preceded her in death). In addition, she was a grandmother to four children, Kristina (Chris Maestranzi) Pedroni, Michael (Brittany) Pedroni, Carissa (Justin) Bryant and Curtis (Chelsea) Bedwell. Also surviving are one brother, Don (Ruth) Perry of Versailles and one sister, Mary (Gene) Gordley of Griggsville.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her step-father, Harvey Phillips.

She graduated from Brown County High School and Gem City Business College in Quincy. She worked for the Illinois Department of Public Aid for many years, retiring in 1992.

She was a member of the Blandinsville United Methodist Church and the Methodist Women’s Club, the Women’s Business Club, Reminiscent Writing Club, taught Sunday School, was active in the church bazaar and played in card clubs in Industry and Blandinsville where she was a charter member. She also enjoyed playing the piano, painting, quilting, crafting and won an award for a poem she wrote about the St. Louis Cardinals. Family was always where she found her most joyous moments.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 22, 2014 at the Blandinsville United Methodist Church with Reverend Don Riley officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Blandinsville. Burial will be in Glade City Cemetery in Blandinsville.

Memorials may be made to MDH Hospice, Blandinsville United Methodist Church or the Elms.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Tony Joe Dennis

Tony Joe Dennis, 62, of Macomb, passed away at 2:50 p.m. Monday, December 15, 2014 at his residence.

He was born on December 28, 1951 in St. Louis, Missouri.

He is survived by two sons, Chad (Lisa) Dennis and Michael (Ashley Jackson) Dennis, both of Macomb; two grandchildren, Lily and Barrett Dennis of Macomb and three sisters, Leslie Richardson, Annette Jones and Regina Lodwick and step-father, Bob Richardson.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Joanne Long Richardson, one son in infancy, David Allan Dennis and one sister, Rikki Hiatt.

Tony lived most of his life in the Macomb area. He worked as a corrections officer at the Rushville Prison.

He was a Navy veteran serving during the Vietnam War.

Tony loved his family and especially enjoyed his grandchildren. Tony had many hobbies including painting, golfing, and he was a huge movie buff.

Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, December 28, 2014 at Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb. Full military rites will be conducted at the cemetery by the Macomb V.F.W. and the Macomb American Legion.

Memorials may be made to Home Health Care or the Diabetes Association.

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

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IN MEMORY OF: 
Marjorie L. Hillyer O’Brien

Marjorie L. Hillyer O’Brien, 82, of Gretna, Nebraska, formerly of Macomb, passed away at 12:45 a.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Josi Harper Residence Hospice House in Omaha, Nebraska.

She was born on May 11, 1932 in Pike County, Illinois near Augusta to Herscel and Virginia Lambert Rittenhouse. She first married Bernard Hillyer. He preceded her in death in 1997. She later married Bernard O’Brien and he also preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Donald Rittenhouse.

She is survived by two sons, Dennis (Ginnie) Hillyer of Omaha, Nebraska and Daniel Hillyer of Omaha, Nebraska; two granddaughters, Danelle (Corbin) Brown and Andrea Hillyer, both of Omaha; and three brothers, Dave Rittenhouse of Rock Island, Kenneth (Myrlene) Rittenhouse of Rock Island ,Wade Rittenhouse of Macomb, and her life-long friend and sister-in-law Elizabeth Hillyer of Macomb.

Marjorie lived her early life in Macomb. She moved to Omaha and Denver before returning to Macomb. She has lived in Gretna, Nebraska the last nine years.

Marjorie was a loving wife and mother and also helped her husband, Bernard Hillyer, with their banking equipment business in Colorado.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 19, 2014 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Wally Holt officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home. Burial will be in Blackburn Cemetery near Brooklyn.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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IN MEMORY OF: 
Roberta Denham Bash

Roberta Denham Bash, 97, of Macomb passed away at 7:42 a.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.

She is survived by one son, Wayne Bash.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be at a later date in Missouri.

A memorial has not been established. There will be no visitation.

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

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IN MEMORY OF: 
Letha M. Hickman

Letha M. Hickman, of Macomb, formerly of Littleton, passed away at 6:48 a.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.

She was born on July 26, 1924 in Littleton, Illinois to James C. and Bertha E. Bozard Gorsuch. She married Cleitus E. Hickman on September 17, 1941 in Bowling Green Missouri. He passed away on June 21, 2006.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Sandra Kay Heitz, one son-in-law, Bob White and one brother, Gerald Gorsuch.

She is survived by two daughters, Carole Ann (George) Runkle of Littleton and Mary Marie (Randall) Armes of Ashville, Alabama; son-in-law, Dan Heitz of Colchester; eight grandchildren, Pam Cunningham of Columbus, Indiana, Peggy Rittenhouse of Waukee, Iowa, Bradley White of Trussville, Alabama, Tim Runkle of Jacksonville, Illinois, Macii Prost of Granite City, Illinois, Travis Heitz of Colchester, Illinois, Kelli Guth of Washington, Illinois and Karri Norton of Macomb; 12 great-grandchildren, Clint, Jordan, Kelsey, Alexandria, Conner, Claire, Zachary, Karli, Tessa, Kynli, Trent and Kyler; and two sisters, Myrtle Terry of Moline and Myrna Powell of Rushville.

She lived in the Littleton area most of her life before moving to Macomb in 1989. She was a member of the Littleton United Methodist Church, Macomb VFW Auxiliary and helped her husband at the McDonough County Senior Citizens Center.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, December 15, 2014 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Rob Kirkham officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb. Visitation will be held from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Littleton United Methodist Church and MDH Hospice.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Mary Ellen Mainzer

Mary Ellen Mainzer, 84, of Macomb, passed away at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Elms Nursing in Macomb.

She was born on November 26, 1930 in Lakewood, Ohio to Russell O. and Clara Lenz Peters. She married Don Mainzer on June 9, 1951 in Lakewood, Ohio. He passed away on November 14, 2013.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Dorothy Kowalka.

She is survived by two daughters, Connie Poehler of Chicago and Cindy (Steve) Roon of Macomb; one son, Tod Mainzer of Henderson, Nevada; three grandchildren, Grant Roon of Macomb, Erik Roon of Quincy and Shannon Roon of Macomb and one sister, Nancy Medley of North Olmsted, Ohio.

Mary Ellen lived in Brookpark, Ohio and Mt. Prospect, Illinois before moving to Macomb. She worked as an administative assistant in the school system.

She was a charter member and sang in the choir of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Brookpark, Ohio, a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Macomb, sang in the church choir, a member of the Macomb Country Club and the Macomb Fortnightly Club.

Memorial services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Macomb with Pastor Michael Thomas officiating. The family will meet with friends one hour prior to the service. A lunch will follow the services at the church. Cremation rites have been accorded. Private burial of ashes will be held at a later date.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, 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:
Stephen Paul Sticklen

Stephen Paul Sticklen, 67, of Macomb, passed away at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at Countryview Health Care Center in Macomb following a courageous battle with cancer. Family members and special friends were present.

Steve was born on September 11, 1947 in Macomb to Harry J. and Marjorie Swigart Sticklen. He married to Cindy Wisniewski of Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 19, 1984. They were later divorced.

In addition to Cindy, he is also survived by a daughter, Natalie (Jorge) Diaz; granddaughters, Evelynn and Amelia all of Ft. Lewis, Washington; a brother, Terry (Linda) Sticklen of Good Hope; a sister, Sabra Kellum of Indianapolis, Indiana; a nephew, Rick (Emmanuelle) Kellum and their son, Arthur of London, England; a niece, Kris Jarosinski and sons, Dustin, Brady and Carter John of Indianapolis and several cousins.

Steve attended Macomb schools, Spoon River College, Carl Sandberg College and Southern Illinois University obtaining a degree in Sociology/Anthropology. He worked as a computer operator for the State Lottery in Springfield and AAA Motor Club in Milwaukee. He was last employed as an over the road truck driver until becoming disabled. He was an Air Force veteran and a musician, playing the drums with local bands in the early 1960's.

There will no visitation. Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held at Taylor Hall in Macomb on December 8, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to his daughter to help with expenses or the American Cancer Society.

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

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IN MEMORY OF:
Leon Junior Davis

Leon Junior Davis, 90, of Jacksonville, formerly of Macomb, passed away at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at Heritage Manor in Jacksonville.

Mr. Davis was born in Tompkins Township in Warren County, Illinois on April 10, 1924 to Leon and Hulda Nothern Davis. He married Frances May Alexander on May 17, 1947 in Macomb and they enjoyed over 67 years of marriage prior to her death on August 3, 2014. Once out of school, Mr. Davis spent several years farming with his father. He then worked at the Macomb Dairy prior to enlisting in the US Navy during World War II. Following his return to Macomb, he spent several years farming for Ivan Peterson. This was followed with a longtime commitment to working at M & H Auto Supplies. In the late 1960's, his wife and he opened Davis Motorcycle Sales, a business which continued until his retirement in 1989. He enjoyed the camaraderie with the customers he encountered during his years in the motorcycle business and was actively involved in the formation of various motorcycle clubs and motorcycle race tracks in the Macomb area. Additionally, Mr. Davis and his wife enjoyed many motorcycle trips to various places of interest throughout the United States, but mainly to Colorado and Florida.

Mr. Davis is survived by a daughter, Shirley Hainds (husband Ron) of Jacksonville. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Christian Hainds (wife, Sarah) of Chicago, Dr. Kiley Hainds (husband, Joe Bopp Ph.D) of West Chicago, and Johanna Hainds of Jacksonville. Additionally, he is survived by two great-grandchildren, Josef Demitry Hainds of Chicago and Madelyn Grace Bopp of West Chicago; a brother, Joe Davis (wife, Phyllis) of Columbus, North Carolina; several nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Judy Davis of Macomb and his wonderful caregiver these past few months, Nancy Clanton.

Leon was also preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Dorothy Williams and one brother, Dick Davis.

Mr. Davis was a long-time member of both the Macomb VFW Post 1921 and the Macomb American Legion Post 6.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Randell Whitmire officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb with full military honors being conducted by the Macomb American Legion and the Macomb VFW.

Memorials may be made to Macomb VFW Post 1921, the Macomb American Legion, or the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in honor of his granddaughter, Johanna.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Mary Jane McFarland

Mary Jane McFarland, 93, of Good Hope, passed away 7 a.m. Monday, December 1, 2014 at her residence.

She was born on February 11, 1921 in Good Hope to Ernest and Mabel James Whaley.

She is survived by one son, Richard (Judy) McFarland of Good Hope; two daughters, Jeanette Gronda of Grosse Ile, Michigan and Elsie (Mike) Burkholder of Good Hope; fourteen grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Harold Whaley of Good Hope, one son-in-law, Neal Hughes of Spring Hills, Florida and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Susan Hughes; one sister, Ruth Taylor and one brother, Howard Whaley.

Mary Jane lived in Good Hope all her life. She worked for J.C. Penney for many years. She also worked as a seamstress, making wedding dresses and equestrian outfits. She had a huge collection of bells.

She was a lifetime member of the Good Hope United Methodist Church, was active in the Good Hope 4-H for over 50 years and is in the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Good Hope United Methodist Church with Reverend Delbert Pancake officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Burial will be in Good Hope Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Good Hope United Methodist Church, the Active Good Hope 4-H or MDH Hospice.

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

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IN MEMORY OF:
Gina Marie Guarin

Gina Marie Guarin, age 39, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away at 10:29 p.m. at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 on her father’s birthday who has spent the last nine years in heaven.

She was born on December 27, 1974 in Macomb, Illinois the daughter of Harland and Sandra Hillyer Guarin. She is survived by her mother Sandra Martin of Macomb, Sandra’s Fiancé Bob Rhoades of Rushville, four sisters Christine Herndon of Macomb, Brenda Whitlock of Good Hope, Cindy Guarin of Arizona, Angela LaFrance of Macomb, one brother Jay Guarin, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Harland Guarin on July 5, 2005, and her stepfather Harland Martin on February 2, 2009. Gina lived most of her life in Good Hope and moved to Macomb in 1994. She was a Northwestern High School graduate and a client at Bridgeway.Gina was a very loving and happy person, and her family believes she was called to heaven to help rock the angel babies. Gina also enjoyed shopping and going to the Bernadotte Café.

Her family would like to thank McDonough District Hospital, all the doctors, and nurses, for the excellent and loving care of Gina.

Funeral services will be held at the Clugston -Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Jason Triplett officiating. Burial will be at the Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb. The family will meet with friends on Sunday at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army Christmas Fund. 

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IN MEMORY OF:
Paul L. Evertson

Paul L. Evertson, 87, of Macomb, passed away at 10:35 p.m. Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb.

He was born on November 30, 1926 in Knox City, Missouri to Archie and Lela Sanders Evertson.

Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services.

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

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IN MEMORY OF:
Jeffrey Marc Kadet

Jeffrey Marc Kadet, 67, of Macomb, passed away at 8:41 p.m. Saturday, November 22, 2014 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born on May 19, 1947 in Needham, Massachusetts.

He is survived by many special friends including Stephanie Bonds, Michael Bornkamp, Darryl Roberts, Tom DePauw, Frank Merrill, Renee Runkle, Lester Johnson, Douglas Curran, Peter Knezevich, the Patrie family and his special kitty, Bonnie.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jeffrey worked in sales and was the owner of TV Guide Specialists for many years. He has lived in Macomb since 1983.

He was a world renowned DXer and a ameteur ham radio operator. K1MOD was his ameteur radio call sign.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 1, 2014 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Ron Green officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to My Matthew’s House Animal Shelter in Carthage, Illinois.

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