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Death of Amanda “Suzy” Leona Schoonmaker

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Amanda “Suzy” Leona Schoonmaker passed away at 12:30 a.m. on July 25, 2022. She was born in Litchfield on May 22, 1938, 10 minutes before twin brother Ted Chura.

Suzy grew up in Benld and at age 16 she moved to St. Louis, MO. She graduated Cleveland High School in 1956 and continued her education receiving an undergraduate from Washington University Phi Beta Kappa, and masters from UMSL. She taught english, math, choir at Woodlawn High School, math at Parkway South Jr High and Lindbergh High School, then worked at McDonnell Douglas in Quality Productivity Improvement.

Suzy loved playing piano and for years with friend Tripp played two piano recitals in her home for friends. She and Tripp also square danced together over many years. Suzy loved to read (had too many books) and watch movies. She was a minor activist/liberal in her own way. Suzy also played a lot of duplicate bridge. She spent most of her free time doing genealogy for her family and others. Her biggest accomplishment was locating her father’s birthplace and relations in Myscowa, Poland, and visiting there in 2001. She also traced her maternal grandfather’s history back to 1600s Norway and discovered her mother’s first cousin was killed in the Bataan Death March in the Philippines during WWII.

Suzy believed in paying it forward and contributed to many charitable organizations especially those working on cancer treatments and helping children, low income families, and veterans. She established two scholarships at Washington University.

She was predeceased by her parents, Adam and Leona (Anderson) Chura; late husband, Robert “Bob” N Schoonmaker; and former husbands, Web Kassebaum and Ron Rau.

She is survived by two sons, Jim (Shari, Indianapolis IN) and John (Kate, Portland OR) Kassebaum; two stepsons, Mike (Polly, Nixa MO) and Steve (Terry, San Antonio TX) Schoonmaker; grandchildren, Nathan (Emily, Indianapolis, IN) and Jared (Annaliese, Los Angeles CA) Kassebaum, Clair (Dustin, Charlotte NC) Northcutt, and Eva Morris (Eugene, OR); step-grandchildren, Aaron (Julie, Raleigh NC), Jeff (Samantha, Middletown DE), and Andrew (Doug, St. Petersburg FL) Schoonmaker and Dana (Ethan, Nixa MO) Horn; and great grandchildren, Titus, Henry, Gwyneth, and Joanna Kassebaum (IN), Alana and Cayden Schoonmaker (NC), Heidi and Natalie Schoonmaker (DE), and Sarah Horn (MO).

A memorial service will be held on October 15 at 11 a.m. at Kirkwood Baptist Church, 211 North Woodlawn Avenue, Kirkwood, MO  63122.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to either the American Red Cross, 10195 Corporate Square Dr., St. Louis, MO  63132; or the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Potitics, Washington University in St. Louis, One Brookings Drive, MSC 1066-153-118, St. Louis, MO  63130.

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Death of Nancy Ilene Weller

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Nancy Ilene Weller, 74, of Gillespie, died at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at 2:52 pm. She was born June 4, 1949, in Litchfield, to Charles Giller and Margaret Whitman Giller. She married Kenneth Raymond Weller, Sr., on August 17, 1968, in Litchfield. He preceded her in death on December 5, 2011.

She was a caregiver. Nancy loved horses, reading, and her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Chester (Katina) Weller of Gillespie, Luke Weller of Gillespie, Spring Weller (spouse, Phillip Benner) of Fowler, IN, 6 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 5 brothers, and sisters.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, spouse, 4 brothers, and sisters.

No public services are scheduled. Memorials are suggested to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of Beverly Kay Brown

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Beverly Kay Brown, 82, of Gillespie, died at Gillespie Health and Rehab Center, Gillespie, on Friday, March 8, 2024, at 8:45 am. She was born October 4, 1941, in Litchfield, to Mario Meldi and Opal Olston Meldi. She married Bob Brown on October 30, 1976.

She worked for the State of Illinois in title transferring and data processing. Beverly enjoyed reading and was an avid reader of People’s magazine.

She is survived by her spouse, Bob Brown of Gillespie, children, Joell (Sid) Flyte of Edwardsville, Jackie (Larry) Fear of The Villages, FL, Kathy Giesler of Mattoon, Kim (Joe) Brittin of Springfield, Jane (Greg) Hallum of Ishpeming, MI, Lori Brown of Temecula, CA, grandchildren, Breanna Leake, Dominique Flyte, Addie Flyte, Bradley Fear, David Fear, Brad Brittin, Melissa Casad, Amanda Kozak, Jaime Galloway, Jaimee Dobson, Jenny Knight, Emily Nault, Elyssa Gregurash, Erin Baldini, many great-grandchildren, brothers, Ron (Corky) Meldi of Nitro, WV, and sisters-in-law, June Swan and Loni Cloyd. Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, grandson, Jedd Hallum, and brother-in-law, Preston Brown.

Friends may call on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Funeral services are Thursday, March 14, 2024, at 1:00 pm at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie. Burial will be at Benld Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to SS Simon and Jude Church. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of Darrell Leon Hoffstot

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Darrell Leon Hoffstot, 69, of Gillespie, died at St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield, on Saturday, March 2, 2024. He was born October 2, 1954, in Granite City, to Willard Lee Hoffstot and Hazel Mae Holloway Hoffstot.

He was retired after having been an assembler for Echlin. Darrell enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and water skiing.

He is survived by his sons, Zachary Hoffstot of Mt. Olive, and Zane Hoffstot of Gillespie, and sisters, Sandra Elledge of Litchfield, and Peggy (Joseph) Fischer. Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Victor Hoffstot.

No public services will be held. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of the arrangements.

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