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Death of Barbara Quade

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Barbara Quade, 93, of Litchfield, formerly of Staunton, passed away on August 13, 2023, at Copper Creek Memory Care Center of Litchfield with family at her side.

Barbara was born in Carbondale, a daughter of William and Florence (Crain) Brummett. She graduated from Litchfield High School in 1947. She married Max Robinson on July 11, 1948, in Litchfield at Zion Lutheran Church. They were married 30 years and had seven children together before divorcing in 1978.  She married Vernon Quade on August 16, 1980, in Alton. He died on February 20, 1985.

Barbara attended SIU Carbondale from 1947-1948 and resumed her college studies at SIU Edwardsville in 1969 while being a wife and mother of seven children.  She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in education in June 1973 and her master’s degree in special education and learning disabilities in June 1974. 

She developed the Special Education Program for the Mt. Olive School District in 1973 and worked there until she retired in 1985, taking a break from 1980-1981 to return to SIU and graduate with her doctorate degree in special education. She served as principal at Zion Lutheran School in Staunton from 1994-1995. Prior to returning to college, she had taught piano and theory, worked at St. Francis Hospital, and also at Schmidt Trucking Line.

Barb was a long-time member of Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield until her move to Staunton where she then transferred to Zion Lutheran Church in Staunton. She maintained a strong involvement in her church, serving on numerous boards and as a teacher for the 5th and 6th-grade confirmation classes for several years. 

She also served her church faithfully through the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, serving on many boards and helping start an Adult Christian Retreat at Pere Marquette State Park in Alton. Barb loved her Lord with a deep faith she brought to all she met.

As a senior in high school at Litchfield in 1947, Barbara joined together with seven others in starting their own sorority, Phi Sigma Nu Sorority, first meeting at a home in Litchfield with Barb being named as the first president. That sorority has continued to meet while adding new members through the years. Barb loved to travel and visited all seven continents.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her sister, Sue (Brummett) Wilson; brother, Thomas Wilson; and great-grandson, Eli Robinson.

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She is survived by her seven children, Max Warren “Robby” Robinson (wife Carla) of Simi Valley, CA, Herbert Daniel Robinson (wife Paula) of North Richland Hills, TX, Rex David Robinson (wife Maiya) of Saugus, CA, Cynthia Sue “Cindy” Robinson Watters (husband Greg) of Staunton, William Scott Robinson (wife Theresa) of Worthington, OH, Barbara Ann “Babs” Binney (husband Mark) of Staunton, and Shari Dianne Grandidier (husband Jay) of Mt. Olive; eighteen grandchildren; thirty-five great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Charlean (Robinson) Grobe; many nieces and nephews.  Her first great-great-grandchild is due December 31st.

Friends may call on Saturday, August 19 from 9 to 11:30 AM at Zion Lutheran Church in Staunton with the funeral service following at noon with Pastor Phil Girardin officiating. Burial will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimers Association or to Zion Lutheran Church of Staunton. 

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Death of Eugene A. “Gene” Bentrup

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Eugene A. “Gene” Bentrup, age 86 of rural Staunton, passed away at 5:15 PM on Friday, April 19, 2024, at Staunton Health & Rehab Center in Staunton.  He was born on Tuesday, March 15, 1938, in Staunton, the son of the late Louis and Ella (Heigert) Bentrup.  

He married Shirley Repovich on June 9, 1962, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Livingston and she survives.

Gene served our country in the United States Army.  He was employed as a grain inspector for Toberman Grain & Feed Company in East St. Louis for many years.  He enjoyed gardening, mowing grass, shopping with Shirley, traveling with the Goldenaires Club, bowling, and table games.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Bentrup of rural Staunton, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother in infancy, Otto Bentrup.

Friends may call from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM on Friday, April 26, 2024, at Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston. Funeral services for Gene Bentrup will be held at 11 AM on Friday, April 26, 2024, at Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston with Rev. Fr. Thomas Hagstrom officiating.

Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton with the  Staunton Veterans Honor Guard conducting graveside military rites. Memorials are suggested to either Heartland Hospice, St. Michael Catholic Church of Staunton, or to the charity of the donor’s choice

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Death of Wanda Kaye (Huffman) Bernot

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Wanda Kaye (Huffman) Bernot, 77 of Benld, was freed from the shackles of Alzheimer’s Disease on April 22, 2024. She passed peacefully with family by her side at Community Hospital of Staunton. A poetic end for she was a selfless person.

Wanda was born on September 7, 1946, in St. Louis, MO, the daughter of the late Vernon and Gladys (Conner) Huffman. She was raised in Staunton and was a graduate of Staunton High School. She married Pete Bernot on February 20, 1965, in Benld. They lived in Benld where they raised their only child, Jeff. 

Wanda dedicated her time to a career in public service by working for the State of Illinois.  Much of her work for the state was spent with the Department of Public Aid as a caseworker and director in the Carlinville field office.  She was also a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union. 

Wanda never shied away from helping people. After retirement, she served as Benld’s City Clerk and served on the Gillespie CUSD#7 Site Selection Committee for the location of the new elementary school.  

She leaves behind her son, Jeffrey A. Bernot of Benld; her grandchildren, Rylee Bernot (Cassidy) of Benld, Peyton Bernot of Benld, and Ashleigh Feldmann (Daniel) of Staunton;  great-grandchildren, Elexia, Jace, Jax, and Emreigh; a sister, Rita Soens of Williamson; a niece, Sherry Warren (Mike); and great-nieces, Shelby and McKenzie. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Pete, who passed away on April 21, 2018.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM on Monday, April 29, 2024, at Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton. A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton with Pastor Dane Solari officiating.  

Memorials are suggested to The Partnership for Educational Excellence for the Pete & Wanda Bernot Scholarship Fund.

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Death of Rodney Lee McQuaid

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Rodney Lee McQuaid, 62 of Shipman, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at home. He was born on January 31, 1962, in Alton, the son of the late Roy “RD” and Ramona Kay (Moran) McQuaid.

Rodney married the love of his life Sherry Lynn Whitten on October 12, 1984, in Alton. She preceded him in death in 2020.  Together they enjoyed traveling and spending time with their family, always spoiling their nieces and nephews whom they dearly loved. He was a manager at Speedway Salvage and could usually be found getting into trouble on his tractor.

Rodney is survived by his brother, Skip (Marcia) McQuaid; sister, Sherrie (Randy) Durbin; five nieces and nephews; five great nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Gloria Joyce.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sherry Lynn, and parents, RD and Kay McQuaid.

Visitation will be held from 10 am until the time of funeral service at Noon on Monday, April 22, 2024, at Anderson Family Funeral Home in Brighton. Burial will follow at Shipman Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Parkinson’s Foundation.

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