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Death of Bernardine (Goetten) Huebener

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Bernardine (Goetten) HuebenerBernardine (Goetten) Huebener, 93 years, a devoted wife, loving mother and doting grandmother and great grandmother, passed away early Tuesday morning, August 6, 2013 with her loving family by her side in her Brighton home. Born December 1, 1919 in Jerseyville, she was the daughter of Anthony & Elizabeth (Biermann) Goetten.

Bernardine married Martin F. Huebener on May 4, 1946 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Jerseyville. She was preceded in death by her husband Martin, their daughter Mary Margaret and her sister Genevieve Goetten.

Bernardine was a lifelong caretaker of her family, raising eight children and contributing to the success of their multi-generational family farm. She offered her time, talent and treasures to various civic and community organizations, serving in multiple roles as a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church & St. Theresa’s Altar Society in Brighton. Bernardine was also very involved with the Brighton Betsey Ann Association, of which her late husband, Martin, was a supporting member for over 50 years.

Survivors include her children Martin A. and wife Linda of Atlanta, GA; John D. and wife Judy of Ft. Worth, TX; Daniel J. and wife Becky of Brighton, IL; Ruth A. Brouster and husband Tom of St. Louis, MO; Charles E. and wife Felecia of Brighton, IL, William F. and wife Gayle of Brighton, IL; and Paul F. and wife Rosanne of Naperville, IL.

Her fourteen grandchildren and their spouses include Julia (Andy) Lokken of Eau Claire, WI; Gretchen (Phillip) Mings of Atlanta, GA; John Martin (Melissa) Huebener of San Antonio, TX; Matt Huebener of Bethalto, IL; Justin Huebener of New York, NY; Megan (Scott) Meyer of Washington, MO; Meredith Brouster of St. Louis, MO; Emily Huebener of Chicago, IL; Benjamin Huebener of Cincinnati, OH; Mary Kate & Joseph Huebener of Brighton, IL; and Ellen, Catherine & Michael Huebener of Naperville, IL.

Bernardine’s six great-grandchildren include Lydia & Lucas Lokken of Eau Claire, WI; Molly & William Mings of Atlanta, GA; and Allison & Grant Huebener of San Antonio, TX. She is also survived by her brother Cyril Goetten of Jerseyville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her spouse, Martin F. Huebener; her daughter: Mary Margaret Huebener; and her sister: Genevieve Goetten.

Targhetta & Wooldridge Funeral Homes Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

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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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