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Death of Betty Ann Massey (nee O’Neal)

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Betty Ann Massey (nee O’Neal), 76 from Staunton passed away peacefully Saturday, July 22, 2023, at Arcola Health Center in Arcola, Illinois.  

Betty was born May 3, 1947 to Robert “Bob” and Olga “Butch” O’Neal (nee Pernichele) at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. Betty attended St. Michael’s School and Staunton High School, graduating in 1965. Betty graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1972 with a BS in Home Economics with an emphasis on Home Economics in Business.  During her time at EIU she was a photographer for the Warbler, EIU’s student yearbook, as well as The Eastern, EIU’s student newspaper.

Betty worked for Myers Brothers, McDonnell Douglas, and for many years at Cassens Transport Company in Edwardsville retiring in time to be a wonderful grandmother and further pursue her interests.

Betty enjoyed movies, photography, vacations, and holidays. She documented every family occasion in detail and was known as the family photographer. She lit up around children and became an expert at snapping the perfect photo of all the youngest family members during holiday gatherings, no matter how naughty some of the kids were being! The photos she took represent cherished family memories and will be a link to the past for future generations.

She enjoyed music in many forms, singing in the choir at St. Michael’s Church where she was a member for many years. Betty also was very involved with genealogy, tracing family lineages for generations and helping others with their research.

Betty loved football and attended many high school and professional games. She could often be found yelling at the television on Sunday afternoons and Monday nights. She also attended many performances at the Fox Theatre and The Muny. She later developed a talent for creating beautiful cards utilizing her scrapbooking and stamp art skills.

Betty is survived by her daughter, Cathy Brister; grandson, Matthew Brister; uncle, Albert (Mary) Pernichele of Corvalis, MT; and many cousins.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; aunts, Elsie (husband Armond) Pacchetti, Peggy (husband Frank) Martini, and Lynette (husband George) Spudich; and uncles Geno (wife June) Pernichele, Bruno (wife Mary) Pernichele, and Calvin (wife Mary) O’Neal.

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Betty wished for her remains to be cremated and buried with her parents.  A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Williamson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Death of Ricky Dale Goldman

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Ricky Dale Goldman, 70 of Dorchester, died at Gillespie Health and Rehab Center, Gillespie on Monday, July 15, 2024, at 5:05 am. He was born on August 27, 1953, in Aurora, IL to Dale Goldman and Jean Castner Goldman. He married Karen S. Graham Goldman on February 21, 1988, in Las Vegas, NV.  

He was a truck driver. Ricky grew up farming with his dad. Ricky collected tractors and watched racing. He was an avid gardener who enjoyed old cars, motorcycles, and to DJ. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends.  

He is survived by his spouse, Karen Goldman of Dorchester; children, Megan Mitchell of Peachtree Corners, GA, and Skyler (Amber) Goldman of St. Charles, MO; grandchildren, Olivia Mitchell and Adelaide Goldman; siblings, Susan Fuertges of Clermont, FL, Cary (Trudie) Goldman of Plano, IL, and Randy (Ursula) Goldman of Serena, IL; and mother in law, Ruth (George) Vincent of Wilsonville.  

Ricky was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Arthur Graham.  

Friends may call on Thursday, July 18, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Funeral services are Friday, July 19, 2024, at 10:00 am at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill.

Memorials are suggested to Siteman Cancer Center or Glioblastoma Foundation. Kravanya Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of George Perry Harbaugh

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George Perry Harbaugh, 84 of Dorchester, died at Gillespie Health and Rehab Center, Gillespie on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at 3:35 am.  He was born on May 23, 1940, in Hettick to John Lester Harbaugh and Iva Mae Clark Harbaugh.  

He married Darlene (Klein) Harbaugh on January 5, 1962, in Appleton, WI.  He was an ag mechanic for Heyen’s Farm Implement and then Sievers Equipment. He also worked as a chainer and in the maintenance department at Laclede Steel. George was a member of the Fosterburg Baptist Church. He enjoyed tinkering with everything.  

He is survived by his spouse, Darlene Harbaugh of Dorchester; children, Chris (Barbara) Harbaugh of Gillespie and Russell Harbaugh of Litchfield; 9 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; many great-great-grandchildren; and siblings, Phyllis Black, Elmer Harbaugh, David Harbaugh, and Shirley Lee.  

George was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Byron K. Harbaugh and Kenny Harbaugh; and siblings, Charles Harbaugh, Carl Harbaugh, Louise Fry, Ernest Harbaugh, Dale Harbaugh, and Wayne Harbaugh.  

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2024, at the Forsterburg Baptist Church at 11 am with a meal to follow. Memorials are suggested to wishes of the family.  Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of Denny (McAfoos) Turner

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Denny (McAfoos) Turner, 88 of Bunker Hill, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at 11:26 pm.  She was born on January 19, 1936, in Alton to Herbert McAfoos and Lucille Cole McAfoos.  

She graduated from Alton High School in January of 1955 and married Cecil M. Turner on March 12, 1955, in Alton. They just celebrated their 69 wedding anniversary. Not only was she a wonderful wife to Cecil, Denny was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend.  

Denny was a faithful believer of Jesus Christ as her lord and savior. She spent many years in child evangelism, teaching children the path to becoming a Christian.  

She is survived by her spouse, Cecil M. Turner of Bunker Hill; children, Carey (Mike Tomlanovich) Eveans of Englewood, FL and Tabitha (Jim) Golike of Lake of the Ozarks, MO; 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Lauren (Tom) Miller of Godfrey; brother, Wendell (Sue) McAfoos of Alton; and numerous nieces and nephews.  

Denny was preceded in death by her parents; children, Cole Turner and Kim Turner; grandson, Cole Brandon Turner; sister, Sue LaMarsh; and brothers, Ollie McAfoos, Dwight McAfoos, Bill McAfoos, Stan McAfoos and Allen McAfoos.

 Friends may call on Saturday, July 20, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home Bunker Hill from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Funeral services are Saturday, July 20, 2024, at 1:00 pm at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill. Burial will be at Woodburn Cemetery, Woodburn.  

Memorials are suggested to Woodburn Bible Church. Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill, IL is in charge of the arrangements.

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