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Death of Betty J. Weiss

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Betty J. Weiss, formerly of Mt. Olive, passed away on April 20, 2022, at Heritage Health Care and Rehab Center in Staunton at the age of 94.

Betty was born on November 3, 1927, in Hillsboro to Benjamin and Nora (Coyle) Busch. She married Kenneth Weiss on December 14, 1946, in Grantfork, Illinois, and he preceded her in death on December 16, 2010.

Betty was a homemaker, and along with her husband, enjoyed farming for their entire working career. After retiring, the couple moved into Mt. Olive from their farm near Walshville. She was an expert seamstress and her other hobbies included crafting, reading, and gardening. Betty loved to play cards, and she participated in several clubs. Betty treasured the time she spent with her family, and she was a “shining light” among all who knew her.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; two sisters, Ruth Meyer and Geraldine Schulte; and a son-in-law, Robert McEwen.

Betty is survived by two children, a son, Leonard (Patricia) Weiss of Mt. Olive and a daughter, Sharon McEwen of Litchfield; four grandchildren, Brett Batty of Litchfield, Jennifer (Brad) Farris of Charlotte, NC, Brad (Stacy) Weiss of Germantown, TN, and Ryan Batty of Murfreesboro, TN; and four great-grandchildren, Reid and Campbell Farris of Charlotte, NC, Jake Weiss of Germantown, TN, and Avery Batty of Hillsboro.

Funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at Becker and Son Funeral Home officiated by Rev. Cassie Sexton Riggs. Visitation will be held at Becker and Son Funeral Home in Mt. Olive on Saturday, April 30, from 10 to 11 a.m. with funeral services immediately following.

Memorials are suggested to the Mt. Olive Public Library or the Mt. Olive City Cemetery. Becker and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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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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