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Death of Billy Conn Kelly

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Billy Conn Kelly, 80, of Dorchester, died at his residence on Thursday, November 23, 2023, at 11:41 am. He was born December 7, 1942, in Gillespie, to James Orville Kelly and Celia Dillon Kelly.

He retired in May 2023, after having been a Gillespie Township Road Commissioner for 26 years. He was a veteran of the US Navy. Billy enjoyed his collection of International Tractors and working on them with his buddies, Jerry Johnson, Terry Johnson and Dave Cox. He loved buying tractors, going to auctions, and going out for breakfast with Jim Duncan. He also enjoyed endless trips around the countryside. He will miss his friend, Lisa Loveless. He dearly loved all his nieces and nephews, hat many have given him the status of “favorite uncle.”

He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer (Bill) Alepra of Dorchester, grandchildren, Jacob (companion, Addison Bryant) Alepra, Samantha Alepra, Sarah (Alex) Lamparter, great-grandchild who was the love of his life, Landon Lamparter, siblings, Joe Kelly, Jim Kelly, Doris Donaldson, Freida Malloy, Betty Heck, Marjorie Taylor, Mary Lou Jubelt.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents, infant son, siblings, John Kelly, Junior Kelly, Arlene Griva, Ellen Clemonds, Edna Audi and the mother of his daughter, Patty Bernhardt.

Friends may call on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Funeral services are Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at 11:00 am at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie. Burial will be at Gillespie Cemetery, Gillespie. Memorials are suggested to Landon Lamparter College Fund or Gillespie High School Softball.

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 Karen Sue Frey

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Karen Sue Frey, 82 of Staunton, passed away at 11:15 PM on Monday, June 10, 2024, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. She was born on January 22, 1942, in Litchfield, the daughter of the late Nelson and Dorothy (Vogelsang) Goehe.  She married Charles B. “Chuck” Frey on October 22, 1960, in Staunton and he passed away on October 10, 1993.

She was employed as a Vice President at First National Bank in Staunton for several years.  She previously worked as a loan officer at First Community State Bank in Staunton and as a bookkeeper at S&L Motor Parts in Staunton. She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church of Staunton, Staunton Country Club, and the Staunton Chamber of Commerce.

Karen was one of a kind. Her charming view of life and caring spirit blessed her with a loyal family and devoted friends whom she loved dearly. She was steadfast to check in with those she loved and was always a phone call away to whoever needed an ear to listen. 

She filled her life with so much joy that radiated to those around her. From dancing in her early years, to golfing at the country club, and to playing slot machines at the casino boat, she had a magical way of making everyone around her smile. She had a passion for golfing and excelled at the sport for as long as she could – she had a chip shot that one could only describe as “wicked”. 

Karen never missed watching a St. Louis Cardinals game, an Illini basketball game, or the chance to drink a margarita. She especially never missed any opportunity to go to Disney with her beloved family. The memories of those trips are what got her through so much of her life and gave her the nostalgic connection to all the family that she had lost. Karen will be missed very deeply by all those who were blessed to have known her. May her glowing smile, sassy attitude, & dazzling blue eyes remain in our memories forever.

She is survived by one daughter, Kimberley Knoche of Bloomington; three grandchildren, Taylor Knoche of New York, NY, Kaelyn (Oracio) Molina of Gainesville, FL, and Camryn Knoche of Bloomington; and many nieces and nephews also survive. 

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Melissa “Missy” Frey; one sister, Linda Dal Pozzo; and one son-in-law, Don Knoche.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 PM on Monday, June 17, 2024, at Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, at Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton.  

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Memorials are suggested to either Staunton Country Club or to St. Michael Catholic Church of Staunton.

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Death of Dale Tieman

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Dale Tieman, 89 of Carlinville, passed away on June 10, 2024 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Dale was born on May 4, 1935, to Chester and Irene (Luking) Tieman at Polk Township.

He graduated from Carlinville High School in 1952. Dale worked as an electrician at Boeing. On August 18, 1956, he married Shirley Dwyer in Mississippi. Dale and Shirley lived in Carlinville. Dale retired from Boeing as an electrician. As a dedicated Carlinville High School Cavalier fan, he attended countless games.

Dale was a fitness buff who loved the outdoors. He was married 67 years to Shirley – the love of his life. His pride and joy were his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. Dale loved watching the Chicago Cubs and Fighting Illini Basketball. Dale was loved by many and will be dearly missed by all who had the ‘good fortune’ to spend time with him.

Dale is survived by his wife, Shirley; five daughters, Paula (Daniel) Barnett of Shipman, Sandra (Rocco) Cania of Carlinville, Jill (Mark Weyen, companion) Schwab of Carlinville, Monica (Dave) Reiher of Carlinville, and Stacey (Quinn) Steiner of Carlinville; five sons, Richard (Peggy) Tieman of Carlinville, Joseph (Marti) Tieman of Sarasota, FL, Martin (Dana) Tieman of Plainview, Barry (Cherie) Tieman of St. Charles, MO, and Brian (Mendi) Tieman of Gulf Breeze, FL; sister, Wilma Smith of Portland, OR; 26 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers as well as his daughter, Wendy Tieman; son-in-law, Michael Schwab; and grandson, William Byots.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2024, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Ss Mary and Joseph Catholic Church, 2010 East 1st South St., Carlinville. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 14, 2024, at 11:00 am at the Ss Mary and Joseph Catholic Church, Carlinville with the Fr. Joe Koyickal, SAC officiating.

Burial will take place in New Calvary Cemetery, Carlinville. Memorials are suggested to the American Legion Post #554, American Cancer Society, or CAV PAC. Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville is in charge of arrangements.

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Death of JoAnn Bartels

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JoAnn Bartels, 71 of Gillespie, died at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield on Monday, June 10, 2024, at 10:44 pm. She was born on July 9, 1952, in Staunton to John W. Carter and Viola L. Fones Carter.  

She married Louis Bartels on July 11, 1970, in Mt. Olive.  She was the office manager for Bartels Studio. JoAnn enjoyed walking, the outdoors, and her grandchildren.  

She is survived by her spouse, Louis Bartels of Gillespie; children, Crystal (companion, Michael Rekart) Bartels of Gillespie and Louis “Buddy” (Danelle) Bartels of Mahomet, IL; grandchildren, Viola Stangle, Jayden Stangle, Rafe Stangle, Kameron Bartels, Marinne Bartels, and Estella Bartels; sister, Jean Sies of Staunton; and sister in law, Nancy Carter.  

JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents; son, John Louis Bartels; and brothers, William J. (Mary) Carter and John G. Carter.  

Her remains will be cremated and no public services will be held. Memorials are suggested to Family Worship Center, Baton Rouge, LA. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie is in charge of the arrangements.

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