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Death of Claribelle (Otwell) Miller

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Claribelle (Otwell) Miller, 91, of Carlinville passed away Sunday morning, September 30, 2012 at the Carlinville Area Hospital.

She was born on October 12, 1920 to the late Carlton VanWinkle and the late Marie (Krueger) Otwell in Carlinville. She graduated from Carlinville High School with the class of 1938. She then graduated from Blackburn College and attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. . She married C. Robert Miller on March 14, 1943 in Carlinville. He preceded her in death on February 13, 2005.

Claribelle started teaching school in a one room schoolhouse, and later taught kindergarten, 4th, and 6th grades for the Carlinville School District Unit #1. She was a member of Macoupin County D.A.R., Macoupin County Alpha Delta Kappa, Carlinville Women’s Club, Carlinville Retired Teachers, United Methodist Women, Macoupin County Home Bureau, Macoupin County 4-H, and Macoupin County Fair where she was in charge of the fine arts department for several years.

Claribelle is survived by 5 loving daughters – Mary Katherine Solberg (husband, Arthur) of Des Plaines, IL, Robin Ann Shuda of Watseka, IL, Suzanne Marie Humphreys (husband, David) of Carlinville, IL, Gail Alden Stump of Sterling, IL, and Rebecca Lynn Glenn of Carlinville, IL; 14 grandchildren – Annelise and Erik Solberg, Curtis Sawyer (Michelle), Cary Sawyer (Michelle), K.C. Strough (Steve), Edward Stump, William Stump (Shari), Katie, Justine, David, and Deirdre Humphreys, Emily Wilson (Alex), Audra Essig (Joseph), and Jacob Glenn; 5 great-grandchildren – Anika Marie Sawyer, Robert Cole Sawyer, Alexander Strough, Mackenzie Strough, and Tarah Patterson; sister – Marguerite Burton of San Bernardino, CA; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, granddaughter; Kimberly Sawyer, and sister; Winifred Selvo.

Visitation will be held at the Carlinville United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. The funeral service will follow at 3:00 pm., with Rev. Robert Sabo officiating.

Burial will take place in the Carlinville City Cemetery beside her husband, Bob. Memorials are suggested to the Macoupin County 4-H or the United Methodist Church.

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Davis Anderson 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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