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Death of David Lee Ahrens

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David Lee Ahrens, 79 of Bunker Hill, passed away Saturday morning, October 22, 2022, at his residence in Bunker Hill. David was born on January 3, 1943, to Kenneth and Ella (LaRose) Ahrens in Battle Creek, MI.

Dave graduated from Englewood High School in Denver, Colorado, and then attended the University of Boulder. He married Bea Dot Standifer in 1967 in Denver Colorado and they later divorced. Dave married Diane Schulte on July 3, 1980, in Colorado Springs, CO and she survives.

He was a Special Projects Manager for T.R.W. Corporation in Colorado Springs and then in Fairfax, Virginia, until his retirement. David was a member of Ss Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Carlinville. He was a stamp collector since he was 10 years old, was a history buff, and a fishing enthusiast.

He and Diane raised horses, donkeys, and any other animal that wanders onto their property. He loved his yellow lab, Ada, and the family cats.

David is survived by his wife, Diane; son, Douglas “Doug” (Yovonne) Ahrens of Glen Saint Mary, FL; two grandsons, Thomas (Karibeth) Ahrens and Michael (Gracie) Ahrens; granddaughter, Sierra Ahrens; and great-grandchildren, Lincoln, Annabeth, Silas Jack, River Lee, and Cooper.

David was preceded in death by parents, Kenneth and Ella Ahrens.

Visitation will be held Saturday, October 29, 2022, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Ss Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Carlinville. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2022, at 11:00 am at the church with Fr. Joe Koyickal, officiating. Burial will take place in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Bunker Hill.

Memorials are suggested to the Macoupin County Animal Shelter. Davis-Anderson Funeral Home in Carlinville 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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