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Death of Elmer John Milcic Jr.

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Elmer John Milcic Jr. passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2022, at 3:53 p.m. at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. He was 89 years old.

Elmer was born on October 19, 1933, to Elmer John Milcic Sr. and Mary (Yurkovich) Milcic. He attended school in Mt. Olive. Elmer served in the United States Army. He was a self-employed plumber in Mt. Olive for many years. Elmer married Jacquelyn Gill on November 29, 1958, at the Ascension Catholic Church in Mt. Olive. Father Sanders officiated. He was a member of Ascension Catholic Church, now St. John Paul II. 

Elmer is survived by his wife, Jacquelyn; son, John (Amy) Milcic of Staunton; daughter, Janet Frei of Kennesaw, Georgia; four grandchildren, Nicole (Martin) Christensen, Rebecca Johnson, Adam Sobczak and Rose Milcic; and two great-grandchildren, Frankie Christensen and Ellie Willison.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Mary Milcic; brother Eugene Milcic; and three sisters, Violet Byots, Betty Hickey and Marie Brooks.

Visitation will take place on Friday, November 11, 2022, from 5 to 8 p.m. at St. John Paul II Catholic Church in Mt. Olive. Service officiated by Father Thomas Hagstrom will start at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2022. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Mt. Olive. Lunch will follow at the St. John Paul II Church Hall.

Memorials are suggested to St. John Paul II Catholic Church and the Mt. Olive Fire Department. 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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