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Death of Gerald L. Boston

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Gerald L. Boston, 98, of Carlinville, passed away Friday evening, September, 15, 2023, at Lakeside Health Care in Carlinville. Gerald was born on July 3, 1925, in Atwater, IL, a son of Marion and Gladys (Jones) Boston.

Gerald graduated from Carlinville High School with the class of 1942. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and shipped out for the European Theater of Operations (WWII). He saw active duty in the Argonne Forest and the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Expert Rifle Badge, and Congressional Medal of Honor for his service.

Upon his discharge, he returned to farming, an occupation he lived and loved for 50 years. On August 6, 1949, he married the love of his life and best friend, Norma McIntyre. They were married for 73 years and were rarely out of each other’s sight until her death on August 20, 2022. The Rural Methodist Church played an active role in Gerry’s life. He served as its treasurer for 25 years, and, along with Norma, sponsored the Methodist Youth Fellowship for several years.

He was a member of the Macoupin County Farm Bureau, served on the Service Company Board and led a 4-H club for 19 years. His hobbies were reading, working word puzzles and playing cards, especially with his grandchildren. He was a skilled carpenter and electrician and enjoyed sharing the farming experience with his sons.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Norma (McIntyre) Boston; brother, Louis Boston; and sister, Francis Haley.

Gerald is survived by his sons, Michael R. (Kathy O’Brien) Boston of Bloomington and Lynn E. (Pat Cooper) Boston of Carlinville; daughter, Ann Boston-Reamey of Ft. Meyers, FL; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, John (Maxine) Boston; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Carlinville United Methodist Church in Carlinville. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30am on Thursday, September 21, 2023, at Rural United Methodist Church, 19789 South Standard City Road, in rural Carlinville.

Burial will follow in Rural Cemetery, Carlinville. Memorials may be made to Rural United Methodist Church or Rural Cemetery. Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville, is in charge of arrangements.

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Death of Gloria E. Frey

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Gloria E. Frey, 73 of Staunton, passed away at 12:40 PM on Friday, June 7, 2024, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon. She was born December 23, 1950, the daughter of the late Will Henry and Jessie (Campbell) Frey.  

She had resided at Alhambra Care Center in Alhambra for the past 12 years.

Gloria is survived by two sisters-in-law, Karen Frey of Staunton and Jane Frey of Elk Grove Village, IL, and five nieces and nephews, Kim Knoche, Joan Arrington, James Frey, Michael Frey, and Matthew Frey. 

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Robert Frey, and one niece, Melissa Frey.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at 1:30 PM at Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton. Williamson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Death of Glenda F. “Dado” Hester

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Glenda F. “Dado” Hester, 88 of Bunker Hill, died at Villa Rose Senior Living Community, Bethalto on Wednesday, June 5, 2024.  She was born December 14, 1935, in Trenton, KY to Henry Clay Green and Florence O. Armstrong Green.  

She married Royce H. Hester on May 17, 1959, in Trenton, KY.  He preceded her in death on July 17, 2020.  She was a homemaker.  Glenda was a member of the Country Bible Church.  

She is survived by her children, Melinda (Jeffrey) Bertels of Dorsey, Michael (Laurie) Hester of Bunker Hill, and Millie Hausman of Lee’s Summit, MO; grandchildren, Ashley (Clayton) Gill, Jordan Bertels, Shelby Hausman, Alec (fiancée, Katie Hartsock) Hester, Clay Hausman, and Paige Hester; and great-grandchildren, Jack Wilcox and Vivien Wilcox.  

Glenda was preceded in death by her parents; spouse; sister, Juanita Price; and son in law, Matt Hausman.  

Friends may call on Monday, June 10, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. Funeral services are Monday, June 10, 2024, at 12:00 pm at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill.

Burial will be at Bunker Hill Cemetery, Bunker Hill. Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill is in charge of the arrangements.

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Ronald Hopper, 71 of Springfield, died in Springfield on Monday, June 3, 2024, at 8:05 am. He was born on July 19, 1952, in Jacksonville to Freeman Headen Hopper and Bernice Robertine Ranson. He married Yvonne Sorbie on July 14, 1990, in Springfield.  

Ronald was a 1970 graduate of Jacksonville High School. He was retired after having been a mechanic. Ronald enjoyed long-distance running and fishing.  

He is survived by his spouse, Yvonne Hopper of Springfield; children, Christy (Shawn) Shafer of Camby, IN and Nicholas Hopper of Boulder, CO; grandchildren, Elandra, Addison, and Ava, all of Indiana; sister, Cindy Lou (Rex) Gauges of Winchester; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents and brother, William Hopper.  

No public services are scheduled. Memorials are suggested to donor’s choice. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie is in charge of the arrangements.

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