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Death of Geraldine M. Lange

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Geraldine M. Lange, 99 of Carlinville, passed away Saturday morning, February 12, 2022, at Heritage Health Care in Carlinville. Geraldine was born on November 17, 1922, in Carlinville, a daughter of Bernard J. and Florence E. Bowman Schwab.

Gerry graduated from Carlinville High School with the class of 1940. She married Harold Lange on January 16, 1943, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Carlinville and he passed away on February 2, 2018. Gerry was known by friends and family as a quilter, gardener, apple butter maker, seamstress, card player, fantastic cook, and active in her church.

This amazing lady was beautiful, thoughtful, creative, strong, sensitive, thrifty, organized, patient, kind, caring and prayerful. Gerry had worked as a secretary, store clerk, hospital aide, ceramics teacher in her shop, but also sold coffeemakers, eggs to Blackburn College and milk to Prairie Farms. She was a faithful member of Ss Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Carlinville. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister-in-law and friend.

Her family included daughter, Carol Sue (James) Matejka of Springfield; son, William “Bill” (Nancy) Lange of Carlinville; son, Richard (Patricia) Lange of Carlinville; daughter, Diane (Robert) Mason of Tampa, FL; son, James (Margie) Lange of Staunton; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister, Mildred “Millie” (Lee) Lyerla of Carlinville; and several nieces and nephews.

Geraldine was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sisters, twin, Bernadine Bellm Stayton, Dorothy A. Woods, and Margaret Moyer; and a great-grandson.

Due to COVID, there will be no public visitation. Burial will take place next to her husband in New Calvary Cemetery, Carlinville. Memorials may be made to Ss Mary and Joseph Catholic Church or Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church. Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, 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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