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Death of Helen Joan “Jody” Zarr

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Helen Joan “Jody” Zarr passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 2:09 p.m. at her home. She was 86 years old. Mrs. Zarr was born on February 8, 1936, in Shoal Creek Township to Herman J. Schweppe and Goldie B.(Seeger) Schweppe.

She attended school in Livingston. She married John Andrew Zarr at the home of Ferdinand and Pauline Girardi in Benld on February 16, 1963, and he preceded her in death on December 19, 2013.

Mrs. Zarr was a self-employed beautician and owned and operated a business that sold crafts, furniture, and offered quilting classes. She was a member of the Mt. Olive VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Mrs. Zarr enjoyed sewing, quilting, cooking, planting flowers, watching hummingbirds, spending time with family on Sundays, and St. Louis Cardinals games.

Mrs. Zarr is survived by her two sons, Terry (Dianne) Zarr of Staunton and John David (Andrea) Zarr of Glen Carbon; and grandchildren, Jonathan David and Andrew Charles Zarr.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one sister, Nedra Schweppe; and one brother, Bobby Donald Schweppe.

Visitation will take place on Sunday, January 8, 2023, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Becker and Son Funeral Home in Mt. Olive. Services will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 9, 2022, and will be officiated by Gary Hanover. Burial will be in Union Miners Cemetery in Mt. Olive. Lunch will be served at St. John Paul II Catholic Church Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Union Miners Cemetery/Mother Jones. Becker and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Death of Michael Joe Stewart

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Michael Joe Stewart, 69 of Benld, passed away at his residence in Benld on Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at 5:30 a.m. He was born on February 22, 1955, in Staunton to Jack Stewart and Pauline (Montgomery) Stewart.

He married Terri Tomso on November 12, 2000, in Gatlinburg, TN. He worked for the railway. He was a lover of his family and friends, his music, cooking, and was a man of faith. He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles’ and Cardinals’ fan.

He is survived by his wife, Terri Stewart of Benld; daughter, Jennifer Jo Stewart of Gillespie; grandson, Nicholas Joseph Willis of Repentigny, Quebec, Canada; bbrother, Jim Stewart Livingston; two sisters, Patti Hicken of Mt. Olive and Bonnie Stewart of Gillespie; mother-in-law, Norma Tomso of Mt. Olive; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Dale Stewart and Wayne Stewart; step mom, Lois Stewart; father-in-law, Ted Tomso; and niece, Layla Stewart.

Friends may call on Monday, July 15, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie from 4:00 pm until the time of service. Memorial services are on Monday, July 15, 2024, at 6:30 PM at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie with Derrick Taylor officiating.

Memorials are suggested to Gillespie Caring Center and Benld Adopt-A-Pet. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of Betty Jean Craddick

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Betty Jean Craddick, 88, of Benld, died at her residence on Saturday, July 6, 2024, at 9:10 am. She was born June 7, 1936, in Gillespie, to Jeanie Steed. She married Harry Craddick on September 25, 1954, at the Gillespie Methodist Church.

She was a homemaker who enjoyed anything involving her family, especially doting on her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Harry Craddick, her two sons, David (Betty Lynn) Craddick of Litchfield, and Robert (Anna) Craddick of O’Fallon, grandchildren, Jennifer Spitznagel of Litchfield, Michael (Tanya) Craddick of Glen Carbon, Bradley (Rachael) Craddick of Edwardsville, Timothy Craddick of O’Fallon, Michelle (Derek) Petrich of O’Fallon, Lindsay Craddick of O’Fallon, and Jennifer (Alex) Scherschel of Richmond, VA, great-grandchildren, Tanner (Samantha) Roeske of Litchfield, Casey Roeske of Litchfield, Hailey Robbins of Litchfield, Christina Craddick of Glen Carbon, Nora Craddick of Edwardsville, and Graham Petrich of O’Fallon, great-great-grandchildren, Cruze and Jami Roeske of Litchfield, and other extended family.

Betty was preceded in death by her mother, Jeanie Steed; her brother, Jim Steed, sister, Gladys O’Connell; and great-grandchild Angelina Craddick.

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Friends may call on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Benld from 9:30 am until 12:00 noon.  Funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at noon at Kravanya Funeral Home in Benld, IL. Burial will be in Benld City Cemetery in Benld. Memorials are suggested to Benld United Methodist Church, 209 S Main Street, Benld, and the Gillespie Area Caring Center, 100 South Macoupin Street, Gillespie. The family wishes to thank Mary Cunningham for her invaluable dedication to Betty over the last several months, Kathy Hausman, and the staff at Home Instead and Vitas Healthcare. 

Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com. Kravanya Funeral Home, Benld, is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of Kenneth M. Beerup

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Kenneth M. Beerup, 73, of Bunker Hill, died at his residence on Wednesday, July 3, 2024. He was born on July 29, 1950, in Jacksonville, to Audie Beerup and Imogene Pitchford Beerup. He married Gala Danette Kruemmelbein Beerup on January 14, 1969, in Carlinville. She preceded him in death on December 26, 2016.

He was a retired CPA. He was a veteran of the US Air Force after having served during Vietnam. Keith enjoyed traveling, reading, hunting, and spending time with friends.

He is survived by his son, Kenneth “Marty” (Patricia) Beerup of Seminole, FL, grandchild, Bryce Ray of Seminole, FL; brother, Audie “Butch” (Karen) Beerup of Paragould, AR; and sister, Susan (Jack) Hurst of Bunker Hill. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, spouse, and daughter, Joey Kenna.

Friends may call on Friday, July 12, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill, from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Funeral services are Friday, July 12, 2024, at 7:00 pm at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill. Memorials are suggested to American Liver Foundation, PO Box 299, West Orange, NJ, 07052. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com. Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill, is in charge of the arrangements.

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