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Death of Iris Mae Jubelt

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Iris Mae Jubelt, 94 of Mt. Olive, passed away Sunday morning, May 7, at her home in Mt. Olive with her daughter by her side. She was born on September 14, 1928, in Litchfield to Raymond and Hilda Dawkins, who preceded her in death.

Iris attended White City Schools and graduated with the class of 1946 from Mt. Olive High School. She then moved to St. Louis and attended Brown’s Business School. After graduating she worked as a legal secretary.

She married John Jubelt on April 29, 1950, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Olive. They enjoyed over 53 years of marriage before John preceded her in death on August 28, 2003. Soon after they were married, John was drafted into the army and they moved to Williamsburg, VA for John’s basic training. When John shipped overseas during the Korean Conflict, Iris moved back to Mt. Olive and worked at Shell Oil.

When John got back from Korea, he resumed his career at Jubelt Variety Bakeries and they began expanding the family business. In 1956, their son Lance Brian was born, and in 1962 their daughter, Jeanmarie.

Iris worked in many capacities at Jubelt’s including cake decorator, bookkeeper, and checking up on all of Jubelt’s locations. She would continue to help out when needed into her 80’s making all the boxes of Christmas cookies.

Iris was one of the original members of the Delta Tau Sorority as well as past president, chairwoman of the Blood Mobile for many years, in charge of fundraising for the Red Cross in Mt. Olive, was a past member of the library board and a volunteer there, volunteer for Meals on Wheels, served on the Altar Guild at Zion Lutheran for 30 years and was Mt. Olive woman of the year in the 1970’s.

Although she was not one for relaxing, Iris did enjoy painting, gardening, and reading. Like most women of her generation, Iris’s most important job and top priority was taking care of her family, never focusing on herself. She was a great inspiration to her family in the strength she showed in difficult times.

In addition to her parents and husband, Iris was preceded in death by her son, Lance, and her brother, Raymond Lorin Dawkins.

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She is survived by her daughter, Jeanmarie Jubelt of Mt. Olive; her grandchildren, Kimberly Stowe (Matt) of Salt Lake City, UT and Nicholas (Morgan) of Lafayette, IN; as well as six nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 8:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 11, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Olive. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., with burial to follow at the Mt. Olive City Cemetery. Lunch will be provided afterward at the Zion Lutheran Church Hall. Memorials are suggested to the Mt. Olive Library and to the Mt. Olive City Cemetery.

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Death of Eugene A. “Gene” Bentrup

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Eugene A. “Gene” Bentrup, age 86 of rural Staunton, passed away at 5:15 PM on Friday, April 19, 2024, at Staunton Health & Rehab Center in Staunton.  He was born on Tuesday, March 15, 1938, in Staunton, the son of the late Louis and Ella (Heigert) Bentrup.  

He married Shirley Repovich on June 9, 1962, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Livingston and she survives.

Gene served our country in the United States Army.  He was employed as a grain inspector for Toberman Grain & Feed Company in East St. Louis for many years.  He enjoyed gardening, mowing grass, shopping with Shirley, traveling with the Goldenaires Club, bowling, and table games.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Bentrup of rural Staunton, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother in infancy, Otto Bentrup.

Friends may call from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM on Friday, April 26, 2024, at Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston. Funeral services for Gene Bentrup will be held at 11 AM on Friday, April 26, 2024, at Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston with Rev. Fr. Thomas Hagstrom officiating.

Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton with the  Staunton Veterans Honor Guard conducting graveside military rites. Memorials are suggested to either Heartland Hospice, St. Michael Catholic Church of Staunton, or to the charity of the donor’s choice

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Death of Wanda Kaye (Huffman) Bernot

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Wanda Kaye (Huffman) Bernot, 77 of Benld, was freed from the shackles of Alzheimer’s Disease on April 22, 2024. She passed peacefully with family by her side at Community Hospital of Staunton. A poetic end for she was a selfless person.

Wanda was born on September 7, 1946, in St. Louis, MO, the daughter of the late Vernon and Gladys (Conner) Huffman. She was raised in Staunton and was a graduate of Staunton High School. She married Pete Bernot on February 20, 1965, in Benld. They lived in Benld where they raised their only child, Jeff. 

Wanda dedicated her time to a career in public service by working for the State of Illinois.  Much of her work for the state was spent with the Department of Public Aid as a caseworker and director in the Carlinville field office.  She was also a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union. 

Wanda never shied away from helping people. After retirement, she served as Benld’s City Clerk and served on the Gillespie CUSD#7 Site Selection Committee for the location of the new elementary school.  

She leaves behind her son, Jeffrey A. Bernot of Benld; her grandchildren, Rylee Bernot (Cassidy) of Benld, Peyton Bernot of Benld, and Ashleigh Feldmann (Daniel) of Staunton;  great-grandchildren, Elexia, Jace, Jax, and Emreigh; a sister, Rita Soens of Williamson; a niece, Sherry Warren (Mike); and great-nieces, Shelby and McKenzie. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Pete, who passed away on April 21, 2018.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM on Monday, April 29, 2024, at Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton. A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton with Pastor Dane Solari officiating.  

Memorials are suggested to The Partnership for Educational Excellence for the Pete & Wanda Bernot Scholarship Fund.

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Death of Rodney Lee McQuaid

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Rodney Lee McQuaid, 62 of Shipman, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at home. He was born on January 31, 1962, in Alton, the son of the late Roy “RD” and Ramona Kay (Moran) McQuaid.

Rodney married the love of his life Sherry Lynn Whitten on October 12, 1984, in Alton. She preceded him in death in 2020.  Together they enjoyed traveling and spending time with their family, always spoiling their nieces and nephews whom they dearly loved. He was a manager at Speedway Salvage and could usually be found getting into trouble on his tractor.

Rodney is survived by his brother, Skip (Marcia) McQuaid; sister, Sherrie (Randy) Durbin; five nieces and nephews; five great nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Gloria Joyce.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sherry Lynn, and parents, RD and Kay McQuaid.

Visitation will be held from 10 am until the time of funeral service at Noon on Monday, April 22, 2024, at Anderson Family Funeral Home in Brighton. Burial will follow at Shipman Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Parkinson’s Foundation.

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