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Death of Isaac Stephen Schmidt

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Isaac Stephen Schmidt, 26 of Mt. Olive, formerly of Litchfield, after a 7-month fight against cancer, died in Christ on Friday, August 12, 2022 at 3:05 pm at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield.

Isaac was born in Chicago on March 14, 1996, the second of four sons born to Pastor Stephen and Sarah Schmidt. He was baptized into Christ on Palm Sunday, March 31, 1996, at Emmaus Lutheran Church. He confirmed his baptismal faith on Reformation Day, October 31, 2010, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Litchfield.

Isaac was homeschooled K-12 by his mother. He was a trombonist in the Litchfield school bands and was very active in 4H. He worked as a paper carrier for the Litchfield News-Herald and as a grill cook at Maverick Steak and Spirits. He received his associate of arts degree from Lincoln Land in 2016. In 2019, he received a bachelor’s degree from Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN, where he met his wife, Bailey. After college, he was employed by Litchfield National Bank and later by Ashley Furniture in Edwardsville.

Isaac and Bailey Marie (Rogotzke) were joined in holy matrimony on July 29, 2018. On February 1, 2022, God blessed the marriage with their son, Jeshua Isaac.

Isaac dearly loved his wife and son and was a dedicated husband and father. He loved his family, his church and his many friends. He especially loved Christ his Savior. His hobbies included reading, writing, playing trombone and gaming with friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Jeffry Post, and his father-in-law, Rodney “Rocky” Rogotzke.

He is survived by his wife, Bailey; their son, Jeshua; parents, Rev. Stephen Mark and Sarah Ione (Post) Schmidt; brothers, Andrew (Rachel) Schmidt of Litchfield, Aaron Schmidt of Carbondale, and Jonathan Schmidt of Litchfield; grandparents, Dennis and Judith Schmidt of Minnesota and LoAnn Twedt of Litchfield; nephews, Connor, Oliver, Kase and Vinny; and one niece, Allie; mother-in-law, Susi Rogotzke; brothers-in-law, Brady (Jennifer) Rogotzke of Tampa, FL and Logan (Bailey) Rogotzke of Minot, ND; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services for Isaac will be conducted Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 12 noon at the Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield. The deceased’s father, Pastor Stephen Schmidt of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Litchfield will officiate and burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery in Litchfield. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. The family suggests memorials to the family of Isaac Schmidt, c/o Bailey M. Schmidt.

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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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