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Death of James David Tretter

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PHOENIX- James David Tretter, 76, of Phoenix, AZ (formerly of Springfield and Gillespie) passed away after battling cancer on March 17, 2012. He was of the Catholic faith, and a member of Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral.

He was born in Gillespie, IL on December 25, 1935 to Albert and Anna Tretter. He married Bernice M. Limper on February 24, 1962. He graduated from Gillespie High School, and took courses at Eastern Illinois University. He was a member of the Illinois National Guard.

In addition to his wife, Bernice, he is survived by his five children: daughters Carla (Gregg) Curry, Catherine (Chris) Curry, Susan (R.P.) Bonham, sons David (Tammi) Tretter and Michael Tretter. He was very proud of his nine grandsons: Alex, Max and Luke Curry, Michael and Will Curry, Grant and Jackson Tretter, and Brooks and Gage Bonham. Also surviving is one sister, Clara Parker of Granite City, IL, and numerous nieces and nephews

Jim was employed as a claims adjuster and supervisor with Country Finance for over 35 years, a place where he made many lifetime friends, and which furthered his curiosity in home improvement and automobile restoration. He rebuilt and enjoyed owning over 60 classic automobiles, ranging from 60’s muscle cars to foreign convertibles.

In addition, he had a lifetime fascination with electronics beginning with building crystal radios in the 1940’s as a boy, which continued into later years with an interest in the latest computer and TV technologies. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and an exemplary role model in preparing his children in how to lead a successful and happy life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Michael, Joseph and Albert Tretter; two sisters, Elizabeth Meyers and Catherine Tretter, and a nephew. Donations in Jim’s memory can be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Illinois Capital Region, 928 S. Spring, Springfield, IL 62704 or at http://bbbscapitalregion.org/support_general.php

A visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 31, 2012 at SS. Simon and Jude Church, 304 N. Macoupin, Gillespie, IL and a memorial mass following at 11:00 a.m. with Monsignor Larry Auda officiating.

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

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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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