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Death of Janet K. Seketa

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Janet Kay Seketa, 74, of Gillespie, passed away at her home, surrounded by her husband, daughter, sister, grandchildren, in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins, and many other family members and friends, on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at 11:56 a.m. She was born in Litchfield, on May 27, 1949, to Joseph G. Reiniesch and Eleanore J. (Kulenkamp) Reiniesch.

Janet married her husband, Paul “PJ” Seketa, on October 9, 1999, in Benld. She graduated from Gillespie High School with the class of 1967. She worked at United Community Bank, formerly Peoples State Bank, for 32 years. She started her career as a teller and retired as the branch manager of the Gillespie location. She was a member of Town and Country HCE, formerly Home Extension Gillespie Night Unit, for many years, and she was a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union Benld 217. She enjoyed playing cards with her family at every occasion and played in a local pinochle club with her friends for over 30 years. An avid reader, crocheter, and Dolly Parton fan, Janet also loved camping and watching game shows with her faithful companion, Bella.

Janet is survived by her husband, her daughter, Rebecca Ann (Kelley) Hatlee of Gillespie; her sister, Ruth Ann (Thomas) Garbin of Sawyerville; her grandchildren, Marshall Hatlee of Chicago, Megan Hatlee, Luke Hatlee, and Levi Hatlee, all of Gillespie; her sister-in-law, Peggy Reiniesch of Gillespie, her mother-in-law, Patricia Seketa of Benld; her brother-in-law, John Seketa of Clemson, SC; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is also survived by her “most genuine friend,” Anne Gansz of Carlinville. Janet was preceded in death by her parents; her brother and sister-in-law, David and Connie Reiniesch; her brother, Michael Reiniesch; and her nephew, Charles “Chuckie” Reiniesch.

Family and friends are welcome to attend the celebration of life service, which will be held at the altar at the Holly Cross Cemetery in Gillespie on Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m. Throughout the years, Janet and PJ’s home has been a place where family and friends come together for any occasion. To honor Janet, her family will welcome guests at her home following the services.

Memorials are suggested to the Partnership for Educational Excellence or the Gillespie Public Library. Kravanya Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of Gloria E. Frey

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Gloria E. Frey, 73 of Staunton, passed away at 12:40 PM on Friday, June 7, 2024, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon. She was born December 23, 1950, the daughter of the late Will Henry and Jessie (Campbell) Frey.  

She had resided at Alhambra Care Center in Alhambra for the past 12 years.

Gloria is survived by two sisters-in-law, Karen Frey of Staunton and Jane Frey of Elk Grove Village, IL, and five nieces and nephews, Kim Knoche, Joan Arrington, James Frey, Michael Frey, and Matthew Frey. 

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Robert Frey, and one niece, Melissa Frey.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at 1:30 PM at Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton. Williamson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Death of Glenda F. “Dado” Hester

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Glenda F. “Dado” Hester, 88 of Bunker Hill, died at Villa Rose Senior Living Community, Bethalto on Wednesday, June 5, 2024.  She was born December 14, 1935, in Trenton, KY to Henry Clay Green and Florence O. Armstrong Green.  

She married Royce H. Hester on May 17, 1959, in Trenton, KY.  He preceded her in death on July 17, 2020.  She was a homemaker.  Glenda was a member of the Country Bible Church.  

She is survived by her children, Melinda (Jeffrey) Bertels of Dorsey, Michael (Laurie) Hester of Bunker Hill, and Millie Hausman of Lee’s Summit, MO; grandchildren, Ashley (Clayton) Gill, Jordan Bertels, Shelby Hausman, Alec (fiancée, Katie Hartsock) Hester, Clay Hausman, and Paige Hester; and great-grandchildren, Jack Wilcox and Vivien Wilcox.  

Glenda was preceded in death by her parents; spouse; sister, Juanita Price; and son in law, Matt Hausman.  

Friends may call on Monday, June 10, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. Funeral services are Monday, June 10, 2024, at 12:00 pm at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill.

Burial will be at Bunker Hill Cemetery, Bunker Hill. Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill is in charge of the arrangements.

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Ronald Hopper, 71 of Springfield, died in Springfield on Monday, June 3, 2024, at 8:05 am. He was born on July 19, 1952, in Jacksonville to Freeman Headen Hopper and Bernice Robertine Ranson. He married Yvonne Sorbie on July 14, 1990, in Springfield.  

Ronald was a 1970 graduate of Jacksonville High School. He was retired after having been a mechanic. Ronald enjoyed long-distance running and fishing.  

He is survived by his spouse, Yvonne Hopper of Springfield; children, Christy (Shawn) Shafer of Camby, IN and Nicholas Hopper of Boulder, CO; grandchildren, Elandra, Addison, and Ava, all of Indiana; sister, Cindy Lou (Rex) Gauges of Winchester; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents and brother, William Hopper.  

No public services are scheduled. Memorials are suggested to donor’s choice. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie is in charge of the arrangements.

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