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Death of Jean Stewart

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Jean Stewart, 93 of Litchfield, formerly of Butler, passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 12:07 P.M. at her residence surrounded by her family. Shew as born in Litchfield on March 21, 1929, a daughter of Gerald Lynn and Lillie Eleanor (Flynn) Fite.  

She was a graduate of Litchfield Community High School Class of 1947. She married Harold Wayne Stewart on June 20, 1948, at the First Baptist Church in Litchfield. Mr. Stewart passed away on October 8, 2000. 

Mrs. Stewart was a bookkeeper. She was employed by Gleichman Plumbing in Hillsboro for several years and its successor, Vogel Plumbing. She also kept the books for the family farm. She and her husband Harold farmed just north of Butler for several years. 

Mrs. Stewart was a member of the First Baptist Church of Litchfield for many years and was attending the First Presbyterian Church of Litchfield. While at First Baptist, she was a member of the JOY Class and Keenagers Club. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and crocheting and helped sew many quilts for the LINUS Project. Mrs. Stewart enjoyed ballroom dancing with her husband, traveling, and taking an annual trip with her family to Branson.

Mrs. Stewart is survived by three daughters, Sheryl (Barry) Stewart Hess of Seneca, SC, Brenda Booker of Pooler, GA, and Beth (Ed) Singleterry of Hillsboro; sister, Donna Stockstill of Greenville; six grandchildren, Jeffrey “Jay” (Lana) Johnson, Stefanie Singleterry, Andrew Stewart, Daniel (Jenna) Stewart, Zachary Booker, and Katie (Amandeep) Stewart Singh; and five great-grandchildren, Alexander, Matthew, and Gabriel Johnson, Natalie and Sophie Stewart.

Besides her parents and husband, Mrs. Stewart is proceeded in death by her son and daughter-in-law, Martin and Lori Stewart; daughter, Carol Krummel; and sister, Joan Prose.

Funeral services for Mrs. Stewart will be conducted Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Litchfield. The Rev. Gary Schwab will officiate and burial will be in the Asbury Cemetery in Raymond. Visitation will be held Tuesday morning at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services. The family asks for memorials to be directed to Hearts United. 

The Plummer Funeral Home is serving the family.

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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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