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Death of Jeanne Heather Eckhardt

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Jeanne Heather Eckhardt, 60, of Staunton, died at her residence on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at 10:15 am. She was born September 16, 1963, in Alton to Ronald Ooton and Robin Williams Ooton.

She married Dennis Charles Eckhardt on March 18, 1989, in Worden. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her father, Ronald Ooton of Staunton, spouse, Dennis Eckhardt of Staunton; daughter, Emily Eckhardt of Staunton; grandchildren, Levi Eckhardt and Mikayla Smith. Jeanne was preceded in death by her mother and brother, Ted Ooton.

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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Death of David Andrew Klaustermeier

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David Andrew Klaustermeier, age 59, of Benld, passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2024. His passing was unexpected and sudden, and he will be missed.  David was born on April 26, 1965, to Vernon and Dorothy (Merry) Klaustermeier in Highland.  

After graduating from Edwardsville High School in 1983, David served six years in the United States Navy.  He was loved by many nieces and nephews; they always knew he had a smile and a big hug ready for them. David worked in the flooring industry. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family, wood working, and the outdoors. He was a natural born caregiver and provided many hours of care for his mother, sister in law, and brother.   

David was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Dorothy; as well as his brother, Vernon Klaustermeier Jr; sister in law, Lisbeth (Dressen) Klaustermeier; and Jeff Klaustermeier, his nephew.  

David left behind two brothers, Jim Klaustermeier and Scott (Cindy) Klaustermeier and two sisters, Lois (Jerry) Kappler and Bev (Leroy) Engelke.

Kravanya Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  David will be laid to rest in a private burial at Jefferson Barracks National 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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