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Death of Jesse “Lee” LeRoy Lyerla

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Jesse “Lee” LeRoy Lyerla, 92 of Carlinville, formerly of Roxana where he lived for 39 years, passed away Monday morning, August 7, 2023, at Lakeside Health Care in Carlinville. Lee was born on July 12, 1931, in Venice, IL, a son of Jesse Leo and Opal (Binning) Lyerla.

He attended Madison High School. On June 26, 1954, he married Mildred “Millie” Schwab at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Carlinville and was married for 69 years. Lee proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean conflict and was given the Purple Heart award.

Lee retired in 1994 from the Olin Corporation in Alton as a ballistics technician. He enjoyed gardening and playing golf. He was a member of St. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church, Carlinville and a mass server for 18 years serving for three different priests. While in Roxana, he was a member of the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church Wood River, a 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus, and Guy Baird American Legion Post #554 of Carlinville.

Lee is survived by his wife, Millie Lyerla of Carlinville; daughters, Karen (Jesse) Rivera of Cumming, GA, and Denise Malham of WoodRiver; six grandchildren, Jason, Dustin and Ryan Gimmy, Ashley Malham, Nicole Hanselman and Michael Retzer; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Ann Duiver of NC; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and two sisters.

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 11, 2023, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville. A prayer service will be recited at 3:30 pm. Mass of Christian burial will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2023, at Ss Mary and Joseph Catholic Church. Burial will follow in New Calvary Cemetery, Carlinville.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary and Joseph Building Fund, St. Vincent DePaul Society, or Famly’s Choice. Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville is in charge of arrangements.

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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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