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Death of Joanne Marie Byots

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Joanne Marie Byots, 76, of Gillespie, IL died Friday, February 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, IL. Joanne was born August 21, 1935 in Gillespie, IL to Joseph M. Redolfi, Sr. and Mary (Priori) Redolfi.

She attended and graduated from SS Simon and Jude grade school and Gillespie High School and later married Joseph “Bill” Byots on September 3, 1955. She worked for D’Arcy Advertising in St. Louis, MO from 1953-1958. She then worked as a teller, then loan officer at People’s State Bank/United Community Bank from 1974-1996.

Joanne was a member of SS Simon and Jude Altar Society. She was appointed Trustee of Gillespie Public Library in 1977 and served as President of the Board of Trustees from 1985 until 2011. She was a current member of the Holy Cross Cemetery Board.

Joanne is survived by spouse: Joseph “Bill” Byots of Gillespie, IL, sons: James (Spouse, Jennifer) Byots of Bunker Hill, IL, Michael (Spouse, Regina) Byots of Carlinville, IL, daughter: Lee Anne (Spouse, Jeff) Ross of Gillespie, IL, grandchildren: Joshua Ross, Jessica Ross, Joshua Huber, Whitney Huber, Dominique Byots, Michael Byots, J.D. Byots, Noah Byots, great-grandson: Haeden Kellebrew, sister: Dorothy Williamson of Waterloo, IL, and several nieces and nephews.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her infant son: Joseph William Byots, Jr., infant grandson: William Dale Byots, and brother: Joseph Redolfi, Jr.

Visitation will be held on Monday, February 27, 2012 at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie from 4:00pm until 8:00pm. Prayer service will be held at 7:30pm.

The funeral is set to take place Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 10:00am at SS Simon and Jude Church in Gillespie, IL. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Gillespie, IL. The service will be ministered by Monsignor Larry Auda.

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The family suggests memorials be made out to: Gillespie Public Library, Partnership for Educational Excellence District 7, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com
Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, IL is in charge of the 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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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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