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Death of John Raymond Wolff

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John Raymond Wolff, 78 of rural Litchfield, passed away on Tuesday, August 29, 2023, at his residence. He was born on March 3, 1945, in Litchfield to Norman Wolff and Darlene O. Modlin Wolff. He married Ruth  (Grosenheider) Wolff on March 19, 1966, in Litchfield. 

He was a lifelong farmer. He started his career in high school as he was honored with the State Farmer in 1964 and the American Farmer Degree at the National Convention in Kansas City, MO. In 1973, he opened Carlinville Ford Tractor with later merged with Konneker Brown, and finally retired from Sievers Equipment. 

He was an avid bowler, deer hunter, and enjoyed riding along in the tractors. He was a 1963 graduate of Gillespie High School. In his later years, he started a collection of antique tractors. 

He is survived by his spouse, Ruth Wolff of Rural Litchfield; daughter, Amy (Jason Kukla) Poole of Spaulding; grandchildren, Noah Poole, Carson J. Wolff, Bryce Kukla, and Madilynn Kukla; sister, Janice (John Sr) Bauer of Rural Bunker Hill; aunt, Wanda Keck of Shipman; uncle, Wesley Wolff of Gillespie; and several nieces and nephews. 

John was preceded in death by his parents and son, Brad J. Wolff. 

Friends may call on Friday, September 1, 2023, at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Funeral services are Saturday, September 2, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie. 

Burial will be at Benld Cemetery, Benld. Memorials are suggested to Gillespie Chapter FFA. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie 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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