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John Rogers Peterson went home to be with his Savior on August 1, 2022.  He was born on August 10, 1929, at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield to Freeland E. Peterson and Bessie Belle (Daniels) Peterson. 

He was a veteran in the US Navy from 1948-1952 serving in post-World War II. He married the former Virginia Ferrari. They were blessed with three children. They later divorced. He was retired from Laclede Steel as a bricklayer after 30 years. He worked for the City of Bunker Hill after retirement. 

He is survived by his children, Vivian Peterson of Seymour, IN, John (Shelley) Peterson II of Bunker Hill and Tina (Wayne) Enke of Bunker Hill; sister, Constance Knaggs of Litchfield; grandchildren, John Daniel Jurgena, Hannah (Daniel) Slimer, Angie (Don) Carpenter, Lee (Candace) Peterson, Sarah (Matthew) Lewis, Natalie (Geno) Rodgers-Campbell, Marissa (Joel) Rosentreter, Aaron Lowe, Noah Enke, and Josh (Maya) Peterson; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild on the way; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Luther Peterson, Eugene Peterson, and Rollin Peterson; and one great-grandchild, Job Peterson. 

John was a lifelong resident of Bunker Hill. He was a faithful member of the Christ Life Church of Bunker Hill, formerly Berean Baptist Church. He loved watching the Cardinal games, working outside in his yard and garden, and fishing. 

Visitation will be at Christ Life Church, Bunker Hill on Monday, August 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. The funeral will follow at 11 a.m. The burial will be at the New Douglas Cemetery, New Douglas. Memorials can be made to the Christ Life Church Bunker Hill or Montgomery Nursing & Rehabilitation Activity Fund. 

Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill is in charge.

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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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