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Death of Karen Rose Smith

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Karen Rose Smith, 77, of Carlinville, formerly of Gillespie, passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by her husband and children, on Friday, May 10, 2024, at 6:35 a.m. She was born in Litchfield on March 8, 1947, to Karl, Jr., and Stella (Turco) Guna.

Karen graduated from Gillespie High School with the class of 1965. She married Larry Smith on February 7, 1986. Karen was a mother, wife, and homemaker, later working a few part-time jobs. She said that her favorite job was being a “babysitter” to her grandchildren. Karen loved her family beyond measure and was happiest when they could all be with her, especially on their annual summer vacations and the holidays. She followed her grandchildren to sports and school events in Carlinville, Bativa, and Indiana State University. She enjoyed dressing up for Halloween and trick-or-treating with her grandchildren in Batavia. As her illness progressed, Karen wanted to be able to attend her oldest granddaughter’s wedding, and she was able to do so in October 2023. Karen always wanted to take pictures, and her home is filled with collages of her family, friends, and pets.

Karen was a member of the Federated Church in Carlinville, where she was a deacon and served over the years on the Federated Board, Finance, and Building and Grounds Committees. Karen is a past First Lady of the Illinois Elks Association, where she assisted her husband Larry when he was Illinois Elks State President during 2012–2013. Karen made everyone laugh with her unique sense of humor. She could also laugh at herself. Karen had the good fortune to travel the world taking 11 cruises, and she also traveled with the Illinois Elks, took many girls’ trips, and countless vacations to Bluegreen resorts. Karen enjoyed gardening, and she especially loved roses and mums. Karen had beloved pets in her life, including a dachshund, Greg, and cats, Sparkie and Casper. She enjoyed country music and attended several live concerts over the years. Karen was a collector of fine and costume jewelry and antiques. She was a sentimental person, knowing the origin of every item. Karen liked to work on crossword puzzles; she dabbled in sewing; and she often gave movie or TV series recommendations. Karen had many good friends from high school, church, and her time in the Elks. During her final days, Karen told her family to be happy, don’t take yourself too seriously, don’t fight, don’t work too hard, and have fun. She said she didn’t know how she had been so blessed.

Karen was preceded in death by her father, Karl Guna, Jr.; her stepfather, Danny Sawyer; her mother, Stella Sawyer; and her brother, Ronnie Guna Sawyer. Karen is survived by Larry, her beloved husband of 38 years, daughter Elise (David) Schwartz of Carlinville, son Dan (Kate) Katich of Batavia, Aunt Frieds Miller (Marvin) of Summerville, SC, stepdaughters Michelle Smith (friend Scott Fillback) of Gillespie, Lori (Wayne) Heinke of Bay City, Texas, stepson Larry (Andrea) Smith of Swansea, grandchildren Colleen (Ryan) Cash of Indianapolis, IN, Jake Schwartz of Carlinville, Caroline Katich, Adam Katich, and Meridith Katich of Bastavia, step-grandchildren; Gretchen (Brett) Hall of Warsaw, IN, Anna (Wally) Wallace of Staunton, Thomas (Andrea) Balestri of Boston, MA, Aleisha (Josh) Balestri-Pettenger of Downer’s Grove, Krysten (Grayson) Essy and Courtney Waldrum of Alton, Jesse (Heather) Profaizer of Richmond, Texas, Nicolas Smith and Catherine Smith of Swansea, Derek (Alison) Schwartz of Saint Louis, MO, 10 step-great-grandchildren, 3 nieces, and 1 nephew.

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Visitation will be held on Monday, May 13 from 9:00 a.m. until the funeral service time of 12:00 noon at the Federated Church of Carlinville. Graveside service will be immediately following at Mayfield Memorial Park.

In honor of Karen, memorials are suggested to the Macoupin County Animal Shelter, 21640 State Rte 4, Carlinville, or the Federated Church, 122 E. South St., Carlinville, in her name. Please visit www.kravanyafuneral.com to leave condolences.

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Death of Ricky Dale Goldman

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Ricky Dale Goldman, 70 of Dorchester, died at Gillespie Health and Rehab Center, Gillespie on Monday, July 15, 2024, at 5:05 am. He was born on August 27, 1953, in Aurora, IL to Dale Goldman and Jean Castner Goldman. He married Karen S. Graham Goldman on February 21, 1988, in Las Vegas, NV.  

He was a truck driver. Ricky grew up farming with his dad. Ricky collected tractors and watched racing. He was an avid gardener who enjoyed old cars, motorcycles, and to DJ. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends.  

He is survived by his spouse, Karen Goldman of Dorchester; children, Megan Mitchell of Peachtree Corners, GA, and Skyler (Amber) Goldman of St. Charles, MO; grandchildren, Olivia Mitchell and Adelaide Goldman; siblings, Susan Fuertges of Clermont, FL, Cary (Trudie) Goldman of Plano, IL, and Randy (Ursula) Goldman of Serena, IL; and mother in law, Ruth (George) Vincent of Wilsonville.  

Ricky was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Arthur Graham.  

Friends may call on Thursday, July 18, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Funeral services are Friday, July 19, 2024, at 10:00 am at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill.

Memorials are suggested to Siteman Cancer Center or Glioblastoma Foundation. Kravanya Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of George Perry Harbaugh

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George Perry Harbaugh, 84 of Dorchester, died at Gillespie Health and Rehab Center, Gillespie on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at 3:35 am.  He was born on May 23, 1940, in Hettick to John Lester Harbaugh and Iva Mae Clark Harbaugh.  

He married Darlene (Klein) Harbaugh on January 5, 1962, in Appleton, WI.  He was an ag mechanic for Heyen’s Farm Implement and then Sievers Equipment. He also worked as a chainer and in the maintenance department at Laclede Steel. George was a member of the Fosterburg Baptist Church. He enjoyed tinkering with everything.  

He is survived by his spouse, Darlene Harbaugh of Dorchester; children, Chris (Barbara) Harbaugh of Gillespie and Russell Harbaugh of Litchfield; 9 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; many great-great-grandchildren; and siblings, Phyllis Black, Elmer Harbaugh, David Harbaugh, and Shirley Lee.  

George was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Byron K. Harbaugh and Kenny Harbaugh; and siblings, Charles Harbaugh, Carl Harbaugh, Louise Fry, Ernest Harbaugh, Dale Harbaugh, and Wayne Harbaugh.  

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2024, at the Forsterburg Baptist Church at 11 am with a meal to follow. Memorials are suggested to wishes of the family.  Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of Denny (McAfoos) Turner

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Denny (McAfoos) Turner, 88 of Bunker Hill, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at 11:26 pm.  She was born on January 19, 1936, in Alton to Herbert McAfoos and Lucille Cole McAfoos.  

She graduated from Alton High School in January of 1955 and married Cecil M. Turner on March 12, 1955, in Alton. They just celebrated their 69 wedding anniversary. Not only was she a wonderful wife to Cecil, Denny was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend.  

Denny was a faithful believer of Jesus Christ as her lord and savior. She spent many years in child evangelism, teaching children the path to becoming a Christian.  

She is survived by her spouse, Cecil M. Turner of Bunker Hill; children, Carey (Mike Tomlanovich) Eveans of Englewood, FL and Tabitha (Jim) Golike of Lake of the Ozarks, MO; 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Lauren (Tom) Miller of Godfrey; brother, Wendell (Sue) McAfoos of Alton; and numerous nieces and nephews.  

Denny was preceded in death by her parents; children, Cole Turner and Kim Turner; grandson, Cole Brandon Turner; sister, Sue LaMarsh; and brothers, Ollie McAfoos, Dwight McAfoos, Bill McAfoos, Stan McAfoos and Allen McAfoos.

 Friends may call on Saturday, July 20, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home Bunker Hill from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Funeral services are Saturday, July 20, 2024, at 1:00 pm at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill. Burial will be at Woodburn Cemetery, Woodburn.  

Memorials are suggested to Woodburn Bible Church. Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill, IL is in charge of the arrangements.

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