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Death of Kate (Hopley) Cordani

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Kate (Hopley) Cordani, 95, passed peacefully at home on Friday, August 5, 2022 surrounded by her family.  She was born in Dorchester on January 23, 1927, to the late Mr. and Mrs. Owen & Mary Ann (Judson) Hopley, both immigrants from Sheffield, England. Kate resided in her home for over 60 years and has told family that the house sits on the first 80 acres of land that began the township of Staunton.

Kate married Angelo Cordani on January 30, 1949, at the Methodist Church in Witt, Illinois. They shared almost 68 years of marriage before his death in 2017.

As a lifelong resident of Staunton, Kate was a devoted housewife, dedicated mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a woman of strong faith and a very active member of Zion Lutheran Church of Staunton involved in Ladies Aid, Altar Guild, Bible Class, and was a regular nursing home visitor on communion days.

She enjoyed Staunton Municipal Band Concerts, riding her bike, and was an avid reader who believed in lifelong learning. She spent countless hours at her kitchen table with her grandchildren making sure their school lessons were completed. Many may remember her dedication to walking and leading a healthy lifestyle. She did enjoy sweets on occasion and would indulge in things like custard or a mincemeat pie, her favorites. 

She had a fond affection for birds and enjoyed countless hours of watching them through her house windows. Kate was also an avid sports fan who loved watching the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, and Illini basketball.  Kate was a quiet, private person of few words but when she did speak it was very witty.  She held a keen intuitive sense about life events.  She lived a very humble life and maintained her household until the very end, proudly keeping a very clean and organized home.

Kate is survived by four children, Mark (Kay) Cordani of Pontiac, Mary Ann Heise (George Compton) of Staunton, Christine (Steve) Foshage of St. Charles, Missouri, and Wanda (Steve) Hughes of Staunton; 7 grandchildren, Maria (Ryan) Gusewelle, Karla (Mike) Finnegan, Kirk (Lisa) Cordani, Kathryn (Thom) Ward, Joshua Henke, Whitney (Taylor) Breen, and Robert Foshage; 16 great-grandchildren, Collin & Eric Gusewelle; Cole, Ethan, Sean, & Amelia Finnegan; Gianni, Louie, Angelo, & Nico Cordani; Karleigh, Bennett, & Brooklyn Ward; Elliott Henke; Brooks, Brady, and a soon-to-be Beau Breen; two sisters-in-law, Christine “Nonnie” DalPozzo and Geraldine Polley; and many nieces and nephews. 

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Kathleen Cordani; son-in-law, Patrick Heise; three brothers, Owen, Phillip, and Bernard Hopley;  and one sister, Kathleen Lowe.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 PM on Thursday, August 11, 2022, at Zion Lutheran Church in Staunton and again from 10 to 11 AM on Friday, August 12, 2022, at Zion Lutheran Church in Staunton. Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 12, 2022, at 11 AM at Zion Lutheran Church in Staunton with Rev. William Gleason and Rev. Darwin Schrader co-officiating. 

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Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton. Memorials are suggested to either Zion Lutheran Church of Staunton or to Zion Lutheran School of Staunton. Williamson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Death of Michael Joe Stewart

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Michael Joe Stewart, 69 of Benld, passed away at his residence in Benld on Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at 5:30 a.m. He was born on February 22, 1955, in Staunton to Jack Stewart and Pauline (Montgomery) Stewart.

He married Terri Tomso on November 12, 2000, in Gatlinburg, TN. He worked for the railway. He was a lover of his family and friends, his music, cooking, and was a man of faith. He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles’ and Cardinals’ fan.

He is survived by his wife, Terri Stewart of Benld; daughter, Jennifer Jo Stewart of Gillespie; grandson, Nicholas Joseph Willis of Repentigny, Quebec, Canada; bbrother, Jim Stewart Livingston; two sisters, Patti Hicken of Mt. Olive and Bonnie Stewart of Gillespie; mother-in-law, Norma Tomso of Mt. Olive; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Dale Stewart and Wayne Stewart; step mom, Lois Stewart; father-in-law, Ted Tomso; and niece, Layla Stewart.

Friends may call on Monday, July 15, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie from 4:00 pm until the time of service. Memorial services are on Monday, July 15, 2024, at 6:30 PM at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie with Derrick Taylor officiating.

Memorials are suggested to Gillespie Caring Center and Benld Adopt-A-Pet. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of Betty Jean Craddick

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Betty Jean Craddick, 88, of Benld, died at her residence on Saturday, July 6, 2024, at 9:10 am. She was born June 7, 1936, in Gillespie, to Jeanie Steed. She married Harry Craddick on September 25, 1954, at the Gillespie Methodist Church.

She was a homemaker who enjoyed anything involving her family, especially doting on her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Harry Craddick, her two sons, David (Betty Lynn) Craddick of Litchfield, and Robert (Anna) Craddick of O’Fallon, grandchildren, Jennifer Spitznagel of Litchfield, Michael (Tanya) Craddick of Glen Carbon, Bradley (Rachael) Craddick of Edwardsville, Timothy Craddick of O’Fallon, Michelle (Derek) Petrich of O’Fallon, Lindsay Craddick of O’Fallon, and Jennifer (Alex) Scherschel of Richmond, VA, great-grandchildren, Tanner (Samantha) Roeske of Litchfield, Casey Roeske of Litchfield, Hailey Robbins of Litchfield, Christina Craddick of Glen Carbon, Nora Craddick of Edwardsville, and Graham Petrich of O’Fallon, great-great-grandchildren, Cruze and Jami Roeske of Litchfield, and other extended family.

Betty was preceded in death by her mother, Jeanie Steed; her brother, Jim Steed, sister, Gladys O’Connell; and great-grandchild Angelina Craddick.

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Friends may call on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Benld from 9:30 am until 12:00 noon.  Funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at noon at Kravanya Funeral Home in Benld, IL. Burial will be in Benld City Cemetery in Benld. Memorials are suggested to Benld United Methodist Church, 209 S Main Street, Benld, and the Gillespie Area Caring Center, 100 South Macoupin Street, Gillespie. The family wishes to thank Mary Cunningham for her invaluable dedication to Betty over the last several months, Kathy Hausman, and the staff at Home Instead and Vitas Healthcare. 

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

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Death of Kenneth M. Beerup

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Kenneth M. Beerup, 73, of Bunker Hill, died at his residence on Wednesday, July 3, 2024. He was born on July 29, 1950, in Jacksonville, to Audie Beerup and Imogene Pitchford Beerup. He married Gala Danette Kruemmelbein Beerup on January 14, 1969, in Carlinville. She preceded him in death on December 26, 2016.

He was a retired CPA. He was a veteran of the US Air Force after having served during Vietnam. Keith enjoyed traveling, reading, hunting, and spending time with friends.

He is survived by his son, Kenneth “Marty” (Patricia) Beerup of Seminole, FL, grandchild, Bryce Ray of Seminole, FL; brother, Audie “Butch” (Karen) Beerup of Paragould, AR; and sister, Susan (Jack) Hurst of Bunker Hill. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, spouse, and daughter, Joey Kenna.

Friends may call on Friday, July 12, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill, from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Funeral services are Friday, July 12, 2024, at 7:00 pm at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill. Memorials are suggested to American Liver Foundation, PO Box 299, West Orange, NJ, 07052. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com. Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill, is in charge of the arrangements.

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