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Death of Kay Ann Purdy

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Kay Ann Purdy, 81 of Gillespie, died at Community Memorial Hospital, Staunton on Friday, May 19, 2023, at 9:15 pm. She was born on July 22, 1941, in East Chicago, IN to Henry Wagner and Irma Johanntosettel.  

She was married to and divorced from the father of her four children. She then married Theodore “Ted” Cummings on December 29, 1989, and he passed away in August 1998. Then she married Alfred “Chick” Purdy on June 2, 2010. He preceded her in death on December 23, 2020. 

Kay enjoyed eating out, dancing, and playing Scrabble. She enjoyed watching American Idol, The Bachelor, and St. Louis Cardinals on TV. Kay enjoyed trips to Branson and Walt Disney World. She loved every member of her large family and hosted a big Christmas party for them for about 35 years. It included eating, signing, playing games, taking pictures, and all day entertainment by the kids. 

She worked as a cashier at the Diamond’s Restaurant and Nickerson’s Restaurant. She also traveled to several states as a survey research interviewer for the National Institute of Health and Gallup Poll and Harris Interactive and Institute of Consumer Studies for 10 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Gillespie. 

She is survived by her daughters, Michelle Middleton of Benld, Shari (Richard) Overturf of Eagarville, and Lori Keller of Mt Olive; son, Randy (Lesly) Estell of Mt Olive; grandchildren, Trisha, Crystal, Billy, Davy, Melisa, Selena, Jiles, Stormee, Shelby, Travis, and Olivia; 16 great-grandchildren; 3 great great-grandchildren; and niece, Jennifer (Rogier) Stephenson. 

Kay was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; grandchildren, Shane and Micheal; sister, Carol (Wagner) Rogier; and one brother in infancy. 

Friends may call on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at First United Methodist Church of Gillespie from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. Funeral services are Thursday, May 25, 2023, at 12:00 pm at First United Methodist Church of Gillespie. 

Burial will be at Gillespie Cemetery, Gillespie, IL.  Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church of Gillespie or Gillespie – Benld Area Ambulance Service. 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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Death of Ronald Hopper

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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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