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Kenneth Charles Kay, 87 of Benld, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. He was born in 1935 in Racine, WI to Elwood and Mary (Trione) Kay. He grew up in East St. Louis, IL until his family moved to Hollywood Heights, IL. 

Kenneth graduated from Collinsville High School in 1952 and went on to attend the University of Illinois where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education. Kenneth was drafted into the Army in 1958.  He was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO until his early release in 1959 to teach band in Manito, IL. In 1964, he relocated his family to Benld to replace Louis Philippe as CUSD #7 band director. 

Kenneth earned his master’s degree in 1974 from SIU in Edwardsville.  He remained as band director with CUSD #7 until his retirement in 1993. Upon moving into the area, he joined the municipal bands playing saxophone and clarinet. Kenneth took over directing duties of the Benld – Gillespie Municipal band in 1974, later adding Mt. Olive and then Staunton making one area band known as the Heritage Band. He gave up directing in 2015 and then went back to his love of playing saxophone. 

During his tenure at GHS, he taught hundreds of students the love of music.  He prepared students for performances, concerts, solo contests, pep band, parades, and All-district tryouts. Kenneth also directed the pit band and played saxophone for many of CUSD #7 school musicals. The last one being in 2017, “Back to the 80’s”, directed by his daughter. 

Kenneth had many hobbies which included wine making, stamp collecting, mushroom hunting, traveling, gardening and crossword puzzles.  He liked going to used book fairs looking for old records and books. His favorite love was spending time with his grandsons whether it be fishing, out to lunch (not McDonald’s), a movie, or an adventure. 

Kenneth is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Marilyn (Lemons); son Kenneth E. Kay; daughter, Leanna (John) Sawyer; grandchildren, Brendan Clark, Bradley (Hayley) Clark, Jennifer Sawyer, Emily Sawyer, and Daniel Sawyer; great-grandson, AJ Clark; sister, Loretta (Dominic) Giacoletto; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

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Visitation will be on Friday, January 20, 2023, at Kravanya Funeral Home, Benld from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at Kravanya Funeral Home, Benld at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Benld Cemetery, Benld. 

Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, CUSD #7 High School Band or Gillespie United Methodist Church. Kravanya Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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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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