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Death of Leland Arthur Klopmeier

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Leland Arthur Klopmeier, 86, passed away on October 15, 2022, at 12:30 am with family by his side. He was born on February 25, 1936, in Moro to the late Arthur and Alma (Bertels) Klopmeier.

He married Marvine (Weidner) on July 28, 1956, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Bunker Hill.  She preceded him in death on January 21, 2010.

He was a wonderful father to three daughters, Dawn Earnshaw of Bethalto, Laurel (Steve) West of Troy, and Gayla (Steve) Walters of Carlinville. He continued his role as a loving grandpa to eight grandchildren, Suzy (Kurt) Trevisan, Scott (Tyler) Wheeler, Kelly (Brett) Sollberger, Kyle (Ericka) West, Amy (Adam) Wall, Lori (Tim) Lambeth, Molly (Justin) Joyce, and Megan (Chris) Walton.  He was a very present great-grandpa to 14 great-grandchildren, Aidan & Caleb Wheeler, Nora & Stella Sollberger, Jacob West, Austin & Cecilia Wall, Elliana, Aubree, and Charlotte Lambeth, Dean & Lydia Joyce, and Garrett & Mallory Walton. 

He leaves behind a sister-in-law, Verlene Klopmeier; brothers-in-law, Gerald (Louise) Weidner of Bunker Hill and Eugene Weidner, Florissant, MO; and  many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Nelson & Lydia Weidner; brother, William Klopmeier; son-in-law, Charles Earnshaw; and his sister-in-law, Joyce Weidner. 

Leland graduated from Bunker Hill High School and started working at Owens Illinois Glass as a machinist at age 20. He retired as a Project Engineer in 1994 from O-I after 38 years. During his later years at O-I, he had several international job assignments including Australia, Finland, and Germany. He also enjoyed helping out on the family farms. 

Throughout his life he was active in the Zion Lutheran Church and civic leadership roles. After he retired, he and Marvine enjoyed traveling, golfing, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. 

Visitation will be at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, from 5 to 8 p.m.  The funeral service will be at Zion Lutheran Church in Bethalto on Wednesday, October 19th, 2022 at 10 a.m.  The burial will follow in the Bunker Hill Cemetery. 

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Memorials may be given to the Zion Lutheran School in Bethalto or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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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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Death of Darrell Leon Hoffstot

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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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