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Death of Maralyn Russell Hammond

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Maralyn Russell Hammond, 71 of Litchfield, passed away on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. at Gillespie Health & Rehabilitation Center. Mrs. Hammond was born on November 15, 1951, in Springfield, a daughter to Boyd and Ann (Warner) Russell.

She graduated from Athens High School with the class of 1970, earned an Associate of Arts in English & Writing from Lincoln Land Community College, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Sangamon State University.

She married Dale L. Hammond on January 17, 1976, at Pleasant Hill Christian Church in Raymond; Mr. Hammond preceded her in death on July 10, 2017. For more than 40 years, she was employed by the Illinois State Board of Education as an administrative assistant. 

Mrs. Hammond was a member of AFSCME, an avid reader, an Abraham Lincoln scholar who loved history, enjoyed baking, and was well-known for her chocolate chip cookies, created intricate works of needlepoint, was a member of Pleasant Hill Christian Church where she taught pre-school Sunday School for 30 years, and enjoyed being with her family.

Mrs. Hammond is survived by her sister, Bonnie L. Russell of Williamsville; her sister-in-law, Lois (Lester) Peper of Raymond; two nieces, Jennifer (Kenny) Felty and Julie (Josh) Nickles; and her great-niece, Lindsey Nickles, and her great-nephews, Lucas and Landon Nickles.

Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, James L. Russell.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., at Pleasant Hill Christian Church in Raymond. Darrin Daugherty will officiate.  Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will be at Cedar Ridge Cemetery in Honey Bend.

The family suggests memorials be made to Pleasant Hill Christian Church. Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield 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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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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