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Death of Margaret A. Burleson

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Margaret A. Burleson, 79 of Carlinville, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2022, after a four-year battle with ovarian cancer. Marge was born on April 25, 1942, in Carlinville the oldest of three children born to Henry O. Graham and Frances (Crouch) Graham.

Her father was killed in an automobile accident on December 1, 1946. Her mother later married E. Leroy Stults in 1948 and Leroy became Marge, Henry and Judy’s dad. Leroy and Frances went on to increase their family with four more children. Although her brother Henry was often mistaken as the oldest, Marge would gleefully set them straight and let them know SHE was the oldest of the seven kids.

Marge married Larry H. Burleson on March 27, 1959, in St. Charles, MO. They were married for 62 years before her death. She graduated from Carlinville High School. She lived her entire life in the Carlinville area. While her husband Larry was on the road trucking, Marge was a stay-at-home mother who was involved with raising their two sons. In 1980, Larry and Marge began their own trucking business, Burleson Distributors, Inc. Together they grew and ran their business until they sold it in 2020.

Marge will be remembered as a loving sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a happy and friendly woman who enjoyed being with her family and friends as well as bowling, reading and traveling.

Marge is survived by her husband, Larry Burleson of Carlinville; two sons, W. Glen (Judy) Burleson of Litchfield and Gregory A. Burleson of Carlinville; five grandchildren, Andrea, Erica, Shawn, Alexandra and Braden; seven great-grandchildren, Noelle, Charis, Mercy, Elizabeth, Ryli, Wyatt and Sam; two brothers, Tom (Colleen) Stults of Carlinville and Ed (Lupe) Stults of Corpus Christi, TX; sister, Becky Stults of Springfield; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; brother, W. Henry Graham; two sisters, Judy Scott and Brenda Dolder; and a niece and nephew.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2022, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 11, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Jarod Walston officiating.

Burial will take place in Prairie Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of floral arrangements, memorials are suggested to Carlinville Area Hospital. Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville 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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