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Death of Marie Inez Kampwerth

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Marie Inez Kampwerth, 93, of Bunker Hill, IL passed away at 6:24 PM on January 17, 2012 at Alton Memorial Hospital, Alton, IL.

She was the daughter of Charles and Hulda Ladendorff, was born February 17, 1918 in rural Bunker Hill, Illinois.

Marie was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith on May 19, 1938, at Zion Lutheran Church in Bunker Hill where she became a member and remained the rest of her life. She married Wilfred Kampwerth on July 30, 1939, at Zion, and they had four children. Marie earned a teaching certificate from Illinois State University in Normal and taught in rural schools until her marriage. The family farmed north of Bunker Hill where Marie was a mother, farm wife, caretaker of aging parents, and did substitute teaching.

Marie and Wilfred enjoyed forty years together until his passing on March 4, 1978. While living in Bunker Hill, Marie often visited her children, served actively with the Ladies of Zion, and volunteered with other groups including the Meissner/Whitaker Park Committee and the Beautification Committee. She was a charter member of Bunker Hill AARP and the Bunker Hill Historical Society. Marie was always interested in government. She served many years as a voting judge and often attended city council meetings. In 2005 Marie was selected as the Grand Marshall of the 4th of July parade.

On January 10, 2007, Marie had a serious heart attack. After two weeks in the hospital and several month’s rehabilitation at Rosewood Care Center, Marie returned home to live next door to her daughter.

Preceding Marie in death were her parents, her husband Wilfred, her brothers Roy and Ferdie Ladendorff, her son William, and close friend, Harold Benjey.

Marie is survived by three children: daughter Judy and husband Ed Brown of Kokomo, Indiana; son Robert Kampwerth and wife Sandy of Flagstaff, Arizona; and daughter Joni Wood and husband Rodger of Bunker Hill. She is also survived by six grandchildren, three great grandchildren, a great-great grandchild, nieces and nephews, and numerous friends.

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Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm on Friday, January 20, 2012 at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill, IL and from 10 to 11 am on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Zion Lutheran Church, Bunker Hill, IL.

Funeral services will be at 11 am on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Zion Lutheran Church, Bunker Hill, IL with Rev. Terry Grebing officiating. Burial will be at Bunker Hill Cemetery, Bunker Hill, IL. Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church Building Fund or the Bunker Hill Historical Society.

Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com

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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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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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