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Death of Marilyn Isabell Caveny

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Marilyn Isabell Caveny, 94 of Litchfield, passed away on Friday, September 1, 2023, at 7:00 a.m. at Litchfield Health and Rehab Center. She was born on February 10, 1929, a daughter of Lyle and Ema (Cummings) Duncan.

She graduated from Shipman High School with the Class of 1947, where she was a cheerleader. She and Joseph Emmett Caveny were married on April 29, 1950, at St. Denis Parish in Shipman with Fr. Walsh officiating. Emmett preceded her in death on Jan. 9, 2000.

As a young woman, Marilyn worked as a veterinary assistant for Dr. Robert Brakefield in Macoupin County, worked at Western Cartridge in East Alton, and at the JC Archer Allis-Chalmers Dealership in Shipman at the parts counter. 

As a young Army bride, she followed Emmett to Kansas when he was drafted in 1950 where she planted trees along the highway for the state.  When he was sent overseas, she returned to her parents’ farm in Shipman.  Upon his discharge in 1954, they started farming in North Litchfield Township. She became a full-time farmer’s wife, and then later a full-time coal miner’s wife.

Marilyn was active in St. Aloysius Parish Altar and Rosary Society where she also cared for the priest’s and altar boys’ vestments for many years. She was a Cub Scout leader and volunteered for the American Red Cross and for the food pantries. Marilyn loved fishing, animals, and baseball. She was a die-hard Brooklyn Dodgers fan, transferring her allegiance to LA when they moved. 

In later years, she loved mowing, reading, traveling, lunch and games with friends, swimming, dancing, and music. Her grandchildren were the joy of her life, and she attended all of their events until her health made that impossible. 

Marilyn is survived by two sons, Joe (Lori) Caveny of Litchfield and Tim (Candace) Caveny of O’Fallon; daughter, Elaine (Jeff) Stone of Lewistown, IL; four grandchildren, Shannon Caveny of St. Louis, MO, Erin Caveny of Litchfield, Justin (Cassie) Stone of Lewistown, IL, and Tysin Stone of Lewistown, IL; two great-grandchildren, Cameron Stone and Regan Stone, both of Lewistown; and three sister-in-laws, Billie Caveny, Kathy Hantla Walden, and Arlene Duncan.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings and their spouses, Boyd (Christie) Duncan, Bill (Margie) Duncan, Robert Duncan, Jinny (Thornton) Leatherby, and Ardie (Ed) Caveny.

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A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 8, 2023, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Litchfield. Fr. Daniel J. Willenborg will preside. Burial will be in St. Denis Cemetery in Shipman.

Visitation will be 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, 2023, at Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield. The Rosary will be recited at 6:45 p.m. with Deacon Sean Caveny, Marilyn’s nephew, leading.

Her love of her grandchildren and her love of music led to her wish for memorials in her name to be made to Lewistown School District #97 Music Department or to Litchfield School District #12 Music Department.

Plummer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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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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