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Death of Marjorie F. Leefers

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Marjorie F. Leefers died at her home on Sunday, June 18, 2023, at the age 92. She was born on September 8, 1930, in Gillespie to Paul and Zelma (Besanceney) Lancaster.

Marjorie was married on June 23, 1951, in Gillespie to James D. Leefers of Carlinville. He preceded her in death in 2013. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Bob, and his wife, Naomi; an infant sister, Betty; and sister-in-law, Daisy Lancaster.

Marjorie graduated from Gillespie High School in 1948. She worked at Lesem’s Dept. Store in Gillespie from 1948 to 1951. She then worked in Carlinville at Walker’s Dime Store and Montgomery Wards Order Office. From 1962-1989, she worked for Schien Body and Equipment Co. as a bookkeeper. She then worked for Konneker-Brown from 1990 until she retired in June of 1994.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ where she served on several committees including volunteering at the Carlinville Food Pantry. She was a Charter Member of the Elk’s Ladies Organization and held several offices in that organization. She was chosen by the Carlinville Elk’s Lodge and the West Central District in 1999-2000 as Elk Lady of the Year. In February 2000, she was honored by the Carlinville Elk’s Lodge with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Marge enjoyed collecting news articles on family and friends and many other items in scrapbooks. She also kept a lot of information on the Elk’s Organization for her husband, Jim. She did a great deal of research on the family genealogy of both sides of her and Jim’s families. She enjoyed sewing, making blankets and quilts for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also liked putting puzzles together.

Her happiest times were when the family would get together for a pot-luck dinner. She loved watching the grandchildren and great-grandchildren all play ball, hunt Easter Eggs, open Christmas presents, and have fun all together. She loved traveling to the Elk’s National Conventions with her husband Jim. It gave her a chance to see so many different fascinating ways of life. She also liked to collect small pencil sharpeners which she had over 300 at one time and Pillsbury dough-boy items, along with going to auctions with Jim and collecting Fostoria Glass.

She is survived by two sons, Paul D. (Holly) of Litchfield and James L. (Tina) of Coffeen; a daughter, Gail (Jack) Sanson of Carlinville; five grandchildren, Michelle (Doug) Wernsing of Litchfield, Karie (Greg) Pollard of Girard, Adam Leefers and his partner Katie Barnhart of Grand Rapids, MI., Matthew (Alicia) Leefers of Dalton City, and A.J. (Abby) Sanson of Wentzville, MO; six great-grandchildren, Landon Paul Wernsing and Carter Dean Wernsing of Litchfield, Henry Cole Pollard of Girard, Nolan James Leefers of Dalton City, Reilly Grace Sanson of Wentzville, MO, and Aiden Wayne Barnhart Leefers of Grand Rapid, MI; brother, Bill Lancaster of Gillespie; as well as several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 22, 2023, at Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 23, 2023, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Carlinville. Burial will be in Moore Cemetery.

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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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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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