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Death of Mary A. Kalika

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Mary A. Kalika passed away peacefully on March 31, 2022, at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield at the age of 91. Mary was born March 1, 1931, in Livingston the daughter of Anton and Catherine (Spagnola) Pellizzaro.

She married the love of her life, Frank Kalika on October 13, 1951, and they settled in Staunton where she was a lifelong resident. Mary enjoyed gambling, especially in Las Vegas, flower gardening, shopping, and traveling. During her life, she visited over 40 countries, mostly in her 70s and 80s, with her favorite travel partners, her daughter and granddaughter. 

Mary’s honorable career as an LPN nurse spanned 39 years. She was noted for her white nurse’s uniform and her starched nurse’s hat. Many remember her for the exceptional care she provided her patients and their family members. In her final daysm she was well taken care of by the wonderful nurses and doctors of St. Francis hospital, some of whom were her friends and colleagues.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Linda Kay Kalika of Effingham; her granddaughter, Allison Niendiek and significant other Michael Cook of Hugo, MN; nephew, Dr. Gary Pellizzaro and wife Debbie of Ponte Verda, FL; and niece, Judy Yarnik of Staunton, IL.

She was preceded in death by Frank Kalika on May 15, 1997; her parents, Anton and Catherine Pellizzaro; siblings, Irma Bacca Zupan, O’nelio Pellizzaro, and Rico Pellizzaro; brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Ann Eller; and sister-in-law Mary L Kalika.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 3, 2022, at Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton. Visitation from 2 to 4 PM and a memorial service beginning at 4 PM with Father Michael Meinhart officiating. Burial following at Staunton Memorial Park Cemetery. There will be a celebration of life at R & B’s Family Restaurant immediately following the burial for family and friends.

Memorials may be made to Staunton Area Ambulance Service (401 N Ash St., Staunton, IL 62088), Staunton Fire Department (215 S Wood St., Staunton, IL 62088) or donor’s choice.

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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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