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Death of Merry L. Callovini

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Our beloved best friend Merry L. Callovini, 66, of Staunton passed away at 4:36 AM on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton. She was born on August 7, 1956, in Alton the daughter of the late Shirley (Geisler) Hansel Buehler and the late Kenneth Buehler. 

She married Phil Callovini Sr. on September 3, 1988, and he survives. Merry worked as a paralegal with law offices in Edwardsville for many years and was also a Mary Kay consultant. She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church of Staunton, Staunton Lions Club, and she volunteered at St. Michael’s Church and at His Service Station in Staunton.  

She is survived by her husband, Phil Callovini Sr. of Staunton; five children, Phil (Angie) Callovini Jr. of Holiday Shores, Marthee (Pete) Sansone of Staunton, Michael (Amy) Callovini of Staunton, Krystal (Matt) Marra of Staunton, and Cory (Jackie) Rodreguiz of Staunton; nine grandchildren, Julian Lopez, Austin Callovini, Tristan Sansone, Anthony Sansone, Madalyn Callovini, Gunnyr Marra, Alex (Michael) Ashpole, Samantha (Dustin) Scheller, and Michael Senaldi; three great-grandchildren, Mila, C.J., and Finn; siblings, Eunice Morse, Carl Hansel, Max Hansel, Audrey Owens, Beth Buehler, Jackie Boda, Sheila Friend, Robbie Buehler, and Edith Schehl;  brother-in-law, Alan (Debbie) Callovini; and several nieces and nephews. 

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Annette & Bino Callovini.

Friends may call from 9 to 11 AM on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton with Rev. Thomas Hagstrom officiating. 

Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton. Memorials are suggested to either Darts for Kids, National Diabetes Foundation, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. 

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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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Death of Ronald Hopper

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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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