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Death of Paul “Cooch” Halavonich

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Paul “Cooch” Halavonich, Jr., 84, of Benld, IL died Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 9:00 am at Banner Gardens in Mesa, AZ. Cooch was born October 30, 1927 in Staunton, IL to Paul Halavonich, Sr. and Kate (Lisac) Halavonich.

He married Helene (Termine) Halavonich on August 9, 1952 in Benld, IL and was a retired truck supervisor for CNW Railroad. Cooch was also a veteran of the US Army and a member of the CFU Lodge 217 of Benld, IL.

Paul is survived by his spouse: Helene Halavonich of Benld, IL, son: David Halavonich of Benld, IL,  daughters: Paula Lewis of Benld, IL, Carla Jean McGuire (Roy) of Staunton, IL, Brenda Heltsley (Roger) of Eagarville, IL, Tina Morris (Mike) of Benld, IL, grandchildren: Dale Lewis, Cortney Throne, Dustin Lewis, Amber Braundmeier, Tim Buzick, Nick Buzick, Brittany McMahon, Sharon Pokorney, Roger Heltsley Jr., Joshua Heltsley, Jacob Heltsley, Zach Morris, Kayli Morris, 13 great grandchildren, brother: John Halavonich of Staunton, IL, sisters: Rosemary Tallman of Staunton, IL and Ann Knott of Decatur, Arkansas.

Other than his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his son in law: Darrell Lewis, brother: Mike, and sister: Dorothy Gusewelle.

Friends may call on Friday, January 27, 2012 at Kravanya Funeral Home, Benld from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

The funeral is Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Kravanya Funeral Home in Benld, IL. Burial will follow at Benld Cemetery in Benld, IL. The service will be ministered by Monsignor Larry Auda. Memorials can be made out to the All Weather Track for Unit District 7.

Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com
Kravanya Funeral Home, Benld, IL is in charge of the arrangements.

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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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