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Death of Phyllis Jean Robinson

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Phyllis Jean Robinson, age 79, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at Alton Memorial Hospital.  She was born on February 8, 1945, at home in Edwardsville the daughter of Ralph and Mabel (Klopmeier) Helmkamp.

She married John Robinson at Zion Lutheran Church in Bunker Hill on August 9, 1969, and they enjoyed nearly 55 wonderful years together. A 1963 graduate of Bunker Hill High School, Phyllis began her career at Olin as a switchboard operator before dedicating herself full-time to her family and farm.

As a devoted member of Zion Lutheran Church in Bunker Hill, she contributed in many meaningful ways. Phyllis taught Sunday school, managed the Cradle Roll, and was an active member of both LWML and Ladies Aid, where she served as treasurer for several years. Her life was a testament to hard work, love, and unwavering faith in God and family.  

Phyllis leaves behind her beloved husband, John; sons, Eric (Suzie) Robinson of Glen Carbon and Mark (Katie) Robinson of Collinsville; six grandchildren, Ashlee, Kristina, Luke, Nolan, Jake, and Cole Robinson; and sisters, Louise (Jerry) Weidner of Bunker Hill and Janet Gillis of Jerseyville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her in-laws, Ole and Elsie Robinson; sister, Arlene Hall; brothers-in-law, Ed Gillis and Tony Robinson; nephew, Ed Gillis Jr.; daughter, Amy Robinson; and grandson, Wyatt Robinson.  

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 23, from 4 to 8 p.m. followed by a service on Friday, May 24, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Bunker Hill (609 E Warren St, Bunker Hill). A graveside service will follow at St. James Cemetery, 5662 IL-159, Edwardsville, IL 62025, with Rev. Pastor Robert Weise officiating.  

Memorials can be made to Zion Lutheran Church in Bunker Hill. Arrangements are entrusted to Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill.

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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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