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Death of Rena M. Crookston

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Rena M. Crookston, long time resident of Mexico, Missouri, passed away at home in Sedona, Arizona where she has lived near family for the past sixteen months.  She was born in Benld, Illinois, on October 13, 1920 and died on September 30, 2011 in her sleep from natural causes.  She lived independently until just the last few weeks of her life.

She is predeceased by her late husband, James A. Crookston, a former executive with A. P. Green Refactories.  Dr. Crookston passed away on March 3, 1997.  She is survived by her two sons, Jim and wife Sue of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida and Dan and wife Paulette of Sedona, Arizona.  The highlight of her life for the past 38 years were her grandchildren, Laura Deleot of Nashville, TN, Jenny Harrell of San Francisco, CA, Katie Birkholz of Denver, CO, James Crookston of Sedona, AZ, and San Francisco, CA and Shara Crookston of Toledo, OH.  The last three years of her life have been filled with great joy and pleasure with the arrival of five great-grandsons, Beau, Thornton, Nolan, Xander and Clay.

Rena’s life was fulfilled with the act of doing for others.  Very rarely did she focus on herself, it seemed to always be about someone else.  She was very active for many years in her church, Mexico First Presbyterian Church, where she served as Elder and on many committees during her 56 years of membership.  Rena was active as well in many civic activities such as PEO, the Ladies Hospital Auxiliary Board, the City Park Board and school PTA committees and fund raisers.

During the last few weeks of her life she was surrounded by family who traveled to her bedside to say goodbye.  She died during the night after the last one left.

At Rena’s request her memorial will be a graveside service at Benld Cemetery in Benld, Illinois, on October 29, 2011 at 10AM where she will be laid to rest next to her husband and mother and father, Andina and Domenic Moretti.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers any remembrance be made to the Mexico First Presbyterian Church.

Kravanya Funeral Home, Benld, Illinois is in charge of the local arrangements.

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Death of Donald F. Brown

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Donald F. Brown, 75 of Carlinville, passed away peacefully at home in the care and comfort of his extended family on Wednesday, June 19, 2024.

Donnie graduated from Carlinville High School, class of 1966. He served in the United States Army early in life. He was the owner and operator of J & D Trucking traveling to all 48 continental United States, including Mexico.

He always had “many a story” to tell. He took impeccable care of his Peterbuilt Semi in addition to his other prized possessions. He had a passion for the 1960 muscle cars. Gardening and traveling with his life-long significant other of over 40 years, Dawn Lamprecht, is what he enjoyed in his free time.

Donald is survived by his sons, Jeffrey David (Lori) Brown and David Corey Brown of Carlinville; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; stepdaughters, Kimberly and Kelly Lamprecht of Collinsville; brothers, Jim (Chubby) Brown of Carlinville, Dean (Sang) Brown of Phoenix, AZ, Gerald (Mary) Brown of Gillespie, Gary (Julie) Brown of Carlinville, and Roger (Stacey) Brown of Plainview; sisters, Nancy Lambeth of Plainview and Ann Brown of Carlinville; brother in law, Melvin Pursey of Carlinville; sister in law, Cathy Brown of Joliet; and several nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren, and step-great-grandchildren.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin O. and Mary Jane (Bomkamp) Brown; sisters, Sharon Brown and Patty Pursey; brother, Paul Brown; and companion, Dawn Lamprecht.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2024, at Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville, from 2 to 4 p.m. Memorials may be made to CAV PAC or American Cancer Society. Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville is in charge of arrangements.

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Death of Gary Dennis Wheeler

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Gary Dennis Wheeler, 69, of Carlinville, died at Lakeside Heath and Rehab Center, Carlinville on Sunday, June 16, 2024, at 10:50 pm. He was born on November 11, 1954, in Litchfield to Frederick Wheeler and Nancy Thrower Wheeler.

He was retired after having been Sheriff for Macoupin County. Gary was a member of the Illinois Sheriff’s Association and the Thursday Night Choir Club.

He is survived by his son, Corey (Tiffany) Wheeler of Bunker Hill; step daughter, Regina (Mike) Bassett of Bunker Hill; grandchild, Addison James Wheeler; step-grandchildren, Jessica Bassett and Jacob Bassett; siblings, Karan (Robert) Teter of PA, Frederick Wheeler, Mark (Debbie) Wheeler of Brighton, and Beth (Steve) Norris of Bethalto; former wife, Billie Bauer of Bunker Hill; and special friends, Greg and Kari McKinney of Carlinville.  

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and brother, James Wheeler.  

Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at the funeral home at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Bunker Hill Cemetery, Bunker Hill.  

Memorials are suggested to Bunker Hill Education Foundation for a scholarship to be set up in Gary’s name. Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill is in charge of the arrangements.

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Michele Lynn Peretti, of St. Louis, MO, formerly of Wilsonville, died peacefully at her residence on June 14, 2024, at age 74.

Michele was born on September 16, 1949, to Joseph Michael Peretti and Rose (Rossini) Peretti in Litchfield. She attended the University of Missouri in St. Louis and was a devoted math teacher for over 36 years.

A dedicated fan of the Cardinals and the Blues, she also loved The Boss (Bruce Springsteen). Her favorite quote of Bruce Springsteen was “It’s not the time in your life, it’s the life in your time.” Michele also found joy in attending the Fox and Muny as well as spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by her son, Chris Eveland of St. Louis, and her sister Denise (Peretti) Anderson and husband Randy Anderson of Gillespie. Michele is further survived by her beloved nephews and nieces, Ryan (partner Katie) Anderson of Gillespie, Teri Anderson of Colorado Springs, CO, Robert (Emily) Anderson of Columbia, and Randi Anderson of Gillespie; great nieces Ryeline and Rosie; and great nephew, Samuel.

A celebration of life will be held for Michele at a later date. Kravanya Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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