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Death of Ruth Ann (Steinmann) Sievers

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Ruth Ann (Steinmann) Sievers, 94, with her family by her side at the family farm, passed peacefully from her earthly home into her heavenly home on the 3rd of May, 2022.  She was born on January 21, 1928, on her family’s farm in the Hamel township to parents Walter and Bertha Steinmann. 

She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church (formerly New Gehlenbeck) in Hamel. Ruth was married to her beloved husband Walter Sievers on September 19, 1948, also at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hamel.  He preceded her in death in 2011. 

Surviving are a daughter and two sons, Judy (Keith) Loemker, Gary (Cheryll) Sievers, and Jim (Kathy) Sievers; 10 grandchildren, Brian (Julie) Sievers, Julie Sievers (Tim) Scheller, Chris (Carmen) Loemker, Greg Sievers, Jennifer Loemker (Joey) Sexton, Mark (Tara) Sievers, Jeremy (Mauri) Loemker, Tim (Charley) Sievers, Kati Sievers (Greg) Harkins, and Renee Henson Carlen; and one step-grandson, Eric (Shawna) Gray.  Ruth was blessed to be the great-grandmother to 28 great-grandchildren and 3 step-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Frieda Maack and Verna (LeRoy) Langendorf; two sister-in-laws, Lynn Steinmann and Judy Steinmann; 27 nieces and nephews; and other friends and relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers and three sisters, Helen (Al) Hesterberg, Wilma (Vernon) Renken, Paul Steinmann, Norma “Toots” Steinmann, and Harry “Bud” Steinmann; and six brothers-in-law, three sisters-in-law, one niece, and two nephews.

Ruth loved the Lord with all her heart and along with her late husband Walter, was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Staunton where she served in the Ladies Aid.  She found immense joy in her church and in spending time with her large family. She and Walt were dairy farmers until 1971 when they founded Sievers Equipment in Hamel where they worked alongside one another for many years. She loved listening to music and watching her favorite St. Louis Cardinals. Today we rejoice in the knowledge that she is forever at home with the Savior she faithfully served for 94 years.

Ruth was blessed with a talent for poetry which she generously shared by writing personalized poems for countless baptisms, confirmations, birthdays, and weddings for her church and her extended family. In her memory, and to the Glory of God, we’d like to share one of her favorite poems with you here.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM on Friday, May 6, 2022, and again from 9 AM to 10 AM on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at Zion Lutheran Church in Staunton. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 10 AM at Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Kelly Mitteis officiating. Burial will be held at Spangle Cemetery near Livingston. Memorials are suggested to Zion Lutheran Church of Staunton, Spangle Cemetery, or KFUO.

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Death of Eugene A. “Gene” Bentrup

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Eugene A. “Gene” Bentrup, age 86 of rural Staunton, passed away at 5:15 PM on Friday, April 19, 2024, at Staunton Health & Rehab Center in Staunton.  He was born on Tuesday, March 15, 1938, in Staunton, the son of the late Louis and Ella (Heigert) Bentrup.  

He married Shirley Repovich on June 9, 1962, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Livingston and she survives.

Gene served our country in the United States Army.  He was employed as a grain inspector for Toberman Grain & Feed Company in East St. Louis for many years.  He enjoyed gardening, mowing grass, shopping with Shirley, traveling with the Goldenaires Club, bowling, and table games.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Bentrup of rural Staunton, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother in infancy, Otto Bentrup.

Friends may call from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM on Friday, April 26, 2024, at Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston. Funeral services for Gene Bentrup will be held at 11 AM on Friday, April 26, 2024, at Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston with Rev. Fr. Thomas Hagstrom officiating.

Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton with the  Staunton Veterans Honor Guard conducting graveside military rites. Memorials are suggested to either Heartland Hospice, St. Michael Catholic Church of Staunton, or to the charity of the donor’s choice

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Death of Wanda Kaye (Huffman) Bernot

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Wanda Kaye (Huffman) Bernot, 77 of Benld, was freed from the shackles of Alzheimer’s Disease on April 22, 2024. She passed peacefully with family by her side at Community Hospital of Staunton. A poetic end for she was a selfless person.

Wanda was born on September 7, 1946, in St. Louis, MO, the daughter of the late Vernon and Gladys (Conner) Huffman. She was raised in Staunton and was a graduate of Staunton High School. She married Pete Bernot on February 20, 1965, in Benld. They lived in Benld where they raised their only child, Jeff. 

Wanda dedicated her time to a career in public service by working for the State of Illinois.  Much of her work for the state was spent with the Department of Public Aid as a caseworker and director in the Carlinville field office.  She was also a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union. 

Wanda never shied away from helping people. After retirement, she served as Benld’s City Clerk and served on the Gillespie CUSD#7 Site Selection Committee for the location of the new elementary school.  

She leaves behind her son, Jeffrey A. Bernot of Benld; her grandchildren, Rylee Bernot (Cassidy) of Benld, Peyton Bernot of Benld, and Ashleigh Feldmann (Daniel) of Staunton;  great-grandchildren, Elexia, Jace, Jax, and Emreigh; a sister, Rita Soens of Williamson; a niece, Sherry Warren (Mike); and great-nieces, Shelby and McKenzie. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Pete, who passed away on April 21, 2018.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM on Monday, April 29, 2024, at Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton. A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton with Pastor Dane Solari officiating.  

Memorials are suggested to The Partnership for Educational Excellence for the Pete & Wanda Bernot Scholarship Fund.

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Death of Rodney Lee McQuaid

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Rodney Lee McQuaid, 62 of Shipman, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at home. He was born on January 31, 1962, in Alton, the son of the late Roy “RD” and Ramona Kay (Moran) McQuaid.

Rodney married the love of his life Sherry Lynn Whitten on October 12, 1984, in Alton. She preceded him in death in 2020.  Together they enjoyed traveling and spending time with their family, always spoiling their nieces and nephews whom they dearly loved. He was a manager at Speedway Salvage and could usually be found getting into trouble on his tractor.

Rodney is survived by his brother, Skip (Marcia) McQuaid; sister, Sherrie (Randy) Durbin; five nieces and nephews; five great nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Gloria Joyce.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sherry Lynn, and parents, RD and Kay McQuaid.

Visitation will be held from 10 am until the time of funeral service at Noon on Monday, April 22, 2024, at Anderson Family Funeral Home in Brighton. Burial will follow at Shipman Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Parkinson’s Foundation.

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