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Shirley M. Rodgers, 72, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, formerly of Carlinville, passed away Tuesday evening, November 15, 2022, with her husband Larry at her side. Shirley was born in Carlinville on March 19, 1950, to Edward (“Leo”) and Dorothy (Rosentreter) Kalaher.

She graduated from Carlinville High School in 1968 and completed her studies in cosmetology in Springfield in 1969. On September 6, 1969, she married Larry A. Rodgers at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Carlinville. After having met on a blind date arranged by close friends, they were devoted to one another in marriage for 53 years.

Shirley and Larry welcomed their daughter, Michelle, in July 1970. Shirley had her own home-based business, Shirl’s Curl Shop, while Michelle was growing up and later worked as a pharmacy technician at Sullivan’s Drugs, Carlinville Area Hospital, and Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. She finished her working years at a medical office in Carlinville where she greatly enjoyed being with patients who often were or became friends.

Most of all, Shirley was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was actively involved in Michelle’s many extracurricular activities helping with her 4-H club, attending events, and regularly welcoming Michelle’s friends into their home. Given their farm roots, Shirley and Larry both enjoyed their home in the country dedicating many hours to caring for their lawn and flowers.

Later, their grandchildren, Alex and Ella, would very much enjoy their visits to Grandma and Grandpa’s house where many good memories were made.

Shirley is survived by the loves of her life, husband, Larry of Cedar Rapids; daughter, Michelle and son-in-law Steve; grandchildren, Alex and Ella of North Liberty, Iowa; sister, Rosemary (Don) Arnett; brother, Ed (Kay) Kalaher; her niece, Julie (Jeff) Behme, and nephew, Pat (Becki) Kalaher, and their families, all of Carlinville, and her nephew-in-law, Tony Burger.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a premature grandson; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dolores (Rodgers) and Jack Winslade; a niece, Cindy Burger; and many aunts and uncles.

Visitation will be held Sunday, November 20, 2022, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Ss Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Carlinville where funeral services will be held on Monday, November 21, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. with Decon Dennis Baker officiating. Burial will be in Moore Cemetery.

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Condolences may be sent to Larry Rodgers at 1224 13th Street NW, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52405 or online via the Davis Anderson Funeral Home website. Memorials may be made to UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Foundation which supports St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids where Michelle has worked for more than 25 years.

Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville is in charge of arrangements.

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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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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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