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Death of SJay Stewart

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SJay Stewart, 85, of Carlinville, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2024, at his home in Carlinville. SJay was born on January 11, 1939, in Girad, a son of Wendell and Deloris Imogene Hull Stewart. He married Beth Gardner Boward in Palmyra on May 29, 1994.

SJay served our country in the United States Navy for four years. He farmed and raised livestock for over four decades. He also invented and patented a piglet holder and a long-handled pig marker. At one time, he was the largest single hog farmer in Macoupin County. He later graduated from the police academy and served 13 years as a police officer, ending his law enforcement career as Chief of Police in Girad. Following retirement, he worked at Freedom Chevrolet in Virden. He founded the Farm Law Institute in the mid-80’s to assist farmers in saving family farms, and during that time he wrote and published the book “Land Patents.” He enjoyed various types of hunting, and he spent many hours searching for and collecting arrowheads. SJay loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

SJay is survived by his wife, Beth Stewart of Carlinville, daughters; Jill (Rod) Kreoger of Waverly, Kelly (William) Dennis of Pawnee, and Kasey (Mark) Emery of Palmyra, step-daughters; Deana (Eddie Ray) Jones of Carlinville and Amy (Scott) Weidhuner of Athens, sisters; Shirley Olsen of Malad, ID, and Carlene (Terry) Harmon, grandsons; Zach (Melissa) Dennis and Michael Jones, granddaughters; Courtney (Landon) Keitekamp, Tabatha Weidhuner, Kristy Weidhuner, and Izzy McCarthy, and great-grandchildren; Kailyn, Blakely, Jaron, Beau, Blaire, Benjamin, and Lane.

SJay was preceded in death by his parents, brother Harold Stewart, sister Dee Stewart, and granddaughter Emily Dennis.

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The family is planning a private celebration of life. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s and Shriner’s Children Hospital. Please visit www.davisandersonfuneralhome.com to leave condolences or light a candle in his memory. David-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville, is in charge of the arrangements.

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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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