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CoffeyStella Coffey, formerly of Sparta, Illinois, passed away February 3, 2013, at Garden Villa in Bloomington, Indiana. She is survived by her two daughters, Glenda Murray (Patrick) of Bloomington, Indiana, and Betty Coffey of Owaneco, Illinois.

Stella Anna Behme was born January 15, 1924, to Henry Christian Behme and Clara May Rhodes Behme near Carlinville, Illinois. She graduated from Carlinville Community High School in1942 and attended St. Louis Business College in St. Louis. She worked for the Navy Department in St. Louis for three and a half years during and immediately after World War II.

Stella married Glenn I. Coffey June 22, 1946, in Carlinville. They lived in Altamont and Effingham before moving to Sparta in December 1950. Stella and Glenn had two daughters, Glenda and Betty. Stella was active in the community as a 4-H leader for a dozen years. She was a member of the Sparta Community Hospital Auxiliary for nearly 30 years as a volunteer in the gift shop.

She was a member of the Sparta First United Methodist Church since 1951. Stella was a homemaker and gardener. She canned produce and made jams and jellies for many years. She loved to crochet and sew. She and Glenn regularly took the girls on family vacations and continued to travel once Glenda and Betty were grown.

She is survived by her daughters, Glenda Murray and Betty Coffey; by three sisters, Esther Fagerburg of New Britain, Connecticut, Irene Peacock of Branson, Missouri, and Verna Knudson (Richard) of Carlinville; by three brothers, Floyd Behme (Judy) of Nilwood, Illinois; Erwin Behme (Barbara), and Carl Behme (Charlene), all of Carlinville; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sisters, Myrtle Karrick, Iva Loveless, and Lela Robinson; and one brother, Henry Behme.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 8, 2013 from 9:30 to 11:00 am at Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville with funeral services at 11:00 am at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Mayfield Cemetery in Carlinville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sparta First United Methodist Church, 600 West University Ave, Sparta, IL 62286 or Sparta Community Hospital Auxiliary, 818 East Broadway, Sparta, IL 62286.

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Davis-Anderson Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.

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Death of Nancy Ilene Weller

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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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Death of Beverly Kay Brown

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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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