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Stuart DobbsStuart Dobbs, 80, of Carlinville, passed away Wednesday morning, March 6, 2013 at Friendship Home in Carlinville, IL. He was born on April 23, 1932 to Hugh and Sybil (Stevens) Dobbs in Springfield, IL. He married Elizabeth McGill in August 1958 in Springfield, IL and she preceded him in death on January 20, 2012.

Stuart graduated high school from Lake Forest Academy in 1950, and attended Duke University and the University of Illinois before entering the U.S. Army. He served in Germany in 1955-56. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1957 and from Northwestern University Law School in 1959. He practiced law in Chicago after graduation until he returned to Springfield in 1961 to join the law firm of Gillespie, Burke and Gillespie.

In 1966, he and W.W. Denby established the firm of Denby and Dobbs. Before Stuart’s retirement in 2001, his practice included partnerships with the Giffin, Winning law firm, Stratton, Dobbs and Nardulli, as well as his own practice in Carlinville. During his active trial practice, Dobbs represented the indigent and the affluent, individuals and corporations, public bodies, schools, and hospitals.

In civic affairs, Stuart served on the board of directors of Carlinville Area Hospital and was President of the Carlinville Area Hospital Association from 1980 to 1986. Dobbs served two terms on the Trustee’s Council of the Illinois Hospital Association. Dobbs also served on the Carlinville Library Board and was a member of the Elks and American Legion. Dobbs served his church as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Federated Church in Carlinville. Dobbs was an avid golfer, a master griller, and a charter member of the MCLTL&GS.

Stuart is survived by his son, Stuart “Jay” Dobbs (Michelle) of Kirkwood, MO; daughter, Janet Dobbs of Carlinville; 7 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Bernice Rappel of Springfield, IL and Elsie Rogers of Scottsdale, AZ and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, Hugh and Sybil Dobbs and his wife, Elizabeth Dobbs, preceded him in death.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Carlinville Area Hospital or the Carlinville Library Fund.

Davis Anderson Funeral Home 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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