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Geraldine Stewart: Heritage Health Spotlight

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 Geraldine Stewart is our resident spotlight at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Center.

Geraldine has been a resident at Heritage Health since August 11 of this year. “It was my choice to come here and I love it,” Geraldine said. Geraldine spends much of her time crocheting, but she enjoys the company and her roommate and herself are “always stirring up shit.”

Geraldine is 70 years old and “[she] loves it!” She is a Benld native and she spent all of her youth in the lovely town. Her father worked on the local railroad and her mother worked out at the chicken farm where she cleaned chickens. When her parents were at work, it was just Geraldine and her sister.

Since then, her sister has passed away and now Geraldine is at Heritage Health because her “brain is koo-koo and [she] likes to makes fun of her condition because she can get away with a lot of crap.”

Geraldine recalls growing up in a little house at the end of 7th street and when she was old enough to start school, she went to school. Notice she did not willingly go to school because “I did not like school.” Geraldine was educated in the Benld school from first grade up until her senior year. At the end of her senior year, she graduated from a class of 21.

The year before she started school, Geraldine picked up on crocheting from her mother. “I always remember sitting by her feet on the floor while she sat in the recliner and I watched what she did,” Geraldine said of her mother, “Then finally, I picked up on it and I have been crocheting ever since.” In her room at Heritage Health, you will find numerous hangers that have been yarned around along with an afghan and of course her bag of yarn along with her crocheting hooks.

“I do not do it right,” Geraldine added as she explained how much she crocheted, “My mother taught me to do it one way, but I do it my way and I have made a hell of a lot of money.”

After high school, she went on right away to TWA to be a stewardess. “I had a nice body then,” she boasted, “Long, nice hair and everything, those days were very special.” In Kansas City, she had her own nice apartment and was employed by the airport to work in the central office where all the statistics were taken care of instead of being a stewardess.

Geraldine changed her mind because she did not want to be living out of a suit case and being only 22 minutes away from the airport, it was very unreasonable for her to constantly travel.

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“I loved my job,” she said of the statistic work, “We were the heart of the airport. All of the crashes came through my area.” After working there for about 3 years, “[she] got stupid and got married.”

Geraldine married an older man “that needed a mother” when she was about 21 years old. Jack Barrell was her first husband. Jack was the brother of the famous Rusty Barrel who was an actor.

Geraldine had 3 children with Jack: 2 sons and 1 daughter. Erik and Lavan live in Las Vegas, Nevada and Keith lives in California. Erik recently just came down and visited her.

“I have not seen my hippy son for quite some time and I have not seen my grandson since he was born,” Geraldine noted. Geraldine went on to say that Erik will never grow out of the hippy phase.

After living in Kansas City a few additional years and continuing to work at TWA, Geraldine and Jack decided to move back to Benld and “live like regular human beings and get out of the rat race for a while.” Living in Benld worked out for them as Geraldine grabbed a job at Harmon’s, now Randy’s Market, and worked there for about 18 years.

A couple years passed and then the two got divorced “finally.” There was always laughter and carrying on involved in Geraldine’s life. According to her, it was a crazy a life but a fun one.

For fun, Geraldine had a group of people they always went camping with. They all had either trailers or RVs and they would to travel to Fisherman’s Retreat in California every year. “It was a fun time,” Geraldine added, “We loved to fish.” Outside of camping, she enjoyed going to the ocean and the desert.

A few years down the road, Geraldine remarried and this time the lucky man was: Jimmy Stewart. Geraldine made sure to note that he was not the actor, but was “an asshole.”

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Jimmy was a truckdriver and he was a bunch of fun, according to Geraldine.

At Heritage Health, Geraldine enjoys doing whatever she feels like doing and loves the bingo. “Everyone plays bingo and all the old ladies say ‘oh shit’ when they their number is not called,” Geraldine added, “Bingo is a stressful game, I was one number away from winning $25,000 in bingo.”

I love this place, Geraldine closed, most of my family goes through here and it was my choice to come here.

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Macoupin County Courthouse News

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Cases filed during July 7 through July 13. Visit the “Court News” category under the “Community News” tab for other editions.

FELONIES

Timothy D. Conlee, 29 of Gillespie, is charged with aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer, driving on a suspended license, and reckless driving in connection with a July 6 incident.

Dylan J. Arview, 25 of Benld, is charged with driving under the influence while license revoked or suspending, DUI, driving on a suspended license and driving 15-20 mph above the limit in connection with a July 5 incident.

Bobby L. Walker, 35 of Sorento, is charged with driving revoked/suspended with a DUI, driving on revoked license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, displayed registration plate, and expired registration in connection with a June 27 incident.

Dustin W. Gooch, 34 of Beecher City, is charged with aggravated fleeing/bodily injury, unlawful display of a title, improper use of registration/title, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and registration light in connection with a June 17 incident.

MISDEMEANORS

Jordan A. Black, 24 of Gillespie, is charged with battery/causing bodily harm in connection with a July 8 incident.

Dustin R. Stieglitz, 37 of Shipman, is charged with aggravated assault/use of a deadly weapon in connection to a June 29 incident.

Steven A. Kroll, 33 of Eagarville, is charged with resisting a peace officer, fire fighter, or corrections employee in connection with a June 26 incident.

TRAFFIC

David B. Brown, 58 of Virden, is charged with cancelled/revoked/suspended registration in connection with a July 3 incident.

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Jennifer L. Roberts, 47 of Worden, is charged with driving on a suspended license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle in connection with July 5 incident.

Andrew L. Connoyer, 31 of Bethalto, is charged with improper use of registration, driving 15-20 mph above the limit, and no valid registration in connection with July 7 incident.

Megan E. Bertoldi, 37 of Gillespie, is charged with leaving the scene in connection with July 11 incident.

DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE FILED

  • Tasha McQuay versus David McQuay

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School board disciplines staff member; hires AD and Student Services Coordinator

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In a relatively brief meeting Monday night, the Community Unit School District 7 Board of Education approved a “resolution of remedial warning” against an unidentified district teacher, and hired a new Student Services Coordinator and Athletic Director.

The actions followed an 80-minute executive session during which board members presumably primarily discussed personnel issues. The regular monthly meeting of the board was moved up by one week to fill key positions, such as the Athletic Director and Student Services Coordinator, prior to the start of the school year next month. The district was taken by surprise when former Student Services Coordinator Stephanie Bray and Athletic Director Mike Bertagnolli both announced their retirements within days of each other.

Supt. Shane Owsley said the resolution of remedial warning is a disciplinary action representing “a second strike, so to speak.” Neither the teacher or the nature of the infraction was disclosed in open session.

In other action, the board, voted unanimously to hire Shelsie Timmermeier as the district’s Student Services Coordinator for the 2024-25 school year, stepping into the vacancy created by Bray’s retirement, pending confirmation of certification and a background check. In a separate action, the board also appointed Timmermeier as an assistant high school women’s volleyball coach.

Jeremy Smith was hired, also by a unanimous vote, as the district’s Athletic Director for the 2024-25 school year. In a related matter, Smith’s resignation as middle school head baseball coach was accepted. Additionally, the board posted the coaching position as vacant for the coming school year.

On a motion by Weye Schmidt, seconded by Dennis Tiburzi, the board hired Alex Jasper as a high school social science teacher for the coming school year. The board also voted unanimously to hire Tate Wargo as a first-year, non-tenured physical education instructor, pending confirmation of certification. Both positions were vacated as a result of the sudden resignation of Dalton Barnes in April as head football coach, physical education teacher and social science teacher. 

In related matters, the board also hired Wargo Monday night as an eighth grade boy’s basketball coach, and accepted Jasper’s resignation as a district paraprofessional and posted the position as vacant.

In other personnel action, the board:

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  • Hired Amanda Ewin as a one-on-one aide.
  • Hired Anthony Kravanya as a freshman men’s basketball coach.
  • Appointed Melissa Heigert as a volunteer assistant high school softball coach.

In other action, the board gave routine approval to a list of policies provided by the Illinois State Board of Education. 

Supt. Owsley also provided a brief update on the progress being made on safety projects expected to be completed before the start of the school year, including installation of a new intercom system, a card-reader entry system and shatter-proof protective film on exterior windows.

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Gillespie Library, United Community Bank to host Fraud and Scam Prevention seminar on July 22

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Gillespie Public Library (Photo by Gillespie Public Library)

Friends of the Gillespie Public Library and United Community Bank are hosting a joint “Fraud and Scam Prevention” seminar at on Monday, July 22 starting at 6 p.m. at the Gillespie Public Library.

The seminar will focus on today’s common scams and frauds, which includes imposter and check scams, money mule fraud and those that target seniors. Presenters will be Jenni Alepra of Gillespie UCB and Kennen Bertolis of Carlinville UCB.

The seminar is open to the public and is free of charge. For additional questions, call the Gillespie Public Library at 217-839-3614.

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