Obituaries

Louine A. Friese, 89, of Urbana, and formerly of Sidney, died at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday, July 31, at Sidney United Church in Sidney, with the Rev. Mike Picklesimer officiating. Burial was in Mount Hope...
Arthur L. ‘Art’ Houseman
Arthur L. “Art” Houseman, 77, of Lick Creek, died Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at Herrin Hospital.  He was born on March 23, 1940, in Union County, the son of Ray H. and Cora Ellen Glasco Houseman.  He married Lillie Rider on Nov. 23, 1974, in Dongola. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lillie...
Donald W. ‘Don’ Verble
Donald W. “Don” Verble, 84, of Jonesboro, died at 11:44 a.m. Saturday, July 29, 2017, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna.  He was born on Aug. 20, 1932, in Anna, the son of Loel and Agnes Ledbetter Verble.  He married Janet Tripp on Dec. 22, 1953, in Anna.          He is survived by his wife,...
Rev. Verlee Eaker
Rev. Verlee Eaker, 88, of Cape Girardeau, and formerly of Anna, died at 12:05 p.m. Saturday, July 22, 2017, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born on Nov. 15, 1928, in Grassy, Mo., the son of Raymond and Lilly Mouser Eaker. He married Joyce Johnson on July 10, 1950. She...
Betty Stahlheber, 86, of rural Dongola, died at 10:30 p.m. Friday, July 21, 2017, at the Integrity Healthcare Center in Anna.  She was born in Dupo, the daughter of Louis and Christine Kurtz Sutter.  She married Earl Stahlheber in 1951. She is survived by her husband, Earl Stahlheber of rural...
Bonnie Moreland
Bonnie Moreland, 89, of Anna, died Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Southeast Health in Cape Girardeau. She was born on Aug. 7, 1927, in Jonesboro, the daughter of Arthur and Marie Frick Boyd. She married Raymond L. Moreland on Sept. 23, 1950. He preceded her in death on Feb. 2, 2015. She is survived by...
Joanna Coles
Joanna Coles, 62, of Anna, died July 19, 2017, at her home.  She was born on March 25, 1955, in Anna, the daughter of Boyd B. and Ruth A. Martin Henson.  She married Mike Coles on Jan. 3, 1987, in Carbondale. She is survived by her husband, Mike Coles of Anna; children Tommy Yates of Missouri, Gary...
Walter Thomas Lamer, 79, of Jerseyville, died at 5:35 a.m. Friday, July 14, 2017, at the Jerseyville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. He was born on Feb. 6, 1938, and was the youngest, and last surviving of 10 children born to Lawrence Lafayette and Lena “Budgie” Angell Lamer. He grew up in...
Thelma Louise Rich
Thelma Louise Rich, 93, of Cape Girardeau, and formerly of Anna, went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at 9:25 p.m. She was born on Dec. 4, 1923, the daughter of Dugan and Agnes Tripp of rural Cobden. She married Fred Rich on Aug. 24, 1942, in Cape Girardeau. After over 60 years of...
Betty Janice Swink, 80, of Dongola, died at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at Southeast Health in Cape Girardeau. She was born on Nov. 12, 1936, in Union County, the daughter of Lloyd Samuel and Alma Irene Smith Sims. She married Don C. Swink on Dec. 20, 1953, in Jackson, Mo. He preceded her in...

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