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Michael Frank

Michael Rodger Frank, age 56, of Mattoon passed away at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Mattoon Healthcare and Rehab Center after a courageous 2 year battle with cancer.

Graveside Services honoring his life will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 24, 2014 at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Michael was born on December 7, 1957 in Mattoon, IL the son of Robert and Doris (Clark) Frank.

Survivors include his mother, Doris Frank of Mattoon, IL; daughter, Sabrina Frank; grandsons, Taylor and Joey; brothers, Bobby Frank (Diane) of LaCruz, NM, Tony (Mary Jo) Frank of Mattoon, IL, Todd (Angie) Frank of Mattoon, IL, Dirk (Abbie) Frank of Mattoon, IL, Shawn (Wendy) Frank of Taylorville, IL; sisters, Renee (Larry) Hradek of Ft. Worth, TX and Tami (Kevin) Aikman of Batavia, IL. Michael was preceded in death by his father, grandparents, brother, Adam Frank and sister, Debbie Frank.

Frank worked for many years as a carpenter. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially gardening. Most of all, Frank cherished time spent with his friends and family. He will be missed by all those who knew him.

Memorial donations in his honor may be given to the American Cancer Society.


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Marilyn Janssen

JEAN JANSSEN

Marilyn Jean Janssen, age 81, of Mattoon passed away at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Douglas Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Troy Countryman officiating. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Wednesday.

Jean was born on December 16, 1932 in Mattoon, IL the daughter of Carl and Zelma (Reynolds) Elder.  She married Harvey A. Janssen on March 9, 1954.

Survivors include her loving husband of 60 years, Harvey Janssen of Mattoon, IL; son, Rick (Phyllis) Janssen of Lincoln, IL; grandson, Corey (Deidre) Janssen of Lincoln, IL; granddaughter, Amy (David) Kuelbs of Lincoln, IL; numerous loving nieces and nephews. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Zelma Elder; twin brother, Dean Elder; brothers, Dick Elder and Bud Elder; sisters, Kack Howard and Betty Elizabeth Weber.

Jean was a homemaker and loved spending time with her family. She treasured her time attending all of her grandson Corey’s activities and events. Jean also enjoyed going on trips planned by her daughter Phyllis and visiting with her granddaughter Amy. Jean will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her honor may be given to St. John’s Lutheran School or Church.


Steven Shadwick

Steven Owen Shadwick, age 55, of Mattoon passed away at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 17, 2014 at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Pastor Brad Brown officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 20, 2014 at the funeral home.

Steven was born on October 15, 1959 in Mattoon, IL the son of James and Jacquelyn (Owen) Shadwick.  He married Diana Patrick on August 7, 1982.

Survivors include his loving wife, Diana Shadwick; son, Steven A. Shadwick of Mattoon, IL; brother, James (Mary) Shadwick of Marshall, IL; sister, Brenda (Robert) Stoke of Toledo, IL; nephew, Shane Stoke and fiancé Jamie Hillis of Watson, IL; niece, Jessica (Thomas) Lane of Neoga, IL; special friends, Olivia Waldrop, Taytum Waldrop, Andrew Elersik and Addison Hillis. Steven was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and daughter, Amanda Shadwick.

Steven worked as a Machine Operator at RR Donnelleys for over 30 years and was a member of the Donnelly Club. He enjoyed fishing, playing guitar, and old cars. Most of all, Steven cherished time spent with his friends, family and his dog Toby. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

Memorial donations in his honor may be given to the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Foundation or the family.


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Harold Cross

Harold Edwin Cross, of rural Gays, Illinois, passed away on Friday, October 17, 2014. Harold was born on March 4, 1938, to Harry Wyman Cross and Anastasia Doris Smith Cross. Harold was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Helen Cross Beals and Pearl Cross Waggoner; and brothers Harry Cross, Paul Leo Cross, and William Douglas Cross.

Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Richard Coen and Reverend Bob Clark officiating. Burial will follow at Branch Side Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the funeral home.

Harold married Gertrude (Trudie) Ann Weilepp of Decatur, IL, on April 28, 1961. Harold is survived by his wife Trudie; daughter Janet Cross (Tom) Mollet and sons Harold Douglas (Miki) Cross, Keith Paul (Eva) Cross, and Edward Wayne (Jennifer) Cross; grandchildren William and Blaise Mollet, Kasey, Clarice, and Kerrington Cross, and Carter, Brady, and Kaitlyn. He also had several nieces and nephews.

Harold proudly was employed at Blaw Knox in Mattoon for 47 years of service until its closure in 2003. He was a member of the Central Illinois CAP Council, Sergeant at Arms for local UAW 916 and for many years served at the Mid-Eastern Illinois Labor Council Picnic in several capacities.

He also was proud to have served on the Gays and Windsor Volunteer Fire Departments. He was a member of the Rainbow Riding Club and an active league bowler for years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and Mattoon Eagles and a Charter Member of the Shelbyville Eagles. For those who remember he was a distinguished member of the Liars Table at Gill’s Drive In. He loved to tell jokes and tell stories that captivated all those who were fortunate to be around his infectious laughter. Harold enjoyed the time he spent with his horses and had a natural connection with all the animals in his life.

Harold Cross knew everyone and visited his friends often while putting the needs of others ahead of his own. Above all else he loved his family at all stages of his and their lives and was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and dedicated his life to family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mattoon Shop with a Cop, Mattoon Operation Sleigh Ride, or Windsor-Gays Volunteer Fire Department.


Lee Wright

S. Lee Wright, age 64, of Mattoon passed away at 12:26 a.m. on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at her residence surrounded by loving family members.

Lee was born on September 25, 1950 in Indianapolis, IN the daughter of William A. and Shirley J. (Lohrman) Wright.

Lee’s life was full of love for her family, cousins, nieces and nephews. Survivors include her sister, Nancy Wright of Mattoon, IL; brothers, Bob Wright and Tom and wife Vicky Wright both of Mattoon, IL; step mother, Marianne Getz of Mattoon; nieces Holly and husband Domingo Pucheta of Charleston, IL and Deanna Wright and special friend Dustin Freeman of Joliet, IL; nephews, Tommy and wife Jessica Wright of Fort Knox, KY and Christopher Wright of Iowa City, IA; much loved cousins; Jane and husband Robert Wakeland and her daughters Angie Lee of Martinsville, IN; Jera Lee and husband Patrick Cronin of Chicago, IL; great nieces, Elizabeth, Willow, Sofia; great nephews, Emilio and Vinnie. Lee was preceded in death by her parents.

She enjoyed traveling and exploring her family’s history in her native Indiana. She shared her love of exploring the caves of Kentucky with her niece Deanna. In her earlier years Lee’s love of adventure led her to become a member of a sport parachuting team and she loved white water rafting in the mountains of Georgia. Lee was always ready for adventure and travel.

Lee was an active member of the Coles County Historical Society and the American Red Cross. She was especially passionate about the Mattoon Railroad Depot. She worked tirelessly to solicit funds for the restoration of the depot. She cleaned and restored, and catalogued artifacts from the depot. She was especially proud of the Depot Museum, setting up the permanent and seasonal museum displays to perfection. She thoroughly enjoyed describing the history of the Depot to visitors. Two of her favorite projects were the Wine Tasting events and Santa Claus arriving by train. Lee enjoyed making people happy.

Memorial donations in her honor may be given to the Mattoon Train Depot, c/o the Coles County Historical Society, PO Box 1398, Mattoon. Lee loved the purple Iris, so next spring when you come upon one, we ask that you take a moment to remember her as the lovely lady that she was… perhaps plant a few in her honor. Her beauty, her sense of style, her love of her family will be sorely missed by all family and friends.


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Stewart Edersheim

Stewart Alan Edersheim, age 68, of Mattoon passed away at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at his residence.

A visitation for family and friends will be held at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL. Military Rites will be at 7:00 p.m.

Stewart was born on May 21, 1946 in Jersey City, NJ the son of Irving and Martha (Stewart) Edersheim.  He married Alice Edersheim on August 17, 1993.

Survivors include his loving wife, Alice Edersheim; sons, Andrew Edersheim and Jacob Edersheim both of Mattoon, IL; daughter, Elizabeth Edersheim of Mattoon, IL; sisters, Ruthie Haugk of Flanders, NJ and Gloria (Jerry) Kennell of Aurora, IL. Stewart was preceded in death by his parents.

Stewart served honorably in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the V.F.W. Stewart retired from Odd Fellow Rebekah Home as the Harmony Center Coordinator. He also enjoyed entertaining others as ‘Wetse the Clown.’

Memorial donations in his honor may be given to the family.


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Cleaves Branson


Cleaves Bennett Branson, age 82, of Mattoon passed away at 4:15 a.m. on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Palm Terrace.

Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Dennis Strawn officiating. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 1:00 p.m. until time of service Sunday.

Cleaves was born on February 19, 1932 in Mattoon the son of Norman and Mary Francis (Elliott) Branson.  He married Rosalie Arthur on January 21, 1951.

Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Rosalie Branson of Mattoon, IL; children, Darlene (Steve) McGary, Mark (Nancy) Branson, Debby (and the late Cecil) Ellis and Gary (Janet Sue) Branson all of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Angie Pearson, Christi Poorman, Shannon McGary, Sharma Trail, Casey Branson, Jake Branson, Edward Carpenter, Amy McGary, Jary Branson and Garrette Branson; ten great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; sister, Norma Lundy; niece, Patricia Taylor. Cleaves was preceded in death by his parents Norman and Mary Branson; son-in-law Russell Bush; nephew, James Taylor.

Cleaves worked for the Illinois Railroad and owned Branson & Sons Painting and Branson Machine Shop. He enjoyed many hobbies: fishing, auctions, inventing, playing his guitar and building things for his kids to play on in the neighborhood. Most of all, Cleaves loved spending time with his family and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his honor may be given to the Mattoon First Baptist Church’s Music Department.


Marie Chronic

 

Agnes Marie Chronic, age 78, of Mattoon passed away at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Ed Stephens officiating. Burial will follow at Drummond Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday.

Marie was born on June 5, 1936 in Cumberland County the daughter of Ben and Mary (Jackson) VanScyoc.  She married Harry Laverne Chronic on January 16, 1954. He preceded her in death on February 21, 2013.

Survivors include her loving children, Kathy (Dennis) Walker of Mattoon, IL, Cheryl Sheppard of Charleston, IL, Robin Bailey of Mattoon, IL and Kevin Chronic of Springfield, MO; grandchildren, Nicole, Clint, Corey, Sophie, Ben and Mary; great grandchildren, Mazey and Jackson; sisters, Alberta Williams of Ramsey, IL, Loreine Purcell of Montrose, IL and Maxine Misner of Neoga, IL; life-long best friend and sister-in-law, Betty Basham. Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Laverne Chronic; parents, Ben and Mary VanScyoc; grandson, Jamey Heuerman; nine brothers and two sisters.

Marie retired from G.E. after 32 years of dedicated service. She was a member of the New Mercy Worship Center. Marie loved camping at the lake and reading. Most of all, Marie loved spending time with her family and will be greatly missed.

Memorial donations in her honor may be given to Seven County Kidney Fund, 4940 Koa Road, Rochester, IL 62563.


Marguerite Lepper

Marguerite Marie Lepper, age 91, of Indianapolis passed away at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 6, 2014 at Green Tree Assisted Living.

Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, October 13, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Troy Countryman officiating. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday.

Marguerite was born on October 21, 1922 in Mattoon, IL the daughter of John and Marie (Price) Morris.  She married William Orndoff in 1941. She later married Thomas Lepper on July 19, 1968. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughters, Janet Musgrove of Indianapolis, IN and Delores Ames of Rome, GA; grandchildren, Dale, Jamie, Carl, Teresa, Angela and Amy; brothers, Raymond (Madonna) Morris of Mattoon, IL and Tony (Sharon) Morris of the St. Louis area; sisters, Pat Hills of Mattoon, IL, Shirley Easton of Mattoon, IL and Betty Welch of St. Louis, MO. Marguerite was preceded in death by her parents, John and Marie Morris; son, William Orndoff Jr.; sister, Ruth Edwards; brothers, Clifford Morris and Arthur Morris.

Marguerite was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She enjoyed working on putting braille books together, sewing and crocheting. She was very talented and made the majority of her own clothes. Marguerite worked for Community Unit #2 in the cafeteria at the high school. After moving to Des Plaines, she worked as a clerk at the United Methodist Publishing House. Most of all, Marguerite cherished time spent with her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.

Memorial donations in her honor may be given to Lincolnland Hospice.


Gary Jones

 

GARY JONES

Gary Jones, age 61, of Mattoon passed away on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at his residence.

Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Ed Stephens officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation for family and friends will be from 12:00 p.m. until time of service Thursday.

Gary was born on February 6, 1953 in Mattoon, IL the son of Aaron Dean and Norma Jean (Addkins) Jones.

Survivors include his loving daughters, Jennifer Jones and Mary Jean Jones (Fiancé Joe Ramsey) all of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Charlie Campbell, Kaylee Schwerdt and Kyleigh Schwerdt all of Mattoon, IL; brothers, Ron Jones of Greenup, IL, David (Melissa) Jones of Toledo, IL and Donald “Bucky” (Sharon) Jones of Mattoon, IL; sister, Sheila Parkhouse of Springfield, IL. Gary was preceded in death by his parents and brother Frank Jones.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are appreciated to assist the family with funeral arrangements.