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John Warner

John James Warner, age 81, of Mattoon passed away at 1:24 p.m. on December 18, 2014 at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Funeral services honoring his life will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home with Reverend Dennis Strawn officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Bowling Green, KY at a later date. Visitation for family and friends will be from 3:00 p.m. until the time of the service on Sunday.

John was born on September 22, 1933 in Chicago, IL and married Marietta Mitchell on April 27, 1957.

Survivors include his loving wife, Marietta Warner of Mattoon, IL; sons, Michael (Kimberley) Warner of Novato, CA and Daniel (Gena) Warner of Doha, Qatar; grandchildren, John Warner of Novato, CA, Claire Warner of San Diego, CA, Nathan Warner of St. Paul, MN, McKenzie Warner of Houston, TX, Graham Warner of Ft. Campbell, KY, Morgan (Kyle) Ramsey of Dallas, TX and Bailey Warner of Tuscon, AZ; special niece, Bonnie Berman of Bowling Green, KY; great nephew, Mitchell Berman and great niece, Lizabeth (Joshua) Gibson all of Bowling Green, KY.

John earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois. He was a Gas Operations Supervisor for CIPS and retired in 1995 after 33 years of dedicated service. John served honorably in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict aboard the USS Wisconsin. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Exchange Club of Mattoon, USS Wisconsin Association and was a long-time Water Board member. John also served on the school board for Mattoon Community Schools Unit #2. Most of all, John cherished time spent with his friends and family. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

Memorial donations in his honor may be given to the Exchange Club of Mattoon.


David Finley

David Glen Finley, age 69, of Mattoon passed away at 11:55 a.m. on December 13, 2014 at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, IL.

Memorial services honoring his life will begin at 6:00 p.m. this evening, Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Smyser Christian Church with Reverend Richard Coen officiating. A visitation will take place from 5:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

David was born on January 31, 1945 in Mattoon, IL the son of Freddie Forrest and Dena Maxine (Jeffries) Finley.  He married Rebecca Cline on January 27, 1965.

Survivors include his loving wife of 49 years, Rebecca “Becky” Finley of Gays, IL; daughter, Jo Ann (Neil) Luallen of Effingham, IL; son, Chad William (Michelle) Finley of Ashmore, IL; grandchildren, Alex Finley of Charlestong, IL and Alyssa Finley of Ashmore, IL; great granddaughter, Katherine Finley of Ashmore, IL; brother, Gary Roger (Ardeth) Finley of Mattoon, IL; sister, Karley Elaine Fahlsing of Tuscon, AZ; numerous nieces and nephews.

David was a lifelong farmer. He was a member, Associate Pastor and elder of Smyser Christian Church. David loved to sing. He sang and shared the gospel with the singing group, HIS (His In Service). David served on the Coles Moultrie Board of Directors and the Prairie Power Board (out of Jacksonville). He was also a member of the American Institute Electrical Coop. David cherished time spent with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

Memorial donations in his honor may be given to Smyser Christian Church  Over 50 Ministry c/o Sherrie Coen 1521 Whitey Pt. Road Gays, IL 61928.


Pauline Kindelberger

 

PAULINE KINDELBERGER

Pauline Kindelberger, age 90, of Mattoon passed away at 11:31 p.m. on December 12, 2014 at Mattoon Healthcare.

Graveside Services honoring her life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Dodge Grove Cemetery with Reverend Virgil Baker officiating. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Pauline was born on July 11, 1924 in Mattoon, IL the daughter of Vernon and Kathryn (Mickie) Keller.  She married David F. Kindelberger on January 18, 1947. They had one son, David Brad Kindelberger on October 26, 1953.

Survivors include her loving husband of 67 years, David Kindelberger; son, David Kindelberger (Linda Hamilton) of Urbana, IL; grandchildren, Tara (Brian) Fleming of Bloomington, IL, Kristine Kindelberger and Andrew Keeling both of Champaign, IL; great grandchildren, Parker Keeling and Faith Fleming. Pauline was preceded in death by her parents; brother Charles; sister-in-law Tiny; nieces and nephews.

Pauline graduated from Mattoon High School and lived there all of her life. She worked at Brown Shoe Company for eight years, then was the clerk and cashier at General Auction for over 30 years. Most recently she worked at Blagg Auction. She loved visiting with her many friends, dancing, going to auctions and shopping. Most of all, she cherished spending time with her wonderful grandchildren.


Frances Driskell

 

Frances Driskell, age 90, of Mattoon passed away at 6:50 p.m. on Friday, December 12, 2014 at Odd Fellow Rebekah Home.

Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home.

Frances was born on September 19, 1924 in Mattoon, IL the daughter of Loren and Gladys (Riley) Gast.  She married Ishmael Elmo Driskell on September 30, 1942 in Mattoon, IL. He preceded her in death on January 10, 2000.

Survivors include her loving children, Jan (David) Gravvat and Loren “Sonny” Driskell both of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Tammy (Tim) Wiessing of Sigel, IL, Deborah Mortenson of Colorado Springs, CO, Shonette (Jack) Langlois of Colorado Springs, CO, Angela Milligan of Ashmore, IL, Kimberley (John) Leverich of Mattoon, IL, Jasmine Driskell of Belle, MO and Frances Driskell of Henderson, NV; nine great grandchildren; one great great grandchild, Sadie Lynne Wiessing who was the light of her life and another great great grandson on the way; sisters, Marjory (Harold) Lashbrook of Colfax, IN and Ruth Woods of Mattoon, IL. Frances was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four sisters and one brother.

Frances worked at the Brown Shoe Factory until it closed its doors. She then went to work at Thrifty Drugs until she retired in 1980. Upon retirement, Frances started babysitting in her home for local Mattoon families. Frances was a member of the East Side Nazarene Church. She spent many years teaching Sunday School for children two to three years old. Little children took to Frances like bees to honey. She will be remembered as the most caring, giving and sweetest person that ever lived. Frances will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.


Patrice Runyon

Patrice Diane Clark Runyon, age 43, of Mattoon passed away at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, 2014 surrounded by her loving family at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at First Christian Church, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Robert C. Clark officiating, assisted by Pastor Steven Hayes. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at First Christian Church. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Patrice was born on December 31, 1970 in Decatur, IL the daughter of Robert C. and Sally C. (Hood) Clark. She married Stephen M. Runyon on May 31, 1997. He survives along with her son, Gunner Runyon of Mattoon, IL.

Also surviving are her father, Reverend Robert C. (Janet) Clark of Mattoon, IL; siblings, Tammy (Mark Price) Corley of Farmersville, IL, Debra Dodson of Monticello, IN and Charles (Chuck) and wife Lisa Clark of Chatham, IL; numerous nieces and nephews; and special canine friend Gizmo. Patrice was preceded in death by her mother, Sally Clark and grandparents.

Patrice was baptized on April 11, 1982 at the First Christian Church where she was a member. She was a 1989 graduate of Mattoon High School. She earned her degree in Special Education from Eastern Illinois University in 1993. Patrice had a heart for children with special needs and helped many families during her life. She was employed at Eastern Illinois Area of Special Education as an Early Childhood Transition Coordinator. Patrice spent time volunteering at Camp New Hope. She assisted her mother in caring for special needs children and teaching sign language. Patrice was on both the Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken baseball boards where she served as a commissioner. She was also a Mattoon Junior Football League commissioner. Patrice was devoted to her son and enjoyed trips to California and Disney’s Universal Studios. She also supported Gunner and his friends in their sports activities. Patrice had a heart for giving. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.

Memorial donations in her honor may be given to Camp New Hope, Mattoon Junior Football League or Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball.


Lois Abbott

 

Lois May Abbott, age 70, of Mattoon passed away at 8:42 a.m. on Tuesday, December 09, 2014 at Mattoon Healthcare.

Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 12, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Joe 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 on Friday.

Lois was born on June 2, 1944 the daughter of Jim and Helen (Morton) Ruland.  She married Roger Abbott on December 28, 1964. He preceded her in death on April 30, 2008.

Survivors include her loving daughter Mary (Charles) Degironne of Mattoon, IL; granddaughters Ashley (Myles) Connour and Alana Degironne both of Mattoon, IL; great grandson Hunter Connour of Mattoon, IL; sisters, Donna (David) Chyma of East Moline, IL and Iona (George) Gollick of AZ; numerous nieces and nephews; special feline friend, Tasha. Lois was preceded in death by her parents and daughter Lana Powers.

Lois retired from General Electric after many years of dedicated service. She attended Freedom Life Ministries. Lois enjoyed riding motorcycles with her husband and completing crossword puzzles. Most of all, Lois loved spending time with her family and friends and was affectionately called “Mama” by all who loved her. She will be greatly missed.

Memorial donations in her honor may be given to Freedom Life Ministries.


Betty Lou Jordan

Betty Lou Jordan, age 77, of Mattoon passed away at 6:05 a.m. on Friday, December 5, 2014 at the home of her son.

A memorial service honoring her life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL. Burial will follow at a later date. Visitation for family and friends will be from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service.

Betty was born on July 27, 1937 in Newton, IL the daughter of Charles Harris and Margaret Penrod.  She married Charles F. Jordan on August 14, 1954. He preceded her in death on August 23, 2009.

Survivors include her sons, Kevin (Cathy) Jordan of Springfield, IL and Greg (Tammy) Jordan of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Angel L. Jordan, Tyler A. Jordan, Austin D. Jordan, Aarron D. Jordan and Alyssa J. Jordan; great grandchildren, Ivy, Elizabeth, McKenzie and Whitney; sisters, Dee Nichols of Mattoon, IL and Donna Metzler of Mattoon, IL; brother, James Harris of Mattoon, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews. Betty was preceded in death by her sons, Jeffrey Jordan and Douglas Jordan; and grandchildren, Aimee Jordan and Brooke Jordan.

Betty was a homemaker. She was a member of Broadway Christian Church, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and Women of the Moose. Betty cherished time spent with her friends and family. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.

Memorial donations in her honor may be given to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.


Thomas Healy

Thomas “Tom” Francis Healy, age 81, of Mattoon passed away at 7:25 a.m. on Friday, November 21, 2014 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Mattoon, IL with Reverend John Titus officiating. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 24, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home.

Tom was born on November 19, 1933 in Antrim County, Northern Ireland the son of Thomas and Clare Morse Healy.  He married Mona Lee Horn on December 12, 1970.

Survivors include his loving wife, Mona Healy of Mattoon, IL; special granddaughter, Cherae Shaw of Mattoon, IL; sister, Madelyn Sowney of Belfast, Ireland; special nephew, Eugene Connolly of Dublin, Ireland; biological step children, Debra Shaw of Mattoon, IL, William (Staci) Horn of Edmond, OK, Angela (Albert) Hamilton of Springfield, IL; 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; 54 nieces and nephews, 140 great nieces and nephews, and 50 great great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Clare Healy; and siblings, Sheila, Clare, Veronica and Theresa.

Tom retired from the Chicago Transit Authority after 26 years of dedicated service. He was a member of the Franciscans Old Order and the Transit Authority Union Local 241. Tom earned a Business Administration Degree from St. Vincent  College in Dublin, Ireland and also attended St. Mary’s College in Belfast, Ireland. He started the Leprosian AA Drugs and Alcohol Treatment Center in Lusaka, Zambia. Tom was also active in memorial mass for alcoholics and drug addicts on Memorial Day. Most of all, he cherished time spent with family and friends. Tom will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

Memorial donations in his honor may be given to Haymarket House, 932 West Washington, Chicago, IL 60607. Attention to Evelyn or Steve.


John Nevius

 

John R. Nevius, age 63, of Mattoon passed away at 12:44 p.m. on Friday, November 21, 2014 at his residence.

Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 2:00 on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 1:00 until time of service on Tuesday.

John R. was born on August 15, 1951 in Orrville, OH the son of John C. and Pauline (Steiner) Nevius.

Survivors include his mother, Pauline Nevius of Orrville, OH; siblings, Douglas (Melanie) Nevius of Lake Paradise, IL, Wesley (Corrine) Nevius of Senegal, West Africa, Rev. Thomas J. (Kitty) Nevius of Fremont, NE, Rachel (Gary) Tentler of Pittsburg, PA and Mark (Leanne) Nevius of San Antonio, TX; several nieces and nephews. John R. was preceded in death by his father, John C. Nevius.

John R. graduated from Taylor University in Upland, IN.  In 1986 he started working at Doug’s lawn Service where he later became a partner. John R. will be greatly missed.

Memorial donations in his honor may be given to the Salvation Army.


Ruth Griffith

 

Ruth Elisabeth Griffith, age 85, of Mattoon passed away at 2:57 a.m. on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at her residence.

Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Steven Hayes officiating. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday.

Ruth was born on June 6, 1929 in Kaefertal, Germany the daughter of Ludwig and Elisabeth (Deobald) Heckmann.  She married Harold Griffith in 1961. He preceded her in death in May of 2002.

Survivors include her sister, Gertrud Faath of Speyer, Germany; nieces, Marianne (Gerhard) Rybicki of Mattoon, IL, Barbara Faath of Speyer, Germany, Claudia (Michael) Scheifle of Speyer, Germany, Helga Joostn of Mannheim, Germany, Karen (Manfred) Kress of Mannheim, Germany and Gabriele of Mannheim, Germany; nephews, Karlheinz Heckmann and Juergen Heckman both of Mannheim, Germany; great nephews, JD Farrar and Joshua Farrar; great nieces, Nicole Adams and Natalie Parkerson; numerous other great nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews; special canine companion Poopsie.  Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Hella Moog and brother, Heinz Heckman.

Ruth came to Mattoon IL from New Mexico in 1965 with her husband Harold and lived on Paradise Lake. They opened up a bait shop together. In 1967, Ruth started selling tacos and enchiladas out of her living room at Lake Paradise. Upon the urging of those who frequented her home, she decided to open up her own restaurant. In 1968, Ruth opened Little Mexico on Charleston Avenue in Mattoon, IL. Ruth was the original founder, operator and chef of Little Mexico. She was the proprietor of Little Mexico for many years. Her hobbies were always creating different fares for family and her business. Although Ruth and Harold did not have any children, they embraced Marianne and her family as their own. The family would like to thank Dr. Joag, Ruth’s caretakers and Harbor Light Hospice for their compassion and care of Ruth. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

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