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Racheline Arnholt

 

Racheline Jo Arnholt, age 76, of Mattoon passed away at 5:02 a.m. on Monday, August 18, 2014 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.

Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 22, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Troy Countryman 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 Thursday, August 21, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Racheline was born on July 7, 1938 in East Lynn, IL the daughter of Alvin and Marie (Oberlander) Samet.  She married James E. Arnholt on August 20, 1961.

Survivors include her loving husband of 52 years, James Arnholt of Mattoon, IL; son, Robert (Sherri) Arnholt of Mattoon, IL; daughters, Cheryl (Stephen) Aceto of San Antonio, TX and Beth Arnholt of Schaumburg, IL; grandsons, Tyler Arnholt of Champaign, IL, Trevor Arnholt of Atlanta, GA and  and Marco Aceto of San Antonio, TX; mother, Marie Samet of Hoopeston, IL; brothers, Ralph (Sandy) Samet of Hoopeston, IL and Richard (Sue) Samet of Hoopeston, IL; sisters, Karen (John) Laubscher of Cissna Park, IL and Peggy Busey of Paxton, IL; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Racheline was preceded in death by her infant sister, Dorothy Samet; infant brother, Jerry Samet; father, Alvin Samet; infant granddaughter Rachel Arnholt.

First and foremost, Racheline was a devoted wife and mother. She dedicated her life to raising her three children in a loving home.  She graduated from the Illinois Commercial College. Upon graduation Racheline worked for Nationwide Insurance Company. She then attended Lake Land College. Later, she worked as a teacher’s aid for the Community Unit #2 and part-time for the United Way. Racheline was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church, Ladies Aid and Altar Guild. She enjoyed sewing, bowling and playing tennis. Racheline treasured her time spent quilting with her dear friends from the Quiltworks and Thursday Day Quilter groups. Most of all, Racheline loved spending time with her family and friends and will be greatly missed.

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


Charles Murphy Hott

CHARLES HOTT

Charles “Murphy” Hott, age 93, of Mattoon passed away at 8:06 p.m. on Friday, August 15, 2014 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.

 

Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at First United Methodist Church, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Ken Hutchens officiating. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 prior to the service at First United Methodist Church. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

Charles was born on January 11, 1921 in Findley, IL the son of Charles W.  and Alta J. (Spicer) Hott.  He married Betty Loretta Keiser on May 28, 1948.

 

Survivors include his son, Gary Duane Hott of Toulan, IL; grandson, Weston (Kelly) Hott of Joliet, IL; great grandson, Branden Hott of Joliet, IL; sister, Norma (Myron) Yantis of Fairfax, VA; numerous nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Snider and Louise (Donald) Myers both of Springfield, IL; brother-in-law, William (Sharon) Powell of Romeoville, IL; former daughter-in-law, Diane James of Minooka, IL. Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Hott; infant daughter, Cynthia Hott; brothers, Reece Hott and Raymond Hott; sisters, Mary Singleton (Edward DDS) and Betty Powell.

 

Charles served honorably in the United States Army during WWII. He worked in the Treasury Department of the Internal Revenue Service and retired in 1981. Charles provided transportation for the children of the Mattoon School District. He enjoyed donating his time to Peace Meals for thirty years. Charles was a member of the Moose Lodge, the American Legion and a former Trustee of The V.F.W. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Charles enjoyed traveling with his family, fishing and golfing.

 

Memorial donations in his honor may be given to the donor’s choice.


Ruth Edwards

Ruth Elizabeth Edwards, age 88, of Mattoon, passed away at 9:40 a.m. on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 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 11:30 a.m. at the church. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Ruth was born on March 3, 1926 in Mattoon the daughter of John and Marie (Price) Morris. She married Robert “Frank” Edwards on July 7, 1951.

Survivors include her loving husband, Robert “Frank” Edwards of Mattoon, IL; daughter, Marsha (Jim) Lynch of Taylorville, IL; sons, Jack (Carol) Edwards of Ballwin, MO, and Jerry (Karin) Edwards of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Heidi (Travis) Boeser of Mattoon, IL, Nicki (Mitch) Morgan of Charleston, IL, Matt (Natalie) Edwards of St. Charles, MO, Diane Edwards of Kirkland, WA and Collin Lynch of Taylorville, IL; 6 great grandchildren; brothers, Raymond (Madonna) Morris of Charleston , IL, John Morris of Mattoon, IL, Tony (Sharon) Morris of Alton, IL; sisters, Marguerite Lepper of Indianapolis, IN, Pat Hills of Mattoon, IL, Bettie Welch of St. Louis, MO and Shirley Easton of Mattoon, IL. Ruth was preceded in death by her brothers, Art and Clifford Morris.

After graduation, Ruth became secretary to the Principal of Mattoon High School until she married. She also held other secretarial positions at Lake Land College, Coles County Treasurer’s Office, Harlan Heller LTD and Keith Branson Realty. Ruth attended St. John’s Lutheran Church and was a former member of the Ladies Aid. She was also a member of the A.B.W.A. and Home Extension. Ruth enjoyed painting, quilting, card club with her friends and loved her Cardinals baseball.

Memorial donations in her honor may be given to St. John’s Lutheran Church Ladies Aid and Mattoon Public Library.


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Gerald Drake

 

Gerald “Jerry” Alison Drake, age 88, of Urbana passed away at Carle Foundation Hospital on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 7:04 a.m.

Graveside Services with military rites honoring his life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Dodge Grove Cemetery, Mattoon, IL. Rev. Jeanne Updike, niece, of Aurora, Colorado, will honor him by conducting his services. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Jerry was born on January 2, 1926 in Mattoon, IL the son of Everett and Louise (Miller) Drake. He married Martha Anne Smith on March 4, 1950 when they were seniors at Eastern Illinois.

Survivors include his loving wife, Martha Anne Drake of Urbana, IL; nieces, Jeanne (Dan O’Hara) Updike of Aurora, CO, Carol (Steve) Boyle of Midland, MI and Janet (Dennis) Willenborg of Gays, IL; sister-in-law, Norma Updike of Mattoon, IL; special friends, Bob (Jean Richards) Sablotny of Springfield, IL Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Louise Drake.

Jerry graduated from Eastern Illinois University with degrees in Physics and Chemistry. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in World War II and the Korean War. Jerry was a lifelong member of the American Legion in Mattoon, IL. He was an Amateur Radio Operator and member of the Air Force Military Affiliated Radio Systems and Ham Radio Club in Champaign/Urbana. Jerry worked for W.C.I.A. in the engineering department and was employed with them prior to them becoming televised. He worked at the transmitter most of his years. He also enjoyed singing with local Barber Shop Quartets as a lead singer.  Jerry was also a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers.  He enjoyed Photography and developed his own negatives for years.  Ham fists were very enjoyable for him.  He loved music, especially jazz.  He had a very special feeling for all animals!  Martha Ann and Jerry have had many cats over the years who were a definite part of the family.

Memorial donations in his honor may be given to the Champaign County Humane Society (1911 E. Main St. Urbana, IL).

 

 


Leon Wright

LEON WRIGHT

Chester “Leon” Wright , age 82, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 12:02 a.m.  on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

No services are planned at this time. Burial will be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cooks Mills, at a later date. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Leon was born on May 4, 1932 in Robinson, IL the son of Chester L. and Thelma (Vandeventer) Wright Sr.  He married Jennie Lois Janes on August 27, 1949. She preceded him in death on March 18, 2011.

Survivors include his daughter, Darlene (John) Abrell of Springfield, IL and son, Gene (Vicki) Wright of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Erik Wright, Lindsay (Thorpe) Shelton, Courtney Wright, Kara Wright Boone and Colby Wright; great grandchildren, Brittany Wright, Breanna Wright, Beckett Shelton, Cameron Boone, Reese Shelton, Bentley Meadows and sister, Shirley Wallace. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Thelma Wright Sr.; wife, Jennie L. Wright; and great grandson, Kaleb Boone.

Leon was a Distributor for Keller Oil Company and retired on May 4, 1977 after 44 years of dedicated service. He was a former member of the Mattoon Eagles and Moose Lodge.

Memorial donations in his honor may be given to the Coles County Animal Shelter.


Thomas Brown

 

Thomas Brown, age 56, of Mattoon, formerly of Peoria, passed away at 4:57 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial celebrating his life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on July 31, 2014 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 204 S. Pine Avenue, Arcola, IL with Father Delix Michel officiating. Burial will be at Dodge Grove Cemetery at a later date. Visitation for family and friends will be from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. prior to the Mass on Thursday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Thomas was born on November 28, 1957 in Peoria, IL the son of Charles Robert and Emma (Venovich) Brown. He married Heather Schroeder on December 31, 2006.

Survivors include his loving wife, Heather A. Brown; brother, Charles F. Brown; nephew, Jared (Rebecca) Brown; niece, Melissa Brown Burton; great nieces and nephews, Micah Brown, Lucas Brown, Molly Brown, Liam Burton, Jack Burton and Owen Burton all of Mattoon, IL. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Emma Brown.

Thomas attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Arcola, IL. He was employed at Eastern Illinois University. Thomas was a member of the AFSCME Union. He was the owner and operator of East West Fitness and Self Defense. Thomas enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding his motorcycle.

Memorial donations in his honor may be given to Gift of Hope, 2442 Denver Drive, Springfield, IL.


Pauline Miller


Pauline Miller, age 94, of Lake Worth, FL passed away at 2:29 a.m. on Monday, July 21, 2014 surrounded by her loving family at her residence.

Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation for family and friends will be from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday prior to the funeral service.

Pauline was born on September 5, 1919 in Charleston, IL the daughter of Stanley and Pearl Merritt (Snyder) Stites. She married Dola “Doggie” Eugene Miller on January 1, 1938. He preceded her in death on June 4, 1998.

Survivors include daughter, Sandra Jean Craig of Mattoon, IL; son, James Harold (Sharon Eileen) Miller of Mattoon, IL; daughter Paula D. Miller and companion Kimberley Lewis of Lake Worth, FL; daughter-in-law, Linda Miller of Mattoon, IL; brother, Stan Stites of Clinton, IL; brother, Max Stites of Clinton, IL; sister, Priscilla McGregor of Venice, FL; ten grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren; eleven great great grandchildren. Pauline was preceded in death by son, Gary Dean Miller; parents, Stanley and Pearl Stites; son-in-law, Richard Craig; one great-grandchild, Rachel Lynn Hall; three brothers and four sisters.

Pauline worked in shipping and receiving for Brown Shoe Factory. She was a member of the Mattoon Moose Lodge. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Pauline’s passion was to dance and listen to her music. Her greatest love in life was being a proud parent and grandparent.

Memorial donations in her honor may be given to Trust Bridge (formerly Hospice of Palm Beach County).


Freddie Burton

Freddie Burton, age 51, of Mattoon passed away at 8:50 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Palm Terrace.

Graveside Services honoring his life will be at a later date at Herrin City Cemetery in Herrin, IL. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Freddie was born on December 13, 1962 in Herrin, IL the son of Freddie Edward Ernest and Avis (Denton) Burton.

Survivors include his siblings, Rhonda Doetch, Kevin Wayne Burton, Jessie Allen Burton and Sandra Lynn Gooden.

Freddie worked at the Mattoon Kentucky Fried Chicken as a cook and at a broom factory.


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Freddie Burton

FREDDIE BURTON

Freddie Burton, age 51, of Mattoon passed away at 8:50 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Palm Terrace.

Graveside Services honoring his life will be at a later date at Herrin City Cemetery in Herrin, IL. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Freddie was born on December 13, 1962 in Herrin, IL the son of Freddie Edward Ernest and Avis (Denton) Burton.

Survivors include his siblings, Rhonda Doetch, Kevin Wayne Burton, Jessie Allen Burton and Sandra Lynn Gooden.

Freddie worked at the Mattoon Kentucky Fried Chicken as a cook and at a broom factory.


Larry Trexler

 

 

Larry Raymond Trexler, age 75, of Lake Mattoon, passed away at 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at his residence.

Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 21, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Ken King officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home.

Larry was born on January 5, 1939 in St. Elmo, IL the son of Maurice and Edna (Cooke) Trexler.

Survivors include sons Larry (Bobbi) Trexler of Neoga, IL and Mark (Becky) Trexler of Ocala, FL; grandchildren Matthew (Courtney) Trexler of Visalia, CA and Tiffany Trexler (Chris Herringer) of Lodi, CA; Stephanie, Stephen and Jennifer Trexler of Ocala, FL; great granddaughters, Matilda and Natalie Trexler of Visalia, CA. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Maurice and Edna Trexler; two wives, Mary Trexler and Judith Wentworth; son, Michael Trexler.

Larry was the longtime business owner of Jake’s Tire, Carpet and Wallpaper and Discount Storage. He was a member of the Central Illinois Motorcycle Club. Larry loved riding his Harley Davidson Tri Glide and watching Chicago Bulls basketball. He enjoyed fishing and hunting in his younger years. Larry treasured time spent with his friends and family at Donny’s Place and the V.F.W.

Memorial donations in his honor may be given to Camp New Hope.