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Shirley Pullen

Shirley Annalee Pullen, age 82, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 9:23 a.m. on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 29, 2014 at Bible Baptist Church, 3401 Marion Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Ryan Hayden officiating. Burial will follow at Beals Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Shirley was born on April 16, 1932 in Miami, FL the daughter of Charles and Ruth (Parker) Baldwin.  She married William Thomas Pullen on November 20, 1949.

Survivors include her loving husband, William Pullen; daughters, Pam (Dick) Earp of Mattoon, IL and Cindy (Harold) Janssen of Trilla, IL; sons, Chuck (Theresa) Pullen of Mattoon, IL, Steve (Lynora) Pullen of Trilla, IL and Ken (LaTisha) Pullen of East Bernard, TX; 18 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Bob Baldwin.

Shirley was a member of Bible Baptist Church. Granny was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting scrubbies, reading and caring for others. Most of all, Shirley cherished time spent with her family. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.

Memorial donations in her honor may be given to Bible Baptist Church.


Betty Williams

Betty Frances Williams, age 86, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at her residence.

Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Steve Hayes and Reverend Bob Clark 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, September 29, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home.

Betty was born on September 14, 1928 in Sangamon County the daughter of Emory and Pearl (Ferguson) Wood.  She married Marvin Williams on February 22, 1947.

Survivors include her loving husband, Marvin Williams; daughters, Carol (John) Protz of Lerna, IL and Kristy Brown (fiancé Fred Davies) of Mattoon, IL; son, David (Jessica) Williams of Charleston, IL; grandchildren, Mark Metzger of Mattoon, IL, Matthew Metzger of Mattoon, IL, Jacob (Nikki) Wilson of Mattoon, IL, Jared Wilson of Mattoon, IL, Zachary Williams of Charleston, IL, Jaidyn Williams of Charleston, IL and Benjamin Williams of Charleston, IL. step grandchildren, Jennifer Protz of Hudsonville, MI and Kelly Protz of CO; great grandchildren, Devon Metzger, Rusty Metzger, Caleb Metzger; step great grandchildren, Ivy Protz and Raven Miranda.

Betty was a member of First Christian Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir.  She was a 20 year member of the Bowling Club and had past affiliations with the Eagles Auxiliary and Moose Auxiliary. Betty enjoyed bowling, playing Bingo and Bunco. She worked at Krogers and retired from Eisners. 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 Kidney Foundation.


Ronnie Pressley

 

Ronnie Pressley, age 48, of Mattoon passed away on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

No services are planned. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Ronnie was born on November 13, 1965 in Torrance, CA the son of Ronnie Pressley and Glenda (Riggins) Jacobs.

Survivors include his mother Glenda Jacobs and sons Corey Pressley and Chad Pressley.

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

 


Mary Lou Barber

 

Mary Lou (Wente) Barber, age 84, of Mattoon passed away at 12:00 p.m.  on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at her residence.

Mass of Christian Burial celebrating her life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Reverend Stephen Sotiroff and Reverend John Titus celebrating.  Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.  Visitation for family and friends will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL.

Mary Lou was born on May 22, 1930 in Neoga, IL the daughter of Clem and Lillian (Schleper) Wente.  She married Richard K. Barber on October 8, 1949 in Neoga, IL.

Survivors include her loving husband, Richard Barber of Mattoon, IL; children, Linda (James) Shafer of Taylorville, IL, Kenneth (Vilma) Barber of Merced, CA, Sharon (Terry) Holderfield of Mattoon, IL and Ronald (Annie) Barber of Charleston, IL; grandchildren, David (Jenny) Dickerson of Indianapolis, IN, Joseph (Patty) Shafer of Elgin, IL, Dacia (Tim Passoni) Nisbet of Normal, IL, Kendra (Jeremy) Saal of Rosemount, MN, Jon (Stephanie) Barber of Springfield, IL, Jeff Barber of Charleston, IL, Ellyn Barber of Charleston, IL, Emily Barber of Charleston, IL,  Kenneth (Tracy) Barber of Santa Rosa, CA and Anthony Barber of Merced, CA; great grandchildren, Averi Nisbet, Kynnedi Goldstein, Molly Shafer, Jack Shafer, Laney Dickerson, Nick Norman, Andrew Saal, Nicholas Saal, Isabella Saal, Ian Barber, Korbyn Passoni, Noah Passoni and Jasmyn Passoni; sisters, Pat Kuhns of Effingham, IL and Alice Fisher of Springfield, IL; brothers, William (Joann) Wente of Springfield, IL and Michael (Rochelle) Wente of  CA; sister-in-law, Joyce (Marvin) Oakley of Casey, IL; brothers-in-law, Wayne (Myrna) Barber of Huntsville, AL and Glen (Lucy) Barber of Lexington, KY; “favorite daughter” and special family friend, Dee Braden. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Clem and Lillian Wente; sisters, Betty Metzger and Delores Anderson; brother, Clem Wente; granddaughter, Dana Dickerson; brothers-in-law, Andrew Barber and James Kuhns and Charles Fisher.

Mary Lou was a person who was very thoughtful and dear. She was kind, sweet and full of love for her husband, children and grandchildren. Her family thinks the world of Grandma Barber. They all looked forward to Sunday roast dinners at grandma’s house because she always would try and make some special to go along with dinner. After the death of her father, Dick and Mary Lou served as guardian for Clemmie Wente. Along with their children, they gave Clemmie a life that her dad would have been proud of. The couple, along with their many friends from the Parent Group For Retarded, help start and build Camp New Hope and assisted Midge McDowell in starting East Central Special Olympics. Mary Lou and Dick enjoyed Mattoon High School sports. It was only fitting that they built a baseball field across the street from their home. Mary Lou enjoyed being a member of the “Table 8” Breakfast group that meets at Pagliacci’s every morning. The employees there have always been special to her. Dick and Mary Lou also loved to travel with Glen and Lucy Barber and have seen most of our country along with some cruises (she loved to play the slot machines too). They loved to play cards with their great friends, Don, Midge and Marlisse McDowell. For years, Marlisse would get the cards out when she came home hoping Mary Lou and Dick would come over. Mary Lou was a past member of Women of the Moose, Immaculate Conception Ladies Guild, Camp New Hope Parents Assistant and the Alpha Rho Sorority.

Memorials in memory of Mary Lou Barber may be given to Camp New Hope to sponsor a camper or Lincolnland Hospice.


Virginia Linder

 

Virginia Ann Linder, age 82, of Mattoon passed away at 9:21 a.m. on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Graveside Services honoring her life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 29, 2014 at Dodge Grove Cemetery with Reverend John Simmons officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL.

Virginia was born on March 16, 1932 in Dorans, IL the daughter of Stanley and Evelyn Young.  She married John Linder on May 18, 1957.

Survivors include her loving husband of 57 years, John Linder of Mattoon, IL; sister, Alice Holmes of Charleston, IL; brother, Robert Young of Arlington, TX.

Virginia was a devoted wife and homemaker.  Memorial donations in her honor may be given to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mattoon, IL.


Jack Storm

Jack Lee Storm, age 75, of Mattoon passed away at his residence on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.

Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL. Burial will follow at Zion Hill Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home.

Jack was born on December 22, 1938 in Coles County the son of Fred and Kathryn (Barnett) Storm.  He married Jeri (Poston) Storm on October 6, 1961.

Survivors include his loving wife, Jeri Storm of Mattoon, IL; daughters, September (Gary) Elliott of Springfield, MO, Stacey (Brian) Kerans of Shelbyville, IN and Shannon Bellavia of Mattoon, IL; granddaughters, Chelsee (Darwyn) Thiele of Springfield, MO, Chalee (Jeremy) Brown of Greenfield, MO and Olivia Wilson of Mattoon, IL; grandsons, Kaleb (Kylie) Kerans of Terre Haute, IN and Kalen Kerans of Shelbyville, IN; great grandchildren, Adelyn, Asher, Jordan and Jack; and sister, Ellyn (Joe) May of Mattoon, IL. He was preceded in death by brother, Fred Storm and sister, Patricia Moran.

Jack was a courier for Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. He served honorably in the United States Army. Jack dedicated his life to the service of Jesus Christ and was instrumental in leading others to the Lord. He cherished time spent with his family and friends. Jack will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

Memorial donations in his honor may be given to the Kidney Foundation.


Madonna Walker

 

Madonna Joan Walker, age 86, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Gowin Parc.

Graveside Services honoring her life will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Dodge Grove Cemetery. No visitation is planned per Madonna’s request. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Madonna was born on January 31, 1928 in Mattoon, IL the daughter of George and Evelyn LaVonne (Hamm) Wakefield.  She married Donald E. Walker on September 18, 1949. He preceded her in death in 2004.

Survivors include her daughter, Cindy (Kim) Walker-Miller of Charleston, IL; grandson, Jase Walker-Miller of Charleston, IL; sister, Delores Schmalhausen of Olney, IL; brother-in-law, Wayne Harrison of Seminole, FL; numerous nieces and nephews and her Gowin Parc family. Madonna was preceded in death by her husband and parents; brother, George Wakefield Jr. and sister, Patty Lou Harrison.

Madonna was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mattoon where she made many friends throughout the years. What brought her the greatest joy was the love she shared with family, friends and her deep abiding Christian Faith. Madonna was blessed with a beautiful marriage of 53 years to the love of her life, Don. They spent time traveling and spending the winter months in warmer climates. She was an avid reader with an interest in many varied subjects. Music was also a very important part of her life. She especially liked hymns, standards and patriotic songs. It was almost impossible to find a song she didn’t know every word to. Live music brought her such happiness as she sang along and she was truly blessed to still be able to sing her favorite songs until a few short days before her passing. Madonna had an empathetic heart. If someone she cared about was hurting, she hurt right along with them. She would often visit a sick or bereaved friend with flowers, chocolate or a container of chicken salad which she thought could cure almost anything. She also kept in touch with far away friends through well written letters and notes of cheer. Though not at all easy, as a strong willed and determined lady, she faced her own health challenges with courage, grace and often humor. Madonna had an infectious laugh. That humor also thankfully remained until the end as her quick wit brought smiles and laughter to many. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

In honor of Madonna’s lifelong generosity, memorials are greatly appreciated to, Lincolnland Hospice, Mattoon Friends of the library or to the Donor’s Choice.

 


Mary Cizek

Mary Ellen Cizek, age 97, of Scottsdale, AZ, formerly of Mattoon, passed away at Scottsdale Osborn Hospital on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 12:37 a.m.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 12:00 until 1:00 PM on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home. Funeral Services honoring her life will begin immediately after the visitation at 1:00 PM on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Dennis Strawn officiating. Burial will follow at Edgewood Cemetery.

Mary was born on October 20, 1916 in Wayne County, the daughter of Samuel and Henrietta (Hearn) Broyles.  She was married to John Cizek for 46 years until his passing on July 20, 1999.

Survivors include her companion and caregiver, Dennis Campbell; step-son, John Cizek of Monee, IL; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, great, great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, John Cizek, step-daughter Katherine Fath, step-son Jerome Cizek, three sisters, one brother, and half-sister, Frankie Lampe.

Mary and husband John owned and operated a tavern, Mary’s 118 Club, in Mattoon. She also worked other places including Brown Shoe Company. Mary and John enjoyed fishing in Minnesota, camping and gardening. In 2002, Mary met a special friend, Dennis Campbell and they enjoyed traveling the world over, playing bingo and cards, and had a rich network of friends. Mary was a member of First Baptist Church and attended church faithfully. She was also a member of Eagles Club, American Legion and a 50-year member of Women of the Moose.

Memorial donations in her honor may be given to First Baptist Church in Mattoon, Illinois.


Ted Evans

Anthony “Ted” Evans, age 55, of St. Petersburg, FL, formerly of Mattoon, passed away at 9:50 a.m. on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Bayfront Medical.

Graveside Services honoring his life will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 10:00 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. on Saturday prior to the service at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL.

Ted was born on July 30, 1959 in Mount Clemens, MI the son of William and Betty (Reed) Evans.  He married Rhonda Higgins in 1981. He later married Shari Helt in 1992.

Survivors include his wife, Shari Evans of Fort White, FL; son, Aaron Evans of Longmont, CO; sister, Trina (Terry) McFarland of Mattoon, IL; brother, Billy Evans of OR; nephews, Jesse Abbott and Clint Abbott (fiancé, Paige Schoeneman) all of Mattoon, IL. He also leaves behind long-time friends and family in the St. Petersburg, FL area. Ted was preceded in death by a son, Anthony Evans Jr.

Ted took pride in his work as a painter. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed riding motorcycles, dirt bikes, fishing and camping. Ted was very patriotic. He also loved dogs. Most of all, Ted cherished time spent with his family and friends.

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


Ellen Louise (Campbell) Throm

 

Ellen Louise (Campbell) Throm, age 92, of Mattoon passed away at 6:10 a.m. on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Gowin Parc.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL. Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Schilling Funeral Home with Reverend Carl Lamoreaux officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens.

Ellen was born on June 5, 1922 in Pulaski County, IL the daughter of Louis and Mary (Victor) Weber. She married Lester Owen Campbell on September 29, 1939. He preceded her in death on March 6, 1966. She later married John G. Throm on December 27, 1972. He preceded her in death on November 3, 2008.

Survivors include her children, Linda (Wayne) Brumitt of Whitehouse, TX, Victor (Betty) Campbell of Fairhope, AL, William (Ruth) Campbell of Mattoon, IL, Ellen (Tom) Stitt of Toledo, IL, Trudy (Dick) Salsberry of Manhattan, KS and Tom (San-Dee) Campbell of Taylorville, IL; step-children, Tina (Michael) Fiorini of Aurora, CO, Fred (Rosemary) Throm of Mattoon, IL, Patrick Throm of Mattoon, IL, Syma (Turi) Cervone of Mattoon, IL, and Paula Throm of Tampa, FL; seventeen grandchildren, twenty-six great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren;  brothers, Cecil Weber of Mattoon, IL and  Dale Weber of Sullivan, IL; sister, Elsie Hill of Bradley, IL. Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Mary Weber; husbands, Lester Campbell and John G. Throm; one step-son, four brothers and two sisters.

Ellen valued lifelong learning. She first worked eighteen years at Crawford Shoe Company. In 1968, she returned to education earning her GED, then pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.   Upon completing her Bachelors, she was hired at Lincoln Elementary School (Mattoon) as a fifth grade teacher.  While teaching she continued her education, earning both a Master’s Degree and Specialists Degree in Education.  She continued working at Lincoln School for fifteen years as a fifth grade teacher until her retirement. Ellen was a member of the Women’s Missionary Society, the Retired Teachers Association, The Home Extension Association and life member of the Cumberland Life Center. She was also a founding member of the Mattoon Free Methodist Church. Ellen enjoyed sewing, quilting and crocheting. She treasured her fifteen years snow-birding to Texas so much that she moved there for a little while. Most of all, Ellen was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Memorial donations in her honor may be given to the Salvation Army, Alzheimer’s Association or Gowin Parc.