Alice Larrabee, age 92, of Mattoon passed away at 3:05 p.m. on Friday, November 27, 2015, surrounded by her family at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Services celebrating her life will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at Trinity Episcopal Church with Father Jeff Kozuszek officiating. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home.
Alice was born on February 14, 1923, in Mattoon, the daughter of Craig and Eliza (Haynes) VanMeter. She married William E. Larrabee on March 31, 1956. He preceded her in death on May 14, 1984.
Survivors include her daughters, Elizabeth (Mike) Lindemann of Champaign, IL, Laura (Jim) Glenn of Mattoon, IL, and Mary (Bruce) Walters of Chicago, IL; grandchildren, Laura Lindemann, Allison Lindemann, Rachel Lindemann, Kyle Glenn, Lindsey Glenn, Michelle Glenn, David Walters and Jonathan Walters.
Alice descended from three families who first settled in Coles County in the 1830s and graduated from Mattoon High School in 1941. She attended Pine Manor College near Boston, Massachusetts for one year before transferring and receiving a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Illinois. She also received a master’s degree in history from the University of Maryland.
Alice was a junior high school teacher for the Mattoon and Urbana school systems for 13 years before becoming a homemaker and devoting countless hours to her family and community. Alice was a Girl Scout leader, PTA officer and served on the vestry and as president of the Bishop Seymour Guild at Trinity Episcopal Church in Mattoon for many years.
A longtime local historian, Alice was a charter member of the Association for the Preservation of Coles County History. She was instrumental in seeing that various landmarks were placed on the National Register for Historical Places, including the Illinois Central Depot in Mattoon. She co-authored the book, “Mattoon, A Pictorial History,” published in 1988, and contributed to the bicentennial “Coles County History” book. Later in life, Alice was known for her Glancing Back columns published daily in the Journal Gazette. Her columns were far more than excerpts from old newspapers. They gave insight into long ago events that captured the essence of the community.
Alice also served on the Mattoon Public Library and Y.M.C.A boards and was a member of the Mattoon Literary Club. In addition, she was a member of the Mattoon Tree Commission and participated in the planting of hundreds of trees in the community. In recognition of her community service for more than 50 years, Alice was named 2002 Citizen of the Year at the annual Mattoon Chamber of Commerce dinner.
Alice was also an outstanding golfer in her younger days and not only served as chairperson of various golf events in the community, but was a club champion at the Mattoon Golf & Country Club for several years.
Alice was especially devoted to her family. She was a caring and gracious woman who always looked for the best in everyone, but downplayed her own significant talents and accomplishments. She will be deeply missed by family and friends.
Memorial donation in her honor are suggest to Trinity Episcopal Church or Mattoon Area P.A.D.S.
Howard Wayne Crum, age 95, of Mattoon passed away at 5:50 p.m. on Thursday, November 26, 2015 at Lakeland Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Effingham, IL.
Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 30, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation for family and friends will be from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the funeral home.
Howard was born on July 10, 1920 in Mattoon, IL the son of Charles and Molly Crum. He married Helen Fugate on January 25, 1942 in Old Monroe, MO and they were married for 70 years until she preceded him in death in 2012.
Survivors include his daughter, Diane (Ed) Scott of Mattoon, IL; granddaughter, Robin (Dennis) Ogle of Effingham, IL; grandson, Stephen Helton of Mattoon, IL; great granddaughter, Samantha Kortte; great grandsons, J.J. Kortte and Aaron Kortte. Step great grandchildren, Brandon Ogle, Caleb Ogle and Cheslea (Jonathan) Icenogle; and 3 step great great grandchildren, Jackson, Addison and Alivia Icenogle. Howard was preceded in death by his loving wife Helen (Fugate) Crum; parents, Charles and Molly Crum; brother, Tracy and sisters Pauline, Berdina, Margarite and Juanita.
A lifelong resident of Mattoon, Howard retired from the railroad, owned Discount Electronics where he installed and maintained television antennas in the area up until he was 80 years old. He and Helen also owned and operated ABC Kiddie Shop in Mattoon for many years.
Howard, Wayne or PawPaw as he was known, enjoyed working outdoors and with his hands. Whether it be woodworking, working in the yard, gardening or cooking he was always busy. PawPaw was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and enjoyed sharing with his grandchildren his love of fishing, traveling and animals. He and Helen enjoyed traveling and in their travels they did mission work in Mexico. He was a member of The Real Life Community Church in Mattoon for many, many years.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his honor can be made to the American Diabetes Association at P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or online at diabetes.org.
Steve Alan Roley, age 61, of Mattoon passed away at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
A Private family memorial will be held. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Steve was born on June 4, 1954 in Charleston, IL the son of Robert and Mary (Burrus) Lineberry.
Survivors include his daughter, Martha (Nick) Fonner of Champaign, IL; sisters, Cynthia (Rick) Fryman of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Jonah Fonner, Quinn Fonner and Maeve Fonner; brothers, Larry (Jackie) Cobble of Mattoon, IL, Gary (Kerri) Roley of Mattoon, IL and Joe Lineberry of TX; 5 nephews, 7 nieces and 3 great nephews. Steven was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Danny Lineberry.
Perley Lewis Storm, age 65, of Mattoon passed away at 5:45 a.m. on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at his residence.
Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home with Reverend Tom Fedrigon officiating. Burial will follow at Jewett Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20, 2015 at the funeral home.
Perley was born on August 25, 1950 in Clay County, IL the son of Arlie and Eula (Jacobs) Storm. He married Jan Vanderhoof on August 18, 1973.
Survivors include his loving wife, Jan Storm of Mattoon, IL; son, Brad (Kerry) Storm of Mattoon, IL; daughter, Jennifer Storm of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Luke Storm and Austin Poitevint. Perley was preceded in death by his parents, Arlie and Eula Storm; sister, Lois Wassom; and brother, Jesse Storm.
Perley was employed at Gardner Whitworth Insurance Agency as an insurance and real estate agent. He was a member of the Eagles Club and volunteered at the monthly cancer breakfast for over 30 years. Perley enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting and being outdoors. He loved attending the activities of his grandchildren. Perley was a loving husband, father and grandfather and cherished time spent with his family. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.
Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or a charity of choice.
James Stieg, age 70, of Mattoon passed away at 1:20 a.m. on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Carle Foundation Hospital.
Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home with Reverend Derold Doughty officiating. Burial with Military Rites by the V.F.W. Post 4325 will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation for family and friends will be from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service on Monday at the funeral home.
James was born on January 15, 1945 in California. He married Carolyn Cothern on December 4, 1980.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Stieg of Mattoon, IL; daughters, Rea Helton of Mattoon, IL, Nina Heiman of Charleston, IL and Stephanie Novella of Charleston, IL; grandchildren, Charity (Brad) Klein of Mattoon, IL; Misty (Steve) Tomer of Mattoon, IL; Jeremy Helton ( fiancé Lainee Radkie) of Mattoon, IL; Jeret Heiman of Charleston, IL, Sarah (Brad) Matthews of Mattoon, IL, David Heiman of Mattoon, IL, Kesha Arthur of Windsor, IL, Austin Arthur of Windsor, IL and Maddalyn Arthur of Windsor, IL; great grandchildren, Chloe Klein, Eva Klein, Caleb Klein, Gabby Heiman, Maci May Heiman, Spencer Heiman, Chace Tomer, Jaxon Tomer, Griffin Tomer, Travis Matthews, Alex Matthews and Logan Matthews; son in law Ray Arthur (fiancé, Candy Carr); mother in law, Novella Cothern of Pana, IL; special friends, Verna Gully, Tiffany Gully, Cookie Gully, Angel Peoples, Cadin Peoples and Zion Peoples. James was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Lois Justine Roberts; grandchildren, John Henry Helton II and Alan Boyd Heiman Jr.; and 12 siblings.
James served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He attended the Apostolic Center in Mattoon, IL. James was a truck driver for many years. He will be missed by all those who knew him.
Frank Dixon Montague, age 51, of Mattoon passed away at 6:45 a.m. on Monday, November 16, 2015 at Palm Terrace Nursing Home.
Graveside Services honoring his life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Dodge Grove Cemetery with Lt. T.J. Simmons officiating.
Frank was born on November 3, 1964 in San Mateo, California the son of Jerald N. Montague and Lola (Jenkins) Rogers.
Survivors include his mother, Lola Rogers of Mattoon, IL; sisters, Pam Flick of Mattoon, IL, Connie (Leroy) Wiles of Sullivan, IL and Ramona (Steve) Chaney of Sullivan, IL; and several nieces and nephews. Frank was preceded in death by his father, Jerald Montague and one brother, Jerald Montague Jr.
Merle Leonard Lawson, age 80, of Mattoon passed away at 12:10 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at his residence.
Mass of Christian Burial honoring his life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father John Titus and Father Steven Arisman officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home. Rosary will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home, prior to the visitation.
Merle was born on May 2, 1935 in Moultrie County the son of Claude and Edith (Cline) Lawson. He married Patricia Stevens on August 12, 1956.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Lawson of Mattoon, IL; children, Theresa (Jonathan) Goble of Carmel, IN; Mark (Carol) Lawson of Charleston, IL; Patrick (Kristi) Lawson of Ashmore, IL; Angela (David) Teague of Cypress, TX; Christopher (Lisa) Lawson of Mattoon, IL; and Keith (Laura) Lawson of Bloomington, IL; grandchildren, Claire (Adam) Cordray, Nicholas (Mary) Goble, Josh (Mika) Lawson, Ben Lawson, Zac (Jordyn) Lawson, Adam Lawson, Kelcie Lawson (fiancé Matt Stewart), Devanne Lawson, Dylan Teague, Connor Teague, Alic Bianco, Cameron Bianco, Sophia Lawson and Ryan Lawson; great grandchildren, Ethen Lawson, Mariah Lawson, Maggie Lawson, Zoe Lawson and Eland Lawson; brother, Robert Lawson of Greenup, IL; sister in law, Eleanor Lawson of Westfield, IL. Merle was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Irvin Lawson; infant grandson, Alex Lawson and infant great granddaughter, Gwendalyn Lawson.
Merle was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was a former State Director on the Farm Bureau Board and was awarded the 1998 Farm Bureau Outstanding Member Award. Merle was a longtime 4-H Leader and served on the Coles County 4-H Youth Council. He was a charter member and leader for the Kickapoo Ramblers 4-H Club. He was a former member of Mattoon Jaycees and the Moose and Elks Clubs. He served for many years on the Mattoon Junior Babe Ruth Baseball League Board. Merle served on the Dorans Elevator Board and Coles County ASCS Board. He was awarded the Coles County Farmer of the Year in 2001 and named the Coles Moultrie Rural Electrification Company Young Couple of the Year in 1972. Merle farmed the Coles County Airport for 52 years.
Merle was once described by a local Journal Gazette reporter as a “Lanky Man with a Quick Smile.” He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and all those who knew him.
In honor of Merle, the family will sponsor the Grand Champion Market Beef trophy annually at the Coles County Fair 4-H Beef Show. Memorials may be made to the University of Illinois Extension in care of Schilling Funeral Home. Memorial donations in his honor may also be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School in Mattoon, IL.
Joe S. Sexson, age 88, of Mattoon passed away at 12:45 a.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at Carle Hospital in Urbana, IL.
Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Snow officiating. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m. with Masonic Rites beginning at 10:45 a.m. prior to service on Saturday.
Joe was born on May 19, 1927 in Mattoon, IL the son of Clarence O. and Bertha (Myers) Sexson. He married his sweetheart, Ethel Swango on March 1, 1952, at the First Baptist Church in Mattoon. They celebrated 55 years of marriage before she preceded him in death on August 13, 2007.
Survivors include his sister, Mildred Sexson Hexton of CA; sister-in-law, Virginia Gillenwater of Mattoon, IL; nieces and nephews, Nancy Foster of Leiters Ford, IN, Sandra Niemeyer of Jonesboro, AR, Julie Sims of Decatur, IL and William Ryherd of Winthrop Harbor, IL; several great nieces and nephews. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ethel; sisters, Marjorie Sexson Spisak and Betty Sexson Wagener; brother-in-law, Wayne Gillenwater.
Joe graduated from Mattoon High School in 1945. He then entered the Navy, serving on the USS Intrepid and was honorably discharged in 1954. He spent his working life with the Illinois Central Railroad as a fireman and later as an operating engineer. He was a Past Master and life member of Lodge 260 and a 32 degree Mason Valley of Danville Scottish Rite. Joe and Ethel were very active in singing. They sang with the Lake Land Community Chorus and the First United Methodist Church. Joe also sang with the Coles County Barbershoppers in the 1990’s. Joe was also a member of the American Legion and the Mattoon Moose Club.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in his honor may be made to Salvation Army or the First United Methodist Church.
Mildred Frailey, age 101, of Mattoon passed away at 7:22 a.m. on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at her residence.
Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Ken Hutchens officiating. Burial will follow at Meyers Cemetery in Herrick, IL. Visitation for family and friends will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Mildred was born on March 29, 1914 in Herrick, IL the daughter of Ladd Riley and Ora (Burrus) Frailey.
Survivors include her nephews Thomas (Nancy L.) Brooks of Bourbonnais, IL and Joseph (Tonya) Frailey of Clyde, OH; great nieces, Amanda (Chris) Hammond of Bourbonnais, IL, Jenny Seaman of Clyde , OH and Laura Frailey of Toledo, IL; great nephew, Matthew (Jenna) Brooks of Bourbonnais, IL. Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Garol Frailey; sister, Nelda Brooks; nephew, Dennis Frailey.
Mildred was a 1939 graduate of Edith L. Heller School of Cosmetology. After moving to Mattoon she worked at Le Chic Beauty Salon. Mildred eventually opened her own salon called Mildred’s Beauty Salon in Mattoon. She retired after 42 years of dedicated service. Mildred was a Unit 16 Charter Member of the Hairdresser’s Association and a Charter Member of the Zonta Club. She also was a member of the United Methodist Church. Mildred enjoyed all of her clients and the beauticians that worked for her. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Mildred enjoyed playing Bridge and had a hole-in-one at the Mattoon Country Club.
Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to Meyers Cemetery in Herrick, IL.
Laura Evelyn Frazier, age 94, of Mattoon passed away at 4:05 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Heartland Christian Village in Neoga, IL.
Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Johnny Aseltine 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 at the funeral home.
Laura was born on January 31, 1921 in Mattoon, IL the daughter of Roscoe and Rosa (Smith) Crispin. She married Harland Lamont Frazier on August 10, 1940.
He preceded her in death on November 4, 1985.
Survivors include her sons, Harland W. (Priscilla) Frazier of Mattoon, IL and Eddie Lamont (Evonne) Frazier of Carmel, IN; grandchildren, Tonja (Bill) Arthur of Mattoon, IL, Angie (Jim) Hall of Mattoon, IL and David (Angela) Frazier of Carmel, IN; great grandchildren, Brittany Frazier, Corey Arthur and Paige Arthur all of Mattoon, IL and William Frazier and Katie Frazier both of Carmel, IN; sister, Charlotte (Dick) Bilbrey of Effingham, IL. Laura was preceded in death by her parents and husband; brothers, Bernard Crispin and Roscoe W. Crispin; sisters, Mae Douglas, Edna List, Ethel M. Crispin and Jenelle Hamilton.
Laura was a member of the Central Community Church, Eagles Ladies Auxiliary and Ladies of the Moose. She enjoyed volunteering with the American Red Cross, reading, playing cards and bird watching. Most of all, Laura loved spending time with her grandchildren and will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
Memorial donations in her honor are suggested Heartland Christian Village or donor’s choice.