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Janice Oakley

Janice Gail Oakley, age 67, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 12:46 a.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

          Memorial services honoring her life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the First Christian Church in Effingham, IL with Pastor King and Pastor Doughty from the Apostolic Center of Mattoon officiating. Burial will be at the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Mattoon, IL at a later date. Visitation for family and friends will be from 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

          Janice was born on February 2, 1948 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Reverend Lawrence G. and Alberta (Samford) Beebe.  

          Survivors include her husband, Lonnie W. Oakley of Mattoon, IL; children, Sara (Loren) Hickman of Elizabethtown, KY, Major (Retired) Lawrence Foss of Powhatan, AR, Sergeant First Class Timothy (Angela) Inman of Elizabethtown, KY, Stephen (Tracy) Inman of Greenville, NC, Lenora (Thomas) Jenkins of Pleasant Hill, CA, and James Inman of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Amanda Daily, Tyler (Kristin) Fultz, Alixandru Inman, Dreyk Inman, Cailynn McNabb, Ian Inman, Dakota Stiltner, Alyssa Jenkins, Kyra Jenkins, and Tommy Jenkins; 5 great grandchildren; sisters, Ann Wolters, Megan Elliott, Phyllis Luque and Sharon Wilhelm; brothers, Christopher Beebe and Walter Black. She was preceded in death by her parents Rev. Lawrence G. and Alberta Beebe, Roberta and Walter Black (biological parents), sister Gerry Keppler and brother Donald North.

          Janice was a CNA, working at Douglas Healthcare and Odd Fellow Rebekah Home during her career spanning 25 years. She also volunteered at Douglas Heart Nature Center, Lincoln Log Cabin and the Red Cross. She enjoyed traveling across the country, visiting her children and grandchildren throughout her early retirement. Janice attended various churches in town and often shared her gift of singing. She could play the piano by ear and if you were ever fortunate enough to hear her, you knew she truly sang like an angel. She was a music teacher for Samuels Music Store and participated in the Bell Choir at the First Christian Church in Effingham and was a lifelong member there. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and remembered by her children for her grace, kind spirit, welcoming heart and fantastic sense of humor.

          Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to the Douglas Hart Nature Center and the Mattoon Senior Citizens Center.


William Nash

William Robert Nash, age 95, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 6:32 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services honoring his life will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Johnny Aseltine officiating. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation for family and friends will be from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday.

William was born on July 27, 1919 in Cooks Mills the son of Charles Oscar and Mary Ellen (Hand) Nash.  He married Mary Rosalee Elder on July 27, 1944. She preceded him in death on August 22, 2006.

Survivors include his sons; David (Nancy) Nash of Shawnee, KS and Timothy (Marcy) Nash of Lynchburg, VA; daughter, Leah (Randy) Chrisjohn of Overland Park, KS; grandchildren, Marinda (Kyle) Carlson of Shawnee, KS, Holly (David) Fuzzell of Gardner, KS, Ryan (Laura) Nash of Concord, NC, Adam (Emily) Nash of Dumfries, VA; great grandchildren, Thaddeus, Elias, Zoe, Reghan, Nolan, Emma, Savannah, Lincoln and Jane; and sister, Margaret (Eugene) Janes of Mattoon, IL. William was preceded in death by 1 brother and 2 sisters.

William worked for Norris Appliance Company, Walden Appliances and Whitley Construction Company before his retirement. He served honorably in the US Army during WWII. He was a member of the VFW Post 4325 where he was a Judge Advocate. He was also a member Central Community Church, Chapter member of the YMCA, lifetime DAV member, Boy Scout Leader and Assistant Scout Master for Troop #252. William enjoyed wood carving and spending time with his family and friends. He will be missed by all those who knew him.

Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to Central Community Church or the VFW.


Rhonda Howell

Rhonda Lorene Howell, age 56, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 2:05 p.m. on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at her residence.

Graveside services honoring her life will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Dodge Grove Cemetery with Reverend Joe Stephens officiating.  Following the service, a gathering for family and friends will be held at Freedom Life Ministries, 2205 Lafayette Avenue, Mattoon, IL. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Rhonda was born on April 26, 1958 in Mattoon, IL the daughter of Raymond and Winona (Honn) Howell.

Survivors include her loving son, Michael (Sarah) Howell of Charleston, IL; grandchildren, Hayden Howell and Gavin Cain; sisters Dee Howell and Susan (Jeff) True both of Mattoon, IL; nieces and nephews, Lisa Tracy, Matt True, Dustin True and Dru Howell; several great nieces and nephews; loving caregivers, Laura Bruington and Julie Standfield; four special feline companions. Rhonda was preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Winona Howell; grandson, Pierson Howell; brother, Donny Howell; canine companion, Blaze.

Rhonda worked at Kraft and also in the interior design field. She was a former member of the Free Methodist Church. Rhonda treasured her time spent with her feline and canine companions. Most of all Rhonda loved her family especially her son Michael and her grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her honor are suggested to Michael Howell to assist with arrangements.


Ida Bessinger

Ida  Bessinger, age 92, formerly of Orland Park, IL passed away on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Palm Terrace in Mattoon, IL.

Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 23, 2015 at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, in Mattoon, IL with Reverend Andrew Herzberg officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home and Monday at 9:30 a.m. until time of service at the church.  Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens.

Ida was born on December 11, 1922 in St. Joseph, MI the daughter of Adolph and Hulda Weich. She married Henry Bessinger on September 20, 1947.

Survivors include her daughter, Carol (Gregory) Smolinski of Orland Park, IL; daughter in law, Monica Bessinger of Mattoon, IL; granddaughters, Rebecca (Karl) Klemm of Bourbonnais, IL and Katherine (Reverend Andrew) Herzberg of Farmington, MN; grandson, Nicholas Bessinger of New Carlisle, IN; great grandchildren, Caleb Klemm, Abigail, Elizabeth and Isabelle Herzberg; brother, Leo Weich of Calumet City, IL; sister, Alice Weich of Orland Park, IL; sister-in-law, Elsie Weich of Mokena, IL.  Ida was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Bessinger; son, Reverend David Bessinger; brothers, Ernest Weich and Melvin Weich.

Ida was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Matteson, IL. She worked as a secretary for the Nursing Department at Thornton Community College. In her retirement she loved to quilt and knit. Most of all, she cherished time spent with her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Matteson, IL or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Mattoon, IL.


Starlin Snodgrass

 

E. Starlin Snodgrass, age 88, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 2:24 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Heartland Christian Village.

Funeral services honoring his life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, February 20, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home with Reverend Dr. John Calio officiating. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 11:30 a.m. until time of service on Friday.

Starlin was born on February 28, 1926 in Chelsea, OK the son of Newton Luther and Martha Ellen (Stelle) Snodgrass.  He married Edna Catherine Ogalsbee on June 7, 1947. She preceded him in death on September 21, 2010.

Survivors include his loving children, Cathy (Mike) Croy of Mattoon, IL, Pamela (Larry) Lamb of Mattoon, IL and Kevin Snodgrass of Columbus, OH; grandchildren, Jeremy (Kimberly) Croy of Wheaton, IL, Sarah (Brandon) Chaney of Terre Haute, IN, Elizabeth Lamb of Mattoon, IL and her fiancé Dustin Mason of Shelbyville, IL; great grandchildren, Isaac Croy and Elise Croy; siblings, Bonnie Jenkins of Hamilton, IL, Ethel Carney of Monticello, IL, Earl (Nellie) Snodgrass of Brundidge, AL and Cleve (Faye) Snodgrass of New London, MO; brother-in-law, Phillip (Peg) Ogalsbee of Tunas, MO; sister-in-law, Grace Crewell of Lawrenceville, IL; several nieces and nephews; special neighbors Louie and Lola Crawford of Mattoon, IL. Starlin was preceded in death by his parents; wife; infant daughter, Melinda K. Snodgrass; brothers, Ernest Snodgrass, Aulden Snodgrass, Dean Snodgrass and Bill Snodgrass; sister, Mae Hammond.

Starlin was a journeyman electrician and member of the IBEW Local 146. He was a Union member for 67 years. Starlin was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church for 57 years where he was a Deacon and taught Sunday school. He loved his church and its members. He enjoyed being outdoors gardening, camping and cultivating his fruit trees. Starlin and Catherine treasured their times spent in Florida over the winter months. A talented woodworker, he built the home he and Catherine lived in.  Starlin was a devoted, kind, gentle and loving husband, father and grandfather.  Most of all, Starlin loved spending time with his family especially cherishing the time spent with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, 2nd floor, Bethesda, Maryland 20814.


Charles “Chuck” Warner

Charles “Chuck” Franklin Warner, age 71, of Decatur, IL passed away at 12:51 p.m. on Monday, February 16, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, IL.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home. No service is planned at this time.

Chuck was born on June 30, 1943 in Albany, GA the son of Charles and Mary Staples.  He was raised by his uncle and aunt, Elmer and Mary Elizabeth Warner. Chuck married Carol Ann Laughlin on December 21, 1968.

Survivors include his loving wife, Ann Warner of Decatur, IL; son, Kevin Franklin Warner of Decatur, IL; daughter, Lisa Warner of Decatur, IL; brother, Emery (Laura) Staples of Taylorville, IL; sisters, Mary (Roy) Vaughn of Springfield, MA and Julia Lawson of Kansas City, MO; uncle Elmer Warner and aunt Mary Elizabeth Warner of Decatur, IL.

Chuck served honorably in the United States Army. He worked at County Market in Decatur, IL as a clerk where he retired in 2014. Chuck will be greatly missed by all who knew him.


Benjamin Normile Jr.

Benjamin Normile Jr., infant, of Mattoon, IL passed away on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Carle Foundation Hospital. Benjamin was born on February 15, 2015 in Urbana, IL the son of Benjamin Kirk Normile and Saleena Adell Fasig both of Mattoon, IL.

No services are planned at this time, Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Laura Collins

Laura Collins, age 52, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 12:59 a.m. on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at St. John’s Memorial Hospital in Springfield, IL.

Funeral services honoring her life will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at the First Baptist Church with Reverend Dennis Strawn officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:30 p.m. until time of service on Tuesday.

Laura was born on March 3, 1962 in Mattoon, IL the daughter of Lloyd “Arkie” and Norma (Bosler) Waters.

Survivors include her husband, Brian Collins of Mattoon, IL; step-son, Sean (Katie) Collins of Bloomington, IL; father, Arkie Waters of Hot Springs, AR; sister, Linda (Chuck) Shaffer of Glen Carbon, IL; brother, Jeff (Vickie) Waters of Mattoon, IL; sister, Edna Anna (Randy) Gebben of Effingham, IL. Laura was preceded in death by her step-daughter, Holly Collins; mother, Norma Waters; brother, Michael Waters.

Laura was a former member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Eagles Auxiliary. Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to the Mattoon Food Bank.


Marcella Davis

Marcella Mae Davis, age 83, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 11:29 a.m. on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services honoring her life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Brad Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Montrose Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Saturday.

Marcella was born on February 6, 1932 in Effingham County, IL the daughter of Edwin and Mabel (Kingery) Garbe.

Survivors include her daughter, Karla (Bruce) Wong of Fayetteville, AR; grandchildren, Sarah (Josh) Roper of Eagle Rock, MO and Kristin (Travis) Stettnisch of Cassville, MO; great grandchildren, Sahara, Zach, Andie, Danny and Eli; siblings, Gale (Mary Lou) Garbe of Glen Carbon, IL, Eleanor Ekstrand Of Englewood, CO and Garland (Mary Ellen) Kingery of Chatham, IL. Marcella was preceded in death by her parents, infant brother Curtis Garbe and sister Evelyn Mattis.

Marcella retired from Eastern Illinois University where she was a clerical worker. She was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association or American Cancer Society.


Ruth Daugherty

J. Ruth Daugherty, age 86, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 1:25 a.m. on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Mattoon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services honoring her life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home with Reverend Steven Hayes officiating. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at the funeral home.

Ruth was born on May 12, 1928 in Monroe County Indiana the daughter of Walter and Carrie (Hall) Wright.  She married Robert Daugherty on December 24, 1946. He preceded her in death on September 1, 2012.

Survivors include her daughter, Rebecca (Mel) Johnson of Palm Coast, FL and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, eight siblings, husband and only grandson, Todd Johnson.

Ruth worked for many years as office manager at the City of Mattoon Water Department. After retiring from the Water Department, she worked at Daugherty Motor Sales, the family business. Ruth was a member of First Christian Church and was a former Deaconess. She was also a member and former president of the ABWA Pegtown Chapter and DAR. Ruth loved square dancing and needle pointing. She also was a Precious Moments Collector. Ruth will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.

Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.