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Lyonel Lipka

LYONEL LIPKA

Lyonel Andrew Lipka, age 82, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 10:15 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Funeral services honoring his life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Reverend John Titus officiating. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday at the church.

Lyonel was born on July 4, 1932 in Colchester, VT the son of Alexander J. and Mary (Westman) Lipka.  He married Sue Lanphier on June 4, 1954.

Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Sue Lipka of Mattoon, IL; children, David A. Lipka of Neoga, IL, Kevin L. (Robin) Lipka of Charleston, IL and Nancy (Brian) McGreevy of University City, FL; grandchildren, Mitchel Lipka (special friend Paula) of Mattoon, IL, Lynn (Jonathan) Holder of Salem, IL, Bailey McGreevy and Brooke McGreevy both of University City; great grandchildren, Ayden Holder and Addyson Holder; brother, A. Gary (Shirley) Lipka of Pleasant Valley, VT.

Lyonel served honorably in the United States Air Force for 20 years supervising warehouse and supplies. During his military career, he served in Korea and Vietnam. Upon retiring from the Air Force, he worked 20 additional years for J.C. Penney where he was a stockroom supervisor. Lyonel was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family. Lyonel will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to St. Mary’s School in Mattoon, IL.


Arthur Zike

Arthur Zike, age 88, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 10:15 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Mattoon Health Care.

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

Arthur was born on December 30, 1926 in Mattoon, IL the son of Arthur and Mary (Higgenbaum) Zike.

Survivors include his eight children, Allen (Joyce) Zike, Jerry (Betty) Zike, Roger Zike, Steve Zike, Larry Tutwiler, Dennis Cowling, Wilmetta Osborne and Twila Swango. Arthur was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Mary Marcella (Burlin) Zike.

Arthur served honorably in the United States Air Force during WWII. He was an owner and operator of three Amoco Stations in St. Petersburg, FL.


Edith Winberg

Edith L. Winberg, age 82, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 5:02 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at her residence surrounded by her family.

Funeral services honoring her life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Don Pankey officiating. Burial will follow at Branchside Cemetery in Gays, IL. Visitation for family and friends will be from 12:00 p.m. until time of service on Saturday.

Edith was born on January 12, 1933 in Tuscola, IL the daughter of Edward and Rilla Ruth Schoppe.  Both parents are deceased. She married Harry W. Winberg on October 9, 1960. He preceded her in death in 2005 after 44 years of marriage.

Survivors include her daughters, Pat (Anderson) Lankford of Gays, IL and Penny (Winberg) Titko (Tony) of Mattoon, IL; son, Rodney Winberg of Gays, IL; Six grandchildren, Jami (Lankford) Ramirez of Shiloh, IL, Jonathan Anderson (Whitney) of Austin, TX, Donna Prahl of Mattoon, IL, Lacey Prahl of Neoga, IL, Lance Lankford of St. Louis, MO and Ashley Prahl of Neoga, IL; five great grandchildren, Jason Paxton of Mattoon, IL, Jacob and Benjamin Ramirez of Shiloh, IL, Madison McClure of Neoga, IL and Ryker Anderson of Austin, TX; sisters, Clara Mae Rhodes of Tuscola, IL and  Ethel McClellan of Cave-in-Rock, IL; numerous nieces and nephews. Edith was preceded in death by her beloved son, Ronald Anderson in 2009 and also her sister Dorothy Bowles.

Edith attended Winebrenner Church. Edith worked at G.E. for more than 35 years. She enjoyed more than 20 years of retirement. She also enjoyed playing cards and had developed many close friendships with her “Card Ladies.” She had a passion for flowers and loved sitting near her koi pond listening to the waterfall. But most of all, she loved spending time with her family. She will be so deeply missed.

Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to Winebrenner Church and American Cancer Society.


Wanda Chism

Wanda Jean Chism, age 87, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 6:44 a.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services honoring her life will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home with Reverend Tom Skinner officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday.

Wanda was born on September 6, 1927 in Coles County, IL the daughter of Herman and Inez (Stewart) Davis.  She married Howard Chism on August 16, 1947.

Survivors include her loving husband of 67 years, Howard Chism of Mattoon, IL; daughter, Diane (Dean) Birdsong of Mattoon, IL; son, Michael (Paula) Chism of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Stacey (Paula) Birdsong of Mattoon, IL, Rachel (Joe) Meaker of Mattoon, IL, Heather (Mark) Santos of Charleston, IL, Brice (Heidi) Birdsong of Neoga, IL and Summar (Wade) Smith of Mattoon, IL; and 10 great grandchildren. Wanda was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters.

Wanda was the Post Master of Lerna and worked at the Secretary of State’s Office before her retirement. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, Moose Women Auxiliary and the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center Guild. Wanda enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.

Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to Lincolnland Hospice.


Kenneth Davis Sr.

Kenneth “Poppy” Eugene Davis Sr., age 67, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 11:35 p.m. on April 9, 2015 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services with Military Rites will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home with Tim Walk officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until the time of the service on Monday.

Ken was born on April 27, 1947 in Corning, OH the son of Wilbur “Soap” and Willa Mae (Kenison) Davis.  He married Joette Somers on November 24, 1971.

Survivors include his sons, Kenneth (Erin) Davis II of Chatham, IL, Eric (Kristin) Davis of Charleston, IL and Ryan (Devan) Davis of Mattoon, IL; daughter, Skye (fiancé Kenneth Arthur) of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Kurt, Maya, Andrew, Lucas, Emily, Joe, Owen, Shyan, Ava, Ian, Taelor, Braeton and Draeson; sisters, Tami Simms of Mansfield, OH and Karen Noble of Columbus, OH. He was preceded in death by one sister, Cathy.

Ken was a member of the VFW and Eagles. He enjoyed playing pool, fishing and attending the sporting events of his children and grandchildren. Ken will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.


Charles Davis

Charles W. Davis, age 73, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at Odd Fellow Rebekah Home.

Funeral services honoring his life will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home with Reverend Steven Hayes officiating. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home.

Bill was born on February 24, 1942 in Centralia, IL the son of Gene and Virginia (Snider) Davis.  He married JoAnn Bennett on June 14, 1969. She preceded him in death on March 25, 1986.

Survivors include loving grandson, Bill Manning of Mattoon, IL; sister, Margaret Merriman of Mattoon, IL; son, Steve (Rhonda) Manning of Neoga, IL; brother, Ron Davis of Sun City, AZ; son, Mike Manning of Deland, FL; daughters, Becky Manning of Mattoon, IL, Vicky (Dennis) Sneed of Mattoon, IL and Debbie (Terry) Glaze of Mattoon, IL; four grandchildren, three great grandchildren, eight nieces and one nephew. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Bill served honorably in the United States Army. He retired from Coca-Cola after 38 years of dedicated service. Bill was a member of the First Christian Church, V.F.W., American Legion and the Masons. He served on the Babe Ruth Board and was a member of the Mattoon High School Booster Club. Bill enjoyed keeping stats for the Mattoon High School Football team, Mattoon American Legion Baseball and Babe Ruth Baseball.

Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the Sarah Bush Lincoln Cancer Center or American Legion Baseball.


Olive Louise Easton


Olive Louise Easton, age 89, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 12:25 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2015 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services honoring her life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at the First Christian Church with Reverend Richard Eident and Reverend Kevin Wolfe officiating. Burial will follow at Branch Side Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 6, 2015 at the First Christian Church. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Olive was born on February 28, 1926 in Gays, IL the daughter of Joseph Wilber (J.W.) and Hattie (Hughes) Smith.  She married Harold Easton on December 7, 1947.

Survivors include her loving husband of 67 years, Harold Easton of Mattoon, IL; five children, Brenda Herman of Mattoon, IL, Carol Ann (Bob) Farr of Warrensburg, IL, Kathy (Perry) Moore of Windsor, IL, Rick (Karen) Easton of Mattoon, IL and Cheryl (Dennis) Camfield of Mattoon, IL; fourteen grandchildren, Eric (Lydia) Herman of Collinsville, IL, Tonya Herman of Mattoon, IL, Chuck (Trisha) Herman of Mattoon, IL, Laurie (Rob) Cooley of Mt. Zion, IL, Julie (Mark) De Lima of Avon Lake, OH, Paul Farr of Decatur, IL, Greg (Jackie) Farr of Mt. Zion, IL, Jennifer (Joe) Monsour of Chatham, IL, Bonnie Moore of Windsor, IL, Ryan (Lauren) Moore of Lerna, IL, Emily (Harold) Gross of Mattoon, IL, Nicholas Easton of Cherry Hill, NJ, Chase (Jamye) Camfield of Spring Hill, TN and Quinn Camfield of Mattoon, IL; fifteen great grandchildren and one great great grandchild on the way; special canine friend, Chewy.  Olive was preceded in death by her parents, J.W. and Hattie Smith; sister, Mabel Tucker; brother, Joe Smith.

Olive was a loving and devoted wife and mother. She was a member of the First Christian Church where she attended HIS Sunday School Class. Olive was a past Worthy Matron of Eastern Star. The family is grateful for the numerous special friends throughout the years who have helped Olive, especially during the last years of Olive’s life. Olive will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in her honor are suggested to the following: Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, Mattoon High 12 Scholarship Fund or First Christian Church Deaconess.


James David Gire


James David Gire, age 87 of Charleston, died on Monday, March 30, 2015, under hospice care at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Chapel in Roselawn Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Burial with Military Rites will immediately follow. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Jim was born on July 1, 1927 in Villa Grove, Ill., son of Jesse Gire and Kathryn Allen. Jim met his future bride, Donna Lee Morgan, when she worked at Covalt’s Drug Store on the square, soon after his discharge from the U.S. Army Air Force in 1947. He entered Covalt’s asking for the latest edition of Scientific American magazine, but kept returning to Covalt’s for other reasons. Friends characterized those other reasons as “heart trouble.” They married on July 17, 1950.

Jim is survived by brothers Wayne Gire of Camargo and Tom Gire and wife Inger of Champaign, sister Judy Ludwig of Washington State; son Dann Paul Gire and wife Peggy (Burke) of Hoffman Estates, Ill.; daughter Kim Elaine Sanford and husband Robert Sanford of Hampton, N.J.; and two granddaughters, Lauren Elaine Gire of New York City and Morgan Elizabeth Gire of Chicago. James was preceded in death by his son, Donald Joe in 2004.

After graduating from Villa Grove High School in 1945 and Eastern Illinois University in 1953, Jim taught for three years at Martinsville High School before teaching science at Charleston High School for eight years. He operated a pest control company called Old Faithful that eventually became Gire Protective Service, specializing in pest and varmint control, termite inspections plus radon and radiation testing.

During the early 1960s and the Cuban Missile Crisis, Jim served as Coles County’s Civil Defense Director. He taught classes on Cold War survival and how to use Geiger counters to detect radiation from atomic bombs. While building a house south of the Wrightsville Curve on the way to Lake Charleston, Jim installed one of Coles County’s first fall-out shelters, a thick, concrete-encased room that became an academic tour destination for students in his CHS science classes.

Jim made the national news in 1967 when he discovered and identified thousands of brown recluse spiders hiding inside Eastern Illinois University’s Laboratory School. The brown recluse, a spider with venom more toxic than that of a black widow, was believed to be a Southern state arachnid and had never been seen in Illinois. Jim used the brown recluse as his thesis for his Masters of Science degree at Eastern Illinois University.

During the 1970s, Jim was named a hazard analyst for the State of Illinois’ Civil Defense program. Jim spent several years designing evacuation plans for municipalities facing natural and man-made disasters.

In 1979, Jim capitalized on his knowledge of house inspections by becoming a charter member of the newly formed Wood Real Estate Agency. Jim was also a long-time member of the Charleston Toastmasters Club and served in the Rotary Club.


Mary Anderson

Mary Belle Anderson, age 82, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 7:11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Odd Fellow Rebekah Home.

Funeral services honoring her life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home with Reverend Ken Hutchens officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Hill Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service on Friday.

Mary was born on August 19, 1932 in Clinton, IN the daughter of Robert and Lucinda (Cox) Hutson.  She married Donald A. Anderson on November 17, 1949. He preceded her in death on December 21, 1997.

Survivors include her son, Dennis (Brenda) Anderson of Mattoon, IL; son in law, Johnny Wilds of Clinton, IN; grandchildren, John (Angie) Wilds of Clinton, IN, Amy (Sean) Bullington of Mattoon, IL and Dr. Adam (Kayla) Anderson of Fairview Heights, IL; great grandchildren, Brittany, Chris, Samantha and Tyler; great great grandchildren, Elijah, Jayden and Camden; and sister, Rose (Gary) Holland of Clinton, IN. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Vicki Wilds; grandchild, Michell Cox; great grandchild, Meghan; and nine brothers and sisters.

Mary worked as a seamstress at the Garment Factory before her retirement. She was a member of the General Baptist Church.


Rosalie Branson


Rosalie Branson, age 82, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 1:13 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services honoring her life will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2015 at First Baptist Church with Reverend Dennis Strawn officiating. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home.

Rosalie was born on February 20, 1933 in Mattoon, IL the daughter of George and Gretta (Daily) Arthur.  She married Cleaves Branson on January 21, 1951. He preceded her in death on October 9, 2014.

Survivors include her loving children, Darlene (Steve) McGary, Mark (Nancy) Branson, Debby (and the late Cecil) Ellis and Gary (Janet Sue) Branson all of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Angie Pearson, Christi Poorman, Shannon McGary, Sharma Trail, Casey Branson, Jake Branson, Edward Carpenter, Amy McGary, Jary Branson and Garrette Branson; eleven great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren; sister, Madonna Thomas; sisters-in-law, Norma Lundy and Maxine Arthur. Rosalie was preceded in death by sister, Dorothy VanGundy; brothers, Warren Arthur and Bob Arthur; nephew, Jim Taylor.

Rosalie worked at Dar-Su’s as a bookkeeper. She devoted countless hours at Catholic Charities and was instrumental in developing the free medication program there. Rosalie had a love for visiting and sharing everyone’s success and challenges. She enjoyed Facebook and playing games on the computer. She always had a word of advice even when she was sick. Rosalie worried about anyone that was ill and followed their journey in healing and passing. For family gatherings, Rosalie’s macaroni and cheese was always requested. Rosalie was the center core of her family.

Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to First Baptist Church Choir Group.