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Mark Burrell


Mark Allen Burrell, age 45, of Mattoon passed away at 2:06 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services honoring his life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at the Praise Assembly of God between Mattoon and Charleston with Reverend Ryan Mulvaney officiating. Burial will follow at Drummond Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at the Praise Assembly of God. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Mark was born on January 31, 1970 in Mattoon, IL the son of Donald L. and V. Eleanor (Montgomery) Burrell.   He married Jane L. Davisson on October 13, 1990.

Survivors include his loving wife of 24 years, Jane Burrell of Mattoon, IL; daughters, Tiffany D. Burrell and Jennifer N. Burrell both of Mattoon, IL; son, Cole Marcus Burrell of Mattoon, IL; mother, V. Eleanor Burrell of Mattoon, IL; brothers, Tony D. (Rose) Burrell of Bloomington, IL, Patrick B. (Kathy) Burrell of Beecher City, IL and Charles “Chuck” A. (Jenny) Burrell of Mattoon, IL; sister, Randall Swinford of Mattoon, IL. Mark was preceded in death by his daughter Kristina Marie Burrell and father Donald Burrell.

Mark worked at RR Donnelly for 20 years. He was a member of the Praise Assembly of God where he was a Royal Ranger Leader. He was a volunteer at the Donnelly Fire Brigade. Mark was an avid Chicago Blackhawks and Bears fan. The family encourages casual dress and Blackhawks or Bears sports attire for the visitation and funeral.

Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to his family.


Susan Kay Olszewski

 

Susan Kay Olszewski, age 68, of Mattoon passed away at 4:45 p.m. on May 25, 2015 at Mattoon Healthcare and Rehabilitation.

Funeral services honoring her life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston, IL 61938 with Pastor Brad Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Bethany Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home.

Susan was born on November 18, 1946 in Bethany, IL the daughter of William Victor and Kathryn Lulu (Sibley) Scott.

 

Survivors include her daughter, Christi (Wade) Lagle of Mahomet, IL; son, Eric (Robyn) Olszewski of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Dalton Kerans, Madisen Kerans and Makenzie Kerans all of Mahomet, IL; sisters, Glendola Trembley of Sullivan, IL, Myrta Pound of Decatur, IL, Lila Brown of Bethany, IL and Janey Dennis of Mattoon, IL; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; many wonderful friends including, Diane, Jan, Paula and Robyn. Susan was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Billy Scott, Lyn Scott and Vic Scott.

Susan was a graduate of Sullivan High School. She worked at General Electric in the Coil Room for 37 years before retiring. Susan was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Bethany, IL the Mattoon Eagles and the Charleston Moose. Susan enjoyed time spent outside in her yard. Most of all, Susan loved and cherished every moment spent with her grandchildren.

Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to the Sarah Bush Lincoln Cancer Center or the local Special Olympics.


David Slifer

David Lynn Slifer of Mattoon, IL, departed this life at home, surrounded by his loving family on May 16, 2015.

David was born to parents Charles Earl and Patricia Anne (Swickard) Slifer on October 12, 1950 in Charleston, IL. He graduated from Charleston High School in 1969. On January 21, 1970, without the knowledge of his parents, David joined the U.S. Navy. He served honorably until his discharge on January 22, 1974.  On January 23, 1983, he married Virginia “Ginny” Rockwood.

David was a truck driver for Etchason & Allen Oil in Mattoon, IL, Bennett Grain in Windsor, IL and Service Equipment in Mattoon, IL until 1989. David worked with his mother in operating and managing Slifer’s Rancho Mobile Home Park. Dave was a stay at home dad and during those years he also babysat in his free time. Dave was a pyro technician with Central States Fireworks and part of the 4th of July setup crew for the Charleston/Mattoon Fireworks show and an Illinois Elections Judge since 2012.

David is survived by his loving wife of 32 years Ginny Slifer; son Devon Slifer of Mattoon; sisters Pamela (Mike) Kearns of Savoy and Ava (Jim) Doppelhammer of Charleston. Dave was called “dad” and “grandpa” by many of the children that he cared for over the years who became part of his family. He leaves 19 nieces and nephews, 16 great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation for family and friends will be on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Schilling’s Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Graveside services with Military Rites will take place at Dodge Grove Cemetery on Friday June 5,2015 at 1:00 p.m. with PGR Pastor Jerry Limp officiating.

Dave was proud to be a Vietnam Era Veteran and he spent a lot of his spare time showing all his fellow veterans honor and tribute. David was an Illinois Patriot Guard Region 4 Ride Captain; former Vice Grand and former Noble Grand of Mattoon Odd Fellow Lodge # 260; a member of the Black Tiger Honor Guard whose motto is “To honor, Brings honor”; Dave was a member of the Mattoon American Legion Post 88 where he served as Past Senior Vice Commander; Past Junior Vice Commander; Current Correspondent for 40 et 8, Current Gaming Committee board member and member of the V.F.W Post 4325 Honor Guard. David was also the Mattoon Driver Coordinator of the VA Illiana Volunteer Transportation Network and Driver.  He has been a volunteer since December 3, 2009 and was a recipient of the 1,000 hour volunteer pin.

David enjoyed making train layouts and dollhouses. He spent many hours working with his parents at the Elves Workshop. David was also owner and operator of Old Town Trains.

Memorial donations may be made out to his wife Ginny to be split between the groups of Dave’s choice.   The family is grateful for the condolences.

 

 

 

 


Donna Cox

 

DONNA COX

Donna Sue Rohr Cox, 73, of Mattoon, IL passed away peacefully at 8:58 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at her residence, surrounded by her family.

Donna was born on October 14, 1941 to Thomas and Letha Rohr in Mattoon, IL.

Donna attended Mattoon High School and began her career as an office worker at Montgomery Ward in Mattoon at the age of 16 and remained loyal to the business until it closed its doors.  After Montgomery Ward, she enjoyed a career at 3D and Big Lots of Mattoon until her retirement in 2007.  She also volunteered her time at the local election polling stations as a poll worker.

Donna was an avid bowler and earned numerous honors and awards for her skill, most notably earning a place in the Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame.  She was a loyal member of the Mattoon Moose and Mattoon American Legion, and also enjoyed playing bingo with her close friend Connie and many others.  She enjoyed reading romance novels and spending time with her numerous feline and canine friends over the years.

Donna felt her greatest accomplishment was her children. She was kind, generous, and patient to everyone she met.

Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Jerry L. Cox; daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Greg Eustis of Washington, PA; son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Ryan Cox of Mattoon, IL; beloved granddaughters, Ciarra and Cali Eustis of Washington, PA; mother, Letha Rohr of Sullivan, IL; sister Lynda (Ron) Phillips of Sullivan, IL; brother Thomas (Beverly) of Greenup; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Rohr, and bingo companion, Connie Cox.

Memorial services will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Douglas-Hart Nature Center (2204 Dewitt Ave. E) in Mattoon, IL.  Friends and family are encouraged to share their favorite stories and remembrances of Donna during the memorial.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Coles County Animal Shelter (6818 N Co Rd 1120E, Charleston, IL 61920) or the Douglas-Hart Nature Center (2204 Dewitt Ave. E, Mattoon, IL 61938).


Robert Stokes

 

Robert (Bob) Lee Stokes, 75, died Friday, May 15, 2015 at the Odd Fellows Rebekah Home in Mattoon after a long battle with cancer.

He leaves behind his wife of 40 years, Susan Stokes; his step-son, Scott Hampton, step-daughter, Sheri (Hampton) Walker; three grandchildren, Nichole Hampton, Brooke Hampton and David Walker; his beloved beagle, Buddy and many close friends.

Born and raised in Hoopeston, IL the son of Paul and Anna Stokes, Bob began working for C.I.P.S. while in his teens. After serving in the Army, he returned to C.I.P.S., working as a lineman, finally coming to reside in Mattoon. He married his second wife Susan in October 1975 becoming a pal and great father to her two young children. Bob retired from C.I.P.S. after reaching an achievement of 40 years with the company.

An avid fisherman, Bob spent most weekends fishing and camping at his “second home,” Lake Shelbyville. It was here that he and wife Susan met many people who would become lifelong friends.

To honor Bob’s wishes, no visitation is planned. There will be a private family graveside service with Reverend Richard Eident officiating.


Deborah “Debbie” Hendren

Deborah “Debbie” Elizabeth Hendren, age 64, of Mattoon, IL went to be with her Lord and Savior at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at her residence.

Funeral services honoring her life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston, IL 61938. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be on Friday, May 8, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Debbie was born on August 21, 1950 in Mattoon, IL the daughter of Robert Eugene and Elizabeth Joan (Pygott) Butler Sr.

Survivors include her loving children, Tony Hendren Jr. of Mattoon, IL and Christine (Robert) Ratliff of Lerna, IL; grandchildren, Josh (Trisha) Ratliff of Lerna, IL, Sean (Haley) Helton of Charleston, IL, Meagan Helton and Logan Ratliff both of Lerna, IL, Samantha Hendren, Jacob Hendren and Olivia Hendren all of Mattoon, IL; great grandchildren, Heighden Fairley of Charleston, IL and Raiden Ratliff of Lerna, IL; mother, Elizabeth Pygott of Mattoon, IL; brother, Pastor Tom (Lisa) Butler of Mattoon, IL; sisters Barbara (Gary) Wright and Janice (Audie) Harp both of Mattoon, IL; dear friend, Toni Weaver of Mattoon, IL. Debbie was preceded in death by her father, Robert Butler Sr. and brother Bob Butler Jr.

Debbie was a devoted mother and grandmother. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a member of the Word of Life Baptist Church. Debbie had a heart for service and enjoyed helping wherever there was a need at the church. Even at work, she dedicated her life to customer service working at Wal-Mart, Kmart, 3-D, Hoots House and Burger King. Debbie was loved by all who knew her and she will be greatly missed.

Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to the Word of Life Baptist Church.


Kak Martin

G. Kathleen “Kak” Martin, age 94, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Douglas Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Funeral services honoring her life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL.  Burial will follow at Humboldt Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 10:00 a.m.  until time of service on Tuesday at Schilling Funeral Home.

Kak was born on March 25, 1921 in Cowden, IL the daughter of Guy E. and Goldie Phipps.   She married Robert W. Martin of Humboldt on April 13, 1940.

Kak is survived by her Daughter Kathy L. Martin Butler, Grandchildren Sherri K. Gillespie, Bobbie D. (James) Woolbright, Denise A. Baker, Frances K. (Franny) Butler. Great Grandchildren Kailee J. Duvall, Jeremy T. McConnaha, Heather N. (Jon) Golden, Heidi M. Ethington, Kassandra D. (Dani) Baker, Cayla K. Baker, Emma Grace Ann Washenfeldt, Aiden Louis Ryne Washenfeldt. Great Great Grandchildren Jayden L. McConnaha, Jackson W. McConnaha, Brylen Allen M. Golden, Cabella A. Golden, Cameron T. Houston. One sister Eileen (Dale) Heath.

Kak is proceeded in death by her parents Guy E, and Goldie Phipps, Husband Robert W. (Bob) Martin, Daughter Brenda K. Martin Trog, Granddaughter Tiajuanda (TJ) Simpson, one Brother James E.( Bud) Phipps, and three sisters, Pat McElravy, Ruth (Bill) Smith, Betty (Clyde) Henderson.

Kak worked at the Garment factory for 13 years, and was also an Avon rep. for many years. Kak and her late husband Robert W. (Bob) Martin enjoyed swing dances at Hoots Haus for many years, they enjoyed camping in the summer, and they enjoyed going to Texas in the winter.  Kak lived at Mattoon towers for 22 years after her husband passed. Where she lead the kitchen band for years. She was a member of the first Methodist church in Mattoon. When Kak was in her 70’s she took a tour of Mattoon during Bagelfest in a hot air balloon, and when she was in her 80’s she took her first ride on a Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by James Woolbright. When Kak was a young girl and women she enjoyed the silver star skating rink where she met her husband, and when Kak was in her 90’s she once again enjoyed one more go around at the skating rink.

Kak enjoyed making people laugh, being with her family, music she had a love for music as soon as her feet hit the floor in the morning she was singing and humming.

She had a sense of humor that would brighten anyone’s day. She was full of surprises, but couldn’t surprise her family because nothing she did surprised us anymore.

 


Leila Myers


Lelia Mae Myers, age 92, of Mattoon passed away at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the Odd Fellow Rebekah Home.

Funeral services honoring her life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston, IL 61938. Burial will follow at Humboldt Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday.

Lelia was born on September 23, 1922 in Mattoon, the daughter of Lawrence and Lela (Stoner) Kindel.   She married Virgil Guffey, he preceded her in death in July of 1972. She later married Freeman Herald Myers and he preceded her in death in June of 1988.

Survivors include her loving daughter, Nellie (Norman) Godden of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Kim (Dave) Snowden, Rick (Tiffany) Godden, Daniel Godden (special friend, Cheryl Hall) and Diana Davis all of Mattoon, IL, great grandchildren, Ryan, Patric, Ian, Corey, Whitney, Aaron (Holly), Danielle, Dane, Gunner and Emma all of Mattoon, IL, great great grandchildren, Gadsden, Ayriana and Adelyn all of Mattoon, IL. Lelia was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Lela Kindel; husbands, Virgil Guffey and Freeman Myers; brother, Bud Kindel; sisters, Alberta Miller, Odessa “Dessie” Stewart and Mary Roberts.

Lelia was a devoted wife and mother. She was a lifetime member of the Daughters of American Veterans.

 


Marjorie Maxey

Marjorie S. Maxey, age 95, of Chicago formerly of Mattoon passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 in Chicago, IL.

Graveside services honoring her life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015 at Dodge Grove Cemetery with Reverend Robert C. Clark officiating. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Marjorie was born on September 25, 1919 in Mattoon, IL the daughter of William and Pyma Scarbro.   She married Roy Maxey on October 18, 1942. He preceded her in death in 2008.

Marjorie was a member of the First Christian Church in Mattoon, IL. She was a Senior Girl Scout Leader and was involved in the Mattoon Little Theatre. Marjorie was instrumental in the formation of the Mental Health Agency of Coles Countryside. Marjorie was a graduate of Utterback’s Business College and worked nearly 20 years as a paralegal for the State’s Attorney. She also was a leading saleswoman for Stanley Home Products.

Survivors include her loving daughter Kim Maxey of Chicago, IL who she resided with for the past four years.

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


Sue Grayson

 

Sue Grayson (Susan Elaine Grayson), 66, of Mattoon, returned home on Monday, May 4, 2015, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital, Mattoon.

Memorial services honoring her life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston, IL 61938 with Reverend Lonnie Stewart officiating. Burial will be at a later date.  Visitation for family and friends will be from 12:00 p.m. until time of service Thursday.

Sue was born March 23, 1949 in Mattoon the daughter of Marvin and Shirley (Wilson) Crum.   She married Norman Ray Grayson on September 27, 1985 in Mattoon, he survives. She is also survived by three children, Gene (special friend Karen) Graham of Urbana, Vicki (Special friend Tionna) Graham of Lerna, and Chris (Whitley) Grayson of Charleston. She also had two grandchildren that she loved dearly, Genevieve and Jude of Mattoon. Also surviving are three brothers, Daniel Crum (special friend Bonnie) of Mattoon, Pat (Terri) Crum of Mattoon and Chris (Patty ) Crum of Mattoon and one sister Malinda (David) Hartke of Dietrich and five nieces and nephews.

She had recently retired from Kern Manufacturing of Neoga. She is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Jim and David, and one sister Marcella.

Memorials donations in her honor are suggested to local charities.