WFIW only accepts obituaries via e-mail. As we continue to upgrade our technology, it has become necessary to receive all obituary notices from area funeral homes via e-mail. The quality of handwritten and typewritten obituaries that are faxed to us has steadily fallen in recent years and makes reading important information difficult. In an effort to reduce errors, it has become necessary to receive the clearest copy possible—and that is by way of e-mail.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
90-year-old Mt. Vernon, IL resident, formerly of Enfield, Bernice R. Dolan, died Friday evening, February 21 at Countryside Manor in Mt. Vernon, IL.
Funeral arrangements are pending at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Enfield.
Former Fairield resident, Nancy O’Leary Lyftogt, died Thursday, February 20 in Scottsdale, AZ.
Surviving are her husband Rick; two daughters, Michelle Quindry O’Neal of San Diego, CA and Shannon Lemons of Queen Creek, AZ; one sister, Marsha O’Leary Sork of Fairfield; and seven grandchildren.
A celebration of Nancy O’Leary Lyftogt’s life will be held in Scottsdale, AZ at a later date.
Surviving are his wife, Clara Van Winkle of McLeansboro; three daughters, Penelope Van Winkle of Culleoka, TN, Robin Van Winkle of Mt. Carmel, IL and Jody Bedwell of Robinson, IL; one step-son, Kelly Karcher of McLeansboro; one step-daughter, Stacy Webb of McLeansboro; ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Jean Catt of Oblong, IL and Shirley Pippin of Robinson, IL.
A Memorial Service for Frank Van Winkle will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 25 at Turning Point Church of God in McLeansboro. The church will open at 10 a.m.
Memorials may be made to Turning Point Church of God Hand of Hope Food Pantry.
Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro is in charge of the arrangements.
45-year-old Fairfield resident, Michele Lea Allen died at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at her home. She was a homemaker and had worked at Brookstone Estates.
Survivors include her boyfriend, Kevin Brand of Fairfield; parents, Junior and Treva Lane of Cisne; two daughters, Amber Lane of Bloomington, MN and Megan York of Tolono, IL; her grandmother, Elizabeth Lane of Cisne; two sisters, Lisa Lane of Wentzville, MO and Melissa Weidner and husband George of Noble, IL.
Cremation rites will be accorded with a private family service at a later date.
The Hosselton Funeral Home of Cisne is in charge of all the arrangements.
61-year-old Fairfield resident, Jan McGaha died at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital.
Survivors include a daughter, Michelle and husband Wade Gregory of Fairfield; sons, Gabe and wife Stephanie McGaha and Nate McGaha, all of Fairfield and four grandchildren.
Funeral services for Jan McGaha will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 until the time of the service at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.
Memorials may be made to the Little League Baseball or Girls Softball Programs and will be accepted at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.
62-year-old Fairfield resident, Maudie McGill died at 8:55 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 at her home. She had been a CNA.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth McGill of Fairfield; a step-daughter, Roxanne Crow and husband Rinni of Mt. Carmel; sons, Henry and wife Dixie McGill and Eugene and wife Amy McGill, all of Fairfield; stepsons, Ray and wife Lisa McGill of Mt. Vernon and Walter McGill of Topeka, KS; sisters, Minnie Morgan Hosick of Fairfield and Myrtle Kieser of Mt. Erie; step-brothers, Charles and wife Alma Holstein of Barnhill and Lushie Holstein of Wayne City and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Maudie McGill will be 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Buckeye Cemetery.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the time of service Monday, Feb. 24 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.
Memorials may be made to help with the funeral expenses.
84-year-old former Wayne City resident, Audrey Ruth Wegner died at 7:26 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Way-Fair in Fairfield.
Survivors include sons, Carl and wife Vesta Wegner of Cliffton Park, NY and Darrell Wegner of St. Louis; a daughter, Ellen and husband Kerry Shreve of Wayne City; a sister, Joyce Weaver of Tuscola, IL; 3 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
Services for Audrey Ruth Wegner will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Olive Branch Church in Wayne City with burial in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be 6 – 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City, which is in charge of all the arrangements.
Former Fairfield physician, Dr. Arthur R. Marks, 94, died Wednesday, February 12th at Wesley Palms Assisted Living in San Diego, California.
After graduation from the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he served in the U. S. Army during World War II as a battalion surgeon. He started his private practice in 1950 in Fairfield, the same year Fairfield Memorial Hospital opened. He was the only surgeon in the area for many years. He remained in Fairfield until his retirement 37 years later. He served as a member of the Fairfield Park District for ten years and as president for eight years. In 1987, he moved to La Jolla, California to retire. He returned to work in clinics and emergency rooms until he was 90 years old.
Dr. Arthur R. Marks is survived by two daughters, Daryl Nelkin of Sevierville, TN and Melisse Marks of Cincinnati, OH; three sons, Dan Marks of Carbondale, IL, John Marks of Bluford, and Dr. Anthony Marks of La Jolla, CA; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
On March 7th there will be a memorial service with military burial at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego, CA.
Charleen Wood, 90, of Mount Carmel, died on Monday, February 17, 2014 at Oakview Heights Continuous Care. She was a kitchen aid at South School for many years, a homemaker.
She is survived by her children Dianna (Dan) Sheehan of West Palm Beach, FL; Janet (Ed) Hicks of Mount Carmel, IL; Mary Christina Ligon of Olney, IL; Gloria (Robert) Smith of Mount Carmel, IL; Dr. Tom (Raquel) Wood of Ft. Smith AR; sixteen grandchildren and thirty great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Charlene Wood will be 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2014, in the Chapel of Family Tradition Funeral Home with burial at Highland Memorial Cemetery in Mount Carmel, Illinois.
Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service on Friday, February 21, 2014, in the Chapel at Family Tradition Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made in Charleen’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, and will be accepted at the Family Tradition Funeral Home in Mt. Carmel.
64-year-old Texico, IL resident, Rodney Warren died at 7:55 p.m. Friday February 14 at Crossroads Hospital Mt Vernon Il. He was a truck driver.
Survivors include his wife Midge Warren of Texico IL; sons, Todd Warren of Noelansville, TN, Rusty Warren of Mt Vernon IL; a daughter Tanya Stephenson and husband Shannon of Wayne City, IL step-sons, Cleve Ellis of Mt Vernon, IL, David Heierman of Clinton, Utah and Brian Walker of Bedford Texas; step-daughters, Karen Martin of Hurst Texas, Angel Ellis of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, Jerri Heierman of Clinton Utah and Michelle Walker of Bedford Texas; six grandchildren; six step- grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren also survive.
Funeral Services for Rodney Warren will be 11 a.m. Tuesday February 18, at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City with burial in Olive Branch Cemetery near Wayne City.
Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City.
82-year-old Alma Jeene Sefton of Springfield IL died Sunday, February 16 at Memorial Hospital in Springfield, IL. She attended school in Fairfield Il and business school in Evansville IN.
Survivors include her children and their spouses Mark (Wilda) Sefton of Mill Shoals IL, Scott (MaryJo) Sefton of Wellesley MA and Joan (Pat) Hahn of Springfield IL; grandchildren and their spouses Clint (Mandy) Sefton of Haubstadt IN, Melissa (Aaron May) of Evansville IN, Raelee Hahn and Holly Hahn of Springfield IL and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Alma Jeene Sefton will be 12 noon Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the time of service at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.
William J. “Bill” Allison, 87, died on Saturday, February 15, 2015 at 2:25 AM at Way Fair Nursing Home in Fairfield, IL. He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington with a degree in Engineering and had also studied Meteorology. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he competed in state and national competitions with one of America’s leading American Legion senior drum and bugle corps. He was Senior Vice President and Head of Sales for all 5 divisions for Pittsburgh Tube Company of Monaca, Pennsylvania. He was also President of North American Welded Steel for four years and was also President of the Fairbury, IL Rotary in 1975/6. Bill also worked for the Census Bureau in Bay and Collier Counties in Florida, was involved in Habitat for Humanity of Collier Co., and was a realtor in Naples and Panama City, Florida.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years Roberta, his daughter Gayle (Gerard) Donlon of Dothan, AL, his son William J. (Mary) Allison, Jr. of Palm Desert, CA, step sons Keith Carter of Fairfield, IL and Kevin Carter of Panama City, Fl, a brother George K. (Elsa) Allison, III of Anderson, IN, 4 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.
Funeral services for Bill Allison will be 1 p.m. Saturday, February 22 at the First Baptist Church in Fairfield, with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the church. The Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home of Fairfield is in charge of all the arrangements. Memorials can be made to The Alzheimers Foundation or First Baptist Church in Fairfield.
71-year-old Fairfield resident, Linda Moore, died at 7:20 a.m. Saturday, February 15 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. She had worked at Rex Filters and had been an EMT.
Survivors include a son, Gary (Joyce) Moore of Fairfield; sisters, Donna (Terry) Moore of Taylorville, IL and Betty Moore of Campbell, NE; a brother, Gary (Fern) Linder of Enfield; two grandchildren, Kody and Kyle Moore of Fairfield and 5 great-grandchildren.
Services for Linda Moore will be 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the time of service Friday, Feb. 21 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield. Memorials may be made to help cover funeral expenses.
89-year-old Fairfield resident, Alice Louise Gillison, died at 6:08 a.m. Saturday, February 15 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. She was a homemaker, had been a cake decorator at Food Park, and was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Debra Lawrence of Fairfield and Tracy (Bill) Pierson of Avondale, AZ; one step-daughter, Amanda Ragland Griffiths of Rock Island, IL; one son, Thomas Wayne (Donna) Cox of Tuscon, AZ; eight grandchildren, Angela Dawn Reubart of Washington, IL, Chad Cox of Little Elm, TX, Tim Cox of McKinnen, TX, Kristi Bolton of Mesa, AZ, Justin Galiher of Marion, IL, Kayla Lawrence of Fairfield, Colton Boyd in Japan serving in the Marine Corp and Misty Galiher Inzerma of Fairfield; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Alice Louise Gillison will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 20 at the First Baptist Church in Fairfield. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, February 19 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.
Memorials may be made to Huntington’s Disease Foundation.
78-year-old Fairfield resident, Clarence “Gene” Eckleberry, died at 8:50 p.m. Friday, February 14 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. He owned Eckleberry’s Towing Service, and was a retired Superintendent of the Gas Department for the City of Fairfield. He was a member of Kings Chapel Church.
Surviving are his wife Janice of Fairfield; one daughter, Tammy Wheeler of Fairfield; one son, Silas of Fairfield; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one sister, Sally Allen of Palmer, IN; and one brother, Jake of Fairfield.
Funeral services for Clarence “Gene” Eckleberry will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 19 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 19 until the time of service at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.
Memorials may be made to Kings Chapel Church.