June C. Smalley

June C. Smalley, 73, of Normal died at 9:35 p.m. Dec. 25, 2011, at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

Her funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 3, 2012) at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, with inurnment at Park Hill Mausoleum, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 3, 2012) at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to SOAR, Special Olympics or The Baby Fold.

She was born June 22, 1938, in Auburn, a daughter of Maurice Charles and Minnie Duff Charles.

She is survived by her children, Randi (Steve) Meyer, Bloomington; Richard (Kara) Smalley, Hudson; and Susan (Curtis) Pennypacker and Charles (Kristy) Smalley, both of Normal; her companion’s children, Floyd Alan (Lynn) Paul, Nebraska; Greg (Lisa) Paul, Bloomington; and Lisa (Ed) Birk, Lincoln; her grandchildren, Andrew, Allyson, Chelsea, Bailey, Angela (Scott), Samantha and Bradley; two sisters, Mary (Herb) Ward, Texas, and Kathy (Ray) Merrill, Havana; a brother-in-law, John Anderson, Normal; several nieces and nephews; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her companion of 33 years, Floyd “Sonny” Paul; her parents; three brothers, Maurice Charles, John Charles and James Robert Charles; and four sisters, Dorothy Stoffel, Ruth Miller, Helen Anderson and Elizabeth Berggren.

June spent her childhood growing up at Illinois Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s School. She graduated from University High School, Normal.

She had been employed by J.C. Penney, Eureka Manufacturing Co., and Alexander Manufacturing Co. throughout the years.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at BroMenn ER and Critical Care Unit for the excellent care and support that was given during her brief illness.

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Scott D. Carnahan

Scott D. Carnahan, 52, of Normal died at 6:02 a.m. Thursday (Dec. 22, 2011) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

A memorial service will be at 5 p.m. Monday (December 26, 2011) at First Baptist Church of Towanda, with a meal following the service at the church. The Rev. Adam Wilson will officiate. Cremation rites have been accorded.                                                       

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday (December 26, 2011) at the church. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the family.

He was born May 7, 1959, in Bloomington, a son of Arthur Rosell and Jean Yvonne Johnson Carnahan. He married Joanna Klepper on April 6, 2002, in Normal. She survives.

Also surviving are three children, Jessica (Dan) Story, Hudson; and Johnathan Gadberry and Jerry Gadberry Jr., both of Bloomington; three grandchildren, Kayla Gadberry, Emma Wilson and Jade Story; a brother, Michael (Jeannie) Carnahan, McLean; a sister, Lynn James, Bloomington; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews whom he loved very much.

One son, Christopher Carnahan, preceded him in death.

Scott was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Towanda and also taught Sunday school there.

The loves of Scott’s life were his soul mate, Joanna, and his love of the Lord. He enjoyed riding his Harley and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will be truly missed by all his family, his church family and friends, and his two dogs, Rico and Gracie.

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Tiffany L. Tate

Tiffany Leigh Tate, 38, Downs, formerly of Kalamazoo, Mich., passed away Thursday (Dec. 22, 2011) at LeRoy Manor in Leroy.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, with the Rev. Dave Ashby officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the memorial home. Following the celebration of life service everyone is invited to come to the IBEW 197 “The Electrical Laborers Hall,” 2407 Beich Road, Bloomington. Private inurnment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to OSF Hospice or Leroy Manor.

Tiffany was born May 14, 1973, in Paw Paw, Mich., the daughter of Karen Manhart and Paul Staniszewski.

She is survived by her parents, Karen (Pete) Manhart, Downs, and Paul Staniszewski, Paw Paw, Mich.; one son, Skyler Hall, Normal; one daughter, Megan Myrick, Vicksburg, Mich.; one sister, Angela Staniszewski, Normal; two nieces, Jade Johnson and Ayanah Edwards, Normal; two nephews, Kadin and Xavier Edwards, Normal; two aunts, Marie (Tom) Clem, Downs, and Cathy (Greg) Roop, Downs; one uncle, Randy (Gayla) Tate, Mountain Home, Ark.; and grandparents, Geraldine Shaffner, Downs; Delbert and Evalyn Tate, Jonesboro, Ark. She is also survived by several other aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family would like to thank the staff of OSF Hospice and LeRoy Manor for the amazing care and support they gave to Tiffany and her family during her time of need.

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Dora Wilson

Dora Grace Wilson, 97, Bloomington, died at 11:45 p.m. Monday (Dec. 19, 2011) at Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Service: 10 a.m. Friday at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington.

Visitation: none

Memorials: in lieu of flowers, Bloomington Rehab and HCC. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors: daughter, Jane F. Wilson, Bloomington, and seven grandchildren.

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Darrel N. Lee

Darrel N. Lee, 84, Bloomington, died at 9:11 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 18, 2011) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Burial will be at Dawson Cemetery, Ellsworth. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or American Kidney Foundation.

He was born July 22, 1927, in Bloomington, son of Theodore and Goldie Irene Sweckard Lee. He married Beverly Builta on Sept. 2, 1950, in Bloomington. She survives.

Also surviving are children, Susan (Mike) Ferrier, Palmetto, Fla., and William (Karen) Lee, Normal; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sister, Mary Hammond, Bloomington.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cindy Griesemer; and brother, Robert Lee.

Darrel was a member of Centennial Christian Church, Bloomington. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Darrel worked for State Farm Insurance Cos. for 41 years. In 1951, he was transferred to Dallas as an accounting manager and while there became an auditor. In 1964, he was transferred to the home office in Bloomington as director of accounting and then as vice president of accounting.

He was a member of the Masons, American Legion, Bloomington Elks and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Darrel loved to watch sports, mostly football, basketball and golf. He also enjoyed playing golf and traveling, especially to Mississippi and Florida.

He had a good sense of humor, enjoyed life and had many friends. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and he will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.

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Gene B. Williams

Gene B. Williams, 85, Fairfax, Va., formerly of Bloomington, died Dec. 13, 2011, at INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, Va. Graveside inurnment services will be at  2 p.m. Thursday (December 22, 2011) at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. The Rev. Jay Reginetter will officiate.  Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 21, 2011) at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.

Survivors: his wife, Verlona Williams; children, Kevin (Diane) Williams, Crystal Lake; Kathy (Ed) Olivetts, Urbandale, Iowa; and Kristine (Mark) Dillallo, Sterling, Va.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and brothers, Robert (Vickie) Williams and James Williams.

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Ida Stephens

Ida Josephine Stephens, 92, of Hudson died at 9:03 p.m. Friday (Dec. 16, 2011) at Meadows Mennonite Home, rural Chenoa.

Her service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday (December 20, 2011) at Hudson United Methodist Church, Hudson, with the Rev. John Tymonko officiating. Burial will be in Hudson Cemetery, Hudson. Visitation will be  from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday (December 20, 2011) at the church. Memorials may be made to The Baby Fold or the Hudson United Methodist Church.

Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born June 25, 1919, in Colfax, the daughter of Ernest and Litta Martin Steele. She married Wayne V. Stephens Sept. 14, 1938, in Hudson. Wayne passed away Dec. 6, 2010.

Survivors include three sons, Gary (Judy) Stephens, Bruce (Melanie) Stephens and Greg (Barbara) Stephens; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, William Stephens and Roger Stephens; and four sisters.

Ida was a member of the Hudson United Methodist Church. She was also a member of HEA and the Hudson Methodist UMW. She was a homemaker for all of her married life in Hudson.

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Robert Shawn Munshi

Robert Shawn Munshi, 40, Bloomington, died Dec. 8, 2011, at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

Service: He was cremated. There will be no service. Cremation services provided by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.

Memorials: Recycled Furniture for Families.

Survivors: his wife, Linda Munshi, Bloomington; children, Erin Munshi Smith, Heyworth; Robert Munshi, Farmer City; Maccey Munshi and Anthony Munshi, both of Bloomington; his parents, Christine Munshi, Bean Station, Tenn., and Robert Hurley, Bloomington; three sisters and three grandchildren.

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Eugene “Gene” Bissey

Eugene “Gene” Bissey, 76, Bloomington, died at 1:05 a.m. Tuesday (Dec. 13, 2011) at Good Samaritan Home, Flanagan.

Service: Cremation rites will be accorded. Memorial service will be at a later date.

Memorials: American Cancer Society or charity of the donor’s choice. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors: his wife, Joanna Donovan Bissey; children, Dan (Neva) Bissey and Nancy (Tim) Mounce, both of Bloomington; and Thom (Ruth Simons) Bissey, Warington, Pa.; one grandchild; and one brother, Harold (Doris) Bissey, Dwight.

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Eleanor Ann Jones Brokaw

Eleanor Ann Jones Brokaw, wife of Charles Edward Brokaw, 90, Towanda, passed away on Tuesday (Dec. 13, 2011) at Heritage Health in Normal.

Her private graveside service will be at Smith Grove Cemetery in Towanda. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s  Association or Passages Hospice. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Eleanor was born Oct. 26, 1921, in Normal, to Margaret Hunter and Len Evans Jones. After graduating from Bloomington High School, she attended Illinois Wesleyan University and the University of Arizona. She was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

At age 22, she married her high school sweetheart, Charles E. Brokaw,  on April 10, 1943, at her parents’ home in Bloomington. They moved to Victoria, Texas, in 1945, when Charles returned from duty as a fighter pilot in the European theater. Stationed at Victoria, Charles was an Army Air Corps combat flight instructor. After the war, Charles and Eleanor returned to a family farm in Towanda and raised three children, Charles Edward Brokaw Jr., Anne Brokaw Neptune and James Hunter Brokaw.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband,  Charles; her parents, Margaret H. and Len E. Jones; her sister, Mary Elizabeth Jones Winter; and grandchildren, Joseph Patrick Brokaw and Ann Margaret Brokaw, children of Charles E. Brokaw Jr.

She is survived by her children, eight grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Eleanor was a lifelong member of Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. She was involved from her early childhood as a member of the church choir and a summer camp counselor. During later years, she attended Bible study groups and was an active member of the Stephen Ministry. Throughout the years, she supported many efforts for the improvement of the church.

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