James H. Adams

James H. Adams, 86, Normal, died at 9:53 a.m. Sunday (May 13, 2012) at his home.

Cremation rites will be accorded. Inurnment will be at a later date at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield. Memorials maybe made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate Children’s Hospital of Illinois, 530 NE Glen Oak, Peoria, IL 61637, or OSF Hospice. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Aug. 27, 1925, in Bloomington, son of Homer Franklin Adams and Vulia Lehman. He married Mary F. Coughlin on May 30, 1947, in Bloomington. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Timothy (Sharon) Adams, Normal; Diane (Jeff) Adams Kruse, Pataskala, Ohio; and Camilla Adams, Brady, Texas; sisters, Hazel Hart, Bloomington; Phyllis Whiteside and Enid Adams, both of Hudson; and Shirley Warren, California; brothers, William H. (Camilla) Adams and John (Betty) Adams, both of Bloomington; and Stephen Adams, California; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Homer Adams Jr., David Adams and Mathew Adams; and sister, Betty Adams.

James served as a Marine during World War II in the Pacific, taking part in the battles at Iwo Jima, Saipan and Tinian.

He retired as a letter carrier from the Bloomington Post Office in 1987.

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Virginia Trapp

Virginia M. Trapp, 90, of Heritage Manor, El Paso, died at 3:10 a.m. Friday (May 4, 2012) at Heritage Health Therapy & Senior Care, El Paso.

Her service will be at 11 a.m. May 22 at Grace Church, 1311 W. Hovey St., Normal, with the Rev. Bryan Brotherton officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded. Comfort the family time will be before the service from 9:30 to 11 a.m. May 22 at the church. Memorial gifts may be made to the family. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Dec. 15, 1921, in Granite City, a daughter of Charles Stanfill and Maude Warner. She married Glenn Walton in 1943. He died in 1948. She married Bernard Trapp in 1953. He died in 1982.

She is survived by her daughter, Donna (Wayne) Carpenter, Normal; grandchildren, Glenn (Jill) Carpenter, Lockport; Becci (Tim) Staulcup, El Paso; and Bethany (Randy) Hinman, Broomfield, Colo.; and great-grandchildren, Nathan, Haley, David, Andrew, Whitney, Dakota and Ryan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, James Dale Walton, in July 1975; four brothers; and one sister.

Virginia received her training at St. Louis City Hospital in 1943. She went on to work 40 years as a registered nurse.

She was a loving Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. She loved music and blessed the family with her beautiful piano playing. Her tender and gentle spirit will be greatly missed.

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Robert E. Moore

Robert E. Moore, 83, died Wednesday (May 2, 2012) at McLean County Nursing Home, Normal.

A celebration of his life will be at noon May 12 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bloomington. The family will greet friends beginning at 11 a.m. Cremation will be handled by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church; Shriners Hospital for Children, 2211 N. Oakpark Ave., Chicago, IL 60707; or the Sound of Illinois Barbershop Chorus, P.O. Box 994, Bloomington, IL 61702. Robert was a member of these groups for more than 40 years.

He was born May 30, 1928, in McLean, the only son of Jesse Alonzo and Lena Z. (Edwards) Moore.

Bob married Betty L. Kaufman on June 29, 1949, at the Christian Church in Bloomington.

They were blessed with two daughters, Bobilyn (Steve) Keagle, Oakwood, and Barbara Ann (Dwayne) Cooper, Austin, Texas; five grandchildren, Melissa (John) Dalton, Zachary Keagle, Cortney (John Paul) Nyadaro, Daniel Cooper and Mackenzie Cooper; and two sisters, Naomi Catherine (R.W.) Spraggins, Greenville, Texas, and Phyllis (Jackie) Alston, Kerrville, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters and their spouses, Madge (Don) Sparrow and Vivian (Edward) Sevijean.

Bob was a graduate of Bloomington High School. He had been a member of the 144th Field Artillery Battalion of the Illinois National Guard for three years when they were activated in 1952 and sent to Camp Cook, Calif. He was a member of the International Sheet Metal Workers union for more than 50 years, doing mostly commercial heating and ventilation.

He was fortunate enough to have traveled abroad three times and wintered in both Texas and Florida. He and his best friend, the late Harold Smoots, volunteered at Habitat for Humanity for many years, building homes and installing furnaces. His hobby was woodworking, and he was a member of the Central Illinois Woodworkers Club.

Bob was also a member of the International Barbershop Society, singing with the Sound of Illinois Chorus of Bloomington for more than 46 years. He enjoyed fishing with a bow and arrow and fishing on the Illinois River. He also got into golfing. He was a member of Wade Barney Lodge 512, the Mohammed Shriners and the Tin Lizzie Patrol, as well as the American Legion, for many years.

Family was very important to Bob. It was important that each grandchild get a college education. He was always the one the family called upon when they needed something fixed or made. Bob also cherished the many pets throughout life that made their home with him. He will be greatly missed by those who loved him so much.

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James W. Bommarito

James W. Bommarito, 90, Bloomington, died at 8:23 a.m. Tuesday (May 1, 2012) at Heartland Health Care, Normal.

Burial will be at a later date at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood. Military rites will be accorded.

Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Central Illinois or the Unitarian Church of Bloomington. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Feb. 25, 1922, in Detroit, Mich., son of Vito Bommarito and Grace Galante. He married Martha Hawes on Dec. 19, 1953, in Flint, Mich. She survives.

Also surviving are children, Frank Bommarito, Bloomington, and Debra Bommarito, Aurora; and three grandchildren, Kaemon, Elias and Amira.

He was a veteran of World War II, 103rd Infantry Division, 5th Medical Battalion and served in the European theater.

James was a longtime member of the Unitarian Church of Bloomington. 

He taught special education at Illinois State University for more than 20 years. He will be greatly missed.

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Wayne “Butch” Woellms

Wayne O. “Butch” Woellms, 66, of Bloomington died at 9:40 p.m. Monday (April 23, 2012) at his residence.

His funeral will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Wednesday (May 2, 2012) at Park Hill Cemetery for family and friends. Donations may be made to the Diabetic Association. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is handling the arrangements.

He was born May 6, 1945, in Bloomington, the son of Gustave and Myrtle Gravitt Woellms. He worked for West Side Food and Beverages for 43 years.

Surviving are his son, Bobby; and two grandchildren, Courtney, 7, and Laila, 4. He is also survived by two brothers, Norman Woellms, Bloomington, and Billy Bachman, Joliet; three sisters, Alice Sylvester, Tupelo, Miss.; Shirley “Happy” Crose, Bloomington; and Henrietta “Tiny” Woellms, Normal; who was his caretaker for seven years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and five sisters.

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Esther Crook

Esther Juanita Crook, 95, Normal, died at 9:35 p.m. Saturday (April 21, 2012) at Heartland Health Care Center, Normal.

Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Dr. Ralph E. Wingate Jr. will officiate.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Health Care Center, Normal. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Jan. 31, 1917, in Weldon, daughter of Arby Ray Smalley and Bessie May Gray Smalley.

Surviving are a brother, James Gray Smalley, Morehead, Ky.; grandchildren, Regina Thompson and Cheryl Galbreath, both of North Port, Fla.; and three great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by one aunt, Virginia Reeser, Monticello. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her two late husbands, Richard Doty and Charles Crook, who died many years apart; and one son, Richard Doty.  

Esther and her late husband, Charles Crook, worked for more than two decades for State Farm Insurance Cos., Bloomington, before retirement.

The main focus in Esther’s life was always the special occasions spent with friends and family. She will be sorely missed by all those who knew and loved her.

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Mary Lee Szepcsik

Mary Lee Szepcsik, 65, Bloomington, IL, passed away April 23, 2012.
Mary was born January 29, 1947 to John and Vivian Szepcsik (deceased) in Bloomington, IL. Mary is survived by three sisters: Vivian Margis, Crivitz, WI; Josephine Daugherty, El Paso, IL; and Catherine Fisher, Bloomington, IL. Mary is also survived by six nephews and five nieces.
Mary was employed with State Farm Insurance Companies in the Systems Technology department.
Services will be held on Friday, April 27, 2012 at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1209 West Locust Street, Bloomington. The Rosary will be said at 9:00 a.m. and the Memorial Mass will begin at 10:00 a.m. A luncheon will immediately follow in the Church Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Family House, 1339 E. Nebraska, Peoria, IL 61603, in memory of Mary Szepcsik.
Mary, you were loved by many and will be greatly missed.
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Shirley Sandage Knecht

Shirley Sandage Knecht, 40, Bloomington, went to be with her maker at 10 p.m. Sunday (April 15, 2012) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

A celebration of life service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church, Bloomington, with the Revs. Rick Kerr of Grace United Methodist Church and Mark Rowe of Foursquare Gospel Church officiating. Shirley will be cremated and requests to have her cremains scattered at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Shirley Sue Knecht Trust for her children’s education at Anchor State Bank. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Dec. 8, 1971, the daughter of Leonard and Karen Sandage, rural Saybrook. She married Stephen Knecht on Sept. 2, 1995. He survives. Shirley and Stephen (divorced) are the proud parents of Corrisa Sue, Elaina Jaelyn and Joseph Paul. They are also parents of Ashley Erin, stillborn March 10, 1998.

Other survivors include one brother, Rodney (Susan) Sandage, Bloomington, and one sister, Lori (Joe) Bradbury, Worthington, Ind. She is the proud aunt of Katie Sandage, Dawson, Owen and Mason Bradbury.

Shirley met her soul mate, Thomas Clark III in August 2008. She shared her love with his three children, TJ (Jenn), Tyler (Corrisa) and Tiffany Clark and the Clark grandchildren, Tanner, Bo, Trinity, Teegan and Anna Marie.

Shirley was very busy throughout her high school years playing volleyball, softball and basketball, along with participating in FFA. She carried a section office position all four years and achieved the State Farmer Award. Shirley graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

She was employed by Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning as office manager for 15 years. The employees and owner supported her 100 percent throughout her three battles with cancer. Shirley was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003.

She purchased her own Harley Davidson motorcycle in 2009. That summer she rode over 3,000 miles with Thomas and other founding members of the motorcycle group, “Guardians of Children,” which supports and works with sexually abused children.

Shirley was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and Foursquare Church, both of Bloomington. She put God first and foremost and is very thankful that Tom turned her back to the Lord. Shirley requests that even though she may be gone in body, her memory carries on.

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Beverlie Cabot

Beverlie Steele Cabot, 83, of Bloomington, formerly of Oak Park, died at 2:40 a.m. Wendesday (April 4, 2012) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday (April 9, 2012) at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Interment will be Wednesday (April 11, 2012) in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Bishop Mark DuBois will officiate. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday (April 9, 2012) at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bloomington Public Library or to the Humane Society of Central Illinois. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Beverlie was born Nov. 18, 1928, in Bloomington, daughter of Gavin Atlas Steele II and Amelia Nancy Simkins.

Surviving are nieces and nephews, Jeffrey (Cindy) Lovell, Bloomington; Sandra (Keith) Sloter, Colfax; Greg Harris, Park Forrest; Dana Hafley, Pensecola, Fla.; Donna (Dale) Workman, Indianapolis; Gavin (Jean Ellen) Steele IV, White Heath; Sue Ann Frasca, Savoy; and Lorie Steele, Anacortes, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and two sisters.

Beverlie attended Rosary College in Forrest Park. She finished her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in library science from North Eastern Illinois University. She went on to work for District 44 schools in Lombard as a librarian, where she retired. After retirement and moving to Bloomington, she volunteered at Crossroads and at the American Red Cross. She loved being generous and gave continuous support to multiple charities. She loved to paint with watercolors, to read and had a special love for cats. She will be loved and missed by all.

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Larry Beutow

Larry Earl Beutow, 65, Sevierville, Tenn., formerly of Bloomington, died at 6:50 a.m. Saturday (March 31, 2012) at Leconte Medical Center, Sevierville, Tenn.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. today at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

He was born July 23, 1946, in Bloomington, son of Paul M. Beutow and Leona Doris Carr.

He is survived by brothers, Franklin (Susie) Beutow, Bloomington; Charles Beutow, Crump, Tenn.; and Bob (Barbara) Beutow, Devils Lake, N.D.; sister, Diane (Norman) Phillips, Normal; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his companion “Killer,” his Chihuahua.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Paul Beutow; and sisters, Mary Allen and Juanita Barnhill.

Larry retired from EMCO Williams in Sevierville, Tenn.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He enjoyed fishing and will be sadly missed by all.

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