Eleanor Littell

Eleanor M. Littell, 91, Normal, died at 10:25 a.m. Sunday (May 27, 2012) at McLean County Nursing Home, Normal.

Cremation rites will be accorded. Inurnment will be at Hudson Cemetery, Hudson, at a later date. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Jan. 3, 1921, in Hudson, daughter of Floyd Littell and Catherine Schlosser Littell.

Surviving is her sister, Dorothy Wimberly,  Texas, formerly of Joliet. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Floyd Littell Jr.; and sister, JoAnn Clark.

Eleanor enjoyed attending church and reading her Bible. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

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Steve Thorp

Steve W. Thorp, 48, of Bloomington died at 4:57 p.m. Tuesday (May 29, 2012) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

His service will be at 11 a.m. Monday (June 4, 2012) at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, with the Rev. Timothy George officiating. Interment will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday (June 4, 2012) at the memorial home. Memorial gifts may be made to the family.

He was born Aug. 11, 1963, in Elgin, to Ralph Thorp and Bonnie Jeanne Reinking.

He is survived by his children, Jason Thorp, Bloomington, and Tyler Thorp, Bloomington; a brother, James (Sarah) Thorp, Mooresville, Ind.; and a sister, Debra J. (Thomas) Stokes, Shirley.

Steve was a loyal 30-year employee of Kroger. He was an avid Cubs fan and very patriotic. He enjoyed NASCAR and spending time with friends. Steve and his family were proud of his choice to become an organ donor.

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Gerald Rogers

Gerald W. Rogers, 74, Normal, died at 10:25 p.m.  Wednesday (May 23, 2012) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

Cremation rites will be accorded. Memorials may be made to Mount St. Mary’s, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road, Emmitsburg, MD 21727. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Oct. 6, 1937, in Detroit, Mich., son of William Rogers and Mary Rabbatt. He married Ann Onorati on Oct. 8, 1958, in Middletown, N.Y. She passed away on April 8, 2005.

Surviving are his children, Melissa (Frank) Feola, Potomac Falls, Va.; Michael (Carolyn) Rogers, Normal; and Robert (Elizabeth) Rogers, Normal. He is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Theresa Rogers, Normal; grandchildren, Robert, Christina, Ashley, Amanda, Hanna, Jarod, Thomas, Connor and Harrison; brothers, Bob Rogers, Aiken, S.C., and Randy Rogers, Indiana; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.          

Gerald was a member of Epiphany Catholic Church in Normal. He served in the U.S. Air Force.

In loving service of our lord and savior Jesus Christ.

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Lillian Sanders

Lillian Sanders, 72, of Bloomington died at 12:35 a.m. Saturday (May 19, 2012) at her residence.

Her service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday (May 22, 2012) at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. Chaplain Stephanie Soon will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday (May 21, 2012) at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or American Lung Association. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Jan. 12, 1940, in Pekin, to Harry Wienzierl and Vada McGinnis Wienzierl. She married Wayne R. Sanders on Oct. 29, 1957, in Minier. Wayne passed away March 13, 2000.

Surviving are her children, Judy (Duane) Goble, Savannah, Ga.; Angela Cawood, Bloomington; Jean Shields (Kevin Roake), Lexington; Lisa Gibson, Bloomington; Darrin Sanders, Bloomington; Richard Sanders, Bloomington; Linda (Tom) Stevens, Decatur; Robert Sanders, Bloomington; sister, Nancy Rhodes, Bloomington; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Jeff; and one brother, Harold.

Lillian enjoyed shopping. She loved her children and grandchildren.

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Anne Wozniak

Anne C. Wozniak, 94, of Normal died at 1:34 p.m. Thursday (May 17, 2012) at McLean County Nursing Home, Normal.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday (May 21, 2012) at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Bloomington. Interment will be in Lexington Cemetery, Lexington. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday (May 20, 2012) at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Aug. 11, 1917, in Chicago, to William and Katarine Norvosad Hawryszkiw. She married John Wozniak on June 24, 1939, in Chicago. John passed away on April 3, 1982.

Surviving are a daughter, Chrys (Alan) Sodetz, Bloomington; two grandchildren, Sharon (Scott) Merritt, Bloomington; and Stacie (Jared) Young, Pingree Grove; great-grandchildren, Alyxandra and Matthew Merritt; and two brothers, Walter Sempowicz and Nicholas Sempowicz.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Anne was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She enjoyed and helped in the raising of her family. She enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Orval L. Zeitler

Orval L. Zeitler, 94, Normal, died at 8:15 p.m. Sunday (May 13, 2012) at Evergreen Place, Normal.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday (May 19, 2012) at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. The Rev. Dan Jassman will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday (May 19, 2012) at the memorial home.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or American Heart Association.

He was born Sept. 22, 1917, in Armington, son of Julius O. and N. Ethel Bright Zeitler. He married N. Louise Hunter on Oct. 6, 1940, in Lincoln. Louise passed away Sept. 12, 1994.

Surviving are his son, J. Allen Zeitler, North Palm Beach, Fla.; daughter, Judith (Gary) Dahlquist, Normal; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; and sister, Dorothy Frantz, Crawfordsville, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Burton and Donald; and one sister, Lucille Berkley.

Orval worked for many years with Shrock Fertilizer Co. of Congerville. He was proud of his part in introducing and pioneering the use of liquid fertilizer to the many farmers of Illinois. Later in life, many will remember him from his years at Sears selling carpet.

After retiring from Sears, it was off to the golf course. Most will remember him as an avid golfer. He was a spirited competitor and formed many friendships on the golf courses which he dearly cherished. He enjoyed and looked forward every year to the seniors’ competition.

He also enjoyed a good game of pool. After he no longer had the energy to follow the little white ball, he found himself playing more pool, a hobby he enjoyed all his life.

He loved his family and friends and always had a smile and a welcome attitude for all. He will be missed.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Klauss and Dr. Tumilty for their care and support, and to Evergreen Place and their staff for making dad comfortable during the last two years.

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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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