JoAnn “Bonnie” Crutcher

JoAnn “Bonnie” Crutcher, 85, Bloomington, died at 9:42 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 26, 2013) at her residence.

Service: Cremation rites have been accorded.

Burial: at a later date.

Visitation: none. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Survivors: husband, Myron Crutcher; children, Paul (Nancy) Crutcher, Bloomington, and Martha (Brian) Sparrow, Sumrall, Miss.; and two grandchildren.

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Mary L. Olson

Mary L. Olson, 85, Normal, died Monday (Feb. 11, 2013) at McLean County Nursing Home, Normal.

A private graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, February 15, 2013 at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington.

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

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, George L. and Lillian L. Olson; a brother, Milton L. Olson; and sisters-in-law, Patti Olson and Kay L. Olson.

She is survived by a brother, Ronald G. Olson, Bloomington; and sisters, Karen J. Cochran, New Jersey, and Helen J. Lewis, Bloomington.

Memorials may be made to McLean County Nursing Home, Normal.

Mary was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bloomington.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff of McLean County Nursing Home and especially would like to thank Julie.

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Thomas Randall Knoll

Thomas Randall Knoll, 31, Bloomington, died Monday (Feb. 11, 2013) in Bloomington.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 16, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church, Danvers. Visitation will be from 8:30 until time of service Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the church. The Rev. Mike Claver will officiate.

Thom was born Nov. 30, 1981, in Pekin, son of Bernie and Randi Furnace Knoll. He attended Olympia High School, class of 2000.

He is survived by his parents of Danvers; his son, Trystan Knoll, Lexington; brother, Brian (Diane) Knoll, Armington; sister, Heather (Danon) Kaeb, Danvers; two nephews; and one niece.

He married Rebecca Nolan on March 24, 2001. They were divorced.

He is also survived by Brittany Colbeck, his girlfriend of seven years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Thom Knoll Memorial Fund for Trystan Knoll at any CEFCU location.

Thom was a talented musician, loving father, son and brother. He was a hard worker and a genuine friend, always willing to help. His passion was music and he attended many live concerts.

He will be lovingly missed by his family and friends.

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Martha Etta Mann

     Martha Etta Mann, 89, Normal, passed away at 11:45 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 24, 2013) at McLean County Nursing Home, Normal.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, with the Rev. Jay Reginetter officiating. Burial will follow at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington.

Visitation will be one hour before the service Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at the funeral home.

Memorials maybe made to the Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 454, 1006 E. Lincoln St., Bloomington, IL 61701. Martha was a Gold Circle Member of this organization.

Martha was born Nov. 29, 1923, in Cooksville, the daughter of Roy Charles and Minnie Martha Schmidt Weed. She married William John Mann on July 28, 1942, in Rock Island. He passed away April 29, 1994.

She is survived by her daughters, Kathlene Mann, Normal; Theresa (Lawrence) Reece, Bloomington; Nancy (Robert) Papp, Normal; and Martha L. Mann, Garner, Kan.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Faye Brock, LeRoy; and two brothers, Melvin Weed and Paul Weed, both of Bloomington.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her eldest daughter, five brothers and four sisters.

Martha operated a licensed daycare center out of her home until the age of 80, generously giving her time and care to children. She enjoyed baking pies and cookies for others as she did for her 12 siblings and parents while growing up in Padua.

Martha’s family would like to thank her neighbors, friends, family members and McLean County Nursing Home for their kindness.

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Anthony “Tony” F. Richter


   Anthony “Tony” F. Richter
, 95, Normal, passed away at 2:45 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 23, 2013) at his residence.

His funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. The Rev. Kurt Flora will officiate. His visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Burial will follow at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington.

Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Central Illinois Small Animal Rescue (CISAR) 29738 E. 1400 North Road, Colfax, IL 61728. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Anthony F. Richter was born on June 1, 1917, son of Anton and Bertha Benz Richter. He married Gladys F. Dibble on June 1, 1945, currently of Normal. To this union they have one daughter, Terri Myers, Normal, and her fiance, John Kerner, Bloomington. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Danielle Myers, Ballwin, Mo., and Kyle Myers, Normal; and great-grandchildren, Hailey and Ethan, both of Ballwin, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Edward Richter.

In Tony’s early years he loved to play baseball and was a catcher for the local Bloomington/Normal leagues during the mid 1930s through the 1950s. His love for the game led him to become an avid St. Louis Cardinal’s baseball fan. Not only was his heart in baseball but he also enjoyed roller-skating, which is how he met Gladys. Tony enjoyed a great game of golf, bowling and playing cards. In his later years after his retirement from General Electric as a quality control specialist, he immensely enjoyed being with his grandchildren. In fact he doted on his grandkids and loved to spoil them. Tony was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

The family would like to thank A Caring Touch staff and Kathy Schaller Franzen for taking care of Tony.

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James Gregory Harris

James Gregory “Greg” Harris, 61, of Bloomington died at 2:18 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 2, 2013) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

There will be no service. A private burial will be in Randolph Township Memorial Cemetery, Heyworth.

Memorials: Charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are being handled by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.

Survivors: His mother, Wanda Keist, Bloomington; daughter, Jeanette Harris, Lincoln; stepson, Eric Trujillo, Bloomington; and four grandchildren.

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Nina J. Donaldson

Nina J. Donaldson, 88, of Bloomington died at 7:47 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 2, 2013) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Her service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. The Rev. Mickey Fuson will officiate. Interment will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at the memorial home.

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

Nina was born May 21, 1924, in Bonneville, Ky., daughter of Tom and Stella Jett Gibson. She married Roy K. Donaldson on Aug. 24, 1957, in Bloomington. He passed away June 3, 2003.

Surviving are her children, Evelyn (Michael) McGowan, Kevil, Ky., and Roxanne Hardesty, Bloomington; grandchildren, Kenneth McGowan, Angel Edwards, Cathy Eacret, Stephen McGowan and Sheila Jones; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Including her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; three sisters; and grandchildren, Gregory McGowan and Timothy Back.

She was a member of West Twin Grove Church, Bloomington. Nina liked to sew blankets and loved bowling, for which she was on a bowling league with her granddaughter. She bowled for 30 plus years. She volunteered at the Vineyard Church Food Pantry and she attended the Monday Night Supper Club.

She will be dearly missed by all her family and by all who knew her.

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Earnest “Ernie” Gene Vittitoe

Earnest “Ernie” Gene Vittitoe, 85, Bloomington, passed away at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 29, 2013) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Saturday, february 2, 2013 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, with a Masonic service at 1 p.m. today at the memorial home. His graveside service will follow at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington, with the Rev. Jay Regennitter officiating.

Ernie was born June 9, 1927, in Colfax, the son of Grover Martin and Georgia Ann Vittitoe. He married Thelma Lewis on Feb. 12, 1949, in Bloomington. She preceded him in death Oct. 3, 2011.

Surviving are sons, Roger (Debbie) Vittitoe, Cocoa Beach, Fla., and David Vittitoe, Bloomington; daughters, Linda (Dale) Arbour, Bloomington, and Theresa (Don) Sullivan, Oro Valley, Ariz.; grandchildren, James (Becky) Garrett and Jodi (John) Blumenshine, both of Bloomington; Steven (Faith) Vittitoe, Cheltenham, United Kingdom; and Taylor Vittitoe, Ames, Iowa; great-grandchildren, Chelsi Garrett, Kaitlynn Garrett, Alyssa Blumenshine, Molly Blumenshine, Aidan Blumenshine, Mya Blumenshine, Max Blumenshine, all in Bloomington; Joshua Vittitoe and Abigail Vittitoe, both of Cheltenham, UK; sister, Judy (Frank) Ala, Wheaton; and longtime best friends, Tom and Ginni Schori, Bloomington.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Earl Vittitoe and Theodore Vittitoe; and sisters, Bertha Mott and Mary Gertrude Lamkin.

Ernie worked for Pantagraph Printing (later Pantagraph Office Supply) from 1947 to 1990.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1947 and from 1950 to 1952. He was a member of Morningstar United Methodist Church, Normal.

For more than 50 years Ernie was active in many Masonic fraternities. He served as secretary of Arts and Crafts Lodge 1017, Bloomington Lodge 43 and Wade Barney Lodge 512 a combined 46 years. He advanced through worshipful master in Arts & Crafts Lodge. He was a member of the Valley of Bloomington Scottish Rite, advancing to most wise master in the Chapter of Rose Crois line as well as serving as treasurer for several years. In the Scottish Rite, he was honored with the Meritorious Service Award and served as MSA secretary for more than 10 years. He was a member of all three York Rite bodies, the Chapter, the Council and the Commandery, advancing to the head of all three bodies. He was a member of Mohammed Shrine. Ernie was a past patron and 50-year member of Bloomington Chapter 50 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Memorials can be sent to the American Diabetes Association.

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Robert L. Tevis

Robert L. Tevis, 80 of Bloomington, IL, passed away at OSF. St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL, on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 8:12 A.M.

His funeral will be on February 1, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington at 10:00 A.M. Burial will be at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. The American Legion Post #635 and the U.S. Army will provide military honors. Pastor Tom Wirsing and Pastor Chris Nitzel will officiate. Visitation will be on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington, from 4:00-6:00 P.M., as well as from 9:30-10:00 A.M. on Friday before the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church 801 S. Madison St., Bloomington, IL 61701. Beck Memorial Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Please view the obituary and leave online condolences at www.beckmemorial.com.

Robert was born on June 14, 1932 in Chillicothe, MO, Son of Thurman and Electra Ramsey Tevis. He married Adeline Hoffman on June 17, 1954 in Chillicothe, MO, she survives. To this union was born Dana (Phil) Stearns, Charlotte, N.C., and Lisa (Ted) Francis, Lexington, IL, they all survive. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Brandon Alcorn and Erin Anguish, Jared (Kim) Alcorn, Phillip Jr.(Laura) Stearns, Megan (Mat) Innis, Dustin Currin, Lane and Chad Francis; great-grandchildren, Danielle Innis and
Evelyn Stearns; Sister, Mary Lou McIrvin, Chillicothe, MO; Brother-In-Law, Keith Robinson; Sister-In-Law’s Rita Tevis, Dorothy Murray, and Corinne Tevis; many wonderful Nieces and Nephews. Robert is preceded in death by his Parents; Brothers; Harold, Jim, Dan, and Clarence; Sister, Betty Robinson.

Robert honorably served in the U.S. Army with Charlie Company, 31st Infantry Regiment during the Korean Conflict from 1952-1954, earning a Combat Infantry Badge. He and his wife moved to Bloomington, IL in 1954 after his honorable discharge from the army. He went to work for General Electric Company in January 1955 until 1992, and retired after 35 years of loyal service. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle. He loved his family, his grandchildren and the little ones were dear to his heart. He loved to go to church, enjoyed country western Hank Williams, working in his yard, visiting with his neighbors and friends, and also enjoyed all kinds of sports. He will be truly missed by all his family relatives and friends. We will see you later in heaven dearest one and will always love you. The dear Lord holds you in his arms now.

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Irene Swearingen

   Margie “Irene” Ball Smock Swearingen, 82, of Bloomington died at 1:35 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 24, 2013) at McLean County Nursing Home, Normal.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, with the Rev. Chris Nitzel officiating. Interment will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, January 28, 2013 at the memorial home, with rites performed at 6 p.m. by Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 50. Visitation also will be one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the memorial home. Memorial gifts may be made to Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 50; VFW Post 454; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

She was born May 8, 1930, in Breckinridge County, Ky., a daughter of James M. Ball and Jessie Mae Conder. She married Raymond Merle Smock on May 10, 1947, in Bloomington. She later married Harold Dean “Red” Swearingen on March 24, 1969, in Bloomington.

She is survived by her children, Ray (Missy) Smock, Normal; Charles (Robin) Smock, Bloomington; Eddie (Patti) Smock, Towanda; SueElla Swearingen, Ohio; and Donald (Tiffany) Swearingen, Chillicothe; grandchildren, Todd, Thomas, Jim (April), Lizabeth (Sean), Rachel, Jessica and Jamie; son-in-law, Gary Alcorn, Normal; sister, Lona Mae Corley, Normal; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Joyce Ann Alcorn; a brother, Vernon Eugene Corley; and a grandchild.

Irene was a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She retired from Farm & Fleet after 25 years, remembering the names of all her return customers and inquiring about their children. Irene never met a stranger. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. The family wanted to extend their thanks to the staff of McLean County Nursing Home for their excellent treatment over the last three years.

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