Norman H. Siefert

Norman H. “Norm” Siefert, 80, Bloomington, passed away at 4:45 a.m. Thursday (Dec. 1, 2011) at his residence.

His graveside inurnment service will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 10 at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Wing. BroMenn Hospice Chaplain, the Rev. Christine McNeal will officiate with military rites accorded by the J.A. Folwell American Legion Post 174, Forrest. There will be no visitation.

The family suggest memorials be made to the Advocate BroMenn Hospice Program or to the Community Cancer Center, Normal. Arrangements are being handled by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.

Norm was born March 28, 1931, in Kankakee, the son Werner and Ida Wischnowski Siefert. He married Delores A. Peters on March 26, 1955, in Fairbury. She survives.

Also surviving are six children, Leslie (Linda) Siefert, Bloomington; Wilma (Joe) Krieter, Idaho; Laurie Fassett, Ludlow; Brian Siefert, Secor; and Brenda Tynan and Robert Siefert, both of Bloomington. Also surviving are several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Darlene Plante, Arizona; sister-in-law, Joan Siefert, Kankakee; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Harold and Ronald Siefert.

Norm served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He obtained the rank of corporal.

He had worked at the Bloomington Post Office for 35 years. Norm was a security guard for Wackenhut after he retired from the U.S. Post Office.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He will be missed by all who knew him.

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Irving S. Tick

Irving Stanton Tick, age 83, of  Bloomington, IL passed away at 7:55 PM on Nov. 30, 2011 at Martin Health Care in Bloomington, IL.

Services will beSunday, December 4, 2011 at 2:00pm at Moses Montefiore Temple, Bloomington with Rabbi Barton Lee officiating.  Burial will follow in Jewish Cemetery in Bloomington.  Memorials may be made to Friends of the Arts, ISU College of Fine Arts or Moses Montefoire Temple, Bloomington

BECK MEMORIAL HOME, BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS

He was born on: April 8, 1928 in Bloomington, Illinois the son of  William Berstein Tick and Jean  Goodman Tick.   He married Jobie Saylor on 09/09/1957  in Chicago, IL .  She survives. He is also survived by his children:  David L. (Laura) Tick of Tuscon, AZ; Suzanne L. (Terry Mowers) Tick of New York; Grandchildren:  Jacob Tick, Samuel Tick & Gabriel Cook ; brother:  Edward Tick of Rhode Island.

Irv was a longtime member of the Moses Montefiore Temple, Bloomington.

He was best known for his leadership of the Morris Tick Co., a family-owned metal recycling company on Stewart Street he led until he retired 12 years ago. Tick read widely, traveled throughout the world and dabbled in drawing and painting, and he always welcomed and helped artists in need.

A 1951 graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, Tick began his career in Chicago as a runner and clerk at the Chicago Board of Trade. In 1954 Tick returned to Bloomington to help his father, William Tick, with the family business.

In 1969, Irving Tick took over the family firm and was instrumental in its growth, said Pat Headrick, the company’s manager of purchasing and sales. He established Morris Tick’s prefabricated steel department, which makes fence railings.

Irv launched a book club in the 1960s, performed at Community Players Theatre, and served the Moses Montefiore Temple board.

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Edna Kincaid

Edna Mae Louise Kincaid, 95, Bloomington, died at 4:24 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 29, 2011) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Her funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, with the Rev. Camilla Hempstead officiating. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the memorial home.

Memorials may be made to Park United Methodist Church, Bloomington.

She was born Feb. 17, 1916, at Haswell, Colo., daughter of Warren Frank and Edna Louise Schneeberger Hill. She married Lester A. Kincaid on April 27, 1946, at Bloomington. He died Jan. 5, 1987.

Surviving are two daughters, Lois (Merle Clark) Kincaid, Covell, and Linda Kincaid, Streator.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Weldon Hill and Harold Hill.

Edna was a longtime member of Park United Methodist Church, Bloomington.

After Edna Mae graduated from Bloomington High School, she went to work as an operator for GTE. She later worked as an operator for the Telecourier for 20 years.

She will be loved and missed by all who knew her.

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Mary Arbuckle

Mary Joann Arbuckle, 75, Normal, died at 8:17 a.m. Monday (Nov. 28, 2011) at Heartland Health Care, Normal.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be made to Children’s Hospital of Peoria. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Aug. 14, 1936, in Bloomington, daughter of Joseph David Greene and Dessie Broom. She married Clifton Earl Arbuckle on Jan. 23, 1952, in Peoria. He died July 8, 2006.

She was surrounded by her family when she went to see her husband. Surviving are children, Joseph (Diann) Arbuckle, Danvers; Jeff Arbuckle, Normal; Elena (Darwin) Wilson, Danvers; and Ross Arbuckle, Normal; four grandchildren, Chris and Nicki, Tyler and Ryan; six great-grandchildren, Corey, Addison, Sam, Emerson, Amiyah and Caleb; and siblings, Rose, Betty, Donna and Joe (Helen) Greene.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The family would like to thank the staff at Heartland Health Care. Mary was truly blessed to be cared for by the nurses and staff.

She was an avid fisherwoman, who passed along her skills to her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. She loved them all very much.

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Sterlie H. Upchurch

Sterlie H. Upchurch, 80, Normal, passed away at 8:23 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 29, 2011) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

His funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. His brother, the Rev. Fletcher Upchurch, will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the memorial home.

Sterlie was born April 22, 1931, in Wayne County, Ky., the son of Shiner and Ruby Abbott Upchurch. He married Zola Lawson on May 1, 1954, in Winchester, Ind. She passed away Dec. 25, 2004.

Surviving are four daughters, Shirley Forrester, Bloomington; Edith Upchurch, Normal; Ginetta (Richard) Jones, Towanda; and Sheila (Glenn) Porzelius, LeRoy; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Rev. Fletcher (Victoria) Upchurch, Jamestown, Tenn.; and four sisters, Violet (Gary) Wright, Jamestown, Tenn.; Bonnie Patton, New Castle, Ind.; Wynema (Bill) Nelson, Jamestown, Tenn.; and Mary (David) Hines, Selma, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Ricky Upchurch; one grandson, Scott Jones; one brother, Jason Upchurch; and one sister, Ida Abbott.

Sterlie’s family came first. He was a loving, caring husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed by all who knew him.

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Wilda G. Buchanan

Wilda G. Buchanan, 76, El Paso, formerly of Bloomington, died at 6:20 a.m. Monday (Nov. 28, 2011) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

A private family graveside service will be Friday at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.

She was born May 20, 1935, in Naomi, Ky., daughter of Nell Halcomb. She married Boyd L. Buchanan on Aug. 8, 1954, in Somerset, Ky. He passed away Aug. 23, 2000.

Surviving are five daughters, Shirley (Randy) Bunting, El Paso; Sheila (David) Pittman, Tucson, Ariz.; Christie Buchanan, Bloomington; Pamela (Dave) Anderson, Normal; and Michelle (Dodd) Vernon, Mount Prospect; daughter-in-law, Vangie Buchanan, Austin, Texas; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; sons, Jim and Richard Buchanan; and one brother.

Wilda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be deeply missed by all her family.

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Rodney Hitch

Rodney L. Hitch, 65, of Shirley died at 10:44 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 19, 2011) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

His service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday (November 22, 2011) at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. Chad Lueck officiating. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday (November 21, 2011) at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.

Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Bloomington.

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

He was born Sept. 6, 1946, in Bloomington, to Roy F. and Betty F. Kwascigroh Hitch. He married Marlene Waller on Oct. 15, 1966, in Bloomington. Marlene survives.

He is also survived by his mother, Betty F. Hitch of Shirley; two sons, Brian L. Hitch of McLean and Nicholas L. (Kathy) Hitch of Stanford; and four grandchildren, Ryan C. Hitch, Mollie E. Hitch, Chloe N. Hitch and Tanner L. Hitch.

He was preceeded in death by his father.

Rodney was a graduate of Normal Community High School. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, where he served as a trustee and elder. He retired from Vuteq as a metals fabrication engineer.

He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America for 25 years. He was also a member of Land of Lincoln Engines Club in Lincoln. He enjoyed collecting gas engines and antique tractors. He was also a master machinist and metal worker.

He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed visiting with people.

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Carolyn Busick

Carolyn Jean Busick, 63, of Bloomington died at 8:20 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 17, 2011) at her residence in Bloomington.

Cremation rites have been accorded, with a celebration of life at a later date.

Memorials may be made to The Children’s Foundation or charity of the donor’s choice. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born April 17, 1948, in Bloomington, to Lyle Brice and Lois Alta Lishka Combs. She married Phillip Robert Busick on Sept. 10, 1965, in Galesburg. He died Feb. 10, 2010.

Surviving are her children, Phillip R. (Carrie) Busick III, Bloomington; Lyle L. (Barbara) Busick, Carlock; William J. (Tracy) Busick, Danvers; and Charles A. Busick, Gayla L. Busick and Kendra S. Busick, all of Bloomington; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Debra K. (Willie K.) Belcher, Normal.

Her parents, one brother and one sister preceded her in death.

Carolyn was a mother and caregiver to many. She will be loved and missed by all who knew her.

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Robert F. Beck

Robert F. Beck, 89, Bloomington, was called to the lord at 7:15 p.m. Friday (Nov. 11, 2011) at Heritage Manor, Bloomington.

A memorial graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday (November 17, 2011) at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington, with the Rev. Robert Malone officiating.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Robert was born Dec. 14, 1921, at Bloomington, Ind., son of David Edward and Edith Fishel Beck. He married Ruth Henson on Sept. 5, 1944, at Bloomington, Ill. She died Nov. 24, 2003.

Surviving are children, Carol Beck, Bloomington; Chester Howard (Wanda) Beck, Cambridge; and Judy (Jerry) Kinnison, Bloomington; two grandchildren, Stacie (Bob) Lehman, Bloomington, and Jason (Savilla) Kinnison, Normal; and two great-grandchildren, Tara Lehman and Wade Lehman, both of Bloomington

His parents and six brothers preceded him in death.

“Robert was always willing to help out anyone. He was a hard worker and a very loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten.”

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Bryan J. Girard

Bryan J. Girard, 30, Normal, lost his six-year battle against cancer at 3:47 p.m. Nov. 10, 2011, at his home.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday (November 19, 2011) at Cross Pointe Church of God, Bloomington. Cremation rites will be accorded. The Rev. Kevin Summers will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Heartland Bank for the Bryan Girard Memorial Fund.

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

He was born April 10, 1981, in Bloomington, son of Edward Girard and Patricia Girard.

He married Shannah Slinker on Sept. 8, 2006, in Bloomington. She survives.

Also surviving are his parents; children, Jayden J.S.E. Girard and MaKayla C. Rodrick; and one brother, Bradley E. Girard.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Edward Girard and Mildred Girard; maternal grandparents, Ed Rediger and Vauna Rediger; and uncle, Michael Rediger.

Bryan enjoyed being a father and watching his children participate with the Black Knights Youth Football Team.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Jeong and OSF Hospice for their support and care for Bryan.

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