Diana Lynn Steege

Diana Lynn Steege, 60, of Bloomington, passed away on November 16, 2012, at 5:25 P.M., at Advocate Bromenn Medical Center, Normal, IL.

There will be a Private family service at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded.  Inurnment will also be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be to Habitat for Humanity, or the American Cancer Society in Diana’s name.

Diana Lynn Steege, was born on November 9, 1952 in Mason City, Iowa, daughter of Keith Maynard Steege and LaBonnabelle  Stott, her father survives.

Surviving are her two sisters, Barbara (Bob) Benedetti, Normal, IL, and Lonnie Brewington, Georgetown, SC; One Niece, Bobbi (Dan) Frisby, Palmer, AK; one Nephew, Matthew (Tara) Lamb, Iowa City, IA.

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George Koos

George V. Koos, 84, Bloomington, died at 11:05 p.m. Friday (Nov. 16, 2012) at McLean County NursingHome, Normal.

Cremation rites will be accorded. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

He was born March 3, 1928, in Bloomington, son of Emmett and Mae Johnson Koos. He married Betty Percy on May 21, 1950, in Bloomington. She passed away Dec. 8, 2010.

He survived by his daughter, Michele (Tim) Metcalf, Bloomington; grandchildren, Tyler Metcalf, Rochester, N.Y.; and George and Emmitt Metcalf, both of Bloomington; and siblings, James Koos, northeastern Tennessee, and Shirley Shepherd, Normal.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. George was a union painter for 40 years working for Forest Lauher.

George and Betty would spend their winters in Florida and their summers fishing at Lake Barkley, Ky.

George enjoyed spending time with his family and his mornings with his coffee buddies at Times Past Inn. Everyone who knew him will miss his outgoing laughter and smile.

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Timothy Macdonnell

Timothy P. Macdonnell, 61, of Normal died at 9:27 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 14, 2012) at his home.

Tim’s wishes were to be cremated with no services. A celebration of life will occur at a late date.

Memorials may be made to the Community Cancer Center or American Cancer Society.

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

He was born June 11, 1951, in Berwyn, son of Paul “Pat” Henry Macdonnell and Alyce Pearl Bidstrup. He married Christine “Chris” Pierceall on Feb. 24, 1996, in Bloomington. She survives

Also surviving are his mother, Alyce Pearl Macdonnell, Countryside; sons, Tony (Mary Ann) Macdonnell and David (Lori) Macdonnell; and a sister, Eileen (George) Curry, Homewood. He was preceded in death by both of his maternal and paternal grandparents and his father most recently.

Tim was an avid hobbyist especially HO scale model trains. He had written several published articles about modeling and won several awards as well. He was a martial arts enthusiast earning a black belt in Judo at the age of 18, as well as a third degree black belt in American Self Protection in 1992.

Tim worked for the past 30 years in the fire protection/prevention industry, earning a level 3 NICET Certification.

Tim forged many lasting friendships throughout his life. He always had a positive outlook, a smile and a joke to tell. Big or small he had an impact on everyone he came in contact with. He will be remembered.

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Dean Seely

Dean A. Seely, 79, Bloomington, died at 4:55 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 14, 2012) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

Service: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, celebration of life at College Park Christian Church, 116 N. Cottage Ave., Normal. The Rev. Brent Salm will officiate. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Burial: Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, where military rites will be accorded.

Memorials: Claire House or Neville House. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors: children, Todd (Terry) Seely, Chatham, and Tina (Fabian) Perez, Bloomington; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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Rosemary Harris

Rosemary Harris, 57, Bloomington, died at 6:25 a.m. Sunday (Nov. 11, 2012) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. The Rev. Ron Thacker will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

She was born July 20, 1955, in Bloomington, daughter of Harold L. Snyder and Maryann Hauptman-Wilmot Snyder. She married Charles E. Harris on Feb. 14, 1979, and later remarried on July 27, 2012. He survives. She married Jimmie L. Smith of Chilicothe on June 13, 1992. He survives.

Also surviving are children, Nakia Rose Prather, Jamie Michelle Lee (Jorge) Pelayo, Wesley Lee (Carrie) Harris-Lindley, Dareece McAfee, Roaul Anderson, Jennifer Jo (Shawn) Middlebrooks and  Lisa Lloyd, all of Bloomington; grandchildren, Ayden Emerson Pelayo; Taylor Paige; Skiler Dalton; Nigeria Fletcher; Jacorey Shields; twins, Korissa and Kornisha Shields; and Madison Rose Robbinson; siblings, Donald Eugene Snyder, Bloomington, and Doris Woods, Normal; and her aunt, Rosalie (Ron) Thacker, Danvers. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, a host of aunts, uncles and cousins, and her best friend, Vicky Lynn Atkins, Bloomington.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, James Robert Harris; two brothers; one sister; and her mother-in-law, Willie Mae Harris.

She worked at Flexi-Tech for five years and was a home care provider for many years in the Bloomington area and worked at the Salvation Army.

She attended Lincoln Community College.

Rosemary was a three-time cancer survivor and was active in Relay for Life and other cancer fundraisers.

She was an avid reader of Stephen King novels, loved being in the outdoors and going to garage sales.

Rosemary enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and her godchildren. She will be deeply missed by all her family and friends.

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Mary Weeks

Mary Eloise Weeks, 83, known by all her many friends and family as “Eloise,” passed away peacefully at home Thursday (Nov. 8, 2012) surrounded by her family.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington.

Eloise was born March 5, 1929, the daughter of Henry Clinton Cross and Leta Fletcher Cross.

Surviving are her two sons, Vaughn Lee Nevius and Terry Clinton Nevius; amd two special grandchildren, Ryan Clinton Nevius and Sarah Ann Nevius (Chris) Jameson. Her only surviving sister, Margret Jean Marrs, is also of Bloomington.

Eloise owned and operated the “Ter-A-Von” Beauty Salon for more than 30 years. The shop was named by her mother for her two sons, Terry & Vaughn. She married Burton L. Nevius on Sept. 21, 1947, and later Gerald E. Weeks on July 22, 1967. Both are deceased.

Eloise never knew a stranger. She loved family time gatherings with lots of friends, food and laughter. She also enjoyed travel, shopping and reading.

A special thanks to Passages and Carepacks for their help through a very difficult time. Mom will be loved and missed by everyone who knew her.

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Keith A. Skinner

Keith A. Skinner, 54, of Normal died at 9:40 a.m. Friday (Nov. 9, 2012) at his residence in Normal.

His service will be at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Victory Christian Center, Bloomington. Burial will be at a later date. The Rev. Ed Herald will officiate. Visitation will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday at Victory Christian Center, Bloomington.

Memorials may be made to the Samuel Skinner Education Fund or to Victory Christian Center.

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

He was born March 28, 1958, in Chicago Heights, the son of Roger E. Skinner Sr. and Florence Mae Keith. He married Debbie Lynette Boyer on June 22, 1996, in Mackinaw. She died Dec. 6, 2010.

Surviving are his son, Samuel Skinner, Normal; uncle, Steve (Lynn) Keith; and cousins, Cecilia (Les) Honey and Sandra (Larry) Potts, both of Cario.

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Milton Evans Jr.

Milton Evans, 74, Normal, died Tuesday (Nov. 6, 2012) at Heartland Healthcare, Normal.

There will be no service. Cremation rites have been accorded.

He was born July 7, 1938. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a heavy equipment operator for 39 years with Local 649. He retired in January 1998.

He is survived by his children, Debi Rivera, Bloomington, and Sherrie Bryant, Kansas; five grandchildren; two sisters, Carolyn Cavell, Midlothian, and Jeanie Schirer, Normal; and niece, Judi.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Grace Evans; one brother, John Evans; and sister, Sally Breese.

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Wayne “Zip” Zimmerman

Wayne Everett “Zip” Zimmerman, 82, Mackinaw, died at 7:18 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 1, 2012) at Morton Villa Care Center, Morton.                                                         

A celebration of life service will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Bloomington Bible Church, Bloomington. Cremation rites will be accorded. The Rev. Dennis Powers will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or American Cancer Society.

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

He was born May 21, 1930, in Danvers, the son of Walter Zimmerman and Berniece Myers Zimmerman. He married Deloris Sanders on Dec. 26, 1957, in Cropsey. She survives. 

Also surviving are his children, Andrew (Dawn) Zimmerman, Danvers; Derrin Zimmerman, East Peoria; and Joel Zimmerman, Murphysboro; five grandchildren, Rachel, Sarah, Erin, Miah and Christine; and siblings, Ronnie (Jackie) Zimmerman, Harrodsburg, Ky.; Juanita Hummer, Bloomington; Frances Bumgardner, Morton; Keith (Denise) Zimmerman, Bloomington; and Myra (Ray) Shirey, Flagstaff, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Cheryl (Chu-Gaou) She Zimmerman; and two brothers.

Wayne served in the National Guard.

He retired from Mechanical Devices in Bloomington in 2002 and previously worked at Wabco in Peoria.

Wayne was a very skilled mechanic and enjoyed tinkering with tractors as a hobby. Wayne rarely missed a tractor show or Threshermen’s Reunion.

Spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends gave him great joy.

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Helen Bounds

 Helen A. Bounds, 92, of Bloomington died at 9:07 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 7, 2012) at her residence in Bloomington.

Her service will be at noon Monday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Interment will be in Lexington Cemetery, Lexington. The Rev. Chris Nitzel will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church of Bloomington.

She was born June 12, 1920, in Colfax, the daughter of Fred C.D. Steinlicht and Louise A. Huhn. She married Cleon Bounds Sr. in 1939 in Missouri. He passed away.

Surviving are her children, Louise (Don) Savage, Bloomington; Bernard (Pam) Bounds, Morris; Beverly (Thirstle) Wilkins, Atlanta; Lois Percopo, Harbor City, Calif.; Cleon Bounds Jr., Redondo Beach, Calif.; Joyce Bounds, Bloomington; Tom Bounds, Bloomington; and John Bounds, Bloomington; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren with two on the way; and sisters, Marie Greschuk, Olyphant, Pa.; and Florence Irwin, Joliet.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Robert Bounds and Richard Bounds; brother, Robert Steinlicht; and sisters, Dorothy Franklin and Violet Schuler.

Helen was a graduate of Cropsey High School. She was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Bloomington. Helen retired as a department manager for Sears.

She enjoyed quilting and sewing for the church for donation. Helen was a very loving daughter, mother, sister and grandmother and she will be loved and missed by all her family and friends.

The family would like to thank Casey Cross and Pam Aringdale for all their help for Helen. The family would also like to thank Dr. John Poag and his nurse and staff for their tender care.

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