Darrel N. Lee

Darrel N. Lee, 84, Bloomington, died at 9:11 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 18, 2011) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Burial will be at Dawson Cemetery, Ellsworth. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or American Kidney Foundation.

He was born July 22, 1927, in Bloomington, son of Theodore and Goldie Irene Sweckard Lee. He married Beverly Builta on Sept. 2, 1950, in Bloomington. She survives.

Also surviving are children, Susan (Mike) Ferrier, Palmetto, Fla., and William (Karen) Lee, Normal; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sister, Mary Hammond, Bloomington.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cindy Griesemer; and brother, Robert Lee.

Darrel was a member of Centennial Christian Church, Bloomington. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Darrel worked for State Farm Insurance Cos. for 41 years. In 1951, he was transferred to Dallas as an accounting manager and while there became an auditor. In 1964, he was transferred to the home office in Bloomington as director of accounting and then as vice president of accounting.

He was a member of the Masons, American Legion, Bloomington Elks and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Darrel loved to watch sports, mostly football, basketball and golf. He also enjoyed playing golf and traveling, especially to Mississippi and Florida.

He had a good sense of humor, enjoyed life and had many friends. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and he will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.

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Gene B. Williams

Gene B. Williams, 85, Fairfax, Va., formerly of Bloomington, died Dec. 13, 2011, at INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, Va. Graveside inurnment services will be at  2 p.m. Thursday (December 22, 2011) at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. The Rev. Jay Reginetter will officiate.  Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 21, 2011) at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.

Survivors: his wife, Verlona Williams; children, Kevin (Diane) Williams, Crystal Lake; Kathy (Ed) Olivetts, Urbandale, Iowa; and Kristine (Mark) Dillallo, Sterling, Va.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and brothers, Robert (Vickie) Williams and James Williams.

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Ida Stephens

Ida Josephine Stephens, 92, of Hudson died at 9:03 p.m. Friday (Dec. 16, 2011) at Meadows Mennonite Home, rural Chenoa.

Her service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday (December 20, 2011) at Hudson United Methodist Church, Hudson, with the Rev. John Tymonko officiating. Burial will be in Hudson Cemetery, Hudson. Visitation will be  from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday (December 20, 2011) at the church. Memorials may be made to The Baby Fold or the Hudson United Methodist Church.

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

She was born June 25, 1919, in Colfax, the daughter of Ernest and Litta Martin Steele. She married Wayne V. Stephens Sept. 14, 1938, in Hudson. Wayne passed away Dec. 6, 2010.

Survivors include three sons, Gary (Judy) Stephens, Bruce (Melanie) Stephens and Greg (Barbara) Stephens; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, William Stephens and Roger Stephens; and four sisters.

Ida was a member of the Hudson United Methodist Church. She was also a member of HEA and the Hudson Methodist UMW. She was a homemaker for all of her married life in Hudson.

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Robert Shawn Munshi

Robert Shawn Munshi, 40, Bloomington, died Dec. 8, 2011, at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

Service: He was cremated. There will be no service. Cremation services provided by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.

Memorials: Recycled Furniture for Families.

Survivors: his wife, Linda Munshi, Bloomington; children, Erin Munshi Smith, Heyworth; Robert Munshi, Farmer City; Maccey Munshi and Anthony Munshi, both of Bloomington; his parents, Christine Munshi, Bean Station, Tenn., and Robert Hurley, Bloomington; three sisters and three grandchildren.

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Eugene “Gene” Bissey

Eugene “Gene” Bissey, 76, Bloomington, died at 1:05 a.m. Tuesday (Dec. 13, 2011) at Good Samaritan Home, Flanagan.

Service: Cremation rites will be accorded. Memorial service will be at a later date.

Memorials: American Cancer Society or charity of the donor’s choice. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors: his wife, Joanna Donovan Bissey; children, Dan (Neva) Bissey and Nancy (Tim) Mounce, both of Bloomington; and Thom (Ruth Simons) Bissey, Warington, Pa.; one grandchild; and one brother, Harold (Doris) Bissey, Dwight.

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Eleanor Ann Jones Brokaw

Eleanor Ann Jones Brokaw, wife of Charles Edward Brokaw, 90, Towanda, passed away on Tuesday (Dec. 13, 2011) at Heritage Health in Normal.

Her private graveside service will be at Smith Grove Cemetery in Towanda. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s  Association or Passages Hospice. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Eleanor was born Oct. 26, 1921, in Normal, to Margaret Hunter and Len Evans Jones. After graduating from Bloomington High School, she attended Illinois Wesleyan University and the University of Arizona. She was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

At age 22, she married her high school sweetheart, Charles E. Brokaw,  on April 10, 1943, at her parents’ home in Bloomington. They moved to Victoria, Texas, in 1945, when Charles returned from duty as a fighter pilot in the European theater. Stationed at Victoria, Charles was an Army Air Corps combat flight instructor. After the war, Charles and Eleanor returned to a family farm in Towanda and raised three children, Charles Edward Brokaw Jr., Anne Brokaw Neptune and James Hunter Brokaw.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband,  Charles; her parents, Margaret H. and Len E. Jones; her sister, Mary Elizabeth Jones Winter; and grandchildren, Joseph Patrick Brokaw and Ann Margaret Brokaw, children of Charles E. Brokaw Jr.

She is survived by her children, eight grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Eleanor was a lifelong member of Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. She was involved from her early childhood as a member of the church choir and a summer camp counselor. During later years, she attended Bible study groups and was an active member of the Stephen Ministry. Throughout the years, she supported many efforts for the improvement of the church.

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Leafy Zimmerman Day

Leafy Zimmerman Day, 76, Bloomington, passed away at 2:23 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 10, 2011) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, where she had been a patient.

There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be at a later date. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with cremation services.

Leafy was born April 5, 1935, in West Virginia, the daughter of Calvin Charles and Dovie Savanah Wolford. She married Charles Zimmerman in September 1952. He passed away Sept. 16, 1980.

Leafy is survived by four sons, Charles Jr., Bloomington; Robert (Jill), Dakota; Steven, Sterling, W.Va.; and Russel, Bloomington; daughter, Pamela Porzelius, Bloomington; nine grandchildren, Ronald Jr., Jennifer, Christopher, Heidi, Clayton, Holly, Chad, Hannah and Caleb; many great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

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

Leafy spent more than 20 years as a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital. She then spent many years in the office of her husband’s business where he was a mechanic. Later, she cared for the elderly in their homes.

She will be missed by her friends and family.

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Wayne Williams

Wayne R. Williams, 79, Bloomington, died at 1:53 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 7, 2011) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 10, 2011) at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or the charity of the donor’s choice.

He was born Jan. 24, 1932, in Bloomington, son of Claude Edward Williams and Edith Lula Dunlap. He married Shirley Thorp on June 13, 1954, in Bloomington. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Linda (Ryan) Lay, Bloomington, and Jeffrey Williams, Bellevue; cherished grandson, Codi Dean McWhorter, Bloomington; brothers, Gene (Verlona) Williams, Fairfax, Va.; Robert (Vicky) Williams, Prescott Valley, Ariz.; and James Williams, Chino Valley, Ariz.; a dear sister-in law, Scarlett Kelly, Indian Springs, Nev.; a dear brother-in-law, Michael Thompson, Champaign; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Lorie Jean Williams; and two brothers, Virgil Myers and Cal Myers.

Wayne was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving 1951-1955. He worked many years for Illinois Central Gulf Railroad in Bloomington.

Wayne enjoyed fishing, woodworking, western movies and trips to Las Vegas. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Wesley A. Fleming

Wesley Avon Fleming, 65, Bloomington, died at 7:40 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 3, 2011) at his home.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 10, 2011) at his nephew’s home, 1640 N. 1800 East Road, Heyworth, IL 61745. Memorials may be sent here. His wish was to be cremated.

Wes was preceded in death by his parents, Estel and Fredrica; three brothers, Estel Jr., John and Robert; and three sisters, Carol, Mary and Shirley.

Survivors include son, Wesley Jr., and daughter, Dodie; brother, James; sister, Sandy; and several nieces and nephews.

He is loved and will be missed.

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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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