Jane Wilson

Jane Frances Wilson, 76, Bloomington, passed away at 9:45 a.m. Monday (June 18, 2012) at Bloomington Rehabilitation Center, Bloomington.

Her burial will be at 10 a.m.Wednesday (June 20, 2012)  at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. There will be no visitation.

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

Jane was born June 13, 1936, the daughter of Dora Grace Clark and James M. Redmond. She was adopted by W. Merle Wilson in 1951.

Jane was preceded in death by her mother; stepfather; and brothers, James Earl and Stephen Merle Wilson.

She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Carol Wilson and Jean Brizzolara; seven nieces and nephews, James M. Wilson, Ronald S. Wilson, Amy Jo Stockmeyer, Thomas P. Wilson, Bryan W. Wilson, Angie M. Weiss and Michael S. Wilson; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

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Mansfield “Jack” Albertson

Mansfield “Jack” Albertson, 90, Gibson City, formerly of Bloomington, died at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday (June 12, 2012) at Heritage Manor, Gibson City.

Service: 10 a.m. Thursday at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Burial: Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington

Survivors: children, Sue (Tim) Lane, Bloomington, and Nancy (Bill) Gerling, California; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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Michael Balfour

Michael Steven Balfour, 59, of Bloomington, died at 7:20 p.m. May 30, 2012, at Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care, Bloomington.

Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington.

Burial: Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. Military honors will be conducted by VFW Post 454, Bloomington. Father David Halt will officiate. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: To the family in care of Donna Griffin-Balfour.

Survivors: His wife, Donna Griffin; mother, Margaret Smith, Anchor; children, Kia Griffin, Bloomington; Keisha (Rob) Whiteside, Bloomington; Jeremiah Griffin, Bloomington; Michael Griffin, Normal; James (Carrie) Griffin, Bloomington; Dawn Overly, Bloomington; Rodney Griffin, Bloomington; Catharine Balfour, Massachusetts; siblings, Connie Valencio, Edwardsville; Chris Smity, Edwardsville; and Cindy McGrew, Edwardsville; 22 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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Rose Jurkoshek

Rose J. Jurkoshek, 94, Bloomington, formerly of Taylorville, died at 1:40 a.m. Saturday (June 2, 2012) at Meadows Mennonite Home, Chenoa.

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

A memorial funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday (June 9, 2012) at St Mary’s Church, Taylorville, followed by private burial services at Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville.

She was born June 12, 1917, in Lovington, daughter of Joseph and Mary Kastelic and moved to Taylorville as a small child. She married John “Jack” Hicks on Sept. 26, 1936. Following Jack’s death on Feb. 21, 1964, she married Charles Jurkoshek on Dec. 7, 1968. He died Sept. 18, 2008.

Survivors include her children, Rosanne (John) Loesch, Captiva Island, Fla.; Susan (John) Jones, Bloomington; and John William (Cheryl) Hicks, Normal; eight grandchildren, Allison (Bryan) Jones Delano, Courtney (Jason) Jones Graf, Bridget (Robert) Jones Rengel, John Loesch, Michelle (Ken) Loesch Dunne, Susanne (David) Loesch Hopkins, Heather Loesch and Holly (Ray) Loesch Tantillo; great-grandchildren, John and Reese Delano; Jack, Emerson and Molly Graf; Alexandra, Keegan and Jillian Rengel; Ken, John and Peter Dunne; Emma and Phoebe Hopkins;  Devin and Elizabeth Tantillo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Hicks; a sister and three brothers.

Rose lived most of her adult life in Taylorville. She and Charles had retired to Springhill, Fla., and had returned to the Bloomington area 10 years ago. She graduated from Taylorville High School and had been employed as credit manager at St Vincent’s Hospital in Taylorville.

She was a devout Catholic and a lifelong member of the Slovenian National Society.

Most importantly, she was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother, who always placed her family’s needs before her own.

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Rose Mary Martin

 Rose Mary Wilmoth-Martin, 77, Bloomington, died at 2:25 a.m. Monday (June 4, 2012) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Service: 11 a.m. Thursday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Burial: Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington

Visitation: 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials: charity of the donor’s choice or American Kidney Foundation

Survivors: children, Skyler Wilmoth, Opal (Larry) Dipietrantonio, Connie (Thomas) Walls, Owen (Dolly) Wilmoth, Betty (Vernon) Kirby and Stevie Martin, all of Bloomington; and Ida (Zetra) Bell, Alabama; 18 grandchildren; and more than 18 great-grandchildren.

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Robert Nevius, Jr.

Robert “Bobby” Nevius Jr., 83, Asta Care Center, Bloomington, died at 8 p.m. May 24, 2012, at Asta Care Center, Bloomington.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A graveside service at McLean Cemetery, McLean, will follow visitation. The Rev. Tony Billingsley will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday (June 2, 2012) at McLean Christian Church, McLean. Memorials may be made to McLean Fire and Rescue Squad or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

He was born May 27, 1928, in McLean, son of Robert Nevius Sr. and Cora Benedict.

Survivors include his children, Carol Ann (Robert) Young, Bourbonnais; Jeffrey Bruce (Sue) Nevius, Bloomington; and Jayne Lee Killian, Clinton; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, George Nevius, Charles Nevius and an infant brother; and an infant sister.

Bobby was a very simple man who enjoyed simple things, walking or riding his bike to town to visit his friends at the barbershop, the post office or the bank. Bobby loved McLean and I think everyone in McLean knew him. He enjoyed taking his son Jeff and his daughters to lunch at the local McDonald’s. He also loved taking trips to Branson, Mo., to visit his friends there. Bobby was in a lot of pain but he would never let you know it. If you asked him how he was, he would always smile and say, “No good” and smile. The pain is now gone and I bet he is in heaven, sitting on that park bench with his two brothers and many friends, quietly listening to their conversations and smiling that big smile, and best of all, is pain free.

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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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