Local Obituaries

Charlotte W. Hughes, 91, of Macomb

Charlotte W. Hughes, 91, of Macomb passed away at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.

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

Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.

Dana Allen Nelson, 59 of Colchester

Dana Allen Nelson age 59 of Colchester, passed away Friday, October 4, 2019, at his home.  He was born May 31, 1960, in Macomb to Garry E. and Patsy M. McCord Nelson.  Dana was united in marriage to Jodi Haddix on March 20, 1983, in Colchester.


Surviving to mourn his passing are his wife of 36 years Jodi Nelson, Colchester, 2 Sons: Jesse (Emily) Nelson, Macomb, Ryne Nelson, Colchester, 1 Daughter: Danielle (Jake) Caho, Colchester, 4 Grandchildren: Gauge Caho, Kenda Nelson, Chase Caho, Josie Caho, 3 Brothers: Garry (Marlene) Nelson, Bushnell, Richie (Donna) Nelson, Colchester, Caleb Nelson, Davenport, Iowa, 3 Sisters: Teresa (Jim) Shaw, Wasilla, Alaska, Jeanne (Craig) Patterson, Colchester, Mary Marlene Dunkle, O’Fallon, Missouri, and many Nieces and Nephews.

Dana was preceded in death by his parents.


Dana was a farmer and carpenter. He loved to work with wood from cutting down the tree to running it through his sawmill, then building the project that was at hand.  His favorite type of wood to work with was Cedar.  He enjoyed being outdoors in nature, spending time at his Koi pond to working with the Sheep.  Dana also enjoyed passing on to his family the lessons he had learned from working with the Sheep to building a project for the house.  Dana loved to visit with everyone and he was the best at telling a story, that would make everyone laugh.  The time Dana spent with his family brought him the greatest joy.  He loved his family.


Cremation rites have been accorded.  Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Thursday, October 10, 2019, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  A private family graveside will be held at a later date.  Friends may sign the register book at the funeral home from 9:00 A.M. Wednesday.  Memorial is to the Education fund of his Grandchildren.   Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com


Rosemary Knowles, 88 of Macomb, Il

Rosemary Knowles, a long-time resident of Macomb, Il. and recently of Springfield, Il. passed away on October 3, 2019, in her home.


She was born on May 25, 1931, in Havana, Illinois, to the late Otis and Ada (Hatton) Hughes.  She graduated from Havana High School in 1949 and entered the St. Francis School of Nursing.  She married Harlan Specketer on July 25, 1952, and later married A.L. "Buck" Knowles on October 18, 1980.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother-in-law Joe Griffin, and nephew Tom Griffin. 


Surviving Rosemary are two daughters, Julie Rodgers of Springfield, Il., Susan (Leroy) Angst of Peoria, Il. and one son, Kevin (Karen Herrman) Specketer of Lincoln, Il; two step-sons, Steve (Eileen) Knowles of Macomb, Il., John Knowles of Hillsboro, Oregon and one step-daughter, Nancy (Rich) Kucharz of Monmouth, Il.  Seven cherished grandchildren - Heather Rodgers, Heidi (Jon) Jacobus, Bart (Sarah) Rodgers, Lindsay (Robb) Craddock, Samantha (Rick) Auch, Tara (Dwane) Morris, and Josh (Nicole Derias) Specketer; eleven great-grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren, Amy (Knowles)Churchill of Morton, IL; Nick (Liz) Knowles of Macomb, IL; Michael Kucharz of Carbon Cliff, IL; Elizabeth Kucharz of Monmouth, IL; Ian Knowles of Portland, OR; 5 step-great-grandchildren and seven beloved nieces and nephews.  One sister, Marte Griffin Woodward of Port Isabel, Texas. 


She continued her career in nursing for 45 years.  Mostly in the offices of Dr. Don Stehr in Havana and Drs. Tim Kling & Tom Koch in Macomb.  Rosemary was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi, and belonged to Macomb Beautiful, Macomb Country Club, St. Francis alumni, and St. Paul's Catholic Church.  She had been given an annual Macomb Beautiful award 3 separate years for her flower gardens. 


She and Buck met in Honolulu and continued their love of travel for many years, spending the winter months in South Padre, Texas. 


Rosemary loved to entertain,  be with her family and host Thanksgiving. 


Funeral Mass will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at St. Paul’s Church in Macomb, IL. Father Adam Stimpson will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul School in Macomb, Il.


Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

Linda Lou McDermeit, 78, of Good Hope

Linda Lou McDermeit, 78, of Good Hope passed away at 8:40 p.m. Monday, September 30, 2019 at her residence.
She was born on September 30, 1941 in Macomb to Ralph and Rhea Morris Heaton. She married Donald McDermeit on July 11, 1959 in Macomb. He passed away on March 23, 2009.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Edward Heaton.
Linda is survived by two sons, Bradley McDermeit of Good Hope and David (Betsy) McDermeit of Bloomington; three daughters, Lisa (Daniel) Adams of Rushville, Chris (Glen Bugos) Hainline of London Mills and Ellen (Jim) Cale of Littleton; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Linda lived most of her life in Good Hope. She worked at the East Student Prince, Admiral in Galesburg, sold Avon and worked as a home health aide.
Linda was a member of the Good Hope United Methodist Church.
A Memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Good Hope Methodist Church with Reverend Randy McGeehon officiating. There will be no visitation. Burial of ashes will be in Good Hope Cemetery following the service.
Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice in Peoria.
Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

Virginia L. Fentem, 95, formerly of Emmet Township

Virginia L. Fentem, formerly of Emmet Township, passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 at Wesley Village in Macomb. She was 95. She was born May 30, 1924 in rural Colchester to Frank and Beulah Stookey Hoyt. Virginia married Arlin D. Fentem in Colchester on November 10, 1946. He preceded her in death on April 21, 2016. They were married for more than 69 years. She was also preceded in death by her parents, by her daughter-in-law Jayne A. Fentem, and by a brother, Billy Hoyt.  


Surviving to mourn her passing are her son, Thomas H. Fentem of Quincy, her granddaughters Claire Elaine Click of Quincy and Sarah Lynn Fentem of St. Louis, her brother, Joe Hoyt of Colchester, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  


Virginia worked as a bookkeeper at the Citizens’ National Bank in Macomb, the Colchester Sale Barn, the Horne Beverage Company in Macomb, and at McDonough District Hospital. She enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of many clubs. She was a past member of the Eastern Star and a long-time member of the Colchester First Christian Church. She loved horses and birds, tolerated cats and detested garden pests, especially moles. She had vivid memories of her time riding and showing her horses as a girl.  


Virginia travelled with Arlin on many trips to London and European cities, but she was always a farm woman at heart. She looked forward to family gatherings and was famous for her pies, tuna salad and poppy seed cake. At Christmas, she would hide a new glass ornament inside a 7-foot-tall tree that family members would race to find. She adored her twin granddaughters and always knew exactly what to do when they sought her grandmotherly advice.  


The family will host a celebration of life service at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester. Family and friends may attend a visitation following the service until 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will hold a private graveside ceremony later at the Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester. Friends may sign the book at the funeral home after 9:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Memorials may be made to Wesley Village Health Care. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com  


Andy Lee Fugate, 59 of Industry, Il

Andy Lee Fugate age 59 of Industry, Illinois, passed away with his family at his side Monday, September 23, 2019.  He was born February 19, 1960, in Macomb, to Melvin and Patricia Riggins Fugate.  Andy was united in marriage to Pamela Royer in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 28, 2002.  

Surviving to mourn his passing is his wife Pam “Buttercup” Fugate, Industry, 1 Daughter: Tisha Miller, Macomb, 2 Grandchildren: Lacey and Colby Miller, 1 Sister: Kathy Fugate, Industry, his beloved dog Diesel, many Nieces and Nephews, his work wife: Melissa Garzee, and his life long partners in crime, Tim Taylor, Paul McHone and Jack Clawson.


Andy was preceded in death by his parents and 1 Brother: Alan Fugate.

Andy drove 20 years for Heil trucking, logging in over 1 million miles with only 1 accident when the wind blew him over.  He enjoyed Corvettes, trivia, N.R.H., He had a passion for traveling with his favorite trip to Alaska with Meridtih and Lucille Kepple.  Andy was a member of the F.A.L. Ipava Legion and Ipava Masonic Lodge.


Cremation rites have been accorded.  A Celebration of life service will be held at the Ipava American Legion Post 17 at a later date.  Memorial is to Andy’s Grandchildren’s Education fund. Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com  

Karen K. Liggett age 70 of Colchester

Karen K. Liggett age 70 of Colchester, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2019, at Memorial Hospital, Carthage, Illinois.  She was born September 26, 1949 in Macomb, to Estle Dale and Virginia Eileen Sparrow Cromer.  Karen was united in marriage to Donald Rittenhouse, June 14, 1974, in Macomb, he preceded her in death on February 6, 1995.  She was then married to Ira Liggett on November 28, 2004, in Fandon.


Surviving to mourn her passing is her Husband: Ira Liggett, Colchester, 3 Sons: Kerry (Carmen) Foxall, Colchester, Lance (Steffanie) Rittenhouse, Brunswick, Georgia, Scott Rittenhouse, LaHarpe, 1 Daughter: Sherri (Marte) McKee, LaHarpe, 10 Grandchildren, 15 Great Grandchildren, 2 Brothers: Richard  (Dottie) Cromer, Burlington, Iowa and Dale (Melva Jean) Cromer, Colchester.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, 1 Daughter: Wendy Gilbert, 1 Brother: Roger Cromer and Husband: Donald Rittenhouse.


Karen had owned and operated Karen’s Hair Affair in Colchester, past member of the Macomb American Legion and Macomb Eagles Club.  She was a member of Fandon Christian Church.  She was a graduate of the Burlington Beauty Academy and a 1967 graduate of Colchester High School.  She enjoyed cooking, baking, and playing bingo.  The thing that brought the most joy to Karen was the time she spent with her family at the pool or family meals.  She loved her kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Cremation Rites have been accorded.  A private family burial will take place at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester at a later date.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements.   Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com


Jeanette Lorrie Weaver, 62, of Blandinsville

Jeanette Lorrie Weaver, 62, of Blandinsville passed away at 12:05 p.m. Friday, September 27, 2019 in Macomb. She was born September 17, 1957 in Chillicothe, Illinois to Robert and Alice Arbogast Streitmatter. She married Scotty Weaver on October 11, 1999 in Macomb. He survives.

Also surviving are children, Alicia (Steve) Greaúx of Peoria and Dean Featheringill of East Moline; one granddaughter, Anya Greaúx of Peoria; one sister, Annette (Dan) Buttrum of Chillicothe, one brother, Robb (Kelli) Streitmatter of Litchfield; sister-in-law, Joy Streitmatter of Litchfield and two nephews, Cameron Streitmatter and Christian Streitmatter, both of Litchfield.


She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Jon Streitmatter.


Jeanette lived in Blandinsville since 1992 where she helped Scotty with his farm repair business since 1999. She also worked for Loop and Lotz Veterinary Clinic in Macomb, performed  home health care, cleaned the post office in Blandinsville and worked as a waitress for several area restaurants.


She loved her family and talking on the phone with her granddaughter, Anya, enjoyed helping people and animals, liked to read and birdwatch and loved her many pugs and cats, especially her pug, Roy. Jeanette is greatly missed by her family and friends.


Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, October 4, 2019 at Glade City Cemetery in Blandinsville with Pastor Les Featheringill of Fort Madison, Iowa officiating. Visitation will be held from 1p.m to 2:30 p.m. Friday, October 4, 2019 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Blandinsville.


Memorials may be made to the McDonough County Humane Society.


Belinda F. Wilson, 60, of Bushnell, IL

Belinda F. Wilson, 60, of Bushnell, IL passed away at 7:10 PM on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at McDonough District Hospital. She was born on March 10, 1959 with the given name, Tracy Lyn Butts and adopted by Leland “Mac” and Faylene (Thompson) McMahill. She married Mike D. Wilson on December 24, 1985 in Bushnell, IL; he survives.


Also surviving is one son, Jesse (Angel) Wilson of Bushnell, IL; two daughters, Michelle Crawford of Belle Fourche, SD, Michaela Sigmon of Bushnell, IL; thirteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; one brother, Gary (Joan) McMahill; two nephews; and one niece.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, James McMahill; and one daughter, Wendy Wilson.


Belinda was always grateful to her parents, Leland “Mac” and Faylene, who chose her and raised her her entire life. She graduated from Bushnell High School. She loved music, baking, and decorating for holidays, Halloween being her favorite. Belinda referred to herself as an old hippie soul. She treated everybody like family and had a huge heart. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, always taking care of her family. Belinda quit her job after 25 years to take care of her granddaughter Lexi, who had cerebral palsy. She dedicated her life to seeing that all of Lexi’s needs were taken care of. 


Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, where visitation will be one hour prior. Pastor Jim Eddy will officiate. Interment will be in the Prairie City Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the family of Belinda Wilson, for help with funeral expenses. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com 


Barbara Olson, 90, of Macomb

Barbara Olson, 90, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away 12:50 PM Monday, September 23, 2019 at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb.


Barbara was born November 11, 1928, the daughter of Ronald “Bud” and Thelma McMillan Rutledge of Good Hope.  They preceded her in death.


Barbara is survived by her husband, Galen, of Macomb.   They were married on July 30, 1949 and Barbara was so proud to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary this July.  She is also survived by her daughter, Vicki Duba, of Bushnell; two granddaughters, Galena Duba-Weaver (Jim) of Jamestown, New York; and Nikki Conley of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.  She has one great-grandson, Uriah Duba, of Jamestown, New York.


Graveside services will be at 10 AM Saturday September 28, 2019 at Good Hope Cemetery. Rev Lyren Haney will officiate.  Visitation will be Friday Sept. 27, from 5-7 PM at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home.


Memorial contributions may be made to Compassus Hospice of Galesburg, Illinois.


Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com