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George L. Beutel

TREMONT George L. Beutel, 95, of Tremont died at 8 p.m. Friday (Nov. 10, 2006) at Apostolic Christian Restmor, Morton.

Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Northfield Christian Fellowship, Tremont, with Dwayne Stuber and Don Stuber officiating.

Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery, Tremont.

Visitation: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Davis Mortuary, Tremont Chapel.

Memorials: Northfield Christian Fellowship, 411 W. North St., Tremont, IL 61568; Methodist Hospice Services, 221 NE Glen Oak Ave., Peoria, IL 61636; or to Apostolic Christian Restmor Building Fund, 935 E. Jefferson St., Morton, IL 61550.

Survivors: One son, Tim (Roberta) Beutel, Morton; one daughter, Lynne Ann (Anton) Romyn, Fayetteville, N.C.; five granddaughters; and one great-granddaughter.

Kathleen G. Gemberling

ATLANTA Mrs. Kathleen G. Gemberling, 64, of Atlanta passed away at 3:55 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 11, 2006) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Ebenezer United Methodist Church, rural McLean, with the Rev. Steve Anderson officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Quiram Peasley Funeral Home, 202 N. W. Vine St., Atlanta. Additional visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of service Wednesday at the church Burial will be private at a later date.

Memorials may be made to The Cradle Society in Evanston or to the Atlanta Community Band.

Surviving Mrs. Gemberling are her husband Gary, of Atlanta; one daughter, Merritt L. (Joel) Furnari, Kappa; and one son, Greg R. (Liz) Gemberling, Minier; two brothers, Dennis (Sandy) Smith, McLean; and Barry (Jenny) Smith, Carson City, Nev.; four grandchildren, Alexandria Furnari, Madison Gemberling, Mason Furnari, and Rae Furnari; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, James C. Smith.

Mrs. Gemberling was born on Oct. 16, 1942, in Lincoln, the daughter of Herbert and Helen L. Miller Smith. She married Gary R. Gemberling on Sept. 2, 1962, at the Atlanta United Methodist Church. He survives.

Mrs. Gemberling graduated from Atlanta High School in 1960 and attended Illinois State Normal University. She was a member of the League of Women Voters and was a Girl Scout leader in LaSalle-Peru. She loved to travel and visited 44 countries throughout her lifetime. Mrs. Gemberling started the Choir and Bible School at Ebenezer United Methodist Church and was the superintendent of the Sunday school and Bible school for many years. She also was the founder and director of the Atlanta Community Band. She wrote and published a book titled, "When Grandma was a Little Girl." She was a founding member of the Simply Tasteful Red Hat Society chapter in Atlanta. Next to her family and friends, her love was music.

Elnora F. Rork Hoggins

GRAYMONT Elnora F. "Blondie" Rork Hoggins, 79, of rural Graymont died at 9:30 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 11, 2006) in the ASTA Care Center of Pontiac.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Martin-Burke Funeral Home, 413 N. Main St., Pontiac, with the Rev. Frank Deninger officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, rural Pontiac.

Visitation for Blondie will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorials may be made to ASTA Care Center of Pontiac or Passages Hospice of ASTA Care Center.

Blondie was born on Jan. 2, 1926, in Pontiac, a daughter of the late Andrew B. and Ellen Robinson Jones. She was a graduate of Pontiac Township High School. On Feb. 13, 1946, she married Charles H. Rork in Somonauk. He preceded her in death on July 30, 1979. She later married William L. Hoggins at Graymont on Nov. 19, 1983. He died on June 22, 1989.

Surviving is her son, Daniel B. (Cheryl) Rork, Pontiac; her granddaughter, Danielle L. (Steve Reichman) Rork; her great-grandson, Connor Reichman; her sister, Laura Meier, Pontiac; and a special friend, Gene Weber, Pontiac.

Her two sisters, Leola Hutson and Marie Shoop; and her five brothers, Aurbon, Harold, Floyd, Clarence and Dale Jones preceded her in death.

She had attended the Rooks Creek United Methodist Church.

Ann L. McQuellon

LINCOLN Mrs. Ann L. McQuellon, 72, of Peoria, formerly of Lincoln, died at 6:42 p.m. Friday (Nov. 10, 2006) at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria.

Service: Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Family Church, Lincoln, with the Rev. R. Anthony Lee officiating.

Burial: St. Mary's Cemetery, rural Lincoln.

Visitation: 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Peasley Funeral Home, Lincoln.

Memorials: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Survivors: Two sons, Jack (Mary) McQuellon and Jim (Vickie) McQuellon; and two brothers, Bill (Joan) Manning and Dan (Sharon) Manning, all of Peoria; and five grandchildren.

Wayne J. Poston

HEYWORTH Wayne J. Poston, 71, of Heyworth died at 8:15 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 11, 2006) at Manor Care Health Services, Normal.

His memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at United Church of Heyworth, with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating. Inurnment will be in Long Point Cemetery, rural Wapella. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, 204 E. Cole, Heyworth. Memorials may be made to the Heyworth Ambulance Service.

Wayne was born Feb. 8, 1935, in Beason, a son of Donald and Dorothea Louise Simpson Poston. He married Martha P. Thayer on Jan. 2, 1954, in Hernando, Miss.

He is survived by his wife, Martha P. Poston, Heyworth; one son, Jay L. (Leigh Ann) Poston, Heyworth; two daughters, Deborah K. DiStasio, Fishers, Ind.; and Patricia L. (Frederick) Andreae, Heyworth; nine grandchildren, Toby (Tammi) Funk, Heyworth; Kara (Randy) Barnhill, Heyworth; Kay (David DeTar) Jackson, Heyworth; Melissa (Josh) McGuire, Heyworth; Megan Andreae, Heyworth; Christopher Frisch, Heyworth; Kyle Andreae, Heyworth; Paige Frisch, Heyworth; and Erik Poston, Heyworth; three great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles W. (Pat) Poston, San Jose, Calif.; and Gene A. (Mary Margaret) Poston, Bloomington; and one sister, LaDonna (Steve) Ganschow, Mountain View, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

Helen Yardley

MASONCITY Helen Isabel Yardley, 81, of Mason City died at 10:35 p.m. Friday (Nov. 10, 2006) at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln.

Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Mason City Assembly of God with the Rev. James Sprinkel officiating. Hurley Funeral Home, Mason City, is in charge of arrangements.

Burial: Mason City Cemetery.

Memorials: Mason City Assembly of God or to the Mason City Area Nursing Home.


Jenny Sue Maurer

BLOOMINGTON Jenny Sue Maurer, 22, of 201 S. Regency, Bloomington, died at 7:16 p.m. Friday (Nov. 10, 2006) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. Knight Wells officiating. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington.

Memorials may be made to the Blaine Steidinger Education Fund c/o CEFCU.

Jenny was born March 20, 1984, in Fairbury, a daughter of Richard and Sandra Burger Maurer.

Surviving are her son, Blaine Emanuel Steidinger, Bloomington; her mother and stepfather, Sandra (David) Harris, Bloomington; her father, Richard Maurer, Bloomington; two brothers, Lucas Maurer and Ty Harris, both of Bloomington; her paternal grandmother, Betty (Keith) Collins, Bloomington; an aunt, Pam (Tom) Randinelli, Bloomington; two uncles, Steve (Donna) Maurer, Cropsey, and Doug (Vicki) Maurer, Bloomington; and several cousins. Also surviving are a special friend, Andrew Vitzthum, Pontiac; as well as Blaine's father, Wesley Steidinger, and his family.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents and her paternal grandfather.

Jenny graduated from Prairie Central High School in Fairbury in 2001. She attended Lincoln College and Illinois State University. She was employed by State Farm Insurance Cos. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fairbury. Jenny enjoyed antiquing and going to flea markets. Jenny's most treasured moments were being a great mother to her son, Blaine, and spending time with her family and friends. She will be dearly missed by all whose lives she touched.

Jason T. Stroud

BLOOMINGTON Jason T. Stroud, 19, of 711 W. Jefferson St., Bloomington, died at 10:07 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 9, 2006) at 919 W. Wood St., Bloomington.

His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington. Private inurnment will take place at a later date. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Jason was born Sept. 13, 1987, in Brawley, Calif., a son of Richard and Nicole Fetcho Stroud.

Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Nicole (Raymond) Van Etten, Bloomington; a son, Koby Stroud, Bloomington; two sisters, Tianna Evans and Elizabeth Stroud, both of Bloomington; and a brother, Andrew Stroud, Bloomington.

Jason worked at the Taco Bell on West Market Street in Bloomington. He was deeply loved and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Cecil L. Sylvester

BLOOMINGTON Cecil L. "Sonny" Sylvester, 76, of 16 Zephyr Dr., Bloomington, died at 9:30 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 11, 2006) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.

His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, with the Rev. Richard Gray officiating. Interment will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, with military honors. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the memorial home.

Memorials may be made to Carl S. Martin American Legion Post 635, Normal, or the American Cancer Society.

He was born Sept. 14, 1930, in Normal, the son of Lloyd Sylvester and Cecilia Morgan. He married Mary Louise Parido on Dec. 24, 1957, in Bloomington. She died Jan. 9, 1984. He later married Alice Woellems on Nov. 23, 1984.

He is survived by his loving companion, Delores Owen, Bloomington; two sons, Danny Sylvester, Bloomington, and Steve Sylvester, Bloomington; three stepchildren, Rita Jones, Paula Wingett and Marina Black; one granddaughter, Jessica Sylvester; 11 brothers and sisters, Helen (Glenard) Armstrong; Mary Lawson, Carl (Linda) Sylvester, Ruth Decker, Shirley (Flavious) Stinson, Linda Sylvester, Edith (George) Schultz, Donna (Gene) Brooks, Ronald (Charlotte) Sylvester, Bobby (Dee) Sylvester, and Sharon (Steve) Thompson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, John Wayne.

Sonny was a member of Iron Workers Local 112, Carl Martin American Legion Post 635 and the Eagles Lodge. He was a Korean War veteran, serving in the Navy.

The family would like to invite everyone to the VFW in Bloomington immediately after the committal service on Wednesday for a time of food and drink.

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