Charles Huggins

Charles Huggins, age 81, of Centralia City, passed away at 5:55 am on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Odin Health Care in Odin, Illinois.

He was born on December 26, 1932 in Centralia, IL, the son of Ray & Dorothy (Rethord) Huggins.

Mr. Huggins is survived by his 2 Sons- Charles Huggins of Mt. Vernon, Il; Jimmy Huggins of St. Louis, Mo; 4 Daughters- Debbie Mc Kelbey of Pinckneyville, Il; Linda Martin of St. Louis, Il; Sarah Pryor & husband John of Centralia, Il;
Dennis Russell Ruez Sr., age 66, of Centralia, passed away at 9:30 am on Friday, July 11, 2014 at his home in Centralia, Illinois.

He was born on March 2, 1948 in Louisville, Ky, the son of Russell John Ruez Sr. & Anne (O'Brien) Ruez. Dennis married Pamela D. (Campbell). They later divorced.

Mr. Ruez is survived by his son- Dennis R. Ruez Jr. & wife Valerie of Chatham, Il; Paul B. Ruez & wife Edie of Centralia, Il;

Dennis Russell Ruez, Sr.

Dorothy J. Connaway 99, was born to Anna Carmody. Kaney and Joseph Kaney on May 5,1915

She graduated from Centralia High School Class of 1933. She married E. Winston Connaway on April 15, 1939 . Mrs. Connaway was a legal secretary for Attorney Russell Wilson in her younger years. She was co-owner with her husband Winston of Paris Dry Cleaners and in her later years she was employed as a receptionist for The Old. National Bank and retired at the age of 82 years young.

Dorothy J. Connaway

Emma Lucile Cary, age 87, of Centralia, died at 12:33 am on Friday, July 04, 2014 at Lavender Ridge in Mt. Vernon.

She was born on September 3, 1926 in Salem, IL, the daughter of Fred J. and Emma L. (Rose) Blackburn. She married Aubrey Cary in Salem, IL on December 29, 1946, and he preceded her in death on October 12, 1985.

Mrs. Cary is survived by 3 sons - Brian Cary and wife Billie of Edinburg, TX,
Alan Cary, and Chris Cary and wife Valerie both of Centralia, IL;

Emma Lucile Cary

Wilbur L. Lifritz, age 92, of Irvington, passed away at 5:20 am on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia, Illinois.

He was born on August 9, 1921 in Keyesport, IL, the son of William Arthur & Jennie (Parsons) Lifritz. Wilbur married Josephine (Watson) Lifritz on January 14, 1942 in St. Louis, Mo. She preceded her in death on October 20, 1992.

Mr. Lifritz is survived by daughter- Sharon (Lifritz) Sensel & husband Wayne of Centralia, Il;

Wilbur L. Lifritz

Vera Elizabeth (Hollis) Byrd, age 77, of Centralia, passed away at 6:39 am on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at White Oaks Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

She was born on April 23, 1937 in Johnsonville, IL, the daughter of Roscoe & Laura (Jenner) Hollis. Vera married Loren E. Byrd on September 5, 1992 in Centralia, IL. He still survives in Centralia.

Mrs. Byrd is survived by her husband; Step Daughter- Brenda K. Holle & husband Tom of Centralia, Il;

Vera Elizabeth (Hollis) Byrd

Hazel Marie Clevenger

Hazel Marie Clevenger, age 96, of Bunker Hill, formerly of Centralia, passed away at 6:05 am on Monday, June 30, 2014 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Illinois.

She was born on May 13, 1918 in Pimento, IN, the daughter of Charles & Bertha. (Heady) Simpson. Hazel married William Warren Clevenger on December 24, 1939 in Pimento, IN. He preceded her in death on January 15, 2005.

Ronald Lewis Schmitz

Ronald Lewis Schmitz, age 71, of Centralia, died at 9:20 pm on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at his home.

He was born on April 17, 1943 in Centralia, IL the son of Lewis W. and Marion (Atchison) Schmitz. He married Ople E. (Groff) on June 1, 1974 in Centralia, Il and she survives.

In addition to his wife Ronald is survived by a son Ralph Dean Jones Sr. and (Beverly Sprehe) of Centralia; a sister Judy McCoy and (Jim) of Centralia; 4 grandsons Ralph Dean Jones Jr., Thomas Lee Jones and (Phylicia Moore), Jeffrey Lewis Jones, and Steven Sprehe all of Centralia; 2 granddaughters Nicole Sprehe and Tracy Sprehe both of Centralia; 4 great grandsons, and 1 step great granddaughter.
Zelda May Malone, age 66, of Odin, passed away on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

She was born on November 30, 1947 in Carlinville, IL, the daughter of Harry J. & Llewellyn Flossie Marie. (Shartzer) Ross. Zelda married Don Lee Malone on September 27, 1993 in Salem, IL. He still survives in Odin.

Mrs. Malone is survived by her husband; son- Colin Drake Malone of Odin, Il; daughter- Wendy Poo Nickel & husband Scott of Carlinville, Il; 2 brothers & 3 sisters; 1 granchild-Nevaeh Pitchard of Centralia, Il

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Zelda May Molone

Marcia Jo Watkins, age 73, of Centralia, passed away at 7:10 am on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Centralia Fireside House in Centralia, Illinois.

She was born on May 23, 1941 in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Homer E. & Elberta (Parker) Watkins.

Mrs. Watkins is survived by her brother- Kent Watkins of Washington, D.C.; Niece- Heather Walsh & husband Bob of Bethesda, MD; Great Niece- India; Great Nephew- Hayden; also many other cousins survive.

Marcia Jo Watkins

Thelma Marie Haizlip, age 79, of Centralia, passed away at 11:40 am on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at her daughter's home in Centralia, Illinois.

She was born on April 14, 1935 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, the daughter of James F. & Bertha I. (Melton) Thompson. She first married Charles Newcomb they later divorced. Then she married Jim Denton. He preceded her in death. She later married Robert Haizlip. He also preceded her in death.

Thelma Marie Haizip

Gary Keith Backs, age 59, of Centralia, passed away at 4:45 am on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

He was born on November 8, 1954 in Centralia, IL, the son of Marvin & La Verne (Knollmann) Backs.

Mr. Backs is survived by Mother- La Verne Backs- Centralia, Il; Son- Keith Backs & wife Monica of Belleville, Il; Daughter- Jennifer O'Neil & husband Joe of Centralia, Il;

Gary Keith Backs

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Barbara Jean Corrie

Barbara Jean Corrie, age 81, of Shattuc, passed away at 5:05 pm on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia, Illinois.

She was born on January 14, 1933 in Salem, IL, the daughter of William & Delsie (Norris) Phillips. Barbara married Jesse Clifford Corrie on January 25, 1949 in Salem, IL. He preceded her in death on May 28, 2012.

Mrs. Corrie is survived by her 1 sons- Clifford Corrie & wife Carolyn of Odin, Il; ; 3 daughters- Kathryn Corrie of Shattuc, Il; , husband, 3 brothers- Jimmy, Robbie, Junior, 1 stillborn son.
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Alice May Schultz

Alice May Schultz, age 74, of Centralia, passed away at 10:43 am on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia, Illinois.

She was born on January 11, 1940 in Dixon, IL, the daughter of Russell J. & Cecil M. (Mc Clanahan) Jones. Alice married William E. Schultz on February 6, 1959 in San Antonio, TX at Kelly Air Force Base. He still survives in Central City.

Mrs. Schultz is survived by her Husband; Son- William E. Schultz Jr. & wife Cheri of St. Peters, Mo;
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Kathleen (Welch) Osterholtz

Kathleen (Welch) Osterholtz, age 91, of St. Louis, Missouri formerly of Centralia & Salem, passed away at 1:20 pm on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Missouri Baptist in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

She was born on December 15, 1922 in Centralia, IL, the daughter of Dr. Gilford Nelson & Mary Rebecca (Staffelbach) Welch. Kathleen married Wilford Dale Osterholtz in October 1948 in Centralia, IL. He preceded her in death in 1982.
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