Pamela Jane (Crain) Yarbrough, age 63, of Centralia, died at 6:00 am on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Centralia Manor in Centralia.

She was born on April 12, 1951 in Carbondale, IL, daughter of Roy Jr. and Jean (Entsminger) Crain.

Pam is survived by 2 sons - Jimi Brown of Centralia, IL, and Jason Brown of Fairland, OK; a sister - Jo (Crain) Syrcle and husband Bill of Macomb, IL; a granddaughter - Kelsie Deeann Brown;

Janice Sue Vaughn

John David Wienken

John David Wienken, age 70, of Centralia, passed away at 2:10 pm on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at his home in Centralia, Illinois.

He was born on December 24, 1943 in Centralia, IL, the son of John Gary & Faye (Reeves) Wienken.

Mr. Thomas is survived by his Brother- Gary Wienken of Mechanicsburg, Pa; Aunt- Madeline Taffett of St. Louis,Mo; 3 Cousins- Bruce Taffett , Donald Jones, Pamela Taffett all of St. Louis, Mo

He was preceded in death by his Parents.
George Earl Mays, age 73, of Centralia, passed away at 10:15 am on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at his home in Centralia, Illinois.

He was born on April 26, 1941 in Centralia, IL, the son of George Wesley & Hazel Pauline (Pugh) Mays. George married Debra Kay (Adams) Mays on January 10, 1989 in Salem, IL. She still survives in Centralia.

Mr. Mays is survived by his wife; Son- Howard Wesley Mays of Centralia, Il ; Daughters-Bette Williams & husband Jayson of Kokomo,In;

George Earl Mays

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.

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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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Annabelle Griner

Annabelle Griner, age 84, of Centralia, died at 8:18 am on Friday, July 25, 2014 at Centralia Fireside House in Centralia.

She was born on April 7, 1930 in Ashley, IL the daughter of Thomas and Clara Frances (Ceglinski) Woodrome. Annabelle married Leslie R. Griner on May 13, 1950 in Radom, IL, and he preceded her in death on October 17, 2005.

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Janice Sue Vaughn, age 65, of Sandoval, died at 12:18 am on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Odin HealthCare in Odin.

She was born on January 7, 1949 in Salem, IL, the daughter of Clarence and Nadie (Gardner) Nix. She married Kenneth Vaughn in Salem, IL and he preceded her in death in 2012.

Janice is survived by a son - Robert Hodge Jr. of Rantoul, IL; a daughter - Kelly Butler and husband Eric of Odin, IL;
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