Bertha Dahmm

Bertha Dahmm, 91, of Lincoln died at 5:25 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 6, at Holland and Barry Funeral Home in Lincoln.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lincoln.

Burial will be in New Union Cemetery, Lincoln.

Mrs. Dahmm was a homemaker for her family.

She was born Aug. 29, 1909, in East Lincoln Township, Lincoln, to William C. and Emma (VonDrehle) Otte. She married Paul F. Dahmm on Aug. 1, 1937, in Lincoln. He died June 4, 1984.

Surviving Mrs. Dahmm are one son, Edwin Dahmm of Beason; two grandsons, Andrew Dahmm and Benjamin Dahmm, both of Beason; and two sisters, Miriam (Adam F.) Bock of Lincoln and Esther Otte of Palos Park.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Henry and Armin Otte, and two sisters, Emma Bock and Tryphena Aper.

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lincoln, where she was organist and a choir member for many years. She was also church historian and a member of the Ladies Aid and the 60 Plus Club at Immanuel.

She was a charter member of Logan County Homemakers Extension and past president of ALMH Auxiliary.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Zion Lutheran Church Radio Ministry.

Grace Spears

Grace M. Spears, 89, of Bloomington died at 3:25 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at Heritage Manor in Bloomington.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, April 6, at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington, with the Rev. Ernest Breithaupt officiating.

Burial will be in McLean Cemetery, McLean.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Spears was a homemaker for her family.

She was born Oct. 27, 1911, in Boyle City, Ky., to Martin and Gertrude (Nevius) Gordon. She married Charles Spears on June 8, 1968, in Bloomington. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Spears is survived by one daughter, Helen Martin of Normal; four sons, Russell (Carolyn) Butler of Bloomington, Clarence (Brenda) Punke of Eureka, Virgil (Diana) Punke of Eureka and Herman (Oleda) Punke of Hudson; 21 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three sisters, Mildred Loercher, Lucy (Glen) Williams, Elizabeth Daugherty and Geneva (Jack) Mayberry, all of Atlanta; and four brothers, Alvin Gordon of Kentucky and Claude, John and Rex (Dorothy) Gordon, all of McLean.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, two sons, one brother and four sisters.

She was a Pentecostal.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Nellie Hunter

Nellie G. Hunter, 85, of Chestnut, died at 7:37 p.m. Sunday, April 1, 2001, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 6, at Holland and Barry Funeral Home in Lincoln, with the Rev. Larry Beebe officiating.

Burial will be in New Union Cemetery, Lincoln.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Hunter was a grain and livestock farmer in the Logan County area with her husband.

She was born July 1, 1915, at Beason to Samuel and Emma (Cox) Whitehouse. She married Emmanuel Hunter on Oct. 2, 1935, in Lincoln. He died May 19, 2000.

Surviving Mrs. Hunter are four grandchildren, Brenda (Mike) Fink of Beason, Kenny (Viki) Hunter of Lincoln, Shanon (Mike) Bauer of Tulsa, Okla., and Claude (Raetta) Hunter of Clinton; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and two sisters, Ellen Glaiser of Fairborn, Ohio, and Jenny Cook of Nokomis, Fla.

Her son, Kenneth Hunter Sr., and a sister, Dorothy Tame, preceded her in death.

She was a Methodist and a member of Home Extension of North Aetna.

She was a resident of Chestnut for 12 years.

Memorials may be made to Beason United Methodist Church or American Heart Association.



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Theckla Stoll

Theckla Stoll, 87, of Chestnut died at 5:45 a.m. Friday, April 6, 2001, at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mount Pulaski.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 9, at Zion Lutheran Church of Chestnut, with the Rev. Donald Kirchner officiating.

Burial will be in Laenna Cemetery, rural Chestnut.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski.

Miss Stoll was a cashier at the Bank of Chestnut before her retirement.

She was born Nov. 2, 1913, in Chestnut to Charles E. and Caroline "Lena" (Wefel) Stoll.

Surviving Miss Stoll are two nephews, Clarence (Marilyn) Stoll of Chestnut and Charles (Alice) Stoll of Pleasanton, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Chestnut.

Memorials may be made to her church.

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Preston Schroyer

The Schroyer family lost its eldest member on Tuesday, April 3, 2001, when Preston Schroyer died in Lake Zurich.

Visitation will be at Shafer Funeral Home in Taylorville from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 6, and at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lincoln from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7. A funeral mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the church, with burial immediately afterward at Holy Cross Cemetery, Lincoln.

Born June 27, 1913, to Fred and Mabel (Decker) Schroyer, Press grew up in and around Taylorville. His first job, at age 15 with the Boedendeck Tool Company, lasted for over 10 years. He later worked for the Peabody Coal Mine.

He married Modesta Hicks in 1937 and eventually settled in Springfield, where he worked first at Allis Chalmers and then as service manager for L & L Heating and Cooling. In the early ’60s, he opened his own business in Lincoln, and for over 20 years Schroyer Heating & Cooling earned a reputation for honest dealings and quality service.

After the death of his wife of 43 years, Dessie, Press married Violet (Reindl) Pickel in 1985 and returned to Taylorville. Because of serious illness he ultimately settled near two of his children, in northern Illinois.

Preston will be dearly missed by his second wife, Violet, of Taylorville, and his five children, including Don (Marilyn) of Sherman, Joan (Ed) Hladik of Cary, Bob (Pat) of Johnsburg, Tom (Carol) of Panama City, Fla., and Jan (Scott) Matkin of Gig Harbor, Wash. His stepchildren include David (Mary) Pickel of Mount Zion, Phillip (Doris) Pickel of Mount Zion, Paul (Leann) Pickel of Owaneco, Sharon Pickel of Austin, Texas, and Sandy Hughes of Dallas, Ga. He is also survived by four brothers, Harold (Barb) Schroyer of Rolla, Mo., Lester Eugene (Mavane) Schroyer of Arlington, Texas, Herb (Eula) Schroyer of Taylorville and Bill (Virginia) Schroyer of Taylorville; sister-in-law Rose Schroyer of Taylorville; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; over 200 nieces and nephews; seven stepgrandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and many friends around central Illinois.

Preceding him to heaven were his wife Dessie, infant son John Richard, daughter-in-law Mary, parents Mabel and Fred, sister Gladys and three brothers, Herschel, Leo and Ross.

Preston loved fishing, bowling, card playing and salvaging discarded treasures. Even after Alzheimer’s robbed him of his ability to recognize family and friends, he could always be counted on for a ready smile, a quick wink and a witty retort.

In lieu of flowers, family asks that a donation be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, (800) 272-3900, or to the Hospice of Northeastern Illinois, (800) 425-4444.

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