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Mary G. Olson,  79 of Lincoln passed away on Friday, December 19, 2003 at 11:40 a.m. at Hopedale Medical Center. (Natural Causes)

A Memorial Service for Mrs. Olson will be held on Tuesday evening December 23, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. the Jefferson Street Christian Church in Lincoln with Rev. J.K. Jones and Rev. Craig Smith officiating.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until time of service at the church on Tuesday.

Burial will be at a later date in Bethel Cemetery in rural Emden.

Memorials can be made to the Jefferson Street Christian Church.

Peasley Funeral Home in Lincoln is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs Olson is survived by two sons: Dale ( Carol) Olson of Emden, Larry (Beth) Olson of Lincoln, two daughters; Marla (Mark) Gates of Lincoln, Kay (Jim) Newton of Lincoln. One brother; Daniel Whittaker of Canton, North Carolina; one sister: Leona Watkins of Morton, 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Olson was preceded in death by one son; Kevin R. Olson, four brothers and two sisters.

Mrs. Olson was born on September 19, 1924 in Delavan to William and Mary E. Hamon Whittaker. She married Harlon K. Olson on July 18, 1943 in Delavan . He preceded her in death on February 26, 1985.

Mrs. Olson retired in 1978 after working at the Lincoln Development Center for 20 years. She was a member of Jefferson Street Christian Church, the Oasis Senior Citizens Organization and was a former volunteer for the Perry Center for Care in Lincoln.

Peasley Funeral Home in Lincoln is in charge of arrangements. If you have any questions please call (217) 732-8141.

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Kathleen D. Van Etten, formerly of San Jose, 78

Kathleen D. Van Etten, of Pekin (formerly of San Jose), 78, died of natural causes at 7:50 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003 at Pekin Manor.

There will be no services for Mrs. Van Etten.  She will be creamated.

Mrs. Van Etten was born to Frank and Dorthy (Litherland) Dennison on Feb. 4, 1925 in San Jose.  She married Richard Van Etten on June 5, 1954 in San Jose.

She is survived by one brother, Phil Dennison of San Jose and one sister, Audrey Palmer of Delevan.

She managed a fabric shop in Bethlehem, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to San Jose United Methodist Church.

Hurley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Catherine “Kay” Miller, 91 of Grand Rapids, MI, formerly of Lincoln

Catherine “Kay” Miller, 91 of Grand Rapids, MI (formerly of Lincoln) passed away on Dec. 20, 2003 at Spectrum Health – Kent Community Campus.

Vistitation is from 4 – 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Rev. Julie Azbell will preside. A private graveside service will be held Wednesday at Zion Cemetery, Lincoln.

Mrs. Miller was born to Arthur and Lula (Mullen) McFarland on November 23, 1912 in rural LaFontaine, IN. Her first husband, Harold J. Paxton, preceded her in death. She married Jacob Frederick “Fred” Miller on October 12, 1946 in Peoria. He also precedes her in death as well as her parents, a stepson, Ronald Miller; a brother, Harold McFarland; a sister, Delight Crumley; and a half brother, Frank Russell.

Survivors include on son, Gene (Mary Alice) Paxton of Grand Rapids, MI; one brother, Charles McFarland of Spokane, WA; three special friends, Katy and Tommy Hall, Mineva and John Pelc, and Keith Tucker all of Lincoln, and one special niece, Ann Wales of Algonquin. She also had three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The Paxton family wishes to thank the long-term care staff at Spectrum, Grand Rapids, MI.

James T. Skaggs, 90, of Mason City died Friday (Dec. 19, 2003) at 8:40 a.m. at the Mason City Area Nursing Home.

He was cremated, and there is no visitation.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mason City United Methodist Church, with Pastor Bruce Bolin-Ghitalla officiating.

Burial will be in Mason City Cemetery.

Mr. Skaggs farmed in the Mason City area, and after retiring from farming he was head custodian and a school bus driver for District 123 for many years.

He was born June 1, 1913, in Middletown, Ky., to John and Minnie Beard Skaggs. He married Belle Martin Schoonover in 1937, and she died in 1968. He married Lucille Lynn on July 14, 1968, and she died May 26, 1996. He married Mary Kurilko on Aug. 7, 1997, and she is his surviving spouse.

Other survivors are one stepson, Robert Lynn of Ocala, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Betty Doyle of Petersburg and Susan Repplinger of Palatine; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ethel Schoonover of Mason City.

He was also preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Mason City.

Memorial contributions may be made to his church or the Mason City Library Foundation.

Homer D. Tripp, 82, Mason City

Homer D. Tripp, 82, of Mason City died of natural causes on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003 at 5:44 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 26 at Hurley Funeral Home in Mason City.

Cremation will be accorded with burial at Mason City Cemetery, Mason City.
Mr. Tripp was born to Home and Hazel (Sewell) Tripp on May 25, 1921 in Greenview. He married Doris Adams on Aug. 26, 1949 in Greenview. She survives.

Other survivors include son, Mark Trippp of Springfield, a brother, Wayne Tripp of Mason City; a sister, Wilma Propst of Greenview.
He was preceded in death by one son, Timmy Lee Tripp.

Mr. Tripp worked at Corn Products in Pekin for 37 years. He served in the Airforce during WWII. He was a member of Greenview Christian Church.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Jack W. Hamilton, 73, Chestnut
Jack W. Hamilton, 73, of Chestnut died at 8 p.m. Dec. 19.

A funeral service was conducted Tuesday morning at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mount Pulaski followed by burial at Mount Pulaski Cemetery. Full military rites were accorded.

Mr. Hamilton was born as a son to Henry and Pearl (Ingram) Hamilton on Feb. 14, 1930 in Lincoln. His mother lives in Beason.
He married Patricia Lewis on June 18, 1955 in Lincoln. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Jeff Hamilton of Chestnut; one daughter, Nancy (John) Stoll of Chestnut; two brothers, James Hamilton of Beason and Bill Hamilton of Lincoln; and one grandaughter, Allison Stoll of Chestnut.
He was preceded in death by his father.

Mr. Hamilton farmed in Aetna Township and worked at Martin Auction Center in Clinton.
He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion Post #447 in Mount Pulaski and the Antique Tractor Club.

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