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Bobby Pruitt

Bobby A. Pruitt, 72, of Stonington died Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, at 3:52 p.m. at Danville Veterans Hospital.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski, with Bill Shanle officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

Burial will be in Constant Cemetery, rural Cornland.

Mr. Pruitt was a tool and die maker.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1946 to 1947.

He was born April 21, 1930, in Springfield, Mo., to Edward and Inez Humphries Pruitt. He married Martha Nilhas in Springfield, Ill., on March 8, 1952.

Surviving Mr. Pruitt are his wife, of Stonington; one son, Leonard (and Angela) Pruitt of Taylorville; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Regina Pruitt.

He was a member of Cornland Christian Church, Stonington American Legion Post 905, Disabled American Veterans Decatur Chapter and Stephen Decatur Masonic Lodge 979.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

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D. Donnabel McCormick

D. Donnabel McCormick, 94, of Lincoln died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at 1:20 a.m. at the Christian Village Nursing Home.

Her funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Peterís Lutheran Church, Emden, with the Rev. David L. Hofer officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at the church.

Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, rural Emden.

Mrs. McCormick was a homemaker for her family. Before her marriage she taught several years in country schools in the Hartsburg-Emden area.

She was born May 24, 1908, in rural Hartsburg to David Grant and Nellie May Hawes Gilchrist. She married Leonard J. McCormick on Aug. 23, 1936, at Emden. He died Nov. 1, 1995.

She is survived by one son, Leonard Lance McCormick and wife Sharon of Bloomington.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Welby Gilchrist.

Mrs. McCormick was a member of St. Peterís Lutheran Church, Emden and the Cross and Crown womenís group of the church. She was also a trustee for the Old Bethel Church for many years. She was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and the Abraham Lincoln Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She was a graduate of Lincoln College and the University of Illinois.

Memorials may be made to St. Peterís Lutheran Church of Emden, Emden Rescue Squad or the Old Bethel Church Fund.


Kim Knauer

Kim Elaine Knauer, 45, of Springfield, formerly of Mount Pulaski, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at 12:01 p.m. at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Mount Pulaski, with Father Patrick DeMeulemeester officiating.

Burial will be in Mount Pulaski Cemetery.

Miss Knauer was manager of public affairs and communications for the Illinois State Board of Education.

She was born May 18, 1957, in Decatur to Darrell and Mary Wachter Knauer.

Surviving Miss Wachter are her parents, of Mount Pulaski; one sister, Annette (and Scott) Detwiler of Bloomington; one brother, Kevin (and Monica) Knauer of Mount Pulaski; two nephews, Justin and Shawn Knauer of Mount Pulaski; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

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

She attended Illinois State University for one year and in 1979 completed her bachelor's degree in journalism at the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois. While at UIUC she was the editor of the Illio yearbook, which won the 1980 Printers Industry of America Award for graphic design. She also served as a reporter for the Daily Illini, was named to the dean's list in the College of Communications and was a residence hall adviser. She was recognized by the Student Alumni Association and the University of Illinois Alumni Association as one of the ďtop 100 seniors for unique contributions and outstanding leadership qualities in extracurricular activities.Ē

She earned a master's degree in 1980 in the public affairs reporting program at what is now the University of Illinois Springfield, where she was an intern with the Copley News Service bureau in the Capitol.

She reported on education for the Belleville News Democrat in St. Clair County for a year and then joined the Illinois State Board of Education's Springfield office as a public information officer.

She left the state board to serve for a brief period as assistant to the director of the state Department of Rehabilitation Services, now a part of the Department of Human Services.

She returned to the State Board of Education and served there for a total of over 21 years in several positions, including assistant to the state superintendent, director of communications and her final position, as manager of public affairs and communications.

A portion of her duties included coordinating and later managing the Those Who Excel, Teacher of the Year and Milken National Educator Award programs. She initiated the practice of using these exemplary educators throughout the state to help improve schools.

She received an Award of Excellence from the National Association of State Education Department Information Officers in 1984 and the organization's Award of Distinction in 1986.

She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church of Mount Pulaski, the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association, the Breakfast Optimist Club of Springfield and the Springfield Bicycle Club. She was a lifetime member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association.

She participated in the Big Brother-Big Sister organization in Springfield and was named Big Sister of the Year in 1992.

In recent years she was active in the Relay for Life. Her death came after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Memorials may be made to the Kim Knauer Memorial Scholarship Fund, the American Cancer Society or to the donor's choice.

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