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Maurine Baldin

Maurine Baldin, 91, of Lincoln died Friday (Feb. 20, 2004) at 2:30 p.m. at Maple Ridge Care Centre.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holland and Barry Funeral Home in Lincoln. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, Lincoln.

Mrs. Baldin was a homemaker.

She was born Aug. 11, 1912, at Emden to Noah and Clara McNeal Garber. She married Rudolph "Rudy" Baldin on April 17, 1938, in Springfield, and he died Aug. 4, 1992.

She is survived by two sons, Harold "Butch" Baldin of Lincoln and Joe Baldin of Springfield, and two grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Russell Garber, and three sisters, Doris Dial, Olivia Garber and Thelma Read.

She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be made to Maple Ridge Care Centre.


Elvin 'Toad' Singley

Elvin John "Toad" Singley, 86, of Mason City died Thursday (Dec. 19, 2004) at 11:25 p.m. at St. John's North in Springfield.

His funeral was scheduled for noon Monday at Christ Lutheran Church in Mason City, with the Rev. Harold Woodworth officiating. Visitation was on Sunday at the church.

Burial will be in Camp Butler Cemetery, Springfield.

Mr. Singley was a retired farmer.

During World War II he served with the 9th Marines in the South Pacific at Bougainville, Guadalcanal and Guam.

He was born Aug. 12, 1917, in Mason County to Clarence Fredrick and Bertha Marie Onken Singley. He married Joyce E. Garrison on Feb. 24, 1946, in Havana. She died Sept. 25, 1998.

He is survived by one son, John D. (and Cheryl) Singley of Springfield; one daughter, Shirley A. (and Tom) Santarelli of Riverton; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a companion, Frances Wiemer of Mason City.

He was also preceded in death by a stepdaughter and two brothers.

He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Mason City, American Legion Post 496 and the VFW.

The family prefers that memorials be given to Christ Lutheran Church.


Gary Clayton Downey

(1964-2004)

Gary Clayton "Clay" Downey passed away peacefully at his home in California on Feb. 15, 2004, with his wife, mother and brother at his side.

Memorial services will be in the Sky Rose Chapel at Rose Hills Mortuary in Whittier, Calif., beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28.

Mr. Downey was highly respected and admired in the news industry.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Kearton Downey of Vermont; his mother, Lucky Connie Downey Eichner of Lincoln; and his brother, Evan Jay Downey and his family, wife Karen and their son Ethan James, residing in England.

He was preceded in death by his father, E. Jay Downey.

Clay grew up in Las Vegas, Nev., and began his broadcasting career in radio at KOMP/KENO. He later broke into television at KTNV13 and won an Emmy for his landmark coverage of the implosion of The Sands hotel. His final position was as director of news operations at Channels 2 (KCBS) and 9 (KCAL), which merged in January 2003 under the VIACOM/CBS Stations Group. While at CBS/KCAL, one of his many accomplishments was coordinating war coverage in Iraq for both stations while fighting his own war with cancer.

He was a loving, devoted husband for 3 years. He touched many lives and leaves a wealth of friends. He will be dearly missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Washington Mutual Memorial Fund, 2675 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107 (call Susan Magdaleno at CBS2 for more information); or to The City of Hope National Medical Center, Attn: Central Processing, 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010, with specific instructions for the Cancer Society Fund.

Donations may also be made to create a living memorial for the family. Send these funds to Lucky Connie Downey Eichner, P.O. Box 276, Lincoln, IL 62656.

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Glen Avers

Glen Edward Avers, 85, died Friday (Feb. 20, 2004) at 8:50 a.m. at St. Clara's Manor.

His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, with Pastor Roger David officiating. Visitation was on Sunday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, Lincoln.

Avers was a farmer in Nuckolls County, Neb., before he retired.

He was born Sept. 5, 1918, in Nuckolls County, Neb., to Seaford A. and Ada Alice Jennings Avers.

He is survived by one sister, Wilda Rayburn of Lincoln, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Aileen Fletcher.

He was of the Lutheran faith.

Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Lincoln.

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Allen 'Ponch' Wrestler

Allen "Ponch" Wrestler, 58, of Mason City died Thursday (Feb. 19, 2004) at 2:45 a.m. at his home.

His funeral was Monday morning at Hurley Funeral Home in Mason City, with Nash Shawgo officiating. Visitation was on Sunday at the funeral home.

Burial is in Mason City Cemetery.

Mr. Wrestler worked at DeKalb and National By-Products in Mason City. He had managed the Illico gas station in Mason City for 20 years.

He was born July 12, 1945, at Enion. He married Rhea Sue Smith at the Mason City Presbyterian Church on Nov. 27, 1965. She died Feb. 20, 2001.

Survivors are two brothers, Terry (and Rhonda) Wrestler of Macomb and Gary (and Linda) Wrestler of Rockport, Texas; and nieces and nephews who were his caregivers, Mandy Frost-Noe living at his home, Michelle (and Tim) Oest, Matthew (and Robin) Dutz, Michael (and Terri) Dutz, Carrie Leigh, Troy (and Jenny) Smith, Chris Smith, Cassie Smith and Brandon Smith.

He was also preceded in death by his mother, Lois Huffman, and a nephew, Mitch Dutz.

He was a member of Masonic Lodge 403 in Mason City. He was initiated on Aug. 23, 1966, passed on Nov. 8, 1966, and raised on Dec. 7, 1966.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Illinois.

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