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Jerry Alberts

Jerry W. Alberts, 70, of Lincoln died Saturday (Jan. 17, 2004) at 10:59 p.m. in the intensive care unit at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lincoln. His funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, with the Rev. Dan Wissman officiating.

Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery, Lincoln.

Mr. Alberts was a guidance director at Lincoln Community High School, and he coached tennis and basketball for 34 years.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1957.

He was born April 3, 1933, in Lincoln to Henry W. and Lorene Bollin Alberts. He married Hazel Rademaker on June 1, 1957, in Davenport, Iowa. She survives.

Other survivors are four sons, Chuck (and wife Fletcher) of Tacoma, Wash., Bill Alberts of Manos, Colo., Bob (and Ariand) Alberts of Denton, Texas, and John (and Keri) Alberts of Highland Park; three grandchildren, Guy and Collier Alberts, both of Tacoma, Wash., and John Alberts of Denton, Texas; and two nephews, Darren and Brent Rademaker of Los Angeles, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Henry, who died at age 13; and one sister, Caroline, who died at age 2.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Lincoln Elks Club, Logan County Board of Realtors and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.

He was on the 1952 national championship basketball team at the University of Kansas and played on their 1953 Final Four team.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.


Cora Russo

Cora G. Russo, 84, of Lincoln died Thursday (Jan. 15, 2004) at 4:13 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

Her funeral was Monday morning at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, with Monsignor Edward Higgins officiating. Visitation preceded the service.

Burial is in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, rural Middletown.

Mrs. Russo was a registered nurse and retired from Temple Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa.

She was born Sept. 28, 1919, at New Holland to Glen E. and Leola Crawford Ewers. She married Anthony F. Russo on Oct. 23, 1943, in Philadelphia, Pa. He died April 5, 1988.

She is survived by one sister, Virginia Mae (and Harold) Schmidt of Lincoln; a godchild, Carol Schipiani of Philadelphia, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

She was a member of Holy Family Church of Lincoln, the Nurses Alumni Association of BroMenn in Bloomington and the China-Burma-India Veterans Association, for which she was a historian.

Memorials may be made to the Christian Village or to the donor's choice.

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Zolene Leftwich

Zolene E. Leftwich, 96, died Saturday (Jan. 17, 2004) at 2 p.m. at Maple Ridge Care Centre in Lincoln.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church of Elkhart, with Pastor Robert Hake officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour before the service.

Burial will be in Elkhart Cemetery.

Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home of Lincoln is handling arrangements.

Mrs. Leftwich was a secretary at Elkhart High School, Elkhart Lumber Co., Leroy Allison Grain Co. and at CIPS in Springfield.

She was born Feb. 19, 1907, at Springfield to Albert and Mary Lawson Rice. She married Garnet Leftwich on Sept. 28, 1929. He died in 1987.

Survivors are one daughter, Carol Fulk of Elkhart; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

Mrs. Leftwich was a member of Elkhart United Methodist Church.

She graduated from Brown's Business College.

Memorials may be made to Maple Ridge Care Centre.

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Dr. Robert Jones

Robert William Jones, 73, of Litchfield and North Fort Meyers, Fla., formerly of Lincoln, died Thursday (Jan. 15, 2004) at 11:30 p.m. at H. Lee Moffett Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

He was cremated, and a service will be announced at a later date.

Dr. Jones retired from Lincoln Community High School, where he served as superintendent from 1966 to 1985.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was born June 13, 1930, in Chicago to Albert and Ida Schimpf Jones. He married Charlotte Williams on Aug. 10, 1952, in Litchfield.

Survivors are his wife, of Litchfield; four sons, Robert (and Nancy) Jones of Wilmington, N.C., Richard (and Bonita) Jones of Winnetka, James Jones of St. Louis, Mo., and Jeffrey (and Regina) Jones of Webster Grove, Mo.; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was a life member of American Legion Post 263 of Lincoln and a member of the Moose Lodge of Litchfield, Elks Lodge of North Fort Myers, Fla., and Lincoln Lodge 210.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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