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Custodio infant

The infant child of Alexander Jr. and Jayne Lux Custodio of San Jose died Thursday (July 15, 2004) at the Carol Jo Vecchie Center in Springfield.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Green Hill Cemetery, rural San Jose, with the Rev. Stephen King officiating.

Hurley Funeral Home of San Jose is handling arrangements.

Besides the parents, other family members are a brother, Alexander Custodio, at home, and the paternal grandparents, Alexander Sr. and Camia Custodio of Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Maternal grandparents preceded the infant in death.


Harold Merrill

Harold T. Merrill, 94, of Lincoln died Monday (July 12, 2004) at 12:15 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, with Tracy Thomas officiating. Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in New Union Cemetery, Lincoln.

Mr. Merrill was corporate president of Merrill's Contractors, now of Springfield, when he retired in 1978 after 46 years in the construction industry.

He was born April 7, 1910, in Albia, Iowa, to Charles A. and Martha Fry Merrill. He married Rachel E. Suiter on Jan. 5, 1932, in Kirkwood, Mo. She died May 9, 2001.

He is survived by one son, Charles "Chuck" (and Karen) Merrill of Springfield; two daughters, Barbara "Ruth" (and Thomas) Hertzfeldt of Mackinaw and Joyce (and Kenneth) Letterle of LaFayette, La.; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bernard Merrill of Burlington, Iowa, and Robert Merrill of Fairfield, Iowa; and three sisters, Ruth Munley O'Brien, Ilene Colter and Vilene Given, all of Ottuma, Iowa.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Carolyn Bevard; three brothers; and four sisters.

Mr. Merrill worked as a coal miner in central Iowa from 1922 until  he moved his family to Logan County in 1932. He owned and operated Merrill Excavating and Septic Service through 1973. In 1974 he co-founded Merrill's Contractors Inc., and he led the company through its formative years until his retirement.

During World War II he supported the war effort as a security guard at the Illiopolis Munitions Plant.

He attended Lincoln Hill Free Methodist Church.

He was a past member of Teamsters Local 916, Lincoln Laborers Local, Moose Lodge 1441 of Lincoln, Eagles Lodge 2708 of Lincoln and the IOOF Lincoln Lodge. He was Republican precinct committeeman in the 1970s.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Foundation or American Heart Association.

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Abigail Evelhoch

Abigail L. Evelhoch, 85, of Lincoln died Wednesday (July 14, 2004) at 3:25 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.

Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader, with the Rev. Wallace Reifsteck officiating.

Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, Lincoln.

Mrs. Evelhoch was a homemaker.

She was born July 1, 1919, in DePue to Henry H. and Abie Ellis Croisant. She married Leo Earl Evelhoch on June 3, 1937, in Peoria. He died Jan. 24, 2000.

She is survived by one son, Robert "Bucky" (and Fern) Evelhoch of Wheaton; one daughter, Donna (and Mickey) Robinson of Lincoln; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Alice (and Chuck) Bartoli of Cherry.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Thomas; two brothers; and one sister.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Lincoln, to which memorials may be made.

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Leota Stivers

Leota H. Stivers, 91, of Mount Pulaski died Sunday (July 11, 2004) at 3:30 a.m. at Vonderlieth Living Center.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski, with John Robertson officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

Burial will be in Hall Cemetery, rural Blue Mound.

Mrs. Stivers was a homemaker.

She was born Oct. 16, 1912, in Macon County to Albert and Grace Reazin Gemmer. She married Herbert F. Stivers in Champaign on Aug. 24, 1949. He died Jan. 28, 1994.

She is survived by one stepson, Richard (and Karen) Stivers of Bloomington; one stepdaughter, Linda (and Roger) Thomas of Fountain Valley, Calif.; one sister, Shirley Wehling of Pleasant Hills, Ohio; seven stepgrandchildren, Karen Thomas, Laura Thomas, John Thomas, Debra Kus, Nancy Lucero, Brad Stivers and Christopher Chester; six step-great-grandchildren, Mitzi Payton, Emily Brown, Natalie Mullins, John Brown II, Nikko Stivers and Spiro Stivers; and one step-great-great-grandchild, Michael Ray Stotts.

She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Helen Ryan, Irene Skaggs and Opal Brown.

She was a member of Mount Pulaski Christian Church, the Loyal Daughters of the church and the Mount Pulaski Woman's Club.

Memorials may be made to the Mount Pulaski Christian Church building fund or to Vonderlieth Living Center.

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