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Irene Mee

Irene R. Mee, 87, of Lincoln, died Sunday (July 25, 2004) at 11 p.m. at St. Clara's Manor.

A rosary service and visitation were at Peasley Funeral Home in Lincoln on Wednesday.

Her funeral Mass was Thursday morning at Holy Family Church in Lincoln, with Father Thomas Taylor officiating.

Burial is in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lincoln.

Mrs. Mee had worked at Bell Telephone and for 14 years at Kodak Processing, both in New Jersey. In Lincoln she worked for Landauer's and owned Mee Hive Upholstery.

She was born Aug. 18, 1916, in Paterson, N.J., to James and Mary Kane McClellon. She married Ambrose Mee in Paterson, N.J., on April 12, 1936. He died Nov. 1, 1974, in Lincoln.

She is survived by two sons, Larry Mee of Tampa, Fla., and Tim (and Valerie) Mee of Odessa, Fla.; two daughters, Maureen (and Dean) Ringressy of Virginia Beach, Va., and Kathy Horn of Lincoln; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Joseph McClellon.

She was a member of Holy Family Church in Lincoln and the Altar and Rosary Society.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

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Belle Drake

Belle Marie Drake, 30, of Urbana, formerly of Beason, died Sunday (July 25, 2004) at 9:30 a.m. at her parents' home in Beason.

Visitation in Urbana was on Wednesday at the Wesley Foundation.

In Lincoln, visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the church, with the Rev. Jame Hahs and the Rev. Sara Isbell officiating.

Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery, Beason.

Miss Drake was a member of the class of 2007 at the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine.

She was born July 14, 1974, in Lincoln to Harold Lowell and Nancy Bratton Drake.

She is survived by her parents, of Beason; one brother, Douglas Drake; and her paternal grandparents, David and Merida Drake of Beason.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Curtis Andrew Drake, and by her maternal grandparents, Sam and Mary Margaret Bratton.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lincoln, the Amasong women's choral group in Champaign-Urbana and was affiliated with the Wesley Foundation in Urbana.

She was a 1992 graduate of Lincoln Community High School. She graduated with honors from the University of Illinois in 1997 with a double major in rhetoric and biology.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Lincoln or to the Carle Cancer Center, Breast Cancer Research, 602 W. University, Urbana, IL 61801.

Jack Hertz

Jack Hertz, 78, of Mason City died Sunday (July 25, 2004) at 5:55 a.m. at his home.

He was born Aug. 17, 1925, in Peoria to Peter and Sadie Kuhm Hertz.

A graveside service was Thursday morning at Easton Cemetery. There was no visitation.

Hurley Funeral Home is Mason City handled arrangements.

Jewell Johnson

Jewell Virginia Johnson, 95, formerly of Buffalo, died Monday (July 26, 2004) at 4 a.m. at the Christian Village in Lincoln.

No service or visitation has been planned at this time. Her body was donated to medical research. Burial will be in Missouri at a later date.

Peasley Funeral Home in Lincoln was in charge of local arrangements.

Mrs. Johnson assisted in her husband's dental offices in Springfield and Buffalo and later worked in the post office in Buffalo.

She was born Sept. 28, 1908, in Hartsville, Mo., to Marion and Clara Carr Palmer. She married W. Johnson in 1931, and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by two nephews, Gary (and Ann) Palmer and Michael (and Peggy) Palmer of California; a godchild, Renee Sutton of California; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Russell Palmer.

Mrs. Johnson was a member of Lincoln Christian Church.

She graduated from Hartsville High School, Hartsville, Mo., in 1926 and then graduated from Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., in 1930 as a registered nurse.  

Memorials may be made to the Christian Village in Lincoln.

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Emma Gehlbach

Emma Dirks Gehlbach, 88, of Owensboro, Ky., died there on Sunday (July 25, 2004) at Owensboro Medical Health System.

A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Union Cemetery, Lincoln.

Holland and Barry Funeral Home of Lincoln is handling arrangements.

Mrs. Gehlbach was a teacher for over 20 years.

She was born in Greenview in 1916. She married Melvin P. Gehlbach, and he died in 1963.

She is survived by two daughters, Jane Perkins of Hawesville, Ky., and Ruth Blakeman of Owensboro, Ky.; two sons, Ralph Gehlbach of Denton, Texas, and Richard Gehlbach of Lexington, Ky.; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Margaret Craun.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Henderson, Ky., where she served on the administrative board, the Henderson Ministry Outreach board and was a member of the Lucy Moss Circle.

She graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Latin in 1937.

Memorials may be made to Henderson Christian Community Outreach, 4227th St., Henderson, KY 42420; or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 120 Wall St., 19th Floor, New York, NY 10005-4001.

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