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James Brown          Send a link to a friend

WAPELLA -- James D. "Jim" Brown, 78, of Wapella died Sunday, April 30, 2006, at 7:45 a.m. at Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Bloomington.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Quiram Funeral Home, Atlanta.

A private family service will be on Wednesday at Sugar Grove Cemetery, rural Wapella, with the Rev. Nadine Preston officiating.

Mr. Brown farmed in the Wapella area.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

He was born Dec. 2, 1927, at rural Wapella to Gerald and Gene Boyd Brown. He married Ramona Froman in 1951.

He is survived by one son, Kim Brown of Bloomington; two daughters, Carol Davis of Jerseyville and Nancy (and Roger) Reinhart of Waynesville; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wapella Rescue Squad, Atlanta Rescue Squad, or the Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Bertha Aper

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LINCOLN -- Bertha Allie Aper, 88, of Lincoln died Friday, April 28, 2006, at St. Clara's Manor.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hartsburg, with the Rev. David Russell officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Burial will be in Hartsburg Union Cemetery.

Holland and Barry Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Mrs. Aper helped her husband with farming in the Hartsburg area for a number of years. After retiring from farming in 1972, she worked at the Christian Village and Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital before retiring in 1985. She had previously operated the Armour Creamery in Hartsburg and was also employed at Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria.

She was born Aug. 29, 1917, at San Jose to Theodore and Allie Poppenga Wiggers. She married William J. Aper on March 3, 1945, in Hartsburg. He died June 19, 1980.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Elizabeth Wiggers, and two brothers, Sweeter T. and Jacob Wiggers.

She is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Hartsburg, served in the Ladies Aid Circle at the church, the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Women's Club Round Robin and was a member of The Oasis senior center. She also did volunteer work.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church in Hartsburg or to Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

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Vernon 'Barney' Gosda

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ATLANTA -- Vernon C. "Barney" Gosda, 78, a lifelong Atlanta resident, died Friday, April 28, 2006, at 12:35 a.m. at Morton Terrace Care Center, Morton.

Visitation was on Sunday at Quiram Funeral Home. Masonic rites followed the visitation.

A graveside funeral service was on Monday morning at the Atlanta Cemetery, with Andy Glass officiating. Military rites were conducted by the Atlanta American Legion.

Mr. Gosda served as sexton for the Atlanta Cemetery many years.

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

He was born March 19, 1928, at Atlanta to William and Lillian Gimbel Gosda. He married Quita J. Upton on Oct. 2, 1952, at Bisbee, Ariz. She died Feb. 27, 1998.

He is survived by four sisters, Rose Singley of Topeka, Dorothy Klockenga of Decatur, Lillian Knecht of DeKalb and Ruth Schmidt of Woodstock; one brother, Ralph Gosda of Arcadia, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, six brothers and one sister.

He was a member of the Atlanta Masonic Lodge and the Atlanta American Legion Gresham-Crutchley Post 341.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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