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Marguerite Pfau          Send a link to a friend

LINCOLN -- Marguerite Marie Pfau, 98, of Lincoln died Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at 4 a.m. at St. Clara's Manor.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until noon Thursday at Peasley Funeral Home.

A funeral Mass will be at noon Thursday at Holy Family Church, with the Rev. R. Anthony Lee officiating.

Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Mrs. Pfau was secretary for Steve Bennis Enterprises until she retired.

She was born Sept. 26, 1907, to William and Molly Eckert Knochel. She married Lucian Pfau in 1937. He died Oct. 9, 1985.

She is survived by one niece, June Cummings (and husband Harrison) of Mount Carroll; one nephew, James P. Knochel, M.D., (and Jolene) of Dallas, Texas; a special cousin, Joseph Pfau of Lincoln; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one brother.

She was organist and member of St. Mary's Catholic Church at Lincoln until it was destroyed by fire. Later she was organist and member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

She graduated from Lincoln High School and attended Brown Business College.

She loved her church, music, crocheting, embroidering and chocolate.

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Leo Mammen

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EMDEN -- Leo Klaas Mammen, 96, of Emden died Sunday, May 14, 2006, at 11:40 a.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Prairieland Christian Church, Hartsburg, with Pastor Vance Russell officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, San Jose.

Holland and Barry Funeral Home in Lincoln is handling arrangements.

Mr. Mammen farmed on his parents' homestead at Emden until the age of 91.

He was born Oct. 21, 1909, at Emden to Klaas and Caroline Siuts Mammen. He married Jewel Whittaker on Dec. 10, 1932, at Emden. She preceded him in death.

He is survived by his daughter, Luella (and Dean) Shirley of Lincoln; four grandchildren, Kathy Andrews (and Mike) of Springfield, Mona Schleder of Springfield, Leon Shirley (and Debbie) of Beason and David Shirley (and Rhonda) of Lincoln; 10 great-grandchildren, Brandy Shirley of Lincoln, Aaron and Anthony Andrews of Springfield, Kimberly Escobedo of Lincoln, Ryan Schleder of Bloomington, Chris Schleder of Kansas City, Mo., Nathaniel Shirley of Springfield, Sondra Shirley of Lincoln, Leah Shirley of Lincoln and Evan Shirley of Lincoln; and five great-great-grandchildren, Kaiya, Paityn, Lillian Jewel, Abigail and Zachary.

He was also preceded in death by longtime companion Coletta Garber, four sisters, one brother, and grandson Lowell Shirley.

He was a member of Emden Christian Church and the Logan County Farm Bureau.

He loved farming and was an avid fisherman.

Memorial donations may be made to the Christian Village or a charity of the donor's choice.

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Charles Bennis

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LINCOLN -- Charles W. "Chuck" Bennis, 95, of Lincoln, died Sunday, May 14, 2006, at 4:15 a.m. at his home.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Peasley Funeral Home. Prior to visitation there will be a prayer service at 4:45.

A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Church, with the Rev. R. Anthony Lee officiating. Military rites will be accorded.

A reception at the Knights of Columbus Hall 1250 will follow the funeral Mass.

Cremation rites will be accorded after the service, and inurnment at St. Mary's Cemetery will be at a later date.

Mr. Bennis was always an active supporter of his alma mater, the University of Illinois. Following graduation he was a teacher and coach at Lincoln High School, where his 1936 freshman team regularly beat the varsity team. In 1937, he returned to the U of I as assistant football line coach for the legendary Robert C. "Bob" Zuppke.

He served as a U.S. Navy lieutenant during World War II.

After the war, he enjoyed a very active professional career. He was president of the Deer Creek Mine, Lincoln, and president of Pluto Corporation in French Lick, Ind. Later he purchased and developed 1,100 acres in Mason County into farm land and a natural game refuge along the Sangamon River near Chandlerville.

He was born Jan. 4, 1911, in Lincoln, to Steve and Anna Eckert Bennis. He married Frances Jeanne Hott on Dec. 7, 1940, in Lincoln. He later married Doris Tague in Lincoln.

He is survived by his sons, Mike (and Helen) Bennis of Greenwich, Conn., John (and Gina) Bennis of Virginia Beach, Va., and Robert (and Kimberly) Bennis of Emden; five grandchildren, Daniel, Max, Dana, Zach and Gabriella; and his former wife, Mrs. Jeanne Gallagher of Lincoln.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Leo, Joseph, William and Stephen; one sister, Mary Theresa; and one grandson, Alex.

He was an active member of Holy Family Church, a lifetime member of Knights of Columbus Council 1250 and a 3rd degree knight, a member of American Legion Post 263, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1756, Elks Lodge 914 and AMVETS. He was elected president of the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce in 1993 and again in 1994.

He served as a life member of the board of directors of the U of I Alumni Association and a life member of the I Man's Association, being the only person elected as its president twice. He was also a member of the President's Council and the Grants-In-Aid Foundation. He was continuously starting alumni clubs, personally funding programs, soliciting alumni donations, scouting, recruiting and lending a hand wherever it might help.

In 1991, he wrote and published the book "Illinois, Zup, & I," which presented the history of his lifetime relationship with the University of Illinois.

He attended Lincoln schools and graduated from the U of I in Urbana with a bachelor's degree in education in 1935. He was co-captain of the university football team and was in the starting lineup three of his four years as a right guard for Bob Zuppke. After graduation he appeared in the RKO Hollywood movie "The Big Game" with the 1935 all-American team. He was honored by being elected I-Man of the Year in 1974, and he was named to the 25-man All-Century Football Team in October 1990.

During World War II he was the admiral's communication officer on three aircraft carriers, two of which suffered serious losses. He served aboard the aircraft carrier Randolph when it was attacked and 133 lives were lost in the harbor of Ulithi Island, and he served aboard the aircraft carrier Franklin the morning 735 men lost their lives when kamikazes exploded into the ship off the coast of Japan.

Memorials may be made to the Alex Bennis Fund for Burkett's Lymphoma, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St., Boston, MA 02115.

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Marilyn Vieth

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BEASON -- Marilyn Jeanne Vieth, 81, of Beason died Thursday, May 11, 2006, at 5 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.

Her funeral was Tuesday morning at Bennett Funeral Home in Lincoln, with the Rev. Julie Azbell officiating. Visitation was on Monday at the funeral home.

Burial is in Harmony Cemetery.

Mrs. Vieth worked at home.

She was born Sept. 14, 1924, near Latham in rural Macon County to Leamen O. and Florence N. Armington Rau. She married Wilbur C. Vieth on Nov. 14, 1942, at the Rau farm in Latham. He died June 15, 1993.

She is survived by one daughter, Judy Westen (and Roger) of Beason; one brother, Marvin Rau (and Carolyn) Decatur; two granddaughters, Jennifer Muskovich (and Jason) of Lewisville, Texas and Jamie Westen-Moore (and Tony) of Bloomington; and three great-grandchildren, Jenson and Jack Muskovich of Lewisville, Texas, and Emersyn Moore of Bloomington.

She was also preceded in death by an infant brother.

She was a member of the Beason United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

Memorial donations may be made to her church or to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Sandra Morgan          Send a link to a friend

CLINTON -- Sandra Eileen Morgan, 55, of Clinton died Thursday, May 11, 2006, at the Heritage Manor Care facility in Bloomington.

A graveside service was Tuesday morning in Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, with the Rev. Elizabeth Glidden officiating.

Bennett Funeral Home in Lincoln handled arrangements.

She was a homemaker and raised her children with love and courage.

Sandie was born Sept. 9, 1950, in Decatur to Donald Emanuel and Ellen Roberts Hall. She married Everett "Arkie" Morgan on April 7, 1978, and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by two sons, Melvin (and Tammy) Holloway of Indiana and Brad (and Ginny) Holloway of Indiana; one daughter, Tina Morgan of Clinton; one brother, Donald (and Sandy) Hall of Lincoln; one sister, Sandy (and David) Harris of Bloomington; and 11 grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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