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Jo-Ann Kretzinger

Jo-Ann Kretzinger, 71, of Chestnut died Friday (May 16, 2003) at 5:20 p.m. at her home.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. A service at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home will be conducted by the Rev. Steve Ingram.

Burial will be in Laenna Cemetery, Chestnut.

Mrs. Kretzinger was an independent bookkeeper since 1950.

She was born Jan. 25, 1932, in Lincoln to Harold N. and Annaly S. Waschle Gambrel. She married Dwaine Wheeler Kretzinger in Lincoln on Sept. 21, 1951.

She is survived by her husband; three daughters, Leigh Ann Rohrschneider of Bloomington, Lynn Marie (and Michael) Hanamura of Folsom, Calif., and Lori Mae Kretzinger of Springfield; two grandchildren, Staff Sgt. Ryan Mathew (and Teresa) McLane of Fort Riley, Kan., and Amy Lynne Rohrschneider of Normal; three stepgrandchildren, Darryl (and Colleen) Hanamura of Roseville, Calif., Bruce Hanamura of Alhambra, Calif., and Danielle (and Joe) Hanamura Stempeck of Reno, Nev.; eight great-grandchildren, Mitchell, Taylor, River, Wheeler, Shaelyn, Ezri, Taylor H. and James; two cousins, Donna (and Dick) Pokorski of Lincoln and Jim Smith of Taylorville; her godmother, Mary Sinko of Minnesota; and her best friend, Lela Bradley of Lincoln.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son-in-law, Hugh R. Rohrschneider.

She was of the Christian faith.

She had worked for the Lincoln Courier, S.S. Kreske, St. Clara's Hospital and Frank's Food Fair and became owner of the family business, the Ace Novelty Toy Store. She was also a Girl Scout leader.

From 1963 to 1971 she was co-owner of Waynesville Super Way. She organized the Waynesville Recreational Center, Weight Watchers Club and was a 4-H leader. She worked for General Telephone in Bloomington. She was a member of and served as judge for the Illinois State Stock Horse Association, Pinto Horse International Association and the Illinois Paint Horse Association.

From 1971 to 2003 she lived and worked in Chestnut. She was the Aetna Township supervisor for 20 years and worked for the Bank of Chestnut, Chestnut Elevator and Agro Marketing in Latham. She was an EMT-midwife for the Chestnut Volunteer Fire Department, a Mary Kay beauty consultant and helped her husband at the D.J. Concession business. She served as treasurer for the Illinois Country Music Association, participated as a vendor at the State Farm Play Days and was a member of the Railsplitting Asssociation.

She enjoyed gardening, growing cactus and most of all, her family.

Memorials may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation and Hospice Care of Illinois. 

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Dorismae Lowe

Dorismae Lowe, 85, of Lincoln died Sunday (May 18, 2003) at 2:22 a.m. at St. Clara's Manor in Lincoln.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, with the Rev. Jame Hahs officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lincoln.

Mrs. Lowe was a state employee at Lincoln Developmental Center before she retired.

She was born Nov. 21, 1917, at Broadwell to Frederick and Anna Plaster Stolz. She married William Edwin Lowe on Feb. 20, 1940, in St. Louis, Mo. He died in 1960.

Surviving are two sons, Thomas J. Lowe of Lincoln and Virgil (and Kathleen) Lowe of Lincoln; two daughters, Anna (and Jack) Powel of Decatur and Mary (and Bob) Stark of New Britain, Conn.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, one son and one granddaughter.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lincoln and the Rebekah Lodge of Lincoln.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.

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Kay Melton

Kay Melton, 63, of Emden died Saturday (May 17, 2003) at 7:15 a.m. at St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Holland and Barry Funeral Home in Lincoln. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holland and Barry.

Burial will be in Meadow Lawn Cemetery, Manito. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery for the committal service at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Mrs. Melton was a homemaker for her family.

She was born Sept. 30, 1939, in Pekin to Richard Allen and Sarah Louise Parkin Hammer. She married Clarence Duaine Melton on Oct. 14, 1961, in Emden.

Survivors are his husband; three sons, Marc Melton of Humboldt, Kan., Michael (and wife Charie) of Rockwood, Brian (and wife Anna) of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two stepsons, Wesley (and wife Nancy) Melton of Leroy and Larry, address unknown; nine grandchildren; one sister, Mary Ann (and husband Gary) Peterson of Mears, Mich.; and three brothers, Harry (and wife Pat) Hammer of Washington, Robert (and wife Jeanne) Hammer of Medford, Ore., and Dennis (and wife Sherry) of Creve Coeur.

She was preceded in death by two grandchildren.

Mrs. Melton was of the Catholic faith.

She graduated from Forman High School in Manito.

She served as a trustee on the Emden Village Board from 2001 until her illness forced her to retire.

She was an avid reader and loved sewing, knitting, crocheting, crafts and bowling.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude's, Emden Rescue Squad or Emden Fire Department.


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