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William Hall       Send a link to a friend

Archived Feb. 11, 2005

LINCOLN -- William G. Hall, 81, of Lincoln died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at 8 a.m. at his home. He had cancer.

In accordance with his wishes, his body will be cremated.

There is no visitation.

Burial will be in Streator at a later date.

Mr. Hall retired from MII Industries in 1990 and was a 30-year employee of Anthony Co. in Streator before moving to Lincoln in 1974. He worked as a data processing manager both places.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

He was born Oct. 21, 1923, at Streator to Charles and Sarah George Hall. He married Dorothy J. Plimmer on Nov. 24, 1946, at Streator.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years; one son, William E. Hall of Tempe, Ariz.; one daughter, Bonnie (and Tom) Nagle of Streator; one granddaughter, Melanie Bakalor of Ottawa; and one grandson, Tommy Nagle of Aurora, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter, Lori Ellen.

He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Streator.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who adored his little family, and his passing leaves a great empty place in our hearts.

Memorials may be made to Memorial Hospice Care and the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Illinois. Memorials may be sent to 720 N. Bond, Springfield, IL 62702-4915.

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Mary Matson       Send a link to a friend

Archived Feb. 10, 2005

LINCOLN -- Mary L. Matson, 41, of Lincoln, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at 11:20 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are pending at Peasley Funeral Home.

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Judith Barner

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Archived Feb. 10, 2005

PEORIA -- Judith H. Barner, 80, formerly of Decatur and Mount Pulaski, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at 12:30 a.m. at her home in Peoria.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski, with the Rev. Charles Watkins officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

Burial will be in Mount Pulaski Cemetery.

She retired in 1987 from Staley's, where she held a variety of positions ranging from secretary to managing facility startups and employment specialist.

She was born Jan. 24, 1925, at Mount Pulaski to Albert and Georgia Harbert Horn.

She married John N. Barner at Mount Pulaski on June 19, 1948.

She is survived by her husband, of Peoria; one daughter, Susan (and Gene) Walker of Dunlap; two granddaughters, Kimberly and Tracy Walker of Dunlap; and one brother, James A. (and Joyce) Horn of Mercer Island, Wash.

She was a member of Central Christian Church in Decatur, past president of the American Association of University Women, past president of Lady Landowners and secretary-treasurer for Zonta Club. She was also a member of a local investment club, antique doll club, china painters club and bridge club. She was a local election judge for many years.

She was co-owner of Apple Barn's Antiques with her dear friends Ann Shellabarger, Mary Martha Messmore and Betty Thurn.

Memorials may be made to the charitable fund at Cancer Care Specialists of Decatur.

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'Toni' Whittaker       Send a link to a friend

Archived Feb. 10, 2005

LINCOLN -- Antoinette M. "Toni" Whittaker, 56, of Lincoln, formerly of Hartsburg, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, at St. John's Hospice, Springfield.

Visitation was on Thursday at Bennett Funeral Home.

Her funeral was Friday morning at Zion Lutheran Church.

Burial is in Zion Cemetery.

Mrs. Whittaker was employed by Lincoln Logan/May Enterprise and Whit's Lawn Center as office manager for both.

She was born March 27, 1948, in Cook County to Stanley and Annastasia "Ann" Zintilus Kazakaitis. She married Garry Whittaker on Aug. 31, 1969, at Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln.

She is survived by her husband, of Lincoln, one son, Daron Lee Whittaker (and girlfriend Susan Bailey) of Lincoln; two precious granddaughters, Alisa and Breanna Whittaker, both of Lincoln; one brother, Stanley Kazakaitis of Springfield; one sister, Janice Kazakaitis of Springfield; one nephew, Mark Kazakaitis of Springfield; one niece, Kristi Kazakaitis-Carter of Lincoln; and a brother-in-law, Melvin Whittaker of Emden.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother.

She was an extremely active member of Zion Lutheran Church and School, serving in several capacities including the school board and as chairman of the Challenge Committee. She recently stepped down from the church's finance committee and had been a Sunday school teacher and director of the Christmas program.

She was also an active member of the community, serving as an ambassador for the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce and being involved with balloon fest and Main Street Lincoln activities. She was a Jaycees Citizen of the Year. In the early '80s she was a member of the Cub Scout board in Hartsburg-Emden, and she ran for fair queen in the '60s.

Memorial donations may be made to the family for disbursement to several charitable foundations and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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