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Tyler Helton          Send a link to a friend

Archived March 4, 2005

SAN JOSE -- Tyler William Helton, 11, of San Jose died Thursday, March 3, 2005, at 4:15 a.m. at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Hurley Funeral Home in Mason City. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with the Rev. H. Curtis McCallister officiating.

Burial will be in Easton Cemetery, Easton.

Tyler was a student at Illini Central Middle School.

He attended the Mason City Baptist Church and participated in Mason City-Illini Central Little League baseball and Cub Scouts.

He was born Jan. 5, 1994, in Springfield to Larry and Lori Blunt Bale Jr.

He is survived by his parents; one brother, Jarod Helton, 9, of San Jose; one sister, Courtney Helton, 15, of San Jose; two aunts; two uncles; several cousins; and his paternal grandparents, Larry and Pat Bale of Woodbridge, Va.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, William and Myrna Blunt.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tyler Helton Benefit Fund at Mason City National Bank.

Decemma Armstrong          Send a link to a friend

Archived March 4, 2005

LINCOLN -- Decemma Mae Armstrong, 85, of Lincoln died Wednesday, March 2, 2005, at 9:57 p.m. at her home in the presence of her family.

Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. Sunday at Peasley Funeral Home. Prior to visitation, the rosary will be recited at 3:45.

Her funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Peasley Funeral Home in Lincoln, with the Rev. Vincent C. Peters officiating.

Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, rural Lincoln.

Mrs. Armstrong worked at Hotel Lincoln, Dairy Lane Milk Store and the Lincoln Garment Factory.

She was born May 16, 1919, in Lincoln to Oria J. and Flo M. Aery Smith. She married Charles J. Armstrong in Pontiac on Aug. 7, 1947. He preceded her in death on May 23, 1995, in Lincoln.

She is survived by four sons, William J. (and Beverly) Armstrong of Choctaw, Okla., Michael L. (and Linda) Armstrong of Lincoln, James Mark (Cynthia) Armstrong of Choctaw, Okla., and Timothy D. (and Jean) Armstrong of Bloomington; one daughter, Cyndy A. (and James) Springer of Lincoln; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Fern (and Charles) Turley of Kimberling City, Mo., and Joyce (and James) Pinney of Lincoln; two brothers, Jack A. Smith of Tennessee and Donald D. (and Carol) Smith of Marion, Iowa; and an uncle, Frank Smith of Park Forest.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Ronald Charles Armstrong; one brother, Oria Smith; and one sister, Mary Ellen Bennett.

Mrs. Armstrong was a member of Holy Family Church, Horseless Carriage Club of Illinois and the Railsplitters Antique Auto Club

Memorials may be made to the neonatal intensive care unit of Children's Hospital at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria or to Carroll Catholic School in Lincoln.

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M. Jane Poertner          Send a link to a friend

Archived March 2, 2005

LINCOLN -- M. Jane Poertner, 64, of Lincoln died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at 8:50 a.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

Visitation was on Thursday at Holland and Barry Funeral Home.

Her funeral was Friday morning at the First Presbyterian Church of Lincoln, with Pastor Phillip Blackburn officiating.

Burial is in Chenoa Cemetery.

Ms. Poertner was the executive director at Central Illinois Economic Development Corp. of Lincoln for 29 years.

She was born June 27, 1940, in Lincoln to George Arthur and Thelma Caroline Moschel Browne. She married John Poertner.

She is survived by her children, Eric Lee Poertner of Lincoln, Raun Suzanne (and Rick) Brobeck of Valparaiso, Ind., and a foster daughter, Deb Dvorak of Lincoln; and one grandson, David Lee (and Stacy) Dvorak of Lincoln.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lincoln.

Her recent professional affiliations were with the Family Self-sufficiency Advisory Council of the Energy Policy Advisory Council for the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, Workforce Investment Board, Illinois Ventures for Community Action, Illinois Community Action Agency, National Association of Community Action Agencies, advisory board for SPIRIT Outreach Truancy Program, Rural Partners and Illinois Rural Community Assistance Program.

She graduated from Lincoln Community High School, earned an associate in arts degree from Lincoln College in 1960, a bachelor's degree in education from Northern Illinois Unversity, DeKalb, in 1962, and a master's degree from Illinois State University, Normal, in 1968.

She taught high school social studies at San Jose from 1963 to 1966.

Memorials may be made to CIEDC of Lincoln.

Eugene Kinzell          Send a link to a friend

Archived March 3, 2005

EASTON -- Eugene Wesley Kinzell, 75, of Easton died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at 7:20 a.m. at his home.

His body was cremated.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Friday at Hurley Funeral Home in Mason City.

Mr. Kinzell was a construction laborer.

He served in the U.S. Merchant Marines.

He was born Nov. 9, 1929. He married Mary Smith on June 30, 1989. They were divorced.

Names and addresses of children or other survivors are not available at this time.

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