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Carolyn Isaak

Dec 05, 1941 - Oct 16, 2023

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Carlyle, IL

Carolyn J. Isaak, a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away peacefully on October 16, 2023, in Carlyle, Illinois. Born on December 5, 1941, in Breese, Illinois, Carolyn lived a life full of love, laughter, and warmth, touching the lives of all who knew her. Carolyn was a woman of many passions. She was a dedicated member of the Messiah Lutheran Church, where she found peace and community. Her love for shopping was well-known among her friends and family, often resulting in d...Read More

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Martha M. Diekemper

Feb 16, 1934 - Feb 18, 2024

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Carlyle, IL

Martha M. (Hodapp) Diekemper, 90, was born on February 16, 1934 in Carlyle, Illinois. The daughter of Leo and Elizabeth (Erlinger) Hodapp. She married Robert E. Diekemper on June 1, 1957 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Carlyle. Martha grew up on the family farm on Pelican Hill attending a one-room schoolhouse until her family moved to town during her elementary years. She stayed home to raise her children until her youngest entered school and then went to work at Golden Dip Milling Co. in Millstadt as a secretary to the National Sales Manager. Throughout her life she enjoyed working other various types of jobs. Martha was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Carlyle and active in many parish organizations. She had many talents that she enjoyed. She spent countless hours canning vegetables from the garden, sewing and mending clothes for her family, putting together and stitching beautiful quilts and known for her delicious pies. Martha and Bob enjoyed traveling throughout the US and to many foreign countries. They also enjoyed camping and boating/skiing with family and friends. Martha was always thrilled to have her grandchildren and great-grandchildren over to visit. Martha Diekemper entered into rest on February 18, 2024 at Carlyle Healthcare and Senior Living Center in Carlyle with family by her side. Martha is survived by her husband of 66 years, Robert Diekemper of Carlyle; daughter Lisa (Mark) Rickher of Matthews, NC; son Dennis (Tracey) Diekemper of Trenton, IL; daughters Jane (Shawn) Gillam of Troy, IL and Mary Sue (Dean) Harber of Trenton, IL. She had ten grandchildren: Kaitlyn (fiance Devon) Rickher, Amanda (Nick) Alfieri, Allison (Scott) Pullen, Colleen (Keith) Kunz, Kelly (Adam) Baer, Michael (Hannah) Diekemper, Logan (Liz) Gillam, Haley (Peter) Binder, Cameron Harber and Lauren Harber and seven great grandsons and three great granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her parents Leo and Elizabeth Hodapp; a sister-Leona Hodapp; brother-in-law Paul and wife Evelyn Diekemper; sister-in-law Evelyn and husband Ernest Tryba; sister-in-law Laurette and husbands William Muehleisen and Bud Kuhl. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at St. Mary's Church in Carlyle with Fr. George Mauck, celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. A visitation will be held at St. Mary’s Church on Tuesday morning from 8:30 - 11:00 A.M. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mrs. Diekemper are suggested to St. Mary's Church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be received through Zieren Funeral Home. To to the family, please

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Luella M. Essington

Jan 06, 1935 - Feb 11, 2024

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Carlyle, IL

Luella M. Essington, 89 of Keyesport, passed away at the Carlyle Healthcare and Senior Living Center on Sunday, February 11, 2024. Mrs. Essington was born in Irishtown Township on January 6, 1935, a daughter of the late Earl and Lovenia (nee Apple) Allen. She married Elvin Essington in Greenville, Illinois on November 1, 1952, and he preceded her in death on December 14, 1989. Luella is survived by her son, Kevin Essington and wife Mary of Keyesport; 2 grandsons, Blake Essington and wife Kayley, and Eric Essington, all of Greenville; a great granddaughter, Libby Essington; a brother, Paul Allen; a sister-in-law, Betty Allen; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Lovenia Allen; her husband, Elvin Essington; her siblings, Dallas Allen, Donald Allen, and Shirley Elling and husband Ervin; a nephew, Dallas Allen, Jr., her father-and mother-in-law, Tom and Kate Essington; and her in-laws, Opal Huddleston, Sara Diffenauer, Faye Essington, Bob and JoAnn Essington, Tom and Gladys Essington, Lloyd and Nellie Essington, and Murz and Catherine Essington. Mrs. Essington was a hard-working wife, mother, and grandmother who devoted her life to her family. She adored spending time with them, especially her great granddaughter, Libby. She also enjoyed cooking delicious meals, baking wonderful treats for others, and making sure her house and yard were spotless. Private services will be held, with burial at McKendree Chapel Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mrs. Essington are suggested to Shriners Hospitals for Children and will be received through Zieren Funeral Home, 1111 Clinton Street, Carlyle, IL 62231. To to the family, please

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Jackie Overturf

Apr 27, 1934 - Jan 30, 2024

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Carlyle, IL

, 89, of Sandoval passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at Carlyle Healthcare and Senior Living. She was born on April 27, 1934, the daughter of Carl and Mildred (Jansen) Horst in Walnut Hill. She married Robert Overturf on February 4, 1952, in Centralia, IL and 4 children were born of this union. Survivors who were blessed to have Jackie as a special part of their lives include her beloved family, children, Kim (Randy) Booth of Rolla, Missouri, Roberta Bowen of Sandoval, Illinois, and Robert Overturf Jr. of Centralia, Illinois; precious grandchildren, Amber Rice, Lauren Booth, Jen Booth, Amy Bowen, Aislinn (Joe) Rizzo, Tiffany Gregory, Megan (Matthew) O’Heron, Lindsey (Kevin) O’Heron, Courtney (J.J.) Kolesar, and Brandi (Amanda) Overturf; 21 cherished great-grandchildren; and 8 beloved great-great-grandchildren with one more on the way; her dear sister, Helen Davis; and a host of nieces and nephews, extended family members, and friends. Along with the father of her children, Robert Overturf, Jackie was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Gale Horst, Carl Horst, Charles Horst, and James Horst; her son, Terry Overturf; her brother-in-law, Terry Davis; her son-in-law, Randy Bowen; her grandson-in-law, Andrew Rice; and her niece, Becky “Davis” Viara. Jackie was a caring, compassionate, beautiful lady who was the heart and soul of her family. She felt blessed to care for her home and nurture her children and grandchildren, wanting only the best of all life could bring for each of them. Jackie was not one to sit still and liked to lend a helping hand wherever it was needed. Jackie volunteered at a soup kitchen in Centralia, offering a kind word and warm food to those who came. While living in Chicago for over 20 years, she was a loyal employee at the cleaners in her neighborhood. She will be remembered for her love of movies, laughing out loud at romantic comedies, and grabbing the Kleenexes while watching romance movies. Jackie was a fan of country music, liked to enjoy retail therapy while shopping and share a good meal out with friends and family. She would have considered herself a homebody who appreciated a relaxing night at home, but she also looked forward to times of camping and travel. Strawberries will be a reminder to all how Jackie was always on a quest to find strawberry dishes to add to her collection. “Granny O” to her grand, great, and great-great-grandchildren, Jackie loved nothing more than to be surrounded by family, sharing laughs and stories, and watching her family grow. Jackie will be deeply missed but never forgotten by all who loved her dearly. A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 4, 2024, at the Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia with Brother Claude Howell officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Centralia. Friends and relatives are welcome to a visitation time from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service on Sunday at the funeral home in Centralia. Memorials may be made in Jackie’s honor to Sandoval Fire Department. Online condolences and memories of Jackie may be shared with her family by visiting www.maczfuneralhomes.com and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page. To to the family or in memory of Jackie Overturf, please

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Harold Ray Buchele

Jul 22, 1940 - Jan 13, 2024

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Carlyle, IL

Harold Ray Buchele passed away peacefully at home surrounded by the love of his family on Saturday, January 13, 2024. He was 83 years of age. Born on July 22, 1940, in Boulder, Illinois, Ray lived a life filled with kindness, humility, and love. Ray was the beloved husband to Lucy Buchele (nee Toedte), with whom he shared a beautiful marriage since their wedding on October 29, 1966, in Centralia, Illinois. Together they raised a family that included their son Jeff and wife Renee of Coloma, Michigan; daughters Dana Rakers and husband Jon of Centralia, Missouri, and Traci Garner and husband Jason of St. Louis, Missouri. His legacy continues through his adoring grandchildren, Andy Buchele and wife Madi, Jenna Rakers and fiancé Bradley, Katelyn Rakers, Paige Theising and husband Jake, Grace Garner, and Jack Garner, and his great-grandchildren, Mady and Rhett Theising. Ray is also survived by his sister, Nina Buchele; his brother, Dennis Buchele and wife Jane; and a brother-in-law, Tom Burleyson. Ray joins in eternal rest his late parents, Harold and Virginia Buchele, and sister, Karen Burleyson. A proud veteran, Ray honorably served in the Army National Guard for eight years. Professionally, he worked as a farmer, a skilled carpenter, and dedicated 34 years at American Steel in Granite City. His dedication to his work was only matched by his commitment to his faith as a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church in Carlyle. Ray was an avid Cardinals Baseball fan and spent relaxing times working on puzzles. He enjoyed the company of hummingbirds at his feeder, loved working outside in his yard, but most of all, Ray loved watching his grandchildren's sporting events. A Funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at the First United Methodist Church of Carlyle with Pastor Rena Witcher, officiating. Private family inurnment will follow at Carlyle Township Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Carlyle on Wednesday morning from 9:30 – 11:00 A.M. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mr. Buchele are suggested to the Carlyle First United Methodist Church, or to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Donations will be received through Zieren Funeral Home, 1111 Clinton Street, Carlyle, IL. To to the family, please

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William Beckemeyer

Oct 31, 1943 - Nov 23, 2023

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Carlyle, IL

William A. "Bill" Beckemeyer, age 80 of Carlyle, passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital on Thursday, November 23, 2023. Mr. Beckemeyer was born in Breese on October 31, 1943, a son of the late Arthur C. and Lois (Scott) Beckemeyer. Bill graduated from Carlyle High School in 1961, and later from Kaskaskia College. He furthered his education by attending USPS training schools and seminars. Mr. Beckemeyer married Kathleen "Kathy" Loeffler in Belleville on October 7, 1978, and she survives in Carlyle. Bill loved being with his family: his wife, Kathy Beckemeyer of Carlyle; his children - Jeanne Beckemeyer of Centralia, Melissa "Missy" Berry (Mark) of O'Fallon, IL, Matthew "Matt" Beckemeyer of Carlyle, and Daniel "Dan" Beckemeyer (Jessica) of Belleville; his grandchildren - Kayla Burcham (Brad), Kendra Pratl (David), Marshall Beckemeyer, Emerson Beckemeyer, and Sullivan Beckemeyer; his great-grandchildren - Willow Mersinger, Wyatt Mersinger, Brooklyn Burcham, and Raelyn Burcham; his brothers-in-law - Henry Loeffler and Ronald Loeffler (Janet); a niece - Karen Neff (Randy); and a nephew - Craig Jesenick. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Lois Beckemeyer; father-in-law and mother-in-law - Henry and Marie Loeffler; his sisters - Joyce Ripple and Mildred Beckemeyer; and his in-laws - JoAnn and Taylor Sims, Ruth Loeffler, and Portia Boehnke. Bill lived a full life centered around his family and service to his community. He worked at the Carlyle Post Office from 1961 until his retirement in 2007. He served as city carrier, window clerk, supervisor, and officer in charge. Bill received many awards for his service to the USPS and was a member of USPS NALC Branch 155. He also worked several jobs in the private sector. Mr. Beckemeyer was a constant at Carlyle High School activities through the years. He was the official scorekeeper for Carlyle Indian Varsity and JV basketball games since 1985. He also operated the scoreboard for CHS football games. Bill loved youth sports and had previously coached many teams throughout the years. He had coached Carlyle high school summer league, CYO, and Pee Wee basketball teams. His involvement in youth sports led to his membership in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, Southern Illinois Coaches Association, and the Carlyle High School Athletic Booster Club. Mr. Beckemeyer was awarded the CHS Indian Pride award in 2001, the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Friend of Basketball Award in 2005, and the Illinois Athletic Directors Association Friend of Athletics Award in 2015. Bill also served on the Carlyle Unit District 1 School Board, Carlyle PTO, and Carlyle High School Music Parents. Bill loved to ride his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and was an active member of Green Mount Road H. O. G. , formerly known as the Stone Celts. He served as historian for the chapter and would write a motorcycle related story for the group every month. Bill was the AMA Amateur Motorcycle Hillclimb Champion in 1974 and retained membership in the AMA Professional Hillclimbers Association. He was also a member of the American Motorcyclist Association and rode with the Patriot Guard Riders. Mr. Beckemeyer loved his hometown, and he enjoyed talking about Carlyle history and the old times with his friends. His commitment was evident through his involvement in the community. In addition to the schools, Bill was a former member and president of the Carlyle Library Board and currently served as the City of Carlyle Zoning Board chairman. He served on various committees and boards at the First United Methodist Church, where he was a member. He enjoyed volunteering for the Matthew 25 Food Pantry. Bill was an assistant Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 281 and enjoyed volunteering for the Lewis and Clark Council BSA/Friends of Scouting. He was also a former member of the Carlyle Jaycees and Carlyle Optimist Club. When he wasn't serving his community, Bill enjoyed reading and writing short stories and poems, and talking with online friends from various groups to which he belongs. A funeral service will be held at the Carlyle First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, at 11:00 AM with Pastor Rena Whitcher, officiating. Interment will follow at Carlyle Township Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Carlyle First United Methodist Church on Monday, November 27, from 4:00 - 8:00 PM, and on Tuesday, November 28 from 9:00 - 11:00 AM. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mr. Beckemeyer are suggested to the Carlyle First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, Caring 4 Carlyle, or to the Carlyle High School Athletics Department. Donations will be received through Zieren Funeral Home, 1111 Clinton Street, Carlyle, IL 62231. To to the family, please

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Louise Silger

Feb 28, 1928 - Nov 12, 2023

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Carlyle, IL

"Louise Matilda Silger, age 95, of Kensal, ND, formerly of Huey and Centralia, Illinois, passed away on November 12, 2023, under the care of Hospice while residing at Edgewood Care Center in Jamestown, ND. Louise was born in Clement Township in Clinton County Illinois on February 28, 1928. She was the daughter of Gustav Silger and Theresia (Scheppel) Silger. She received her education in Clinton County and graduated from Carlyle High School in 1945. Upon graduation, Louise moved to Colorado Springs, CO, where she was employed by the US Government at Camp Carson. She returned to Illinois in 1946 when she began working at Scott Field Air Base in Belleville, Illinois until her retirement in 1983. Louise enjoyed her career in accounting and the many friendships she made with co-workers who kept in touch with each other long after retirement. Louise also stayed in touch with many of her classmates from the Class of '45 throughout the years. Louise chose to serve God at an early age in life and was faithful to this commitment all her days. Louise is survived by her nieces Jeanette (Carl) Mitchell, Springfield, IL, Carolyn (Don) Manley, Lincoln, IL, Nancy (Myron) Vigesaa, Kensal, ND, and Linda (Rick Swanson), Malcom, IA, along with several great- and great-great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a special cousin, Marilyn (Lawrence) Rueter, rural Carlyle. Louise was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert Silger. She will be remembered for her care and love for family and her many friends, along with her ability to write letters and never forget a birthday. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 18, 2023 at Nordike Funeral Home, Carlyle, IL. Burial will follow at the Carlyle Township Cemetery, Carlyle, IL Visitation will be held from 10:00 Am until the time of services on Saturday, November 18, 2023 at Nordike Funeral Home in Carlyle. "

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Gerald Harris

Mar 25, 1928 - Oct 11, 2023

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Carlyle, IL

"Gerald T. Harris, our beloved father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, died peacefully at Aviston Countryside Manor on October 11, 2023 at the young age of 95. He was born in Herkimer, New York on March 25, 1928, the son of Myron and Ruth, nee Sterling, Harris. Gerald married Louise Arnold at Andrews Air Force Base Chapel on October 3, 1953 and she preceded him in death on November 1, 2012 and is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. His oldest daughter, Vickie is buried with her mother and Gerald will be buried in the adjacent plot. Gerald is survived by his daughters, Debbie Stewart and husband Steve of Clinton, MO, and Cathy Zollner and husband Mark of Hecker, IL; grandchildren, Jeanna, Jacob, Jared, Jeramiah, Sarah, and Stephanie and her husband, Cory Mueller; and great-grandchildren, Brayleigh Louise, Jaelyn Marie, and Jackson David. Gerald retired from the U. S. Air Force as a GS-15 Supervisory Electronic Engineer. He served Nov. 1953 to Jan. 1986; three years in the military and then 30 year in civil service with the Air Force Communications Command and its predecessors. In 1950 he graduated from the Union College in Schenectady, NY with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. While assigned to the U. S. Air Force 1823rd AACS Group from Nov. 1953 to Feb. 1959, Mr. Harris as an engineer and technical manager, played a key role in the design, engineering and installation of the USAF's first global communications system. During this timeframe, he accomplished high frequency propagation analysis and antenna design. He engineered the Transmitter Out-side Plant Facility at Sidi Slimane, French Morocco, and supervised its installation and test \u0026amp; acceptance. He was the Air Force lead project engineer on the Spain - Morocco - United Kingdom Tropospheric Scatter System which was the forerunner of the European Trans-Mediterranean Tropo System, and contained the first frequency modulated link in excess of 500 miles. He designed the Air Force's first interlaced rhombic antenna for use on a Forward Propagation Ionospheric Scatter path, and supervised its installation and performance testing. He also evaluated and recommended for Air Force use a frequency stepping system which for the first time allowed critical Air Force FPIS circuits to function reliably without the disastrous effects of back-scatter. He also negotiated support from the National Bureau of Standards as the recognized experts in scatter transmission theory and by his leadership brought about the transformation from theory to practical application. Mr. Harris was extremely active in various standards programs and was directly responsible for the preparation of numerous Air Force and Department of Defense (DOD) standards. He recognized the commonality between the Engineering and Installation (EI) Activities of the three Military Services (Air Force, Army, and Navy) and proceeded to establish a Tri-Service EI Standards Steering Group. He wrote its initial Charter and subsequently the Army and Navy adopted the AF Standards in total. In addition to government service, Mr. Harris was active in professional, charitable, and church activities. He served as Chairman of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) Communications Society Chapters in both the Utica-Rome, NY area and the Kansas City, MO area, and later as Chairman of the Kansas City IEEE Section. He was President of the Hickman Mills School for Retarded Children Parent Teachers Organization and was instrumental in negotiating with Missouri State Department of Education and Legislative officials for a new school. He was an aviation enthusiast and with a private pilot's license, flew Cessna and Piper aircraft. Most importantly of all, Jerry, as he liked to be called, was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather; dedicated to his family, and willing to give a helping hand to any of us who needed it. He was a quiet man, but sweet and friendly to all those he met. Family was important to him, and we had always done different activities together as a family growing up. Jerry and his wife, Louise's first child, Vickie, had down syndrome, and they both dedicated their lives to making sure she had been well taken care of, and they had done a fantastic job. He was a wonderful dad and greatly loved! He will be truly missed! Visitation will be held Thursday, October 19, 2023 from 5 p. m. until 8 p. m. at Nordike Funeral Home in Breese. Burial with full military honors will be held Friday, October 20, 2023 at 11 a. m. at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO. Memorials may be made to the Autism Society of America or the Clinton County Special Olympics and will be received at Nordike Funeral Home, 150 N. Clinton St. , Breese, IL 62230 who is serving the family. "

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Kimberley Dietzel

Nov 21, 1957 - Sep 26, 2023

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Carlyle, IL

"Kimberley Sue Leser Dietzel, 65, passed away quietly and peacefully surrounded by a room full of her family on Tuesday, September 26, 2023 after a long battle with breast cancer. She was born November 21, 1957 in Belleville, the daughter of Patricia Sheppard (Dzengolewski) of Carlyle, and George Leser of Pennsylvania. She married Terry Dean Dietzel on January 30, 1981 and he precedes her in passing. She was affectionately known as \u0026quot;Kim\u0026quot;, \u0026quot;Kimmy\u0026quot;, \u0026quot;Kimmy Sue\u0026quot;, \u0026quot;Kim #1\u0026quot;. . . and most notably as \u0026quot;Mom\u0026quot;, \u0026quot;Mommo\u0026quot;, and \u0026quot;Grandma\u0026quot;. As a lover of all animals, she consistently welcomed all beauties of life into her home to care for. There are too many animals to name, but her beloved puppies, Esther and Angel, were her deepest companions. They precede her in passing. Her daughter will remember her as an amazing cook, and a woman that, in the zone, could knit a very comfortable blanket in one day. She owned an enormous collection of books, and loved playing video games. She once played Doctor Mario through a tornado. She also made the BEST chocolate chip cookies and crazy cake you will EVER taste! She enjoyed couponing, budgeting, home-making, hosting family gatherings, feeding her family and others her delicious home-cooked meals, and sharing her handmade gifts. She loved her family and friends deeply, and purely every second of every day. She was an amazing vocalist, she enjoyed playing the piano, and turned down many offers to join local bands to focus on raising her children. She loved the sport of bowling. After marrying Terry, she asked him join a couples bowling league. They both enjoyed the sport so greatly that they purchased V\u0026amp;H Recreation in Breese on September 1st, 1999, and remained the owners until 2006. She retired from Help at Home in 2022 as a caregiver. She was a beloved member of the Kingdom Hall in Carlyle, where she met many wonderful people that surrounded her with love, affection and acceptance. She devoted her life to Jehovah, and the teachings of Bible. She is loved and missed deeply by all of her family and friends. She leaves behind a son, Jesse Dietzel of Carlyle, and her granddaughter, Addrienne Dietzel (Alicia Forrest), of Breese. Her daughter, January Loddeke (Curt) of Germantown, along with her four granddaughters, Alexandra Flores (Jairo) of El Paso, TX, Hayli Rinne (Gabe Hill) of Breese, Emily Rinne (Makayla Dean) of New Baden, and Page Loddeke of Germantown. She also leaves behind her grandson, William-Anthony Loddeke, of Germantown. She absolutely adored her two younger brothers, Bradly Jargon (Sherry) of Roxana, and Michael Jargon (Kathy) of Carlyle, and enjoyed \u0026quot;rocking out\u0026quot; with them both. She is preceded in her final rest by her mother, father, her late husband, and her step-father, David Jargon. Visitation will be held Friday, October 6, 2023 from 12 p. m. until time of services at Nordike Funeral Home in Carlyle. A celebration of Kimberley\u0027s life will be held at 3 p. m. Friday, October 6, 2023 at Nordike Funeral Home in Carlyle. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice and will be received at the funeral home. "

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Stephen Stefl

Dec 16, 1949 - Nov 03, 2023

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Carlyle, IL

Stephen E. Stefl passed away peacefully at his home in Carlyle, Illinois, on November 3, 2023. Born on December 16, 1949, in St. Louis, Missouri, Steve was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend. Steve was the son of the late Edward and Pauline (McManamy) Stefl. He was a loving husband to Diana (Ryan White) Stefl and a devoted father to his children: Kristie (Ray) Grieve of Highland, IL, Matt Stefl of Granite City, IL, Chris (Taylor) White of Carlyle, IL, Amanda (Jeremy) Grant of East Alton, IL, Sarah (Jay) Anderson of Wood River, IL, and Stephanie (Jesse) Rhodes of Chesterfield, IL. Steve was a proud grandfather to numerous grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and he was eagerly anticipating the arrival of another great-grandchild. He is also survived by his sister, Becky Wintjen of Oklahoma City, OK. He was predeceased by his brother, David Stefl. Steve graduated from Granite City High School in 1969. He spent 35 years as a truck driver, and later shared his knowledge and experience by teaching CDL training. In his later years, he drove a school bus. Steve was a life member of Madison Amvets Post #204 and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles - Granite City Aerie #1126. Steve had a zest for life that was evident in his many interests. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, creating memories that will be cherished forever. An avid sportsman, Steve enjoyed playing golf and softball, and was a regular at the local bowling alley. He was a dedicated fan of NASCAR and never missed a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game. Steve's friendly and outgoing nature meant he never met a stranger. He could strike up a conversation with anyone, making friends wherever he went. A Graveside service with military honors will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Time and date for the graveside service will be available on Monday. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mr. Stefl are suggested to his family and will be received through Zieren Funeral Home, PO Box 276, Carlyle, IL 62231. To to the family, please

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Arlene Lopez

Died : Oct 28, 2023

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Carlyle, IL

Arlene Lopez, 93, passed peacefully to meet her beloved dance partner, Ralph Lopez on Thursday, October 26th. Arlene has lived happily the last two years at Brightly Senior Living in Glen Carbon, Illinois to be closer to her immediate family. She was an active participant in all the great activities as well as a loved member of their community. Prior to that she lived her whole life in Carlyle on her family farm where she and Ralph raised three kids. She is survived by all three. Mitch and Bob Meyers of Glen Carbon, Craig Lopez of Florissant and Mike and Connie Lopez of Godfrey. She also has three grandchildren, Zack and Abbey Meyers and Jordan Lopez. She had 1 great-grandson, James Lopez. Arlene remained close to her sister, Dorsey Guenzburger of Carlyle and dear friends Edna Woltering and Melinda Hutchinson. Arlene was a member of the United Church of Christ. She and Ralph were world travelers and had friends all over the country. She was a "wicked bridge player" and loved to golf, sew and knit. She was also an outstanding cook and loved entertaining friends and family. She was world-famous for her breads and pies, especially her garlic bread and yeast rolls. She was always up for a party, especially when it involved her family. She left a proud legacy and will be celebrated and missed by all who knew her. Arlene's family will greet family and friends at Zieren Funeral Home on Friday, November 17, 2023, from 4:00 - 7:00 P. M. To to the family, please

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