Mike Eller, 56, Carlinville, IL died Monday, January 14, 2019 at the home of his sister, Robin Neely, surrounded by his family. He was born March 19, 1962 to William and Margie (Bodoh) Eller in Carlinville, IL. He married Paula Sackman, October 23, 1991 at the Macoupin County Courthouse. Mike attended Carlinville schools and worked as a laborer in the steel business. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. He especially enjoyed spending time with Paula and his granddaughter Amina. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Terry, Leroy, Billy, and John Eller, and sister, Loretta Eller. He is survived by his wife Paula Eller of Carlinville, IL, sisters; Robin Neely, Constance Burcham, and Carole (Bob) Gooding, all of Carlinville, IL, children; Shawn Graves and Ashley Eller, both of Springfield, IL, grandchildren; Christian, Bayliana, Na’Kaiya, Amina, Kahlia, Gavin, Taylor, Griffin, Maddux, and Logan, all of Springfield, IL, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Cremation rites have been accorded and no services are planned at this time. Memorials may go to his family.
Bonnie C. (Harper) Frazier, 78, of Carlinville, IL passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. She was born January 7, 1941 to John and Berniece Harper. Bonnie married Charles Frazier on December 9, 1961 in Raymond, IL and he precedes her in death. Bonnie was a graduate of Raymond High School and retired as the owner/operator of Frontier Country. She was an avid gardener, reader, puzzler, and traveler. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends at the casinos and volunteering with the M&M Shriners Club. Most of all, Bonnie was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is preceded in death by her husband and father. She is survived by her daughters; Renee (Ron) Sheedy of Morrisonville, IL, Dana (John) Niehaus of Carlinville, IL, grandchildren; Josh (Cybil) Hoffman of Harvel, IL, Paige Sheedy of Morrisonville, IL, Jered Niehaus of Eugene, OR, Justin Niehaus of Indianapolis, IN, Josh Niehaus of Chatham, IL, siblings; William (Karen) Harper of Carlinville, IL, Barb (John) Charnisky of Edwardsville, IL, her mother; Berniece Harper of Carlinville, IL, and several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held Sunday, January 13, 2019, 1pm at Mayfield Cemetery in Carlinville, IL. Memorials may be made to M&M Shriners.
Ruby Mefford Hopper, 90, of Carlinville, IL passed away Monday, January 7, 2019 at her home in Carlinville, IL with her daughters by her side. She was born March 14, 1928 to Earl and Mary Jane (Lee) Mefford in Carlinville, IL. She married James L. “Gus” Hopper on June 20, 1947 and he preceded her in death in 2002. She was an honor graduate of Carlinville High School and spent her working career as a secretary for Country Companies Insurance, Schien Equipment, and a bookkeeper for Konneker Brown. Ruby was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, and she loved to read, collect cat figurines and collectables, and care for her pets from rescue shelters. Most of all, she loved being a proud mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a great cook and loved having family for holidays and birthdays. She is preceded in death by her husband, and son, Jim Hopper in 2005. Survivors include; her 2 daughters, Kathy (Jim) Knetzer of Carlinville, IL, Karyl (Tony McKinney) Stratton of Springfield, IL; 2 grandchildren, Kris (Katie) Knetzer of St. Louis, MO, Kara (Glen) Hoette of Chesterfield, MO; and 2 great grandchildren, Tyson Hoette and Coraline Knetzer.
Evelyn Jane (Dunn) Hughes, 88, of Carlinville, IL died on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at her home in Carlinville. She was born November 6, 1930 in Chesterfield, IL to Joseph and Susan (Bilbruck) Dunn. Evelyn married Lee Hughes, February 15, 1948 in Hettick, IL. Evelyn was a homemaker and enjoyed camping with family and motorcycle rides with her husband. She is preceded in death by her parents, 2 sons; Mervyn Lee Hughes and Randall Hughes, 4 brothers; Tom Dunn, Denzil Dunn, Joe Dunn and Melvin Dunn, and sisters; Mae Conklin and Wanda Elledge. She is survived by her husband Lee, sons; Kenny (Vicki) Hughes of Carlinville, IL and Steve (Mitzi) Hughes of Palmyra, IL, sisters; Melba Ribble of Bethalto, IL and Wilma Kroeger of Carlinville, IL. A celebration of Evelyn’s life will be held Saturday, December 22, 2018 at the Carlinville Moose Lodge at 2pm. Memorials may be made to her family.
Rita Elizabeth Mack, 97, of Madison Wisconsin, formerly of Carlinville, passed away on December 11, 2018 in Madison, WI. She was born June 28, 1921, one of seven children of Peter and Theresa Goehe Muentnich of Staunton, IL. She attended St. Michael’s Grade School and was a 1940 graduate of Staunton High School. Rita married Cornelius “Connie” Mack on June 29, 1941 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in St. Charles, Missouri. They were blessed with 66 years together before he preceded her in death on March 28, 2007. Rita was a dedicated and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Early in her married life, she worked in the aircraft industry in Detroit in support of the WWII war effort. Later, she worked for a number of years at Sherman’s clothing store on the Carlinville Square. She was a faithful member of Ss. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Carlinville for more than 60 years. Surviving are son, Dennis (wife Valerie) of Madison WI, two grandsons, Andrew (Laura) Mack of St. Louis, and Aaron Mack, sister-in-law Dolores Mack of Carlinville, and many nieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be held at 11am, Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Ss. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church with a 1 hour visitation at the church beginning at 10am. Burial will follow at New Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may go to Ss. Mary & Joseph Catholic Church.