Obituaries for the week of Sunday, September 21, 2014

Opal Diener

Opal L. “Lou” Diener, 91, of Thomasboro died at 7:20 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at home.Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign.Mrs. Diener was born Feb. 11, 1923, in Champaign, a daughter of Arvey H. and Ola Myrtle Farmer Kelley. She married Warren R. “Bob” Diener May 25, 1952, at University Place Christian Church in Champaign. He died in 1993.

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Woody Eastham

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Woody Eastham, 75, of Virginia Beach, Va., brother of two Paxton residents, died July 15, 2014, at home.There will be a local memorial service at a later date.Mr. Eastham was born Jan. 8, 1939, a son of Lora and Woodrow Eastham in Jamestown, Ky. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, Harry Brown.

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Patricia Freeman

Patricia K. (Trish) Freeman, 63, of Urbana died at 2:08 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy, with the Rev. Tom Hillertz officiating. Interment will take place in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign.

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Ellen Johnson

Ellen Pasley Johnson, 93, of East Moline, formerly of Thomasboro, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Genesis Medical Center in Silvis.Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign.Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at Van Hoe Funeral Home Ltd., East Moline.

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Willadean McElwee

Willadean A. McElwee, 83, of Fisher died at 5:29 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at Freese Funeral Home, 302 E. Grand Ave., St. Joseph, with the Rev. Andy Baker officiating.Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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Paul Noxon

Paul “Butch” Noxon of Washington, Utah., died at 12:55 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, with family and friends at his bedside.Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Washington City Cemetery, Utah.Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Pine View Mortuary, 566 N. Mall Drive St., George, Utah.Pine View Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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Somsong Pochai

Somsong Pochai, 67, of Rantoul died at 10:50 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Asta Care Center, Paxton.Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Renner-Wikoff Chapel, 1900 S. Philo Road, Urbana.

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Bermard Rogers

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Bernard Rogers, 93, of Ludlow died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at Asta Care Center, Paxton.Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Lux Memorial Chapel, 1551 E. Grove Ave., Rantoul. The Rev. Neal Houser will officiate. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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Bessie Stone

Bessie Stone, 93, of Paxton died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Illinois Knights Templar Home in Paxton.Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Glen Cemetery, Paxton.Visitation will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E. Pells St., Paxton. 

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