Lincoln Area


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Wednesday, April 20, 1921 - Friday, November 17, 2017

LINCOLN- Lillian Lorraine Bayer, 96, of Lincoln passed away on Friday, November 17, 2017 at St. Clara’s Manor in Lincoln, IL.

Lorraine was born on April 20, 1921 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of James and Lottie (Beck) Morriss. She married Everett Johnson on November 21, 1940 in Downers Grove, IL. he preceded her in death on January 31, 1971. Lorraine later married Edward A. Bayer on April 1, 1977 in Lincoln, IL. He preceded her in death.

Lorraine is survived by her children: Christel Huff, Creigh (Linda) Johnson, and Curtis (Debra) Johnson; her step-children: Bonnie (Gabe) Vuolo, Ted (Mare) Bayer, Mary Ann (Pat) Johnson, and Edie Bayer; additionally she is survived by many Grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and step-great-grandchildren.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, and one brother, Richard Morriss.

Lorraine was a member of The First United Methodist Church in Lincoln. She was a member of The Lincoln Chapter #351 of The Order of The Eastern Star. She was a life member of the ALMH Auxiliary and an ALMH life member senior citizen of Logan County. Lorraine was also a long time member of The Oasis Senior Center.

A memorial service will be held for Lorraine at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. Visitation will take place one hour prior to her service (1:00-2:00 P.M.) on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 also at the funeral home. Burial will take place at New Union Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Lorraine’s name to Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, The Oasis Senior Center, The Arthritis Foundation, and The Humane Society of Logan County.

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Monday, June 4, 1951 - Tuesday, November 14, 2017
NORWICH, CT - Michael D. Hardin of Norwich, CT formerly of Lincoln, IL passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 in Willimantic, CT.
Michael was born on June 4, 1951 in Lincoln, IL the son of William and Louise (Eimer) Hardin. He married Bear Nolan on March 16, 2010 in Willimantic, CT. She survives in Norwich.
Michael is also survived by his children: Sherri (Scott) Rappé, Sarah (Michael) Kendrick, Michael R. Hardin, William J. Hardin, and Conall N. Hardin; his siblings: Dan (Debi) Hardin, Tom Hardin, Jayne (Peter) Hintzman, and Phil (Michelle) Hardin. Additionally he is survived by his grandchildren: Dallas Rappé, Hailey Rappé, Hunter Kendrick, and Blake Kendrick.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents.
Michael was a longtime employee of Gunther International. He was dedicated to customer service in the technology and manufacturing field. He was a hard worker and worked until his last days. He encountered many people through his line of work and all would describe him as charismatic. He was a very accomplished bowler with many perfect games. One of his highest achievements was holding the highest series of 858 for a number of years as well as being inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame at age 41.
Services for Michael will be held at 10:00A.M. on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00P.M. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at St. Mary Cemetery in Lincoln. Memorial donations may be made in Michael’s name to Ronald McDonald house or gofund Jamaica AED.
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Tuesday, September 3, 1957 - Wednesday, November 15, 2017

ELKHART-Michael Dawson, 60, of Elkhart passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

            Michael was born on September 3, 1957 in Carlinville, IL; the son of Conrad Joseph and Betty (Baggs) Dawson. He married his best friend, Michelle Danley on September 13, 2003 in Elkhart, IL She survives.

             Michael is also survived by his children: Jason Dawson, Melissa (Josh) Brown, Tosha (Travis) Brannum, and Jessica (Shun) Hicks; his brothers: Phillip Dawson, Steve (Linda) Dawson, Jim (Pam) Dawson, and John (Janelle) Dawson; additionally he is survived by seven grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, as well as many great-nieces and nephews.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Anne; and his four legged pal, Jack Dawson.

Michael enjoyed traveling with Michelle. He was the owner and operator of The Taste of Illi restaurant in Illiopolis, IL. Above all else, he loved spending time with his family.

A celebration of Michael’s life will be held from 2:00-5:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Michael’s name to The Elkhart Fire Dept.

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Tuesday, October 2, 1934 - Tuesday, November 7, 2017
MIDDLETOWN - Richard L. Treatch, 83, passed away at 12:51 a.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital on November 7, 2017.
Richard was born on October 2, 1934 in Grand Forks, North Dakota; son of George and Helen Evelyn Olson Treatch. He married Betty Ann Gordon on May 19, 1954 in Lincoln, IL. She preceded him in death, he then married Nancy E. Curry on May 22, 1993 in Cambria CA.
Surviving Richard are his children: Richard B. (Phyllis) Treatch of Fresno, CA, Charles E. (Rhonda) Treatch of Palos Verdes Estates, CA, Marci (Douglas) Haas of Clovis, CA, and Lori (James) Erickson of Madera, CA; step-children: Gregory (Lisa) Curry of Lincoln, IL, William Jeffrey (Jackie) Curry of Lincoln, IL, Robert Curry of Lincoln, IL, and Janet Sue (Roger) Alsup of Lincoln, IL one nephew Willie; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Richard was a devoted Chicago Cubs fan.
A memorial service for Richard will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday November 18, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Ron Otto officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be given in Richard’s name to the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation
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Monday, January 28, 1929 - Saturday, November 11, 2017

Mt. Pulaski- Betty Lou Kopatz ,88, passed away at 5:36 a.m. on November 11, 2017 at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski, IL.

Betty was born on January 28, 1929 in Lincoln, IL; daughter of Theodore and Cleva (Brashear) Aderman. She married Carl Kopatz on June 18, 1966. He preceded her in death on November 15, 2016.

                Surviving Betty is her son: Rev Dr. Perry Kopatz of Phoenix, AZ; two grandchildren: Jeremy Kopatz and Christine Kopatz both of Phoenix, AZ; two great grandchildren: Peyton Rose Kopatz and Ryden Quinn Kopatz; one nephew: Don Zelle of St. Louis, MO; one niece: Deborah (Jim) Stahl of Sherman, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister: Mildred Aderman Haynes, and two aunts: Alma Bridges and Ann Brashear.

                Until age 17, she lived on the Elias Buckles farm west of Mt. Pulaski. She graduated from Buckles Grade School and Mt. Pulaski Township High School. She then graduated from Milikin University in Decatur, IL receiving a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in art and a minor in science. She took classes in Normal at the University Of Illinois and did graduate work at S.I.U. in literature and writing.

                She taught school kindergarten through eighth grade as well as art and music for grades one through six and science for grades one thought four. She taught for 20 plus years in several communities in Illinois and Prince Georges County, Maryland with poetry writings published in several anthologies.

                Betty worked one year as a district director for the Land Of Lincoln Girl Scouts and two years at The Franklin Life in Springfield, IL. She was a member of Mt. Pulaski Historical Society and the Zion Lutheran Church of Mt. Pulaski.

                Services for Betty will be 10:30 a.m. Friday November 17, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Rev. Jonathan Buescher officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service also at the church. Burial at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, IL will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Betty’s name to Zion Lutheran Church of Mt. Pulaski. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL.

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Monday, September 7, 1925 - Monday, November 6, 2017
LINCOLN - Lillian Ruth Goldberger, 92, passed away at 5:25p.m. at The Christian Village on November 6, 2017.
Ruth was born on September 7, 1925 in St. Louis, MO; daughter of Otis Conrad and Lillian (Eckberg) Moore. She was united in marriage with Rev. Arthur J. Goldberger on March 13, 1943 at Hope Lutheran Church in St. Louis, MO. He preceded her in death on October 7, 2011.
Surviving Ruth are her children: Linda Loos of Lincoln, IL, Rev. Arthur Jack (Kay) Goldberger of Bettendorf, IA, Susan Moore of Champagne, IL, Kathleen (Pete) Bishop of West Lafayette, IN, Patricia (Jim) Dermody of Monee, IL, Laura Williams of Lincoln, IL, and Nancy Goldberger of Skokie, IL; fourteen grandchildren; thirty two great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers: King, Conrad, and Edgar Moore, two sisters: Olive Moore and Jacqueline Younger.
Ruth was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln, IL where she was very active in church activities, one being she taught Sunday school for many years. She was a realtor for many years and was the President for Realtors Association of Logan County and also served as Executive Secretary. Because of her love for children, she and her husband conceived the idea of building a Christian based school that is now Zion Lutheran School.
Service for Ruth will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 10, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln with Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Burial at Zion Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Ruth’s name to Zion Lutheran Church, Zion Lutheran School, or Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.
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Sunday, February 8, 1931 - Sunday, November 5, 2017
LINCOLN - Marvin "Marv” Board 86, passed away at 10:25 p.m. on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL surrounded by his loving family.
Marvin was born on February 8, 1931 in Lincoln, IL; son of Herbert and Blanche (Miller) Board. He married Joyce Joann Anderson on July 4, 1958 in Lincoln, IL. She survives him.
Also surviving are his children: Vicki (Keith) Hasprey of Lincoln, IL, Victor Board, Scott Board, and Doug (Regina) Board all of Lincoln, IL, Jeff Board of Encino, CA; three sisters: Carol Meents, Marcie Brooks, and Alice Tuma; two brothers-in-law: Speed (Jo) Anderson and Ronnie (Nancy) Anderson; two sisters-in-law: Doris Anderson, Carol (David) Young; six grandchildren: Nathan, Nick, Katlyn, Aurora, Maya May, and Maverick. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother: Gene Board, one sister: Louise Coombs, and four brothers-in-law: Robert, Eugene "Bugs”, Larry, and Gary Anderson.
Marvin was a member of Jefferson Street Christian Church. He was an iron worker out of Local 46 Springfield, IL. for twenty-five years, and local 433 of Los Angeles, CA for ten years. He has been owner-operator of Family Custom Cleaners since 2000.
He was a member of the APA Nine Ball Wednesday Night, and Eight Ball Thursday Night Pool League as well as a member of the Eagles Lodge, Ford Antique Club, and a Golden Glove Boxer in his youth.
He loved all sports and games and traveling the world with his family. His favorite past time was building bird houses and taking care of his birds. Big R has his special mixture of bird seed "Marv’s Mix”.
Always fun loving and happy go lucky, he never met a person he did not like and was a friend to all with a big smile on his face and no heart he didn’t touch. Those who knew him would say he was one of a kind and a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was doing what he loved: building a home with his wife, daughter, son, sons-in-law, and best friend Vic, when he went to be with his Lord and Savior.
A celebration of Marvin’s life will be from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 12, 2017 at The Lincoln Eagles Lodge. Memorials may be made in Marvin’s name to:
Lincoln/Logan Food Pantry 125 North Logan St. Lincoln, IL 62656. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL. A special thanks to Dr. Laya and The Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Emergency Room and Staff.
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Wednesday, April 24, 1929 - Saturday, November 4, 2017
LINCOLN - Donna Jean Lessen, 88, passed away at 3:15 p.m. at St. Clara’s Manor on November 4, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.
Donna was born on April 24, 1929 in Lincoln, IL; daughter of Oliver William and Edna (Hilgendorf) Kromminga. She married Henry "Hank” Lessen Jr. on December 26, 1948 in Lincoln, IL. He preceded her in death on May 1, 2002.
Surviving Donna are her children: Terry (Sheila) Lessen of Lincoln, IL and Pamela (Dean) Bismark of Hennepin, IL; one brother: Oliver William Kromminga Jr. of Sacramento, CA; six grandchildren: Terry Lessen Jr., Josh Bismark, Annie Armstrong, Jeff Bismark, Matthew Fricke, and Erik Fricke. Nine great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter: Kristie Fricke, and one grandson: Scott Alan Lessen.
Donna was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where she was very active in church activities, and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #263. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, really looked forward to cousins reunion day, loved singing and playing the piano; she loved animals, and always had a furry companion.
A memorial service for Donna will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday November 11, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Rev. Roger David officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Donna’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Alzheimer’s Association, or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
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Monday, April 15, 1940 - Saturday, November 4, 2017
LINCOLN - Carolyn "Sue” S. Slater, 77, of Lincoln passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2017 in her home surrounded by her family.
Carolyn was born on April 15, 1940 in Lincoln, IL, the daughter of Jacob and Gladys (Doty) Proctor. She married Brad Slater on April 22, 1978 in Lincoln, IL, he survives.
Carolyn is also survived by her son, Tom (Teri) Perry; her daughter, Kerri (Shane Lucas) Slater; her grandchildren, Taylor, Jordan, Hayden, Hilary, Aubrey, Mary, and Ashley. Additionally, Carolyn is survived by her great-grandchildren, Landon, Tate, and Sydney.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her two sons, Randy Heinzel and Greg Slater; two sisters; and one brother.
A Celebration of Carolyn’s life will be held from 3:00-6:00P.M. on Friday, November 10, 2017 at The Knights of Columbus Hall in Lincoln. Memorial donations may be made in Carolyn’s name to her family.
Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.
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Friday, December 5, 1930 - Sunday, October 29, 2017
LINCOLN - Wayne A. Conrady, 86, of Lincoln passed away at 4:40 a.m. on October 29, 2017 at his home at Timber Creek Village, Lincoln, IL.
Wayne was born on December 5, 1930 in Lincoln, IL; son of Benjamin Franklin and Viola Ferne (McChesney) Conrady. He married Lois Elaine Paulus on October 7, 1951. She preceded him in death on July 23, 2014.
Surviving Wayne are his children: three daughters: Elaine Conrady, Lincoln; Carla (Greg) Jurgenson, Atlanta; Jan (Mark) Schleder, Green Valley; two sons: Gary (Valerie) Conrady, Lincoln; and Greg (Lisa) Conrady of Hartsburg; twelve grandchildren: Ryan (Lyndi) Alberts, Alissa (Rob) Smith, Theresa (Justin) Kegley, Leanne (Dan) Walton, Caleb (Jordan) Schleder, Sawyer, Schyler, and Sage Conrady, and Cody, Savannah, Wyatt and Shyanne Conrady; and nine great grandchildren; two brothers: Gene (Joyce) Conrady and Benjamin (Rosemary) Conrady both of Lincoln; one sister-in-law: Alice Paulus. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother: Harold (Margaret) Conrady, brother-in-law: Wilbur Paulus and son-in-law: Daniel Hayes.
Wayne graduated from Hartsburg-Emden High School, Hartsburg, IL and attended Lincoln College of which he served on the Alumni Board.
As owner-operator of Big Oak Farms and Big Oak Hunting Paradise, Wayne’s true passions were Family, Agriculture and Civics. If Wayne was not at an event with family, he was out working with livestock or raising crops, or advocating for the rural community, agriculture and natural resources. Through Wayne’s lifetime, he was a member of Lincoln Jaycees (Outstanding Young Farmer, 1964); Logan County Board (Chairman ‘82-‘86), Land of Lincoln Workforce Board (35 yrs.); Lincoln Courier Man of the Year, Lincoln Elks; Logan County Agriculture Toastmasters; Logan County Soil and Water District; Agriculture Advisor to USDA Secretary Edward Madigan; Logan County Pork Producers; Illinois Pork Producers (Pork Promoter of the Year, 2011); Annual Illinois State Fair Pork Patio Cashier; Logan County Angus Association; Illinois Angus Association Director; American Angus Association; Breeder of the Year Logan County Calf Scramble; Pheasants Forever, Quail Unlimited, and a proud NRA member.
Wayne was an active member of St. John United Church of Christ where he served on Church Council in various leadership roles.
Wayne’s love for life was fueled by his active support of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. His loyalties encompassed Hartem Stags, Lincoln Railers, Midwest Central Raiders and most recently Mt. Pulaski Bruins. Livestock shows were his summer highlight, Angus cattle and swine shows. He also enjoyed attending music programs, award ceremonies, and the Farm Progress Show to see his grandsons’ contributions to the Ag industry. Thank goodness for Face Time so he could interact with his great grandchildren who do not live locally. His greatest joy was food, fun, and laughter as he retreated with the whole family each summer in various locales.
A memorial service for Wayne will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 5, 2017, at St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln with Rev. Kenneth Kramer officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017, and one hour prior to the memorial service. Burial at Hartsburg Union Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Wayne’s name to the Logan County 4-H Foundation/Ross B. Conrady Scholarship Fund or Land of Lincoln Workforce (to provide training funds for individuals in need).
Wayne’s family would like to thank the staff of Timber Creek and Jennifer Wallace for all the care, love and support that was given to their father.
Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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