June Engel Eimermann
June Engel Eimermann, 92, of Bloomington passed away at 7:10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 at Luther Oaks in Bloomington.
A private celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are being handled by Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington.
June was born on June 29, 1920 in Seymour, Wis., the daughter of Edward Frederick and Clara Arndt Engel. She married Edward Eimermann on June 25, 1943 in Milwaukee. He passed away in 2008.
Surviving are a son Tom (Kathy) Eimermann, Bloomington, two grandchildren, Jill (Dave) Dimitri, Bloomington and Tim (Sheri) Eimermann, Homen, Wis., and five great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister Marion. Her father was killed during an accident while building a bridge over the Mississippi River when June was 7 years old. She and her sister were raised first in Seymour and later in Milwaukee by a single mother who worked as a seamstress.
June graduated from Wisconsin State Teacher’s College which is currently UW Milwaukee. She taught first grade. June and Ed lived most of their married life in the Milwaukee area before moving to Bloomington in 1999 to live closer to their son.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Evergreen Village and Luther Oaks for the caring environment they provided for her. Please view the obituary and share your condolences and memories online at www.calvertmemorial.com.
Robert E. Peddicord
Robert E. Peddicord, 91, of Normal passed away at 4:43 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at Meadows Mennonite Home in Meadows, Ill.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington with Rev. Kurt Flora officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the memorial home. Interment will be in Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington with military rites being accorded by the Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to the McLean County Alzheimer's Association.
Robert was born Aug. 26, 1921 in Normal the son of Leland C and Ruth (Shields) Peddicord. He married Irene Anderson on July 18, 1942 in St. Louis Mo, She preceded him in death on July 24, 2008.
He is survived by one daughter, Debby (Fred) Schoening of Towanda Ill.; one grandson Aric (Corina) Schoening of Bloomington and one grandaughter, Trudi (Dan Day) Schoening of Streamwood Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Irene and one brother, William Peddicord.
He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, stationed in the Philippines. Robert worked for the Chicago & Alton GM&O and the Illinois Central Gulf Railroads for 43 years, 1938-1981, serving as a conductor.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing golf. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Bears Fan. Robert will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.
Online condolences can be made to the family at kiblerbradyruestman.com
Don Roger Robinson
Don Roger Robinson, 70, of Bloomington, died at 8:40 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at his home.
His memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomington, with Rev. Vaughn Hoffman officiating. Private family interment will take place at a later date in Texas. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Thursday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4464, Houston, Texas 77210-4464 or to the Wesley United Methodist Church Youth Fund.
He was born July 17, 1942 in Warrensburg, Mo. He married Sandra Wright on Sept. 6, 1969 at Baton Rouge, La. She survives.
Also surviving are a son, David W. Robinson of Opelousas, La. and a brother, Max A. (Carlene) Robinson of Knoxville, Tenn. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Don earned his Master's of Business Administration at the University of Texas and his doctorate of Business Administration at Louisiana State University. He was a professor in the College of Business at Illinois State University for 34 years. Don was a member of various professional organizations, the Kodaroamers Camera Club and Wesley United Methodist Church. He was a former chess coach at University High School and a former USA Swim Official.
Thelma “Gladys” Sharp
Thelma “Gladys” Sharp, 93, of Chatsworth will be spending New Years in heaven with her beloved husband. She passed away at 11:25 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 at OSF St. James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac.
Funeral services for Gladys will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at Chatsworth United Methodist Church. Rev. Ivy Silas will officiate. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service on Friday at the church. Burial will follow services at Brenton Township Cemetery in rural Piper City. Memorials may be made to the Chatsworth United Methodist Church. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling arrangements for the family.
Gladys was born to Andrew and Emily Isabel Ford on Feb. 21, 1919 in Chatsworth. She married the love of her life, Carl Sharp, on Aug. 13, 1938. Together they spent the next 73 years showing the world what “happily ever after” really means.
Gladys spent her entire life surrounded by people who loved her. She is survived by her three sons; Gene Sharp of Chatsworth, Don Sharp and his wife Eleanor of Mt. Pulaski, Ill. and Rick Sharp and Dana Spies of Champaign, Ill.; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was also survived by her sisters Velma and Dorothy, and her brother Clinton.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl; her brother, Floyd; her sister, Hazel; and her grandson, Eric Carl.
Gladys was a very busy farm wife assisting with farm duties and raising 3 boys. For a time before Don was born, they also raised a nephew, Alan. She had a large garden and no girls, so the responsibility primarily fell on her shoulders. She canned, froze and preserved vast amounts of food each year. She also had the responsibility for 1,000 chickens. Many a family member enjoyed fried chicken, raised on this farm.
In her spare time, she enjoyed paint by number kits, crocheting afghans, and embroidered quilt squares for quilts jointly made by herself and sister-in-laws, Mildred, Jessie, and Madie. She also enjoyed bowling.
In 1993, Gladys and Carl retired from farming and moved to town. During retirement you would find her daily working on her crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles which adorned many of the walls in her home.
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