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Patty Paskus
Gerald Mann
Harold Wiesehan
Frank Bartlett
William McGarrahan
"Skip" Smith
Emily Bone


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Emily (Lanham) Bone

Emily Bone, age 81, of Poplar Bluff, MO, formerly of Venice, IL, passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Southeast Health Hospital, Cape Girardeau, MO. Emily was born on May 12, 1938 in Venice, IL, a daughter of the late Fred Lanham and Daisey (Randall) Lanham.

On June 18, 1955, Emily Lanham married Harley Bone, the love of her life in Granite City, IL. Harley passed away on July 24, 2001. Emily was a former member of Tri-City Assembly of God in Granite City, IL.

She had worked in the cafeteria as a cook for Mitchell School in Granite City, IL, for many years. Emily loved cleaning, and her home was always spotless. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and she always held a special place in her heart for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Emily loved life, she loved to laugh, but most of all she loved her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents and husband, Emily was preceded in death by her sisters, Doris, Zelma, Freida and Vivian; and by a great-granddaughter, Kylie Powell.

Emily is survived by her loving sons, Harlan (Donna) Bone of Granite City, IL and Michael (Linda) Bone of Poplar Bluff, MO; dear brother, William Lanham of Clearwater, FL; proud grandmother to Michael B. Bone of Poplar Bluff, MO and Cassidy (Paul) Powell of Van Buren, MO; proud great-grandmother to Madison, Bryden and Addiley Powell; step-grandchildren, Monica, Derek, Marissa, Darren and Mallory; nieces, nephews, extended family and many dear friends.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, at the funeral home with Pastor Barry Shepherd officiating. Emily will be laid to rest next to Harley at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Charles "Skip" Smith

Charles E. “Skip” Smith Jr., 71 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Barnes Jewish Hospital.

Skip was born on April 28, 1948 in Granite City; the son of the late Charles E. and Deloris (Broyles) Smith Sr. Skip was a carpenter for Granite City Carpenters Union 633. He was a member of the Granite City American Legion and a lifetime member of Granite City D.A.V. Skip proudly served his country, volunteering for service in the United States Marine Corps, serving in the Vietnam War. Skip enjoyed his days of watching the news and spending time with his family. Skip will be remembered for the love of his family and all the special times they shared together.

Skip is survived by and will be missed by his wife, Linda (Ballhorn) Smith, whom he married on July 20, 1968; son, Jason (Stacie) Smith of Granite City; grandchildren, Josh Niles, Jacob Niles-Smith, Patricia Niles-Smith, Nathaniel Niles-Smith; nieces, Stacy Kneedler, Christine Collins, Julie Dean; nephew, Clayton Nowicki and many other nieces, nephews and other close family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Skip was preceded in death by his son; John C. Smith; brother, William Smith; sister, Sue Nowicki.

Visitation will be held on Monday, November 11, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Skip’s life, services will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Henry Crippen officiating.

Burial will follow with full military rites at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested to the family.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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    William McGarrahan

William “Bill” J. McGarrahan, age 92, of Granite City, IL, formerly of Venice, IL, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2019, at Anderson Hospital, Maryville, IL. He was born on Nov. 10, 1926.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road, Glen Carbon, IL.

In celebration of his life, a funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Granite City, IL, with Father Jeff Holtman officiating.

Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Honor Flight of Greater St. Louis. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Frank Bartlett

Frank Edward Bartlett Jr. age 75, of Springfield, Mo, died Thursday, October 17, 2019 in his home.

He was born on Sept. 4, 1944, and was a graduate from Venice High School in 1962 and is survived by his wife, Mary Margaret (Caruso) Bartlett, who was a VHS 1964 graduate.

Frank is also survived by brothers Jeryy Bartlett (VHS Class of 1965) and Clint Guffey (VHS Class of 1969) and a sister, Cindy (Guffey) VanBuskirk (VHS Class of 1973).

Frank will be cremated and no formal services are planned, under the direction of Walnut Lawn Funeral Home Ltd., DeGraffenreid-Wood Crematory.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy Walnut Lawn Funeral Home

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Harold Wiesehan

Harold L. Wiesehan, 89, of Granite City, IL passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2019, at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

The St. Louis native was born February 5, 1930, son of the late Edward and Lillian (nee Eugea) Wiesehan. He married the former Gladys C. Gray on April 7, 1956, in St. Louis who survives in Granite City.

He retired in 1995 from Spectrulite Consortium after 44 years of dedicated service as a quality control manager. He served in the Korea Era as Sgt. in the Air Force. He was a dedicated and faithful member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City.

In addition to his beloved wife of 63 years, he is survived by his children, Linda (Steven) Gray of Wildwood, MO, Kenneth (Jacklyn) Wiesehan of Glen Carbon and Mark (Pam) Wiesehan of Granite City; eight grandchildren, Lauren (Zach) Solomon, Colleen Gray, Breanne (Adam) Leach, Becca Wiesehan, Rachel Wiesehan, Noelle (Jake) Cottrell, Brett Wiesehan, and Carlie (Dustin) Young; five great grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Donald (Nell) Wiesehan and David Wiesehan.

In addition to his beloved parents, he was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Alicia Gray and Bryan Wiesehan as well as brother, Edward Wiesehan.

Memorials may be made to Foundation of Infant Resources (S.I.D.S.), 1120 South Sixth, St. Louis, MO or to Susan G. Komen Foundation (komen.org) and may be accepted at the funeral home.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home, 2205 Pontoon Road, Granite City on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 4-8 p.m. Visitation will continue at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Church, 2606 Washington Ave., in Granite City with Fr. Jeff Holtman officiating.

Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Glen Carbon.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy Thomas Saksa Funeral Home

(For informational purposes only)


    Gerald "Jerry" Mann

Gerald Oliver "Jerry" Mann, passed away on Wesnesday, Aug. 28, 2019. He was 77.

Jerry was born February 13, 1942 in Antlers, Oklahoma. He had been a resident of Ben Wheeler since 2012, formerly living in Winnsboro and Grand Prairie.

He worked in communications as a computer technician for many years, and belonged to American Legion 340 in Winnsboro. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 8 years, receiving numerous awards and medals. He was a talented musician, playing the bass guitar since the age of 13.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Troy and Ethel (Sugg) Mann, and brothers, Roger Mann and Leroy Mann.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Opal (Hyden) Mann of Ben Wheeler; four children and their spouses, Victoria & Mike Downs of Rockwall, Frank & Nancy Parker of Missouri, Stephanie & Brian Hutchison of North Carolina, and James Mann of Florida; three brothers, Travis Mann, Clifford Mann and wife, Hazel, and Charlie Mann and wife, Karen; eight grandchildren, Danielle, Taylor, Matthew, Jessica, Haylee, Kyle, Tory, and Jack; and two great-grandchildren, Amelia and Adalyn.

Jerry's wife, Opal, was a 1961 graduate of Venice High School.

A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy Hilliard Funeral Home

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Patty (Duboise) Paskus

Patricia “Patty” (Duboise) Paskus, 64 of Pontoon Beach, IL passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019 at her home.

Patty was born on December 8, 1954 in St. Louis, MO; the daughter of the late Luther and Maddie (Clubb) White.

She was a homemaker, mom and grandma who adored her family, especially her grandchildren, who she loved to babysit. Patty will be remembered for the love of her family and all the special times they shared together.

Patty is survived by and will be missed by her children; Stacy Pruett (Gary Gabbard) of Granite City, Melanie Salmon (Robert Greco) of Granite City, Vince Paskus (Cara Paoli) of Granite City; grandchildren, Austin, Makayla, Garret, Eastin, Emberly; great-granddaughter, Loni Mae; special sister, Margaret; brothers, Eddie, Curt, Tony, Bob and Charles; sisters, Donna, Catherine, Liz, Debra, Barbara, Judy, Connie and Sandy in addition to many nieces, nephews and close family members and friends.

In celebration of Patty’s life, visitation will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a funeral service at 7:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Memorial donations are suggested to the family.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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