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Thomas Hormann
Doris Yelley
Robert Blattner
John Wise
Gladys Green
Arthur Billick
Joseph Schank
Donald Crisel
Margaret Gilbert
Doris McFain
Mary Schroeder
Albert Yearman
Terri Koelker
Alma Coggins
Paul Fisk
Rose Cooper


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Deborah (McClelland) Davis

Deborah (McClelland) Neely Davis has passed away and arrangements have been announced.

Deborah was a member of the Venice High School graduating Class of 1976..

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, November 25, at the Covenant Christian Assembly, 800 Bissell St., Venice. Funeral services will follow.

Serenity Memorial Chapel in St. Louis is in charge of arrangements.

Courtesy Serenity Memorial Chapel

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Rose Cooper

Rose (Ceresero) Cooper, 91 of Venice, Illinois passed away on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Stearns Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Granite City, Illinois.

Rose was born on March 14, 1926 in Collinsville, Illinois; a daughter of the late Ignacious and Mary Ceresero. Rose was a life long homemaker and of Catholic faith. Rose loved her family and always put them first. She will be remembered for her loving heart and all the special times she shared together.

Rose is survived by and will be missed by her daughter; Roseann Koelker of Venice, Illinois; her sons, Terry Cooper of Granite City, Illinois, Charles Cooper of Granite City, Illinois; 4 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Rose was preceded in death by her husband; James Cooper, whom she married on December 15, 1945 and who passed away on October 23, 2003 and her 2 sisters.

In celebration of Rose’s life, friends may call on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Clint Wisdom officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Memorials are suggested to Autism Speaks of the charity of one’s choice.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Paul Fisk

Paul LeRoy Fisk, 83, of Troy, Illinois, went to his Heavenly abode at 6:10 a.m. on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at his home with his family and friends by his side.

Paul was born January 9, 1934 in Venice, IL, the son of the late William Ernest and Ethel (Summers) Fisk. His boyhood was spent with his 9 brothers and sisters in Illinois and Missouri.

In 1952, Paul enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and proudly served his country during the Korean War on various assignments. He was thrilled to be included in a Land of Lincoln Honor Flight in 2016. Paul learned the meat cutting trade upon leaving the military, while living in California. Upon his return to home in Illinois, he continued meat cutting for 34 years and was a member of Meat Cutter’s Local # 534. He was a meat cutter for over 28 years at Schermer’s Market in Madison.

He served as a Granite City Alderman for 14 years and served on various community boards, including the board of Good Samaritan House in Granite City. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with his hunting and fishing buddies throughout the US and Canada…..his special groups of friends were those he hunted and fished with in Southern Illinois where he always felt like family. Paul was a dedicated Christian and loved God, his Country and his Family. He will be missed for his laughter, his story telling and devotion to others. Over the years, Paul opened his home to over 15 family members and friends needing a place to stay.

He is survived by his wife, Lonnie Carolyn Causey Rainwater, whom he married in May 2005. He is also survived by two daughters, Angela Holubasch (Bob), Decatur, IL, Sheila (Ray) Lewis, Troy, IL, and a son Anthony (Tammy) Rainwater; Six grandchildren: Justin (Emily) Niebruegge, Nicole Holubasch (Cole), Chad (Amber) Rainwater, Zachary (Priscilla) Rainwater, Parker (Lizzy) Lewis and Chase Lewis, and 3 great grandchildren: Noah and Lydia Niebruegge and Parker Jayne Lewis; and his extended family of brothers and sisters-in-law: Clifford and Hanin Causey, Sikeston, MO; Travis Causey, Porter, TX; and Mary Ellen (George) Brower, New Port Richey, FL; Peggy Slayden, Miami, FL; Bernie Crockarell, Glen Carbon; Jeanette Morlen, Granite City; Baxter (Donna) Crockarell, Ballwin, MO; Lennie David (Marge) Crockarell, and Patti McDaniel, Edwardsville; Billy (Linda Martin) Crockarell, Woodland Park, CO; many nieces and nephews; other extended family and wonderful church friends.

Paul married Dorothy Butler in July 1961; she preceded him in death in September of 2004.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings: two brothers John and William (Bill) Fisk; seven sisters Reva Tucker, Wanda Long, Wilma Hillman, Maxine Snell, Lorene Tassaro, Norma LaBrot, Barbara Wells, and a brother-in-law Danny Causey.

In celebration of his life, visitation was at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Friday, October 13, 2017 and continued on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:00 a.m. at the Bethalto Church of God, Route 140 and Moreland Road in Bethalto.

Reverend Allen Randolph and Reverend Shea Hughes officiating.

Burial with full military honors followed at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to the Bethalto Church of God or to Breeze Hospice and may be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Alma (Dennis) Coggins

Alma Ilene Coggins, 71, of Nason, Illinois passed away at 7:09 P.M. October 9, 2017 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. She was born April 30, 1946 in Venice, Illinois to Everett and Peggy (Amundson) Dennis.

Alma is survived by her two sons, David Coggins and wife, Stephanie and Mark and wife, Tonya; three grandchildren, Taylor Coggins, Hunter Coggins, and Shelby Coggins; significant other, Glendell Carter; two sisters, Denise Welch and husband, Craig and Marty Philippi and significant other, Alan McMurough; brother, Mike Dennis and wife, Sherry; two stepdaughters, Jody Zellers and husband, Eric and Pamela Thrash and husband, Jason; step-grandchildren, Cole Zellers, Cady Zellers, Jack Zellers, Keagon Thrash, and Karson Thrash; two nieces, Emily Welch and Michelle Dennis; and one nephew, Michael Dennis.

Alma Ilene Coggins was preceded in death by her parents.

Alma worked for World Color Press and later for Nature Trail in housekeeping. She loved mowing and doing yard work, watching various programs on television, and collecting pictures of her grandchildren.

Greeting of Family and Friends was held on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville, IL, with funeral services immedicately following with Reverend Stacy Tate and Pastor Jason Thrash officiating. Memorials are requested for the Arthritis Foundation.

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

Courtesy Hughey Funeral Home

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Terri Koelker

Terri Koelker, age 69, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at her home, with her loving family by her side. Terri was born on October 21, 1947, in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Alfred “Gene” Frith and Nadine (LeMaster) Frith.

On March 14, 1970, Terri Frith married Ralph “Bud” Koelker, the love of her life, in St. Louis, MO. Terri was a faithful member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. She also attended Tri-City Assembly of God Church and was an active member of Season Saints. She had retired as a GS 13 from the Department of Defense in St. Louis, MO as a software engineer. After retirement, Terri worked ten years for Computer Science Corporation as a system analyst. Terri enjoyed sewing, scrap booking and quilting. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Terri 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, Terri was preceded in death by her brother, Rickey Frith; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ralph and Grace Koelker; one granddaughter, Johnna; one great-grandson, Brody; sister-in-law, Marce Manning and by one brother-in-law, David Koelker.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Ralph Koelker of Granite City, IL; loving daughters, Sherrie (John) Baker of Granite City, IL, Sara (Chris) Delatte of Imperial, MO and Cassie (Mike Redden) Koelker of Granite City, IL; dear sister, Becky (Kenny) Shipp of Granite City, IL; proud granny to Sara Kate, Zachary, Jacob, Nick, Rylie, Jordan, Julie, Jack and Josephine and seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Barbara (Bob) Hahn of TX; aunt, Alma (Chuck) Buente of Granite City, IL; many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of her life, funeral services were held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL, with Rev. Barry Shepherd officiating. A funeral mass followed at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Granite City, IL, with Father Zachary Edgar officiating. Interment was in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Shriners Hospital for Children or to Siteman Cancer Center. Donations were 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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Albert G. Yearman

Albert G. Yearman, 94, formerly of Venice, passed away on Sept. 30,2017.

He was the father of Janette Yearman,Venice High School Class of 1960.


Mary Frances (Lee) Schroeder

Mary Frances “Franny” (nee Lee) Schroeder was fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, on Friday, September 29, 2017.

Beloved wife of Donald Schroeder; loving mother of Ann (Justin) Ehnert and Michael (Alissa) Schroeder; dearest grandmother of Madeline and Grace Ehnert; dear sister of Jack (Vandy) Lee and Peggy Lee; dear step- mother, step-grand- mother, sister-in-law, aunt, great-aunt, cousin, teacher and friend to many.

She was the daughter of the late Dr. John E. and Margaret Lee.

Mary Frances graduated from St. Mark School in 1963 and attended a private high school.

Mary Fran spent her career at her second home, Nerinx Hall. She developed numerous young women as a math teacher and athletic director.

Visitation will be at Annunciation Catholic Church, 12 West Glendale Rd., Saturday, October 7, 9 a.m. until the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Private interment.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sisters of Loretto, Nerinx, KY.

Kutis Funeral Home in Affton was in charge of arrangements..

Her obituary can be read online at the funeral home web site.

Courtesy Kutis Funeral Home

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Doris June McFain

Doris June McFain, age 89, of Granite City, IL, passed away Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Anderson Hospital, Maryville, IL. Doris was born on January 28, 1928 in Dover, OH, a daughter of the Louis and Lydia (Ferris) Heintz.

Doris proudly served her country in the United States Air Force. She had worked at Venice High School and St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City, IL as a registered nurse. She had retired from the U.S. Government, Department of the Army, where she worked in the clerical department. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Doris 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, Doris was preceded in death by her husband, William E. McFain, one daughter, Maureen McFain-Bailey and by her brother, Robert Heintz

She is survived by her loving children, Vicki Shope of Cottleville, MO, Roger (Deborah) McFain of East Alton, IL, Billie Jean Moore of TX and Dana (Karen) McFain of Greenwood, AR; proud grandmother to Jeffrey (Mary) Shope, Alex Shope, Kelsey Shope, Katie (Richard) Taylor, Kelli McFain, Adam McFain, Andrew Bailey, Lucas Bailey, Autumn Rainey, Ashley Rainey and Tammy Kelly; proud great-grandmother to four great-grandchildren; her son-in-law, Norm Bailey extended family and many friends.

Visitation was held on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Granite City, IL, where in celebration of her life, funeral services followed with Rev. Henry Crippen officiating. Interment will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri. Military honors will be conducted by the United States Air Force.

Memorial donations may be given to Granite City A.P.A. 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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Margaret A. Gilbert

Margaret A. Gilbert, 88 of Troy, Illinois passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family.

Margaret was born on October 25, 1928 in Venice, Illinois; a daughter of the late William and Roxanna Mae (Babel) Downs. Margaret was a manager and cashier at National Stock Yards and Miss Hullings in St. Louis. Margaret enjoyed watching wrestling on TV and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was known by her generous giving heart and all the special times she shared with her family and friends.

Margaret is survived by and will be missed by her children; Brenda Cortner of Troy, Illinois, Randy “Butch” Gilbert Sr. (Tammy Brouhard) of Edwardsville, Kansas; her grandchildren, Angie (Donnie) Arban, Greg (Melissa) Cortner, Kim (Adam) Stellhorn, Jennifer Gilbert (Chris), Carla Gilbert (Johnny), Randy (Monica) Gilbert Jr.; her great-grandchildren, Anestassia, Samantha (Adam), Donnie (Ashley), Skiler, Jonathan, Chloe, Gavin, Jeffrey, Sarah, Mackenzze, Dawson, Gracie, Isabelle, Trinity, Olivia, Drew; great-great-grandchildren, Peyton, Presley.

In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her daughter; Marjorie McFarland; her brothers, William Downs II, Bud Downs, Eugene Downs, Carl Downs; her sisters, Lorraine Rodriguez, Dolores Schoch, Bernice Townzen, Esther Borkowski, Pauline Resman, Shirley Downs, Wilma Downs.

In celebration of Margaret’s life, friends gathered on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 followed by a the service with Pastor Charles West officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, Illinois.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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Donald Maurice Crisel

Donald Maurice Crisel, 85, of Granite City, IL passed away at 9:31 a.m. Tues. Sept. 5, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born Jan. 7, 1932 in Venice, IL to the late Harold & Lucille (Allen) Crisel.

He and Donna Cook were married Aug. 29, 1984 in Mountain Home, AR. She survives in Granite City.

Don served in the U.S. Airforce from 1950 – 1962 and later retired from Granite City Steel after more than 25 years of service. He was a member of the Scottish Rite Valley Southern Illinois, Ainad Shrine, Emeth Masonic Lodge #1030, and a life member of Concorde Lodge #42 – Paris, France, AMVETS Post #51 and VFW Post #1300.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by 3 daughters: Donna K. (Roger) Robertson of Warrensburg, MO, Kimberly (Jeff) May of Decatur, IL and Debbie (Jason) Thomas of Carbondale, IL; 2 sons: Bruce Crisel of KY and Jimmy (Danielle) Pfeifer of MI; 10 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; a brother: Joe Sobczak of Alton, IL; 2 sisters: Ramona Burnett of Granite City and Marsha Horton of Houston, TX; and his special family: Tim & Linda Pappas.

Visitation and services were at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory. Burial followed at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children.

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

Courtesy Wojstrom Funeral Home

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Joseph Schank

Joseph Schank, 57, formerly of Venice, passed away on August 21,2017, in Naples, FL, where he was living.

Hurricane Irma has made getting information very difficult, but this obituary will be updated as more details become available.

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Arthur G. Billick

Arthur George "Binky" Billick, 64, of Madison, passed away at 8:05 a.m. Monday, September 4, 2017 at his home.

Born Jan. 16, 1953 in Granite City, he was the only child of John and Rose (LeCompte) Billick. He married Linda Parker in Granite City, and she survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Melinda Carnahan of Granite City; three sons, Michael (Amber) Billick and Richard Carnahan, all of Granite City, and Johnathn (Darcus) Billick of Litchfield, IL; 9 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory where services will be held at 6 p.m.

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

Courtesy Wojstrom Funeral Home

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Gladys Green

Gladys Lorraine Green, 85, died Sept. 2, 2017.

She was born on May 6, 1932, in Venice.

Graveside services were held in the Glen Carbon City Cemetery on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

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

Courtesy Irwin Chapel

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John R. Wise

John Raymond Wise, 57, of Pontoon Beach, Ill., formerly of Venice, Ill., born on September 10, 1959 in Venice, Ill., passed away at 6:06 p.m. Thursday, Augusts 24, 2017 at Gateway Regional Hospital ER, Granite City, Ill.

John was in the Marine Corps from 1978 to 1984. He worked as a dock supervisor at Conway Motor Freight and was a chauffeur for 22 years and retired in 2015. John loved to ride his Harley in his free time.

Preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Sue Swaringim, whom he married on August 25, 1979 in Glover, Mo.; and his parents, John Wise and Martha Gibson.

Surviving him are his children, John (Alicia) Wise Jr. of Potosi, Mo., Stacey Wise of Pontoon Beach, Samantha (Fiancee, Matthew Parsons) Wise of Potosi, Mo. and Amber (special friend, Collin Spier) Hammond of Alton, Ill.; Cindy Lankford of Pontoon Beach; sisters, Theresa Wise and Patricia Wise of Alton; grandchildren, Justin Wise, Tayler Hancock, Allyce Hammond, Johnny Wise, Aiden Hanebrenk, Bentley and Landon Parsons and Emmett Spier; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, "Liza-Jane".

In lieu of flowers please send memorials to Breast Cancer Research.

Visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, August 28, 2017 at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home, Granite City. Funeral services will be held at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at the funeral home, with Rev. Henry Crippen officiating.

Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at the Legacy.com web site.

Courtesy Thomas Saksa Funeral Home

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Robert Blattner

Robert F. Blattner, of Waterloo, IL formerly of Granite City, IL, born on January 14, 1925, died August 15, 2017 in Waterloo, IL with his family by his side.

He is survived by his children, Robert (Kathy) Blattner Jr, Barbara (Jon) Sloan, Dr. John (Kathy) Blattner, and Paul (Jahnne Kae) Blattner; grandchildren Shawn Ard, Brooke Blattner, Ryan (Lauren) Ard, Lisa (Chris) Uribe, Angela Blattner, Michael Blattner, Ashley (Trey) Burris, Sarah (Mike) Utz and John Blattner Jr; great grandchildren Allyson, Claire and Macy Ard, Carson Uribe, Lily Burris, Hank and Colt Utz.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Erma (nee Zentgraf) Blattner, his parents, John and Anna (nee Weber) Blattner, three brothers Matt, John and Joe Blattner and three sisters Barbara Robb, Anna Kattenbraker and Elizabeth Sagartz.

Robert was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Waterloo, IL, a member of the American Legion and an officer in the U.S. Navy in WWII. He was a retired teacher having taught school in Granite City and Venice, IL for 33 years.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 522 S Church Street, Waterloo, IL 62298

There will be no visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo, IL.

Graveside burial will be private.

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

Courtesy Quernheim Funeral Home

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Doris (Griffin) Yelley

Doris Ellen (Griffin) Yelley of Arcadia, MO passed away August 15, 2017 at her residence at the age of 68.

She was born November 8, 1948 in Granite City, IL a daughter of Ted and Delores Zeigler Griffin.

Doris is survived by three children, Melba and husband Tony Crisp of Arcadia, Tracy Whited and companion Maria of Paris, TN, Christine Yelley and Nick Smith of Paris, TN; two brothers, Joe and wife Eileen Griffin of Edwardsville, IL, Virgil and wife Mary Griffin of Belleview, MO, a sister-in-law Ann Griffin of Granite City, IL and one sister Theresa and husband Ted Crawford of Ironton, MO, ten grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and three more on the way.

Preceding Doris in death are two children, David Fudge, Sr. and Virginia Yelley, one brother Melvin Griffin, and one sister Kathy Ellsworth of Litchfield, IL.

A life celebration was held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 12 pm from the Cole Family Chapel, where the visitation began at 11 am. Ted Crawford officiated at the services.

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

Courtesy Cole Family Funeral Home

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Thomas H. Hormann

Thomas Henry Hormann, 78, passed away 8:15 p.m. Sunday, July 30, 2017, at his residence.

He was born March 23, 1939, in Venice, Illinois, to William D. and Grace (Hackney) Hormann who have passed away. He is also preceded in death by a brother, Herbert ‘Sonny’ and a sister-in-law, Patsy.

He served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1959 to 1962 and was a member of American Legion Post 127 in Murphysboro.

He had worked as a factory worker for a shoe company.

Tom was an avid Cardinals fan and loved to be outside. His hobbies included playing golf and fishing.

Survivors include two brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Linda Hormann of Sullivan, Missouri, and Chuck and Tammy Hormann of Bartlett, Tennessee; a sister and brother-in-law, Shadyann and Eugene Callahan of Rolla, Missouri; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins including T. C. Schaefer.

A memorial graveside service with military rites, provided by American Legion Post 127, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, in Walker Hill Cemetery, Grand Tower.

Memorials are the preferred form of remembrance and may be made to American Kidney Fund.

Meredith Funeral Home Chapel in Grand Tower assisted the family with arrangements.

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

Courtesy Meredith Funeral Home Chapel

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