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Roger Glasper
Charles Fisk Jr.
Ramona MaGee
James Davis
Darell Buie
Marie Whaley
Gary Woods
Samuel Shambro
Harold Milton

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Harold Milton    

Harold “Smokey” Milton, 58, of Memphis, TN, passed away on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.

Born on April 15, 1964, Milton is a U.S. military veteran.

He was a graduate with the Class of 1982 of Venice High School.

A funeral for Milton will be held at St.John’s Missionary Baptist Church, 230 Warren St., Boston, MA, on Friday, December 2, 2022.

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    Samuel Shambro Jr.

Samuel J. Shambro Jr., 86 of Granite City, IL, passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Sam was born on Tuesday, November 19, 1935 in Venice, IL, the son of the late Samuel and Angela (Butch) Shambro.

Sam worked in the shipping and receiving department at Laclede Steel and South West Steel and proudly served his country in the Missouri Army National Guard Reserves. He was a faithful member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City, a member of the Tri City Knights of Columbus and a member of the Italian American Club. In his free time, Sam enjoyed his days working crossword puzzles, Sudoku puzzles and playing fantasy baseball. He liked sitting outside and especially loved spending time with his family. Sam will be remembered for the love of his family and all the special times they shared together.

He graduated from Venice High School with the Class of 1953.

Sam is survived by and will be missed by his wife; Barbara (Kutzera) Shambro, whom he married on October 12, 1963; children, Ken (Laura) Shambro of Bridgeton, MO, Julie (Scott) Norman of Galva, IL, Ron (Heather) Shambro of Tuscaloosa, AL, Kathleen (Joe) Kleinschmidt of Edwardsville, IL; grandchildren, Allison (Vince) Coiro, Brian (Chrissy) Shambro, Maria Shambro, Sarah Norman, Sasha Norman, Hannah Shambro, Molly Shambro, Claire Shambro, Holden Shambro, Reece Kleinschmidt, Adam Kleinschmidt, Samuel Kleinschmidt; great-grandchildren, Louis Coiro and Ambrose Coiro; and brother, Bill (Afton) Shambro of Belleville, IL.

In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded in death by his sisters, Patricia Ann Niles, Anna Shambro; brothers, James T. Shambro and Richard Shambro.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Samuel’s life, funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 2300 Pontoon Road in Granite City with Fr. Alfred Tumwesigye officiating.

Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorial donations are suggested for masses.

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

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Gary Lee Woods    

Gary L. Woods, 74 of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at his home.

He was a 1968 graduate of Venice High School.

Gary was born on Monday, May 17, 2022 in St. Louis, Missouri; the son of the late Richard and Joyce (Queen) Woods.

He was a former member of Granite City Church of God and a member of Johnson Road General Baptist Church in Granite City where he served as an ordained deacon. Gary proudly served his country in the United States Navy in the Vietnam War and was an operator for Caprice Sun in Granite City. Gary enjoyed his days of going to church and serving his Lord and was always willing to help anyone in need. Gary will be remembered for the love of the Lord and all the special times he shared with his family and friends.

Gary is survived by his wife; Linda (Watson) Woods, whom he married on September 19, 1968 in Venice, Illinois; son, Brad Woods of Granite City, Illinois; daughter, Angie Woods of Wood River, Illinois; brother, James Woods of Granite City, Illinois; his 2 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; his dear friend for over 40 years; Larry Blankley of Granite City, Illinois and many other church family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his sister, Debbie Young.

Visitation will be held on Monday, October 31, 2022 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of Gary’s life, visitation will continue on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the services at 10:30 a.m. at Johnson Road Baptist Church, 2033 Johnson Road in Granite City with Pastor Larry Blankley officiating.

Burial will follow with full military rites at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. Memorial donations are suggested to Johnson Road Baptist Church.

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

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Marie "Peewee" (Shambro) Whaley

Marie Irene “Peewee” Whaley, 95, of Glen Carbon and formerly of Edwardsville and Granite City passed away at 11:56 a.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon.

She was born August 15, 1927 in Venice, Illinois, a daughter of the late Anthony and Alice (Siatta) Shambro.

Marie graduated with the Class of 1944 from Venice High School.

She married Edward Glennon Whaley on August 6, 1951 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Venice and he passed away October 23, 2020.

She retired in 1986 from the Department of Defense after 35 years of dedicated service. She was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church. She volunteered many years with several organizations including St. Elizabeth Hospital, Cahokia Mounds and for John Shimkus. She and her husband enjoyed many years of traveling the world and she enjoyed her days of cooking and spending time with her family.

She is survived by five children and their spouses, Lynn and Paul Wuebbels of St. Louis, Mark and Lynne Whaley of Palm Springs, California, Michael and Jane Whaley of Branson, Missouri, George and Karen Whaley of Highland, Illinois and Joseph and Theresa Whaley of Edwardsville, Illinois; eleven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a sister, Josie Johnisee of Glen Carbon; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Annie, Maggie and Rosie.

In celebration of her life, a memorial visitation will be at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2606 Washington Avenue in Granite City on Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until time of a Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. with Father Steven Thompson officiating.

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

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Darell Buie

Darell Gordon Buie 52, departed this life on Friday October 14, 2022. He was born on December 24, 1969.

He graduated from Venice High School with the class of 1987.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 3, 2022. Funeral Services will follow at 10 a.m. at the Abundant Faith Christian Center, 2525 Taylor Ave., Springfield, IL

Interment will be in Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

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

Courtesy of Ruby Funeral Services

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James "Jim" Davis    

James “Jim” Edward Davis, 88 of Rosewood Heights passed away peacefully on October 5th, 2022 at home, surrounded by his family.

Our one of a kind Dad was born in rural Taskee, MO on a beautiful spring and fire-fly lit night on June 19th, 1934 in an old family home way upon a hill. He was born to Cushman and Rose (Schiller) Davis. He was the baby of the family and had four siblings: Catherine Davis Robbins, William “Bill” Davis, Richard Davis and Joseph Davis.

He grew up a country kid from Arkansas and was very proud of it. After graduating from Saint Paul Catholic High School in Pocahontas, Arkansas in 1954 he enlisted in the United States Army. After his 4 years of service he studied and graduated through the GI Bill from Arkansas State University/Jonesboro. He then began his career in construction engineering and management working for the Arkansas Highway Dept. He always considered his beloved Pocahontas his hometown and heart.

After relocating to Illinois in 1964 he continued his career at Laclede Steel, United Design & Engineering and Adco Systems. Eventually retiring from his construction trade, he then established, owned and operated JD’s Western Wear in Godfrey, IL for 26 years. He loved music, especially country, and bought his first guitar at age 12 and taught himself to play becoming an excellent player and singer.

He was an avid reader & deep thinker who knew history and historical events with remarkable accuracy. He was also a lover of nature and always appreciated the beauty and the wonder of a colorful sunset, a nest of baby birds and a beautiful spring day. He loved sitting in the sunshine and having a good conversation. He had a stubbornness that was legend yet wonderful as he never gave up easily on his own ideas, beliefs or anything that he set out to do.

On Feb 9th 1956, he married our mother the late Elvera Burges Davis. They shared 58 years of marriage and raising children: Jim Davis, DeeAnn Titsworth, Janet (Tim) Cox, Linda Davis, Mike Davis, Karen (Steve) Catt, Jeannie (David) Stratton, Joe (Tammy) Davis, Patti (Steve) Snyder, Susie (Mark) Marburger, Tom Davis and Tim (Laura) Davis.

His babies John, Danny and Beth and Son-in-Law Sam Titsworth and granddaughter Melissa Titsworth all preceded him in death.

To him the only thing better than his kids were the grandkids who he loved dearly: Michael (Amanda), Chris (Jessica), Mandy (Drew), Carrie (Cody), Megan (Nick), Steve, Matt, Tim (Kayla), Brittany (Alex), Haleigh (Travis), Brooke, Caiden, Mason, Alyssa, Everly, Maddy, Luka, Jazzelyn, Eland, Nolan, Presley, Janessa, Alayna and Parker.

He had three best friends, who like himself, were generations of greatness: Buzz Calhoon, Finton Baltz and his big brother Bill Davis. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews and his most loyal friend, his Shih tzu Daisy.

We would like to thank BJC Hospice, his nurse Leona and his at home caregiver, Judy for their wonderful care and kindness.

We will miss our Dad very much. We are comforted knowing that when he left us he was met by our Mother, the babies he’s always missed, his parents, his siblings, other loved family members and his many friends from years gone bye. We wholeheartedly believe we will see him again one day. We love you Dad.

Per his wishes the family will have a private interment and will hold a celebration of life gathering to be announced at a later date. Memorials can be made to Partners For Pets 9136 Lower Marine Road, St. Jacob, IL 62281 as Dad always wanted every dog and cat to have a good home.

Paynic Home for Funerals entrusted with professional services.

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

Courtesy of Paynic Home for Funerals

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Ramona (Allen) Magee

Ramona (Allen) Magee, 76, of Piggott, Arkansas, passed away September 9, 2022, at Corning Therapy & Living Center in Corning, Arkansas.

She was born on January 20, 1946, in Pollard, Arkansas, and was the daughter of Denver and Rosa (Conley) Allen.

Ramona was united in marriage to Gary Magee on June 14, 1963.

She was preceded in death by her father, Denver Robert Allen; mother, Rosa Leoma Allen; brothers, Fred and Larry Allen.

Ramona was raised in Pollard and Venice, Illinois.

She began working selling advertisements for the Piggott Banner and later worked many years for Gossards. She also worked as an Officer in the banking industry for over 20 years and was Social Activities Director for the Piggott Nursing Home. In later years she was elected City Clerk for the City of Piggott, serving the community for 10 years. Alongside her husband, she owned and operated Magee Auction and Realty for over 50 years.

She enjoyed trail riding, rodeos, and riding horses. She loved spending time with family on yearly beach vacations and enjoyed traveling the country and especially her trip to Europe. Her family will remember her fabulous cooking they enjoyed over the years, especially her dumplings and green beans.

Ramona is survived by her husband, Gary Magee of Piggott, Arkansas; son, Barry Neil Magee of Goshen, Arkansas; three daughters, Leean Magee Mann of Piggott, Arkansas, Tina Lynn Case and husband Scott of Little Rock, Arkansas, Tracey Elizabeth Mallard and husband Greg of Charlottesville, Virginia; thirteen grandchildren, Kevin Mann, Morgan Thrash, Garrett Magee, Brandon Mann, Caitlin Shemin, Carson Case, Jessica Mallard, Peyton Mann, Nate Mallard, Reese Magee, Ryker Case, Riley Magee, and MaKenzie Magee; twelve great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

A memorial service followed a visitation which were held Sunday, September 11, 2022, at the Hoggard & Sons Chapel in Piggott, Arkansas, with Bro. Jerry Morgan officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Brown, Chuck Bridges, Gary Dunlap, Jim Rogers, Dave Harrell, and Ronnie Cole. Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home of Piggott, Arkansas, is in charge of the arrangements.

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

Courtesy of Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home

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Charles Ernest Fisk Jr.

Charles Ernest Fisk, Jr., 86, passed away on Friday, morning, August 12, 2022 at his home in Granite City, Illinois. He was born October 28, 1935, in North Venice, Illinois, to the late Charles Ernest Fisk, Sr. and Alma Marie (Couch) Fisk.

He married Mary Margaret “Peggy” Peach on January 28, 1956, and they recently shared their 66th anniversary together.

Charlie worked for National Auto Parts in Granite City. He began working at Granite City Steel in May 1955, holding various jobs as a pipefitter, millwright, working for the lab in the hot strip, then the North Plant Lab as a DMQC contour tester #6 Galvanizer, leading to the position as a Crew Coordinator in March 1995. He retired from National Steel on January 1, 1998.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Michael and DeAnna Fisk of Pontoon Beach, James and Barb Fisk of Brighton and William Fisk of Granite City; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Michael and Rindy Fisk, Christopher Fisk, Jason and Stacy Fisk, Stacie and Kevin Perigo, Jamie Fisk, Crystal and Robert Schone, William and Tiffany Fisk, Jr. and Jennifer and Jonathon Hardwick; thirteen great grandchildren, Azriel Fisk, Jaxson Fisk, Raegan Barton, Taylor Oehlecker, Hannah Perigo, Kaitlynn Perigo, Chastity Schone, Bobbie Jean Schone, Lillyanna Schone, ReAnna Fisk, Joel Hernandez, Shae Lindsey and Taylor Lindsey; a great granddaughter expected in October; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Marion and Marge Fisk and Bryce and Juanita Fisk; two sisters, Ruth Swain and Carol Sullivan; two sisters-in-law, Thelma Fisk and Barbara Ann Pereira; along with several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Fisk.

Per his wishes, no services will be held. Cremation services provided by Irwin Chapel in Granite City, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Courtesy of Irwin Chapel

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Roger Glasper

Roger Glasper was born on April 6, 1955 to Allen and Amanda Glasper in Saint Louis, Missouri. Roger peacefully transitioned on Sunday, August 7, 2022, surrounded by his loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Roger, also known as “G-Man”, was baptized and served as a Deacon at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Madison, Illinois.

Roger was educated in the Madison School System and graduated High School in 1973 with honors. Roger played football, baseball, basketball, and he participated in the band. He also attended Sanford Brown College. He was employed with Nestle’, Monsanto, Illinois Secretary of State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Division, and Mallinckrodt.

Roger was united in Holy Matrimony with Ramona Washington, and to this union one son, Roger Emmanuel, was born. Roger was a devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. Roger was an avid golfer and BBQ pitmaster. He also was a coach for Joe Willie Roberts Youth Club. Roger coached football, baseball, and basketball. He also served as a role model impacting the lives of our community’s youth. Roger had a huge impact on the lives of youth he interacted with as coach.

Roger will be sadly missed by his loved ones and friends. Roger’s memory and legacy will be cherished by: his wife, Ramona; son, Roger Emmanuel; brothers Allen, Wilbert (Gussie), Lawrence (Lee), Vernell (Bernadette), Ronald (Dollaree), and Dwayne Patrick; sister, Lindy Glasper-Jackson; sisters-in-law, Deborah (Leonard) Reeves and Yolanda (Frederick) Williams; nieces and nephews, Terra, Tisha, Tia, Wilbert D., Jason, Rebecca, Rachael (Edgar), Mandy, George, Shannon, Jayden, Ramona (Eric), Dereck (Camille), and Frederick; god-children, Jim and Dwight (Britney); aunts and uncles, Gladys Glasper, Opal (Chester) Acklin, Reginald (Regina), Edythe, Monica (Gerald), Eddie, Phillip, NoKomas (Gloria), and Tecumshea (Kathleen); and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss him dearly.

Visitation was on Friday, August 12, at Officer Funeral Home, 2114 Missouri Ave., East St. Louis, IL, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The funeral services were held on Saturday, August 13, at 11 a.m. at the Friendship Baptist Church, 301 Meredocia St., Venice.

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

Courtesy of Officer Funeral Home

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