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Area Obituaries

Julius C. Coleman

Julius C. Coleman, 90, of Mascoutah, IL, born July 6, 1931 in Greenville, KY, died Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at the Freeburg Care Center. Julius retired as a CMSgt. from the U. S. Air Force after 26 years of service and was also a retired UMWA coal miner for Monterey. Julius enjoyed trout fishing, camping,…

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Mark C. Thompson

Mark C. Thompson, age 50, of New Baden, IL and formerly of Minot, ND, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2022 in Washington Co., IL from an automobile accident. He was born January 23, 1972 in Minot, ND, the son of Wanda, nee Omanson, Thompson of Minot, ND and the late Robert Thompson. Mark is survived…

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Della Lucille Pokojski

Della Lucille Pokojski (Nee Nettles), 92, of Mascoutah, spent her last Mother’s Day on earth with her two surviving children by her side then entered into a peaceful rest on May 8, 2022 at Countryside Manor in Aviston to prepare and meet the rest of her children and family waiting for her on the other…

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Richard J. Augustine

Richard J. Augustine, of Florissant, Mo, passed away suddenly on April 27, 2022. He and his wife, Ellen Kaye, had spent most of the beautiful spring day enjoying working in their yard and watching the house wrens explore the available birdhouses. A big thrill to Dick was seeing several wrens checking out the little house his…

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Janet Irene Aletha Sinn Knecht

Mrs. Janet Irene Aletha Sinn Knecht, age 86, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2022 at Magnolia Manor in Buena Vista, Georgia. Janet was born March 9, 1936 in Biddleborn, Illinois, to Viola and Sylvester Sinn. She graduated from Marissa high School in Marissa, Illinois, and later in her career went to work as the…

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Dorothy M. Morris

Dorothy M. Morris, nee Clayton, 86, of Mascoutah, IL, born Aug. 16, 1935, in Madisonville, KY died Tuesday, May 2, 2022, at MarKa Nursing Home. Dorothy was a retired teacher’s aide from Mascoutah Community School District 19 and a member of First Baptist Church, O’Fallon, IL. She is preceded in death by her parents, Omer…

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Robert F. Pritchett

Robert F. Pritchett, 93, of Mascoutah, IL, born Feb. 1, 1929, in East St. Louis, IL died Saturday, April 30, 2022, at Freeburg Care Center. Robert was a retired aircraft electrician for McDonnnell Douglas and retired from the Missouri Air National Guard. He was a member of the Machinist Union 837 and was a U.S.…

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Eric J. Shaffer

“Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 Faithful loving…

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Betty R. Schanz

Betty R. Schanz, nee Johnson, 89, of Mascoutah, IL, born June 9, 1932 in St. Paul, MN died Sunday, April 10, 2022, at Bria of Mascoutah Nursing Home. At three months old Betty was sent to live with her guardians Emil and Agnes Rustad. When she was nine, after Emil’s death, she and her mother…

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Erin Molly Ruiz

Our precious, ferocious Erin filled her 39 years on earth with meaning, adventure, curiosity, good humor, and good works. Daughter of Ken and Mary Sharkey, Erin’s two children (Aiden and Isabella) were her reason to never stop fighting and to always keep seeking the next cancer treatment, despite the resulting agony and suffering she endured.…

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