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Thelma Louise (Walker) Wiley

1920 - 2017 

     Thelma Louise (Walker) Wiley, age 96, passed away on February 18, 2017 at Solabron Terrace in Evansville, Indiana.

     Born in Eldorado, December 24, 1920 to Fred and Lora Walker.  Thelma was the fourth of five children.  Times were tough for the family as her father; Fred was killed in a coal mine accident.  Following high school graduation from Eldorado in 1938, she attended Lockyear Business College in Evansville.

     She married Fred A. Wiley, of Carrier Mills on September 10, 1939.  With Fred’s absence during World War II, she worked at Republic Aviation in Evansville.  Following the war, they started their family which consisted of son. Dee Wiley (Lana) born in 1947 and resided in Harrisburg. Daughters, Patricia (Like) Anslinger (Jerry) of Evansville and Tina Louise Etienne of Eldorado, were born four and eight years later respectively.

     During these years, Thelma was a stay at home mother, while active in P.T.A. (President) of Horace Mann School as well as various duties in First Baptist Church of Harrisburg.  In 1962, Thelma began her tenure as department head as Harts’ Department Store in Harrisburg.  Fred and Thelma enjoyed camping at Lake Glendale and building their retirement home on Womble Mountain in 1981.  In 2004 they moved to an apartment on Brady Street in Gaskins City.  Following Fred’s death in 2006, Thelma remained in the apartment and was spared during the tornado which hit the Harrisburg area on February 29, 2012.

     Thelma went to reside with daughter Pat in St. Wendel, Indiana in May of 2015.  At the time of her death, Thelma was a resident of Solarbon Terrace in Evansville.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and four siblings, husband, Fred, son-in-law Alan Like, (1980) and grandson Chad Aron Wiley (1975).  She is survived by her three children, daughter-in-law, Lana Wiley, son-in-law, Jerry Anslinger as well as six grandchildren; Brad Wiley (Stacey Loomis), Luke Wiley (Jill), Jason Like (Heather), Jeff Anslinger (Melissa) Josh Anslinger (Becky) Lora Mathews (Michael) as well as nine great grandchildren: River and Evan Wiley, Elizabeth Mathews, Cole and Isabelle Like, Hunter and Jaselyn Anslinger, as well as Justus and Sebastian Askren.

       Visitation was at Reed Funeral Chapel on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 10 AM, service followed at 11 AM.  Burial followed in Sunset Garden Cemetery. 

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Ruth F. (Seitz) Sturm

1924 - 2017

    Ruth F. Seitz Sturm was born on November 2, 1924 to Jacob and Margaret Seitz in Carmi, Illinois, the youngest of five daughters. She passed peacefully from this life into her eternal home on Saturday February 18, 2017 at Harrisburg Medical Center. Ruth graduated from Carmi Township High School when she was sixteen and worked for the Carmi Times before marrying Everett Sturm August 31, 1944. They had been married for fifty four years at Everett’s death in 1999.          

     Everett and Ruth owned a farm north of Crossville where they made their living and raised their family. They raised three children: Professor Terry (Candy) Sturm of Atlanta, Georgia, Timothy (deceased), formerly of Springfield and Trudy (Dean) West of Harrisburg. Ruth was Everett’s right hand on the farm all of their married life. In addition, she was active in her church, Crossville United Methodist, the Mary Circle and Sewing Club. She and Everett together started the Crossville Prizewinners 4H Club which still exists today. Ruth loved to garden, read, sing, play cards and mow the lawn. She was also known for her delicious cooking.

     After Everett’s death, Ruth moved to Harrisburg and started the last chapter of her life. There, she joined Harrisburg First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, the Garden Club, Homemaker’s Extension and volunteered at Harrisburg Medical Center and for Hospice of Southern Illinois. Playing bridge became her passion, often playing two or three times per week. In July of 2016, Ruth moved to Holly Brook, making new friends and enjoying her apartment. Recently, they all spent many afternoons playing dominoes together.

    Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her sisters and brothers-in-law: Lydia and Bill Miller, Louise and Lee Stanley, Esther and Floyd Taylor and Beulah and Theron Bryant, brothers – in- law: Vertis (Mary Catherine) Sturm, Cyril Sturm and sister in law Wilma (Jakey) Rankin, two nephews: Ron Bryant and Rodney Sturm, two grandsons Ryan and Benjamin West and her son, Timothy Sturm.

     Surviving Ruth are children: Professor Terry (Candy) Sturm of Atlanta, Georgia and Trudy (Dean) West of Harrisburg, grandchildren: Geoff Sturm of San Francisco, CA, Sarah (Kevin) Sturm and Christy Sturm of Atlanta, Hannah Sturm of Springfield, Jacob Sturm of Bradenton, Florida, Adam (Jessica) West of Vernon Hills, IL, Dr. Jason (Angela) West of Evansville, Indiana and Phil West of Champaign, Illinois. Her great-grandson, Graham Dean West, also survives her in Vernon Hills, as does one sister-in-law, Marjorie Sturm of Harrisburg and seven nieces and five nephews.

     She will be greatly missed and leaves behind a legacy of a loving family, an ethic of hard work and a strong Christian faith. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Visitation was from 5-8 pm Monday night February 20th and service on Tuesday at 10 am, both at the First United Methodist Church in Harrisburg, IL. Burial followed at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville, Illinois. 

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Edward Lee Carnett

1958 - 2017 

     Edward Lee Carnett, age 58, of Harrisburg, passed away at 11:06 AM, Friday, February 17, 2017 at the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

     Edward was born on April 2, 1958 in Odessa, Texas to the late Charles Robert “Bob” and Sylvia (Jessup) Carnett.  On October 10, 2010 he married Reita Renae Spirling.  He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion.

     Edward is survived by his wife: Reita Carnett of Harrisburg; six children: Skyler Abbott of Harrisburg, Joshua Fike of New Mexico, Matthew Fike and wife Rachel V. of New Mexico, Rachael R. Fike and fiancé Arnold Fonseca of Harrisburg; Cameron Carnett of Harrisburg and Alissa Carnett of Harrisburg; six grandchildren: Cody Sterling, Chloe Schultz, Dominic Abbott, Elizabeth Fike, Renae Fike and Mattie Fike; brother: Robert Carnett and wife Margaret of Houston, Texas and Janis Rubenacker and husband Andy of Pioplis, IL; several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews.

     Edward was preceded in death by his parents, paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Murley Carnett, maternal grandparents, Hughie and Maude Jessup, aunt, Eria Mae Hanson, and a niece, Zoie Wetherly.

    Funeral services were held at 7 PM, Monday, February 20, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Rev. Mark Smith officiated.  Visitation was held from 5 to 7 PM, Monday, February 20, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel.  Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Lung Association. 

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Marianne Lyon

1938 - 2017

     Marianne Lyon, age 79, of Harrisburg, passed away at 6:50 AM, Monday, February 6, 2017 at her residence surrounded by her family.
     Marianne was born on January 30, 1938 in Harrisburg to the late Luther and Margie Bell (Dixon) Alexander.  On June 21, 1958 she married Howard E. “Gene” Lyon who survives.
     In almost 59 years of marriage they were blessed with three children, a daughter, Julie and husband Tim McRoy; two sons: David and wife Lisa Lyon and Toby Lyon all of Harrisburg.  She had seven grandchildren who she adored, Andrea, Aaron, and Alexander McRoy, Lydia and Chloe Lyon, Brooke Crane, Madison Medley and Garrett Jenkins; one great-grandchild: Phoenix Womick; special nephew who lived in the family home Kenny Jenkins and many other nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by a brother, Curtis Dixon Alexander.         
 Marianne worked as a secretary at Harrisburg High School for several years.  She later owned and operated Brides Boutique and Marianne’s catering, where she served many brides and prom goers from all over Southern Illinois.

     Marianne was a lifelong member of the First Church of God where she served in many capacities including Sunday school teacher, youth leader and various other boards.  She held dear her time with her church family.  She enjoyed china painting and was a member of the Shawnee China Painters Guild.  She was a graduate of HTHS class of 1956 and loved organizing monthly meetings and class reunions.

     Marianne was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers, Guthrie, Lyndel “Toad” and Tom Alexander.

     Funeral services were held at 11 AM, Friday, February 10, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Rev. Dan Masters officiated. Burial followed in Sunset Lawn Cemetery. Visitation was from 5 to 8 PM, Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel.  Donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the First Church of God Building Fund.  


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