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Mike Hays

1938-2017

     Mike Hays, 78,  passed away at 1:30 a.m., Monday, June the 12th at home with his wife Beverly by his side.

    He was born November 5, 1938, in Harrisburg, Illinois to Paul and Essie (Gidcumb) Hays.  He married his high school sweetheart Beverly Bishop on December 26, 1959, in Raleigh, Illinois, and they had five daughters.   

     Mike graduated from Harrisburg High School in 1956 and then attended SIU-C and received his bachelor's in education.  He started working as a school teacher after college in Kinmundy, Illinois and then returned to Harrisburg where he taught  health, P.E., and driver's education for 30 years at the high school.  He also coached football, basketball, and baseball.  He truly enjoyed coaching the young men who played for him and teaching a multitude of students how to drive.  Both provided years of memories, stories and the start of his high blood pressure.  After his retirement, he and Beverly traveled the country in their RV and in 2007 began living as snowbirds at East Lake Campground in Kissimmee, Florida, until his stroke in 2015.  Mike also took great pride in the HTHS Class of 1956 and was very active planning reunions and class gatherings.  He loved spending time with his family and friends and telling them stories about things he thought were story-worthy, which was everything.       

     He is survived by his wife Beverly; daughters Julie (Ron) Davis of Spring City, TN, Patti (Greg) Simpson of Harrisburg, Shari (Chris) Barter of Harrisburg, Karen (Hays) Bradley (honorary daughter/best birthday present ever) of Greeneville, TN; Grandchildren Madison Davis, Charlotte, NC; Bo Davis, Cookeville, TN; Preston Simpson, Landon Simpson, and Michaela Barter all of Harrisburg; siblings Pete Hays of  “wherever his wheels stop” and Martha (Dennis) Winter of Pinckneyville; niece and nephews Diane and David Hays and Ryan and Kyle Winter and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; in-laws Norman (Felicia) Bishop and Velma (Jack) Wiggins; brothers-in-law: Darrel and Alice Nell Bishop and Bill and Patsy Bishop; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

     He was preceded in death by two infant daughters Pamela Gail and Catherine Jill, his parents Paul and Essie (Gidcumb) Hays; brothers Bill Hays and Bob Hays, Sisters-in-law: Carol Ann (Butler) Hays and Joann (Able) Hays; mother and father- in-law: Clive and Elizabeth (Dugger) Bishop, and brother and sisters-in-law: Phillip Dale and Bonnie Bishop, Darrel and Alice Nell Bishop.

     A special thank you for the caring and kindness of family friends Michaela King McGowan, Taunya Russell and Karen Boyd and Hospice of Southern.

     Funeral services will be held at 3 pm., Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel with visitation beginning at 1 pm.  Burial will follow at the Raleigh Masonic Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

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Laura B. (Hamilton) Fleming

1942 – 2017

      Laura B. (Hamilton) Fleming, 74, of Harrisburg, Illinois passed away Monday, May 22, 2017; passing peacefully in her home, surrounded by family.

     She was born on November 9, 1942 in McLeansboro, Illinois. Her family moved to Harrisburg when she was in the fifth grade, and she graduated from Harrisburg High School in 1960.

     Laura was a voice/vocal major at Southern Illinois University before switching her career path to teaching. She graduated with honors from SIU with a Master’s in Education. She was a member of Kappa Delta Pi, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the SIU Alumni Association, and College Club.

     Most will remember Laura as a grade school teacher. She taught for 31 years in the Harrisburg Unit 3 District; teaching fifth grade for the majority of her career before retiring in 2006. Several of her students say she had a wonderful ability to teach anything and make it fun, while also teaching them discipline and to be conscientious of their actions.

     Laura was nominated for “Who’s Who of American Teacher’s” five times by her previous students, as well as being nominated for Disney Teacher of the Year twice. For several years, Laura also coached girls’ basketball for grade school teams.

     After Laura retired, she was on the Harrisburg School Board from 2007 to 2009.

     In her free time, Laura loved to visit with friends and family, playing cards, bird watching, spoiling her dogs, and gardening.

     She is survived by her girls - daughter, Andrea Boyett of Fort Smith, Arkansas and granddaughter, Brittany Boyett, also of Fort Smith. Additionally, she is survived by several close friends and extended family members, as well as her half-brother Richard Burch and his wife, Joan, of Mansfield, Illinois.

     She is preceded in death by her mother, Selma ‘Mimi’ Hamilton, and her grandmother, Bernice Hamilton.

     A memorial celebration of Laura’s life will be held Friday, June 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Harrisburg, located at 220 Vince Ashley Drive. Accommodations have been provided by Reed Funeral Chapel of Harrisburg. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Southern Illinois Hospice at 204 Halfway Road, Marion, Illinois 62959, or by visiting https://hospice.org/donate/.

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Harold Abraham

1939 – 2017

     Harold Abraham, 76, of Harrisburg, passed away at 12:25 PM, Thursday, June 8, 2017 at his residence.

     Harold was born on December 15, 1939 in Harrisburg to the late Geneva Cummins and was adopted by Cecil and Claude Abraham.  On September 9, 1964 he married Toni Pesavento and she survives.  Harold was a coal miner working at Peabody Eagle 2 and Equality Mining.  He later owned and operated Abraham Trucking.  He was a member of the Harrisburg Masonic Lodge #325 and was a 32° mason.

     Surviving family members include his wife: Toni Abraham of Harrisburg; son: Dean Abraham and wife Barbie of Muddy; three grandchildren: Triston, Nathan and Bailey Abraham of Muddy.

    He was preceded in death by his mother and his aunt and uncle.

     Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Rev. Mike Smith will officiate.  Burial will follow in Sunset Lawn Cemetery.    Visitation will be from 5 to 8 PM, Monday, June 12, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel with Masonic rites at 7 PM conducted by the Harrisburg Masonic Lodge #325. Memorial contributions may be made to the Relay for Life or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Margot Angela [Zarembik] Stilley

1925 – 2017

     Margot Angela [Zarembik] Stilley passed away peacefully on June 6, 2017, at the Masonicare Health Center in Wallingford, Connecticut with family at her side.

     Margot was born in Ratibor, Germany on December 30, 1925, and was raised in Germany where she lived with her beloved parents, Marie and Andreas Zarembik, and her four sisters, Friedel, Heidi, Irma and Helga.  Soon after the end of World War II, she met a handsome American soldier, Ralph Stilley, whom she married in 1948.  Margot moved with Ralph to the United States where they raised their four children. Initially required by Ralph’s military career to move around the country, their family lived in Colorado, Massachusetts, and Alaskaamong other places before ultimately settling in Harrisburg, Illinois.  Harrisburg was Margot’s home for more than 40 years. 

     Margot was known in Harrisburg for her delicious cooking. She volunteered her talents by making chili for the First Presbyterian Church after theHomecoming parade each year, “spoon burgers” at the Bayliss School carnival, and homemade cinnamon rolls for Democratic fund raisers.  The Stilley home, where the quality of food was unmatched, was always a favorite among her children’s friends.  Margot shared her culinary delights more broadly when she and Ralph opened their restaurant, Margot’s GastHaus, in Gaskins City in the mid-1970’s.  For a decade, Margot’s GastHaus was a favorite destination for those desiring Margot’s delicious creations that varied from Southern dishes of chicken and dumplings and fried chicken to German specialties of rouladen and sauerbraten.  Lucky for her children and grandchildren, Margot continued for many years to be the best cook they knew – her hamburger gravy and biscuits, German sandwiches, potato soup, and so much more were the centerpieces of many wonderful family gatherings.

     Over her years in Harrisburg, Margot was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church and later of the Christ Lutheran Church; she was a passionate and active member of the Democrat party; she spent cherished time with friends, especially “the German girls” with whom she shared a special bond; and she avidly supported her children’s many activities, including Harrisburg High School Football, Girl Scouts, the marching band, and Teen Town. 

When Ralph passed away in 2003, Margot moved to Cheshire, Connecticut to live with her daughter, Ramona, and her family.  While she always missedHarrisburg and her many friends, she was also so grateful to build new friendships at the Cheshire Senior Center where she spent many afternoonstalking, playing Bingo, and listening to music.  Due to health issues, Margot moved to the Masonicare Health Center in 2012, where she received compassionate care from wonderful people and madeeven more friends.  Margot often said how wonderful it wasthat the people she met through the Senior Center and Masonicare treated her as if they had known her all her life. 

     In addition to her husband and parents, Margot was predeceased by three of her sisters, Friedel Herron, Heidi Franz, and Irma Zoeke.  Margot is survived by her children:  Andrew Stilley and his wife Luzia of Copperas Cove, Texas; Marlene Bawden and her husband Don of Poplar Grove, Illinois; Ralph Stilley and his wife Trisha of Eldorado, Illinois; and Ramona Carlow and her husband Brian of Cheshire, Connecticut.  She is also survived by her grandchildren, Heather Bawden, Brett Bawden, Kathryn Carlow, Sarah Carlow, Andrea Rodriguez, Brian Stilley, and Jennifer Nixon, and 8 great grandchildren, Miles, Colin, Reid, Ryan, Alexander, Madison, Naomi and Erin.  She was also blessed to still have her youngest sister, Helga Mazzarellaof Houston, Texas in her life, as well as nieces and nephews and their families.

     Margot will be returning home to Harrisburg for her burial next to her beloved husband whom she missed every day for the past 13½ years.  Reed Funeral Chapel, 503 East Sloan Street in Harrisburg is handling the arrangements.  On Sunday, June 11th, calling hours will begin at 1:00 p.m., and the memorial service at 2:00 p.m., followed by burial at Sunset Lawn Cemetery.  Flowers will be accepted at Reed Funeral Chapel or donations can be given in Margot’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.

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Mayme Catheryn Creamer

1919 – 2017 

     Mayme Catheryn Creamer, 98 of Harrisburg, passed away at 6:40 PM, Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Saline Care Center.

     Mayme was born on March 16, 1919 in Livingston County, Kentucky to the late Ed and Nora (Vaughn) Sneed.  She married Obe Jule Creamer and he preceded her in death on February 13, 1998. 

     Surviving family members include her five children: John Creamer and wife Annette of North Beach, Maryland; Bonnie Creamer of Winter Springs, Florida; Sharon Loesch and husband Randy of Carrier Mills, Illinois; Rhonda Neville and husband Chris of Oak Park, Illinois and Jamy Patterson and husband David of Winthrop Harbor, Illinois; eight grandchildren: Cony Frost (Greg) of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin; Mike Alter of Kenosha, Wisconsin; Scot Loesch of Kenosha, Wisconsin; Chad Loesch of Trevor, Wisconsin; Rowan Neville of Oak Park, Illinois; Guinevere Neville of Oak Park, Illinois; Madeline Renee Ladewig of Winthrop Harbor, Illinois; and Sawyer Boone Patterson of Winthrop Harbor, Illinois; great-grandchildren: Amanda Carstens, Randy Alter, Jimmy Alter, Justin Loesch, Tyler Loesch, Caitlyn Loesch and Aiden Loesch; great-great-grandchild: Kannon Bee Carstens; brothers and sisters: Robert Sneed of Hobe Sound, Florida, Lena Stacey of Harrisburg, Illinios and Marcella Wren of Harrisburg, Illinois; numerous nephews and special niece and caregiver: Carol Jean Pumphrey.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers and two sisters: Hurdle Edward “Buddy” Sneed, Paul (Dorothy) Sneed, Herman (Carrie Lee) Sneed, Wilma (Gene) Watson and Estelle (Charles “Hooker”) Ricketts.

     Funeral services were held in Harrisburg, Illinois at 2 PM, Friday, June 2, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Jerry Alexander officiated.  Visitation was from 1 to 2 PM, Friday, June 2, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel. Funeral services were held in Zion, Illinois at 11 AM, Monday, June 5, 2017 at Congdon Funeral Home in Zion.  Rev. Willie Long officiated.  Burial followed in Mt.Olivet Memorial Park in Zion.  Visitation was held from 10 to 11 AM, Monday, June 5, 2017 at Congdon Funeral Home. 

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Randall Alan Gullett

1958 - 2017

    Randall Alan Gullett, 58, of Kissimmee, Florida passed away on Friday, May 26, 2017 at the Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, Florida. 

     Randall was born on August 20, 1958 in Harrisburg to the late Gary Lee Gullett and Mabel Irene (Blackman) Gullett.  On January 26, 1990 he married Martha Lambert and she survives.

     Surviving family members include his wife: Martha Gullett of Kissimmee, Florida; son: Ryan Gullett and wife Liz of Herrin; three grandchildren: Chance and Gavin Estes of Herrin and August Rose due in August; mother: Mabel Gullett of Equality; step-father: Carl Bayer of Equality; sister: Robin Rister and husband Darrell of Harrisburg; niece: Ashley Griffin and Josh of Eldorado; great niece and great nephew: Alex and Olivia Griffin of Eldorado; sister-in-law: Patty Diemer and husband Mike of Shawneetown; step-mother: Carol Gullett of Benton, IL.

     Randall was preceded in death by his father: Gary Lee Gullett.

     Graveside services were held at 11 AM, Friday, June 2, 2017 at Walnut Grove Cemetery south of Harrisburg.  Rev. Aaron Phelps  officiated. Visitation was held from 5 to 8 PM, Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.  

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