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Kestner Wallace


     Kestner Wallace, age 93, of Womble Mountain, south of Harrisburg, passed away Thursday morning, April 17, 2014, at his residence.

     He was born August 31, 1920, to William and Verba Wallace. He married the love of his life, Evelyn Green, on August 22, 1950. She preceded him in death on September 3, 2006.

     Kestner was a Saline County educator for 41 years, teaching first in various one-room schoolhouses and then serving as the first and only principal of Independence School for thirty years.

     After serving in the Navy in World War II, he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Southern Illinois University. He attended Rudement Social Brethren Church his entire life and taught its men’s Sunday school class for thirty years.

     After retirement, Kestner began writing short stories, which were published in the Springhouse and later in two books: A Dollar the Hard Way and Blessed Beyond Measure.

     Kestner was loved by all who knew him but especially by his family. He is survived by his two children, LeAnn Wallace of Raleigh, NC, and Ray Wallace of Harrisburg; two brothers, Byrum and Gaylord Wallace; a sister-in-law, Bette Wallace; five grandchildren, Blair Zenker, Blake Walker, Caitlin Rowland, Kelsey Wallace, and Jillian Wallace; three great-grandchildren, Evie, Gigi, and Jackson Zenker; and numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.

     He was preceded in death by a brother, Victor Wallace, and two sisters, Mabel Baldwin and Hazel Stanislawsky.

     Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014, at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Reverend Leroy Hicks and Reverend Barry Bascom will officiate. A private burial will follow at the Wallace Family Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 20, at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.

     If you wish, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rudement Social Brethren Church.

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Sherry Lynn (Wintizer) Morrison

1957 - 2014

      Sherry Lynn (Wintizer) Morrison, age 56, of Harrisburg, passed away at 3:44 PM, Monday, April 14, 2014 at the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

     Sherry was born on May 4, 1957 in Harrisburg to Lewis Wintizer and Shirley Cummins. She was a Baptist by faith.

     Surviving family members include her son, Dustin O’Keefe of Harrisburg; father, Lewis Wintizer of Harrisburg; mother, Shirley Cummins of Harrisburg; brother, Philip Wintizer of Ledbetter, KY; numerous nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services will be held at 3 PM, Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Rev. Jonah Reynolds will officiate. Burial will follow in Big Ridge Cemetery in Harrisburg. Visitation will be from 2 to 3 PM, Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Reed Funeral Chapel. 

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Janet Kay (Jan) Furlong

1956 – 2014 

      Janet Kay Furlong, age 58, a resident of Carrier Mills, IL, passed away Saturday, April 12th at 2:08 PM, at her residence.

     She was born on January 11, 1956 in Harrisburg to Pleas and Oneda A (Prather) Furlong Jr. Janet worked for 32 years at Harrisburg Manufacturing and was currently employed at Aisin in Marion. She played slow pitch softball for many years through the park district, enjoyed family gatherings, watching the SI Miners baseball games and going to flea markets.

     Jan is survived by her parents, Pleas and Oneda Furlong, Jr. of Harrisburg, Brother: Michael and his wife Robbie Furlong of Harrisburg, sister: Lisa and husband Steve Johnson of Mt. Vernon, IL. Nieces: Brandi and husband Jarus Jones of Carbondale, Il.; Michelle and husband Tony Reeves of Mt. Vernon, IL.; great nephew: Grayson Jones of Carbondale and a soon to be great niece. Several aunts uncles & cousins survive including her special uncle Lowell Furlong.

     Jan was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents: Pleas and Margie (Layman) Furlong Sr.; and Maternal grandparents: Hubert & Iola (Modglin) Prather and a cousin: Belinda Keith. 

     Funeral services will held at 11 AM, Thursday April 17, 2014 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.

Rev. Mark Hutson will officiate and burial will follow in Sunset Lawn Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 PM, Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  For those who wish, donations may be made to the Carrier Mills Police & Fire Department and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Patsy Sue (Schwartz) Bishop

1939 – 2014 

          Mrs. Patsy Sue (Schwartz) Bishop, age 74, left this world bound for her heavenly home on April 11th at 4:45 AM, in Harrisburg Medical Center.

     Patsy was born on August 8, 1939 to her parents, Iva (Thompson) and Freeman Schwartz who preceded her in death. She married the love of her life, William "Bill" Bishop, on July 26, 1963.  He preceded her in death on March 28, 2006. Their beloved daughter, Kimberly Suzanne Bishop survives.

     Patsy retired from CIPS after 40 years of service.  She was proud to be a Christian and attended church regularly.

     Family meant everything to Patsy, and she will be missed by many.  She leaves behind a dear sister, Betty Golish.  In addition Patsy is survived by two sisters-in-law, Beverly (Mike) Hays, and Velma (Jack) Wiggins, as well as a brother-in-law, Norman (Felicia) Bishop. Patsy was blessed to have many nieces and nephews; Cheri Golish, Mark (Lisa) Golish, Lisa Johnson, Mike Golish, Tina (Joey) Younger, Tami (Tim) Swan, Teri (Tony) Reynolds, Jan (Gary) Patrick, and Cindy (Joe) Poirot.  She is survived by many great nieces and nephews and even great-great nieces and nephews. Patsy was honored to be called MeMaw by four special boys; Dalton, Dylan, Ethan and Kayden Golish.

     Patsy was preceded in death by her parents, husband, "Bill", brother, Charles "Bud" Schwartz, and his wife, Frances; nephew, Larry Wayne Schwartz; nephew, Rodney Lee Johnson, and a brother-in-law, Rev. Rudy Golish. 

     Funeral services will held at 11 AM, Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Josh Golish and Mark Golish will officiate and burial will follow in Sunset Lawn Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 PM, Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.

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Janet Ann Molinarolo

1942 – 2014

      Janet Ann Molinarolo, age 71, of Harrisburg, passed away at 3:02 AM, Sunday, April 6, 2014 at her residence in Harrisburg.

     Janet was born on Monday, October 26, 1942, in Harrisburg, to the late Walter and Anne (Mazikas) Giltosky. She married Paul Molinarolo on November 30, 1963 and he survives in Harrisburg.

     Janet was a retired Elementary Teacher and an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.  She earned a Masters Degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Janet loved her family so well and was a beloved wife, and the most wonderful mom and doting grandmother there ever was. She was a loved school teacher, having taught over 35 years in elementary and gifted education in the Harrisburg schools. Janet was involved in multiple organizations. She served as the Chicago Province Director 2006-2008 for the National Council of Catholic Women, and was currently Chair of the Our Lady of Good Counsel Award Committee. She was President 2010-2012 of the Belleville Diocesan Council of Women, and currently served as Vice President South Vicariate.
     Janet was a past State President of Alpha Delta Kappa, Star Group Leader of Second Act, Membership Chair of Illinois Retired Teachers Association, as well as a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Beta Sigma Phi, St. Mary’s Ladies Auxiliary, Saline County College Club, and the SIC Senior Art Class.
    She enjoyed her art classes, women’s card clubs, traveling, and most of all she loved her family dearly. Janet and Paul celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with close family and friends on November 30, 2013. Janet was a friend to everyone, she was everyone's favorite teacher, and she never met a stranger. She is dearly loved, was so full of life, and will be greatly missed by so many.

     Janet is survived by her husband Paul of Harrisburg; son, David Molinarolo of Harrisburg; daughter, Amy Severson and husband Mike of Nashville, Tennessee; granddaughter, Reed Severson of Nashville, Tennessee; sister, Diane Kovach and husband Jerald of Harrisburg; sister-in-law, Nita Schmitt, of Crete, Illinois; nieces and nephews, Angie Kovach, Chris Kovach, Karen Miller, Caroline Bach, Jeff Schmitt, John Schmitt, Thomas Schmitt, aunt Betty Mazikas of Raleigh, Illinois; and several cousins.

     Funeral Mass was held at 10 AM, Thursday, April 10, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Harrisburg. Father Abraham Adejoh  officiated. Burial followed in Sunset Hill Cemetery.  Visitation was held from 5 to 8 PM, Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Prayer service was held at 7 PM. Donations may be made to: Gallatin-Saline Illinois Retired Teachers Assoc. scholarship fund, Saline County College Club scholarship fund or National Council of Catholic Women.

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