Anne Elizabeth Claxon - 68

7/14/1946 - 10/12/2014
Hillsboro, IL Anne Elizabeth Claxon, 68, of Hillsboro, IL passed away on Sunday, October 12, 2014, at 7:28 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL. Visitation will be on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home, Hillsboro, IL. Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home.Mrs. Claxon was born on July 14, 1946, in Hinsdale, IL to the late Ralph & Francis (Ruchty) Olson. She married Michael Claxon on December 24, 1988, in Litchfield, IL. He survives in Hillsboro, IL. Mrs. Claxon was a 1964 graduate of Shawnee Mission High School, Kansas City, KS. She worked as a legal secretary, was an avid knitter, author, enjoyed shopping and spending time with her grandkids.Survivors include her husband, Michael Claxon, of Hillsboro, IL; four children, Tina (husband Tracy) Medford, Concordia, MO; Tammy (husband Tracy) White, Hillsboro, IL; Todd (wife Heather) Claxon, Hillsboro, IL and Tysha (husband Jeff) Mullen, Hillsboro, IL; 12 grandchildren, Samantha Borgstadt, Alicia Medford, Kelsey Heckman, Maddie White, Meagan White, Kaleb White, Dustin Claxon, Ethan Roach, Jared Claxon, Tyler Mullen, Tanner Mullen, Alyson Mullen; one great-grandchild, Hallie Borgstadt; and one brother, Don Olson.She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, J. Olson.Memorials may be sent to the Donor's choice.

Thomas N. Ayres - 74

3/6/1940 - 9/27/2014
Hillsboro, IL

Thomas N. Ayres, 74, of Hillsboro, IL, passed away on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.  Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  A memorial service will be held in Chicago at a later date.

Mr. Ayres was born on March 6, 1940, in Mt. Olive, IL to the late Stanley and Marjorie (Johnson) Ayres.  He married Nancy Kalina on August 12, 1961, in Cicero, IL, and she survives in Hillsboro, IL.  Mr. Ayres was a 1959 graduate of Mt. Olive High School, Mt. Olive, IL.  He was a forklift operator for General Electric for 31 years before moving to Hillsboro, IL in 1995.  Mr. Ayres was a Scout Master for his three son's Cub Scout Troops. 

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Ayres, of Hillsboro, IL, three sons, David (wife Cella) Ayres; Tim Ayers; Jeff Ayres; one daughter, Pam (Ayres) Gonzales; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren; one brother, Jim (wife Pam) Ayres and one sister, Jean Ayres.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one great grandchild; one daughter-in-law, Connie Ayres; one brother, Ray Ayres; and one sister-in-law, Diana Ayres.

Memorials may be sent to the Multiple Sclerosis Association.

Martha M. Foster - 96

3/30/1918 - 9/22/2014
Springfield, IL

Martha Foster, 96, passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at her home in the company of family. Visitation will be 2 p.m. Friday, September 26, 2014, at Toberman-Dean Funeral Home of Coffeen, followed by graveside services at Olive Hill Cemetery in Coffeen at 3 p.m.

Mrs. Foster was born March 31, 1918 in Coffeen, Illinois. She was a daughter of Henry David and Sarah (Sadie) Clotfelter Lewey. A 1936 graduate of Coffeen High School, she married James R. “Brick” Foster in 1937 from Fillmore, Illinois. They lived briefly in Peoria before settling in Springfield where they lived the rest of their lives.

Martha retired from the State of Illinois Human Resources. She is fondly remembered by her grandkids as “a fun grandma” because she always kept up on the current fashion and culture and loved to take her grandchildren shopping for clothes when they came to visit. A caring and loving woman, she also made a point to cook favorite meals for her grandkids when they visited, even as adults.

She leaves one son, David Foster, seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, a daughter, Suzanne Foster Clutter; siblings Naomi, Gretchen, Nita, Hollis, Freida, Charlotte, and Ellen (Snookie).

Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association.

Matthew John Potocki, Sr. - 89

11/24/1924 - 9/19/2014
Hillsboro, IL

Matthew John Potocki, Sr., 89, of Hillsboro, IL passed away Friday, September 19, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, IL.  A Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Hillsboro, IL.  The Very Reverend James L. Neuman, V.F., Pastor of St. Agnes Catholic Church, will be officiating.  Graveside services will be held at St. Aloysius Cemetery, Royalton, IL at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, with full military rites.

Mr. Potocki was born on November 24, 1924, in Royalton, IL, to the late John & Helen (Trynoska) Potocki.  He married Stella Margaret Prather on September 11, 1948, in Murphysboro, IL, and she survives in Hillsboro, IL.  Mr. Potocki was a GM car manufacturer on the assembly line in St. Louis, MO.  He was a member of the United Auto Workers Union and St. Agnes Catholic Church, Hillsboro, IL.  He served in the United States Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict and was a Purple Heart recipient.  During his lifetime he lived in Royalton, IL; St. Louis, MO; Stanton, FL and Hillsboro, IL.

Survivors include his wife, Stella Margaret Potocki, of Hillsboro, IL, two daughters, Irene Potocki, Hillsboro, IL and Helen Tsupros, Alsea, OR; six (6) grandchildren and five (5) great grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, John & Helen (Trynoska) Potocki; one son, Matthew Potocki, Jr.; three (3) grandchildren and one (1) sister.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Gerald Wayne Raines, Sr. - 58

12/14/1955 - 9/18/2014
Witt, IL

Gerald Wayne Raines, Sr., 58, of Witt, IL passed away Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Free Methodist Church in Hillsboro, IL. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Free Methodist Church in Hillsboro, IL, with Pastor Randy Sands officiating. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL, with Military Rites at graveside.

Mr. Raines was born on December 14, 1955, in Chicago, IL, to the late Daniel & Willie Mae (Simmons) Raines. He was a 1974 Graduate of Dunbar Vocational High School in Chicago, IL. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. Gerald married D’Rinda Robert, in 1977, in Chicago, IL. She preceded in death on January 13, 1998. He then married Dorothy Weiman, on November 27, 1999, in Joliet, IL. She survives in Witt, IL. He retired from Illinois Department of Corrections, in 2005, after 27 years of service. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #263, where he had served as Vice President; Illinois Police Association; Free Methodist Church in Hillsboro, IL; AFSCME Retiree.

Along with his wife, Mr. Raines is survived by his children, M’Rinda Raines of University Park, IL; Kristina Raines of Quincy, IL; Gerald Wayne Raines, Jr. (fiancé Alyscia Vincent) of Chicago, IL; Christina Saathoff of Hillsboro, IL; Carolyn (husband Dale) Knox of Hillsboro, IL; grandchildren, Alan Satterlee, Dontae Raines, Tess Saathoff & Jayce White; sisters, Arleatha Anderson of Georgia, Joyce Raines of Georgia & Angela Raines Caldwell of Quincy, IL; nephews, Ryan Caldwell & Earl Anderson, III. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a niece Danielle Kemp.

Memorials are suggested to the Free Methodist Church in Hillsboro, IL or the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #263.

Elzie L. Garrett - 89

8/4/1925 - 9/9/2014
Hillsboro, IL

Elzie Lee Garrett, 89, of Hillsboro, IL, formerly of Coffeen, IL passed away on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at 11:20 a.m. at his residence.  Visitation will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with services to follow at 1:00 p.m. at Toberman-Dean Funeral Home, Coffeen, IL.

Mr. Garrett was born on  August 4, 1925, in Louisville, KY, to the late William E. and Vivian (Cundiff) Garrett.  He married Barbara Joan Ward on December 21, 1951 in Decatur, IL.  She preceded him in death on May 28, 2003.  He graduated high school in Fairdale, KY and was also a graduate of Philco Radio School in Pennsylvania.  He worked as an Electrician and was a member of IBEW Local #146 in Decatur, IL.  Mr. Garrett was also a member of Hillsboro Moose Lodge #1377.

Survivors include three sons, Mitchell (wife Dixie King) Garrett, Hillsboro, IL; Bill (wife Marty) Garrett, Bement, IL; Galen (wife Deb) Garrett, Mt. Zion, IL; one daughter, Julie Garrett, Chicago, IL; one daughter-in-law, Pat Upton, Bement, IL; thirteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren, one brother, Ronald Garrett, Plano, IL and one sister, Laura Tilly, Atlanta, GA.

He was preceded by his parents, his wife, one step-son, Wayne Upton, six brothers and one sister.

Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association.

Robert E. Boston - 84

5/18/1930 - 9/5/2014
Hillsboro, IL

Robert E. Boston, 84, of Hillsboro, IL passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014, at 4:40 p.m. at Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Taylor Springs, IL.  Visitation will be held on Monday, September 8, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home, Hillsboro, IL.  A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, September 8, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home, Hillsboro, IL.  Mark Noyes will be officiating.

Mr. Boston was born on May 18, 1930, in Morrisonville, IL, to the late Raymond "Buck" Boston and Isabel (Steffen) Boston Oberle.  He married Bonnie Darlene Vogel on June 4, 1954, in Hillsboro, IL.  She survives in Hillsboro, IL.  Mr. Boston was a 1948 graduate of Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro, IL.  He worked as a carpenter and contractor and a short time at Caterpillar Production Plant.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Boston, of Hillsboro, IL; one son, Steven Robert (wife Teresa Chappelear) Boston, Greenville, IL; two daughters, Barbara Jo Boston (husband Jeff Long), Boulder Junction, WI and Christina Marie Boston (companion Scott Sawyer), Hillsboro, IL; seven grandchildren, Kevin James Boston; Nathan Robert Boston; Megan Christina Gad; Carli Jo Boston-Denton; Natalie Clair Boston-Denton; Haley Elizabeth Sawyer; Hannah Marie Sawyer; three brothers, Joe (wife Susie) Boston, Hillsboro, IL; Charles (wife Bonita) Boston, Peoria, IL; Albert (wife Brenda) Oberle, Hillsboro, IL and two sisters, Jean (husband Carl) Coleman, Edwardsville, IL and Mary Chesser, Litchfield, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Raymond "Dude" Boston, Jr.

Memorials may be given to the Hillsboro Sports Association.

Wilbert Kalervo Juntunen - 94

2/29/1920 - 8/29/2014
Hillsboro, IL

Wilbert Kalvero Juntunen,"Will", a resident of Castle Rock, CO, passed away on August 29, 2014. Visitation will be at Olinger's Mortuary from 5 – 7 pm on September 2, 2014, funeral service at Faith Lutheran Church at 2 pm on September 3, 2014, and private graveside service at Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsboro, IL.

Will was born on February 16, 1920 in Calumet, MI. He graduated in 1938 from Calumet High School and went on to serve in the National Guard and the U.S. Army throughout WWII in the European theater. Will married Mary Smith on January 11, 1943. They were blessed with five children, four of which survive today. He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather and husband to his late wife, Mary, for almost fifty years.

Will is survived by his four children; Ken and wife Jeanette of Pleasanton, CA, Barbara and husband Harry of Windsor, CO, Susan of Farmington, NM, and Karen of Castle Rock, CO. Will is also survived by his sister, Ruth, of St. Petersburg, FL.
Also remembering their Grandfather are nine grandchildren, Cindy, Vicky, Debbie, Dan, Rob, Shelli, Jennifer, Brett and Cody. Great-grandchildren include Donny, Justin, Jeremie, Anthony, Savanna, Jena, Dylan, Spencer, Cade and Abby, and Great-great-grandchildren, Madison, Audrey and Justin Jr. Preceding Will in death are his wife Mary, daughter Linda, son-in-law Rick, great-great-grandson Brandon, and 12 brothers and sisters, Charles, Edward, Aileen, Walfred, Helvie, Elsie, John, Sylvia, Martha, Gladys, Carl, and Florence.

Vernon F. Marti - 82

9/21/1931 - 8/24/2014
Hillsboro

Vernon F. Marti, 82, of Hillsboro, IL passed away on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 12:05 a.m. at Montgomery Nursing & Rehab in Taylor Springs, IL.  A Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville, IL.  Mr. Marti’s body was donated to science.

Mr. Marti was born on September 21, 1931, in Edwardsville, IL to the late Vernon Joseph and Christine (Vogel) Marti.  He married Nancy Wieduwilt on January 23, 1960 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Edwardsville, IL.  She survives in Hillsboro, IL.  He earned an Associate Degree in Science from Ancilla Domini in Donaldson, IN.  He was a Purchasing Agent in Manufacturing in Granite City, IL, then transferred to Little Rock, AR for 30 years.  He also worked at Dillard's Clothing Store and was a volunteer coordinator for PHJC.  He was a member of the United States Army serving at Beale Air Force Base in California.  During his lifetime he lived in Edwardsville, IL; Little Rock, AR; Knox, IN; Divernon, IL; Donnellson, IL and Hillsboro, IL.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, where he is a 3rd Degree.  Mr. Marti loved trains, baking, reading and playing cards.  He had traveled extensively.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Marti leaves behind five children, Joseph Marti (companion Pat), of Alhambra, IL; Joann Marti, of Edwardsville, IL; Monica (husband Gary) Knight, of Waverly, IL; Teresa Marti, of Springfield, IL and Thomas (wife Kara) Marti of Highland, IL; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The family requests no flowers.  Memorials may be given to Montgomery Nursing & Rehab Center, Taylor Springs, IL or the Food Pantry, Hillsboro, IL.

Mary E. Helfer - 96

10/2/1917 - 8/10/2014
Nokomis, IL

Mary E. Helfer, 96, of Nokomis, IL passed away on Sunday, August 10, 2014, at 1:45 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Her body was donated to science.

Mrs. Helfer was born on October 2, 1917, in Rountree Township, IL to the late Joseph W. and Elizabeth (McPeak) Weller.  She married Roy Bates on February 14, 1936 in Vandalia, IL, then later married Walter "Cotton" Helfer in 1976 in Chicago, IL.  She earned a 12th grade education and attended nursing school in Springfield, IL.  She worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Hillsboro Hospital.  She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Litchfield, IL.

She is survived by one daughter, Mary Arlis Bates of Nokomis, IL. 

She was preceded by her parents; husband, Walter "Cotton" Helfer and brother, Rexford Weller.

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