Obituaries for Feb. 1, 2019

Wanda Elliott

MAHOMET — Wanda Elliott, from Mahomet, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home, Mattoon.

Wanda was born May 9, 1930, in Mahomet, to Hubert and Lela (Lindsey) Ponder. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, John; sister, Louise (Bice); and nephew, Reid.She is survived by her two daughters, Denise (Joel) McDearmon and Stacey (Steve Warters); sister, Marilyn (John) Mohr; brother, Harold; and many nieces and nephews. Wanda was married to Donald Elliott and divorced after 35 years. He survives as well.Wanda attended Mahomet schools and lived in the Mahomet area most of her life. She worked for the Urbana School District before having children, then retired from the University of Illinois after working at the Bioacoustics Research Lab for over 20 years.

In accordance with her wishes, Wanda will be cremated. There will be a memorial service at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Blair-Owens Funeral Home, 102 E. Dunbar St., Mahomet. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens at a later date.

Memorials can be made to A.W.O.O.F. (Animals Without Owners Fund). Condolences may be offered at


Gerald Gillespie

BEMENT — Gerald Dean "Gip" Gillespie, 83, of Bement passed away at 11:08 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at Champaign-Urbana Nursing and Rehab, Savoy.

Gip was born Sept. 24, 1935, in Champaign, the son of Dean and Clara (Allison) Gillespie. He married Helen McKee on Sept. 24, 1989, in Las Vegas.

Gip is survived by his wife, Helen Gillespie of Bement; son, Timothy Dean Gillespie of Garrett; daughters, Terresa Lynn Gillespie of Monticello and Ashley Denise Magos of Urbana; stepdaughter, Sheri Robeck of Mahomet; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Gwen Thompson of Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Tony and Teddy; stepson, David; and grandson, Josh.

Gip retired as a maintenance supervisor at General Cable. Gip served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Albert Parker American Legion Post 620. Gip enjoyed hunting, guns, fishing, camping and traveling and was a St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Bears fan.

A visitation was from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. Funeral services were at noon Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at Mackey-Wright Funeral Home. Pat Tieman officiated. Interment was held in Bement Township Cemetery. Casual dress is requested by the family.

Memorials may be made to the Albert Parker American Legion Post 620. Condolences may be sent to the family at


Janet Lippi

CHAMPAIGN — Janet A. Lippi, 85, of Champaign died at 5:50 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at Illini Heritage Nursing Home, Champaign.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy. Private graveside services will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Urbana.

Janet was born Dec. 24, 1933, in Danville, the daughter of Jesse and June Underwood Archer. She married Dr. Frank Lippi on Jan. 24, 1976, in St. Joseph; he died April 17, 2003.

Survivors include three stepdaughters, Barbara McDonough of Northbrook, Linda Lippi of Mahomet and Sharon Lippi of Peoria; one granddaughter, Beth Saad; and two great-grandchildren, Leila and Henry Saad, all of Westfield, N.J.; one sister, Gertrude Smith of St. Joseph; three nieces, Susan Archer Newby of Memphis, Tenn., Jackie Revis of Inman, S.C., and Janet Welch of Woodstock, Ga.; and two nephews, Bradley Archer of Dyersburg, Tenn., and Greg Smith of St. Joseph.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Dix Archer.

Janet graduated from St. Joseph High School before graduating from the University of Iowa. She worked as a dental hygienist.

Janet was a member of University Place Christian Church, Champaign, and Pi Beta Phi sorority.

We wish to express our gratitude to Janet for her presence in our father's life. Janet generously provided comfort, companionship and, most importantly, great joy.

Memorial contributions may be made to University Place Christian Church or the Alzheimer's Association.

Condolences may be offered at

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