David 'Ben' Cooley

SEYMOUR — On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. at Carle Foundation Hospital, at the age of 84, the world lost a wonderful and caring individual. David Benjamin Cooley went to wait for the return of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

A visitation was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 12. The funeral followed at 11 at Owens Funeral Home, 101 N. Elm St., Champaign.

He was born March 10, 1934, in Hord, to John and Gracie Rawding Cooley, who preceded him in death.

On Aug. 31, 1952, he married Maxine Ann Gillen, and they had 60 wonderful years together before her death in 2012. They had six children together. Four survive him: David "Mike" Cooley (Dee), Sheryl A. Cooley, Karen Cooley McPeek (Jake) and Kathy L. Mizell (Terry). He also leaves behind seven granddaughters, two grandsons, nine great-granddaughters and five great-grandsons, who gave him tremendous joy.

One daughter, Debbie; one son, Mark; and one lovely granddaughter, Angel Dawn, preceded him in death, as well as four brothers and five sisters.

He graduated from Champaign Central High School in 1952, at which time he began employment at the State Geological Survey as a mechanic, working his way up to principal scientific technician.

Music was an integral part of his life. For over 40 years, he had a country western band called the Arkansas Travelers. They played at the Grand Ole Opry; cut six records; had a television and a radio show, which was sponsored by the Sunbeam Corp.; and backed several country musical stars such as Ray Price, Faron Young and Billy Walker.

Memorials in honor of David (Ben) may be given to the St. Jude Children's Hospital. Condolences may be offered at

Linda Hanslow

CHAMPAIGN — Linda Hanslow 68, of Champaign passed away on Sunday, March, 3, 2019, at her home. Linda was born on April, 10, 1950, in Lincoln, Ill,. the daughter of Wilber and Dorothy Haseley. They precede her in death.

She is survived by Dale her husband of 49 years, sons; Bryan (Neva Clark) Hanslow, Aaron (Dawn) Hanslow, Craig (Katie) Hanslow, grandchildren; Drew Hanslow, Levi Hanslow, Sophia Hanslow, Holdyn Hanslow and Hadley Hanslow, and brother; Steve (Connie) Haseley.

Linda loved boating in the Ozarks, she enjoyed traveling and spending time soaking up the sun in Mexico.

She was a mammogram and MRI technician at OSF Hospital in Urbana and previously worked at Carle Hospital in Urbana; she loved her job and was very dedicated to her work. She was an active member of Mahomet Lutheran Church, Christ Lutheran Church and Newcomers and Oldcomers in Lake Ozark.

She loved to laugh and earned the nickname "Giggles" she loved having a fast-paced life and liked to keep busy spending time with family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Linda's celebration of life service will be held at the Elks Lodge, 903 N. Dunlap Ave., Savoy, IL. 61874 on March 17, 2019, from 3 to 6 pm with a short service at 3:30.

Please wear your favorite beach-themed shirt, as you all know Linda loved the beach and SUN!!

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

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Frances Geraldine Hoch

NEWMAN — Frances Geraldine "Gerry" Hoch, 88, of rural Allerton passed away at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 2019, at Newman Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

A funeral service and celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 15, 2019, at Joines Funeral Home, 401 W. Gillogly St., Newman, with the Rev. Marc Brown officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Cremation rites were accorded and burial will be at a later date.

Gerry was born Sept. 16, 1930, in Sidney, the daughter of Hugo and Pearl Logan DeWitt. She married Elmer Hoch Jr. on May 30, 1953. He passed away in 2001. She later married Marion Young of rural Allerton in 2011. He survives.

Also surviving are her children, Brenda Hoch of Savoy, Susan (Dale) Luhrsen of Buckley, Roger (Lena) Hoch of Mahomet and Sandra (Brink) Grismer of Sarasota, Fla.; stepchildren, Suzanne (Terry) Robinson of Pillsboro, N.C., Mary Jane (Jeff) Monahan of Bloomington and David (Debby) Young of Newman; three grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and sisters, Lois Anderson of Batavia and Ruth Ann Plane of Seneca.

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

She grew up and attended school in the Broadland area. She worked at Bishop's Buffet in Market Place Mall for 15 years. She loved to knit and crochet and especially loved spending time with her family.

Memorials may be made to Carle Hospice or to Newman Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Margie Morrissey

MAHOMET — Margie Morrissey, 91, of Mahomet, formerly of Mansfield, died at 6:10 p.m. Friday (March 8, 2019) at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, 106 N. Main St., Farmer City.

Cheryl Osterbur

KENOSHA, Wis. — Cheryl Osterbur peacefully passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

She was born July 6, 1945, to Jason and Jane Collins, who have preceded her in death. She graduated from Mahomet-Seymour High School in 1963 and began her career as a beautician at Empire Beauty Salon in Urbana. She became the manager of J.C. Penney Salon in 1980 and dedicated the next 29 years of her life to her customers until she retired in 2009. Cheryl loved her family and friends and was full of energy and laughter.

Cheryl is survived by her daughter, Tiffany (Mike) Myers, and two grandsons, Zachary and Jacob.

Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Owens Funeral Home, 101 N. Elm St., Champaign. The service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 15, at Owens, followed by interment in Grandview Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association at Condolences may be offered at

Terry J. Pike

MAHOMET — Terry Jon Pike went to be with his Heavenly Father on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

Terry was born March 27, 1945, to Cecil "Shorty" and Helen Lindsey Pike in Urbana. They both preceded him in death.

Surviving are his wife, Barb; sons, Shannon of Pearland, Texas, Tadd of Buckeye, Ariz., and Jon of Mahomet; stepdaughter, Kris (Denny) Hale of Danville; grandchildren, Kieren and Mallory of Pearland Texas; stepgrandchildren, Tawny (Brian) Powell and Kyla (David Dunham) Dilts; great-grandchildren, Jackson and Kehlani; sister, Linda (Jim) McClughen, and brother, Tom (Lea) Pike, both of Mahomet; several nephews and a niece; and his dear dog, Mandy.

Terry served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 through 1969 as an RM2 (radioman petty officer second class) and achieved top secret security clearance. He was a 50-year American Legion member and belonged to Post 55 in Farmer City. Terry was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan who enjoyed taking care of his yard, family and friends.

The family would like to thank Carle Hospice and the Carle Oncology Department with special thanks to Doctors Rowland and Stanic and their staff for their care and compassion.

Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville, is handling arrangements and a private burial will be at Danville National Cemetery, Danville.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Cornbelt Fire and Rescue in Mahomet. Photos and memories can be shared on his tribute wall at

Virginia A. Sinnes

ST. JOSEPH — Virginia A. Sinnes, 34, passed away at home in St. Joseph on Monday, March 4, 2019.

She was born July 11, 1984, to John W. Sinnes and Carol (Bersig) Sinnes.She was a graduate of Central High School and also attended Parkland College. She worked for Premier Cooperative Grain Elevator in Sidney, Clark Lindsey Village Caring for the Elderly and Reynolds Towing Service Dispatching, which she loved. Virginia took total pride and joy from serving people.Virginia had many interests including car racing, football (Packers) and was an avid reader with a love of movies. Virginia enjoyed simple pleasures such as time spent with family and friends. She had a love of Christmas, her fur-babies and she loved all animals. She also had a deep respect and passion for those in the service field such as military, EMT, police and especially the members of the fire departments. Virginia was loved by all who knew her for her kindness, compassion and unending selfless giving of herself.

Virginia is survived by her father, John W. Sinnes of St. Joseph; mother, Carol (Bersig) Sinnes; stepfather, Roger Bahrens of Rantoul; brothers, John G. Sinnes and Jared W. Sinnes, both of Urbana; half sister, Lindsey M. Sinnes of Davenport, Iowa; maternal uncle, Stephen Bersig of Seattle, Wash.; maternal aunts, Debbie Bersig and spouse Norman Cooper of Champaign, Linda Webb and spouse Rick Seager of Arvada, Colo., Janet (Bersig) Charles and spouse Terry Charles of Champaign and Peggy Bersig and spouse Lola Heim of Rantoul; and many other family members and beloved friends.

A memorial service was at 6 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2019, at Owens Funeral Home, 101 N. Elm St., Champaign. There was a visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.Flowers are gladly accepted, and honorary donations can be made to the Sidney Fire Department, 302 S. David St., Sidney, IL 61877; Champaign County Humane Society, 1911 E. Main St., Urbana, IL 61802; American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123; or charity of the donor's choice. Condolences may be offered at

Jean Vogen

CHAMPAIGN — The Author of Life welcomed Jean Yvonne Chastain Vogen to his eternal garden on March 7, 2019, in Urbana.

As the first of three daughters, her father, Homer Leon Chastain, and her mother, Ruth Erin Knox Chastain, affectionately called her Jeanie when she was born in Urbana on Feb. 24, 1927. They and her sister, Susan Grimm, preceded her to the Lord's waiting embrace.

She is survived by her husband, Rolf Edward Vogen of Champaign, and her sister, Martha Brady of Tracy, Calif.

Jean grew to maturity in Decatur, honing her creative personality, while her caregiving soul blossomed. She graduated from Decatur High School in January 1945 and matriculated to the University of Illinois that fall, majoring in communications-advertising. While a student, she met the love of her life, Rolf, a returning Marine Corps veteran, who lived next door to her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha. Married on Sept. 27, 1947, in Decatur, they lived more than 71 years together in communities of friends and loved ones in central and northern Illinois; Champaign, Oregon, Elizabeth, Newark, Mahomet and, finally, full circle in Champaign. Jean and Rolf raised three sons, Jon (Maxine) of La Jolla, Calif., Richard (Brenda) of Mahomet and Gary (Gina) of Wimauma, Fla. Rolf and they survive, along with eight grandchildren and seven great-grandsons.

Known for her exquisite floral gardening, Jean also wrote beautiful poetry and prose for those who crossed her path. As a devoted mother and homemaker, she supported her farming family while also working at the weekly newspaper, the Newark schools, Baum's clothing store in Morris, the Kendall County recording office, and as a craft business owner with her partner and dear friend, Ann.

Jean passionately supported her communities and churches, spending countless hours as a volunteer for U of I Extension and 4-H, the Newark Library board, the Peace Lutheran Church building committee, and as area president of the American Lutheran Church Women, among numerous other civic activities.Jean loved life, traveling far and wide for fellowship with loved ones and new acquaintances. From her beloved family cabin at Houghton Lake, Mich., to places where her children resided in Austria, Malaysia, Arizona, Florida, Iowa, New Mexico and Virginia, she always arrived to serve her family and friends, and most of all, her Lord, Jesus Christ.A celebration of Jean's life will be Sunday, March 31, 2019, at the Lutheran Church of Mahomet, 410 Andover Drive, with visitation at 2 p.m., service at 3 p.m. and fellowship from 4 to 6. Burial of Jean's mortal remains will occur later at Helmar Lutheran Church Cemetery in Newark, Ill.

Rolf and her family are grateful for the dedicated caregivers who have loved and served Jean at Bridle Brook, Evergreen Place (formerly Villa), Meadowbrook Health Center and Harbor Light Hospice.Donations in her memory may be directed to Lutheran World Relief, 700 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21230, or Harbor Light Hospice, 332 W. Marion Ave., Suite N1, Forsyth, IL 62535. Condolences may be offered at

Gene Ward

MAHOMET — Gene A. Ward, 87, of Mahomet died at 6:35 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at Glenwood Assisted Living Center, Mahomet. Arrangements were incomplete at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy.