Mason Obituaries

Norma E. Behrends

Norma E. Behrends, 85, of Easton passed away at 9:04 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the Mason City Area Nursing Home. She was born on March 13, 1934 in Havana Township, the daughter of Louis and Pauline (Kipp) Siltman. She married Wellington P. Behrends on March 7, 1965 in Havana. Mrs. Behrends farmed…

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Helena “Lee” Emilie Schafer

Helena “Lee” Emilie Schafer, 96, of Havana, passed away at her home at 5:54 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. She was born March 16, 1923, in Hawkeye, Iowa, to Gustave and Ella (Ungerer) Begalske. She married Raymond Schafer on August 24, 1945. He preceded her in death on April 8, 2013. Mrs. Schafer is…

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John E. Roat

John E. Roat, 90, of Havana passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 5:22 a.m. at Mason District Hospital. He was born on September 14, 1928 to Henry and Julia (Hendricker) Roat in Havana. He married Phyllis Frampton on December 30, 1961 in Pekin, Illinois. She preceded him in death on January 13, 2014.…

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Cecil Gilson Jr.

A life spent serving his country, community, church, and family came to an end on April 30, 2019, when Cecil Gilson Jr. left this life to journey to his heavenly home. Cecil was born on October 5, 1928 in Canton, the son of Cecil Gilson Sr. and Leah Showens Gilson. He married Elnora Bohm on…

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Lowell W. Barrett

Lowell W. Barrett, 99, of rural Chandlerville, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2019 at his home. He was born November 25, 1919, at home, to Lenora and Charles Spurgeon Barrett. He married Merle Eilers on January 2, 1940, in Palmyra, MO. He was preceded in death by his wife Merle in 2004, his son,…

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Ronda S. Kelley

Ronda S. Kelley, 64, of Havana, passed away at OSF-St. Francis Medical Center, in Peoria, at 6:25 a.m., on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. She was born in Fulton County, on July 16, 1954, to Frank and Shirley (Pierson) Kelley. Ms. Kelley is survived by one son: Trever (Kelli) Kelley of Lewistown; sister, Ruth O’Bryant of…

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Dale Leland Burrows

Dale Leland Burrows passed away April 7th 2019. He was born in Alton on June 11, 1926 to Gladys and Clarence Burrows. Dale was preceded in death by his sister Dess McKinney. Dale is survived by his beloved wife, Marianne, daughters Elizabeth (Libby), Amy (Barrett), and sons Bradley and Jeffrey. He is a grandfather to…

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Juanita Fern Bahl

Juanita Fern Bahl, 97, of Kilbourne, passed away at Mason District Hospital, in Havana, at 4:54 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019. She was born April 24, 1921, in Kilbourne, to Carl and Faye (Sears) Gosnell. She married J. Raymond Bahl on October 1, 1939, in Havana. He preceded her in death on March 11,…

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Margaret “Maggie” Yaeck

Margaret “Maggie” Yaeck, 80, of Springfield, formerly of Havana, passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 11:50 p.m. at Graham Hospital in Canton. She was born on September 22, 1938 in Havana to Fred and Lola (Polan) Yaeck. Maggie is survived by her friend Barbara (Bud) Dietsch and their family. She was preceded in…

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R. Thomas Heinhorst

R. Thomas Heinhorst, 78, of Mahomet passed away at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana on April 11, 2019. He was born on March 29, 1941 the son of Ralph E. and Alberta Thomas Heinhorst in Peoria. He was raised on a farm on Rural Route near Forest City in Mason County. A visitation was held…

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