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Phyllis (Drone) Baumgart

Phyllis Baumgart

05/27/1939-02/10/2015

Phyllis Baumgart, 75, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana, surrounded by her family.

            Phyllis was born Saturday, May 27, 1939, the third child of Edward A. and Ruth Ann (Naas) Drone in Ridgway, Illinois.  She graduated from Ridgway High School.  On Tuesday, October 8, 1957, Phyllis married Robert Baumgart in Ridgway, Illinois at the St. Joseph Church. 

            She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where she was active in the church activities, Beta Sigma Phi, Chapter FK PEO and Study Club.  Phyllis was full of energy.  She enjoyed aqua aerobics at the WVC pool, flower gardening, traveling, delivering meals for Meals on Wheels and volunteered at Hope Pregnancy Center.  Phyllis loved her large family and was very dedicated to them, especially her grandchildren.

            She leaves to cherish her memories, her husband Bob, of 57 years; children, Mike and wife Sheila Baumgart, Chris and wife Cindy Baumgart,  Teresa and husband Brian Urfer and Cheri and husband Miller Newton; seven grandchildren, Luke and wife Jordan Baumgart, Ashley Baumgart, Tricia Baumgart, Mariah Baumgart, Jennifer Baumgart, Quincy Newton and Nia Newton; great-grandchild, Ezekiel Baumgart; brothers, Bernie and wife Carla Drone, Fred and wife Beth Drone, Tim and wife Bo Drone, Ron and wife Karen Drone, Pat and wife Kay Drone, Tony Drone; sisters, Dorothy Fullop and Barb Acord.

            Preceding Phyllis in death were her parents, sister, Regina Schimp and a brother, Alfred Drone. 

            Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 5th and Chestnut Streets, Mt. Carmel, Illinois, with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery on West Poplar Street.

            Visitation will be Friday, February 13, 2015, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Short Funeral Home, 527 N. Mulberry Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois.  

            Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s School at Short Funeral Home.

Condolences may be made online at www.short-cunningham

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Iona Marie (Pettyjohn) Schexnayder

Iona Marie Pettyjohn Schexnayder
4/22/1950 - 2/6/2015

Iona Marie Pettyjohn Schexnayder

Iona Marie (Pettyjohn) Schexnayder, age 64 of Carmi, IL but formerly of New Haven, IL died peacefully in Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, In on Friday, February 06, 2015.  Marie was born in New Haven on April 22, 1950 to the late Ernest and Irene (Smith) Pettyjohn.  She was a homemaker and enjoyed her family and friends.  She loved camping and fishing, crossword puzzles and reading.  She had a wonderful and witty sense of humor loving to always joke around.  She played bingo, loved spiritual music and was a very happy person and loved life.  She will be missed.

Marie is survived by her 2 sons, Carl & Rhesa Abbott of New Haven, Rodney and Rachel Abbott of Boonville, IN and a daughter Tracy Cartwright of Evansville, IN, her brother Daniel Pettyjohn of Texas, 11 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and a host of friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson, Saxton Cartwright, her loving companion, Butch Johnson, a sister, Vernalene Pettyjohn, ½ sister, Viola Smith, and ½ brother, Edwin Kent.

Visitation for Marie will be on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in New Haven from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.  Her funeral will be on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the funeral home starting at 1:30 PM with Rev. Bobby Murray officiating.  Her interment will follow at the Union Ridge Cemetery near New Haven, Il.

You may leave a note of comfort to the family at www.coxandson.com

David Johnston

David L Johnston
1/30/1971 - 2/1/2015

David L Johnston

David L. Johnston, age 44 longtime resident of New Haven, died at his home on February 1, 2015.  David was born in Carmi, IL on January 30, 1971 to the late John Robinson and Patricia (Johnston) Robinson.  David was one of the St. Louis Cardinal Baseball team biggest fans.  He loved music, playing video games, CB radios and being with his family.  He attended the Coleman Center in Shawneetown for many years.  David had a smile that was contagious and showed everyone what unconditional love is.  He will remembered for his happiness and will be missed by his family and friends.

David is survived by 2 sisters, May Robinson of New Haven and Laura Coale of Mt. Vernon, IN, 2 brothers, Rex Robinson of New Haven, IL and Cody Robinson of Carmi, IL.  His grandmother, Margaret Willis of Ridgway, a very specail Aunt, Cynthia Meadows whom helped take care of David Aunt Judy Willis and Uncles, Gary Johnston and Jim Willis.  2 Nieces and 6 Nephews, Jacob, Brooke, Dylan, Katelyn, Zachary, John, Benton, and Lyle.  He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, George and Louise Johnston, and Aubrey Willis.

Visitation for David will be on Friday, February 6, 2015 at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in New Haven from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  A graveside service will immediately follow at the Union Ridge Cemetery near New Haven.  The family ask that those attending the service to wear their St. Louis Cardinal shirts in his memory.

You may leave a note of comfort to the family at www.coxandson.com

Barbegine Smith

Barbegine Smith
8/1/1927 - 1/19/2015

Barbegine  Smith

Barbegine M. Smith, age 87, of Decatur, IL but formerly of Ridgway, IL died on Monday, January 19, 2015 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.  Barb as most knew her was born in Junction, IL on August 1, 1927 to the late Virgil and Katherine (Loewen) Mead.  She was married to Lewis E. Smith, Sr. who preceded her in death.  She was a member of the Ridgway First Baptist Church and the Ridgway Eastern Star.  Before retiring in 1975 she worked for the Herald and Review Newspaper in Decatur, IL.  After retiring she moved back to Ridgway, where she enjoyed fishing, hunting with her sister and friends.  Barb was a beautiful person and soul and always had a smile for you.  She was a good mother, grandmother, sister and friend and will be missed.

 Barb is survived by a son, Lewis (Kathleen) Smith, Jr of Philo, IL and 2 daughters, Gloria (Larry) Summer of Girard, IL and Vivian (Gary) Sebens of Mt. Zion, IL.

 7 Grandchildren   9 Great Grandchildren  1 Great Great Grandchild.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a sister, Mary Oxford.

Visitation for Barb will be on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Cox & Son Funeral home in Ridgway.  Her funeral service will immediately follow starting at 1PM at the funeral home with Rev. Randy Davis officiating.  Interment will take place after the funeral in the Jackson Cemetery in Ridgway. 

In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to the Eastern Star Home, 9890 Star Lane, Macon, IL 62544 in her memory.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

 You may leave a note of comfort to the family at www.coxandson.com

Robert S. O'Neil

Robert Steven O'Neil
12/9/1952 - 1/10/2015

Robert Steven O'Neil

Robert Steven O’Neil, age 62 of Mt. Vernon, IN died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 as a result of a house fire.  Steve as most knew him was born in Eldorado, IL on December 9, 1952 to the Robert C. O’Neil and Martha (Anderson) O’Neil who survives.  Steve worked at Whirlpool and McCarty landfill before retiring.  He loved Tri State Speedway in Haubstadt where he spent much of his spare time.  He liked to ride his 4 wheeler, build things and just enjoy his life.  Steve was a good son and brother and will be missed.

Steve is survived by his mother, Martha O’Neil of Mt. Vernon and 2 brothers, Rod (Tammy) O’Neil and Marty (Helen) O’Neil all of Mt. Vernon, IN.  Many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father Robert O’Neil just this past week and a nephew Ryan O’Neil.

There will be a private family graveside service at Old Cottonwood Cemetery near Ridgway.  Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway is entrusted with the arrangements and you may leave a note of comfort to the family at www.coxandson.com