Henry A. Langheim

Henry A. Langheim

Virden – Henry A. Langheim, 98 of Virden, IL passed away Friday June 14, 2019 at Sunrise Skilled Nursing and Rehab Virden, IL.

Henry was born August 25, 1920 in Watson Saskatchewan, Canada, a son to Henry and Elizabeth (Sommer) Langheim. He graduated from Virden High School in 1939. Henry was a WW II Army veteran serving in China, Burma and India Theater of operations and was awarded a Bronze Star. He Graduated from Millikin University in 1953 and worked in accounting until retiring in 1985. He married Lorene Finchom Osburn in 1968.

Henry is survived by, 6 step-grandchildren, 10 step-great grandchildren and 5 step-great great grandchildren, 2 brothers, Father Albert Langheim of Virden IL and Bernard (Patricia) Langheim of Salem VA, 1 sister-in-law,  Peggy Langheim of Virden, IL and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding in death were his parents, wife, Lorene Langheim, step-daughter, Trellis Johansen, step son, Gerald Nichols, seven brothers, Lawrence, Harold, Ernest, Paul, Francis, Pete, and Norman Langheim.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday June 22, 2019 at Sacred Heart Church Virden, IL, with a funeral mass to follow at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Father James Palakudy officiating. Pallbearers: Joe, Jim, Mark, Stephen, Pat and Bill Langheim. Burial will be in Virden Cemetery Virden, IL.

Memorials may be made to Prairieland Community Ambulance, Virden, IL. Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home Virden, IL, in charge of arrangements. Please visit; www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.comto leave a comment for the family.

Sharon Pfleiler-Bredendick

Sharon M. Pfeiler-Bredendick


Virden – Sharon M. Pfeiler-Bredendick, 74 of Virden, IL formerly of Chicago, IL, passed away  Wednesday June 12, 2019 at St. John’s Hospital Springfield, IL.


Sharon was born July 7, 1944 in Springfield, IL, a daughter of Edward H. and Dorothy Louise (Burch) Pfeiler. She married Otto Bredendick in Chicago, IL.


Surviving Sharon is a son, Otto Bredendick Jr. and a daughter Karen Bredendick, sisters, Debra Harlos of Carthage, MS, Patricia (Ray) Wheeler of Sesser, IL and Penny Maurer of New Berlin, IL, brothers, Raymond (Cheri) Pfeiler of Divernon, IL and Rick Pfeiler of Virden, IL, and several nieces and nephews. Preceding in death were her parents, husband Otto Bredendick Sr., sisters, Clara Pfeiler and Susan Reyes, brothers, Edward and Fred Pfeiler.


Cremation rites have been accorded. Celebration of Life Gathering will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday June 17, 2019 at Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home Virden, IL, with Memorial Services at 7:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Rev. Robert Wise officiating. Burial of ashes will be at a later date. Please visit www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.comto leave a comment for the family.

Gloria Maxine Shipp Frazier

Gloria Maxine Shipp Frazier

Gloria Maxine Shipp Frazier, 76, passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at home in Nixa MO surrounded by family.  Gloria was born on December 14, 1942 in Nilwood IL, the daughter of Jesse Allen Shipp and Lola Dorothy Adcock Shipp.   She graduated High School in Girard, IL class of 1960.  

Gloria was very proud to have served Her Country in the United States Navy.  While based in Stockton, California as an Electronics Technician she met and married Navy Radioman, Paul Douglas Frazier, her devoted husband of 55 years. They had two children, David and Paula.  

Gloria was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and GG.   After the Navy Gloria and Doug moved to West Plains, Missouri to raise their family.  Both attended and graduated from Southwest Missouri State University where Gloria earned a Masters Degree In Administration.  She taught school at Howell Valley, Fair View and Richards Schools in West Plains, MO and tutored many students inspiring them to love math as much as she did.  She was also a Winning Volleyball Coach.

Gloria loved researching Genealogy and especially collaborating and having lunch with fellow research friends, family and classmates back home in Illinois.  Upon retirement Gloria & Doug sold their house, bought a big bus and, for 17 years, traveled the country researching archives, walking through cemeteries and interviewing many people about their family history.  She published two books:  One on the Adcock family line and one on the Sutton family line. 


During their travels around the country they enjoyed stopping to visit with family, friends and fellow Navy Buddies to swap stories and catch up.  Finally, Gloria and Doug joyfully spent many wonderful winters parked in the Melbourne Beach Florida RV Park overlooking the ocean, celebrating life and playing pony canasta with a great group of unforgettable crazy, loving and supportive friends.

Gloria is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Eileen, and her brother Orville.

Gloria is survived by her loving husband, Paul Douglas Frazier, Nixa, MO,  her son, David Alan Frazier and wife Lisa of Grimes, Iowa, her daughter, Paula Jean Lamb and husband Rick of Nixa, MO, five grandchildren, Jessica Stillings, Zachary Miner and wife Kelsey, Olivia Lamb, Garrett Lamb and Zoe Frazier, two great grandchildren, Brynn Stillings and Ryker Cole, her brother, Allison Bruce “Curly” Shipp and wife Marla of Shipman, IL, special cousin Phyllis June Pitchford of Thayer, IL and several Very Special Nieces and Nephews whom she loved very much.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 16, 2019 from 1pm-3pm at Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home in Girard IL.  Graveside Service immediate follows at 3:30 at Union Chapel Cemetery in Girard, IL with her Brother, Al Shipp officiating.  To leave a comment for the family please visit:  www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.com.

Robert M. Dunn

Robert  M. Dunn

 Port Charlotte, FL  – Robert M. Dunn, 91 of Port Charlotte, FL, formerly of Girard, IL, passed away Monday June 10, 2019 at Heritage Health in Carlinville, IL.

 Bob was born December 13, 1927 in Athensville, IL, a son of Orville J.  and Velma R. (Claussen) Dunn.  He served in the U.S. Navy just after World War II and when he returned to central Illinois, he opened a chili parlor in Palmyra, IL where he met his wife,  Virginia R. Crum.  They married in 1948 and were very active in the Girard community and Girard Brethren Church until she passed away in 1967.  After attending welding school in the 1950’s, he worked for Charlie Gibbel as a blacksmith until Mr. Gibbel helped him to start his own blacksmith business.  Many of the local farmers will remember the Dunn’s Welding and Repair shop where in Bob’s words “a handshake was always your word”.  During those years, he was also a decorative iron fabricator and made many of the area iron porch railings that are still in use today.  In the late 1960’s, he pursued his automobile passion that began with a broken down Model A Ford that he bought for a few dollars and refurbished when he was just 15 years old.  He partnered with Loveless Pontiac-Cadillac in Carlinville and then went on to become an independent auto dealer specializing in pre-owned vehicles.  He was well known and respected by the area new car dealers. 

Bob was a founding member of the Sunset Lake Association and the Sunset Lake Boat and Ski Club which provided his family with many good memories.  He was an avid skier and he and his family were a big part of the annual Sunset Lake Labor Day Ski Shows.  He is immortalized in the Girard Sesquicentennial book with a photo taking a small boat over the ski jump at Sunset Lake. In the early days of Sunset Lake, he built a go-kart track which gave local young people and his own family another fun activity at the lake.  When Bob retired from selling vehicles, he moved to Charlotte County, FL and had many happy years spending time with his Florida family and fishing at “The Shack”, a fish shack located in the Gulf of Mexico and owned by his son, Randy. He was a beloved Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather to his family and he loved nothing more than spending time with each new little one that was added to the family. He was a special person and will be missed by his family and many friends.

 Bob is survived by his daughters, Melissa R. (Bill) Kribs of Josephville, MO, and Deborah D. Battaglia of South Miami, FL, sons, Randy (Arlinda) Dunn of Punta Gorda, FL, and Rex A. Dunn of Cortez, CO, 8 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, brothers, Darrell “Jack” (Doris) Dunn of Girard, IL, and Carl E. “Gene” (Tina) Dunn of Nilwood, IL and many nieces and nephews. Preceding in death were his wife, Virginia R., his parents, his sister, Virginia Ruth Vandeveer and just recently, a special nephew, Mike Vandeveer. 

Cremation rites have been accorded by Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home Girard, IL. Friends are invited to join the family at a graveside service and burial of ashes at 12:00 Noon Saturday June 29, 2019 at Virden Cemetery in Virden, IL.  Shawn Burgess officiating. Memorials may be made to Girard Fire and Rescue Department or to the Girard Alumni Association. Please visit: www.calvert-ferryfuneralhopmes.com to leave a comment for the family.









James “Jim” Evans Clarke

James “Jim” Evans  Clarke

Thayer – James “Jim” Evans Clarke, 49, of Thayer, IL, passed away Friday May 31, 2019 at St. John’s Hospital Springfield, IL.

Jim was born January 24, 1970 in Springfield, IL, a son to Ralph “Mick” C. and Dorothy Mae (Evans) Clarke. He was a 1989 graduate of Virden High School and a lifelong member of Thayer United Methodist Church Thayer, IL. Jim enjoyed the outdoors, water skiing and cooking for family and friends.

Jim is survived by his mother, Dorothy Mae Clarke of Thayer, daughters, Haley and Mae Clarke of Greensburg, IN, sister, Chris (Mark) Heckman of Batesville, IN, niece, Meredith (Jefferson) Stewart, nephew, Clarke Taylor (Amber) Heckman and great niece, Eleanor Mae Stewart. Preceding in death was his father, Ralph “Mick” C. Clarke.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. To Noon Wednesday June 5, 2019 at Thayer United Methodist Church Thayer, IL, with funeral services at Noon at the church. Rev. Charles Kurfman officiating. Burial will be in the Evans Family Cemetery, Thayer, IL. Pallbearers: Tom Evans, Tim Evans, Brad Evans, Scott Evans, Clayton Gass and Clarke Heckman. Memorials may be made to: Thayer United Methodist Church, Thayer, IL. Please visit www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.comto leave a comment for the family.

Helen Jo Bollitto

Helen Jo Bollitto

Springfield – Helen Jo Bollitto, 70, of Springfield, IL, formerly of Thayer, IL, passed away Saturday June 1, 2019 at Aperion Care Capitol in Springfield, IL.

Helen was born April 20, 1949 in Springfield, IL, a daughter to Lawrence J. and Mary A. (Lesjak) Bollitto. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Virden, IL, and a 1967 graduate of Virden High School Virden, IL. Helen worked for over 30 years for Goodwill Industries in Springfield, IL.

Helen is survived by her sisters, Mary M. (Larry) Jabusch and Dorothy M. Brown both of Springfield, IL, niece, Christine M. Talbert, nephews, John A. Talbert and Lance Jabusch. Preceding in death were her parents and a sister Frances A. Bollitto.

Cremation rites accorded by Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home Virden, IL. Graveside of ashes will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday June 8, 2019 at Virden Cemetery Virden, IL. Memorials may be made to: Aperion Care Capitol (Activity Fund) 555 W. Carpenter St. Springfield, IL, 62702.Please visit www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.com to leave a message for the family.