Obituaries

Ellen Louise Colbrook

June 13, 1942 — September 3, 2021

Ellen Louise Colbrook, 79, of
Stonington, passed away at 9:29pm
on Friday, September 3, 2021 at
Taylorville Memorial Hospital. She
was born on June 13, 1942 in
Bloomington, the daughter of William
and Mildred (Roggy) Morgan. Ellen
married William Patrick Colbrook on
January 20, 1962 in the Holy Trinity
Catholic Church in Stonington. She
graduated from LeRoy High School in
1960 and graduated from Decatur
School of Practical Nursing in 1961,
becoming licensed to practical nursing through the State of Illinois. Ellen’s nursing career includ- ed her love for geriatrics, where she worked at Dexheimer Nursing Home in Taylorville and later at Fairhaven Nursing Home in Decatur. She also worked at St. Vincent Hospital in Taylorville where she was hand selected to be on the first team of the newly formed Intensive Care Unit. Later her work took her to the Christian County Medical Clinic. When Ellen was 50, she became a massage therapist. She graduated from a massage program in Alexandria, Indiana and went on to become Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Body Work. In 1995 Ellen opened Colbrook Massage in Taylorville, a business she operated for 18 years until her retirement.

She was an active member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, a 4H leader, and member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as an officer with the DAR. Ellen helped her husband farm for a time and was the first female member of the Stonington Fire Department. She enjoyed taking part in lip-sync competitions at the Stonington Summerfest. Ellen enjoyed spending time in the garden, canning the fruits of her labors and watching Bill feed the birds. One of the many ways she gave back to her family was sewing countless projects and creating cross stitch Christmas stockings for her grandchil- dren. She enjoyed creating photo albums and memory books to document the history of her family.

Ellen loved playing card games of all types with family and friends for many years. Her love of the games wasn’t so much about the competition as it was the friendships and memories developed around the card table. Her card playing friends became her extended family. As shown through her work, Ellen was a true caretaker. She took great pride in raising her children and being the perfect homemaker. Her dedication to others extended to her grandchildren whom she dearly loved. She proudly hosted “Camp Grandma” for many years that included tea parties and hiking adventures, making memories with her grandchildren that will last forever. Ellen wasn’t just a mother to her 5 children, but proudly filled in for count- less people that needed someone in their life to fill the motherly role.

She is survived by her husband: William “Bill” Colbrook of Stonington; children: Margaret Wilson (Brian) of Downers Grove, William “Bill” Colbrook (Kim) of Urbana, Robert “Bob” Colbrook of Downers Grove; Amy Wade (Chris) of Stonington, and Matthew “Matt” (Nancy) Colbrook of Taylorville; grandchildren: Adam Wilson, Ben Wilson, Sarah Wilson, Emily Wilson, Steven Colbrook (Robyn), Joe Colbrook, Natacia Stillwell, Zachary Tobias, Marcus Goines, Mirrah Stillwell, Hannah Colbrook, Denise Colbrook, Madison Colbrook, Garrett Colbrook, Sophie Wade, Rozella Colbrook, William Colbrook, and Zettie Colbrook; great grandchild: Beckham Colbrook; siblings: Jerry Morgan of Naperville, Kenneth Morgan (Marian) of LeRoy, and Keith Morgan (Sherry) of LeRoy; sister-in-law: Sylvia Morgan of Arizona; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother: Robert Morgan; and sister -in-law: Marge Morgan.

A funeral mass for Ellen will take place at 10:00am on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Burial will be in the Old Stonington Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00pm until 7:00pm on Friday at the church in Stonington. Everyone is asked to wear a mask to the visita- tion and mass. Memorials may be made to the Holy Trinity Catholic Church. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrange- ments. Memories of Ellen, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Beverly Ruth Dial

December 22, 1942 — September 3, 2021

Beverly Ruth Dial, 78, of Taylorville, passed away at 8:55 p.m. on Friday, September 3, 2021 at her residence.

Beverly was born December 22, 1942 in Taylorville, the daughter of Donald M. and Lela Geraldine (Nance) Durbin. She married Carl Eugene Enlow, and he preceded her in death. Beverly then mar- ried Jack Dial, and he preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death
by her parents; son, Dennis
Enlow; step-father, Marion “Kelly” Hazel; sisters, Josephine Durbin and Clara Spain; and brother, Donald “Ed” Durbin.

Beverly is survived by her son, Richard (Linnell) Enlow of Maroa; 5 granddaughters; many great grand- children; siblings, Larry Durbin, and Judy (Bob) Graven, both of Taylorville; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation & Funeral Ceremony: The family will receive guests from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville, with Rev. Msgr. David S. Lantz officiating.

Interment will follow the ceremony at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Beverly, or offer condolences to her family.

David Michael Hart

July 1, 1943 — September 5, 2021

David Michael Hart, 78 of Taylorville passed away on Sunday, September 5, 2021 at 12:49 a.m. at his home in Taylorville, Ill. He was born on July 1, 1943 in Granite City, Ill. the son of Jack and Mildred (Bridges) Hart. He married Linda Newberry on April 20, 1991 in Taylorville, Ill. Dave worked as a laborer for the Decatur Laborers Union.

He is survived by his wife: Linda
Hart of Taylorville, IL; daughter:
Angel (Alan) Mann of Taylorville, Ill., Kristen (Doug) Littrel of Florida, Chandra Hart of Staunton, Ill.; Sons: David (Lori) Hart of Taylorville, Ill.; Jason Newberry of Taylorville, Ill.; grandchildren: Justin, Josh, Erica, Robert, Candace, Shane, Tori, Jordan, and Courtney; sisters: Dawn, Jackie and Bell; brother: Mark Hart; sev- eral great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Brothers: Joe and Steve, Sister: Carolyn, Grandson Brandon and Several Aunts and Uncles.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorial- home.com

Ralph Burgener

April 16, 1949 — September 3, 2021

Ralph Burgener, 72 of Sullivan formerly of Owaneco passed away on Friday, September 3, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Sullivan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Sullivan, Ill. He was born on April 16, 1949 in Decatur, Ill. the son of Edward and Dorothy (Riley) Burgener. Ralph worked as a farmer and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Assumption and Assumption Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his sisters: Mary (Leonard) Helmerichs of Pawnee, Ill., and Barb Bolser of Nebraska; brothers: Bob (Deborah) Burgener of Taylorville, Ill., Charles (Margaret) Burgener of Taylorville, Ill.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sis- ters: Jean Fuentes and Susan Burgener.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Assumption, Ill.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church 301 St Peter St, Assumption, Ill. 62510.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Scott Edward McLaughlin

November 17, 1962 — September 3, 2021

Scott Edward McLaughlin, 58 of
Taylorville, passed away at 10:30pm
on Friday, September 3, 2021 in his
home. He was born on November 17,
1962 in Taylorville, the son of George
and Doris E (Matson) McLaughlin.
Scott was a member of the Owaneco
United Methodist Church and previ-
ously worked at the Christian County
Mental Health Workshop. He had a
love of sports and participated in
Special Olympics for many years and
also enjoyed playing basketball, bowl-
ing, bike riding, and roller skating.
Scott also enjoyed working on puzzles and listening to music including the Beach Boys and Alvin and the Chipmunks.

He is survived by his mother: Doris McLaughlin of Owaneco; brother: Stephen (Dolores) McLaughlin of Taylorville; sisters- in-law: Jane Everett (Bill) and Kathy McLaughlin and her son Mark Calloway and his children, all of Owaneco; nieces and nephews: Matthew McLaughlin (Lyndsey) and their children Brynna and Madeline, Jarrod McLaughlin, Tara Kowalczyk (Jason) and their children: Kyle and Colin, Chad McLaughlin (Kelly) and their children Briar and Mikayla Brown (Mike), Michael McLaughlin (Krissy) and daughter: Hadley, and Mandy Boehler (Dave) and children William and Abigail; and special friends: Mary and Danny Speagle, LeVeta Haddock, and Selena Horn. He was preceded in death by his father: George McLaughlin and brothers: George William McLaughlin and Dennis L. McLaughlin.

The funeral service for Scott will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Diwan Tiwade officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service and burial will be in the Owaneco Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Owaneco United Methodist Church or the Christian County Mental Health Association. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Scott, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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