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Area Obituaries

Dr. Edward A. Smith

January 29, 1943 — October 26, 2021 Dr. Edward A. Smith, M.D., age 78, of Peoria, passed away on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center. Edward was born on January 29, 1943 in Taylorville, Ill., to Joseph A. and Della J. (Zigman) Smith. He married Mary Ann Dailey on September 10,…

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Terry “Tob” Leon Borkhardt

May 12, 1955 — November 14, 2021 Terry “Tob” Leon Borkhardt, 66 of Taylorville, died at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Springfield Memorial Hospital. Terry was born on May 12, 1955, the son of Louis & Gertrude (Parish) Borkhardt. Most of Terry’s working life was in construction of all kinds. He worked…

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Sharon “Tootie” Fleigle

October 24, 1956 — November 12, 2021 Sharon “Tootie” Fleigle, 65, of Morrisonville passed away at 1:25 p.m. on Friday, November 12, 2021 at HSHS St. Johnís Hospital in Springfield. Tootie was born October 24, 1956 in Taylorville, the daughter of James Bruce and Barbara “Babe” (Grundy) Todt. She married John Fleigle on January 20,…

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Patricia Ann Patton

Patricia Ann Patton, 69 of Taylorville, formerly of Mt. Auburn, passed away at 10:18p.m. on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 in her home. Mrs. Patton will be cremated, and a memorial grave-side service will be held at 3:00p.m. on Friday, November 12, 2021 in the Mt. Auburn Cemetery with Michael St. Louis officiating. McClure Funeral Home and…

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Francie L. Schroader

December 24, 1957 — November 11, 2021 Francie L. Schroader, 63 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 8:40 a.m. at Spring- field Memorial Hospital in Springfield, IL. She was born on December 24, 1957 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of John Henry and Wanda (Hughes) Dixon. She married Clarence “Sonny” Schroader on December 24, 1986 in Oklahoma. She worked as a home care nurse…

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Moody Blues drummer, co-founder Graeme Edge dies at 80

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Graeme Edge, a drummer and co-founder of The Moody Blues, has died. He was 80. The band’s frontman Justin Hayward confirmed Edge’s death Thursday on the group’s website. The cause of his death has not been revealed. Hayward called Edge the backbone of the British rock band, which was inducted into…

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Patricia Ann Patton

May 18, 1952 — November 9, 2021 Patricia Ann Patton, 69 of Taylorville, formerly of Mt. Auburn, passed away at 10:18p.m. on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 in her home. She was born on May 18, 1952 in Decatur, the daughter of Donald and Mary (McMillan) Long. She married Bradley Dale Patton on April 5, 1985…

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Linda Rae (Friend) Prosperini

January 4, 1948 — November 5, 2021 Linda Rae (Friend) Prosperini, 73, of Taylorville passed away on Friday, November 5, 2021 at 11:32 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill. She was born on January 4, 1948 in Taylorville, Ill., the daughter of Harold and Eva (Gilbert) Friend. She is survived by her daughter:…

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Betty Geraldine “Jerry” Grauer

May 22, 1926 — November 7, 2021 Mrs. Betty Geraldine “Jerry” Grauer, 95, of Kincaid, Ill. died Sunday, November 7, 2021 at The Loft Rehabilitation Center in Decatur, Ill. She was born in Logan, Ill. May 22, 1926 the daughter of William J. and Cecile A. (Price) Meacham. Jerry married Don Grauer March 21, 1944…

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Hiram “Butch” Arthur

July 23, 1947 — November 7, 2021 Hiram “Butch” Arthur, 74, of Kincaid, passed away at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. Butch was born July 23, 1947 in Rice County, Minn., the son of Vincent C. and Eileen A. (Piper) Arthur. He proudly served our country in the United…

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