ep 2013


A two-vehicle accident near Troy claimed the life of an O’Fallon man Saturday morning around 8:30.  According to the Madison County Coroner’s office, John Isenberg, age 47, of O’Fallon, was northbound on Troy-O’Fallon Road when his Ford Explorer was struck on the driver’s side by a Saab vehicle eastbound on Mill Creek Road, driven by Madison Bucker, age 16, of St. Jacob.  Isenberg was ejected from his vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.  Both vehicles overturned in the crash.  Bucker and a passenger in the Isenberg vehicle were taken to the hospital for treatment. No charges have been filed and the accident remains under investigation by the Madison County Sheriff's Department and the Madison County Coroner’s office.     


30 year-old Brad Yotter, of Bethalto, was killed in a motocycle accident Sunday morning around 3:30, according to the Madison County Coroner’s office.  The report says Yotter was westbound on Renken Road in unincorporated Staunton when his 2010 Harley Davidson left the road way.  According to the Coroner's office, Yotter was not wearing a helmet and sustained fatal head injuries.  Routine alcohol and drug testing will be done and the crash remains under investigation by the Madison County Sheriff's Department and the Madison County Coroner’s office. 


Greenville Police Officers responded to a semi fire in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 near the 38 mile marker just after midnight early Saturday morning.  According to Pocahontas Fire Chief Kendall Brink, when the driver suspected he was having issues, he pulled his vehicle over onto the south shoulder of the eastbound lane and disconnected his truck from the trailer.  Two of the tires exploded violently, crossing into the median and nearly reaching the west bound lane.  At this time, a passing vehicle was damaged by a free-rolling semi tire and the grass in the median caught fire.  The official cause of the fire is unknown.  The trailer was a total loss. The truck was hauling four pallets of baby bottles.  There were no injuries.  Greenville Firefighters were requested to provide mutual aid.  Firefighters were on the scene for about two hours.


Greenville AMVETS Post #140 recently selected Naco Printing to receive an award recognizing their continued support of various county veterans organizations.  Naco received the local Firm of the Year Award but was also named the District 5 Firm of the Year Award recipient. 

Larry Deiters, owner of Naco Printing, told WGEL they were nominated by Tony Koonce for the local Outstanding Firm of the Year Award.  Every entry automatically gets sent up to the District and State level for consideration and that is how Naco won the District 5 award.  Deiters said over the years they have supported many non-profit groups, specifically veterans organizations.  Naco received a plaque of recognition from the AMVETS district commander at a recent gathering.



Red Ball Trail will be closed Wednesday, July 24, from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., for oiling.  The road will be closed from Rt. 140 to the Wooden Bridge.
Millersburg Road, from Rt. 143 to Interstate 70, will be closed Thursday, July 25, from 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., for oiling.  No detour will be available.


Greenville Police received a call Saturday morning about a missing 74 year old woman with dementia, who lived on White Street.  According to the Greenville Police, the woman walked away from her residence sometime in the night. Police say a nieghboor heard the broadcast on WGEL Radio asking for help in locating her and they saw the woman asleep in a nearby car and called police.  Luckily, the car was parked in the shade and had not gotten too hot yet.  The woman is back home with her family and no medical attention was needed, according to police.    


The American Farm Heritage Museum in Greenville is hosting their annual Heritage Days event Friday, July 26 - Sunday, July 28.  This year’s event includes a wide variety of fun activities.  Friday, the Four Corners Tractorcade will arrive at noon and there will be a horse pull at 6:00 p.m.  Saturday there will be an antique tractor pull and an exhibitor tractor pull.  Sunday, there will be a car show, a 4WD truck tull, and a farm stock tractor pull.  Events going on daily include tractor pulls, field demonstrations, live music, food, vendors, and more.  The Little Red Barn Museum will be open daily.  WGEL will also be broadcasting live from the event Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. – noon.  For more information, visit www.AmericanFarmHeritageMuseum.org.  



William “Bill” McKinney, of Highland, was recently elected at the association’s 96th International Convention in Hamburg, Germany to a two-year term as director of Lions Clubs International .  McKinney is a retired general manager of Livestock Market.  He has been a member of the Marine Lions Club since 2012 and a Lion since 1973.  McKinney has had many offices in the Lions Club association, including president, district governor, council chairperson, and co-coordinator for Campaign SightFirst I.  He has also received numerous awards including Lion of the Year, an International President’s Medal, and two International President’s Certificates of Appreciation.



The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department is warning people about a telephone scam.  July 17, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a telephone call received from a male subject claiming to be a representative of Dish Network.  The caller informed the citizen their satellite receiver required an upgrade.  The caller asked the victim how many receivers they had in their home and claimed there would be a fee for the installation of the new receivers.  The individual refused to pay the fees and never heard back from the caller.  Later, they called Dish Network and were told Dish Network had received a call from someone claiming to be them.  It is believed the scammer was impersonating the victim in an attempt to obtain information about their account.  For more information on how to deal with scams, contact your local police department or sheriff’s office.



Katie Foppe of Breese and Brianne Hellmann of Bartelso represented Clinton County Electric Cooperative, Inc. in Washington, D.C. June 14-21, during the annual “Youth to Washington” Tour.  The two students were among 65 rural Illinois youth leaders selected for the trip and they joined more than 1,520 young leaders from across the country.  Since the late 1950’s, Illinois electric and telephone cooperatives sponsored the event introducing rural youth to our democratic form of government and cooperatives.  The students met with Congressman John Shimkus and toured the Capitol, Arlington National Cemetery, and several other national historic sites.




Kaskaskia College received a $196,342.00 grant from the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Program.  Kaskaskia’s project will focus on geospatial technology, or GST, a growing area of study providing skills needed for success in an ever expanding array of occupations.  Geospatial Technology is used in almost every industry.  If there is any kind of location involved, GST is being utilized.  The project will advance the college’s efforts to establish a geospatial technology certificate and an asso bn ciate degree program.  It will prepare GST technicians and GST- enabled graduates for employment opportunities in southern Illinois business and industry.


Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary needs pint jars for canning peach and apple butter.  Jars may be left at the Thrift Shop on South Fourth Street.  For more information, call Jane at 292-8066.



Mary Lile

Mary Lile, age 88 of Greenville, passed away 7:15 p.m. Saturday in Helia Healthcare, Greenville, IL.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 25, at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment will follow in St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. For those who desire, memorials may be made to the Bond County Senior's Center.

Mary Lile, the daughter of John and Hazel Gililand Ratermann, was born September 12, 1924 in Carlyle, Illinois. She grew up in Carlyle, attended the local schools and the Catholic High School.

Mary was united in marriage to Tommy R. Lile on December 20, 1941 in Carlyle, Illinois. They enjoyed 50 years together before his passing on April 14, 1992. They had four children; Mary A. Lile who preceded Mary in death, Thomas (Susan) Lile of Lincoln, Illinois, Larry Edward (Debbie) Lile of Greenville and John W. Lile of Godfrey, Illinois. Also surviving are her 4 sisters; Helen Breault of California, Madeline Priesmeyer of Greenville, Illinois, Margaret Lovell of Carlyle, Illinois, and Virginia Terry of Altamont, Illinois, 12 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Mary A. Lile and her brother John Ratermann.

Mary worked for the Shoe Factory in Carlyle, Illinois for a year, then the Model Glove Factory in Greenville and for the past 21 years DeMoulin Brothers in Greenville. She retired in 1990. Mary has enjoyed her family, sewing, volunteer work and the Bond County Senior's Center. Mrs. Lile was a member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Church.

Eleanor L. Bircher

Eleanor L. Bircher, age 91 of Highland, passed away on Friday, July 19th at Highland Health Care Center.  Funeral arrangements for 91 year-old Eleanor L. Bircher will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call on Sunday from noon until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.She was born April 06, 1922, in Carlyle, IL, the daughter of Fred and Louisa (nee Steffan) Wiese.

In 1940 she married Monroe John Bircher who passed away March 20, 1960.

She was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ.

Born in rural Carlyle (Frog Town), IL; grew up there; after marriage she and her husband farmed south of Highland; she continued to farm and reared their children after his death. She had worked at Gibson's in Highland; Marine Garment Factory, Highland School Cafeteria; Wal-Mart as a greeter for 17 years and retired at age 84. She was a very good seamstress. She loved gardening, flowers and following the Cardinal baseball team.

Survivors include :
Son - Richard L. "Dick" (Janis) Bircher, Highland, IL
Daughter - Linda J. (Allen) Blue, Scottsdale, AZ
Sister In-law - Jane F. Bircher, Highland, IL
Son In-law - James N. (Phyllis) Cagle, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Brad A. (Jamie) Bircher, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Jene' L.(Jeffrey) Alldredge, Edwardsville, IL
Grandchild - Andrea A. (Jason) Glasson, Cape Coral, FL
Grandchild - James D. (Julie) Cagle, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Theresa A. (Rusty) Fry, Edwardsville, IL
Grandchild - Christine L. (Todd) Imming, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Stacey E. (Matt) Mason, O Fallon, IL
Grandchild - Darren L. (Carrie) Bircher, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Thera L. (Keith) Maue, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Blake Bircher, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Alyssa R. Bircher
Great Grandchild - Brayden A. Bircher
Great Grandchild - Brodie Bircher
Great Grandchild - Jordan L. Bircher
Great Grandchild - Lucas Bircher
Great Grandchild - Addison C. Alldredge
Great Grandchild - Brock A. Alldredge
Great Grandchild - Taylor S. Alldredge
Great Grandchild - Brooklyn Alldredge (twin)
Great Grandchild - Kaden Alldredge (twin)
Great Grandchild - Lauren Cagle
Great Grandchild - Sarah Cagle
Great Grandchild - Cameron Cagle
Great Grandchild - Jay Fry
Great Grandchild - Mikayla Fry
Great Grandchild - Ellie Imming
Great Grandchild - Hope Imming
Great Grandchild - Beau Imming
Great Grandchild - Carmen Mason
Great Grandchild - Emmagrace Mason (twin)
Great Grandchild - Clinton Mason (twin)
Great Great Grandchild - Chloe Wellington
Sister - Laverna Ammann, Highland, IL
Sister - Arlene A. Gustafson, Highland, IL

She was preceded in death by :
Father - Fred Wiese
Mother - Louisa Wiese nee Steffan
Husband - Monroe John Bircher died 3/20/1960
Daughter - Karen L. Cagle died 8/5/2009
Son - Donald M. Bircher died 10/18/2009
Brother - Lester Wiese
Brother - Harold Wiese
Brother - Elvin Wiese
Sister - Gladys A. Hug (died 02/16/2007)

Daniel R. Markus

Daniel R. Markus, age 64 of Aviston, passed away on Friday, July 19th.  A funeral mass for 64 year-old Daniel R. Markus will be Monday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston.  Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery.  Friends may call on Sunday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and on Monday from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Hempen Funeral Home in Aviston.  Memorials are suggested to Hannah’s Playground or to the Clinton County Humane Society.

He was born October 12, 1948 in Breese, son of Lawrence “Snick” and Verena (Wolters) Markus.  He married Marilyn Eilering on September 28, 1974 in Aviston and she survives in Aviston.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Heather (Kurt) Huelsmann of Aviston; four brothers, Thomas (Jessie) Markus, Larry (Marcella) Markus, Charles Markus and Mark (Carol) Markus all of Aviston; sisters-in-law, Ellie Markus and Ceil Markus both of Aviston, Barb Dulle of Centralia; and a brother-in-law, Leroy Eilering of St. Peters, MO.  He is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Gerald L. “Porky” Markus and Benedict “Dick” Markus; a sister in infancy, Mary Frances Markus; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Virgil and Elisabeth “Betty” Eilering; two brothers-in-law, Donald T. Eilering and John Dulle; and a sister-in-law, Norma Eilering.

Mr. Markus was employed by Markus Cabinet in Aviston.  He was a member of St. Francis Parish in Aviston.  He enjoyed his clubhouse, hunting and being outdoors.

Clara Maue

Clara Maue, age 94 of Breese, passed away on Thursday, July 18th at Carlyle Health Care Center.  A funeral mass of Christian burial for 94 year-old Clara Maue will be Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Breese.  Burial will be in St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery.  Friends may call on Monday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 8:00 – 9:45 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese.  Memorials are suggested to St. Augustine Church.

She was born August 22, 1918 in Little Prairie to Bernard and Wilhelmina (Nordmann) Busselmann: they preceded her in death.

She married Edward “Eppie” Maue November 23, 1938 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Beckemeyer and he preceded her in death February 24, 1995.

Also preceded in death by a son Dennis Maue, a grandson Nathan Maue, a brother Raymond Busselmann, son-in-law Roger Bryson, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Alvin Maue, Arthur Maue Leona and George Dierkes, Clarence “Bud” and Marie Maue, Dick Brand, Leland Johnson.

Surviving are her children Marilyn Bryson of Royal Oak, MI, Kathleen (Robert) Kane of Salem, Michael Maue of Arnold, MO

6 grandchildren Susan (Jarrod) Holle, Michael (Kim) Bryson, Thomas Kane, Angela Finnerty, Shane (Faye) Maue, Aaron (Janell) Maue.

12 great grandchildren

Sisters-in-law Helen Brand of St. Louis, MO, Dorothy Johnson of Breese, Leona Maue of St. Louis, MO.

Clara worked as a bookkeeper, and was an associate with Wal Mart in Carlyle.

Member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and Altar Sodality in Breese, and Daughters of Isabella Precious Blood Circle 718.

Richard T. Schumacher

Richard T. Schumacher, age 82, of St. Rose, passed away Saturday, July 20, at his residence.  A funeral Mass for 82 year-old Richard T. Schumacher will be Tuesday, July 23, at 1:00 p.m., at the St. Rose Catholic Church.  Burial will be in St. Rose Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese.  Memorials are suggested to St. Rose Church or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Richard T. Schumacher 82 of St. Rose died Saturday July 20, 2013 at his residence.
He was born December 12, 1930 in St. Rose to Theodore and Emma (Buehne) Schumacher: they preceded him in death.Also preceded in death by a brother Francis Schumacher, father and mother-in-law Alvin and Hermina Rosen, brothers-in-law Daniel Rosen Tom Rosen, Ray Toennies.

He married Ruth Rosen June 14, 1960 at St. Rose Church and she survives.
Also surviving are his daughters Barb (Larry) Harrison of St. Rose, Karen (Stan) Frey of Highland, Janet (Craig) Taylor of St. Rose, Jeannie (Harold) Schellenger of St. Rose, Lynn Schumacher of Carlyle.
10 grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren 11 step great grandchildren, 3 step great great grandchildren.

Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Jane (Rich) Baum of Rockdale, Bob (Ruth) Rosen of Breese, Marilyn (friend John Bowen) Toennies of Breese, Rita (Elmer) Montgomery of Louisiana, Phyllis Rosen of Bartelso, Jim (Virginia) Rosen of St. Rose, Carl (Carleen) Rosen of St. Rosen.
Richard was a retired dairy and grain farmer. Member of St. Rose Catholic Church and Men’s Sodality, St. Rose Development Club, Clinton County Farm Bureau.

Angela Blanche Venhaus

Angela Blanche Venhaus, age 87, of Trenton, passed away Sunday, July 21, at Clinton Manor in New Baden.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial for 87 year-old Angela Blanche Venhaus will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Mary Catholic Church.  Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:30 - 9:45 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Memorials are suggested to St. Mary Catholic Church or Hospice of Southern Illinois.  VFW services will be Wednesday, at 7:00 p.m., at the funeral home.
She was born September 4, 1925 in Highland to John and Ann (Schumacher) Luber: they preceded her in death.
She married Lawrence “Pep” Venhaus August 27, 1949 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland and he preceded her in death June 22, 2007.

Also preceded in death by brothers Leonard Luber, Walt Luber, Bernard Luber, Jack Luber, sisters Lucille Kapp, Joan Reim, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Marion Luber, Louis Kapp, Harold Reim, Bill Holshouser, Edwin Venhaus, Florence and Cletus Holtgrave, Frieda and Joseph Kohlbrecher, Orville Kues, Marcella Venhaus, Ludwig Venhaus, Alma and Edmund Rohling, Marie Venhaus.

Surviving are her children Carolyn (Douglas) Franey of Trenton, Jeanne (Jim) Stein of Frisco, CO, Sandy (Bob) Sullivan of Evanston, Tom “Rusty” (Christy) Venhaus of Trenton

4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  A sister Marge Holshouser of Highland.
Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Doris Luber of Highland, Elmer “Bud” Venhaus of Trenton, Ben (Rosemary) Venhaus of Aviston, Esther Kues of Florissant, MO, Elvera (Larry) Tonnies of Trenton

Blanche worked at GTE Telephone as a switchboard operator, and Highland Supply. She had fond love for her grandchildren, enjoyed her time with family and friend playing cards, dancing, reading and shopping and her flower garden.  Member of St Mary Catholic Church and Ladies Sodality in Trenton, VFW Auxiliary in Trenton.

Dorothy Scharf

Dorothy Scharf, age 78, formerly of New Douglas and rural Sorento, passed away Saturday, July 20, at the Hitz Memorials Home in Alhambra.  Funeral services for 78 year-old Dorothy Scharf will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m., at the Grantfork United Church of Christ.  Burial will be in New Douglas Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  The Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy M. Scharf, age 78, formerly of New Douglas, IL and rural Sorento, IL passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at the Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra, IL. She was born on Saturday, October 13, 1934 in Leef Township, IL to Fred W. and Bertha L. (Brave) Scharf.

Dorothy was a Cafeteria Manager, employed with the Highland Community Schools serving at the Alhambra and New Douglas Grade Schools. She retired in 1999 after 24 years of service. She was a member of Grantfork United Church of Christ, Grantfork IL; the Church Ladies Guild; New Douglas Senior Citizens and was a Township Trustee for 15 years.

Dorothy enjoyed cooking and sewing and also enjoyed helping friends and family.
Survivors include her Sister: Irma M. Whiteside, Litchfield IL; 6 Nieces and Nephews: Ron and Gay Whiteside, Sorento IL; Linda M. and Donald Deiters, Breese IL; and Ross A. and Rebecca Lange, Alabaster AL as well as Great Nieces and Nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Fred W. and Bertha L. (Brave) Scharf; Sister: Bernadine A. Lange; Brother: Lawrence Scharf in infancy; Brother-in-law’s: David E. Whiteside and Ernest A. Lange.

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