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In Memory of Holly Martin Berstein

It’s sad to announce that Holly Martin Berstein, Class of 1963, passed away. She was 68 years old from heart issue. Her mom, who was 98 years old died, two days ago.

Retired Junior High English Teacher Died

It’s sad to announce that retired junior high English teacher, Patricia Jo Feller, 71, of Jacksonville, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.She was born Aug. 14, 1943, in Normal, the daughter of George Robert and Dorothy Wade Southgate. She married Edward C. Feller Sr. on Nov. 29, 1968, in Jacksonville, and he preceded her in death Sept. 3, 2010.

She is survived by three sons, Edward Feller Jr. of Jacksonville, and Mike (wife, Lisa) Feller and Andy (wife, Patty) Feller, both of South Jacksonville; four grandchildren, Candace Feller of Meredosia, Hayley (husband, Chris) Dudzinksi of Lisle, Laura Feller of North Aurora, and Ryan Feller of Jacksonville; two great-grandchildren, Talia James Potter and Orin Edward Potter; and one brother, George (wife, Peg) Southgate of Huntley.

Mrs. Feller taught junior high English at the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville for nearly 40 years. In addition, she worked with the Girl Scouts and cheerleaders at the school. Pat was an accomplished seamstress and taught sewing at the Jacksonville Community Center for the Deaf. She and her husband, Edward, loved their pets and they enjoyed traveling to closed-caption workshops for deaf education across the country during the summer. They both spent countless hours decorating their home for the holidays and hosting Christmas open houses.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Williamson Funeral Home with burial in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call after noon Friday at the funeral home, where family will meet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the Illinois Foundation for Deaf Children. Condolences may be left online at


January 26, 1970 – 2 DIE IN HILTON HOTEL FIRE | Chicago Tribune Archive
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And the lastly is please remember these guys (Bruce Kennedy and Donald Zanger) who died in Hilton Hotel fire in Chicago. God bless them. 

 (Photo credit: Charles Bright, ’72)

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In Memory of Joan Plumb

It’s sad to announce that Joan Plumb, 73, Class of 1960, of Moline, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at home.

Funeral services will be noon Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., 6601 38th Avenue, Moline. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until noon, prior to the services at the funeral home. Per her wishes, cremation rites will follow the services. Memorials may be made to Word of God Lutheran Church for the Deaf.

Joan was born Aug. 30, 1941, in Chicago, the daughter of Charles and Helen Poncar. She married Lawrence K. Plumb on June 23, 1989, in Havana, Ill. She worked as a computer programmer for the Rock Island Arsenal for 30 years, retiring in 2006.

Joan was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Davenport and Word of God Lutheran Church for the Deaf. She enjoyed fishing, water skiing and bowling. More than anything, she loved being with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her loving husband, Larry; children, Pat (Odis) Skaggs, Boss, Mo., and Peggy (Todd Pucine) Schultz-Springer, Bettendorf; grandchildren, Amber (Mike) Jackson, April Phillips, Ashley (Jay) Meier and Tory (Krystal) James Springer; step-grandchildren, Emily (Troy) Lloyd and Jessi Skaggs; great-grandchildren, Kayla, Alex, Kaylee and Emma; step-great-grandchildren, Drea, Conner, Ryan and Kali; brother, Bob (Gail) Poncar, Mount Carroll, Ill.; and nieces, Gina and Bobbi.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Online condolences may be left for her family by visiting