Category Archives: Obituaries

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

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

In Memory of Alta Hood

It’s sad to announce that Alta Hood, Class of 1952, passed away on January 4, 2015. He was 83 years old.

In Memory of Betty Sipek

It’s sad to announce that Betty Ann Sipek, 90, Class of 1944, formerly of 1611 Jackson in Quincy, died on Saturday (Jan. 10, 2015) in Pittsfield. Betty was born on Aug. 18, 1924, in Quincy, the daughter of August and Bertha (Loher) Schmidt. 

She married Richard F. Sipek on Oct. 4, 1947, in St. Mary Catholic Church. He died July 17, 2005. 

Betty worked for the Quincy Paper Box Company for many years. 

She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Betty was also a member of the Illinois School for the Deaf Alumni Association and the Quincy Deaf Club. 

She is survived by two daughters, Janice K. Birchall and her husband, James A., of Jacksonville, and Nancy A. Harper and her husband, John Sr., of Murrayville. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Julie Ann Varner and her husband, Eric; Nancy K. Sons; Jean K. Wooten and her husband, Garrett; Brian C. Sipek and his wife, Brooke; Jill K. Birchall and her significant other, Clint Dickinson; John R. Harper Jr. and his wife, Fara; Dana L. Sipek and her significant other Bren Stern; and Jeffrey R. Harper and his significant other, Kasey Hall; 12 great-grandchildren; numerous nephews; and a sister-in-law, Jacqueline Schmidt. 

In addition to her husband, Betty was also preceded in death by her parents; a son Ronald J. Sipek; a great-granddaughter; and six siblings, Floyd and Virgil Schmidt in infancy, Merle, Bob, and Donald Schmidt, and Shirley Kuse. 

SERVICES: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery on Wednesday, Jan. 14. 

VISITATION: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the church. 

MEMORIALS: Illinois School for the Deaf Alumni Association, the Liberty Village of Pittsfield or the Blessing Foundation for Hospice. 

ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home. 


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