Obituaries

Earl Leggans
Earl Leggans, 90, of Murphysboro, and formerly of Union County, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, at 3:15 p.m. at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. He was born on May 14, 1926, in Union County, the son of Henry Crawford and Minnie Elizabeth Pruitt Leggans. He married Evelyn Jefferson on April 30, 1948....
LouElla Pender
LouElla Pender, 75, of Anna, died at 3:11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born on Sept. 28, 1941, in Cobden, the daughter of Edward and Cecile Earnhart Casper. She married Gilbert Pender on March 21, 1959, in Cobden. He preceded her in death on Feb. 4, 2007...
Father Peter Hsu
Father Peter Hsu, 85, of Zeigler, died at 8:08 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at Herrin Hospital.  He was born Dec. 15, 1931, in Jianyun, China, the son of John and Mary Mei Hsu. He studied for seven years at St. Meinrad Seminary to become a priest. Father Peter Hsu was ordained on June 9, 1957, in...
Diana Kunas-Bittle
Diana Kunas-Bittle, 43, of Murphysboro, died at 3:40 a.m. Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro from what was determined to be strep sepsis. She was born on Jan. 4, 1973, in Chicago, the daughter of Louie Kunas. She combined families with Anthony “Tony” Sean Bittle...
Mart M. Clark Sr.
Mart M. Clark Sr., 68, of Cobden, died at 2:14 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, at the Ray and Kay Hospice Care Center in Paducah. He was born on Feb. 25, 1948, in Anna, the son of Hubert Richard and Evelene Clutts Clark. He married Lucille “Lucy” Newman on March 15, 1968, in Cobden. He is survived by...
Diana M. Bittle, 43, of Murphysboro, died at 3:40 a.m. Monday, Dec. 26, at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro. Arrangements were pending at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. To leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com. Rendleman & Hileman...
Janis Kay Smith
Janis Kay Smith, 69, of Goreville, and formerly of Anna, died at 2:05 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. She was born on Sept. 3, 1947, in Anna, the daughter of Wilbur R. Emery and Ruth McCann Emery. She married Billy R. Smith on Jan. 22, 1966, at Camp Ground Church...
William J. ‘Bill’ Wade
William J. “Bill” Wade, 94, of Cape Girardeau, and formerly of Tamms and Gardena, Calif., died at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, at Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born on Nov. 27, 1922, in Tulsa, Okla., the son of Francis G. and Sarah Grace Roberts Wade. He married Marguerite on Oct...
Clyde William “Bill” Reed, 70, of Cobden, died at 8:34 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, 2016, at Integrity Healthcare of Cobden. He was born on March 23, 1946, in Dongola, the son of Wendell and Wanda Reed. He is survived by his four children, Christina Esparza of Tennessee, Richard Reed, Brandy Yancey and...
Janet Sue Easton, 70, of Alto Pass, died at 11:32 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, at Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born on July 18, 1946, in Norris City, the daughter of Leslie and Florence Brooks Ricketts. She married Allan Easton on July 18, 1969, in Fults. She is survived by her husband,...

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