Alan Shiller, of O’Fallon, Mo., and an instructor in the Department of Speech Communication within SIUE’s College of Arts and Sciences, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, of natural causes. He was 62.
For more than 30 years, Shiller taught speech communication courses at the university level. He earned a bachelor’s from Emerson College in Boston. After earning a master’s at Purdue University, he accepted a faculty appointment at the University of Georgia. In 1980, he accepted an offer as an assistant professor at Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Mo.
Schiller joined the SIUE faculty in 1999 teaching Oral Argumentation Skills, Nonverbal Communication, Interviewing, Strategies for Teaching Speech, Interpersonal Communication and Public Speaking. He received SIUE’s 2001 Outstanding Professor of the Year award.
Arrangements are being managed by The Baue Funeral and Memorial Center in St. Charles, Mo. Visitation at Baue will be held 4-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Funeral service at Baue will be noon, Thursday, Jan. 2.
In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to the following organizations: Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership of Missouri; 974 Shadow Pine Dr., Fenton, MO, 63026; or the Adrienne Arsht Ailey Camp Miami Fund; 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL, 33132.
For a complete obituary, see the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
David Lee Bauser, 60, of Brighton, died Nov. 29.
Bauser graduated from SIUE in 1975 with a bachelor’s in journalism.
Visitation is being held from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Delhi Baptist Church with burial at Godfrey Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or the Delhi Baptist Church. A full obituary is available through The Telegraph. An online guestbook and additional information is available at www.Gentfuneralhome.com.
Theresa Newby Harpole, 46, of Alton, died Nov. 28 at her home.
Harpole graduated from SIUE with a bachelor’s in business.
A visitation is being held from 6-8:30 p.m. tonight at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Alton. A funeral mass will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, also at Sts. Peter & Paul. Graveside services will follow at Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Theresa Harpole Foundation for Metastatic Breast Cancer, P.O. Box 117, Alton, Ill. 62002, or www.metastaticfoundation.org.
A full obituary and guestbook are available online. More information is available at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.
Thomas Elwood McCormick, 65, of Alton, died Nov. 26 at his home.
McCormick graduated from SIUE with a bachelor of science.
A celebration of his life was held Nov. 30 at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Alton.
A full obituary and guestbook are available online.
Bruce Drury, 60, of O’Fallon, died Nov. 27 at his home. He was an SIUE alum.
Drury graduated from SIUE with a bachelor’s in government.
Visitation took place Sunday at Wolfersberger Funeral Home in O’Fallon, and this morning at Christ Church in Fairview Heights. Funeral services followed.
Memorials may be made to Siteman Cancer Center or the O’Fallon Township High School Endowment Fund. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.
A full obituary is available through the Belleville News Democrat online.
Raymond E. Switzer III, 76, of Maryville, died Nov. 14 at his home.
Switzer was a personal friend and aid to the late Sen. Sam Vadalabene, for whom the SIUE Vadalabene Center was named. In 1967, he helped build SIUE, retiring in 1985.
A visitation was held Saturday, Nov. 16. Arrangements were handled by Barry Wilson Funeral Home in Maryville. A full obituary and an online guest book are available online.
Dr. James E. Benjamin, 79, of Glen Carbon, died Sunday, Nov. 17 at Relais Bonne Eau Hospice in Edwardsville.
Benjamin taught in the SIUE School of Business from 1972 until his retirement from the institution in 1992.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be expressed online at www.irwinchapel.com. Memorial donations may be made to the Relais Bonne Eau Hospice House in Edwardsville or to the charity of one’s choice. Irwin Chapel of Glen Carbon is in charge of handling arrangements.
A full obituary can be found on legacy.com.
Ronald Paul George, of Shiloh, died Sunday, Nov. 12, at his home. He was 66.
An O’Fallon native, George earned a bachelor’s at SIUE and worked in corporate accounting in the St. Louis area. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam era.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., in O’Fallon.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the funeral home. Private burial will follow at O’Fallon City Cemetery.
A complete obituary is available at the Belleville News-Democrat.
Debora Daugherty-Henderson, of O’Fallon, died Friday, Oct. 11. She was 54.
She was studying accountancy in the SIUE School of Business.
Wolfersberger Funeral Home in O’Fallon is managing the arrangements. Visitation is 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home with a service to follow at noon.
Betty J. Walker, 85, formerly of Fairview Heights, died Oct. 2 in Red Bud.
She was an emeritus assistant professor of Nursing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. During her tenure at SIUE, her obituary states she also served as director of the Continuing School of Nursing Education and was a member of Sigma Theta Tau.
An obituary is available through The Belleville News-Democrat.
Norma Louise Clark Cadwell Judkins, 89, of Savannah, Ga. died Oct. 1.
Judkins was an instructor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
An full obituary appeared in the Saturday issue of The Alton Telegraph. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. The arrangements are being handled by Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel.
Samuel L. Smith, 86, of Edwardsville, died Sept. 21 at his home.
Smith retired from SIUE in 1998 after 25 years. He served as the director of University News Services for 23 years.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 at Sunset Hill Funeral Home in Glen Carbon. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at First Baptist Church of Edwardsville.
An online obituary is available at thetelegraph.com. Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church of Edwardsville.
Wayne J. Heberer, 76, of Belleville, died Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Saint Louis University Hospital.
He was former member of the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees.
For more information, a full obituary is available online.
Joyce I. Beerup, 81, of Bunkerhill, died Aug. 16 at Staunton Community Hospital in Staunton.
She was a library supervisor for 30 years at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
An online obituary is available at thetelegraph.com. Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church of Bunker Hill. Condolences can be left at http://www.airsman-hires.com/obituaries/viewobit.php?oid=5635.
Kayla L. Satterfield died Friday, Aug. 30, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. She was 20.
A Belleville native, Satterfield was transferring into SIUE after graduating from Kaskaskia College.
Moss Funeral Home in Trenton managed the arrangements and has a complete obituary. Memorials can be made to Multiple Sclerosis Research or to Big Brothers/Big Sisters through the funeral home.
Dr. Kevin A. Johnson died June 24, 2013, unexpectedly while traveling on vacation in Manila, The Philippines. He was 44.
Johnson earned a bachelor’s in environmental toxicology in 1992 from the University of California at Davis. He achieved a doctorate in environmental toxicology in 1996 from Clemson University.
Johnson became a faculty member in SIUE’s Department of Chemistry in 1997, rising to the rank of professor in 2008. In addition to mentoring SIUE undergraduate and graduate students, he also served in a number of administrative capacities: associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences from 2006-2010; interim director of the Center for STEM from 2009-2010; and director of the Environmental Sciences Program from 2010-2013.
See the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry for a full obituary.
A memorial service was held on July 11 at the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability on the SIUE campus.
Frederick William Zurheide, IV, 78, passed away on Thursday, August 15, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. He was 78.
Born in Coles County, near Humboldt, Mr. Zurheide was a graduate of Mattoon High School. He attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Washington University in St. Louis, before becoming an associate professor of physics at SIUE for 42 years He retired in 2000.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wood River. Committal services will be at 2:15 p.m. today at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Mattoon with burial to follow.
Memorials may be made to the Organ Fund at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville community today is mourning the death of undergraduate student Paul Maynerich, who passed away Tuesday in an automobile accident.
A native of Virden, the 19-year-old Maynerich was about to enter his sophomore year in the School of Education.
Counseling services are available to students by calling 650-5666 or visiting the Counseling Health Services Office in the Student Success Center lower level adjacent to the Morris University Center.
Prayer service will be at 2:45 p.m. today at Sacred Heart Church in Virden followed by visitation from 3 to 8 p.m. at the church. There will be a one hour visitation prior to the 11 a.m. funeral Mass on Saturday Aug. 17, at St. Joseph The Worker Church in Chatham.
For a complete obit, visit Calvert and Ferry Funeral Homes.
George L. Smith, of St. Louis, Mo., died July 26. He was 94.
Mr. Smith worked for SIUE for 15 years at the East St. Louis Center. He worked most recently as a staff assistant at the SIUE East St. Louis Center.
He also was a retired senior customs inspector for the U.S. Department of Customs and Computers. He was past president of the Musicians Local #197.
Visitation services will be from 3-7 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Home – Twin Chapel, 4800 Natural Bridge Ave. in St. Louis, Mo.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lane Tabernacle CME, 910 N. Newstead in St. Louis.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wade Funeral Home. Obituary information can be found both in the online editions of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Belleville News-Democrat.
Rosemary “Rosie” Wanjiru Githinji, 28, of Kokomo, Ind., died Tuesday, July 23. She was 28.
Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, Githinji was a reporter and the opinion/managing editor at The Alestle, SIUE’s student newspaper. She also was an active member of the University’s student body.
Githinji graduated in 2011 from SIUE with a bachelor’s in mass communications. At the time of her death, she was working as the city beat reporter for the Kokomo Perspective newspaper in Indiana.
The first of two visitation services will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Farina Methodist Church in Farina, Ill. The second service will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Farina Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Farina Methodist Church.
Barbara Jane DeLong, of Bradenton, Fla., died Sunday, June 30, at Bradenton Health Care. She was 79.
A Fort Branch, Ind., native, DeLong achieved both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Health and Physical Education at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. She earned a doctorate from the University of Iowa in 1967. She became a professor at SIUE in the department of Health, Recreation and Physical Education in 1970 and later served as chair of the department for a year.
During her tenure at SIUE, she also served a term as president of the Faculty Senate and, with two other department faculty members, helped found the program of intercollegiate athletics for women.
Funeral services were held on Friday, July 5, at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Branch. Shannon Funeral Home in Bradenton handled the arrangements. The DeLong family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the Fort Branch Alumni Association; P.O. Box 113; Fort Branch, Ind., 47648-0113.
A “Celebration of Life” service has been scheduled for Jennifer L. Ratliff, 44, an office support specialist at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, who died Saturday, July 13, at her home in Edwardsville.
Ratliff, who worked a total of 13 years at the University, worked most recently for the National Corn-To-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) at SIUE. An SIUE alumna, Ratliff earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University.
A memorial visitation will be conducted from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at Weber & Rodney Funeral Home in Edwardsville, where arrangements were made. The celebration service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
For more information, visit the online obituary.
A “Celebration of Life” has been scheduled for Donald L. Hastings, Jr., 61, of Edwardsville, who died Saturday, June 1, at Relais Bonne Eau Hospice Home in Edwardsville.
The memorial mass will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7 in the Oak Room at St. Boniface Church in Edwardsville.
Hastings was a Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumnus. In 1973, he was elected as the first student from the Edwardsville campus to serve on the SIU Board of Trustees.
An online obituary is available at obitsforlife.com. Arrangements were made by Kalmer Memorial Services in Lebanon.
Emily Suzanne York, of Troy, Ill., died Thursday, June 13, at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. She was 34.
A McLeansboro, Ill., native, York joined the SIUE admissions staff in 2002 and was an assistant director of admissions for new student programs. She worked in admissions through July 2009.
York earned a master’s in speech communication from SIUE in 2004. She is the daughter of Pat Connaway, who retired from SIUE on May 31 to care for her daughter.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to the York Fund, found at any US Bank, or the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation.
Orville “Sonny” J. Darr Jr., passed away on Sunday, June 9, at Alhambra Care Center. He was 83.
An Alton native, Darr worked in facilities and maintenance at SIUE.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 13, at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens. Read the complete obituary in The Telegraph.
Memorials may be made to the Alhambra Care Center Activities Department. Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home managed the arrangements.
Donald L. Hastings, Jr., 61, of Edwardsville, died Saturday, June 1, at Relais Bonne Eau Hospice Home in Edwardsville.
He was a Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumnus. In 1973, he was elected as the first student from the Edwardsville campus to serve on the SIU Board of Trustees.
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville community is mourning the death of undergraduate student William Aaron Dupree, who lost his life in a domestic dispute on Sunday, May 26 in St. Louis.
The 32-year-old Dupree was a semester away from graduating from SIUE with a bachelor’s in criminal justice from the College of Arts and Sciences. He was a U.S Army veteran and most recently worked for the St. Louis County Department of Corrections as a correctional officer.
Dupree is survived by his parents, Patricia and Billy Adams; fiancée Paulette McCoy; grandfather Robert Brown; and siblings Telly Dupree and Beatrice J. Adams. A complete obituary is available in The Alton Telegraph.
Visitation will be Friday, May 31 from 4-7 p.m. at Harrison Funeral Chapel in Alton. Visitation will continue Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. service at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church. Interment services will be at Upper Alton Cemetery.
Counseling services are available to students by calling 650-5666 or visiting the Counseling Health Services Office in the Student Success Center lower level adjacent to the Morris University Center.
Charles “Chuck” Brazier, of Edwardsville, died Friday, May 24, at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon. He was 83.
An Akron, Ohio, native, Brazier was an electrician at SIUE for 32 years. He retired in 1991.
Burial was Wed., May 29, at Valley View Cemetery in Edwardsville. Read the complete obituary in The Intelligencer.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church Youth Fellowship. Saksa Mateer Funeral Home managed the arrangements.
Col. Charles B. Schweizer, 99, of Edwardsville, died Sunday, May 12.
Schweitzer, along with his late wife, Eleanor, was an avid SIUE supporter and fundraiser. He established the SIUE Foundation and served for 10 years as its executive director, and endowed a Meridian Scholarship and other scholarships.
A visitation will take place from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, May 17 at the Weber & Rodney Funeral Home, 304 North Main in Edwardsville. During that time there will be a Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and a Masonic ceremony at 7 p.m. in his honor. Funeral services will be held at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 406 Hillsboro Ave. in Edwardsville at 1 p.m. Saturday. A private burial service will follow at Valhalla Cemetery in St. Louis, with military honors.
Memorials can be made to St. Andrews Church, to the Hills Fort Society, 6 Ridgefield Drive in Troy, or the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences can be expressed online and a full obituary can be viewed at weberfuneralhome.com.
Cameron W. Meredith, Ph.D., 96, of Godfrey, died at his residence Friday, March 29. He was a professor emeritus at SIUE.
Dr. Meredith joined the SIUE faculty in September 1959. During his tenure with the University, he was a dean of education, a director of state and national services, assistant to the vice-president for area and international services and a professor of educational psychology. He also taught in the counselor education department before retiring in 1980.
Memorials can be made to the Beverly Farm Foundation in Godfrey or BJC Hospice.
Edward L. Dour, 87, of Staunton, died at his residence Friday, March 29.
Dour worked for many years on the SIUE campus as a painter foreman.
No services are scheduled. Memorials can be made to St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Stanton. Individuals can sign an online guestbook or leave condolences at williamsonfh.com. An online obituary also is available for more information.
Dr. Boulton Bainbridge Miller, of Greenfield, Ill., died Friday, Feb. 15. He was 97.
Miller attended Kemper Military School prior to enrolling at the University of Illinois where he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1937. He remained in the Army until 1964 and earned two degrees from George Washington University and a doctorate from American University. Upon his retirement from the military, he joined the SIUE faculty in 1964. He organized and taught the first graduate course in information resource management. He retired from SIUE in 1986.
After leaving SIUE, Miller and his family relocated to Williamsburg, Va., where he continued to teach at The College of William & Mary. In 1991, Miller and his wife moved to Wichita, Kan.
Miller’s wife, Marian, passed away in 1995. His survivors include daughters Bonita Cummings of Warrenville, Ill., Michele Meadors of Yorktown, Va., Marla Hayden of Wichita, Kan., six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Cpl. Aaron J. Ripperda, 26, of Marine, died March 18 in Hawthorne, Nevada.
A corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, Ripperda was a former Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student.
Memorials can be made to the Wounded Warriors or Injured Marine Semper Fi fund. Visitation is scheduled from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday and 8-9 a.m. Wednesday at Meridith Funeral Home in Highland. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Carlyle. A full obituary is available online.
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville community today is mourning the death of undergraduate student Tifani Wilder, who passed away Thursday in her family housing residence in Cougar Village.
The 24-year-old Wilder was found by University Police and Housing staff after a welfare call was made. The death does not appear to be suspicious but is currently under investigation by the SIUE Police Department and the Madison County Coroner’s Office.
Wilder was a junior psychology major in the SIUE School of Education. She has a five-year-old son.
Counseling services are available to students by calling 650-5666 or visiting the Counseling Health Services Office in the Student Success Center lower level adjacent to the Morris University Center. A counselor also will be available in the Cougar Village Commons Building.
Arrangements will be made available when details are finalized.
Marjorie Vandegrift, 87, originally from Jersey City, New Jersey, died Feb. 28 in Prescott Valley, Arizona. She was the mother of SIUE Chancellor Emeritus Vaughn Vandegrift.
Memorials can be made to The Good Samaritan Society, 3380 N. Windsong Drive, Prescott Valley, Arizona, or to the local hospice of your choice.
Visitation information and a full obituary are available at legacy.com.
Fayth M. Finley, 34, of Pontoon Beach, died Saturday at Alhambra Care Center in Alhambra. She was formerly an SIUE student.
A full obituary is available at spengel-boulanger.com. Arrangements are pending at this point and will be updated through Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home.
Doris (Eberhart) Franzi, 83, of Edwardsville, died Feb. 20 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. She worked at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for 30 years, serving in several roles throughout the years.
A visitation for friends took place Sunday. Services were held this morning at Trinity Lutheran Church in Edwardsville. Obituary information is available through Legacy.com. Online condolences can be expressed through herrfuneral.com.
Janice M. Landrem, 71, of Staunton, died Thursday, Feb. 7. She was an SIUE employee for 20 years, retiring from University Housing in 2008.
A visitation is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First United Baptist Church in Staunton. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton.
A full obituary is available at legacy.com.
Dr. Laurence Raymond McAneny, of Granite City, died Wednesday, January 30, in Silver Spring, Md. He was 86.
McAneny taught at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 1957 to 1988. He was Dean of Science and Technology for six years. He was instrumental in the accreditation process for SIUE’s School of Engineering.
Visitation will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at Wojstrom Funeral Home and Crematory and continue Monday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Sunset Hills Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorials can be made to the Nature Conservancy or Population Connection.
View the online guestbook.
Former Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Foundation President and Chairman Robert A. Wetzel passed away Monday, Jan. 21, in Maryville, Ill. He became a member of the Foundation in 1982 and was a senior director at the time of his death.
Wetzel also was a founding member of the SIUE School of Business advisory board in 1994 and served until his passing.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Eden United Church of Christ, 903 North Second in Edwardsville. Visitation will continue from 11 a.m. until the service time at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Eden Church.
Read the complete obituary here.
Pamela Bush, 60, of Bethalto, died Jan. 2. She was an SIUE alumna and wife of Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy Analysis Richard Bush.
She worked for Riverbend Head Start and Family Services in Alton for 15 years, retiring in 2008. After retirement she served regularly as a substitute teacher, primarily for the elementary schools in Bethalto.
A full obituary is available at legacy.com.
Ronald Gerald Kucharski III, 23, of Quincy, died Monday at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. He was 23.
Kucharski was a former Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student.
Visitation will take place from 4-7 p.m. today at Bethel Assembly of God in Quincy. Services will take place there at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Keith Garner officiating. Burial will take place at Greenmount Cemetery in Quincy.
For a full obituary and more information, visit hansenspear.com. Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.