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01/03/20 11:39 AM #2070    

Ronald Frost

In todays paper 1-3-20 is a picture of teacher Dorothy Colonius .Page 3A.

01/03/20 12:40 PM #2071    

Ronald Frost

Denise Henderson Bruce a 96 grad has died . She was the daughter to Joan Davis Henderson our 65 class mate.


ALTON — On July 3, 1978 in Alton, Illinois, our beloved Denise Rochelle (Henderson) Bruce was born to Stanley T. and Joan A. (Davis) Henderson. She was the youngest of their three children, and their only daughter.

Denise life was fashioned around her strong and joyful character, family values, friendships and faith, all of which gained for her a high level of admiration and respect throughout her adult life. Baptized as a believer in Christ Jesus in 1985, her faith was the substance of trustworthiness and reality in all her interactions with others.

Denise life was also centered around her family. Married to Gerad Bruce Nov. 6, 2002 and three children were born to this union alone with Denise's daughter Tatiana.

Denise education was fashioned through the Alton School District graduating in the Class of 1996. Continued at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville studying Liberal Arts and Sociology, and CALC, Institute of Technology-Alton, receiving Certifications as a Medical Assistant and First Aid CPR AED. Denise received an Associated Degree in Liberal Arts from Lewis and Clark Community College in 2016.

The industrious Denise worked several jobs from high school throughout her life, Hardee's, Argosy Casino, Alton School District (Substitute Teacher Assistant), Lewis and Clark Community College (Teen Parent Outreach), Schaberg Dermatology and Physical Medical Clinic (Medical Assistant) and Alton Mental Health ( Security Therapy Aid I ).

Denise's passion for community involvement/service started early in life through the Church (Morning Star and Emmanuel Baptist Churches in Alton and Macedonia Baptist Church in East St. Louis); Alton Jr. NAACP; Marching 100 Band; Upward Bound; Minority Excellence; Girl Scouts of America; Youth Emerging into Society; Tri-Del Federation, National Council of Negro Women and the Rebecca Sims Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Denise and husband also are Founding and Charter members of Madison County Beasts Athletic, encouraging area youth completing in AAU Track and Field Events. As supporter of her own children participation in athletics activities she was an active, notable sideline presence and active volunteer for Alton School Athletic programs of Cheerleading, Track and Field, Soccer and the Alton Fighting Irish. She was truly an all sport MOM.

Along with her husband, Gerad, her legacy continues through her children Tatiana Britt, Gerad Jr, Sinaya and Jada; her parents; and brothers Stanley Jr. (Houston, Texas) and Jason (Tanya); mother-in-law Jeri (Johnny) Nicholson, Alton; and Father-in-law Donald Bruce, Alton; sister –in-law India (Steven) Martin Kansas City, Kansas; and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends made throughout her life.

Visitation will convene Saturday, Jan. 4, from noon until time of service at 2 p.m. at Greater Saint James Baptist Church. Rev. Herman Watson will officiate.

Cremation rites will be accorded. Online registry is available at: www.harrisonfuneralchapel.

01/03/20 02:08 PM #2072    

Ronald Frost

Lemonydue White a 1989 grad has died 12-19-19 He was the son of Samuel E. White our 65 classmate .


ALTON — Lemonydue White was born in Alton, Illinois Nov. 7, 1970, the second of child of Samuel E. White and Mary Elizabeth (Parker) Thompson, departed this life Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019.

He attended Alton Public Schools, graduating from Alton Senior High School in 1989. After high school, Lemonydue received a track scholarship from Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois. In 1991, he moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he began his career, which would become his forte, the culinary arts.

Born in a family where both parents were active in church ministry where they served faithfully, Lemonydue was destined to become a pastor's kid, better known as a "PK." As a "PK," he was taught to serve others and was active in every area of the church: usher, playing the drums, singing in the choir, junior deacon, janitorial duties, hospitality, orator, and much more. Whatever his hands found to do, or assigned by his parents, he did with all his might (Eccles. 9:10). When Lemonydue could not find the will to do, his parents motivated him to do his best with incentives.

Lemonydue's work employment included Deacon Dining (Aramark / Harvest Table Culinary Group Dining "HTCG" Program) at Wake Forest University (WFU) since Aug. 2013. Lemont, as he was affectionately called, started his career with HTCG and WFU as a Food Service Supervisor. In July of 2015, he was promoted to a Food Service Manager with the Fresh Food Company, WFU's largest residential dining hall. He took pride in being the "best place for food on campus" and he drove the success of his team. He was loved by his staff, colleagues, and the Wake Forest University Campus. Lemonydue was a great supporter of WFU sports and enjoyed attending the WF football and basketball games. He built a great friendship with the athletes, as Fresh Food Company, his location was their favorite place to eat. Lemonydue participated in volunteer programs with the company to help feed the communities in the Winston-Salem area. He loved playing "pick up" basketball game with his co-managers weekly and always was ready to start great laughter with everyone. Definitely Lemonydue was the "Life of the Party". - T. Martine Cherry, Director of Associate Relations.

He loved his children and wanted them to achieve great success in life. Lemonydue was caring, giving, and supportive of people others had given up on. He enjoyed sports, especially basketball and football. He was jovial and a prankster, and would keep you laughing and watchful. He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents; and sister Kimala L. Harrison.

Left to cherish his memory, are his parents, Mary E. (John) Thompson and Samuel E. White; two sons, Terrance White and Jaylen White; three sisters, Zena M. (Mark) Holloway, Mary E. White, and Chrystal Vaugh; a special friend from Winston-Selma, South Carolina, Edward (Christy) Goodwin; with a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Visitation will convene Saturday, Jan. 4, from 9 a.m. until time of service at 10 a.m. at Monroe Memorial Church. Bishop Morris Tellis and Dr. Gregory L. Harrison will officiate.

Interment will follow at Upper Alton Cemetery.

01/04/20 01:53 AM #2073    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Nancy Gilleland and Stephen Schoene.

01/08/20 01:20 AM #2074    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Almeta Moore.

01/11/20 01:18 AM #2075    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Emanuel Brewster. 

01/12/20 11:35 AM #2076    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Caroline Bottom.

01/13/20 09:54 AM #2077    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Tom Clausen and Robert Evans.

01/14/20 09:22 AM #2078    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Peggy Hutchison. 

01/15/20 11:09 AM #2079    

Ronald Frost

James Ballhurst 76 died 1-13-20 He was the husband to Judith Koehne Ballhurst our 65 classmate .

01/15/20 11:15 AM #2080    

Ronald Frost

Norma Rummerfield 97 died 1-7-20 She was the step mother to Gayle Rummerfield Platt our 65 classmate .

01/18/20 11:12 AM #2081    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to John Mackelden and Jean McCormick.

01/19/20 03:52 AM #2082    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Susan Fields and Mickey Price.

01/20/20 12:11 PM #2083    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Shirley Simmons and Richard Stilwell.

01/20/20 06:50 PM #2084    

Ronald Frost

In today's paper 1-20-20 in the Obits is a Alice Evans Russell 88 She was a Alton School cafeteria worker and looks like one of the workers in the Tatler .Unfortunately they are not named in the Tatler .

01/21/20 12:35 PM #2085    


Richard Alford

So sorry to hear of Tom Sorbie's passing. Tom was definitely one of a kind. A friend to many. A stranger to no one, a great father, and loving husband. He will be missed by all. Thank you Tom for your service to family and country. Gods speed and we will see you on the other side. 

01/21/20 01:00 PM #2086    


Marion Foster (Dimond)

Just heard about Tom Sorbie's passing. Will post obit after it appears. What a character he was.

He showed up at our 50th reunion mixer wearing his old Alton High letter jacket (it was about 80 humid degrees), and a kilt (his dad was born in Scotland). Pic with Bob Redman & Jeff Bernard.


With Moine McGibany. Both served in Vietnam in the Army.


Fishing trips with lifelong Alton friends.

From left, Bob Redman, George Riney, Jeff Bernard, Moine McGibany, Joe Rallo, Sorbie.

Moine, Bob Redman, Sorbie

01/22/20 07:47 PM #2087    


Marion Foster (Dimond)

No obit found yet for Tom Sorbie, who died Jan. 19. His family in North Carolina posted this on Facebook today:
Adrienne Sorbie Gordon is with Debra Sorbie and 2 others.On Saturday at 3:00pm we are having a celebration of our Dad and our beautiful mother's husband. For all family and friends in Alton, ILL we will be having another day of remembrance in the months to come. We will make sure everyone is informed of our plans. Please fill free to come by and celebrate with us.

01/23/20 10:28 AM #2088    


Marion Foster (Dimond)

Sharon Phillips' husband: 

WEBSTER GROVES — Robert H. Schreiber, 84, went peacefully to be with his Heavenly Father at 5:34 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 following a 10-month battle with cancer.

He was born on March 19, 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of the late Robert and Emma (Ries) Schreiber.

He is survived by his wife Sharon; sons Andrew(Emily Stuart), Mark and Douglas; daughters, Melinda and Kristin; brothers Richard and David; also, grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa.

He was a graduate of Central High School, Minneapolis, Minnesota; the University of Cincinnati, Bachelor of Business Administration; and The Ohio State University, MBA. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, serving as President while at the University of Cincinnati. He served in the United States Army for a combined active duty/active reserve period of eight years, fulfilling various responsibilities including Platoon Leader and Public Information Officer. He was Honorably Discharged with the rank of Captain. Military stations included Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Fort Lee, Virginia.

The central focus of his career was investment banking, concentrating on municipal finance, living for many years in New York City and Chicago. He was instrumental in the first ever Municipal Bond Fund offering (Nuveen, Unit Investment Trust), a financial product meeting initial market resistance, but ultimately emerging as an investor favorite. He was an active participant in the distribution of municipal securities to major banks and insurance companies.

His ready sense of humor and ability to work with others, translated into valued industry friendships. He was a long term active member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, serving in a variety of ways including Chairman of the Board of Elders, Chairman of Building Finance Committee, Bethel Bible Series teacher, and Vietnamese refugee sponsor. Subsequent to his 30-year financial career, he served as President of SAFE Block (Strong, Affordable, Fast, Efficient), functioning as one of six principals organizing a start-up company for the purpose of designing, manufacturing and marketing a shape molded polystyrene insulating concrete form system, thereby launching a pioneering effort in energy efficient, cost effective construction. Conceptual and initial design work was accomplished in their Moscow office (after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the USSR.) During the ensuing dozen years, the system was used in 25 states prior to his retirement upon the company's sale to an international builder.

He was involved in a number of community organizations, and was an active participant in the Kairos Prison Ministry, an organization with the purpose of building and nurturing strong Christian communities among residents of correctional facilities. Fifty-man teams conduct 3 ½ day programs interfacing with a similar number of inmates, with numerous follow up visits. During many years of participation, he served in various capacities including Team Leader and Marion Correctional Advisory Council.

Among all lifetime experiences, Sharon was "the great joy and blessing of my life." He loved Sharon and his children; and cherished his participation in family activities and events.

Other treasured lifetime memories included Minnesota fishing buddies becoming lifelong friends, playing high school hockey in Minneapolis, and campus life at the University of Cincinnati. He enjoyed travel, fishing, camping and wilderness canoeing. The high outdoor adventure of his life was a 200-mile canoe trip on the Missinaibi River, encompassing whitewater challenges and arduous portages, a venture undertaken with his two brothers, sons and nephews; beginning in far Northern Ontario and ending in Hudson Bay.

He expressed an appreciation for the following prayer from Luther's pen: "I myself with to learn and ponder diligently upon Thy Word. Use me as Thy instrument, only do Thou not forsake me, for if I am left to myself I shall surely bring in all to ruin."

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the Faith Lutheran Church in Godfrey, Illinois. Reverend Daniel Speckhard will officiate.

Burial will be at Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Library Fund at Faith Lutheran Church in Godfrey.

Gent Funeral Home in Alton is in charge of arrangements. Online guestbook and information may be found at

Thanks to Brenda Todd Sancamper for letting us know.

01/23/20 10:59 AM #2089    

Ronald Frost

In today's paper 1-23-20 is Sharon Selkirk Bechtold who died 1-21-20 .She was the sister to Ron Selkirk our 65 class mate. She worked in the offices of the Mold Shop .


BETHALTO — Sharon C. Bechtold, age 80, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2020 at St. Anthony's Hospital in Alton, Illinois.

She was born on Feb. 7, 1939 in Virden, Illinois, the daughter of Marshall and Melba (Redenbo) Selkirk. She married Laverne (Babe) Bechtold on June 20, 1959 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton, he survives.

Sharon was a former member of Main Street Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Laverne; son, Michael Bechtold of Alton; grandchildren, Chris and Corey Bechtold, Abagail and Jennifer Martinez; brother, Ronald (Marilyn) Selkirk of St. Joseph, Missouri, and three great-grandchildren.

Sharon is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Dana; and one brother, Marshall Selkirk Jr.

A Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. until the Funeral Service at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Alton, Illinois.

Burial will take place at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Main Street Methodist Church in Alton.

Online condolences and guest book may be found at

01/23/20 05:10 PM #2090    


Rick Vail

Sorry to hear about your sister Ronnie.

01/24/20 08:44 AM #2091    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Beverly Curtis, Peter Kuchnicki and Mary McCubbin.

01/25/20 08:21 AM #2092    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Carol Meszaros.

01/25/20 12:29 PM #2093    

Ronald Frost

In today's paper 1-25-20 is a picture of a Summers Port team of 1964 Some team members are Jack Penning ,Ed Grady, Tom Reid .Page 3A

01/27/20 10:36 AM #2094    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Carolyn Breyfogle and Sharon Wooff.

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