August 16, 2018

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Sidell Grocery will close if buyer isn’t found
End of year is deadline for a new buyer

Highway work ahead of schedule

Sidell water tower site chosen

Siren to be researched

Deb Miller is sharing recipes for those with an abundance of tomatoes and zucchini from their gardens – only in this week’s Sidell Reporter!

Heritage Tractor Drive draws local participants.


    BARBARA K. JOLLEY, 87, of rural Indianola, passed away at 12:15 p.m. Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home, after a brief illness.
    She was born Feb. 8, 1931, in Danville to Marvin and Bernetha Sheets Wood. Barb was raised by Ben and Faye Hoffman of Bismarck. She married Keith Jolley May 27, 1951, at St. James United Methodist Church in Danville. Keith preceded her in death Jan. 13, 2007.
    Survivors include one son, Kim (Janey) Jolley of Fairmount; two daughters: Karla (Mike) Mullins of Oak Ridge, Tenn. and Leslie (Jim) Barnett of St. Charles, Mo.; one brother, Jim (Nancy) Wood of Darien; one sister: Pat (Tom) Kulasik of Palatine; four grandchildren, Kevin (Kara) Jolley, Aaron Ferber, Austin Ferber, Kennedy Barnett; three great-grandchildren: Kya Jolley, Kaelyn Jolley, Maelani Chatmon. Barb was also preceded by one brother, Marty; and one sister, Mary.
    She had been the Estate Sales Manager for the former Busby Auction Co. for several years, and had been a Jamaica Twp. election judge for 35 years. She was a member of the Sidell United Methodist Church, and a former 4-H leader, and had been active in the Jamaica School PTA, as well as serving as past President of the Vermilion County Homemakers Assn. Barb enjoyed antiques, and was active in the Antiqueqarians Society.   Barb was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed tatting.
    Funeral services were held Aug. 16 at the Sidell United Methodist Church with Rev. Don Shane officiating. Burial followed in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Memorials to the donor’s choice. On-line condolences at

WILLARD H. CATLETT, 83, of Fairmount passed away at 5:11 p.m. on Sun., Aug. 12, 2018 at Gardenview Manor Nursing Home, Danville.
    Visitation will be held at Robison Chapel, Catlin from 12 noon to 2 p.m., Fri., Aug. 17, followed by funeral services at 2 p.m., with Reverend Mike Roberts officiating. Burial in Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount. Memorials to the First Baptist Church of Fairmount or to the Donor’s Choice. Online condolences at
    Wilford was born Nov. 24, 1934 in Danville to Herald G. and Jessie N. Cauldwell Catlett. He married Sandra Maddox and she preceded him in death. He later married Judy Ramsey and Judy survives. Also surviving are three sons, Greg (Julie) Catlett of Fairmount, Stan (Kim) Catlett of Fairmount, and Steve (Susie) Catlett of Danville; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
    Wilford served in the Army National Guard. He was retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fairmount. He enjoyed boating, gardening, racing, reading, and History. He served on the Davis Cemetery Association Board and was a precinct Committeeman for Vance Township.

ANNA M. RACH, 84, of Fairmount, Illinois passed away at 3:27 a.m. on Sat., Aug. 11, 2018 at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Danville, Illinois.
    Anna was born December 17, 1933 in St. Meinrad, Indiana to Urban and Loretta Otto Schnellenberger and was the oldest of six children. She married Raymond F. Rach in 1970. He survives. Also surviving are: four sons: Harvey, Sylvester, Maurice and Patrick Mehling; and two daughters: Teresa Czoka and Kristina Depratt; two sisters: Louise Morning and Carol Miller; nine grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband: Robert Mehling; two brothers: Larry and Geoffrey Schnellenberger; and one sister: Ruth Patrick.
    She was a beloved wife, mother, and a friend.
    Rosary will be recited at 9:30 am Monday, August 20, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Westville, Illinois, Visitation will follow from 10 am till 11 am with a Mass of the Resurrection at 11 am with Father Timothy Sauppé to officiate. Anna requested cremation following the Mass and her ashes will be inurned at St. Meinrad Cemetery in St. Meinrad, Indiana at a later date. Memorials to St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Robison Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences at


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FOR SALE— Star Spangled Recipes cookbook — 545 recipes and 37 pages honoring local veterans are included. $17.50 includes postage. Make check payable to Sidell Veteran’s War Memorial. Mail c/o Sidell Reporter, P.O. Box 475, Sidell, IL 61876. Proceeds from the book support the upkeep of Sidell Veteran’s War Memorial Board.

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   “The 50th Anniversary of Jamaica High School – 1955-2006” commemorative issue. 32 pages with over 100 photos depicting the first 50 years of Jamaica High School. Includes a list of all graduates and teachers. $12.50 includes postage. Make check payable to Sidell Reporter. Mail to P.O. Box 475, Sidell, IL 61876. Click here to order.