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Dr. Lois Ladd

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Lois Ann (Buchta) Ladd, 68, of Edwardsville, Illinois died tragically Monday, March 18, 2019, at her home.


Lois was a licensed Chiropractic Physician in Edwardsville. She was born Jan. 15, 1951 in Granite City, Illinois the daughter of the late Chester & Carol (Staaf) Buchta. Lois married Michael D. Ladd on April 20, 1976, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville. Michael also died tragically on March 18, 2019.


Lois is survived by three brothers, Jay (Helen) Buchta, R. Neil Buchta, and Roger Buchta; a sister-in-law, Connie Buchta; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Lois was preceded in death by two brothers, C. Allyn and Bruce Buchta; and a sister-in-law, Anne Buchta.

Lois was a graduate of Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and the Logan Chiropractic College. She was an active member of the Edwardsville Rotary Clubwhere she received a Paul Harris Fellowship. In her early years she participated in 4H, theater at Edwardsville High School and SIUE and worked at the Mississippi River Festival. Lois belonged to the Madco Dance Club in St. Louis. She was an active member of the Gamma Sigma Sigma Sorority and Zonta International. Lois was known to live her life to the fullest, celebrate big, and was always on to the next adventure, welcoming anyone who would join her.


Memorials may be given to the ICA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics, PBS Channel 9, or the St. Boniface Capital Campaign. Condolences may be expressed online at Weber & Rodney Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Dr. Warren Gerleman

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Dr. Warren Gerleman was born October 2, 1966 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and died Wednesday December 26, 2018 at St. Alexius Hospital, Hoffmann Estates.  Warren graduated from Carmel Catholic High School, St. Norbert College and the National Chiropractic College of Lombard.  He has been a Chiropractor for the past 27 years.  He enjoyed woodworking, collecting family heritage and was a devoted father.  Warren was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.  He is survived by his son Garrett, parents Clark and Joyce (nee Lechtenberg) Gerleman, his brother Grant Gerleman, sister Kelli (David) Swisher, his nieces and nephews Amanda (Jacob) Carter, Austin and Adam Swisher, Monica Gerleman and his grand nephew William.  In lieu of flowers memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at .

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Dr. Diana Franklin

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 13, 2018

Dr. Diana Franklin, age 62, of Quincy, died on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at 1:14 am in Barnes Jewish Hospital.


Diana was born February 2, 1956 in Moline, Illinois, the daughter of Donald “Don” and Sheila Menne Laws. She married Todd Franklin on November 19, 1983 in Quincy, Illinois. He survives.

Diana was a 1974 graduate of Notre Dame High School and a graduate of Illinois State University. She received her doctorate of chiropractic degree in 1981 from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. After receiving her chiropractic degree, Diana joined her mother, Dr. Sheila Laws at Laws Chiropractic and eventually purchased the practice. Diana continued her education in chiropractic, nutrition and functional medicine through the years and brought her knowledge back to Quincy with the goal of healing the whole person at Franklin Total Wellness.


Diana was an avid shopper and never passed up an opportunity to find deals at Marshalls, TJ Maxx and Home Goods. Her family, friends and kitties reaped the rewards of her shopping trips. Those nicely spoiled kitties gave both Todd and her great pleasure when they were home. Diana dearly loved her family above all else. Todd, Chris and Letha and grandson Robert made up her wonderful world of family, and she would do anything for them. She loved her profession and was always thinking of how to better help her patients because she genuinely cared for them.

Survivors in addition to her husband, Todd, include her son, Chris (Letha) Franklin of Wentzville, MO; her grandson, Robert Franklin; her mother, Dr. Sheila Laws of Quincy; her father and mother-in-law, Kirk and Sharon Franklin of Bella Vista, AR; two sisters, Suzanne (Jon) Feldman and Julie (Rick) Bruening; a brother, Joseph (Larry Swallish) Laws; a brother-in-law, Mark Franklin of Centerton, AR; nieces and nephews, Brandon (Molly) Bruening, Jennifer (William) Phelps, Heather (Dr. Greg) Bosshardt, Tristin (Chad) Neumann, Andrew (Amanda) Schofield, Daniel (Julie) Schofield, and Madeline and Valerie Franklin; great nieces and nephews; and her three cats, Kerry, Gracie and Shelby.

Diana was preceded in death by her father, Don Laws.

Services: 10:00 am on Monday, September 17, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Stinnett officiating.

Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Visitation: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.

Memorials: Quanada or Quincy K9 Connection

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.


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Dr. Daryl C. Palmquist

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Dr. Daryl C. Palmquist, 78, of Belvidere, IL, passed away Friday, June 1, 2018.  He was born in Sycamore, IL the son of Clifford and Mary (Morrison) Palmquist.  Daryl married Georgeann Gibson on June 11, 1960 in Belvidere, IL.  He was owner and operator of his own chiropractic clinic.  Daryl’s passion and love was for the game of golf.  He was a past member of the Bel-Mar Country Club, Belvidere Rotary Club, enjoyed painting, and watching sports.


He is loved and will be missed by his wife, Georgeann; children, Justin Palmquist, Timothy (Angela) Palmquist, Collin Palmquist; grandchild, Savannah Palmquist; siblings, Carol (Richard) Manley, Cheryl Palmquist as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents and brother William.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Lung Association.  To light a candle or share a condolence please visit

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Dr. Charles Rubright

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 12, 2018

Dr. Rubright was born on June 26, 1971 and passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2017.


Dr. Rubright was a resident of Marion, Illinois at the time of passing.

He was a 1996 graduate of the Logan School of Chiropractic Medicine in St. Louis.


Memorial donations are suggested to Cancer Research and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home/1704 N. Court/ Marion, IL 62959.

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Dr. John R. Wasem

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 15, 2018

Dr. John Richard Wasem, Chiropractor Physician of Decatur, Illinois passed away on February 6,2018. Dr. Wasem was born April 22, 1927 in Patoka, Illinois. He was the son of Jacob and Mary H. Livesay Wasem. John graduated from Decatur High School in 1941. He then served in The United States Army in Germany and after World War II served as Chief Cashier at the Bank in Regansburg, Germany.


He married Ruth Beard in 1948 and attended Olivet Nazarene College and graduated from the National College of Chiropractic in 1952. He and his wife Ruth had one son, Mark R. Wasem, an Oil & Gas Attorney in Dallas, Texas. Ruth was deceased in 1980.


John married Alice Ferry Slifer in 1981. Dr. Wasem was a member of the Sangamon Club of Springfield, Illinois, The Decatur Club, Sertoma Club and Romeo all of Decatur and the American Chiropractic Society and the Association of Illinois Chiropractic Society. John was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene and taught Sunday School for 60 years. Fishing was a passion in his life. He fished the Winnepeg River in Kenora, Ontario, Canada with his friends, Tom Cross and Tim Brackett. He fished winter and summer. John was the only person who attended all 65 years of the Decatur Annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon.


He leaves his son Mark Wasem, wife Suzanne and granddaughters Jacqueline and Elizabeth Wasem. He leaves his wife Alice of 36 years, his two stepdaughters, Dr. Kelly Slifer Hanley, her husband Dr. Mark Hanley of Arlington, Texas, Dr. Lisa Wichterman and her husband Dr. Keith Wichterman of Springfield, Illinois, Grandchildren, Dr. Zachary Radwine and wife Courtney, great grandchildren Braxton and Julian, stepgrandchild, Dr. Christian Wichterman, wife Dr. Jenny Travieso. Step granddaughters, Anne Wichterman Fink and her husband David Fink.


Special thanks to Dr.James Wade, Cancer Care, Decatur, Illinois. Many thanks to all the caring Nursing and Hospice Care Staff at Fair Havens Christian Village.


Services will be held at The First Church of the Nazarene, Decatur, Illinois on Friday, March 2, 2018. There will be a family visitation at 10 a.m. prior to the 11 a.m. memorial service.


Memorials can be sent to The First Church of the Nazarene , Decatur.

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Dr. Donna J. Opatrny

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

After a courageous 3-year battle with breast cancer, Dr. Donna J. Opatrny passed away in her home on February 12, 2018. She was surrounded by family and friends who cared for her during her greatest time of need. The family is grateful to Donna’s friends and colleagues who came to call, especially nurse Lynn from CTCA and dear friends Mary, Karen, and Nancy who worked tirelessly to assist Donna during her final days.

Donna graduated from MacCormac College and earned her doctorate in chiropractic from National College of Chiropractic. In addition to maintaining a practice in Fox River Grove, Dr. Opatrny obtained a teaching certificate from Trinity International University and served as a substitute teacher and tutor in elementary school district 26 and high school district 155.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Mary Opatrny (nee Vraney). She is survived by her 8 siblings: Georgia Ballard (Dewey), Christine Kelecius (Tom), Mary Ruys (Hans), Stephanie Smith (Tom), Joseph (Sharon), Paula Close (Jon), Elizabeth Gentile (Mike), and Matthew (Cheri). Donna was a beloved aunt and a dear friend to many. Her sense of humor and generous spirit will be missed.

The funeral mass will be Saturday, February 24, at 12:30 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Cary, IL. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Children’s Home and Aid in Chicago, Illinois: or Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Zion, Illinois:

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Dr. Edward P. Glover

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 2, 2017

 Dr. Edward "Ed" P. Glover, 86, of Brimfield passed away at 6:54 a.m. on Monday, October 23, 2017, at his residence.

Ed was born on February 2, 1931, in St. Louis, MO, a son of Thomas Edward and Emma Louise (Ameiss) Glover. He married Rosalie Virginia Brown on August 26, 1950, in St. Louis, MO. She preceded him in death on October 3, 2013 in Peoria. He was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Thomas Edward Jr. He married Jane Sauerwein on November 9, 2014, in Brimfield.

Ed is survived by his wife, Jane of Brimfield; daughters, Linda (Steven) Ista of Brimfield, Victoria Glover of Peoria and Patricia (Josh) Pitcher of East Peoria; step-daughters, Kay (Jon) Harwood and Cindy (Steve Abel) Youngren; sister, Dorothy Andereck of St. Louis, MO; grandchildren, Jacob, Amanda, Mikkel, Erek, Aaron, Jami, Emily and Gillian; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He attended Lutheran and Public High School, Shurtliff College and graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in February OF 1953. He was licensed in Florida in 1953 and practiced for 2 ½ years. In 1956, he continued his practice in Peoria, until his retirement in 2006.
Ed received his post graduate in Roentgenology, Acupuncture and Orthopedics.

He was a charter member of American Chiropractic Association and was a member of the Illinois Chiropractic Society Board of Directors, since 1975, serving as Secretary and Vice President. He also served as President of Illinois Chiropractic Society in 1989 and was a member of the Council of Roentgenology of A.C.A.
In 1975, he was appointed by Governor Dan Walker to the Illinois State Health Coordinating Council (SHCC), the first, and at that time, the only chiropractor to serve that agency which is involved in total health planning in Illinois. He was re-appointed by Governor James Thompson in 1978 to 1981.

Ed was awarded the honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Logan Chiropractic College in 1972. He attended the First International Symposium on Spinal Manipulation in 1979. In 1982, he was named Logan College Alumnus of the year. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of Logan College in 1984 and re-elected in 1987, 1990 and 1994. He received the Chiropractic Physician of the Year in 1993 by the Illinois Chiropractic Society.

He was very active in the community. He was a member of Suburban Kiwanis Club since 1956, serving as President in 1969. He was Lt. Governor of Div. 20 of the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District of Kiwanis from 1970-1971 and continued with the Downtown Kiwanis, until his death.

Ed was a founding member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, since 1956. He served on numerous boards, choir was a Sunday School teacher and President of the congregation. He and Rosalie later attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Brimfield.

He was a Peoria District 150 School Board member from 1973 through 1983, serving as Vice President and President.

Ed was chairman of City of Peoria Heart Fund in 1982. He had been a member of Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, since 1982. He was on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers/Big Sister, was appointed by the Mayor in 1985 for a 5 year term as a member of the Peoria Civic Center Commission and re-appointed by Mayor Maloof to the Peoria Civic Center Authority in 1990.

He was elected to the Peoria City Council as a Councilman at Large, serving from 1991-1999. He was appointed as Mayor Pro-Tem in 1996. After choosing not to run for re-election, he was appointed to the Riverfront Commission in 1999 and continued to serve in that capacity. He was also appointed to the Railroad Commission and was involved with the Peoria Park District Rail-to-Trail Project.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Concordia Lutheran School Foundation, the Downtown Kiwanis, Lutheran Hour in St. Louis or St. Paul Lutheran Church in Brimfield.

Ed's memorial website and online condolences may be accessed at

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Dr. Shelly A. McGath

Posted By ICS Staff, Monday, October 30, 2017

Dr. Shelly A. McGath, 52, of Washington passed away and was bestowed a crown of beauty at 4:15 p.m. Monday, September 11, 2017, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Surviving are her children, Dakota and Jessica Jones, both of Washington; her life partner, Jimmie Carnell of Peoria; her parents, Ann McGath of Washington and James McGath of East Peoria; her siblings, Maurianne Nace of Bartonville, Cindy (Mike) Bruketa of Dunlap, Rhonda McKelvey of East Peoria and Danny Ray McGath of Chatham; her grandmother, Margaret Kirby of Washington; 14 nieces and nephews; and her cat, Willow.

Shelly graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic. She had a selfless and compassionate spirit, serving others at her practice, Family Care Chiropractic in Washington, for the last 25 years.

Her most important role was being a loving and prayerful mother to her two children. Shelly was an amazing cook and a very elaborate baker and loved to share those talents with others. She loved to garden, which was a passion she shared with her mom.

Shelly had a deep love for and faith in Jesus and was a member of Elevate Church in Morton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dr. Shelly McGath Benefit Fund, c/o Heartland Bank.

Shelly's memorial website is available at, where condolences may also be sent to the family.

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Dr. Bradley J. Lewis

Posted By ICS Staff, Monday, October 30, 2017
Bradley J. Lewis DC, DNBHE, age 68 born April 13, 1949 passed away on October 24, 2017, at Mid-Michigan Medical Center, Midland, MI.

Brad was born in Brown City Michigan to Jack and Donna Lewis, oldest brother of three boys. He grew up in Capac and Davison, Michigan where he made many lifelong friendships. Brad served in Vietnam from 1970-1971 and upon returning pursued a Doctor of Chiropractic at National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, IL later becoming a Homeopathic Practitioner. Brad practiced Chiropractic and Homeopathy in Crystal Lake, IL for 32 years. He was dedicated to helping his patients and counseling those who returned from military service. Dr. Lewis was a member of the Illinois Chiropractic Society, Crystal Lake, IL. Rotary Club and the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce. Even in his passing he continued to give by donating to Gift of Life so others could live on. Beyond his practice he had a passion for trap shooting (McHenry Gun Club and P.K. Fletcher Gun Club), was an avid reader and had a knack for crossword puzzles that he made a daily routine.

Brad is survived by his wife, Carol (Hintz) Lewis of 47 years; son, Benjamin Lewis; daughter, Heidi Lewis; mother, Donna B. (Ketchabaw) Lewis; brothers, Brian (Shirley) and Jack (Rik England) Lewis; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack H. Lewis in 2007.

He was blessed with many wonderful friends.

A celebration of life will be announced.

Cremation arrangements have been handled by the Bannan Funeral Home.

Memorials: Veteran Advocate or charity of choice

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