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Phillip Ames Theis Sr. died at the age of 79. Born March 10, 1936 in Granite City, IL, he was the son of the late Dr. E. H. Theis and Lida CotterTheis. He was also predeceased by his brother Dr. E. Howard Theis.

He was a graduate of Washington University, where he earned his undergraduate and Doctor of Law degrees. Mr. Theis practiced law in Granite City for many years and was especially proud when his son, who also earned a Doctor of Law degree, joined his law firm. They practiced law together until Mr. Theis was forced to retire in 1996 because of failing health. Mr. Theis was Chairman of the Granite City Planning and Zoning Administration for many years prior to his retirement.

After his retirement Mr. Theis and his wife traveled for several years in a motor coach, visiting all 50 states, Canada and Mexico. They lived in Naples, Florida and Swansea, Illinois before returning to live in Granite City in 2010.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Tellor Theis who he married on December 21, 1957. He is survived by two children, Terri Kaye Shaw (David) and Phillip A. Theis (Suzan); his grandchildren Melanie Crews Welsh, Jessica Shaw Chance (Tom), Adam Shaw (Michael Pohlman), SeanTheis, Jenna Theis Donahue (Danny), and John Theis; and four great grandchildren Aiden Welsh, Ty Phillip Cooper, Skylynne Donahue, and Jaxx Donahue. In addition he leaves sisters-in-law Sherri Tellor Ledbetter (Jimmy) and Lynda Tellor Teague (Tom), brother-in-law Ronald Tellor (Robin), several nieces and nephews and many good friends.

David Apter of Highwood, IL passed away on Sunday, May 17th, 2015. He was beloved husband of Susann nee Much. Loving father of Kevin (Stacy) Apter, Greg (Leslie) Apter and Steve Apter. Cherished grandfather of Morgan, Jacob, Nathan, Ben, Noah, Talia and Joey Apter. Devoted brother of John (Sherry) Apter and Carol (Keith) Reichard. Dear brother-in-law of Tina (Wayne) Levenfeld and Todd (Janice) Much. Fond uncle, cousin and friend to many. Services have been held. In lieu of flowers remembrances to Parkinson's Disease Research Society (PDRS) 25 N. Winfield Road, 4 North Tower, Winfield, IL 60190 would be appreciated. Arrangement by Mitzvah Memorial Funerals, 630-Mitzvah (630-648-9824) or

85-year-old Richard Carr Cochran of Fairfield passed away at 4:43 p.m. at his home Thursday, September 3, 2015.  Richard attended public schools in Carmi.  He obtained a B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University in 1952 where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.  He was in the United States Army Signal Corps from 1952-1954 where he was a corporal in the 366th Signal Battalion in Camp Gordon, GA.  Richard obtained a J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University in 1957.  Richard held a law practice in Fairfield from 1959 until his retirement in 1998.  His law firms included Loy & Ziegler, Loy & Cochran, Cochran & Harrison, Cochran & Garrison, Cochran & Jordan, Richard C. Cochran, Cochran & Kakac, and Cochran, Kakac & Vaughan.  He was Assistant States Attorney for Wayne County from 1952-1972, City Attorney for Fairfield from 1967-1977, and also a special prosecutor for the Charles B. Harris Murder, Arson & Perjury Trials and Appeals.  Richard was Corporate Counsel for multiple area schools and towns.

Richard was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Fairfield where he served on the Administrative Board, Board of Trustees, Stewardship Chairman, and Treasurer.  He was an active member of the Lions Club for over 55 years where he was a past President.  He was a member of the Fairfield Hospital Foundation from 1988-1994 and a member of the Sierra Club.  Richard volunteered for Meals on Wheels for many years and also loved running, photography, camping and hiking.

Phyllis Jean Beverly, 62, of Glenarm, died at 8:12 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, at her home.

Phyllis was born June 17, 1953, in Springfield, Ill., the daughter of Gerald and Elsie Wallsten Heckler. She married Thomas E. Beverly on Feb. 15, 1980, at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield.

Phyllis worked at The Apple Barn in Chatham for over 20 years. Prior to that, she worked 17 years for the Attorney General. She had also been employed by the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Medical Society. Phyllis was a member, past deacon, elder, and Sunday school teacher at First Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed flowers and gardening, being outside, and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Stephen G. Beverly.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, Thomas E. Beverly of Glenarm; four children: April Bridges of Bloomington, Thomas (Carmen) Beverly of Chatham, Heather (Jason) Konzelmann of Georgia, and Dylan Beverly of Glenarm; eight grandchildren: Shelby, Jayden, Nathan, and Katrina Beverly, Keegan and Summer Bridges, and Carly and Audrey Konzelmann; three sisters: Nancy Schwermin of Springfield, Cheryl (Victor) Linderman of Glenarm, and Joyce Padget (Bill Peters) of Chatham; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services have been held. Please visit to offer your condolences.

Gary Cline
Gary Cline
Gary L. Cline, 59, of Franklin, passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2015, at Memorial Medical Hospital in Springfield.

He was born on May 23, 1956, to George and Mary Louise Kaiser Cline. In 1978, Gary married his high school sweetheart, Linda Bergschneider, and she survives. Together they raised their three children, John Cline of Austin, Texas, Nicholas (Mallory) Cline of Evanston, and Elizabeth Cline at home. He is also survived by three sisters, Cathy (Dave) Rhea of Waverly, Connie Fairless of Jacksonville, and Carol (Robert) Seymour of Franklin. He loved his family, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many nieces and nephews.

Gary earned a bachelor’s and juris doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois. He was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 1981 and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar in 1985. He was a past president of the Sangamon County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and a member of the ISBA Assembly, Lincoln-Douglas Inns of Court, and Trial Lawyers Association. Gary joined Rammelkamp Bradney as a partner in 2002. Gary also taught a business law class at Illinois College.

Gary’s service to the community laid a foundation for pieces of his children’s lives. He spent many years serving on the Franklin CUSD #1 school board, as a scout leader, and a cross-country coach. In the past several years he, donated countless hours volunteering for Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County both locally and internationally.

Gary was generous with his time and skills. He always saw the best in the world around him and worked to see it realized.

Molly Warner Lien, age 67, died on Sept. 11, 2015, at the Meijer Heart Center in Grand Rapids as a result of cardiomyopathy and complications of heart surgery. She was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 26, 1948, the only child of the late Cornelius and Donna (Dora M.) Beukema. She grew up in Homewood, Illinois, and she attended the Interlochen Arts Camp, and finished her last two years of high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy, graduating in 1966 with a major in voice. She won the concerto competition twice at the Arts Camp and again during her senior year at the Arts Academy. She also played the leads in several productions, including those by Gilbert & Sullivan, and the high school musical.

After attending the University of Michigan her freshman year, she graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in music. She sang numerous operatic roles, but ultimately was drawn to a career in law. She graduated with honors from the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta in 1978 where she was President of the Women’s Law Student Association, Articles Editor of the Law Review, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary Society, and a member of the Order of the Coif. She was also voted the Wall Street Journal Award by the Faculty for Outstanding Academic Achievement in the field of law.

Donald Hoppe
Donald Hoppe
Donald Hoppe, age 67, a lifelong resident of the Wheaton/Glen Ellyn area, passed away at home with his family on Thursday, August 27, 2015. He was born on September 19, 1947.

Don grew up in Wheaton and graduated from Wheaton Central High School. He earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his J.D. from the University of Illinois. Don was a passionate medical malpractice defense attorney, working for firms in Chicago including Kirkland & Ellis, Peterson & Ross, and Johnson & Bell. In recent years he practiced with his wife, Karren.

Don was an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association, where he taught on trial practice and professional liability. He enjoyed sports and coached his children in both baseball and basketball. He loved rescuing animals, traveling, and rooting for the Chicago White Sox (and whoever played the Cubs). He was an active member of the Wheaton Evangelical Free Church.

Don is survived by his wife Karren; his daughter, Michelle; his sons, Steve and Bryan; his granddaughter, Brooklyn; and his two dogs, Lady and Fred.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nelson and Alice Hoppe.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 3, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St., in Wheaton, IL. A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 4, at 11 a.m. at the Wheaton Evangelical Free Church (now known as the Compass Church), 520 E. Roosevelt Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187.

Thomas Ronald “T. Ron” Jasinski-Herbert was born November 1, 1938 and passed away August 17, 2015

Beloved son of the late Leona "Lee" Jasinski Herbert and the late Thomas H. Herbert, cherished nephew and godson of Loretta Sobocinski (Lori Sobin) and nephew of Michael K. (the late Rosemary) Jasinski, devoted cousin of Karen Mackay, Jeanine (Richard) Galati, Patricia (Ken) Brendecke, the late Suzanne Luckew, and many others across the country. He also leaves behind a myriad of lifelong friends in Chicago and around the world.

T. Ron earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University, and LLB and JD degrees also from DePaul University and remained an active alumnus.

Leslie Koczur
Leslie Koczur
Leslie Ann Koczur, 60, of Hinsdale passed away on August 11th.

She recently retired from her position as Director of Regulatory Projects at ComEd after a long career with the company. She worked with Illinois regulatory officials and legislators, and with municipal officials on numerous projects, including the modernization of the electric grid in Illinois to increase generation capacity, improve efficiency, and reduce electric outages. One of her notable projects was working on legislation that transformed the electric system in Illinois into one of the most successful competitive retail systems in the United States, saving consumers billions of dollars in electric rates.

Previously, she served as the Chief-of-Staff to the Illinois President of SBC Communications, the Manager of Federal Governmental Affairs for Nicor, and as an Assistant Illinois Attorney General.

Leslie had a passion for traveling and outdoor activities, but especially for spending time with her family and many friends.

Leslie received a Juris Doctor Degree from the John Marshall Law School in 1981, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from John Carroll University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1977.

Brett Gorman
Brett Gorman
Brett Keller Gorman, 48, of 1845 Jersey, Quincy, died Sunday afternoon, June 7, 2015.

Brett was born Nov. 30, 1966, in Urbana, the son of Dennis and Barbara Keller Gorman.

He graduated from Quincy High School in 1985 and the University of Illinois in 1989 with a bachelor of arts degree. He was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and the Acacia fraternity.

In 1992 he earned his juris doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law and was admitted to the Illinois Bar.

On Jan. 9, 1993, he married Deborah K. Grandcolas in Belleville, and she survives.

For 23 years, Brett practiced law in the area of civil litigation, first with Bullaro, Carton & Stone in Chicago and then, beginning in 1996, with the law firm of Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu & Mitchell LLP in Quincy, where he was a partner.

Brett's professional expertise and scholarly talent as a trial lawyer were recognized in 2013, 2014 and 2015 with the designation of "Super Lawyer" in Illinois in the area of business litigation. Brett served by appointment on the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee since 2008 and had been the committee's chair since 2013.