May 19, 2022

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“Good Ol’ Days Revisited” festival in Indianola July 16

County-wide fire department could solve manpower problems

Carroll to add more parking at township building

Allison hired as new Catlin Clerk

Catlin Fire Board

No decision yet on liquor/gaming license for White


Former track stars complete college seasons

Stine wins state discus championship
7th-grade girls finish 4th overall

Four girls state bound in 11 events
Team finishes second in Sectional, Russell breaks school record

Salt Fork baseball wins pair of games

Kirby breaks his record in Honor Roll meet

Softball season comes to an end

FFA 1st in sectionals, 10th in State Ag Mechanics
Makes school history



    MARY ROBERTA TOMAW, 91, formerly of Sidell, entered eternal life on May 17, 2022 at Belmont Village in Oak Park, Ill.
    She was born in Danville on Aug. 12, 1930, the oldest of four children of Edward and Agnes McCown Nees. She married Ronald Tomaw on July 15, 1950 who preceded her in death in 1980.
    Roberta was a graduate of Sidell High School and Brown Business College. Following college she worked initially at Lauhoff Grain Company in Danville, then for over 25 years at the Illinois Department of Public Aid in Danville on two separate occasions, with a break to raise her two children.
    She also worked part-time as a reporter for the Sidell Journal. She was an active member of the Sidell United Methodist Church where she was the organist for over 50 years, served on boards and committees, and sang in the choir.
    While the church and her music were an important part of her life, her greatest joy was being with her family and watching her two children and five grandchildren grow up and, more recently, her three great-grandchildren.
    She was an avid Illini basketball fan and held season tickets for many years.
In addition to her husband, Roberta was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, William.
    She is survived by her two children, Mark (Joyce) of Springfield and Sheryl Martin (David) of Oak Park, five grandchildren, Jeff Barry (Kristina) of Chicago, Andrew Tomaw (Kim) of Springfield, Tim Martin (Kerry) of Chicago, Matthew Tomaw (Jormi) of Tulsa, Okla., and Erin Martin of Denver, Colo., three great-grandchildren, Addison and Lucas Tomaw and Mia Barry; one brother, Ervin Nees of Science Hill, Ky., and one sister, Elsie Palmer of Effingham, and a number of beloved nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at the Sidell United Methodist Church preceded by visitation beginning at 10 am. Burial will follow the services at Fairview Cemetery. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Sidell United Methodist Church, 202 Chicago St, P.O. Box 49, Sidell, IL 61876 or the American Heart Association.

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