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Recent Obits: Russell, Patterson

Gretchen Russell, 36 of Lexington formerly of Chenoa, died at 5:23 am, Friday, June 15, 2018 at Advocate Bromenn Medical Center, Normal.

A memorial service will be held at 5pm, Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Chenoa. Visitation will be from 1-5pm, Saturday also at the memorial home in Chenoa. Cremation rites will take place following the visitation. Inurnment will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be directed to Grace and Chloe Education Fund c/o Longview Bank, 414 West Main St., Sidney, IL 61877

Gretchen was born December 18, 1981 in Pontiac the daughter of Jerry and Sally (Harms) Russell. Her Mother, Sally Russell survives in Chenoa.

Also surviving are her two beautiful girls, Grace (8) and Chloe (6) Bressner of Ogden, one brother, Dave (Sasha Nixon) Russell of Chenoa; uncle, David (Marylee) Harms of Fairbury; aunt Susie Joseph of Lake Panasoffkee, FL; maternal grandmother, Tillie Harms of Fairbury; her best friend and love of her life, Aaron Culbertson, Aaron’s parents, Richard (Merlynne) Culbertson all of Lexington; father of her children, Darren (Amanda Peters) Bressner of Ogden; one nephew, Silas Russell of Chenoa; and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Emmett Harms, and one son, Grant Bressner who was a twin brother to Grace.

Gretchen was a beloved mother, daughter, and partner. She spent her time enjoying the outdoors and enjoyed running, hiking and camping. She was very involved in SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) raising awareness and money for children in need. She was an amazing young woman with a heart of gold. Her children were her pride and joy above all else. She will be greatly missed by all that were touched with her loving spirit.


Todd L. Patterson, 49, of Pontiac, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 7:16 a.m. at his home.

His service will be held Friday, June 22, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home in Pontiac with Father Adam Cesarek officiating.

Visitation will be Friday, June 22, 2018 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home, Pontiac, is in charge of arrangements.

Todd was born October 20, 1968 in Pontiac, IL to Annamae Fitzsimmons of Pontiac, IL and Terry Patterson of Nevada. They both survive.

Also surviving are his step-father, Robert Hayes of Syracuse, OH; brothers, Pat Patterson of Pontiac, IL, Scott Hayes of Pontiac, IL, and Ryan Hayes of Syracuse, OH; half-brother, Alex Patterson of Pontiac, IL; and half-sisters, Jennifer Patterson of Pontiac, IL and Beckie (Mike) Somers of Florida.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Todd was a Class of 1989 graduate of Alvin High School in Alvin, TX. He worked as a Bindary Assistant for R. R. Donnelley’s in Pontiac, IL. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac, IL. Todd loved to play darts. He was a fan of NASCAR and was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

Memorials may be made to the Pontiac VFW Post 886, 531 W. Lincoln, Pontiac, IL 61764.

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