Obits: Smith, Sancken


Betty Eileen Smith 87, of Cooksville, passed away at 3:28pm, March 21, 2020, at Fairview Haven Retirement Community.

Due to the restrictions in place by COVID 19, all services will be private with a memorial service to follow when allowed. Burial will be in Wiley Cemetery, Colfax.

Please be with the family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We encourage you to reach out to them with a phone call, text, website condolence, or a card. Cards maybe mailed to Duffy-Pils Memorial Home P.O. Box 194, Colfax, IL 61728. Website condolences can be left at www.duffypilsmemorialhome.com.

Memorials may be made to Fairview Haven, 605 N. 4th Fairbury, IL 61739 or Second Wind Transplant Association, P.O. Box 771242, St. Louis, MO 63177.

Betty was born April 5, 1932, in Farmer City, the daughter of Claude and Gladys Marvin Norton. She married Kenneth W. Smith on June 17, 1951, in Cooksville. He died October 6, 2007.

Elton Sancken:

Elton H. Sancken, 93, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Elmcroft Assisted Living in Tucson, Arizona.

His family will hold a celebration of life at a later date along with a private burial in Cullom, IL. Brings Broadway Chapel in Tucson, AZ, along with Duffy-Baier Snedecor Funeral Home, Pontiac, is in charge of arrangements.

Elton was born November 6, 1926, in Saunemin, IL to Theodore J. and Eleanor (Mund) Sancken. He was the youngest of four children, Irma (Richard) Schuler, Paul (Edith) Sancken, and Almita (Herman) Harms. They all preceded him in death. He married Maxine Gleeson in 1947. She preceded him in death in 1992. He later married Bernadette Ahlness in 1994. She preceded him in death in 2015.

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