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Masterson, Carol A. - Carol A. Masterson, 47, of 511 N. Water, was pronounced dead on arrival in the emergency room at Mt. Carmel Medical Center Sunday evening [December 26, 1999] following a sudden illness. She was born Jan. 21, 1951, in Chicopee, Kan., to Joe and Henryetta Maiseroulle Page. She attended schools in Chicopee and graduated from Southeast High School. She had been a lifelong resident of the Pittsburg area. She married Dennis P. Masterson on Dec. 2, 1998. He survives of the home. Mrs. Masterson was employed as a nurse's aide at Medicalodge North. Additional survivors include two sons, Brian Lacey and Jason Lacey, both of Pittsburg; a brother, Joe Page, of Pittsburg; one half-brother, Marvin Page, of Pittsburg; two sisters, Beverly Seely, of Pittsburg, and Rosemary Porter, of Joplin; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Betty Lloyd. According to her wishes, Mrs. Masterson has been cremated. Private family burial will be in the Hosey Hill Cemetery in Weir at a later date. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. tonight at the home of Joseph Masterson, 512 Pearl St. Arrangements are under the direction of Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. Fourth St. Source: Morning Sun, Pittsburg, KS).

Masterson, Carson. - Carson Masterson, 84, of Fairfield and formerly of McLeansboro [IL] died at 11:05 a.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 1997 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. He was born on August 26, 1912, near Burnt Prairie, a son of Fred and Janie (Kennet) Masterson. He first married Lottie Becker in 1933, and she died in 1984. On February 9, 1986, he married Gladys (Merritt) Vaughan. Mr. Masterson was retired from International Steel in Evansville after 33 years and was a deacon at Christian Chapel Church near Bungay. The funeral was at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 1997, at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Rev. Lawarence Ward officiated. Burial was in Old Springer Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Gladys Masterson of Fairfield; a son, Curtis Masterson and wife Betty of Fairfield; a stepson, Dennis Vaughan of Decatur; three grandchildren, Marty Masterson, Rodney Masterson and Brad Redmon; two great-grandchildren, Ryan and Zachery Masterson; and a half-brother, Raymond Taylor of Enfield. Besides his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, brother Warren Masterson, three half-brothers and one half-sister. (Source: McLeansboro.com [McLeansboro, IL]).

Masterson, Charles Winter. - Charles Winter Masterson, 91, who was well known in Masonic organizations, died in Scott Nursing Home at 10 p.m. Thursday [April 1, 1963]. He had a long illness and was a patient in the home about three years. The family home is 1819 E. Main St. [Lafayette, IN]. Born in Waynetown, he lived in Lafayette 60 years and was a Wabash Railroad clerk for 35 years before his retirement in 1936. He attended the Crawsfordville schools and the old Central Normal College at Danville. mr. Masterson was married to Jennie Dexter in 1901, and was a member of Congress Street Methodist Church. He was a member of F&AM Lodge 123 and its tyler for 20 years, still serving at the time of his death. He was worshipful master of Lodge 123 in 1935 and was the only Mason here who oheld honorary memberships in six other Blue lodges in this area. He also was a member of Lafayette Chapter 3, RAM, and Tippecanoe Countil 68, R&SM, and Commandery 3, Knights Templar, and the Interstate Association of Retired Railway Employees. Surving with the widow are two daughters, Misses Doris A. and Ruth Masterson, at home, and a son, Charles R. of Detroit. (Source: Tippecanoe Area Genealogical Society, 909 South St., Lafayette, IN 47901)

Masterson, Frank J. - Frank J. Masterson, a longtime Williston Park State Farm Insurance agent, died at his Albertson home on April 20, 1999. He was born in Manhattan July 19, 1918 to Irish immigrants Patrick and Mary Mulligan Masterson. He lived in Connecticut for a few years before moving to Woodside, Queens, where he was an altar boy at St. Sebastian's Parish. While growing up Frank worked for his father's grocery store (Ralston's) in Elmhurst, Queens, with his brothers. He graduated from Newtown HS in 1936 where he was a varsity pole vaulter and cross-country runner. He was an avid basketball and baseball athlete, playing in many amateur leagues, throughout NYC, against future Hall Famers - Phil Rizzuto and Whitey Ford. After graduating Frank worked for the Union News in Manhattan as an office boy and clerk. He was drafted into the Army in May 1941, joining the field artillery, being assigned to the 22nd Armored Divison. In December of 1941, right after Pearl Harbor, Frank joined the Tank Destroyers where he remained until the spring of 1942. At this time, the Army Air Corps was formed and he was the senior first sergeant in the "Flying Sergeants" stationed in Miami, FL. On Jan. 1, 1943, Frank married his longtime sweetheart, Dorothy Boylan, while on leave from his post at Freeman Field in Seymour, IN, with the 4th Armored Division. He was the president of the Non-Commissioned Officers Club. He also played on the Army's baseball team. One of his games was at the Navy base at Chanute Field and he got the only two hits off Hall of Famer, Bob Feller, who was stationed there. When Frank got out of the Army he eventually went to work for "Cross and Brown," where he was their leading Commercial Real Estate broker in Western Queens. In 1951 he and his family moved to a Cape Cod in Albertson where he still resided at the time of his death. In 1956 Frank became one of the original State Farm Insurance agents, when State Farm opened in NY starting in his home, eventually having offices in Glen Oaks, Queens, and finally in Williston Park. His first office was at 157 Hillside Ave. In 1978 he moved across the street to 174 Hillside Ave. where he shared his office with two of his sons, Bud and Peter. For over 35 years Frank flew his own personal plane up and down the eastern part of the US. He played and coached softball in the Manhasset Open League until his 72nd birthday at which time he "retired" to only coaching the team. He was a 50-year member of the Woodside, Queens American Legion. He was also an avid fisherman and boater who moored his boats in both Glen Cove and Northport and his winter homes in Lake Worth and Lantana, FL. From 1962 until the 1970s Frank was heavily involved with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts as Nassau County Scout Commissioner and Troop 177 leader and Merit Badge counselor. He was awarded the prestigious "Silver Award," the Boy Scouts' highest volunteer award. He was also an auxiliary policeman in Albertson and was active in the Albertson Little League. In addition to his wife, Dorothy, Frank is also survived by his sons, Bud Masterson of Glen Cove, Patrick Masterson of Dix Hills and Pete Masterson of Asharoken; brothers Tom Masterson of Old Bethpage and Jim Masterson of Elmhurst; a sister, Chris Lennox of Lake Worth; grandchildren, Carrie, Dennis, Danny, Michael, Chris and Will; and great-grandson Jake. There was no funeral service - only a private family gathering was held. Contributions may be made to either Momma's House, Inc. or the Boys Scouts of America, c/o Peter Masterson, PO Box 300, Williston Park, NY 11596. (Source: Hyde Park Illustrated News, New York, NY).

Masterson, Jennie (Dexter), Mrs. - Mrs. Jennie (Dexter) Masterson, 88, of 1819 Main St., widow of Charles W. Masterson and a long-time resident of Lafayette, died in the home of her nurse, Mrs. Leda Huff, 907 N. 6th St., at 7:45 a.m. Friday [April 25, 1966]. Mrs. Masterson had been in failing health several years but death was unexpected. She had been cared for in the Huff home for a week. Born in Holland, she lived in Lafayette most of her life. She came here with her parents when she was an infant and was married in 1901. Mr. Masterson, who odied in 1963, was a Wabash Railroad freight house employee. She was a member of Congress Street Methodist Church and Frances Willard WCTU. Surviving are two daughters, Misses Doris and Ruth Masterson, at home; a son, Charles R. of Detroit, and two sisters, Mrs. Louise Graves of Toronto, Canada, and Mrs. Effie Balkema of Lafayette. (Source: Tippecanoe Area Genealogical Society, 909 South St., Lafayette, IN 47901)

Masterson, John. - John Masterson, a retired restaurateur and brakeman for the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, died Monday [March 20, 1999] of congestive heart failure at his winter home in Lafitte. He was 86. Mr. Masterson was born Boone, Iowa, and lived in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He graduated from Sacred Heart School in Boone and was an Army veteran of World War II. He worked for the railroad for 15 years and owned and operated the Dine-A-Mite and Suzi Q. restaurants in the Council Bluffs area. He also was a former sales tax auditor for the state of Iowa. Survivors include two daughters, Judy Mertens of Grimes, Iowa, and Jackie Woodin of Ames, Iowa; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A graveside service will be held Monday at 11:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Boone. Stark-Welin Funeral Home in Boone is in charge of arrangements. (Source: Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA).

Masterson, John Earl, Jr. - John E. Masterson, Jr., 76, of 312 N. Eighth St., died at 9:50 a.m. Saturday [August 31, 1987] in Home Hospital. He had been a resident of Comfort Retirement and Nursing Home for the past seven years. Born Nov. 20, 1910, in Lafayette, [IN] he lived in Lafayette most of his life. He was married Dec. 9, 1927, to Jamma Nash. She died in 1959. Mr. Masterson was employed at General Telephone Co. as an instrument shop man for 20 years. He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church; Dayton Masonic Lodge; and the Musicians Union. He played in several band in this area for many years. Surviving are two sons, Don Masterson of West Point and Douglas Masterson of Lafayette. (Source: Tippecanoe Area Genealogical Society, 909 South St., Lafayette, IN 47901)

Masterson, John Earl, Sr. -John E. Masterson, Sr., 82, a retired barber, died at 6 p.m. Tuesday [June 3, 1948] at the home of his son at 1206 South Eighteenth Street. Born at Darlington, he was married to Bertha Ann Nichols, who preceded him in death in 1914. He was a member of the Congress Street Methodist Church. Surviving are the son, John Earl, Jr., of this city, and one brother, Charles W. Masterson, of this city [Lafayette, IN]. (Source: Tippecanoe Area Genealogical Society, 909 South St., Lafayette, IN 47901)

Masterson, Kenneth Eugene. - Kenneth Eugene Masterson, age 65, Valrico, Florida, a native of Abingdon, Illinois, passed away Monday, June 7, 1999 at his home. He was born October 25, 1933, in Abingdon. Surviving are his wife, Jean F. Masterson; two sons, Marc Masterson, Tucson, Arizona and Michael Masterson, St. Louis, Missouri; three daughters, Sherri Hessick, Sandra Masterson and Sheila Gilmore, all of Tucson; one brother, Otto Masterson, Chicago; four sisters, Marjorie Cecil and Marie Peterson, both of Baytown, Texas and Helen McLaughlin and Mary Alice Sullivan, both of Galesburg, Illinois; 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He lived in the Tampa area since 1988, moving from Troy, Illinois. He was a communications engineer with Rockwell International. An Air Force veteran, he served in Korea, Indochina and Vietnam. He was a recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. He was a member of Nativity Catholic Church; a life member of the Air Lift/Tanker Association, and a member of the Air Force Communications Engineer Association. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in Nativity Catholic Church. Stowers Funeral Home's Brandon Chapel, Brandon, Florida, was in charge of the arrangements. Burial was in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida, where military honors were accorded. Memorials may be made to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, Florida, 33612. (Source: Abingdon Argus, Abingdon, IL).

Masterson, Lena Wells (Loveless), Mrs. - Mrs. Lena Wells (Loveless) Masterson, 84, died at 11:54 a.m. Saturday [December 30, 1958] at Knights of Pythias home following an illness of one year. Her father, Leonidas (Tipp) Loveless, was one of the early residents of this city and operated a livery barn for many years. She had resided at the Phthian home since March 11. In 1903 she married Stowe Masterson, who died in 1940. She was a member of Trinity Methodist Church and a life member of Olympian Temple No. 78, Pythian Sisters. Surviving are Elizabeth Ann Costello and Roberta Lindsey, who were reared in the Masterson home. (Source: Tippecanoe Area Genealogical Society, 909 South St., Lafayette, IN 47901)

Masterson, Lois Ruth. - Lois Ruth Masterson, 86, of 1819 E. Main St. died there Sunday, March 28, [1939]. Miss Masterson taught high school in Lewistown, Ohio, and retired in 1970 from Purdue University, where she was a secretary for 25 years. Born Dec. 16, 1906, in Lafayette, she lived here most of her life. She ws a graduate of Jefferson High School and Purdue University. (Source: Tippecanoe Area Genealogical Society, 909 South St., Lafayette, IN 47901)

Masterson, Minnie Lee. - Services for Minnie Lee Masterson, 58, of River Drive, Stanford, will be 1 p.m. Monday at Bethel A.M.E. Church with Chris Simpson. Burial will be in Simpson Cemetery. She died Thursday [February 24, 2000] at her home. Born June 17, 1942, in Lincoln County, she was a daughter of the late Anna Mae Masterson and Will Simpson. She was a Lincoln County High School graduate and a member of Boneyville Baptist Church. She was a member of the senior choir. Survivors include three daughters, Doris Masterson of Harrodsburg, and Charlotte and Debbie Masterson, both of Stanford; four sons, Raymond Masterson of Danville, and James Wayne, Stanley and Anthony Masterson, all of Stanford; two brothers, Billy Masterson of Stanford and James Henry Masterson of Dayton, Ohio; and three sisters, Anna Lou Napier and Marsha Carson, both of Stanford, and Bobby Sue Cooper of Louisville. Pallbearers will be Timmy, Sidney and Kalvin Alcorn, and David and George A. Miller. Honorary pallbearers are Charles Logan, John T. Gooch, Clarence Gooch, Charles Cloyd, J.T. Gooch, Theodore Simpson and Ernest Gooch. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today at Bethel A.M.E. Church.. Source: The Advocate Messenger, Danville, KY).

Masterson, Tina Sue. - Tina Sue Masterson, 42, of Bethalto, died Nov. 28, 1999. She is survived by her mother, Wilma Baker of Jerseyville; daughters, Bobbie Rhoades and Crystal Masterson, both of Bethalto; a son, Corey Masterson of Bethalto; and step-sons, Jeff and Scott Masterson, both of Cottage Hills; sisters, Linda Heath of Godfrey, and Teresa Greeling of Jerseyville; and a brother, Steven Baker. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to the Oasis Women's Shelter and the American Cancer Society. (Source: AltonWeb, Alton, IL).

Masterson, William R. - William R. Masterson, 48, of Cottage Hills, died Nov. 28, 1999 in his home. He is survived by his mother, Erma of Cottage Hills; a daughter, Crystal of Bethalto; a step-daughter, Bobbie Rhoades of Bethalto; sons, Corey of Bethalto, and Jeff and Scott, both of Cottage Hills; and sisters, Betty Reno of South Roxana, Velda Taylor of Granite City, Bonnie Robinson Riverside, Ca., Judy Bunting of Pasadena, Tx., and Sandy McCarthy of Cottage Hills. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto. (Source: AltonWeb, Alton, IL).



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