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Auxiliary Raises Funds for Centrella Smart+ Bed


Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s 2022 Tree of Remembrance fund drive has raised a total of $6,636.80. The Auxiliary is able to assist the hospital in purchasing needed equipment for various departments through the community's generous donations/memorials. Funds collected this year were used to purchase a Centrella Smart+ Bed. The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board would like to thank those who donated to the Tree of Remembrance!


This bed helps meet the changing need of healthcare facilities and delivers elevated care through optimized patient safety, enhanced patient satisfaction and advanced caregiver-focused technology. The new bed will feature an in-bed scale for patients with a weight range of 70 - 500 lbs., motion activated nightlight, patient storage in the siderail, USB charger, obstacle detection system and LCD touchscreen. Cost for this bed is $13,587.63.


Tom Search, Board Chairman and Mardell Granger, Auxiliary President
Tom Search, Board Chairman and Mardell Granger, Auxiliary President

Mardell Granger, Auxiliary President, was present at the February Board meeting. She reported on the past year of Auxiliary events and also spoke of future plans of the Auxiliary. Mardell was able to present a check to Board Chairman, Tom Search, for the purchase of the new Smart+ Bed. The Auxiliary is able to donate this money from funds collected by the Tree of Remembrance, Gift Shop, and various fundraisers throughout the year.


Those wishing to make a donation or memorial contribution in honor of a loved one may do so by mailing it to:


Tree of Remembrance Chairman Apryl Bradshaw

Memorial Hospital

1900 State Street

Chester, Illinois 62233


Donations and memorials received for 2023 include:


Memorials Include:

  • Emily Lyons In memory of Camille and Blasé Lyons

  • William K Smith, Lily Smith and Lydia Smith In remembrance of Ron Laramore

  • William K Smith, Lily Smith and Lydia Smith In remembrance of Jenifer Hitmeyer King. Mrs. King was a great coach and a great person. She taught lots of girls how to improve themselves in sports and we miss her!

  • Pam Pechacek & Family In remembrance of Ron Pechacek

  • Beta Nu Chapter In memory of BSF Sisters

  • Judi Hirte In remembrance of my parents, Keith Rednour & Berniece VanSant

  • Barbara Ann and Gordon L. Holley In memory of parents Gordon V. and Roseanne Holley & Charles and Lois Hirte

  • Joyce Surman In memory of our daughter, Lori McCartney

  • Mike Vasquez Family In loving memory of Mr & Mrs Dan Vasquez and Mr & Ms John Fulford

  • Russell and Linda Rader Remembrance of our brothers LCPL Charles Rader and PFC Leonard Nitzsche

  • Ken and Virginia Rowold In memory of the Otto Rowold and Wm. O, Welge family members

  • Dr. & Mrs Zemlyn and Family In remembrance of Dr. Milton Zemlyn, Rosemary Zemlyn, JoBeth McAdams-Zemlyn and Paul Zemlyn

  • The honorable Judge Richard Brown In loving memory of Barbara Brown

  • Carolyn Schwent In memory of Gary Schwent, Mike Jungewaelter, Karen Deppe, Rick Cash, Phil Fluck, and Larry Costilow.

  • The "B.V. Gals" In memory of Rosie Craig, Marion Lutz, Millie Layton, Carole Malley, and Marlene Seymour

  • Janice Dettmer and Gina & Shawn Straight In memory of Herman & Louise Dettmer and John & Rose Leaders

  • Janice Dettmer and Gina & Shawn Straight In memory of Ray and John Dettmer

  • Greg and Rosemary Crain In memory of Homer & Elizabeth Crain, John & Sis Bauer, and John Bauer, Anthony Bauer, Greg Bauer.

  • Janice Dettmer In memory of Wilma Kothe

  • Judy Leaders McLeod and Family In memory of Mark C. McLeod and John & Rose Leaders

  • Rhonda Bockhorn In remembrance of Betty Jean Wagner

  • The Kordys Family In remembrance of Bonnie and Harry Jones

  • Dale and Marsha Link In remembrance of Charles Link, Jean Link, Harold Link, Ina Link, Jack Link, Ronald Link, and Bonnie Link Horn

  • Beverly Bollman In memory of Don Bollman, Cindy & Jack Clendenin, Helen & Vernon Slamm

  • Julia Wunderlich In memory of Vernon Wunderlich and Mark Wunderlich.

  • Linda Butler In memory of Tony Beckner

  • Mary Alice Welge and Julia Saak In memory of Mr & Mrs. Brockey Childers

  • Julia Saak and Mary Alice Welge In memory of Frances Jarvis

  • Mary Alice Welge and Family In memory of Donald E. Welge

  • Mary Alice Welge and Family In memory of 1st Lt. Bruce R. Welge

  • Mary Alice Welge and Family In memory of Mr. & Mrs. William H. Welge

  • Mary Jo Verseman In memory of Roger & Ruth Petrowske, Brian Petrowske and Don Verseman

  • Donna Clendenin In memory of Husband Len, Mother Pansy, Dad Jimmy and Brother Jim

  • Ida, Gary & Stan Gaertner In memory of Paul R Gaertner

  • Clifford and Jean Jungewaelter In memory of Michael Jungewaelter

  • Joseph and Marla Johnson and Family In memory of Cole Carnahan

  • Sandra Benedict In memory of Frank Benedict

  • Robert and Brenda Owen In memory of Betty & Roger Ohlau and Jane & Phil Owen

  • Bob and Linda Marcinkowska In memory of our loving daughter Megan Marcinkowska

  • Larry and Imogene McDonough In memory of loved ones

  • The Guthman Family In remembrance of John & Jessie Guthman; Bonnie Jones; and Donna Strothmann

  • Darrel Ehlers In memory of Carol Ehlers

  • Cynthia Lawder In memory of Shelby Lawder

  • Mike & Betty Welge In memory of Mr. & Mrs William H Welge; 1st Lt. Bruce Welge; Mr. Donald Welge; Mr. & Mrs. Bernice Cushman; Mr. Michael Joseph Cushman; Mr. Herbert Holzum; Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Davitz

  • Donna Eggemeyer In remembrance of my Mom and Dad, Roger and Ruth Petrowske

  • Royce & Shelly Hoops, Lauren and Alyssa In Honor of James Brockmeyer and all our family's loved ones

  • Bruce and Mary Brown In memory of Art Maes Family and S.F. Brown Family

  • Dr. Allan and Louise Liefer In memory of Sam and Mathilda Stermer and Elmer and Elsie Liefer

  • Charles and Norma Baughman In Memory of George & Ethel Bargman; Charles & Fern Baughman; and Marguerite Baughman

  • Auxiliary Board In memory of Robert Koenegstein.


Donations Include:

  • The Honorable Judge William and Evelyn Schuwerk

  • St. John's Lutheran Church of Bremen

  • Arbeiter Law Offices

  • Chester National Bank

  • Chester Electrical Supply, Inc.

  • Richard and Beverly Allison

  • Buena Vista National Bank of Chester

  • Chester Eyecare

  • Randolph County Abstract, LLC

  • Chester Animal Hospital, LLC

  • City of Chester

  • Dieterich Bank

  • Judith Petrowske

  • Fraternal Order of Eagles Chester, IL

  • Falkenhein Accounting and Tax Service, P.C.

  • St. Mary's Knights of Columbus

  • Randolph County Housing Authority

  • Dr. & Mrs. Robert Platt

  • Shirley Hohgrefe

  • David and Deborah Ellner

  • The American Legion Post #487 - Chester

  • American Legion Auxiliary Steeleville

  • Ronald and Jill Arbeiter

  • VFW Post 3553 - Chester

  • Michael and Mary Sulser

  • Tom and Vicki Search

  • Dr. James and Betty Krieg

  • Gerald and Gail Meyer

  • Joan Jones

  • Pat Friess

  • Dr. Stephen and Diane Platt

  • Barb Hall

  • The Manor at Craig Farms, LP

  • Alice Lyons

  • Rosemary Bert

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