Talmage “Tal” Dwain Hillman

Talmage Dwain Hillman of Godfrey IL died of COVID-19 on December 16, 2020 at the age of 75. His final message before he died was “wear a mask, the life you save may not be your own.”

Tal spent his life helping people live better lives through his work with the developmentally disabled at Bellefontaine Habilitation Center. He’s remembered for the way he lifted everyone up, helping employees he managed to reach their potential as they helped the residents they worked with. After retiring in 2013, Tal stayed in touch with his old coworkers, finally had time to golf more, and loved live shows and Cardinals games. Lately he had started to forget things and moved into an assisted living facility, but he “remembered two current things: Covid & he hated Trump.” Tal was still madly in love with his wife of 54 years and they were able to Facetime together before he passed.

Talmage Hillman is missed deeply by his wife, two daughters, son, grandchildren, extended family, huge circle of friends, and the many lives he touched through his long career of helping people with developmental disabilities live their best lives.


Talmage Dwain Hillman obituary at Gent funeral Home 

Richard “RC” Bartholic

Richard Bartholic COVID-19 death

Richard Bartholic died August 8, 2020 of COVID-19. He was 82 years old and died in an assisted care facility.

Richard was married to the love of his life for 64 years and loved being a husband and father. He coached basketball, baseball, and other sports and taught his kids how to be good team players and cooperate. Richard is remembered for singing to his closest friends, loving food, and being an all around amazing friend and great guy. He had an inspiringly positive attitude while continuing to recover from a stroke and made more friends in his recovery process. After COVID-19 forced nursing homes to stop allowing visitors, his eyes would light up when the staff helped him use the phone to talk with his wife and family.

Richard Bartholic is missed deeply by his wife Gayle of 64 years, his extended family, friends at The Stroke Club (including Frank Siefried and his wife), friends he made at the assisted care facility, and everyone in his social circle.


Dolly Naomi Hood

Dolly Naomi Hood of St. Peters, died of COVID-19 on April 10, 2020 at the age of 80. She was recovering from a stroke at The Landing of O’Fallon where she started having trouble breathing and was taken to the ER on April 2. She passed 8 days later in the hospital ICU. Her husband and lifelong companion wrote on her obituary page, “the hardest part was that I could not be with her during any of it.”

Until 2008, Dolly worked in the Francis Howell School District where she touched countless lives. In her retirement, she was a gifted gardener who won awards in every show she entered. She also loved creating beadwork and doing other crafts. She was a compassionate friend who always had time to listen, and loved having lunches with her retired teacher friends. Most of all, Dolly was a devoted mother who always put her family first.

Dolly Naomi Hood is missed deeply by her husband who she was married to for 62 years, her two adult children, grandchildren, her extended family, her many friends, garden club, church, and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her.