Published in the Interest of the Staunton Community for Over 143 Years


Sarah Margaret Chestnut, 96, of Bunker Hill, Ill., died at her residence on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. She was born April 3, 1926, in Alton, to Bijah and Anna Catherine (Hausman) Hodge. She was formerly married to Elmer G. Chestnut.

She was a retired cook for South Lawn Sheltered Care. Sarah enjoyed going to church and baking. Sarah loved God, her family and her church.

She is survived by her sons, Elmer Chestnut of Bunker Hill, Donald (Vicki) Chestnut of Bunker Hill; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Diana Chestnut of Bunker Hill; and many nieces and nephews. Sarah was preceded in death by her parents; son, Stephen Chestnut; daughter, Sarah Roose; two brothers in infancy; brother, Harold Hodge; and sisters, Vera Womack and Shirley Armstrong.

Friends may call on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill from 4:30 until 7 p.m. Funeral services are Thursday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill. Burial will be at Bunker Hill Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Life Harvest Church of Wilsonville. Condolences may be left online at

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