January 18, 2023

Mary Ann (Pickerill) Cherry Scopel, 83, of Benld, Ill., died at Community Hospital of Staunton on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. She was born Jan. 3, 1940, in Harvel, to James and Mary Eileen (Floyd) Pickerill. She married Wesley C. Cherry on Sept. 3, 1960, in Mt. Olive. He preceded her in death on Sept. 16, 1986. She married Bruce J. Scopel on June 8, 1996, in Benld. He preceded her in death on Dec. 27, 2020.

Mary Ann's employment consisted of a secretary for Purina, Macoupin County Treasurer's Office, Illinois Veterans Administration and former Benld City Clerk. Mary Ann was a member of the St. Joseph's Altar Society, Benld Library Board, Diocesan Catholic Women, Benld Lions Club, and Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge 217 of Benld.

She is survived by her son, Bill (Florence) Cherry of Gillespie; daughter, Melanie (Mark) Quarton of Palmyra; daughters-in-law, Marjorie Cherry of Gillespie, Christie Cherry of Benld; grandchildren, Katrina, Nicholas, Andy, Joshua, Sean, Trent, Adam, Kendra, Brett; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, William (Rose) Pickerill of Worden; sisters, Betty Filipovich of Boise, Idaho; Geraldine Bayse of Benld, Connie Provost of Staunton, Norma (Ernie) Parish of Staunton, Anita Darneal of Staunton; sister-in-law, Cheryl (James) Smith of Staunton; and brother-in-law, Andrew (Rose) Cherry of Pleasant Plains. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands: sons, Don Cherry, Jon Cherry; brothers, James Pickerill, Kenneth Pickerill, Dale Pickerill, Larry Pickerill; and sister, Loralee Sciranko.

Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church in Benld. Burial will be at Benld Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph's Altar Society, Benld Library or to the Gillespie-Benld Area Ambulance Service. Condolences may be left online at Kravanya Funeral Home in Benld is in charge of arrangements.

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