Isabelle Victoria Gates, Leatha F. Pickering, Lester Dale Potts Jr., David A. Workman 

Isabelle Victoria Gates 

It is with great sadness the Gates family announces the loss of their beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Isabelle Victoria Gates, 95, of Vincennes. She passed away peacefully in her sleep and with family by her side on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at her home.

She was born on Dec. 21, 1924 in Loogootee to Granville and Florence (Doyle) Matthews into a family of 12 children. Residing nearly her entire life in Loogootee, she was a life-long member of St. John the Evangelist Church. After moving to Vincennes to be closer to her daughters, she became a parishioner of St. Francis Xavier, the Old Cathedral. 

Isabelle was shaped by her upbringing and had a long, full life giving great devotion to her Catholic faith. She always thought of others giving mass offerings and donations to missions. Throughout her life she was known for her gentle kindness, patience, generosity and steadfast loyalty to her loved ones. Isabelle was a wonderful cook and pastry chef. In the home she shared with her husband, William Dwight Gates, she hosted many family holidays and gatherings. As an accomplished seamstress, she held great joy in sewing clothing for her seven daughters and on occasion, a Maryknoll habit for her niece.Isabelle was also well-known for her beautiful flower gardens.

Surviving are her children, Rebecca Logan and her husband, Allen, of Mooresville, North Carolina, Victoria Olson and her husband, Steven, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mary Susan Zinkan and her husband, Jeffrey, of Palm Harbor, Florida and Loretta Day and her husband, Kevin, of Vincennes; her grandchildren, Kelley Zinkan, Geoffrey Zinkan, Greta Weller, Zachary Logan, Jon Davis, Kara Maramonte, Krista Olson, Kyle Olson, Stephen Day; 11 great-grandchildren;and her sister, Sarah Matthews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Dwight Gates; her daughters, Rachel Byrd, Jane Gates, and Sheila Maramonte; an infant son, William Joseph Gates; a great-granddaughter; and her second husband, Paul Bradley.

Funeral services will be at a later date at St. John the Evangelist Church in Loogootee officiated the Very Rev. Kenneth J. Walker.

Online condolences may be expressed through Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home at

Leatha F. Pickering

Leatha F. Pickering, 95, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, died on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

She had worked at Golden Rule Insurance and was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include her three sons, Wayne Pickering, Rick Pickering and Jim Pickering.

Private funeral services will be 11 a.m. CDT on Saturday at the Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, Illinois. The service will be available for viewing on the funeral home Facebook page, Extended family and friends are invited to drive past the funeral home from 10 a.m. CDT until the hour of service on Saturday in honor of Leatha and her family; approach from South 12th Street. Burial will be in the Lawrenceville City Cemetery. Please feel free to mail cards to Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 564, Lawrenceville, IL 62439.

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Lester Dale Potts Jr.

Lester Dale “Bub” Potts Jr., 64 of St. Francisville, Illinois, died on Monday, April 27, 2020.

He worked for Republic Services.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry Potts; his mother, Marylin Potts; two daughters, Jennifer Adams and Julie Crummley; two brothers, Terry Potts and James Potts; and one sister, Teresa Brenton.

Graveside services will be 4 p.m. CDT today at the Oaklawn Cemetery. Cunningham-Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.

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David A. Workman

David A. “Dave” Workman, 77, of Vincennes, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at his home.

Born on July 22, 1942, in Linton, he was the son of Herschell and Thelma (Hadley) Workman. Dave was retired from AT&T as an installer/repairman. A member of Community United Methodist Church, he also belonged to the gun clubs in Vincennes and Oaktown. Dave loved golfing, fishing, playing pool, and trap shooting. Going to pawn shops looking for bargains was one of his favorite activities.

Surviving is his wife, Phyllis (Waggoner) Workman; his daughters, Susan Smith and her husband, Bryant, and Jenny Bruner and her husband, Shaun, both of Vincennes; and his grandchildren, Nathan Smith and his wife, Casey, Vanessa Bunte and her husband, B.jaye, Blake Wyatt, Alexander, Molly, Jane, Jake, Connor, Andrew, George, Emma, Sarah, Abigail, Gage and Isabella Smith, and Liam and Mila Bruner.

His parents and a grandson, Zachary Smith, preceded him.

A private graveside service will be held and a public celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Community United Methodist Church or Southern Care Hospice. Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements.

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Bull, Ronald J., died April 25. Services: 11 a.m. CDT today at the St. Francisville Catholic Cemetery.

Collins, Mary Lou, died April 24. Services: 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Asbury Chapel Cemetery. Memorials: Welsh Diabetes Center at Good Samaritan Hospital or the Vincennes Animal Shelter. Condolences:

Like, Patricia Jane, died April 23. Services: today at Memorial Park Cemetery. Condolences:


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