Thomas E. Hatalla

Thomas E. Hatalla, 79, of Carlinville passed away Tuesday evening, Oct. 30, 2018, at Carlinville Area Hospital in Carlinville.

Thomas was born July 7, 1939, in Springfield, a son of Thomas and Anna Mae Foster Hatalla.

Tom graduated from Virden High School with the class of 1957.

He married Inge Schroter on June 10, 1974, in Jacksonville.

Tom started his career, while in high school, in the newspaper business with the Virden Recorder and the Gold Nuggett Publication in Virden. From there, he was hired to set type for the Carlinville Democrat. Tom and his partner soon purchased the Carlinville Democrat paper from Mr. Harvey Phelps and Tom became the editor of the paper. Tom retired in 2002 after the paper was sold to the Macoupin County Enquirer. Tom was a member of the Carlinville Elks Lodge #1412, for which he published the “Elk’s Horn” for over 20 years.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ronald.

Visitation was held on Friday afternoon, Nov. 2, from 5-7 p.m. at Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville. Elks’ ritual was exemplified at 7 p.m.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Inge M. Hatalla of Carlinville; son, Thomas Hatalla of Virden; step-son, William “Bill” (Jackie Miller) Hauschildt of Pittsfield; two step-grandchildren; brother, Gary (Cathy) Hatalla of Michigan; brother, David (Debra) Hatalla of Virden; sister, Judy (Bob) Bartolozzi of Auburn; sister, Barbara Wonaroski of Girard; sister, Jackie Hartsook of Nilwood; sister, Pam Reef of Murraryville; and sister, Rhonda (Lowell) Wills of Virden.

Memorials may be made to Macoupin County TAILS.

Visit davisandersonfuneralhome.com to leave condolences or light a candle in his memory.

Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville, was in charge of arrangements.