Panaghiotisadam, Tellyworth and 1Tess -- Thanks for sticking with me and helping. The display is correct now.
After Panaghiotisadam repeated that I should try Tellyworth's suggestion again -- I did. I'd tried it 3 times before -- with the "WordPress should correct invalidly nested XHTML automatically" checked, made an insignificant change and updated on the post etc. without any luck. But -- I did it again and this time made a significant change because I noticed in the "Dead in the Family" post that I'd saved it in html. I usually work in visual. So I switched that back to visual. And all of my widgets etc showed up. Not sure if that what was throwing it off, but everything is back now.
Thanks again for the help and appreciate the patience.