Anna Eleanora, nee Keller, Stutz, 104, of New Athens, Ill., died Thursday, January 12, 2012, at Rosewood Care Center in Swansea, IL. She was born in the family farmhouse in Prairie du Long Township, St. Clair County, IL. on Dec. 29, 1907, the daughter of Philip and Mary Keller, nee Molles. She married Oliver Theodore Stutz on May 28, 1930.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Oliver Stutz; her brother and sister-in-law August and Stella Keller; her brothers in-law Theodore Stutz (Helen) and Raymond Stutz (Jen).
She is survived by two daughters, Jane Helms (Dale) of Belleville, IL. and Mary Schlieckert (Gary) of Bloomington, MN; five grandchildren-Janet Plote (Roy), Matthew Helms (Michelle), Frederick Helms (Kathy), Rebecca Fender (Matt), and Christopher Schlieckert (Sarah). Also surviving are six great grandchildren: Gracie and Rachel Fender, Anna Schlieckert, Ethan and Avery Plote, and Lilian Helms; two step great grandchildren: Heather Trepka (Ryan) and Skyler Stanaland; and one great, great grandchild-Jersey Trepka
Mrs. Stutz received her teaching certificate from the Southern Illinois Normal College at Carbondale and her Bachelor’s degree from McKendree College, Lebanon, IL. She began her
teaching career in one-room country schools-Batdorf, Hertel, and Union. She later taught
in the Shiloh, Marissa, and Freeburg Elementary school districts. Mrs. Stutz joined the Broad
Hollow Grange in January, 1922, and has been a continuous member for ninety years serving as Chaplain for many years. She recently received a congratulatory letter from the National Grange President. Mrs. Stutz was a charter member of the Prairie Home Bureau, a forerunner of the current Cooperative Extension Service.
Visitation: Friends may call at the Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Sunday, January 15, 2012 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm (Grange Services will be held Sunday at the funeral home) and at St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, IL on Monday, January 16, 2012 from 9:00am to 11:00am.
Funeral: Services will be held at St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, IL on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 11:00am with Dr. Rev. Robert Koch officiating.
Entombment: Entombment will be held at Valhalla Mausoleum in Bellville, IL on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 3:00pm.
Memorials: Memorials may be made in her memory to St. John United Church of Christ New Athens Youth Group or to the Freeburg Grade School Dist. 70 Education Foundation.