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Anna Stutz

Anna Stutz

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.

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  1. Administrator says:

    My condolences to the family of Mrs. Stutz. When I learned of her passing, I searched for and easily found the obituary. What struck me when I found the site was that my elementary school teachers apparently had first names! How odd it seems now that I never considered this as a child. Mrs. Stutz was my teacher 42 years ago. I could walk into the school building right now and take you to the exact room that was her classroom, at least when she was my teacher. I still remember the little toilets that were inside the classroom, the water fountain, the easel and the jugs of finger paints. I remember the desks, the tiny water fountain and the place where our coats hung. Sadly, the only memory I have specifically associated with Mrs. Stutz is that I had to stand in the corner one day. I don’t remember why…I only remember that while I stood there, I peeled some paint chips off the wall. I am sure there is value in this memory. Perhaps it is that I first felt the shame of being punished at school, and learned that there are consequences to negative or mischievous behavior. I am sure that Mrs. Stutz was instrumental in the foundation of my education in Freeburg, and for that I appreciate her and the years that she devoted to teaching. May she rest in peace, and I pray that her family remembers her with happiness.

    Posted by: Mary – Pittsburgh, PA – former student Jan 13, 2012

  2. Administrator says:

    You have mycondolencet

    Posted by: Sylvia Hoffmann – Belleville, IL – Ramond Stutz was my unkle Jan 15, 2012

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