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Elvera Mahan

Elvera Mahan

Elvera Emilie, nee Junge, Mahan, 90, of New Athens, IL; born January 21, 1922 in Baldwin, IL; passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at the Red Bud Regional Hospital.
Mrs. Mahan was a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked at the New Athens Home for the Aged for 25 years. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Baldwin, IL. Elvera was a well-known accordion player having played at numerous area wedding and anniversary dances for over 30 years. The 3-piece country western band she belonged to was the Okaw Valley Ramblers or also known as Vera’s Group. Her signature song was “Out Behind the Barn”. She loved her many years of singing, playing and entertaining.
She was preceded in death by her parents – Henry and Caroline, nee Luebkemann, Junge. Her daughter – Diane Zinkhon. Her brothers – Vernon Junge; Edgar Junge. Her sisters – Edna Junge; Emma Tillock; Melba Ferlisi.
She is survived by her husband Russell D. Mahan whom she married on June 26, 1943 in St. Louis, MO. Her son – Brian (Carol) Mahan of New Athens, IL. Grandchildren – Catherine (Shane) Matsumoto; David (Amy) Zinkhon; Rachel Mahan; Emily (Caleb) Riggs. Great grandchildren – Clara; Dharma; Zuzu; Grace and Elizabeth.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of her daughter Diane or to St. John Lutheran Church.

Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and at St. John Lutheran Church in Baldwin, IL on Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 9:00am to 11:00am.

Funeral: Services will be held at St. John Lutheran Church in Baldwin, IL on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 11:00am with Pastor John Taggatz officiating.

Interment: Burial will be held at the St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Baldwin, IL.

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  1. Administrator says:

    Brian & Family —
    She was such a caring & talented human person… I good go on forever about all the GOOD times I and many others from the class of ’68 had at the Mahan farm. She always made us feel, and treated us, like we were one of her own. She will be missed… My heartfelt sympathy goes to everyone…She will be missed… All our Love — Ruth Ann & Aug

    Posted by: Ruth Ann (Hacker) Hanft – New Athens, IL – Friend Sep 24, 2012

  2. Administrator says:

    Aunt Elvera always, always made me feel special. She was gracious and would remember every birthday and Christmas and anniversary. She even sent me a thank you card for her 90th birthday card which I have tacked to the wall by my desk. She was a lovely person and between the Junge Christmases, hayrides, waterslides, etc. I have many, many happy memories. Thanks, Aunt Elvera, for being such a big part of my life.

    Posted by: Dale (Junge) Giannatasio – Oak Island, NC – Goddaughter/Niece Sep 25, 2012

  3. Administrator says:

    Aunt Elvera was the glue of the family. She taught us to laugh, love, dance and be a family NO MATTER WHAT. She was truly a great woman in her own right. I too have her thank you card on my refrigerator door.

    Posted by: Jane – Phoenix, AZ – niece Sep 25, 2012

  4. Administrator says:

    So many memories over so many years! What a huge hole we now have in our family. Aunt Vera has already turned in her harp for an accordion, I’ll bet. She’s forever in our hearts and memories.

    Posted by: Susan Peters Sep 25, 2012

  5. Administrator says:

    Brian,
    I was sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. While it had been many years since I had seen her, I remember her as a very vibrant lady and I am sure she will be missed.
    Ron Schneider

    Posted by: Ron Schneider – Oconomowoc, WI – Friend Sep 25, 2012

  6. Administrator says:

    Brian and Family:

    We are saddened by the passing of Aunt Vera. She was a terrific person and spent so many years making life better (including more fun) for others. There are many memories including her always including us on the Junge Family Newsletter for so many years.

    We will miss her but will have fond memories of times with her.

    Please accept our most sincere condolences,

    Marv and Melanie

    Posted by: Marv and Melanie Kaiser – MAYFIELD, KY Sep 26, 2012

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