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Karla Jean Phelps

Karla Jean Phelps


Karla Jean (Horner) Phelps, 74, of Blair, IL; born on October 1, 1945 in Pinckneyville, IL; passed away on Friday, June 12, 2020 at home surrounded by her family.

Karla loved spending time outside.  She was devoted to her flower garden and keeping her yard beautiful.  She spent a lot of time with her family and enjoyed taking her great grandchildren for rides in her golf cart.  She worked as an LPN at Three Springs Lodge for over twenty-five years until she retired.

Karla was preceded in death by her husband – Larry Robert Phelps who preceded her in death on November 10, 2008.  Parents – Charles Dale and Nellie Leona (Chapman) Horner.  Grandchild – Alex Phelps.  Brother – Alan Horner.  Son-in-law – Jason Gerlach.

Karla is survived by three children – David Brian Phelps (significant other, Brenda Brunkhorst) of Sparta, IL; Sheila Marie Ramsey of Chester, IL; Amanda Jean Gerlach of Steeleville, IL.  Five grandchildren – Travis (Alexandria) Phelps of Blair, IL; Jesse Phelps (significant other, Haley Johnson) of Chester, IL; Justin (Elizabeth) Ramsey of Bloomington, IN; Brandon Ramsey of Chester, IL; Maddie Gerlach of Steeleville, IL.  Four great grandchildren – Vincent Phelps of Blair, IL; Owen Phelps of Blair, IL; Oliver Phelps of Blair, IL; Piper Phelps of Blair, IL.  Two brothers – Frank (Jean) Horner of Dyersburg, TN and C. Steven (Sherri) Horner of Coulterville, IL.  Sister-in-law – Janet Horner of Coulterville, IL.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at

Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

Funeral: Graveside services will be held at Mueller Hill Cemetery in Pinckneyville, IL on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Tom Foster and Pastor Scott Foshie officiating.

Heil – Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Ryan Muskopf says:

    David, Sheila, and Amanda, I am sorry to learn that your mom has passed away. I have lots of good memories of coming out to your house with my dad (40 years ago!) and remember both of your parents as really great people. I still have a very old embalming fluid bottle that your dad found in one of the buildings next to their house, which he gave to my dad to give to me. I know the spirit of both of your parents will live on in all of you!

  2. renate stowers says:

    so sorry for your Families loss , prayers for all,

  3. Ron and Paula Kohring says:

    Our deepest sympathies to Karla’s family. We were in same class at school. Nicest person you could ever meet. I’m privileged to have known her. Our prayers with you all.

  4. Ron and Paula Kohring says:

    My most sincere sympathies to Karla’s family. I was a classmate of hers for most of our school time. One of the nicest persons you could ever meet. My prayers with you all. Ron and Paula Kohring

  5. Connie Moore, Sally Dolling, Ben Chapman says:

    Amanda, Sheila and David: I am so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. I know she had suffered so long and now she is in God’s hands and out of pain. I pray that the Good Lord gives each and every one of you comfort.

  6. Randy Vinson says:

    Sheila and David & Amanda I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll always remember the fun times we had together. Your mom as a great lady and dedicated medical professional.
    The world is a better place because of your mom!
    Take Care

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