Katherine M. Napier, nee Scheibe, 95, of New Athens, IL; born on August 13, 1921 in Valmeyer, IL; passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens, IL.
Mrs. Napier was a homemaker, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She cleaned house for several ladies in New Athens. She worked at Fairway Department Store in New Athens and was also a kitchen worker for many years at the New Athens Home for the Aged. Katherine enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to cook, quilt, play cards and dominoes. Katherine liked to dance, camp and go trout fishing. Her other favorite projects included making rag rugs on her loom and making cut-out patterns on sweatshirts, many of which she sold at various craft fairs. She was often requested to cook her specialties which were coffee cake, jelly rolls, pineapple upside down cake, cream puffs, chocolate angel food cake and chicken and dumplings.
She was preceded in death by her parents – Max and Katie, nee Brandt, Scheibe. Her husband Bernard J. Napier whom she married on December 17, 1938 in Maeystown, IL and who passed away on October 3, 1987. Also preceded by three sisters – Bertha Gilbert Ripplemeyer; Tillie Engel; Ardell Reid. Four brothers – Alvin Scheibe, Walter Scheibe; Max Scheibe; Fred Scheibe. One son-in-law – George “Mike” Meketa.
She is survived by her children – Eugene “Shorty” (Jeanette) Napier of New Athens, IL; Glenn (Marilyn) Napier of Baldwin, IL; Richard Napier of Frankford, MO; Shirley Ziebold of Red Bud, IL; Barbara Meketa of New Athens, IL. Nine grandchildren – Brian Napier; Brenda King; Lori (Mike) Blackburn; Linda (David) Bartlett; Sherry (Carl Pohl) Ziebold; Bill (Julie) Ziebold; Marc (Allison) Ziebold; Dustin (Ellie Rush) Ziebold; Brian (Katie Crockett) Meketa. Thirteen great-grandchildren – Megan Blackburn; Michaela Blackburn; Cody Blackburn; Nicholas Bottom; Alyssa Bottom; Madison King; McKenzie King; Taylor Ziebold; Jordin Ziebold; Griffin Ziebold; Katie Ziebold; Manny Noethen; Issac Meketa. Also survived by nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the New Athens Home for the Aged or to the family.
Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 9:00am to 10:00am.
Funeral: Services will be held at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 10:00am with Rev. Dr. Robert Koch officiating.
Interment: Burial will be held at Oakridge Cemetery in New Athens, IL.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.
Sending prayers and thoughts to all of you. Wish we could be there, but know we are thinking of you all.
Jodi & Dale
Posted by: Jodi & Dale Meracle – West Des Moines, IA – Family Nov 07, 2016
Barb, I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by: Carole Faerber – St Louis, MO – Coworker Nov 07, 2016
Barb.. I am so very sorry for your loss. I never had the pleasure of meeting your mother but she sounded like a very active and loving person! May you remember her as she was and know she will always be with you in spirit!
Posted by: Judi Shaw – St. Louis, MO – Coworker Nov 07, 2016
My deepest sympathy to you and yours on the loss of your dear Mom……..what a lovely picture of her……Hope you are doing as well as can be expected.
With love and sympathy
Posted by: Jan Mantovani – CHESTERFIELD, MO – Coworker Nov 07, 2016
I was Katherines neighbor for awhile, and will always know her that way, and such a good neighbor and her family also. I knew her and her rugs she made long before she was my neighbor, we did live in the same part of town and I had many of those beautiful rugs. The picture of her is perfect, just Katherine.
My sympathy to her family, what a blessing to them always. And to her friends. Dorothy
Posted by: Dorothy Hacker – New Athens, IL – Neighbor Nov 07, 2016
Sympathy to all the family. A very special lady who loved quilting and her family. May she Rest In Peace.
Posted by: Diane Boschert – New Athens, IL – Neighbor Nov 07, 2016
Barb, I know you will miss your mom. With deepest sympathy.
Posted by: Pam Chudzik – St. Charles, MO – Family Friend Nov 07, 2016
So sorry for the loss of your mom. I know you were very close to her
And you will miss her. I didn’t really know her, but if you get your kindness
And loving way from her she must have been a great lady!
With deepest sympathy to you and your family,
Posted by: Pam Chudzik – St. Charles, MO – Coworker Nov 07, 2016
Shirley, my sympathy to you and your family. Hold on to those beautiful memories.
Posted by: Eileen Curran (Ruhmann) – Waterloo, IL Nov 08, 2016
So sorry for your loss Barb Meketa and Brian and family.
Posted by: Cindy Wiegand – New Athens, IL – Neighbor Nov 08, 2016
Dear Barb, I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I don’t think we can ever be ready to lose a parent. I hope that the memories you have will sustain you through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
My deepest sympathy,
Posted by: Maeve Day – St. Louis, MO – Coworker Nov 08, 2016
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember Katherine very well. I worked with her at the New Athens Home for the Aged. And I knew Barbara from school. Please accept my condolences. She was a very nice woman.
Posted by: Chiyoko Louise Gussin nee Miller – Desert Hot Springs, CA – Acquaintance Nov 08, 2016
I am so very sorry for the loss of one of the worlds sweetest and kindest Lady in the world.
I just found out also about the loss of your wonderful husband. I am so sad and my thoughts and prayers are with you. I also loss my husband when he was 52 just in 2010 and my heart is saddened to hear you have loss yours at such a young age. Your Mother was so special to me
Posted by: Ann Sheets Embry – Freeburg, IL Nov 08, 2016
We were so sorry to hear of Aunt Motsies passing. She was such a wonderful lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by: Vicki White – Calvert city, KY – Family Nov 09, 2016
Mrs. Napier was a wonderful,witty lover of life. She made everyone around her a better person. She will be missed by not only her family, but her friends and community because she made her community a better place to live, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by: Steve & Gayle Schuessler – New Athens, IL Nov 11, 2016