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Loretta M. Odle

Loretta M. Odle
Loretta M. Odle, nee Watt, 87, of Tilden, IL, born March 18, 1934 in St. Louis, MO, passed away on Tuesday December 7, 2021 at the Coulterville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Coulterville, IL. Mrs. Odle retired in 1993 after 37 years teaching at the Tilden Attendance Center in Tilden, IL. Loretta graduated from McKendree University in Lebanon, IL. She was a member of the National Education Association, Illinois Education Association, Randolph County Retired Teachers Association and a founding member of the Tilden Scholarship Committee. She was also a member of the Tilden United Methodist Church and had also served as the church pianist for many years.
Mrs. Odle was preceded in death by her parents – William and Viola (Wilson) Watt, her brother James, his wife Rose and a sister – Dorothy Watt who died in infancy.
Loretta is survived by her loving husband – James B. Odle, whom she married on July 29, 1955 at the Tilden United Methodist Church, two sons – James R (Janet) Odle of Brundidge, AL and Jeffrey D (Susan) of Sparta, IL, and two grandchildren – James P. Odle of Brundidge, AL and Katelyn (David) Parkinson of Coulterville, IL.
Memorials may be made to the Tilden United Methodist Church or to the Tilden Scholarship Committee.
Visitation: Visiting hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday December 12, 2021 and from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday December 13, 2021 at the Tilden United Methodist Church in Tilden, IL.
Funeral: Joint services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday December 13, 2021 at the Tilden Methodist Church in Tilden, IL with Pastor Cody Battefeld and Pastor Kimberly Allen officiating.  Interment will follow at Tilden Cemetery in Tilden, IL.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.
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  1. Jill Duffie says:

    My sincere sympathy to Jeff and Jim and their families. I had great respect for your Mother and Father. They will both be missed.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you all with with everlasting strength.
    Keeping the family in my prayers.

  3. Pat Wilson Vancil says:

    Just received the sad news of the passing of Loretta and Jim. Please know my prayers are with you, the family. Am unable to travel anymore. Age and circumstances have kept us apart over the years. Loretta and Jim have always been close to me and she and my sister Betty spent a lot of teenage time together when we lived in Tilden many years ago.

  4. Lela Gillespie Neisler says:

    My sympathy to the family. Celebrating a life well lived. She takes along with her so many of our childhood memories, as did Mr. Wilson and Mr. White.

  5. Jane Schaeffer says:

    Thinking of you all and sending hugs. I just loved seeing Mrs. Odle, she was such a sweet, sweet lady. When I worked at the bank I so enjoyed visiting with both Mr. & Mrs. Odle, I miss those days. May Loretta fly high like a butterfly🦋

  6. Julie Hurst says:

    Our deepest sympathy to each of you during this difficult time.
    Mrs. Odle was a very compassionate and kind person. She taught both of us at Tilden Grade School.
    Rest in God’s loving arms sweet lady.

    • Julie (Cissell) Bonebrake says:

      Deepest sympathy to the Odle family during this most difficult time. I have fond memories of having Mrs. Odle as my 4th grade teacher. She was a great educator and will certainly be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. In addition I have images of Officer Odle in his uniform. They were a remarkable pair. May they rest in peace eternally together.

  7. Donna Galle says:

    Very pleasant lady so sorry for your loss Jim, fly high angel

  8. Cathy Sinn Flowers says:

    Jim, and your entire family, I am so very sorry about your mother’s passing. Please know that you will be in my prayers. May she rest in God’s Presence.

  9. We send our prayers and sympathy to Jim and family at this difficult time. Loretta was a very sweet lady. It was a pleasure to have known her.

  10. Bob & Sarah Kehrer says:

    We send out deepest sympathy and prayers to Jim and family during this difficult time. Loretta was a very sweet lady. It was an honor to have known her

  11. I taught with Loretta many years.
    She was an great teacher and friend.
    She and Jim would pick me up and give me a ride.
    Sorry I lost contact with her.
    Evie (Lawson) Elliott

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  1. I taught with Loretta many years.
    She was an great teacher and friend.
    She and Jim would pick me up and give me a ride.
    Sorry I lost contact with her.
    Evie (Lawson) Elliott

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  2. We send out deepest sympathy and prayers to Jim and family during this difficult time. Loretta was a very sweet lady. It was an honor to have known her

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  3. We send our prayers and sympathy to Jim and family at this difficult time. Loretta was a very sweet lady. It was a pleasure to have known her.

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    • My Condolences to family. Mrs Odle was my teacher. Many fond memories.

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  4. Jim, and your entire family, I am so very sorry about your mother’s passing. Please know that you will be in my prayers. May she rest in God’s Presence.

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  5. Very pleasant lady so sorry for your loss Jim, fly high angel

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  6. Our deepest sympathy to each of you during this difficult time.
    Mrs. Odle was a very compassionate and kind person. She taught both of us at Tilden Grade School.
    Rest in God’s loving arms sweet lady.

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    • Deepest sympathy to the Odle family during this most difficult time. I have fond memories of having Mrs. Odle as my 4th grade teacher. She was a great educator and will certainly be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. In addition I have images of Officer Odle in his uniform. They were a remarkable pair. May they rest in peace eternally together.

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  7. Thinking of you all and sending hugs. I just loved seeing Mrs. Odle, she was such a sweet, sweet lady. When I worked at the bank I so enjoyed visiting with both Mr. & Mrs. Odle, I miss those days. May Loretta fly high like a butterfly🦋

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  8. My sympathy to the family. Celebrating a life well lived. She takes along with her so many of our childhood memories, as did Mr. Wilson and Mr. White.

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  9. Just received the sad news of the passing of Loretta and Jim. Please know my prayers are with you, the family. Am unable to travel anymore. Age and circumstances have kept us apart over the years. Loretta and Jim have always been close to me and she and my sister Betty spent a lot of teenage time together when we lived in Tilden many years ago.

    Reply
  10. I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you all with with everlasting strength.
    Keeping the family in my prayers.

    Reply
  11. My sincere sympathy to Jeff and Jim and their families. I had great respect for your Mother and Father. They will both be missed.

    Reply

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