Lucille Martha Hassebrock Fielding, age 95, died Thursday, May 9, 2013. She graduated from the Murphysboro Township High School as salutatorian in 1934. Mainly a homemaker, she had served as part-time secretary at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Murphysboro for a while. There she had been a Sunday School teacher and active with the Ladies’ Aid and Children’s Vacation Bible School. Lucille was also a retired PTA presiden in Murphysboro. Originally from Murphysboro, she then resided in Sparta, IL for some 45 years. She was office secretary at the Sparta Community High School for over 10 years. At St. John Lutheran in Sparta she had served on the evangelism committee and belonged to the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. She had been a member of the Church’s Voters’ Assembly and served on the financial committee. Lucille was a member of the Sparta Chapter of the Home Extension Association, and had also served as an election judge for a number of years. In her early years, she and her husband managed the old Daniel’s grocery store in Vergennes, IL.
Lucille’s husband, Elbert, who worked in the coal industry, died in 1994. Her daughter, Patricia Cuffee of Chesapeake, VA, died in 2004. Her sisters, Ella (Ralph) Shadron, Selma (Guy) McGinnis, and Arlene (Jack) Wright also preceded her in death. She is survived by her sons: Rev. Dr. David (Connie Blackwood) Fielding of Granite City, IL; Prof. John (Cindy Niemczak) Fielding of Elida, OH; and Dr. Dennis (Kirsten) Fielding of Fairbanks, AK. She leaved behind nine grandchildren: David Matthias Fielding, Dr.l Sarah Fielding, Tracy (Joe) Campbell, Dr. Tom Fielding, Kristy Cuffee, Penny (Chris) Smelser, Catherine (J.C.) Jimmerson, Joseph Shepherd Fielding, Samuel M. Fielding, and three great grandchildre: Emily and Alison Campbell, and Alex Smelser. Other relatives include nieces: Rev. Mary (Rev. Dr. Cardell) Strug, the late Anita Hagen, Nephews Jeff (Linda) Wright, Mark Wright, and Don (Phyllis) Fox, and special living cousins Garcia Hancock of Herrin and Marian Sapp of Columbia, MO. Other dear ones include Dennis Cuffee of Chesapeake, Dr. Judy Shepherd of Alaska, Ed and Marilyn Willis of Oraville, and many friends, neighbors, and church members. She loved them all. Gratitude is expressed to Home Health services at Sparta, The staff at the Sparta Community Hospital, the Randolph County Care Center, Dr. Morris Kugler of Sparta, Pastor Bruce Cameron of St. John Lutheran Church of Sparta, and the Rev. Joe Hoem of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Murphysboro. Lucille was humble, patient, quiet, and preferred simplicity.