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Magdalene Liefer

Magdalene Liefer

Magdalene M. “Maggie” Liefer, nee Stork, 80, of New Athens, IL, was born on September 23, 1935 in Walsh, IL; passed away on Thursday March 17, 2016 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens, IL.

Mrs. Liefer and her husband owned and operated Merl and Maggie’s Food and Liquor in New Athens for many years. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where she was a former member of the Women’s Guild. Maggie was a member of the VFW 7710 Auxiliary where she served as a past president and past treasurer. She was also the owner and operator of Maggie’s Fashions For You Dress Shop. Maggie loved to travel and visit casinos and she operated Maggie’s Tours for 6 years. Most of all she was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved to cook for her family and friends and was famous for her peach pies.

She was preceded in death by her parents – Lawrence and Hazel, nee Heinz, Stork. Three brothers. One granddaughter – Deanna Steinwagner.

She is survived by her loving husband – Merlin Liefer whom she married on January 12, 1974 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Her children – Connie Ford of Troy, IL; Sandra Ramsey of New Athens, IL; Barbara Pitchford of New Athens, IL; Randy Jordan of New Athens, IL; Renae (Carey) Coffman of New Athens, IL; Gregory (Elizabeth) Liefer of Boise, ID; Dianne Cassidy of Corvallis, OR. Thirteen grandchildren – Stephanie Hager; Nicole Crider; Ashley Totten; Bryan Ford; Mathew Ford; Kaitlyn Ford; Zachary Ford; Art Pitchford; Alecia Kerperien; Jacob Kerperien; Cash Coffman; Megan Cassidy; Joy Yaeger; Lauren Bailey. Nine great-grandchildren. One sister – Dorothy (Harold) Braun of Baldwin, IL.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the American Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and at St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Athens, IL on Monday, March 21, 2016 from 9:00am to 11:00am.

Funeral: Services will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Athens, IL on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 11:00am with Rev. John Lukomski officiating.

Interment: Burial will be held at Oakridge Cemetery in New Athens, IL.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Administrator says:

    Sorry for the loss of Maggie. Such a lovely lady that will be missed by many. Rest peacefully Maggie.

    Posted by: Hampton family Mar 18, 2016

  2. Administrator says:

    Sending my sympathy to Merle and their family. Merle and Maggie are friends from our former Sr. Center and enjoyed work together always. Peace and Blessings to Maggies family.

    Posted by: Dorothy Hacker – New Athens, IL – Friend Mar 18, 2016

  3. Administrator says:

    We did not know Maggie but we are her daughter, Renae, neighbors . However by just knowing Renae –her Mother had to be a very special person.

    Posted by: Mary Rousan – New Athens – Friend Mar 18, 2016

  4. Administrator says:

    So sorry for your loss may God be with you all. My heart and prayers go out to everyone. Heaven gained another angel.

    Posted by: Kadisha – Belleville, IL – Friend Mar 18, 2016

  5. Administrator says:

    Our prayers are with you and yours..

    Posted by: Roger Cahoon – Frohna, MO – Friend Mar 18, 2016

  6. Administrator says:

    Fun loving lady. Our condolences and prayers for the family. May this time of reflection bring back heart warming memories. She will be with you always.

    Posted by: Michael Buettner – Batesville, IN – Friend Mar 19, 2016

  7. Administrator says:

    My sympathy’s go out to all of the family, which I have had the honor of being a part of for 37 years. We are all going to miss her so much. She was my best friend for many years and
    I will never forget her and all the good times we had together. Marilyn

    Posted by: Marilyn Angel – Belleville, IL Mar 20, 2016

  8. Administrator says:

    We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.

    Posted by: Darryl & Dody Hagen – Lenzburg, IL Mar 20, 2016

  9. Administrator says:

    So sorry for the loss of your mother Barbara. May you feel God’s loving arms wrapped around you and your family and friends during this time of grief.
    Cherish the years of great memories as she will always live in your heart.

    God Bless,

    Posted by: Carmen Hursey – Swansea, IL – Coworker Mar 21, 2016

  10. Administrator says:

    Merl and family: Maggie was a good friend an colleague. May an angel keep a tender arm around your shoulders during this difficult time.

    Posted by: Jim Nuernberger – DECATUR, IL Mar 21, 2016

  11. Administrator says:

    Maggie will be missed by many people Maggie was one of a kind everybody loved her.
    She is in Gods Hands now he will take good care of her.GOD BLESS

    Posted by: Jo Price – Coulterville, IL – Friend Mar 23, 2016

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