Mary J. Langmeyer, nee Dittmer, 101, of New Athens, IL, born May 22, 1913 in Mendon, IL, passed away Sunday, August 10, 201 at The New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens, IL
In 1940, Mary and husband built Peacock Site Tavern in rural New Athens which she operated until she sold the business in 1981. She was an excellent cook and will always remembered for her delicious fried chicken, fish, and homemade ravioli. After several years of retirement, Mary returned to cook for the new owners from approximately 1986 to 1996.
Mary lived independently until 2007 when she chose to move to the New Athens Home for the Aged. She was very active. She loved to read, work puzzles, quilt and watch Cardinals games.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, who died November 10, 1966; her parents; Bernhardt and Mary (Hornecker) Dittmer; her sisters, Mabel and Clara; her brothers, Walter, Benjamin and Henry and a nephew.
She is survived by her nephew, Leland Miller, and a niece, Marilyn Griffin, both of Quincy, IL, great nieces and nephews as well as many friends.
Memorials may be made to the New Athens Home for the Aged
Services: A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 14, 2014 in the chapel at the New Athens Home for the Aged, 203 South Johnson St., New Athens, IL with the Rev. John Lukomski officiating.
Arrangements by Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL
Had the pleasure of taking care of Mary when I worked at New Athens Home…Such a SWEET lady!!
Posted by: Michelle Merlenbach – New Athens, IL Aug 13, 2014
Mary I am so sorry you are gone, but I know you are happy. You will be greatly missed! One last time….Mary Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow?
Posted by: Lee Ann Fricke – Freeburg, IL – Friend Aug 13, 2014
Sweet Mary we will miss you’re bright smiling face everyday. Rest in peace. Love Tam
Posted by: Tammy Farris – New Athens, IL – Friend Aug 13, 2014
I will miss you Mary. Loved to hear your stories.
Posted by: Kim Hampton Aug 13, 2014
You were a dear friend to my Aunt and many other friends. What a beautiful woman that will never be forgotten. I too remember the good food she prepared at Peacock Site and the ravoli were my favorite! May you rest in peace.
Posted by: Diane Boschert – New Athens, IL Aug 16, 2014
I will always love and miss her .I was her aide at new athens so I had a special bond with Mary if I was working I was the only aide she would want .the funny thing is I didn’t know that she was the lady that owned peacock site until someone told and then our relationship was stronger because my family and I would always go to peacock site on our houseboat the slow poke and when she told
Posted by: Carey Schoenbeck – new athens, IL – i was her aide Aug 21, 2014