Melvin George Gaubatz , 79, of New Athens, IL, born October 28, 1934 in Lenzburg, IL, died Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at the Freeburg Care Center in Freeburg, IL. Mr. Gaubatz worked at Liese Lumber Company for 23 yrs and also at Peabody Coal Company for 18 years. He also honorably served his country in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Melvin was preceded in death by his wife Virginia “Mac” (Albers) Gaubatz whom he married on May 7, 1957 in New Athens, IL and who preceded him in death on March 31, 2013; and his parents; Gustav and Ella (Bollmeier) Gaubatz.
Surviving him are 3 sons – Mark (Sharon) Gaubatz of Freeburg, IL; Morris (Linda) Gaubatz of Freeburg, IL; Marvin (Robyn) Gaubatz of Waterloo, IL. 7 grandchildren – Laura MacDougall; Evan Gaubatz; Jason Gaubatz; Daniel Gaubatz; Cody Gaubatz; Melanie Gaubatz; Matthew Gaubatz. 3 great grandchildren – Dylan Gaubatz; Aidan Gaubatz; William MacDougall. 5 sisters-in-law – Loretta Frederking; Judy Frederking; Charlotte (Daniel) Wombacher; Sandra (Robert) Klein and Patricia Albers; 2 brothers-in-law; Ardell (Marcella) Albers; Walter (Viola) Albers and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation: Friends may call at St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, IL on Friday, January 24, 2014 from 5:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m and on Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. A prayer service will be held 5 p.m. Friday evening at the church.
Service: Funeral Mass will be held at St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, IL on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. with Father James M. Nall officiating. Burial will be at St. Agatha Catholic Cemetery in New Athens, IL.
Memorials: Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.