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Oleta Leemon

Oleta Leemon

Oleta G. “Teet”, nee Wilkie, Leemon, 96, of Marissa, IL; born on August 7, 1920 at 719 South Bess Street in Marissa, IL; passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

Mrs. Leemon was a homemaker. Teet was a true Marissa girl, she loved her town and her neighborhood. She also loved her home and liked to garden and make cookies. She was a faithful and lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church of Marissa. For the last fourteen years she has especially enjoyed volunteering at the Sonshine Corner and working with the “girls”. Teet loved life and enjoyed it fully for all of her 96 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents – Alvie W. and Mable G, nee Henderson, Wilkie. Her husband Eugene G. Leemon whom she married on August 17, 1940 in Marissa, IL and who passed away on June 7, 2003. They shared 62 years of marriage, over 50 of which they resided at 901 South Bess Street. Also preceded in death by a great granddaughter – Breanna Sierra Sinn.

She is survived by her children – Dennis W. (Brenda) Leemon of Sparta, IL; Gayle J. Sinn of Marissa, IL. Her grandchildren who were her joy – Lee M. (Lori) Sinn; Lisa K. (Rick) Zweigert; James R. (Diane) Sinn; Kevin W. (Alexess) Leemon. Eight great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister – Iris Henson. Three nephews and one niece.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or to the Sonshine Corner.

Visitation: Friends may call at the First United Methodist Church in Marissa, IL on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 9:00am to 11:00am.

Funeral: Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Marissa, IL on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 11:00am with Rev. Dr. Donald Wagner officiating.

Interment: Burial will be held in the Marissa Township Cemetery in Marissa, IL.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Administrator says:

    Gayle so sorry to hear of Teet’s passing. What a wonderful woman! Much love to you.

    Posted by: Nicole Wittenborn – Beulaville, NC – Family Friend Feb 13, 2017

  2. Administrator says:

    So very sorry for your loss. She was a very kind lady..

    Posted by: Angela Marler – Marissa, IL – Acquaintance Feb 13, 2017

  3. Administrator says:

    Teet was my mother’s first friend when we moved to Marissa in 1949. She helped us when my dad was in the hospital by caring for me,a toddler. She helped us to acquaint ourselves with Marissa and it’s citizens. Our sincerest sympathy to Gayle and Dennis and the rest of her family. We never knew anyone with so much energy

    Posted by: Valerie rako – belleville, IL – Family Friend Feb 13, 2017

  4. Administrator says:

    Our sympathy and love go out to each of Teets family. We have missed her at church

    Posted by: Stan and Bev Lewis – Marissa, IL – Friend Feb 13, 2017

  5. Administrator says:

    My grandparents Les and Helen lived behind Teet. I remember her fondly from my childhood. She was always out in her yard. We always went trick or treating there also. She was such a lovely person. Always friendly , my grandma really thought a lot of her. My family and I are sorry for your loss and we know this lady will be greatly missed.

    Posted by: Candice McLaughlin – Coulterville, IL – Family Friend Feb 13, 2017

  6. Administrator says:

    Dennis and Brenda, Helen and I are saddened to hear of the loss of yout Mother. Prayers for you and your family.

    Posted by: James Rusher – Sesser, IL – Friend Feb 14, 2017

  7. Administrator says:

    Fly High Beautiful! I surely enjoyed my time at Coulterville Rehabilitation Center with you. You always asked me for your coffee HOT and in a red cup. I will miss you sass and spunk. It was an honor and great pleasure knowing you!

    Posted by: Jody Alvarez-Reichelt – Owensboro, KY – Acquaintance Feb 14, 2017

  8. Administrator says:

    Enjoyed visiting Oleta at CCC & she enjoyed my oatmeal raisin walnut cookies! A very neat & organized lady who loved her family dearly & liked talking about them.

    Posted by: Mellanie Portz – Marissa, IL – Friend Feb 14, 2017

  9. Administrator says:

    Oleta and Gene were long time family friends and almost like relatives. My grandfather was the minister at the First United Methodist Church in Marissa and married Oleta and Gene. Since that time, they were very close to our family. In fact, the cradle built by my great-grandfather was in possession of Oleta and Gene and Oleta gave us the cradle for the birth of our 2nd child over 32 years ago. That same cradle was refurbished again almost 3

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    Posted by: Mark and Kathy Brown – Snohomish, WA – Family Friend Feb 14, 2017

  10. Administrator says:

    We’re sorry to learn of Teet’s passing. Our deepest sympathies to Dennis and Gayle and their families. Teet was a close and dear friend of my mother, Dorothy Campbell. I remember Teet as a very kind and caring person. She will be missed.

    Posted by: Timothy Campbell – Prescott, AZ – Family Friend Feb 14, 2017

  11. Administrator says:

    She was known to me as “Grandma Teet” even tho I was no relation to her. We lived a few houses down from her as kids and when I took a walk with my mom or Grandma it was always a treat for us to stop and talk to her when she was outside. What a sweet lady! So sorry for your loss. Prayer to the entire family.

    Posted by: Jayme (Perrine) Jones – Marissa, IL – Neighbor Feb 15, 2017

  12. Administrator says:

    Gayle and Dennis…sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. She was such an important part of my life. Glad I got to see her recently. Will think of her often. Terry

    Posted by: Terry Campbell – Corona de Tucson, AZ – Friend Feb 16, 2017

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