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Majel Summers Siegrist Drake Majel Summers Siegrist Drake, 96, a resident of Wyndemere Retirement Community in Wheaton, formerly of St. Charles and Jacksonville, IL, died May 12, 2013 in Wheaton. She was born March 2, 1917 on a homestead in Grass Range, Montana, the daughter of Carl D. Summers and Lois Yontz. Her step-mother was Beulah Summers. She was married to Gerald Siegrist from 1940 to 1949. She married Reavis Drake in 1963. He passed away in 1966. She graduated from Winchester High School in 1934, attended University of Illinois, Illinois State University, and taught 3 years before marrying Gerald Siegrist. Later she earned her BA and MEd. Degrees from Mac Murray College in Jacksonville and completed 35 years of teaching, 29 in Jacksonville. After retiring from teaching, she lived in St. Charles 17 years before moving to Wheaton. She is survived by three children; Fonda Lois Cloe of Seattle, WA, James Ivan Siegrist, DVM of Batavia, IL, Norma Louise (Wayne) DeMaar of St. Charles, IL. Her grandchildren are Lance (Julie) DeMaar, and Fonda DeMaar (Darby Nafziger) Jessica Siegrist; great grandchildren Megan and Drake DeMaar, Skylar and Storie Nafziger. Also surviving are sister-in-law Evelyn Summers of Philadelphia, PA, and 8 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Noel B. Summers, Clyde W. Summers, and a sister-in-law, Esther Summers. She was a life member of the IL Education Association, National Education Association, American Association of University Women, St. Charles Women's Club, Alpha Delta Kappa teachers sorority in Jacksonville, a member of Grace Methodist Church in Jacksonville and the Congregational United Church of Christ in St. Charles. A memorial service will be held at the Congregational United Church of Christ in St. Charles on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM. Interment will be at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Jacksonville, IL. Memorials may be made to the Congregational Church of St. Charles, AAUW, or . To leave an online condolence or remembrance to the family, visit the funeral home's obituary page, www.yursfuneralhomes.com. For more information, please call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles, 630-584-0060 or like us on Facebook.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on May 17, 2013
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