Luella Catherine "Lu" Evans, 68, of Baldwin, Ill., born in Red Bud, Ill., passed away Friday, Oct 14, 2016 at Belleville Memorial Hospital, Belleville, Ill., after her long struggle with an inherited lung disease, with her family surrounding her.
She was a devout Roman Catholic. She spent her many working years in the bindery department of Spartan Printing, where she was member of the GCIU.
Although she never married or had children of her own, she was the aunt who never missed an event, and was a part of the lives of her nieces and nephews, their children, and grandchildren. She was a gregarious fun-loving person, who held strong opinions and did not hesitate to express them. She passed shortly before, and close nearby, to the birth of her latest great great niece.
Lu was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Albertha, nee Renner, Evans; and one sister, Mildred "Millie" Brown.
Surviving are two sisters, Mary Evans of Steeleville, Ill. and Jean Gaertner of Chester, Ill.; two brothers, Thomas (Marsha) Evans of Steeleville, Ill. and Paul J. (Sandy) Evans of O'Fallon Ill. She had 10 nieces and nephews: Tracey (Don) Poynter, Angie Morrison, Shelley Evans, Scott (Allison) Evans, Paul (Candice) Gaertner, Jeffrey (Elisha) Gaertner, Susanna (Justin) Aud, Loryn Evans, Erin Evans, and Bryce Evans; and 11 great-nieces and great nephews, Ed Roberts, Mitch Wood, Torie Roberts, Krystal Brooks, Makayla Evans, Brea Evans, Emily Poynter, Maggie Poynter, Josie Gaertner, Kael Gaertner, and Ezra Gaertner, and 4 great great nieces and 1 great great nephew.
Memorials may be made in the form of masses.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, at McDaniel and Lee Funeral Home, Sparta, Ill. and from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Evansville, Ill. Rosary services will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Funeral: Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Evansville, Ill. Interment will be in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery, Evansville Ill.
mcdaniel and lee family funeral home, Sparta Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat from Oct. 16 to Oct. 17, 2016