Sylvester Korte Sr.|
Sylvester O. "Sal" Korte Sr., 97, of Lebanon, Ill., born Jan. 8, 1919, in Mascoutah, Ill., passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at Cedar Ridge Healthcare Center, Lebanon, Ill., surrounded by his family.
Sal was a dairy and grain farmer who was dedicated to his family. As a younger man, he was community-minded, and served on the Horner Park Board, Emerald Mound School Board, and the Lebanon High School Board. He was a St. Clair County Farm Bureau member, a Grange member and officer, a First Mennonite Church member, and later a St. Paul United Church of Christ member. His most satisfying accomplishment was helping to establish the rural Emerald Mound Fire Protection District with two other gentlemen. He remained active as a trustee with the rural fire district for 55 years. Sal enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and hunting, as well as playing cards and being with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 74 years, Elenora M. "Nora," nee Wittmer, Korte, whom he married Oct. 15, 1940, and who died Feb. 13, 2015; parents, Henry and Ellen, nee Reibold, Korte; a brother, Harold Korte; sisters, Frances Schiefer, Elva Feldt, and Henrietta Vaughn; and a son-in-law, Dale Fertig.
Surviving are a daughter, Sylvia Fertig of Lebanon, Ill.; sons, Sy (Kay) Korte of Lebanon, Ill., and Dennis (Martha) Korte of Lebanon, Ill.; grandchildren, Brian Fertig, Gary (Lisa) Fertig, Dr. Derek (Jen) Korte, Leah (Jeremy) Corbitt, Sarah Korte, and Lauren (fiance, Keith Trahan) Korte; great-grandchildren, Evan Korte, Spencer Korte, Adam Korte, Kathryn Fertig, Kevin Fertig, Collin Fertig, Allison Corbitt, and Joseph Corbitt; a brother-in-law, Irvin Wittmer of Edmond, Okla.; a sister-in-law, Grace (Fred) Cherry of Independence, Mo.
The family would like to thank the Cedar Ridge Healthcare Center for their love and kindness to Sal.
Memorials may be made to the Lebanon-Emerald Mound Fire Department, the Korte-Fertig Scholarship Fund at McKendree University, or St. Paul United Church of Christ.
Visitation: Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Lebanon, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Lebanon, Ill., with Rev. Dr. Donald Wagner, Pastor. officiating. Interment will be in College Hill Cemetery, Lebanon, Ill.
MEYER FUNERAL HOME, Lebanon, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Jan. 13, 2016