Clara Marie Christopher, Duckworth, nee Sankovet, 84, of Edwardsville, Ill., formerly of Mt. Olive, Ill., born on March 25, 1928 in Clifton, New Jersey, died Monday, January 21, 2013 at Anderson Hospital, Maryville, Ill.
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Mrs. Christopher was s Secretary/bookkeeper for Highland Lure & Bait in Keyesport, Ill. She was also employed at the Waterloo Village & Historical Colony House in Waterloo, New Jersey.
She was a Past member of the VFW Post 5691, Collinsville, Ill. for 35 years; a Past member of the American Legion Post 365, Collinsville, Ill.: the Moose Lodge, Litchfield, Ill.; Past President of the VFW Post 3912 Litchfield, Ill.; a member of Mother of Perpetual Help Church, Maryville, Ill.
She loved her family, being with friends, her pet parakeet "Patty", reading Poetry Books, Listening to music, shopping and the St. Louis Cardinals.
She is preceded in death by first husband, Elmer Duckworth on April 14, 1972, whom she married on November 17, 1946 (26 years of marriage) in Dover, NJ; second husband, Kelly "Bud" Christopher on April 28, 1980, whom she married on December 17, 1979 at the 1st Presbyterian Church, Collinsville, Ill.; a grandson, Scott Allen Warfield; parents, Michael and Clara, nee Lowell, Sankovet, and a brother, William Sankovet.
Surviving are three daughters and two sons, Donna Duckworth of North East, MD, Gail Ann (John) Mauretto of Glen Carbon, Ill.; Bonnie (Dan Lesley) Duckworth of Vandalia, Ill., William (Vanessa Gray) of North East, MD, and Skip (Sally) Duckworth of Keyesport, Ill.; grandchildren, Valerie (Donnie) Robbins of Arnold, Mo., Jennifer (Jason) Thorpe of Collinsville, Ill., Jeremy Mauretto of Glen Carbon, Ill., Chrissy (Nathan) Peters of North East, MD, William "Little Bill" Duckworth of North East, MD, and Michelle Duckworth of North East, MD., Robert Warfield of North East, MD, Donald Warfield of Dover, Del., Jodi Bradley of Thousand Oaks, Cal., Bobby Bradley of Los Angeles, Cal.; great grandchildren, Erik, Ashlee Ann and Steven Farr and Nathan Peters all of North East, MD; Abigail, Luke, Olivia, Nicholas, Levi, Kolbe, Joel and Nolan Thorpe all of Collinsville, Ill.; Daisy, Daphne Duckworth and Kira Coursey all of North East, MD.; a brother, Michael Sankovet of Sarasota, Fla.
Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Mother of Perpetual Help Church, 200 Lange, Maryville, Ill., with Fr. Stephen Sotiroff officiating. Memorials may be made to Mother of Perpetual Help Church, masses or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Herbert A. Kassly Funeral Home, Ltd. in Collinsville in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.hakassly.com.
Published in Edwardsville Intelligencer from Jan. 22 to Jan. 23, 2013