Charlene M. Strubbe, 92, a former Jacksonville resident, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Heritage Health in Hoopeston.
She was born Aug. 19, 1921, in Sinclair on the family farm, the daughter of Charles and Emma Winter Robinson. She married Floyd Dean Strubbe on Oct. 14, 1942, at the Hebron Church north of Jacksonville, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 24, 1995.
She is survived by one daughter, Janet (husband, Marty) Brewer of Hoopeston; four grandchildren, Dr. Dennis Todd (wife, Gena) Strubbe of Palm City, Fla., Teresa (husband, Michael) Troy of Melbourne, Fla., Dr. Tim (wife, Becky) Brewer of Charles Town, W.V., and Travis Brewer of Hoopeston; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Ann Williams of East Alton. She was preceded in death by one son, Dennis Strubbe (surviving wife, Caroline of Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.); three sisters, Irene Smith (surviving husband, Roy of Jacksonville), Evelyn Clayton and Ella Louise Lowe; and one brother, Roland Robinson in infancy.
Charlene was a 1939 graduate of Jacksonville High School and MacMurray College in 1943, with a bachelor's degree in home economics. She was a teacher for Hebron School from 1944-1946, a teacher at a small country school north of Jacksonville from 1946-1947, Lynnville Alexander School from 1947-1948, Franklin Grade School from 1949-1953, Lafayette School from 1953-1973, and then at South Jacksonville School until she retired in 1979 after 35 years of combined service. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Crafty Ladies. She was also a member of the Lioness Club, National Education Association (NEA), Illinois Education Association (IEA), Jacksonville Education Association (JEA) and Alpha Delta Kappa. Charlene had also been a volunteer at Passavant Area Hospital, and she enjoyed reading.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Grace United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery. The family will meet friends 9:30-11 a.m. prior to the service. Memorials are suggested to Grace United Methodist Church or Heritage Health of Hoopeston. Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.buchanancody.com.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Mar. 9, 2014