Shirley Ann (Stith) Schaeffer Genseal (1932 - 2014)

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Shirley Ann (Stith) Schaeffer Genseal, 81, of Beardstown, joined her heavenly family Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at Heritage Health in Beardstown.

She was born Oct. 28, 1932, in Fulton County, the daughter of Joe and Harriet Fleming Stith. She married Edward "Pete" Schaeffer on April 12, 1947, and he preceded her in death in July 1979. She later married Ralph D. "Fritz" Genseal on Aug. 18, 1984, in Beardstown, and he preceded her in death on April 17, 2003.

Surviving is her son, Allen (wife, Sharon) Schaeffer of Beardstown; three daughters, Jo Ann (husband, Frank) Tackett of Kentucky, Carolyn Schaeffer of Beardstown, and Nancy (husband, Paul) Fisher of Kentucky; her step-son, Steve (wife, Janet) Genseal of Chillicothe; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one sister, Sara Ellen Bacon of North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Edward "Pete" Schaeffer; her second husband, Ralph D. "Fritz" Genseal; one daughter, Marilyn Schaeffer; and two brothers, Richard and Kenny Stith.

Shirley helped both of her husbands on the family farms and, most importantly, was a loving and caring mother for her children. Her greatest joy was being with her family and just talking.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown. Burial will be at the Beardstown City Cemetery. The family will meet with friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Cass/Schuyler Area Hospice. Condolences may be left online at
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Sager Funeral Home
202 East 8th Street Beardstown, IL 62618
(217) 323-2001
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Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on June 27, 2014