PEKIN - Carolyn R. Church-Schaefer, 88, of Pekin passed away at 9:34 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin.
Born May 30, 1925, in Chillicothe to Glenn Beard and Zoeanna Ruth (Johnson) Smith, she married Raymond William Schaefer on Sept. 2, 1950, in Pekin. He died Jan. 10, 2008, in Morton.
She also was preceded in death by one grandson, Rodney Ropp, on April 18, 2013, in Tremont.
Surviving are two daughters, Debra Penning of Morton and Vicki (Fred) Albright of Pekin; one son, Matthew (Anita) Schaefer of St. Charles; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Nilene Junker of Pickens, Miss.
Carolyn had worked for Darrell Steele Realty in Pekin as an agent. She later worked as a secretary for Executive House Realty for two years and then as secretary for the Pekin Board of Realtors for two and a half years, retiring in 1984.
She had been a member of Victoria Shrine 83, Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, where she held many different offices. She also had been a member and past president of the Creve Coeur American Legion Post 1234 Ladies Auxiliary.
A devoted mother and grandmother, Carolyn enjoyed needlework and fishing.
Her memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor Philip Cooper will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the time of services Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be given to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, IL 61554, or Shriners Hospital for Children, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707.
To express condolences online, visit www.prestonhanley.com.
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