Mary Elaine Solenberger

Mary Elaine Sanders Solenberger, 94, of Sunset Home, died at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 27, 2012) in Sunset Home.

Born May 5, 1918, in Philadelphia, Mo., Elaine was the daughter of Benjamin Frank and Anna Booth Shull. She married Ralph "Beefy" Sanders in 1954 in Quincy. He died in 1974. She then married John D. Solenberger on April 19, 1985, in Quincy. He died on Jan. 6, 2004.

Elaine was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and Central Baptist Church.

A graduate of Quincy High School, she enjoyed meeting new friends and eating out with her friends and family. She also played in the RSVP Kitchen Band for several years.

Elaine was employed at the Illinois Secretary of State license facility for several years until her retirement.

Survivors include one son, Terry Sanders of Quincy; a stepdaughter, Susanne Miller (Andy) of Geneva; three stepsons, Alan D. Solenberger (Sylvia) of St. Petersburg, Fla., Michael Solenberger (Lisa) of Aiken, S.C., and Daniel Solenberger (Nancy) of Chesapeake, Va.; five grandchldren, Ryan Sanders Young of Quincy, Amy Sanders (Muller) of Quincy, Alex Sanders of Quincy, Amy Solenberger of Arkansas and Sam Miller of Chicago; one brother, J.D. Shull of Quincy; also surviving are several great-grandchildren, several loving nieces and nephews and her faithful and loving dog, Santo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Ralph Sanders and John Solenberger; a brother, Ed Shull; two sisters, Evelyn Duesterhaus of Quincy and Pat Shull Leach.

SERVICES: 10 a.m. Friday in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home, with Pastor Ivan Greuter officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday morning until the time of services at the funeral home.

MEMORIALS: Central Baptist Church.

ARRANGEMENTS: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home.

Condolences may be expressed online at

Funeral Home

Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home
1435 State Street Quincy, IL 62301
(217) 222-3662

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Nov. 28 to Nov. 30, 2012