C. NaDean Aten
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C. NaDean Aten 68, Charleston, Ill., passed away on Saturday (6/13/09) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. NaDean was born in Lincoln, Neb. on October 24, 1940, a daughter of the late Robert and Georgia (Kauffman) Haase. She married Dennis Aten in Lincoln on June 15, 1958 and they have lovingly shared nearly fifty-one years of marriage and friendship.
In addition to Dennis she is survived by her children, Keith Aten, Excelsior Springs, Mo.; Kevin Aten and wife, Sonja, Cerro Gordo, Ill.; and Lori Aten, Charleston; five grandchildren, Sarah and Paul Aten, Cerro Gordo; and Christina, Leanna and Ashley Purcell, all of Charleston; a sister, Lois Hoback and husband, Don, Lincoln; and a brother-in-law, Ron Aten and wife, Linda, Abilene, Texas. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Haase; and a daughter-in-law, Diane.
NaDean was a member of the First Baptist Church in Charleston where she was actively involved in its ministry. During the winter months when she and Dennis flew south to Panama City Beach, Fla. with the other snowbirds, she attended the Gulf Beach Baptist Church. NaDean was a clerk in the catalog department of the former Charleston Montgomery Ward Store and for ten years served as an Alcoholism Counselor for the Hour House where she was dedicated to helping change and improve life for others. NaDean was also devoted to being a homemaker and to taking care of her family who knew they could rely on her to be there for them.
NaDean was an extremely talented woman with a diverse array of abilities. She could sing and dance and while still living in Nebraska, she was a cast member of the children's television show "Mary and Mr. Bill" performing as a pantomimist.
She was artistic and crafty and her needlework was exceptional, whether it was knitted, crocheted or quilted each stitch was meticulous. She was a collector of cherubs, aspired to be a master at operating a computer, and if there was a prize given for owning the most "gadgets" she would surely be the recipient of such an award. But it was always her family who were the most near and dear to her heart; she was the "greatest mom in the world" and she took every opportunity to shower her grandchildren with love and affection. Memories of NaDean will be cherished by her family and friends who dearly loved her.
Services celebrating and honoring her life will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday (June 17) at First Baptist Church, 2800 University Drive in Charleston with Gene Scholes officiating. Burial will follow in the Aten Cemetery located in Crooked Creek Township, Jasper County, Ill. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston. NaDean's family requests that memorial gifts in her honor be made to the Hour House in Charleston. Gifts may be left on the Memorial Table at the Visitation or Services or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

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Published in Lincoln Journal Star on Jun. 17, 2009.
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June 19, 2009
Was so sorry to hear about Nadean's passing. Will keep all of you in my prayers.

Georgia, Fort Worth, Texas
June 18, 2009
You have my deepest sympathies. May God watch over you now and in the coming days.
geribelle meiners
June 17, 2009
I am thinking and praying for your family as always.

Gary Stuffle
June 17, 2009
Please accept my deepest sympathy at this time of your loss. I regret not being able to attend the visitation due to the death of my father June 10. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. Dick Martin
June 17, 2009
Dennie,Lois and Families,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Louayne,Jean & Shirley
June 17, 2009
It was a pleasure to know Nadean and to witness how she quietly helped so many in her work and her daily life. She will be missed.
Chuck Henry
June 16, 2009
I am sure going to miss NaDean's Morning Meditation but, it was so touching that the family sent the last one from the day of her passing! Her positive attitude always shone through in her meditations and lifted my spirits on many occasions! I loved to read "another day God has given us to share an adventure".

I know it will be difficult for all of you that she left behind, but I keep thinking of her health issues and how great she is feeling now! Once again, able to dance and sing and enjoy new life in a new body! :)

I pray that God comforts you as only He can and that through this difficult time, you will be drawn nearer to Him to share in His adventure! ;)
Greg and Amy Ledbetter
June 15, 2009
Uncle Dennie, I have walked the same path you must now take. Her mission here on earth was finished, whatever it was. Your mission now is to take one step at a time, one day at a time and if your faith in God is strong enough, he will be beside you to guide you. If he brings it to you, he will help you through it.
Carol Wescott
June 15, 2009
Lori and Family,I'am so very sorry for your loss.As you know she went to a far better place.May she rest in peace!Mothers truly are a childs best friend. Sincerely thinking of you through this very trying time. Amy Drake Brimner & Family
June 15, 2009
Denny,our thoughts and pyayers are with you and the Aten family.
NaDean will remain our dearest friend forever.
Love Rose & Tom Hartsnorn,Fairlawn. Ohio
June 15, 2009
Our prayers are with you.
Dolly & Gene McFarland
Dolly & Gene mcFarland
June 15, 2009
Denny, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. We will miss Nadean.
Dave Willliams
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