Glenda Rosevelle (Meredith) Lawler (1926 - 2019)


Glenda Rosevelle Meredith Lawler, 92, of Pekin, formerly of Vandalia, passed away at 10:23 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Kurt Simon officiating. Interment will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of services on Monday at the church. Memorials: First Presbyterian Church or Evans Public Library. Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at
Mrs. Lawler was born on Sept. 20, 1926, in Centralia, the daughter of John Eldo and Vera Zolalia (Tate) Meredith. She married Charles Edward Lawler on April 1, 1948, in Vandalia, and together they shared 67 years of marriage and raised two children; he preceded her in death on Nov. 25, 2015.
Glenda was a 1943 graduate of Vandalia Community High School. She was a retired editor and general manager of The Leader-Union Publishing Co. She was also a past director of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, past director of the Southern Illinois Editorial Association, past president of the Evans Public Library Board of Trustees, past president of the Fayette County Hospital Auxiliary and past president of the Vandalia Business and Professional Women's Organization. She served on the executive committee of the city of Vandalia's 175th Celebration, and she was a recipient of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce's Abe Award in 1988.
She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Jane Lawler Meyer of Mapleton; son, Thomas Charles Lawler and wife Doris of Davenport, Iowa; grandchildren, Meredith Meyer Hendel of Mapleton, Michelle Meyer Messman and husband Chad of LaFayette, Ind., Gretchen Lawler of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Todd Lawler of Overland Park, Kan.; great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Wyatt, Kallie, Conner, Tayler, Riddick and Mya; and sister, Jean Stombaugh.
She was preceded in her death by her parents; husband; and sisters, Dorothy Cole and Maxine Smith.
Published in The Leader-Union from Jan. 17 to Jan. 30, 2019
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