Gwendolyn A. (Crosley) Caldwell (1927 - 2019)

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Gwendolyn A. Caldwell, 91, of Vandalia, passed away at 8:05 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at Willowbrook Memory Care in Vandalia.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Kurt Simon officiating. Interment will follow at Zion Grove Cemetery in Kell. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of services on Saturday at the church. Memorials: First Presbyterian Church or donor's choice. Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at
Mrs. Caldwell was born on March 23, 1927, in Farina, the daughter of Harry and Frieda (Bauman) Crosley. She married John R. Caldwell on Nov. 5, 1949, in Henderson, Ky., and together they celebrated 60 years of marriage and raised five children; he preceded in death on June 16, 2009.
Gwen was the former owner/operator of Vandalia Furniture, Western Auto in Vandalia and The Model Clothing Store in Vandalia. She was also a former grade school teacher in the Edgewood, Staunton and Brownstown schools. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Vandalia, where she was active in various groups in the church, including Presbyweds. She was a member of Soroptomist International and Vandalia's Women's Club and a charter member of Friends of Old Capitol, was a Girl Scout leader for many years, and was very supportive of John's involvement with the FAYCO Enterprises Board of Directors.
Mrs. Caldwell is survived by her daughters, Trudy and husband Corwyn Fogler, Farina, IL and Alice and husband Phil Stock of St. Peter; sons, Doug Caldwell and wife Martha of Warson Woods, Mo., Ted Caldwell and friend Shirley of Mulberry Grove, IL, and Andy Caldwell and wife Connie, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; grandchildren, Craig Fogler, Jessica and husband Jason Kesterson, John Caldwell and wife Kristan Vitalich, Laura and husband Tim Skuran, Ben Caldwell and wife Melissa, Jamie and husband Aaron Roach, Chris Caldwell and wife Lauren, Samantha and husband Nolan Osborne, Brittany Caldwell, Taylor Caldwell, Molly and husband Adam Braun, Alex Stock and wife Lacy, Sam Stock and wife Shayla, and Ross Stock; 18 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Carroll Crosley and wife Wyona of Columbia, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and her sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Wayne Marshall.

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Published in The Leader-Union from Jan. 28 to Feb. 6, 2019
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