Mary Arlene (Rhodes) Tipsword (1931 - 2015)


Mary Arlene Tipsword, 84, of Effingham, died at 12:25 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 at Lakeland Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Effingham.
A funeral Mass was held at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Effingham, with the Rev. Ron Hilt officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Moccasin. Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday at Gieseking Funeral Home in Altamont. Memorials: HSHS Homecare and Hospice. Online condolences may be expressed at
Mrs. Tipsword was born on Wednesday, April 22, 1931, in Moultrie County, the daughter of Blaine and Dortha (Travis) Rhodes. She married Wayne Tipsword on Aug. 23, 1949.
Survivors include her husband; son, Andrew Tipsword and his wife Lisa of Pittsfield; and daughters, Kathy Funk Lilly of Johnstown, Ohio, Karen and her husband Leroy Stroud of Effingham, Jane Tipsword of Springfield, and Arlene and her husband Marvin Kocher of Hugo, Minn.
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Gieseking Funeral Home
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Altamont, IL 62411
(618) 483-6821
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Published in The Leader-Union from Nov. 2 to Nov. 11, 2015