Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Inez E. Gieseking

Inez E. Gieseking, 96, passed away on March 6, 2011 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village in Springfield. She was born February 21, 1915 in Altamont, Illinois, where she was raised. Her parents, C. Herman and Clara Enzeroth Gieseking, both preceded her in death, as did her beloved brother, H. Merle Gieseking, who was killed in World War II.

Inez received a BS in education from the University of Illinois in 1937 and an MA from the State University of Iowa in 1944. For many years she taught classes in business education at Springfield High School, where she also chaired the department of Office Occupations. Later she taught at Lanphier High School in Springfield until her retirement. 

She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Eastern Star in Altamont and the Garden Club in Springfield. She was a very active member of the First United Methodist Church in Springfield.

Inez was an excellent cook and an avid gardener. She loved travel, visiting Canada, Guatemala, the British Isles and China in the 1970's. She kept a beautiful home and enjoyed entertaining a large circle of friends.

Inez is survived by a niece, A. Inez Gieseking of Willow, AK; cousins Vera (Logan) Mellendorf of Altamont, Norma Tipsword of Springfield and second cousin John (Cathy) Mellendorf of Effingham; as well as a large extended family in Altamont and other areas of the Midwest and beyond.

At her request, no service was held.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

H. Stanley Thomas

SPRINGFIELD - H. Stanley Thomas, 71, of Springfield passed away Tuesday May 3, 2011, at St. John's Hospital.

He was born in Springfield on March 3, 1940, the son of Stanley and Jean Briggle Thomas. He attended Lawrence Grade School and Springfield High School,  where he was a member of Wranglers and played on the varsity golf team. After graduating from SHS with the Class of 1958, he attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and graduated with a B.S. degree in History.

He married Mary Wolf on December 21, 1991, in Springfield. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Jan Michael. He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Amy Jo Wolf and grandson Halen Wolf both of Springfield; a sister, Nancy Thomas of Springfield; sister-in-law, Margaret Jane Jabusch (husband, Walter) of Riverton and several nieces, nephews, cousins, great nieces and great nephews and one great-great niece.

Friends may call Wednesday May 11, 2011 at First Presbyterian Church from 9:00 A.M. until the time of memorial services at 10:00 AM with Rev. Dr. David McDonna officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the American Parkinson's Disease Association, 2100 Pfingsten Road, Glenview,IL 60026. Boardman-Smith Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.