Viola Stuckemeyer, 88, Altamont

Viola Stuckemeyer, 88, of Altamont, died at 11:02 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, at Friendship Manor in St. Elmo.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Altamont, with the Rev. Mitchel E. Schuessler officiating. Burial was in Grace Cemetery, Strasburg. Visitation was held two hours before services on Monday. Kull Funeral Home in Altamont was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Donor’s choice.

Mrs. Stuckemeyer was born on July 27, 1919, on the family farm in McLean County, near Chenoa, the daughter of Henry and Rosetta Lenz Stuckemeyer.

She was employed as a clerk at Altamont Dime Store owned by the Horseman family and was a housekeeper for the Werner and Eleanor Goers family in Altamont for many years before her retirement. She spent most of her life in the Altamont area. Her family moved from McLean County to Effingham County to continue their farming operation when she was 5 years old. Because of the death of her mother in 1936, when Viola was 17, she remained on the family farm to help raise her younger brothers and sisters. She was a baptized and confirmed member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Altamont, and was a member of that church all of her life.

She is survived by brothers, William ‘Bill’ Stuckemeyer of Altamont, and Lester and his wife Lavonne Stuckemeyer of Wintersville, Ohio; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Stuckemeyer and Peg Stuckemeyer, both of Altamont; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Donald, Gilbert, Melvin and Glenn Stuckemeyer; and sisters, Verna and her husband Chester Chappel, and Dorothy Martha Marlow.

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