MESA, Ariz. — Pearle E. Lange, 91, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Walnut, died March 26, 2014, at Walnut Manor in Walnut.
Pearle was born Oct. 8, 1922, in Hamilton Township, Lee County, the daughter of Joseph and Ruth (Stickle) Hopkins. She was united in marriage to Donald E. Lange on March 14, 1947, at the First Christian Church in Walnut. He preceded her in death on March 21, 2008.
Pearle graduated from Walnut Community High School in 1940 and attended Eureka College for two years for a teaching certificate. She taught at various schools in the area, including the Armstrong School in Lee County, Advance School in Whiteside County and Mekeel School north of Walnut. Pearle spent 17 years in Rock Falls, teaching special education students and retired on Dec. 20, 1982. She was the pastor at the First Christian Church of Walnut for 10 years, retiring in 2000.
Pearle was inducted into the Walnut Hall of Fame in 2000 and also was awarded the Community Builders Award. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Walnut since 1936 and member and past president of the CWF at the church. She was also a member of the Eastern Star, the National Education and American Legion Auxiliary.
She is survived by two sons, Donald Joseph (Mary) Lange or Wylie, Texas, and Charles “Jay” (Drema) Lange of Tucson, Ariz.; and her grandchildren, Jimmy and Dawn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two sisters, Lois and Marian.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 3, at the First Christian Church of Walnut with the Rev. Brian Moore, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Walnut Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut.
A memorial has been established to the First Christian Church of Walnut.
Condolences may be left at www.garlandfuneralhome.com.