WALNUT — Evangeline M. Guither, 94, of Walnut passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
Evangeline was born in Ohio, Ill., on April 23, 1923, to Henry and Harriet (Martin) Albrecht. She was a 1940 graduate of Ohio High School, attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and remained a lifelong participant in U of I Extension programs. She joined the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II, serving as a Teletype inspector at Western Electric, where she met lifelong friends, Eddie and Ann Dell.
She was united in marriage to Marvin B. Guither on March 3, 1946, at the Red Oak Church in rural Walnut, where they lived and worked the family farm. He preceded her in death on Aug. 7, 1995.
Evangeline was a fourth-generation descendant of founders of the Red Oak Church, where she was a faithful lifetime member. She was a 72-year member of the Eastern Star, and enjoyed being a school bus driver and an election judge for many years. She and Marvin hosted many exchange students and then visited them all in a trip that included Japan, Hong Kong, Tasmania, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Iran and Finland. Evangeline deeply enjoyed her church activities, family vacations and reunions, her huge garden, fishing in Canada, and the coffee pot always on for family and friends.
Evangeline found great joy in her family and will be deeply missed by her five children, Jim (Nancy) Guither of Hudson, Kendall (Kathy) Guither of Walnut, Bonnie Guither of Tampa, Fla., Melanie (Mike) Alwes of Normal and Harry (Alice) Guither of Walnut; nine grandchildren, Margo (Phillip) Mire, Jennie (Tim) Cruze, Ben (Julie) Guither, Dan (Jana) Guither, Becky Alwes, Marc (Katie) Alwes, Jim Alwes, Eric Guither and Holly (fiancÚ Ben Wilkinson) Guither; 10 great-grandchildren, Andy and Adam Mire, Timber and Cade Cruze, Kepi and Vivian Guither, Olivia and Maggie Guither, and Leah and Luke Alwes; one brother-in-law, Harold Guither; a foster sister, Freda Martin; lifelong friend, Miriam Rosene; cousins; and numerous, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Dave Guither; one son-in-law, Lee Peabody; four brothers, Robert, Paul, John and Dean Albrecht; one sister, Mary Skelton; and one cousin, Clarence Attig.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, at the Red Oak United Methodist Church in rural Walnut with the Rev. Judy Giese officiating. Services will conclude with burial at Red Oak Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 22, at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut.
A memorial has been established to the Red Oak Church.
Condolences may be left at www.garlandfuneralhome.com or sent to Garland Funeral Home, 14733 IL HWY 92, Walnut, IL 61376.