Edith Duewer

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Edith M. Duewer, nee Bassler, 87, formerly of Belleville, IL, passed away on January 8, 2019, at Martin Health Center in Bloomington, IL.  She was born in Breese, IL on September 2, 1931, to John and Lydia, nee Schoene, Bassler.

Edith and her younger sister, Ima Jean, were raised in Mascoutah, IL, where they were both very active in church youth activities and 4-H.  At the University of Illinois, Edith lived at 4-H House Cooperative and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Education.  In 1953 she was united in marriage with John L. Duewer in Bloomington, IL, with Rev. Francis New officiating.

For over 30 years she was a teacher and primarily taught Home Economics at West Junior High School in Belleville School District #118.  She was also a supervising teacher for student teachers.  Edith continued her education through graduate classes at SIU Edwardsville and SIU Carbondale.  In 1984 she received the St. Clair County Master Teacher Award from the Regional Superintendent of Schools on behalf of the governor and the Illinois State Board of Education.  This was the first year this honor was awarded.  She belonged to Turkey Hill Night University of Illinois Homemakers Extension Unit, Illinois Home Economics Association, and the American Home Economics Association.  As an active member of the University of Illinois Home Economics Alumni Association, she served as their 1986 – 1987 President.  Edith belonged to Delta Kappa Gamma and served her local chapter as President from 2004 – 2006.  She was an active member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, an enthusiastic Vacation Bible School teacher, an active member of Child Study Guild, a member of the Chancel Choir and served on the Church Council and on the Franklin Neighborhood Community Association Board (1992 – 2006).

Edith was a people person who enjoyed hosting gatherings with her family and friends.  She was all about celebrating holidays, especially Christmas!  Edith was always interested in children of all ages, flowers, gardening, traveling, music, entertaining and helping people of all ages create and experience a wide variety of culinary creations.  In retirement she became known as Edy, and in addition to many other activities, she enjoyed volunteering to weekly update and decorate her church’s main bulletin board using her creative talents.  While Edy battled dementia later in life, she always maintained a positive attitude.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, a nephew, cousins, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

She is survived by a son, Carl J. Duewer (Lois) of Mason City, IL; a daughter, Kay D. Noble (Gary) of Lynnwood, WA; three grandchildren, Adrienne Anderl (Tom) of Seattle, WA, Jonathan Noble of Lynnwood, WA, and John Duewer of Mason City, IL; two great grandchildren, Kevin and Leah Anderl of Seattle, WA; nieces; great-nieces and great-nephews; cousins; and two sisters-in-law,  Dr. Elizabeth Duewer and Barbara Sirovatka.

Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Fine Arts Fund at St. Paul United Church of Christ.

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, February 2, 2019, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL.

 Funeral:  A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 2, 2019, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL.  A private burial will be held at Lake View Memorial Gardens at a later date.


14 Comments on Edith Duewer

Dan and Connie Rutledge said : Guest Report Jan 31, 2019 at 3:22 PM

We are sorry to hear if Edy’s passing. She was obviously great lady and class act. We are sure she is looking down on you with renewed exuberance and love.

  • San Luis Obispo
  • CA
Carole Jones said : Guest Report Jan 31, 2019 at 4:42 AM

Sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. She was a great teacher when I was at WJH from 1976-78.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Tom and Elaine Rutledge said : Guest Report Jan 31, 2019 at 3:12 AM

You have our sympathies Carl, Lou’s and John.

  • Geneseo
  • IL
Bob Brown said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2019 at 7:41 PM

Carl, sorry to read of Mom's passing/I recognized the name immediately. You have my condolences and stay warm. Feel free to contact me any time. Bob

  • LeRoy
  • IL
Ed (Cambridge House) said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2019 at 12:28 PM

Very sorry for your loss.Edy was such a wonderful smart lady. My sympathy to your family.

  • Lebanon
  • IL.
Bill and Pat Biehl said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2019 at 12:21 PM

We were saddened to hear of Mrs. Duewer's passing. Please accept our sympathy.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Barbara Hermann (Bourne) said : Guest Report Jan 29, 2019 at 11:19 AM

My sympathies to the Duewer family. I have very fond memories of Mrs. Duewer as my teacher at West Jr High. One of my favorites!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Judy Taylor said : Guest Report Jan 28, 2019 at 9:38 PM

Carl & Lois, Very sorry for your loss. Edith was a true joy to serve with on the IL Home Economics Association board. She had such great ideas and energy to carry them out. Sending prayers for your whole family. Judy McGrew Taylor

  • Virginia
  • IL
rusty & sandy wagner said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2019 at 6:31 PM

Dear Carl & Kay, What wonderful memories we have of your mama. She was my home ec teacher at West JH and I loved her from the beginning. We then reconnected at St. Paul, where she worked tirelessly and generously in so many varied capacities! And Rusty was her "go to" car guy :-) Please know that she is remembered with love and smiles. We also sincerely appreciate her designation of memorials to her beloved St. Paul Fine Arts Fund - now in our 34th year!! Thanks and Blessings, Rusty & Sandy

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Debra Wolf said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2019 at 5:41 PM

Carl, sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was such a wonderful lady. I'm so glad to have childhood memories of the people I knew in grade school and church that made positive memories in my life. Your mom was one of those people.

  • Leesburg
  • FL
Judy Thompson said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2019 at 4:36 PM

Carl, I'm sorry to hear about your mother. She was a wonderful lady. My sympathy to your family.

  • Trenton
  • Il.
Theresa Ragusa said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2019 at 3:28 PM

Carl, You know how much i loved my Edy! Her smile and those beautiful blues lit up a room. She was such a sweet sweet soul. I miss her already. Two weeks ago when i cut her hair, i talked to her she opened her eyes ans smiled at me. Sending hugs your way. Thank you for sharing your sweet mom with us all. ❤ Theresa Ragusa

  • Normal
  • IL
Jane Brubaker Fairchild said : Guest Report Jan 26, 2019 at 11:39 PM

Edith and I were classmates at UI and sisters at 4-H House. We shared many memories. Loved both your Mom and Dad!

  • Springfield
  • IL
June Grab Benedick said : Guest Report Jan 26, 2019 at 3:00 PM

Carl and Kay, I remember your mom well from my years in 4-H. Accept my sympathy on the passing of your mom.

  • Swansea
  • IL

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