Emily Cortner

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Emily Cortner, nee Armbruster, 87, of Smithton, IL, born May 28, 1936, in Prairie du Long Township, IL, died Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at her home on the family farm.

In her younger years, Emily worked at the New Athens Shoe Factory. She spent many years working side by side with her daughter on the family farm.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Cortner, who died on October 19, 1989; her parents, Adam and Appolonia, nee Roth, Armbruster; her brother, Robert Armbruster; a brother-in-law, Leo Banach; her mother-in-law, Marcella Rettinghouse; and a nephew, William Armbruster.

She is survived by her daughter, Geralyn “Gerri” Cortner; her sister, Doris Banach of Scheller, IL; and many dear nieces and nephews.

Emily loved quilting so much. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Michael’s Quilters, to buy supplies for the beautiful quilts they make for the church picnic and Masses. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2024, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Paderborn, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2024, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Paderborn, IL, with Fr. Clyde Grogan officiating.

Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Paderborn, IL.



5 Comments on Emily Cortner

Jane Asselmeier said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2024 at 6:55 AM

Gerri, Dennis and I wish to extend our sincere sympathy in the loss of your mom.

  • Waterloo
  • Illnois
Doris Steiger said : Guest Report Apr 26, 2024 at 1:03 PM

Gerri, I express my sympathy Years ago when I sold Avon you and Mom where good customers So sorry to hear this

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Mary Armbruster Klingsmith said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2024 at 6:43 PM

I’m sorry for your loss

  • Jeffersonville
  • Indiana
Darlene Goodwin said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2024 at 11:08 AM

Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother.She was a wonderful neighbor and will be missed by everyone who knew her. May she rest in pease.

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Laura DuFrenne said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2024 at 9:24 AM

My sincere sympathies to you and your family, Geralyn.

  • Red Bud
  • IL

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