Rita M. Eilers

Rita M. Eilers, age 89 of Highland, IL, died Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at her residence in rural Highland, IL.

She was born August 08, 1926, in Highland, IL, the daughter of Aloysius H. and Mary O. (nee Geiger) Woltering.

On July 10, 1946, she married Robert T. Eilers at St. Rose Catholic Church. He passed away on November 20, 2005.

She was a member of Saint Paul Catholic Church. She was also a member of Lee Iten Post 439-American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Highland, IL.

She was born at Highland, IL and grew up at St. Rose. She attended St. Rose School. Before her marriage, she was a Candy Striper with St. Joseph Hospital. After marriage, she and her husband live southeast of Highland in Sebastopol area. She and her husband renovated the old East Sugar Creek School House on Leroy Road and made it their home in 1950. She had lived all of her life on the same hectare of land (89 years). She made her own wine for 30 years. She enjoyed quilting, gardening and canning. She cleaned the Aviston American Legion Hall for many years. She loved spending time with her large family.

Survivors include :
Daughter – Patricia A. (Vince) Henrichs, Roswell, GA
Daughter – Carol J. (Robert) Petermeyer, Carlyle, IL
Son – Elmer J. (Yevon) Eilers, Highland, IL
Son – Donald A. (Jane) Eilers, Trenton, IL
Son – Ronald J. (Janet) Eilers, Highland, IL
Daughter – Sharon S. (Danny) Culbertson, Shobonier, IL
Daughter – Rose M. McKee, Star, ID
Son – Thomas A. (Laurie) Eilers, Troy, IL
Son – Francis J. “Frenchie” (Laurie) Eilers, Pocahontas, IL
Son – David A. (Doris) Eilers, Pocahontas, IL
Son – Jeffrey J. Eilers, Highland, IL
Grandchildren – 41
Great Grandchildren – 69
Great Great Grandchildren – Seven
Brother – Theodore B. (Catherine) Woltering, Carlyle, IL
Sister – Emma H. Volin, Lombard, IL
Sister – Sister Olivia A. Woltering ASC, Red Bud, IL
Sister – Mary A. (Floyd) Gilomen, Highland, IL

She was preceded in death by:
Father – Aloysius H. Woltering (died 07/24/1950)
Mother – Mary O. Woltering nee Geiger (died 4/07/1973)
Husband – Robert T. “Bob” Eilers (died 11/20/2005)
Son – Richard C. Eilers (died 2/16/2012)
Son – Jerome R. Eilers (died 09/11/1973)
Son – Frank A. Eilers (died as an infant)
Daughter – Nancy K. Floyd (died 01/17/1982)
Brother – Clarence J. Woltering (died 1999)
Sister – Stella M. Lynge (died 7/27/2014)
Brother – Tech Sgt James V. Woltering USAF (died 03/22/1968)
Brother – John H. F. Woltering (died 6/22/2010)
Brother – Aloysius F. “Jackie” Woltering (died 1947)

Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Monday, June 20, 2016, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL and from 8:00 AM to 9:45 AM on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at Saint Paul Catholic Church in Highland, IL., with Rev. Father Pat G. Jakel officiating.

Interment will be at Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post 439; Masses; All In 4 You Home Health Services, Inc.