Lucille Gum, age 87 of Tamalco, passed away at 4:27 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon where she had been a patient for 36 hours.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Columbus Baptist Church with Pastor Bruce Sasse, officiating. Interment will follow in Payne Cemetery. Friends may call at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday evening and from 10 a.m. Saturday until service time at the Church. For those who desire memorials in Lucille’s memory may be made to the Columbus Baptist CHurch, the Tamalco Christian Church, Payne Cemetery, or to the Bond County Health Department.
F. Lucille Koontz, the daughter of Leonard Ray Koontz and Fern Oleta Whitford Koontz, was born on September 30, 1930 in Keyesport, Illinois.
Lucille grew up on a farm near Pittsburg and attended one room schools including Columbus School. Lucille worked at the Tamalco Post Office, and was a steam press operator at DeMoulin Brothers Cap and Gown for over 20 years.
Lucille and Gordon “Gigs” Gum were united in marriage on May 12, 1949 in Peoria by Rev. Glen Rambo and enjoyed over 51 years before Gigs death on October 24, 2000. They are the parents of three children who survive: Brenda (Larry) Eyman of Tamalco, Lonnie (Jolene) Gum of Greenville, Diana (David) Ritter of Vandalia, six grandchildren: Kevin Eyman, Amanda (Mike) Hinkle, Amanda (Charlie) Hahn, Melissa Gum, Nichole (Stephen) Kessler, Katie Ritter, 6 great-grandchildren: Lauren Stengel, Taylor Hopper, Jadyn Hopper, Mya Kessler, Hunter Neer,Kayden Neer, two great-great-grandchildren: Anabelle Stengel, and Lucas Stengel. Lucille is also survived by her two siblings: Maxine (Harry) Maroon, and Dean (Mary) Koontz, both of Greenville.
Lucille is preceded in death by her parents Fern and Leonard Koontz, her husband Gigs, 2 siblings: Maerilyn Peterson and Beorge Koontz, and her granddaughter Janara Lynn Eyman on 7-1-1991.
Lucille attended the Tamalco Christian Church and is the oldest member of the Columbus Baptist Church where she has been a member since 1942.