Laurene L. Riggs, age 92, formerly of Highland, IL died Tuesday, August 04, 2020, at Westminster Assisted Living in Clarksville, IN.
She was born on November 22, 1927, in Grantfork, IL, the daughter of Charles and Milda (nee Steiner) Casper.
On August 19, 1948, she married Rev. John C. Riggs at Highland, IL. He passed away on February 05, 2011.
She was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ.
Laurene was born at home in Grantfork, IL. She graduated Highland High School in 1945. She worked as a secretary at CJ Hug Company. After her marriage, she and her husband, John, moved to Elmhurst, IL while John attended Elmhurst College. After his graduation they moved to Webster Grove, MO while John attended Eden Seminary. While there she worked as a secretary at Webster Grove Schools and as a Teachers Aid. After her husband graduated, they served many churches in Iowa, Chicago, Mascoutah, and North Aurora. Laurene kept busy raising their 5 children. She was active in the churches they served, being part of the Women’s Guild at those churches. In 1970 she earned a Teaching Certificate from Belleville Junior College and she worked as a Substitute Teacher. She and her husband were involved with United Marriage Encounter and traveled extensively attending meetings and interacting with couples for marriage counseling. After retirement from ministry, they moved to rural Carlyle, IL and entertained their children and families for 13 years. Then they moved to Highland and enjoyed being with their ancestral families and friends. One of Laurene’s past times was quilting and knitting.
Survivors include :
Son – John C. (Lori) Riggs, Jeffersonville, IN
Son – Dr. Paul A. (Mary) Riggs, Oskaloosa, IA
Daughter – Diann L. (Rev. Dan) Gute, Calumet City, IL
Son – David L. (April) Riggs, Amarillo, TX
Son – Daniel C. Riggs, North Aurora, IL
Grandchild – Ben (Carly) Riggs
Grandchild – Amanda Carlisle
Grandchild – Wesley (Romina) Riggs
Grandchild – Luther (Ashley) Riggs
Grandchild – Zachary (Bryn) Riggs
Grandchild – Aaron (Maggie) Riggs
Grandchild – Sarah (Tim) Taylor
Grandchild – Derek (Erin) Gute
Grandchild – Melinda (Arden) DeCuir
Grandchild – Jessica (John) McMeans
Grandchild – Nick (Taylor) Riggs
Grandchild – Jacob Riggs
Grandchild – Allison Riggs
Grandchild – Ava Riggs
Great Grandchild – Tate Riggs
Great Grandchild – Finn Riggs
Great Grandchild – Sutter Riggs
Great Grandchild – Piper Gute
Great Grandchild – Vera Gute
Great Grandchild – Reuben Gute
Great Grandchild – Levi Carlisle
Great Grandchild – Logan Carlisle
Great Grandchild – Myles Gute
Great Grandchild – Cassidy McMeans
Great Grandchild – Avery Riggs
Great Grandchild – Titus Taylor
Great Grandchild – Grant Riggs
Sister – Betty M. Tschannen, Highland, IL
Sister – Eunice (Dr. Arlo) Landolt, Baton Rouge, LA
She was preceded in death by :
Father – Charles C. Casper
Mother – Milda A. Casper, nee Steiner
Husband – Rev. John C. Riggs – Died 2/05/2011
Sister – Esther H. Baumann – Died 8/31/2011
Sister – Ruth M. Steiner – Died 1/25/2016
Sister – Leona M. Iberg – Died 12/30/1979
Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.
Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM on Saturday, August 08, 2020, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.
Private funeral service will be at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland, IL, with Rev. Eric Quinney-Burnard officiating.
Interment will be at Highland City Cemetery in Highland, IL.
Memorial contributions may be made to Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland or Union Congregational Church in North Aurora, IL.