Obituary of L. Scheffel
L. Louise ("Weezie") Scheffel was united with her heavenly family on
January 11, 2018
Born Loretta Louise Gillingham on
children born to John and Lora (Wood)
out-run, out-throw, and out-tackle any boy in the "west end of town." She lived
to play ball with her brothers, and as an adolescent, she played on a girls'
traveling ball team.
(Charles, deceased) Anderson, and Susan (Kim) Postlewait. She was a stay-at-
home mom while her children were small, then later worked at Geers Department
At the age of 92, Louise published a book entitled, With God's Help We Made It, a
collection of her memories of growing up during the Great Depression in a family
of 11 children. In March of 2015, she was recognized by Senator Sam McCann on
the floor of the Illinois Senate as an
Louise was the oldest member of the Presbyterian Church in
she also attended the
Woman of the Year" due to her service to the church. She was jokingly referred
to as a "Methoterian."
She was a fantastic cook, with her specialties being pumpkin pie, homemade
noodles, and wacky cake. She was also a very talented seamstress making
numerous dresses, outfits, costumes, and whatever else needed made. Weezie
was a very down-to-earth person who loved her family and loved helping anyone
who needed her.
In addition to her parents and husband, Louise was preceded in death by son-in-
law, Charles Anderson, grandson, Charles Anderson, Jr., brothers Willis, Harry,
and John Gillingham, and sisters Lillian Helderman, Mary Chapman, Betty Gerson,
and Neoma Schmidt.
Surviving in addition to her children are grandchildren, Tom Anderson of
Springfield, Lisa (Ed) Davenport of Carlinville, Karen (Stanley) Weimer of
Winchester, Heidi «Brian) McDonald of Dow, Erin Settles, Sarah Wagoner of
Carrollton, Elizabeth (Jacob) Warford, of Jerseyville, Robin (Jason) Hasty of Peoria
Heights, and "adopted grandchildren" Eric, James, and Ryker of Springfield, as
well as numerous great and great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are siblings
Neal Gillingham and Darlene Carmean of
as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 3-7
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