Eileen Kloppenburg Bullard, 94, of Springfield, IL died at 8:33 p.m. on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at her home at Concordia Village.
She was born on March 20, 1920 in Springfield to Harry M. and Eunice Chapman Kloppenburg. She married Clark W. Bullard, Jr. on April 26, 1943 and he preceded her in death on December 26, 2012. Eileen is also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Barbara; a grandson, Nelson; a brother, Bill Kloppenburg and a sister, Lorraine Hanrahan.
Eileen is survived by six admiring children: Clark W. III (Irene) of Urbana, Robert (Shelley) of Hillsboro, OR, Marcia (Tom McNamara) of Washington, DC, Gary of Salisbury, MD, Suzanne (Paul) Mansolilli of Carbondale, CO and Carol of Champaign. She also leaves nine beloved grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren who delighted her. Her brother, Henry (Charliene) Kloppenburg and sister-in-law Marilyn Eastman, both of Springfield, also survive.
Eileen was a remarkable, multi-talented woman who juggled with grace and aplomb a bustling household of six children, part-time jobs, church, school and civic activities. She was a member of the Springfield Civic Garden Club for 41 years, served for many years on its board and as president from 1981-1983. In 2013, she received its Margaret Gaule Lifetime Achievement Award. Her floral arrangements won dozens of competitions, including first-place ribbons at the Illinois State Fair. She achieved Master Flower Show Judge status in 1992, the highest level in the National Council of State Garden Clubs and traveled the state to judge shows and help stage state conventions. She served on the board of Lincoln Memorial Gardens, was a 1983 YWCA Woman of the Year for work in the arts, served on the Sangamon County Horticulture Extension Council, and the Westside Neighborhood Association, among other civic activities.
She was a 1938 graduate of Ursuline Academy, active with its Alumnae Association, and a member of St. Agnes and later, Blessed Sacrament parishes. For many years until she was 90, she led the committee decorating the church and altar of Blessed Sacrament.
Eileen was even more accomplished on the homefront, where she made every dinner from scratch, taught her children to cook and sew, knitted and stitched all of her clothes, made draperies, slipcovers, stage costumes and clothing for children and grandkids, refinished furniture, took up pottery, raised and canned fruits and vegetables, created a beautiful garden and still found time to care for relatives and neighbors who needed help.
With her husband Clark, and often with children in tow, she traveled the country and to Europe. In 1944 with a brand new baby, she and her sister drove alone to California where Clark was stationed in the Army. Just 4 months ago, she took a cross-country train trip to Oregon to visit her son and his family. Intrepid to the end.
Visitation: 4-7 p.m. on Friday, October 17, 2014 at Staab Funeral Home with a prayer service at 4 p.m.
Funeral Mass: 10 am on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Blessed Sacrament Church with Reverend Jeff Grant officiating.
Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made St. Joseph’s Home or Blessed Sacrament Church.
Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Time: 04:00 pm - 07:00 pm
A Prayer service will be held at 4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time: 10:00 am
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Home or Blessed Sacrament Church.
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