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Mary Louise Hummel

February 22, 1920 - September 15, 2016

Mary Louise Hummel of Springfield, formerly of Auburn, passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Pleasant Hill Village in Girard at the age of 96.

Mary was born February 22, 1920, the third daughter of Faye Miller and James Clifford Quisenberry, on a farm between Chatham and Auburn as the doctor was coming down the road. She started county school (Pleasant View) at the age of 5, was promoted early from 2nd to 3rd grade and graduated from Auburn High School with honors in 1936 at the age of sixteen.

After working as a secretary in Springfield, she married her high school sweetheart, Fred Hummel, June 10, 1938, in a double wedding ceremony with Helen and William Hummel, as two sisters married two brothers and the third sister soon married a first cousin of the brothers. Fred and Bill were co-owners of W. H. Hummel and Son Lumber Co. (established in 1881) and later was one of the very first employees of Dickey-John in charge of purchasing. Fred passed away at Dickey-John in 1980.

Active in 4-H for many years, Mary stayed home raising her two daughters until they entered school and then worked at South County Publications for twelve years. As a secretary, she worked well past retirement age for Sangamon State University, yet then began volunteer work at Memorial Hospital for an additional twenty-five years.

At SSU, she was named Employee of the Month and the last four years was elected to represent SSU on the state’s University Advisory Committee. At age 85, she was still helping people at MMH with their insurance claims under the Senior Health Insurance Program and won the downstate award from the Illinois Dept. of Insurance for her service.

Having a stroke at age 94, she was cared for in her home at Fallingbrook Condominiums by her great-grandson, Nick, and her grandson, Charly Smarjesse until she moved to nursing homes.

Continuing her parents’ tradition of service to others, Mary never knew a stranger or said an unkind word. She would talk to anyone within range and they loved her immediately. Loving travel, playing golf, going to the pool, visiting family, attending concerts, eating out with friends and having a ‘vodka martini on the rocks with a twist’, she was famous for her line, “I’m fine.”  She loved and was loved in return. Her beautiful eyes, smile and laugh will surely be missed by all who knew her.

Preceded in death by everyone in her generation, she is survived by her daughters, Susan Smarjesse (Louie) and Gail Ptacek (Bob); grandson, Charly Smarjesse (Nancy), and great-grandchildren, Nick, Jake, Emily, and Alex.

Visitation: 4-7 pm, Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at Staab Funeral Home-Springfield. An additional visitation will be held from 9-11 am, Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Auburn.

Funeral Service: 11 am, Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Auburn with Reverend Martin Kaufmann officiating. Burial will follow at Auburn Cemetery.

Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Time: 04:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Staab Funeral Home - Springfield

Address:

1109 South Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703

217-528-6461 Map

An additional visitation will be held from 9-11 am, Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church – Auburn, 1201 W Jackson St, Auburn, IL 62615.


Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Time: 09:00 am - 11:00 am

Trinity Lutheran Church - Auburn

Address:

1201 W Jackson St.
Auburn, IL 62615

(217) 438-6820 Map


Service Information

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Time: 11:00 am

Trinity Lutheran Church - Auburn

Address:

1201 W Jackson St.
Auburn, IL 62615

(217) 438-6820 Map


Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Auburn Cemetery

Address:

15125 Kennedy Rd
Auburn, IL 62615

(217) 438-2858 Map


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