Mt. Vernon Register-News


September 25, 2013

Mary Meyer

Mary Evelyn Gianakos-Meyer passed away at 3:20 p.m. on Sept. 21, 2013.

Mary was born on Jan. 13, 1930, in rural Mt. Vernon, to Steven Mikolajczyk Schultz and Josephine Geiger Schultz.

Mary married George A. Gianakos in Chicago on Jan. 29, 1950, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 28, 1990. Mary married George J. Meyer on Oct. 12, 2003, in Mt. Vernon and he preceded her in death on Sept. 2, 2010.

Mary worked for Kemper Insurance Companies in Chicago for 27 years. She worked for Nations Bank in New Port Richey, Fla. for 9 years. She was a waitress, receptionist and bookkeeper among other jobs.

She was treasurer and activities chairman for Kemper Insurance Women’s Club in Chicago. She was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Daughters of Penelope in New Port Richey, Fla. She was a member of the American Legion and a past member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary in Mt. Vernon. She served as president, second vice president, secretary, treasurer and various chairman of G.F.W.C. Mt. Vernon Women Club. She was also president of the St. Mary Good Samaritan Auxiliary where she volunteered for 13 years.

She is survived by one sister, Florine “Peg” Stone of Benicia, Calif.; three stepdaughters, Faye Schultz and husband, David of Mt. Vernon, Lois Meyer of Mt. Vernon and Jane Heins and husband Phillip of Bluford; three stepgranddaughters, Renee Thomason and husband Dameon of Mt. Vernon, Katie Arnett and husband Cory and Emily Oglesby and husband Chris of Bluford; one stepgrandson, Seth Schultz and wife Amber of Mt. Vernon; four great-granddaughters, Hailey and Maia Schultz, Brynlee Thomason and Ayda Arnett; one great-grandson, Jagger Thomason; and the following nieces and nephews, David Schultz, Sandra Graddy, Judy Mason, Estell Smith, Randy Coutre, Barbara Buckingham, Diane Coutre and Sharon Kerst.

She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; three brothers, Godfrey (Mickey) Schultz, Leo (Jack) Schultz and Victor Schultz; and seven sisters, Pauline Robinson, Martha Brookman, Clara Green, Sue Eash, Leona Schultz, Eleanor Brookman and Marjorie Coutre.

Visitation will be from noon to the funeral hour at 2 p.m. Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church, in Mt. Vernon. Burial will be at Donoho Prairie Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church or the Donoho Prairie Church Cemetery Fund, and will be accepted at the service or by mail at Osborn Funeral Home, P.O. Box 130, Dix, IL 62830.

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