Iolene D. Ellis (89) of Altamont


Published on February 11 2013 10:07 am

Iolene D. Ellis, 89, of Altamont died at 6:36 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 13, at the First United Methodist Church, Altamont with Rev. Willie Deuel officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery, Altamont. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 12, at the First United Methodist Church, Altamont and for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, First United Methodist Church in Altamont or American Heart Association. Online condolences may be expressed at Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont is in charge of arrangements.

Iolene Doris Davis was born on Tuesday, September 25, 1923 in Altamont to John and Mary (Kramer) Davis. She married Charles W. Ellis on July 21, 1945. He preceded her in death on April 26, 2004. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Altamont serving in the past as a Sunday School and Bible School teacher and as Sunday School Superintendent. As well as being a homemaker she was active in the Republican Women, served as a Railroad Watching Guard, was employed at the Altamont Garment Factory and had been a telephone operator. A stranger to no one, at least not for long, she was the “president” of the McDonald’s Social Club of Altamont.

Iolene is survived by her son, Robert Ellis and his wife Bonita of Greenview, daughters; Linda Potts and her husband Jon of Altamont and Donna Bueker and her husband Dennis of Sigel. Her grandchildren; Todd Ragel of Sarasota, FL, Tasha Dial and her husband Todd of St. Elmo, Scott Bueker and his wife Peggy of Sigel, Nicole Sathoff and her husband Charles of Oakford, Tonya Mersman and her husband Dan of Effingham, James Ellis and his wife Melony of Oakford. 14 Great Grandchildren; McKenzie, Landon, Brock, Brant, Sadie, Hope, Nora Iolene, Brooke, Blake, Jack, Jacob, Kyle, Madigan, and Abigail.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 4 brothers, 3 sisters and 3 great grandchildren.