Marie Wheeler, 96, of Normal, passed away at 8:14 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Pleasant View Lutheran Home, Ottawa, Illinois.
A graveside service will be at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 25, 2018 at East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Bloomington with Roger Dyson officiating. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held for family and close friends following the service.
Memorials may be made to Starved Rock Country Community Foundation, 718 Columbus Street, Ottawa, Illinois 61350 in the name of The Marie Wheeler Charity Fund. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington is assisting the family with arrangements.
Marie was born on May 16, 1922 in Stratford, Iowa, a daughter of Frank and Hattie Phillips Hess. She married Russ Wheeler on November 26, 1946 in Bloomington. He preceded her in death in 1980.
She is survived by daughter, Sandra ‘Pete' (Tom) Heimsoth of Ottawa; daughter-in-law, Connie Peters of West Frankfort; step children Bev Dorethy, Ann Wheeler and grandchildren, Kelli Marie (Tom) Feltz of Ottawa, Kris (Kim) Spaniol of Yorkville, Mark Peters of Virden, John (Karol) Peters of Virgil, Sara Peters of Auburn, Jeff (Debbie) Heimsoth of Ottawa, Julie (Tim) Young of Champaign, Billie (Kenny) Perry, Pam (Paul-dec.) McClure, Nancy (Fred) Esken, and Karen (Thomas) Fegley; great grandchildren, Kyle Bombard, Heidi Peters, Marisa Peters, Kara Peters, Sammi Spaniol, Lukas Spaniol, Owen Heimsoth, Eva Heimsoth, Isabel Heimsoth, Katie Young, Emily Young, and Allison Young; niece, Peggy (Roger) Dyson and great great niece, Katie Dyson. She is also survived by numerous step great grandchildren and step great great grand children.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; two sisters; husband, Russ; son Larry Peters; step son in-law, Bill and stepson, Jack.
Marie's lifelong career was as a hairdresser, owning her own shop, Marie's Beauty Shop, in Bloomington. She also worked at several other beauty shops, retiring when she was 90.
She loved gardening, taking care of her home and entertaining family. For those who knew and loved Marie, she was The Best Ever. Marie was the proud Family Matriarch, and she will be missed.
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