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Katherine Baumgardner

Katherine A. Chalkey Baumgardner, 81, of Shirley, formerly of Streator, passed away Sunday (Oct. 29, 2017) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

Mass of Christian burial will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator. Father Ray Guthrie will officiate. Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator. Burial will be in St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Streator.

Born Aug. 7, 1936, in Streator, she was the daughter of Albert and Beatrice Crawford Chalkey. She married James Floyd Baumgardner on Aug. 3, 1957, in Bloomington. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by daughters, Sharon Kopp, Normal; Patricia (Larry) Lynn, Towanda; and Linda (Rick) Hilton, Bloomington; a son, Michael (Jan) Baumgardner, Bloomington; grandchildren, Nikki (Joe Fogarty) Hilton, Megan (Nate) McCauley, Jordan Lynn, Evan Kopp, Taylor Kopp and Dylan Baumgardner; great-grandchildren, Levi and Natalie Kopp, Lilly Fogarty and Logan McCauley; sisters, Margaret Yanak, Overland Park, Kan.; Nancy (Richard) Battershell, Streator; brothers, William "Mick" Chalkey, Richard “Dick” (Cindy) Chalkey and Thomas Chalkey, all of Streator; sister-in-law, Shirley Chalkey, California; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would also like to extend their appreciation to Midge Potts for her support and friendship shown to Katherine over these last several years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert and Terrance Chalkey; son-in-law, David Kopp; and nephew, David Chalkey.

Born and raised in Streator, she attended St. Stephen’s Grade School and Streator High School. Katherine moved to the Bloomington area in her early 20s where she remained until her death.

Through the years, she worked for Owens Illinois Glass Co. and later for The Eureka Co., retiring after 28 years on the production line.

She was a former member of St. Stephen’s Church and currently belonged to Holy Trinity Church, Bloomington. She was also a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union, Lodge 1000, and the Rusty Hinges water aerobics group at the YMCA.

Memorial may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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