FARMER CITY - M. Louise Isenberg Reeder, 84, of Farmer City passed away at 4:29 a.m. Monday (Nov. 28, 2005) at Jackson Heights Nursing Home, Farmer City.
Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home 106 N. Main, Farmer City, with the Rev. Louella Pence officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Farmer City United Methodist Church Music Department or a charity of the donor's choice.
Mrs. Reeder was born Nov. 6, 1921, at Persimmon, Ky. (Monroe County), firstborn child of Emmons E. and Ruth Haile Isenberg. She married John P. Reeder on Aug. 24, 1946, in Bloomington. He passed away Feb. 10, 1984.
Surviving are one son, Michael (Deborah) Reeder, Monticello; two daughters, Kathy (Cecil) Huff, Farmer City, and Susan (David) Young, Normal; five grandchildren, Aimee (Jeff) Gibbs, Farmer City; Sean (Angela) Reeder, Monticello; Chad (Christine) Reeder, DeLand; Brett Reeder, Monticello; and Tamra Young, Normal; 10 great-grandchildren, Josh, Haley, Michael and Lauren Gibbs, Farmer City; Chelsea and Callie Reeder, DeLand; and Emma, Chloe, Ryan and Kaitlin Reeder, Monticello; two brothers, Terry (Anna) Isenberg, Lenexa, Kan., and Emmons E. Isenberg, Pontiac; and one sister, June (Walter) Grey, Sanford, Mich.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one granddaughter, Carly Reeder; and two sisters, Joan Dempsey and Kathryn Smith.
Mrs. Reeder graduated from Saunemin High School, Saunemin. She graduated from I.S.N.U., Normal, and obtained her teaching certificate. She was a secondary school teacher in central and northern Illinois for 25 years, one year teaching Latin at I.S.N.U. and the last 13 years teaching English at what is now Blue Ridge High School, Farmer City. She truly loved teaching and retired early only because of health issues.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Farmer City; member of the Farmer City American Legion auxiliary; member of Farmer City Shakespeare Club; life member of the National Education Association; and life member of the National Association of Teachers of English.
She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. We believe she would want to be remembered as a woman of strong Christian faith, with unconditional love of her family, very deep patriotism and a passion for literature and poetry. She was a teacher respected and admired by her students. She was a lady of rare strength and dignity with a kind and generous spirit.