CHAMPAIGN – Evelyn Luther Arndt, 96, of Champaign, formerly of Bement, passed away at 10:42 p.m. Saturday (May 12, 2012) at Kirby Hospital, Monticello.
She was born April 14, 1916, in New Harmony to George W. and Sarah Kathryn Downen Luther. She married Frederick Alexander Arndt in 1939 and he preceded her in death on Aug. 23, 2001.
Survivors include two daughters, Elaine (Ronald) Arndt Day of Hammond and Mary Jo (Gene) Arndt Hogan of Clarksville, Tenn.; two grandsons, Michael Patrick Hogan of Clarksville, Tenn., and Timothy Alexander Day of New York City, N.Y.; one granddaughter, April Katherine (David) Day Oleksy of Mount Juliet, Tenn.; and also one sister, Martha Luther Wharton of Carmel, Ind.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick A. Arndt, on Aug. 23, 2001; a brother, William G. Luther, who was P.O.W. and KIC in 1944; and two sisters, Kathryn Luther Smithhart in 1968 and Josephine Luther Brill in 1999.
She received her B.S.Ed. from Southern Illinois University and her M.S.Ed. from the University of Illinois. She taught elementary education from 1934-1973, beginning in a one-room school house. Mrs. Arndt also taught in the Ridgway, Ill., school system, and ended her career after teaching first and second grade for 21 years in the Bement school district.
In later years she was an avid crossword and jigsaw puzzle solver and sports enthusiast. She was a member of the Bement United Methodist Church, Ridgway United Methodist Church and the Raleigh Baptist Church.
Private graveside services will be held at the Masonic Cemetery, Raleigh, at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Bement Township Library.