Mary Scherer

Mary Scherer

HOOPESTON – Mary M. Scherer, 99, of Hoopeston died at 3:30 p.m. Monday (Nov. 5, 2012) at Heritage Health Care of Hoopeston.

Born May 10, 1913, in rural Wellington, she was the daughter of Alfred and Emma (Fassnacht) Pearson. She married Paul Swartz on Dec. 28, 1936, in Chicago. He preceded her in death on April 17, 1957. She then married Joe Scherer in 1964 in Fowler, Ind.; he passed away in 1970.

Mary is survived by one son, Richard (Debbie) Swartz of rural Hoopeston; three stepchildren, Marna Cooley of Goodland, Ind., John Scherer of Wisconsin and David Scherer of southern Indiana; five grandchildren, Tim Thilmony, Ted (Dawn) Thilmony, Andy (Chantelle) Swartz, Abbie (Kevin) Manship and Joel (Jamie) Swartz; 13 great-grandchildren, Kayla and Cheyenne Thilmony, Tyler, Madison and Ryan Thilmony, Drew and Ryliegh Swartz, Mary, Emma, Zoie and Isabela Manship and Olivia and Mason Swartz; and two great-great-grandchildren, Bryson and Jaylynn Lithgow.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother (Albert), two sisters (Freeda and Nellie), one daughter (Paula Thilmony), one stepdaughter (Marsha Lafoon) and one great-grandson (Dakota Thilmony).

Mary attended grade school and high school in Wellington, graduating in 1931. When in eighth grade, she won the county spelling contest and was thrilled to come in seventh place at state. That was the first time she had ever ridden a train. In high school, she competed in debates, oratory and some of the class offices.

With a Lindley Scholarship, she entered Illinois State Normal University in Normal, which was then one of the five teachers' colleges in Illinois, and began teaching in 1933. She taught for 30 years in the Wellington school district, retiring in 1974. Mary has seen 17 presidents during her lifetime, from Woodrow Wilson to Barack Obama.

Funeral services for Mary will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at the Brown-Alkire Funeral Home, 309 E. Washington St., Hoopeston. The Rev. Dustin Wells will officiate. Burial will be in the Floral Hill Cemetery at Hoopeston. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Prairie Green Church of Christ, the Prairie States Christian Camp near Watseka or the Iroquois Hospice.