CERRO GORDO – E. Pauline Crowley Voelcker, 95, of Cerro Gordo passed away at 2:45 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 23, 2012) at Helia Health Care in Greenville.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at the Cerro Gordo United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Linda Peyla officiating. Interment will follow in Cerro Gordo Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. Friday until service time at the church.
For those who desire, memorials may be made to the Cerro Gordo Women's Club, Cerro Gordo Alumni Scholarship Fund or Cerro Gordo United Methodist Church at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home, Greenville, or at the visitation and funeral service at the Cerro Gordo United Methodist Church.
Estella Pauline Crowley, the daughter of Lou Crowley and Synthia Ann Moorhead Crowley, was born on June 15, 1917, on the Crowley farm in Newcomb Township in Champaign County. She grew up there and attended the local schools, graduating from Fisher High School.
She graduated from the University of Illinois in the College of Agriculture in 1939. Pauline later did graduate work at the UI and Millikin University. She later received her master's degree in home economics.
She taught school in Cerro Gordo for 32 years and also taught six years at Millikin. Pauline was the first women on public TV teaching cooking. Pauline retired in 1977 after 36 years teaching. She then served as a member of the Cerro Gordo school board for 17 years.
Pauline and Reid William Voelcker were united in marriage on Oct. 7, 1948, at the Church of Christ in Fisher and enjoyed over 54 years together. Reid preceded Pauline in death on July 1, 2003. They farmed together near Cerro Gordo.
Pauline is survived by her niece, Cynthia (Steve) Thielke of Middleton, Wis.; nephew, Roger (Jackie) Gruner of rural Greenville; three great-nieces, Elaine (Joe) Craver, Rachel (P.J.) Gregorie and Angele Thielke; five great-great-nieces, Joely, Laura, Addison, Kennedy and Reegan; and a host of cousins.
Pauline is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Reid, and is the last of her generation, being preceded in death by her two sisters, Cynthia Louise Gruner and Madeline Lenora Crowley.
Pauline was a member of the Cerro Gordo American Legion Auxiliary and Macon County 8/40, member and past president of the Cerro Gordo Women's Club, and member of the 19th District of GFWC Illinois Women's Club. Pauline was raised in the Oak Grove United Brethren Church and has been a very active member of the Cerro Gordo United Methodist Church since moving to Cerro Gordo in the 1940s.