MATTOON -- Louanna (Gill) Jaeger was born November 10, 1943 to Lawrence and Pearl (Mix) Gill of Flora, Illinois. She passed away May 17, 2018 in the comfort of her home. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, numerous aunts and uncles, and cousins.
Memorial services honoring her life will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Schilling Funeral Home with Rev. Matthew Froeschle officiating. A graveside service with burial following will be at 1:30 p.m. at Elmwood Cemetery in Flora, IL. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Schilling Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.schillingfuneralhome.net or Schilling Funeral Home’s Facebook page.
Survivors include: Husband, Max Jaeger of Mattoon. Daughters, Cindy Smith of Charleston and friend Chuck Morgan of Sigel; Becky Jaeger of Mattoon and fiancé Bob Plush of Mattoon. Granddaughters, Ashley (Smith) Barker and husband Isaac of Champaign, Carley Smith of Charleston, and Kate Landrus of Mattoon. Sister-in-law Janet Klier of Dublin, OH. Numerous cousins. Special friend and teaching colleague, Jeanne Cunningham of Mattoon.
Louanna was a 1961 graduate of Flora Township High School and a 1965 graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a BS in Business Education. She met her future husband, Max, also a Business Education major while at Eastern. They graduated together in May, 1965. They were married January 14, 1966 in Sycamore, IL and enjoyed 52 years together.
Louanna’s first teaching job was at Palatine Township High School in the northwest Chicago suburbs. She and Max moved to Mattoon in 1968 with Max becoming a full-time business instructor at Lake Land College. After their children were of school age, Louanna became a long-time teacher of computer software packages at the Mattoon Area Adult Education Center. She also was an adjunct instructor for many years at Lake Land College teaching computer packages.
Louanna was a loving, caring wife, mother, grandmother, and teacher. She was committed to helping others. She and Max established the Max and Louanna Jaeger Endowed Scholarship at Lake Land College to help students with their education. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mattoon, and was a long-time worker and contributor to the May Smorgasbord at the church. She was a pen pal to an elementary student at Williams School for a number of years. Louanna received the Contributing Service Award from the Exchange Club of Mattoon for her contributions to Exchange and to the community. She and Max adopted-a-seat at the Little Theater in Sullivan to help support live theater. They were season ticketholders at the theater for over 25 years.
She was proud of her two daughters and their accomplishments, and that of her granddaughters. Louanna enjoyed working with the flowers and shrubs at her home. She also enjoyed golf, had a hole-in-one at the Lake Barkley Resort course in Kentucky, and along with Max was a member for 40 years at the Mattoon Golf and Country Club. She and Max enjoyed traveling and attending St. Louis Cardinals baseball games.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Lake Land College Foundation, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon, IL 61938; First Presbyterian Church, 10 Charleston Ave., Mattoon, IL 61938; Lincolnland Hospice, 1004 Health Center Drive, Mattoon, IL 61938; or the donor’s choice. She and Max’s monument is in Elmwood Cemetery, Flora.