Virginia Ann Shuemaker, 75, of Jerseyville, formerly of Neoga, passed away at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Jersey Community Hospital in Jerseyville.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Grace United Methodist Church of Neoga, with the Rev. Debbie Reese and the Rev. Richard Coen officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Friday until service time at the church. Burial will be in the Gaskill Cemetery, Ash Grove Township, Shelby County, Illinois. Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church building fund of Neoga, or to Gaskill Methodist Church Cemetery of rural Neoga. Swengel-O’Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, is in charge arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at swengel-odell.com.
Virginia was born Dec. 4, 1938, in Clinton, Neb., the daughter of James B. and Viola (Ewing) Price. She married Charles W. “Chuck” Shuemaker in Hopkinsville, Ky., and “Chuck” preceded her in death, April 17, 2002. Virginia was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church of Neoga; a trustee and past treasurer of the church’s building fund; former secretary of Neoga Township Library Board; former secretary and board member of Community Unit School District 3, 1985-93; past president, Cumberland County Heart Association; member of Heartland Christian Village Auxiliary and member of Mattoon Eagles Auxiliary. She wrote the column “A Backwards Glance” for the Neoga News, 1984-90; received the “Citizen of the Year” award from Neoga Masonic Lodge 279 in 1986 and was the first “Hero of the Year” for the Cancer Survivors’ Walk of Celebration, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in 1998. Mrs. Shuemaker medically retired as administrative secretary from Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative, Mattoon, in 1980. She enjoyed visiting with her friends and going shopping all day.
Virginia leaves three sons, Keith Shuemaker of Nashville, Tenn., Gregg Shuemaker and wife Nidia of Irvine, Calif., and Chris Shuemaker of Jerseyville; one brother, James E. Price of Billings, Mont.; one sister, Norma Jean Price of Anaheim, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Shuemaker was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Michael; one brother, David Price; and one sister, Dorothy Rundall.