Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

November 7, 2012

Opal Schuetz


Effingham Daily News

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Opal Schuetz, 100, of Overland Park, Kan., and formerly of Effingham and Merritt Island, Fla., passed away Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at her home.

    Memorial services and internment will be at Arborcrest Cemetery in the spring of 2013. Memorial donations may be made to Centenary Methodist Church, 203 E Grove Ave., Effingham, IL 62401 or American Heart Association, 6800 W. 93rd Street, Overland Park, KS 66212.

    Opal was born Aug. 10, 1912, in Knoxville, Tenn., the eldest child of Jesse and Carrie (Evans) Lay.

        In Illinois, she also resided in Ramsey, Arthur, and St.Elmo; she and her late husband Merrill (M.C.) both graduated from St.Elmo High School (1931) before moving to St.Louis and arriving in Effingham by 1937.

    In Effingham, she and her husband raised their three children, all Effingham High School graduates. She enjoyed both the Girl Scout and Boy Scout activities, both as a leader and a supportive parent. She was employed by the Effingham County Farm Bureau and as a department manager/buyer at Jansen’s Department Store. Her hobbies were ceramics, oil painting and travel with her college friends to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Hawaii and Australia.

    She is survived by her daughters, Connie (Kent) Mowe and Margie (Harold) Whitney; grandchildren, Johanna, Seth, and Tyler (Stephanie) Mowe, Gina (Jack) Tolman and Wanda (Rodney) Core; great-grandchildren, Jennifer, Whitney, Alexis, Michael, Hayley, Jonathan, Kelly and Kara; great-great-grandchildren, Martin, Addison and Ryan; many nieces,  nephews, cousins and friends.

    She was predeceased by husband, Merrill, Sr; son, Merrill, Jr.; and two grandsons.