Charlene R. Stamberger


LA MOILLE - Charlene Rose Stamberger, 81, of LaMoille passed away July 11, 2020 at her home surrounded by family.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15 at Zion Lutheran Church of Clarion with Rev. Paul Darveau officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14 at the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota. Masks are required and appreciated.

Charlene was born Aug. 19, 1938 in LaMoille to William and Bertha (Scriba) Billhorn. She married Lester Stamberger on March 3, 1957 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota. He preceded her in death in 1984.

Survivors include one son, Larry (Cindy) Stamberger of LaMoille; two daughters, Lynn (Paul) Furar of LaMoille and Lisa (Gary) Gascoigne of Amboy; one brother, Dale (Carolea) Billhorn of Oglesby; one sister, Donna Zinke of Mendota; seven grandchildren, Amy (Kenny) Ladson, Angie (Chad) Wendelken, Brady Furar, Nathan Furar, Brittany (Evan) Akre, Paige (Dalton Wittenauer) Gascoigne and Alyssa Gascoigne; seven great-grandchildren, Colton and Daegan Ladson, Abbie, Brynne, Carissa and Dakota Wendelken and Wyatt Akre; special family members, Linda Downey and her children, Ryan and Caitlyn Yochum; friends, Justin, Emily, Chelsi and Ryder Kelly; and her cat, Sneaky.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers-in-law, Jim Stamberger and Gerald Zinke, and special friend, Don Steele.

Charlene was a 1956 graduate of LaMoille High School. She was involved in farming with her husband and family. She worked for Nourie Accounting and Northbrook Middle School in the cafeteria and as a playground supervisor until her retirement. She bowled at Mendota Elks Lodge in the Thursday Night Ladies League. She loved attending her grandkids’ and great-grandkids’ various activities. She loved to do circle words and enjoyed watching NASCAR and motocross racing. She also loved bird watching.

Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association.

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