Audrey Jean Neu

Audrey Jean Neu, 87, of rural Effingham, passed away peacefully on Monday evening Nov. 13, 2017 at 6:15 p.m. at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL.

Funeral Services were conducted Monday morning Nov. 20, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul “Blue Point” Lutheran Church, rural Altamont with Rev. David R. Speers officiating.

Visitation for family and friends was conducted from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday evening Nov. 19, 2017 at the St. Paul “Blue Point” Lutheran Church, Altamont and again for one hour from 10 a.m. until the funeral service time of 11 a.m. on Monday morning at the church.

Christian Burial Rites will be conducted at Church Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.

Audrey was born into the Christian family one of six siblings of Arnold and Olive Hammer. She began her long life on April 30, 1930 at Chenoa, Illinois. The family then moved to the Altamont area in the fall of 1930, after the corn was all shucked! She was raised and educated in the values of the Church. Audrey married William Arthur Neu on June 5, 1949 in the St. Paul “Blue Point” Lutheran Church, rural Altamont by the Rev. Herbert Rose. William “Bill” Neu preceded Audrey in death on Thursday Aug. 13, 2009.

Audrey spend her life in the local area as a farm wife and with her husband raised a family of five children.

She was member of the St. Paul “Blue Point” Lutheran Church where she was active in the Ladies Aid, the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and taught Sunday school. She was also active in community events.

Memorials may be directed to the St. Paul “Blue Point” Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Care Center and or the choice of the donor.

Audrey is survived by her sons: Richard (Angela) Neu, Beecher City; John (Karen) Neu, Effingham; Fred (Phyllis) Neu, Effingham; daughters:            Katherine (Joe) Kyle, Veedersburg, IN; Charlene (Scott) Bales, Salem; brothers: Howard (Carolyn) Hammer        , Altamont; Norman (Carolyn) Hammer, Altamont; sisters: Irma (Dale) Mellendorf, Dieterich; Verda (Ardon) Mellendorf, Louisville; 21 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her susband: William Arthur Ernest Neu; brother: Arlon “Ace” (Elsie) Hammer; brother-in-law: Ardon Mellendorf; granddaughter: Krystal Dawn Neu

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