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Kathryn Fleener

Oct 31st, 1922 - Dec 29th, 2018

Funeral:  10 a.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora

Visitation:  9 until 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora

Interment:  Orchard Hill Cemetery, Louisville


     Charlotte Kathryn Fleener, age 96, of Louisville, Illinois, passed away Saturday morning, December 29, 2018, at Flora Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center.

     Kathryn was born October 31, 1922, in Clay County, the daughter of Walter and Leitha (Van Dyke) Specht.  She was united in marriage to James “Jim” E. Fleener on November 23, 1946, in Flora, and they shared 64 wedding anniversaries together.  Jim passed away December 20, 2010.

     Kathryn attended Eastern Illinois University, and was called to teach at many of the old one-room schoolhouses across the countryside of Clay county.  As those began to disappear, she often worked as a substitute teacher in the area school districts.  She was later employed in the Clay County Treasurer’s Office at the courthouse, and as a bookkeeper at Napa in Louisville.  She was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Flora where she was involved in the St. Anne's Altar Society.  She had also been a member of the Louisville American Legion Auxiliary.  Kathryn enjoyed ceramic making, was an avid reader, and often kept in touch with friends and family over the phone.

     She is survived by 3 children: James (Diana) Fleener of Louisville, Stephen (Sherry) Fleener of Louisville, and Janet (Neal) Fehrenbacher of Flora; 9 grandchildren: LaDonna (Marty) Poehler, Christina (Craig) Clifton, Brian (April) Fleener, Justin (Susan) Fleener, Jerod (Kim) Fleener—all of Louisville, Chris (Amy) Fleener of Effingham, Stephanie (Matt) Shoaff of Shelbyville, Aaron (Holly) Cummins of Flora, and Anthony Cummins of Louisville; 2 step-grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren plus Ellie, an Italian exchange student who became like part of the family; and 5 step-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a sister: Eugenia Roley; and a brother: Everett Specht.

     A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in Orchard Hill Cemetery, Louisville.  Visitation is 9 until 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations in lieu of flowers or gifts are suggested to Clay County Hospital Auxiliary or to the St. Anne’s Altar Society.


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Lucille Stanley and Jane

December 30th

We are so sorry to hear of Kathryn’s passing. We just saw her a few days ago and she was very talkative and her sweet self. So many fond memories when she was our 4-H leader.

Jim and Cheryl McCarty

December 30th

We are so very to learn of Kathryn's passing. She was such a sweet lady, always more concerned about others than herself. She will be missed by all who knew her. Prayers!

Terry ans Ruth Spicer

December 30th

Sorry for your loss! She was such a nice lady.

Janice Cook

December 30th

Heaven has gained an Angel. One of the sweetest and kindest ladies I have ever known. Prayers of comfort.....

Andi Malone

December 30th

It was a pleasure spending time with her during her stay at the Healthcare Center. She was a very sweet lady and always glad to share prayer together.

Steve and Betty Stanford

December 30th

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for comfort during this difficult time.

Linn Greenman (Kelly's mom)

December 31st

Kathryn was a beautiful lady inside and out, with a loving family - what a wonderful life she had. She enriched so many lives and we were blessed to have known her.

Sandy Smith

December 31st

Janet and family, I was so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Prayers being said for all of you.

Dave & Deb Grahn

December 31st

So very sorry for my our loss! Kathryn was so special. May God bless you with many loving memories!!

Ray and Irene Winka

December 31st

Want to express our sympathy to the family. Irene will never forget her as she was Irenes teacher when Irene was in grade School. Our prayers are with the family.

Brian Brown

December 31st

Sorry for your loss, at 96 she had a full life and with great kids and grandkids.

Tom and Mary Beth Lancaster

December 31st

Kathryn had a smile for everyone. She was such a sweet lady!

Alan Buck

December 31st

Sympathy is extended to The Family. Sorry for Your Loss. Clay County has lost an Outstanding Member of America's Greatest Generation.

Ed and Ellen Erwin

December 31st

We consider ourselves lucky to have had such a lovely caring woman touch our lives. We are so sorry for your loss. She will be missed.

Marla Bayler

December 31st

Jim, Steve and Janet, Words cannot express how much I appreciated Kathryn's friendship with Mom through the years! I cannot write the memories in such a small space. I would like to think they can talk to each other every day now! Thinking of you all.

Jeff and Amy Walker

December 31st

Sorry for your loss. She will greatly missed.

Kent and Debbie Jones

December 31st

You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Talisha Petersen Beehn

December 31st

My deepest symptoms to your family. She was a very sweet lady. I only worked for her for a short period of time, but she made you feel like you had been friends for years.

Valerie Dawkins Krajec

January 1st

So sorry for your loss. She was such a kind and happy person.

Jerry & Karen Foster

January 1st

Our hearts go out to you all! Kathryn and Jim were such special neighbors to us for many years. I know they are together again. Sending you our love.

Trudy Zimmerman Stanford

January 1st

She was a very special woman, mother and grandmother. I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers your way.

Susie(VanDyke) & Charlie Hoy

January 1st

So very sorry to hear of Kathryn passing. Mom (Louise VanDyke) enjoyed visiting with her & talking with her on the phone. She was a very lovely lady! Sorry we will not be there for her services, as we live in Branson, Mo. Our hearts, love & prayers are with you all!

Dan and Julie Hine

January 1st

So sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathy to all of the family. Sending prayers to you all.

Leon & Glenda Sharp

January 2nd

Our thoughts & prayers are with the family.

Cathy Frye Clark

January 2nd

Jim, Steve and Janet, so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing.

Ryan and Crystal Ballard

January 2nd

We are so sorry for your loss. Just wanted you to know we are thinking about you and are sending thoughts and prayers to your family at this difficult time.

Rick and Carolyn Perry

January 2nd

So sorry for your loss.

Gary Bridges

January 2nd

Jim and Steve and families, very sorry to read about your mother. never met her but knowing her two boys she must have been a dandy! take care of yourselves, gary

Family of Mrs Fleener

January 2nd

We want to express our deepest sympathy at your time of the loss of your mother and grandmother. You all are in our prayers. She was a sweetheart with also a smile and a friendly hello. Cherish your memories. Your faith will comfort you. Darrel Budde and Dean & Sherry Berg

Gleason and Sandy Diaal

January 3rd

So sorry for your loss.

Joann Stanford

January 3rd

Dear Family, Kathryn was a kind and lovely person whose smile warmed the heart. I truly admired and loved her. Please accept my sincere sympathy.



Bill & Kay Kitley
Marilyn Stanford
Marty, LaDonna and Brock
Amy Rogers
Tracy Gould
Jean Guerrettaz
Doug & Marsha Hockman
Amanda Lagle
Jim and Cheryl McCarty
Tyler and Susan Schroeder
Becky Ikemire
Steve and Mary Cook
Pete & Esther Walker
Terry and Ruth Spicer
David & Jeanne Duke
Thomas O'dell
Brenda Rinehart
Roger and Debbie Bowen
Lou and Beth Sulsberger
Jesse, Carmen, Jerron, & Jessa Lewis
Pat Ridgeway
Janice Cook
Carol & Jerry Wood
Wayne and Diane Becker
Doug and Cathy Briscoe
Mike and Kathy Kitley
Karon Stanfield
Randy Wells
Ronnie and Eva Allen
Craig, Christina, Erica, Ashley, Evan, Elle Clifton
Roger & Debbie Wells
Andy, Deirdre, Caitlin & Evan Klein
Vince and Linda Van Dyke
Barb Bright
Randy & Lisa Hargis
Steve & Barb Kessler
Rita Weidner
Tony and Janice Randall.
Aaron and Mandy Kincaid
Jim and Diana Fleener
Cindy and Roger Cook
Sandy Smith
Greg & Diana Rutland
Galen & Neoma Gill
Bob and Sue Britton
Marla Groves
Becky Lewis
Charlie and Kelly Clark
Jodi Haines - Schneider
Joe and Rita Haines
Bob and Judy Mann
Troy, Kim & Carson Welty
Norm, Linda and Teri Haun
Kim and Doug Smith
Duane & Marsha Reynolds
Brian & Tina Pieplow and family
David and Roxi Guinn & McKnelly Family
Ray, Shannon, Shad Rutland
Justin, Susan, Audrey, Luke and Logan Fleener
Tom and Mary Beth Lancaster
Jim & Janice Frost
Nancy Lewis
Matt, Stephenie, Leah, Tate, Ty, Libby Shoaff
Dale and Kay Murbarger
Kelly & Mark Erwin
Greg & Theresa Smith
Casey and Debra Eastin
Jane O'Dell
Maria Boose
Angie Acree Lindsey
Larry & Sue Williams
Mekenzie Harmon
Kent and Debbie Jones
Jeff, Amy,Morgan, Bryce, and Zain Walker
Cathy Zink Billingsley
Mike & Sharon Rinehart
Trudy Zimmerman Stanford
Kathy Johnson
Ed & Linda Leak
Marilyn Stanford
Dorothy Uebinger
Bill and Robin Atwood
Steve and Nancy Mink
Cathy Frye Clark
Lori & Kye Hemphill
Joann Stanford
Cindy Boose
Debra Blank


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