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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.
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.
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!
Sorry for your loss! She was such a nice lady.
Heaven has gained an Angel. One of the sweetest and kindest ladies I have ever known. Prayers of comfort.....
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.
So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for comfort during this difficult time.
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.
Janet and family, I was so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Prayers being said for all of you.
So very sorry for my our loss! Kathryn was so special. May God bless you with many loving memories!!
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.
Sorry for your loss, at 96 she had a full life and with great kids and grandkids.
Kathryn had a smile for everyone. She was such a sweet lady!
Sympathy is extended to The Family. Sorry for Your Loss. Clay County has lost an Outstanding Member of America's Greatest Generation.
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.
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.
Sorry for your loss. She will greatly missed.
You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
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.
So sorry for your loss. She was such a kind and happy person.
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.
She was a very special woman, mother and grandmother. I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers your way.
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!
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathy to all of the family. Sending prayers to you all.
Our thoughts & prayers are with the family.
Jim, Steve and Janet, so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing.
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.
So sorry for your loss.
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
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
So sorry for your loss.
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.