Dorothy J Koester, 85, of Neoga, Illinois passed away at 1:48 P. M., Thursday, April 20, 2017, in the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home of Mattoon, Illinois. Dorothy was born September 5, 1931, in Shandon, Ohio. The daughter of James R. and Nettie A. (Adams) Rusk. She was a member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Sigel, Illinois and a retired cook at the Neoga High School, Neoga, IL. Dorothy loved to visit with her family and friends, and would help anyone who needed help. Dorothy was a jolly and happy person and she had a great love for the little children.
Dorothy leaves two sons, Ronald W. Koester and wife Judy of Altamont, IL and Kenneth L. Koester and wife Jenean of Charleston, IL; one daughter, Cynthia J. Koester of Effingham, IL ; seven grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Koester was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and two sisters. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Sigel, IL.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, April 24, 2017, in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Sigel, IL, with Pastor, Glenn Strohscein of Sullivan, Il officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be one hour before the services on Monday. Burial will follow in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery of Sigel, Illinois. The Swengel-O’Dell Funeral Home of Neoga, is in charge of arrangements,