CHARLESTON, IL – On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Marie Antoinette Litteken, age 95 of Charleston, went to be with her Lord and Savior and was reunited with loved ones that have gone before her. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 921 Madison Avenue in Charleston. Burial will follow in Roselawn Cemetery, Charleston. Memorial gifts can be made to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and may be left at the Funeral Mass or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, Illinois 61920.
Marie was born February 9, 1925 in Aviston, Illinois, one of seven children born to the late George and Rose (Rakers) Lampe. April 16, 1947 was the day she married the love of her life, Lavergne (Vern) Litteken and he passed away on June 23, 1982 after sharing 35 years of marriage. Marie is survived by two of her three children, Mike Litteken and wife Brenda of rural Charleston, and Joanie Lello and husband Ray of Bloomington, Illinois. She also leaves a son-in-law, Jerry Decker of Charleston; 8 grandchildren, Robin (Ron) Pfeiffer, Amy (Chris) Tamburrino, Angie (Jedd) Edgar, Amber (Jon) Stamm, Bonnie (John) Bell, Raymond (Sarah) Lello, Tony (Steffanie) Lello and Mark Lello; 13 grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Marie is also survived by her brother, Ralph (Florence) Lampe of Aviston; two sisters-in-law, Delores and Dolly Lampe; and numerous nieces and nephews. Additional loved ones that have passed away before her are her daughter, Linda Decker; a granddaughter, Mandi Litteken; two brothers, Tony and Benedict Lampe; and three sisters, Pauline (John) Wolters, Bernice (Gene) Von Hatten and Isabel (Clarence) Holtman.
In 1963, Vern and Marie moved their young family from Warrensburg, Missouri to become a part of the Charleston community. Marie went to work at the Charleston Brown Shoe Factory, retiring in 1985 following more than 30 years of dedicated service. She placed membership with St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and through the years has taken an active role in many church activities and ministries. She was also a member of the Women of the Moose Charleston Chapter 1175, Ladies of the Elks B.P.O.E. 623, and Charleston VFW Paul McVey Post 1592 Auxiliary where she held several offices.
Marie was a woman of devout faith exhibited through her everyday life. She attended mass regularly and her walk with God was daily through her Bible Study and prayer. Marie enjoyed quilting and also the fellowship of her fellow quilters. For Marie, it was her family who made her most happy. She was extremely proud of her children, and her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren were rays of sunshine in her life. She dearly loved each of them and felt blessed beyond measure to have such a loving and devoted family and an abundance of friends. Marie will forever be remembered for her kindness and her sweet and loving disposition.
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