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Eva Elizabeth (Alberternst) Oder, age 84, of rural Mason, Illinois passed away at 12:05 a.m. on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 at Willowbrook Assisted Living in Effingham, Illinois.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at St. Annes Catholic Church in Edgewood, Illinois. Father Robert Spriggs will be officiating. Burial will be at St. Annes Cemetery in rural Edgewood, Illinois. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Pagel Funeral Homes in Edgewood, Illinois. Memorials may go to St. Annes Catholic Church, St. Annes Cemetery or donors choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.pagelfuneralhome.com

Eva was born on January 07, 1933 in Clinton County, Illinois, Breese Township, St. Rose Parish. She was the 6th of 10 children of William J. and Mathilda (Korte) Alberternst. She attended St. Rose Grade School and high school in Ruma, Illinois. She was a sister in the order of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for several years. She then spent many years as a very excellent and dedicated nurse anesthetist, working in hospital in the Carolinas, Arizona and Central Illinois. In 1999, she and Dr. Lawrence were married.

Evas faith was very important to her, as well as her love of music and singing. She served as the organist at St. Annes Church during her retirement. Also during her retirement years, she especially loved her step grandsons, Landon and Clayton Oder, and spent many happy days caring for them. She was an avid reader all her life, and as a child, she read every book in the St. Rose School library. She could work the New York Times crossword puzzles. She had a charming sense of humor, loved Mexican food, gardening and bird watching. Most of all, she was a kind, caring and humble soul, true to God, herself and others.

Eva is survived by her two step children, Jeff Oder (wife Colene) of Mason, Illinois and Katrina Mackey (husband Jimmy) of Kansas City, Missouri; two sisters, Loretta Noll and Josephine Gutzler; four step grandchildren, Landon Oder, Clayton Oder, Josselyn Mackey and Dylan Mackey and many nieces and nephews. Surviving in-laws are Robert Lang, Patricia Alberternst, Anna Alberternst and Sybil Etchason.

Preceding her in death are her husband, Dr. Lawrence Oder; her parents, William and Mathilda Alberternst; siblings, Dorothy Stone, Esther Sietz, Nora Lang, Mary Loeh, William Alberternst, James Alberternst, Daniel Alberternst; brothers-in-law, Vernon Noll, Wayne Gutzler, Conrad Stone, Frank Seitz and Alan Loeh.
Published on August 11, 2017
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