Velma Atherton

Atherton Velma 2CENTRALIA — Velma Eunice Amanda Vera Atherton, 85, of Centralia, passed away at 10:22 a.m. on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.

She was born on August 17, 1928 in Centralia, the daughter of Ferdinand and Martha (Oestreich) Riechmann. She married Evan Charles Atherton on June 14, 1959 in Centralia, and he preceded her in death on May 12, 2005.

Mrs. Atherton is survived by her son Charles Atherton of Centralia; daughter Martha Ann Lamczyk and husband Barney of Du Bois; grandson Christopher Lamczyk of Du Bois;  brother Gerald Riechmann of Caseyville; three nephews James Whisenand, Jack Whisenand and Charles Whisenand; and three nieces Marilyn Townsend, Janet Harvey and Gaylia Criner and families.

In addition to her husband of 45 years, Mrs. Atherton was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers Irvin Riechmann and Ferdinand Riechmann; two sisters Viola Riechmann and Frieda Riechmann; and  niece Lorraine Reich.

Mrs. Atherton has been active in the St. Peter United Church of Christ as church secretary, Sunday school teacher, choir member, E.R.M. Society and Ladies Aid. She participated in the Centralia Cultural Society Chorus. She enjoyed spending time with her family, Centralia Township High School Class of 1946, Lunch Bunch, Thyme To Garden Club, collecting cook books, tending to her garden, her farm animals, seeing wild birds in the yard, deer in the field, watching John Fuller’s weather forecast and cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Team.

She retired in 1961 as secretary with Star Service and Petroleum Company in Centralia.

She has lived her whole life in Centralia.

Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday at St. Peter United Church of Christ in Centralia. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery in Centralia.

Friends may call from 4:30 until 7 p.m. on Sunday, at the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services on Monday at the church.

Memorial Contributions made be made in Mrs. Atherton’s honor to the Charity of Donor’s Choice and will be received at the funeral home. Online Expressions of Sympathy may be sent to Mrs. Atherton’s family at