STEWARD – Emma Lucille Svela, 88, of Steward, passed away Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at the Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, IL, surrounded by her beloved family.
Lucille was born July 30, 1924, in Rochelle, the daughter of William and Mayme (Cardott) Parsley. She graduated from Steward High School in 1941 and went on to attend Northern Illinois Teachers College. Lucille married Dale Svela on June 2, 1945, in Rochelle.
She taught at Miller School, Thorpe School, Steward School, and St. Paul Lutheran School. Lucille retired from Rochelle News Leader as the society editor. She taught Sunday School and Bible school for several years at St. Paul and was secretary for the Rochelle Christian Food Pantry in Rochelle.
Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Edgar Parsley and two infant siblings.
She is survived by her husband, Dale of Steward; two sons, Dennis (Rosemary) Svela of Lilburn, Ga., and Dean (Deann) Svela of Steward; daughter, Janice Svela of Naperville; two brothers, Bernard (Elizabeth) Parsley of Malta, and Harold (Carol) Parsley of Concord, Calif.; sister, Helen (Clarence) Lang of Rochelle; grandchildren, Jennifer (Jason) Studdards, Katie (Thomas) Crews, Jerome (Dana) Tomas, Phillip Tomas, Janeen (David) Bonner, Matthew (Andrea) Svela, Chelsey (Austin) Stolte and Micah Svela; great-grandchildren, McKenzie Studdards, Nina, Sam and Olivia Tomas, Damien Tomas, Savannah Bonner and Bentley Svela.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rochelle, with Pastor Gregory Hoffmann officiating. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Unger-Horner Funeral Home in Rochelle. Burial will be at Trinity Memorial Garden.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rochelle.
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