MESA, Ariz. – Pearle E. Lange, 91, of Mesa, formerly of Walnut, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Walnut Manor.
Pearle was born Oct. 8, 1922, in Hamilton Township in Lee County, the daughter of Joseph and Ruth (Stickle) Hopkins. She was united in marriage to Donald E. Lange on March 14, 1947, at First Christian Church of Walnut. He preceded her in death on March 21, 2008.
Pearle graduated in 1940 from Walnut Community High School, and attended Eureka College for 2 years for her teaching certificate. She taught at various schools in the area, including Armstrong School in Lee County, Advance School in Whiteside County, and Mekeel School, north of Walnut. Pearle spent 17 years in Rock Falls, teaching special education students, before retiring Dec. 20, 1982. She was the pastor at First Christian Church of Walnut for 10 years, retiring in 2000. Pearle was inducted into the Walnut Hall of Fame in 2000, and was awarded the Community Builders Award. She was a member of First Christian Church since 1936, and member and past president of Christian Women Fellowship at the church. She also was a member of the Eastern Star, National Education, and the American Legion Auxiliary.
She is survived by two sons, Donald Joseph (Mary) Lange of Wylie, Texas, and Charles “Jay” (Drema) Lange of Tucson, Ariz.; and grandchildren, Jimmy and Dawn.
She also was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Lois and Marian.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Christian Church of Walnut, with the Rev. Brian Moore, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to First Christian Church of Walnut.
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