Lila Echelberger

Posted Online: June 12, 2014, 8:20 pm
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Lila M. Echelberger, 86, of Cambridge, died Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care, Geneseo.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 16, at the Cambridge Lutheran Church. The Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate. Burial will be at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services. Memorials may be made to Cambridge Lutheran Church.
Lila Mae Lewis was born Sept. 11, 1927, in Cornwall Township, Henry County, Ill., the daughter of Harley and Esther Larson Lewis. She was educated at the Murphy Country Grade School in Cornwall Township and graduated from Geneseo High School in 1945. Her marriage to H. Dean Echelberger took place on April 11, 1947, in Geneseo. He died on May 5, 1996.
In her early years, she worked at Nelson Dairy and Pine Lodge Nursing Home, both in Cambridge.
Her memberships included the Cambridge Lutheran Church and the Morning Martha Unit of WELCA, the Mothers of World War II Inc., Cambridge, the Flemish-American Club of Kewanee and the Prairie Queen Quilt Club of Bishop Hill. Lila enjoyed playing Mexican train dominos, hand and foot card game and Rummikub.
Those surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Theresa Echelberger, Springfield, Ohio; two daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Jim Gilbraith, Geneseo, Vicki and Bill Farber, Bettendorf; five grandchildren, Tonya (Matt) Rider, Troy (Stacy) Echelberger, Tony (Lori) Schefsky, Jonathan Farber and Joy Farber; and five great-grandchildren, Amanda and Nicholas Rider, Xander Echelberger, Zachary and Trevor Schefsky. Other survivors include two stepgrandchildren, Jamie (Lori) Gilbraith and Jason (Erin) Gilbraith; and four stepgreat-grandchildren, Chandler, Cameron and Carter Gilbraith and Dylan Gilbraith. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister; two brothers; and a stepgranddaughter, Cheri Gilbraith.
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