Dewitt Obits

Evelyn Luther Arndt of Bement

Evelyn Luther Arndt 96, of Champaign and formerly of Bement passed away on Saturday May 12, 2012 at 10:42 P.M. at Kirby Hospital, Monticello. She was born on April 14, 1916 in New Harmony to George W. and Sarah Kathryn Downen Luther. She married Frederick Alexander Arndt in 1939 and he preceded her in death on August 23, 2001. Survivors include two daughters- Elaine (Ronald) Arndt Day of Hammond and Mary Jo (Gene) Arndt Hogan of Clarksville, Tennessee and two grandsons- Michael Patrick Hogan of Clarksville, Tennessee and Timothy Alexander Day of New York City, New York and one granddaughter- April Katherine (David) Day Oleksy of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee and also one sister- Martha Luther Wharton of Carmel, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her husband- Frederick A. Arndt in August 23, 2001, a brother- William G. Luther who was P.O.W. and KIC in 1944 and two sisters- Kathryn Luther Smithhart in 1968, and Josephine Luther Brill in 1999. She received her BSEd. From Southern Illinois University and her MSEd. from the University of Illinois. She taught elementary education from 1934-1973 beginning in a one room school house. Mrs. Arndt also taught in the Ridgeway Illinois school system, and ended her career after teaching first and second grade for 21 years in the Bement, Illinois school district. In later years she was an avid crossword and jigsaw puzzle solver and sports enthusiast. She was a member of the Bement United Methodist Church, Ridgway United Methodist Church, and the Raleigh Baptist Church. Private Graveside services will be held at the Masonic Cemetery, Raleigh at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Bement Township Library.