Charlene Lerch

Charlene "Char" Lerch, 60, of Rushville died at 1:12 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

She was born Sept. 8, 1945, in Vancouver, Wash., a daughter of Charles M. and Florence Anderson Ethridge. She married Don Lerch on Sept. 7, 1963, in Beardstown. He survives.

Also surviving are one son, Chuck (and Missy) of Rushville; one daughter, Dawn Lerch of Rushville; one sister, Velma (and Lawrence) Bauser of Beardstown; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two grandchildren.

She was co-owner with her husband of Don & Char's Package Liquor in Rushville for 41 years, retiring Dec. 5, 2005.

She was a member of First Southern Baptist Church of Rushville.

Services were Tuesday at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville with Rev. Mike Hall officiating. Burial was in Rushville City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to her church.

Condolences may be sent to the funeral home website at


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 3/1/2006