Irma Unger

Irma UngerIrma Feld Unger, 100, of Rushville died at 3:10 a.m. July 27, 2008, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital.

She was born Feb. 21, 1908, in Brown County, a daughter of John H. and I. Almira Avery Feld. She married Julian Unger. He preceded her in death.

She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Rita Yarbrough and Hilma Mermillion.

Surviving are one son, J. Orson (and Linda) Unger of Rushville; two daughters, Una Jean Claus of Rushville and B. Jane Unger of Elgin; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

She graduated from Rushville High School. After passing the teacher’s exam, she taught in one room schools throughout the region for over 18 years.

She and her husband operated a country grocery store until their children advanced in their schooling. At that time they moved to Rushville, operating the Unger Grocery Store on the westside of the square.

She taught school and furthered her education at Western Illinois University in Macomb for three years. She completed her bachelors degree at Pestalozzi Frobel Teacher’s College in Chicago after moving to that area. She studied for her masters degree at Northern Illinois University while teaching in Geneva public schools where she taught until her retirement. In total, she taught school 34 years.

She attended the school of the Art Institute in Chicago and her art works were awarded and exhibited in large displays. She sold her oil painting and works of art.

In her senior years, she moved back to Rushville.

She was a member of Aurora Christian Church and Rushville Church of Christ “Christian.”

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

Memorials may be made to Rushville Church of Christ “Christian.”

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 7/30/2008