Parthena Pierce

Parthena  Pierce, age 101, passed away at her residence at Green Tree 
Assisted  Living, on Oct. 22nd.

She was born July 4, 1910 to Bertha Schurtz and  Rolla Gilbert of 
Waltonville and lived her entire life in Jefferson  County.

Mrs. Pierce was an elementary school teacher beginning in 1927,  teaching 
for 45 years and serving as Principal of Farrington Consolidated  School 
from 1960 until she retired in 1975.

She is survived by a  daughter, Doris Earls Lortie, four grandchildren: 
Tim Lortie (wife Karla),  Donald Lortie (wife Karyn), Janet Lavorgna 
(husband Vincent), and Jennifer  Peters (husband Paul), and seven 
grandchildren: Emily, Erin and Matthew  Lortie, Terry and Corey Peters, 
and Tessa and Jeremy Lavorgna. Also  survived by nieces, nephews and 

She was predeceased by a  grandson Gene Lortie, her husband Parker 
Pierce, her parents, two sisters  and three brothers.

Mrs. Pierce had been active in the Retired  Teachers’ Association, had 
been an officer in the local AARP, and was a  member of the Wells Chapel 
Baptist Church. She enjoyed the social  activities at Green Tree and 
rooting for her favorite team, The  Cardinals.

Funeral services will be at Osborn Funeral Home, Dix, IL, on  Wednesday, 
Oct. 26th , 2011 at 11 a.m. with Marty Mills Officiating.  Burial will 
follow at Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn. Visitation will be  from 9 to 11 
a.m. at the funeral home on Wednesday. Memorials may be made  to the 
Farrington Grade School PTO, or the donor's choice, and will be  received 
at the Osborn Funeral Home, PO Box 130, Dix, Illinois  62830.

Note: Parthena's first husband was Verner William Earls  (1915-1967, 
buried at West Salem Cemetery, JCI)

Submitted by: Sandy (Whalen) Bauer

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