Edith L. Voights passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Care, Streator, IL. She was born March 14, 1925 to Margaret McIntyre Brehman and John Lester Brehman. She married Raymond Voights on June 1, 1946.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 15, 2018, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Solon Telford Funeral Home. Funeral will be Friday, March 16, 2018, at 10:00 AM, at Park Presbyterian Church with Dr. Ross Bacon (nephew) officiating Burial will be at Wolf Creek Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Brad Goerne, Aaron Blakemore, Kyle Voights, Jeffery Neiggemann, David Trewartha and Bob Trewartha. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Hefler, Curt Ettema, Gene Lesak, Dennis Emmick and Robert Opremchak.
Edith grew up on a farm north of Streator and attended Wolf Creek Grade School having the same teacher, Zelma Benckendorf Roseman, for all 8 years. She graduated from Streator Township High School in 1943.
Following high school, Edith worked in the law office of Jones and Heflin for one year. She began her teaching career at Garfield School, rural Ransom, on an Emergency certificate, during World War II for 4 years.
Edith substitute taught for several years in area schools. Edith then continued her education and graduated from Illinois Valley Community College. She commuted to Illinois State University receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1975. She taught kindergarten at Ransom School for 15 years until her retirement on June 30, 1995.
She is survived by her children, Margaret (Larry) Goerne, Virl (Mary Beth) Voights, and Jean (Michael) Blakemore; grandchildren, Bradley Goerne, Kyle Voights, Ruth (Jeffery) Neiggemann, Anna Blakemore, and Aaron Blakemore. She is also survived by her sister, Gayle Wargo.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Raymond Voights, in 1996. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Jeanne Trewartha, James Brehman and Loren Brehman in addition to a double cousin Ruth Brehman Bacon.
Edith was a lifelong member of Park Presbyterian Church where she served as a Deacon and served on many committees as well as taught Sunday school. She was a charter member of the J.O.Y. group. Edith served on the Wolf Creek Cemetery Association Board for many years and served as President during the latter part of her tenure. Edith and Ray were insurance agents for Allen and Otter Creek Mutual Insurance for several years. Edith had many special sisters in her P.E.O. Chapter CM that will miss her dearly.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Wolf Creek Cemetery Association, Deacons Ministry “Streator” Park Presbyterian Church, or Chapter CM P.E.O. Scholarship Fund.