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Emma Josephine Cheney
Emma Josephine CheneyYellowRoseEmma Josephine Cheney, 86 of St. Charles, Illinois, formerly of Richwood, died Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at  Pine View Care Center in St. Charles.  She was born January 13, 1929 in Marion to the late Charles McKay and Celia Eva (Knapp) Shields.

She grew up one of seven siblings on a farm in rural Ohio and life was not easy. She chose the life of a traditional housewife and raised three boys while their dad spent many of his working years on the road in sales with Richwood Insurance & Realty and then Batesville Casket Company in 1968. She supported the boys through sports, scouts and studies, ensuring each earned a college degree.

Travel was a passion, with annual two-week trips in a small travel trailer to 45 States. She enjoyed seeing her seven grandsons mature into their 20s and more recently, the thrill of 5 great-grandchildren. She was a tireless partner of her husband, John who dealt with a long battle with lymphoma in his retirement years, before passing away 18 years ago. They enjoyed countless trips back to Ohio over the years to stay close to sisters, brothers, friends, nieces, nephews and all extended family.  She faithfully attended the First Baptist Church of Geneva, IL for over 30 years and was a long-time supporter of the Richwood First United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her three sons, Cort (Susan) Cheney of West Lafayette, IN; Clark (Cathy) Cheney of St Charles, IL; Calvin (Joyce) Cheney of Broomfield, CO; grandchildren, Grant, Garrett (Jennifer), John (Maggie), Scott (Anna), Brian (Chrissie), and Luke Cheney; great-grandchildren, Millie, Caroline, Josiah, Elizabeth, and William Cheney; sisters and brother, Maxine Wilson of Richwood; Ruth Webb of Richwood; Thomas (Sara) Shields of Richwood; and Charlotte (Irv) Markley of The Villages, FL; brothers-in-law, Paul “Doc” Cramer of Richwood, Gene (Isabell) Cheney of Upper Sandusky and Bob (Melva) Cheney of Richwood; and  sisters-in-law, Lee Shields of Delta and Phyllis Oman of Richwood.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Wilton Cheney on August 30, 1996, whom she married September 4, 1949 at the Richwood First United Methodist Church; grandson, Kyle Cheney; sister, Kate Cramer; brother, Charles Shields; and two brothers-in-law, Sherman Wilson and Leonard Webb.

Funeral services will be Monday, January 26, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Richwood First United Methodist Church with Pastor Joe Rhea officiating.  Burial will follow in Claibourne Cemetery.  Friends may call from 2 to 5 PM on Sunday at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood.

Memorial gifts may be made to First Baptist Church of Geneva, 2300 South Street, Geneva, IL 60134 or Richwood First United Methodist Church, 18 S. Fulton Street, Richwood, OH 43344.

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#2 from: Peggy Beeney Strong
Grove City, OH
Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 8:38 PM

Cort, I was a classmate of yours a long, long time ago in Richwood.  I remember your mom well and all your family.  So sorry to hear of her passing.

#3 from: Marilyn Adams Coleman
Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 12:10 AM

I knew Emma through her sister Ruth Webb.  I enjoyed her visits to my garden over the years.  I know that she will be missed.  She had a wonderful life and enjoyed her family.  God Bless you all.

#4 from: bill Nibert johna nibert
Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 12:41 PM

To Emma's children and rest of family . So sorry for your loss. Remember her from a few year back when they lived in Richwood.
              Johna and Bill Nibert

#5 from: Lynn & Helen Slemmons
Prospect, Ohio
Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 8:41 AM

Heartfelt condolences to the Cheney Family.  Fond memories of you all. Lynn & Helen Slemmons

#6 from: Donn Pittman
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 4:41 PM

Charlotte & Irv,

So sorry to hear of your sister's passing.  It
has to be difficult to lose a sibling. I have
been fortunate in that respect. My sister Lila
has Alzhiemer's disease which has compromised her
memory and piano playing but at least I still  
have her near me.  

You and your siblings have been a wonderful
asset not only to people in Richwood but anyone
who has had the good fortune of knowing you
and your family.

 Sincerely,  Donn

#7 from: Carl & Kay Wood
Lambertville, MI
Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 1:39 PM

So sorry to hear about Emma. We have many fond memories of when your family lived in MI and when we helped you move to St. Charles.

#8 from: Pat & Larry Krebehenne
Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 9:48 AM

Sorry we couldn't make the calling hours.  Our sympathy is with the whole family.  Emma was a beautiful, gracious lady and we know will be greatly missed.  We also know that you have lots of wonderful memories which is such a blessing to families at times like this.  Love and prayers are with you all.  Pat and Larry

#9 from: Neeraj Khanna and Staff
Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 9:12 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time! We so enjoyed Emma everytime she was in our office. She will be dearly missed! God Bless you and your family at this time of sorrow!

#10 from: Steve Milligan
Bloomington, Illinois
Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 11:17 PM

Cort, Clark and Calvin,

I placed this in the St. Charles paper but, wanted to place it her as well.

Please accept my most sincere condolences at the loss of mom.  She was truly one of the finest human beings I ever knew.  I am so thankful she was a part of my life, as she touched it, and so many others, for the better.  She made a difference in this life, fought the good fight, and is now free.  My and Mary's thoughts and prayers are with you and your families, now that she has joined dad.

With deepest compassion,


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