LaFern Soldner 90, of Effingham, IL, formerly of Cowden, IL, passed away at 12:18 AM Sunday May 18, 2014 in her home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Thursday May 22, 2014 in the First Christian Church of Cowden.Pastor Nathan Harper will officiate.Visitation will be 4:00-7:00 PM Wednesday May 21, 2014 in the church.A graveside service will then be held at 3: 00 PM on Thursday at Farina Cemetery in Farina, IL.Memorials may be made in memory of LaFern to the First Christian Church of Cowden.On line condolences may be directed to the Family at www.lockartgreenfuneralhome.com
LaFern was born October 15, 1923 in Marion County, Illinois, the daughter of Lonnie William and Lena Mabel (Harrell) Mulvaney.
She married Richard O. “Dick” Soldner on August 11, 1957 in Brown Christian Church in Kinmundy, Illinois.
LaFern was a dedicated member of the First Christian Church of Cowden.In addition, she was a sister and past-president of the Philanthropy Educational Organization ( P.E.O) Chapter H.D. of Pana, Illinois and Toast Mistress of Effingham.
LaFern graduated from Brown Grade School in Kinmundy and Salem Community High School in Salem, Illinois.She competed educational training at Chicago Correspondence School of Accounting in St. Louis, Missouri and General Motors Accounting School in St. Louis.In addition she furthered her education at Lakeland College in Mattoon, Illinois.
With her accounting training in place, LaFern was employed at Texas Oil Co. (Texaco) at Salem, Illinois duringthe southern Illinois oil boom andGeneral Motors Co. (Chevrolet Motor Division) at Salem and Farina, where she directed accounting operations for dealerships in southern Illinois.
LaFern`s ambition was to become a certified public accountant, but those plans became secondary when she met, and later married Dick.Her obvious talents and accounting expertise were put to good use as she became an integral the Soldner family ownership and operation of Ging Elevator in Cowden.
Through their church, she and Dick were very involved in world mission work in Mexico, Arizona, Montana and California. Working with the Cowden Rotary Club, they hosted and welcomed into their family, Charles Jammel, a Rotary Exchange student from Brazil.
Surviving are her husband, Dick; daughter: Peggy Lynn (Richard) Drew of Escondido, California; sisters: Velma Kepner of Glen Carbon, Illinois and Darlene (Vernon)Bandy of Salem, Illinois; grandchildren:Tara (Dan) Mathiesen of Ladera Ranch, California, Ty (Cathy) Howton of Boston, Massachusetts, Michael Drew of San Diego, California, and Christy Drew of Chicago, Max Mathiesen and Sam Mathiesen of both of Ladera Ranch, California; Rotary exchange student and“adopted” sonCharles Jammel of San Paulo, Brazil; sisters-in-law: Sue Mulvaney of Kinmundy, Illinois, Mary Brigham of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and Betty (George) Boston of Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Beside her parents, she is preceded in death by son-in-law David Howton, brother Eugene Mulvaney and brother-in-law Eugene Kepner.