Ann Huelskoetter (75) of Effingham

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Published on November 27 2012 1:55 pm

Ann Huelskoetter, 75, of Effingham, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at her home in Effingham.

Funeral services for Ann will be at 10 a.m., Friday, November 30 at First Baptist Church in Effingham with Dr. Roger Marshall officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Hall Funeral Chapel in Effingham. Burial will be in Union Cemetery in Altamont. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church - Youth Mission Trips or The Lutheran Care Center, Altamont, or Cal and Lila Dunaway Scholarship at Greenville College. Condolences may be left at www.hallfuneralchapel.com.

Ann was born August 31, 1937 in Shelby County, the daughter of Cal and Lila (Prater) Dunaway. She graduated from Cowden High School in 1955. Then she graduated from Greenville College in 1959 with a B.A. In the summer of 1959, she took an educational tour of Europe and 11 other countries for five weeks. In 1965 she received her Masters of Education at the University of Illinois. Then she had 54 semester hours beyond her Master’s Degree at University of Illinois, University of Louisville, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In 1960, Ann was one of 50 high school counselors selected from an 11 state area for a General Electric Fellowship at the University of Louisville and part time she spent at the General Electric Appliance Park and took classes at the University of Louisville. In her professional career she had 25.5 years in education. She taught at MacArthur High School, Decatur in English for 6 years, Champaign High School as a counselor for 1 year, Evanston Township High School as a counselor for 1 year, Vandalia High School as a Guidance Director for 1 year, Belleville West High School as a counselor for 16.5 years, and retired in January, 1985.

On January 5, 1985, she married Dr. Delbert G. Huelskoetter in Fairview Heights, IL, and he survives. She enjoyed renovating and decorating a Victorian home, the Methodist Church, and the Lutheran Care Center all in Altamont and making them more beautiful. She is a member of the First Baptist Church in Effingham since April 12, 1992, the Altamont Garden Club, and many professional organizations. Her interests include mission trips, teaching Sunday school, interior design, tennis, traveling, flower gardening, and Christmas decorating. Her motto is “Let’s see what there is to see, because we may never be back again.”

Her deepest regret, even though Ann accepted Christ as a child, she did not live for the Lord for several years of her adult life. God was gracious. Ann had a passion for missions which resulted in several short term mission trips. In 1992, she toured Russia with Josh McDowell, in 1993, she toured China and the Philippines, and in 2000, she toured Egypt. In 1997, she toured Ecuador, 1999 toured Kazakhstan, and in 2000, toured Honduras and India on a medical missions trip with Dr. Huelskoetter.

She volunteered at Life Action Ministries for over three years and at the World Missionary Press, which prints scripture booklets in many languages. She often left gospel tracks in hotel rooms during spring break in Daytona Beach, Florida. She remembered she had about 100 Billy Graham tracks and so Ann and Doc passed them out to young people cruising the streets. Only one or two would not accept them.

Survivors include: husband; Delbert, brothers; William K. (Gladys) Dunaway of Shelbyville, Donald L. (Ruby) Dunaway of Cowden, sister-in-law; Bettnia Dunaway of Cowden, step-children; Caroline (Robert) Harder, Matthew (Sue) Huelskoetter of Salem, Heidi (Tony) Higgins of Atlanta, GA, 3 step-daughters, 1 step-son, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister; Ruth Banning, brother-in-law; Lonnie Banning, brother; Carroll Dunaway, 2 sister-in-laws; Bonnie Dunaway, and Mabel Flesch, nephew; Johnny Banning and 1 great niece; Abby Jo Ellis.