Lucille Marguerite Schutzbach (104) of Jacksonville, formerly of Effingham


Published on August 6 2013 4:13 pm

Lucille Marguerite Schutzbach, 104, of Jacksonville, formerly of Effingham, died Monday, August 5, 2013 at her home in Jacksonville, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 9, 2013 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Effingham.  Burial will be in St. Anthony Cemetery in Effingham. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham.  Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army in Jacksonville and Memorial Hospice in Springfield.  Online condolences may be left at

Lucille was born on January 10, 1909 in St. Louis, MO, the daughter of Dr. Oscar A. and Emma (Franzlau) Grote. She married Cyril M. Schutzbach in 1928, and he preceded her in death in January 1987.  Lucille was educated in public schools at Ashland Grammar and Central High School in St. Louis. She also attended Strassberger’s Conservatory of Music, studying Classical Piano. She attended Comptometer School in St. Louis and worked at Famous-Barr’s office, Rexall Drug’s office and finally for ten years at Mobil Oil Company. When her husband’s job took them from St. Louis to Nashville, TN, she worked for the comptometer school there. When they moved to Effingham in 1955, she was asked to teach piano. She had twenty pupils and enjoyed watching their progress. She lived in Effingham for eleven years, then moved to Jacksonville in 1966, where she became a member of the Church of Our Saviour parish.  She enjoyed playing piano, especially when members of her family gathered for winter holidays. Another interest of hers was supporting some charities, such as a Native American children’s school and the local Salvation Army. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren made her home the “first stop” when they visited Jacksonville. She was also a great fan of Engelbert Humperdinck, Tiger Woods, Lawrence Welk, Regis Philbin, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Illini basketball team.

Lucille is survived by two sons, Cyril M. (Dolores) Schutzbach and Jerry (Marcella) Schutzbach, both of Effingham; and one daughter, Mary Lou (John) Althoff of Jacksonville. She has fifteen surviving grandchildren, John Schutzbach (Doris) of New Lenox, Tom Schutzbach (Amy) of Sherman, Bob Schutzbach (Carrie) of Charleston, Mark Schutzbach (Mel) of Nokomis, Don Schutzbach (Mary) of Effingham, Mike Schutzbach (Crystal) of Effingham, Teri Wortman (Rob) of Effingham, Lisa Wortman (John) of Effingham, Linda Miller (Michael) of Fairfield, CT, Susan Gorton (Mark) of Newport News, VA, Cliff Althoff (Maureen) of LaGrange Park, Steve Althoff (Troy) of Sparks, NV, Jim Althoff (Kris) of Shiloh, Robert Althoff (Kaight) of South Hero, VT, and Deborah Will (Philip) of Gurnee, and also 39 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother, Glidden, infant son, Donald Richard, and two grandsons, William “Bill” and James “Jim” Schutzbach.