OTTAWA — Sarah Louise (Turner) Stisser, 99, of Ottawa, passed away Sunday, March 25, at Heritage Health in Streator.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa with the Rev. Kim Wood, Pastor of Open Table United Church of Christ, officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be Monday April 2, at Lawn Ridge Cemetery in Speer, Ill., where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.
Louise was born March 2, 1919, in Mattoon, to Delbert C. and Carrie (Barker) Turner. She was raised in Mattoon. In 1941, she graduated from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana with a Bachelor of Science in marketing.
After graduating from college, she worked in the Bursar’s Office at University of Illinois. She then moved to Chicago and worked in the downtown Marshall Field Store.
On Aug. 12, 1943, Louise married Charles Edward Stisser, of Speer. Louise and Charlie met as students while both attending the College of Commerce at University of Illinois. They married in the chapel of the Presbyterian Church located on the campus. At the time of their marriage, Charles was serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., where they lived following their wedding.
They continued to live in Missouri following the end of WWII while Charles worked as a civilian. Then they moved back to Illinois near Charlie’s family for a few years. In 1948, Louise and Charlie moved to Marseilles with their son, Lynn. Charlie went to work for the Joseph Dingle CPA firm in Ottawa. Louise was a homemaker and a mother. Their daughter, Marcella, was born in Ottawa.
In 1956, the family moved to the south side of Ottawa. Louise continued to live in Ottawa for 53 years. Since 2009, she lived at Liberty Village Retirement Village in Streator.
Louise was a loving and devoted wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a talented seamstress, making lots of clothing, draperies and doll clothes. Family members and friends were very fond of her homemade dinner, cinnamon and pecan rolls, her pecan pie and at Christmas time her fudge and divinity candies.
She was a very active member of First Congregational UCC Church in Ottawa for decades. She was a longtime member of the church choir, the women’s Plymouth Fellowship Group and served on the Board of Deaconesses. She also was a member of Chapter EH, PEO Sisterhood in Ottawa for almost 50 years, serving in different roles as a chapter officer.
Louise is survived by her children and their spouses, Lynn C. (Nancy) Stisser, of Ottawa, and Marcella R. (Russell) Armstrong, of Marion, Iowa. She also is survived by her grandchildren, Bradley (Kelly) Stisser, of Ottawa, Corey (Erin) Stisser, of Wheaton, Carrie (Luke) Skony, of Arlington Heights, Kristin (Colin) DeSouza, of Sun Prairie, Wis., Ryan (Erin) Armstrong, of Davenport, Iowa, and Leanna (Steven) Tasch, of Menomonee Falls, Wis. She also has 12 great-grandchildren, Maggie, Melanie and Mary Stisser, of Ottawa; Oswyn, Fiona and Molly Stisser, of Wheaton; Keegan and Kaitlyn Skony, of Arlington Heights; Evangeline and Kai DeSouza, of Sun Prairie; and Owen and Turner Tasch, of Menomonee Falls.
She also is survived by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Loris and Lottie Stisser, of Speer; as well as three generations of nieces and nephews.
Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Stisser, on Oct. 23, 1972; her parents, Delbert and Carrie Turner; and her only brother, R.W Turner, of Charleston, W. Va.
Memorials may be directed to PEO Sisterhood.