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V. Maxine Simeral


V. Maxine Simeral, 102, of Macomb, died at 3:07 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, at her residence.
She was born Nov. 2, 1906, in rural McDonough County, to Allen and Minnie Snyder Simeral.
She is survived by one sister, Elma Penington, Galesburg; one sister in-law, Viola Simeral, Stage Coach, Nev.; four nieces, Shirley (Don) Snowden, Macomb, Margie (Merrill) Taylor, Sun City, Ariz., Janet Eberle, Bartonville, and Carolee (Kenny) Sundquist, Abingdon; numerous great nieces and great nephews; and her caregiver for several years, Cindy Clayton, Macomb. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Sylvia Simeral; one brother, Raymond Simeral; one brother in-law, Gale Penington; and three nephews, Donnie Penington, Randy Penington and Bruce Simeral.
She graduated from Adair High School in 1924, attended Browns Business College in Galesburg, and graduated from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Peoria in 1943. She then received her B.A. in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. She enlisted in the Army in 1945 and was a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corp., working at an Army Hospital in Wisconsin and the Carolinas. After her discharge she returned to Peoria to continue her nursing career. She worked for the Peoria Public Health Department, as the McDonough County T.B. Nurse and also as the McDonough County school nurse.
She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Macomb and a former member of the Adair Methodist Church. She was instrumental in starting several groups in Macomb for the visually impaired and for senior citizens. She was involved with the American Heart Association and the Multiple Sclerosis Association. She had been a member of Altrusa Club, Business and Professional Women, Fortnightly Club, and the MDH Auxillary. She enjoyed community service, and traveling in North America and Europe.
She has donated her body for scientific study.
Graveside services will be held at a later time at Pennington Point Cemetery in New Salem Township.
Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home, Macomb, is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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