Ellen Eileen Zerkel, 86 of Maryville, IL, formerly of Collinsville, IL, passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, at Relais Bonne Eau, Edwardsville, IL. Ellen was born on April 8, 1926 in Madison County, IL, a daughter to the late Ogle and Elena (Raines) Durham.
Ellen was a member of Meadow Heights Baptist Church, Collinsville, IL. On March 20, 1954, she married Melvin W. Zerkel, the love of her life at Lands Down Baptist Church in East St. Louis, IL, and he preceded her in death in 2010. She enjoyed embroidering, putting puzzles together, visiting with friends from church. She also taught Sunday school and was an avid cardinal baseball fan. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family whom she adored.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband and two brothers, Harold Dean Durham and one in infancy.
Ellen is survived by her loving children, Randal (Kalene) Zerkel of Greenville, IL, Elena (Dean) Pabst of Normal, IL, Carolyn (Greg) Sutter of O'Fallon, IL and Dennis (Leann) Zerkel of Glen Carbon, IL; ten grandchildren, Amanda Zerkel, Emily Zerkel, Heather (John) Anderson, Joel (Rebecca) Pabst, Rachel (Zack) Barnett, Melanie (Matt) Kennedy, Jordon Sutter, Taylor Sutter, Emelia (Justin) Proctor and Michael Zerkel; two great grandchildren, Stella and Gabe Pabst; sister, Virginia (Robert) Dellamano of Collinsville, IL, two sisters in law, Polly Woodkirk of Carlinville, IL and Ruth Clinton of Olney, IL and many dear friends.
Visitation: friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2012, at Meadow Heights Baptist Church, Collinsville, IL.
In celebration of her life, funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2012, at Meadow Heights Baptist Church, with Rev. Jim Robinson and Rev. Jim Donahue officiating. Interment will be in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL. Irwin Chapel, Glen Carbon, IL is entrusted with the arrangements.
Memorial donations may be given to Relais Bonne Eau, Edwardsville, IL or Meadow Heights Baptist Church, Collinsville, IL. irwinchapel.com
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