O'FALLON, Ill. - Eileen Cathryn Sewald, 89, formerly residing at Bradford Place in Swansea, died Jan. 19, 2006 at O'Fallon Health Care in O'Fallon.
Born Oct. 26, 1916 in Poplar Bluff, Mo., Eileen was a member of First Baptist Church of Sikeston and more recently attended the First Baptist Church of O'Fallon. Eileen had been a loan clerk for Production Credit Association. Also, Eileen served as a church secretary for over 11 years. Music consumed a great deal of Eileen's life. She also loved her faith and life with her church. She was an accomplished organist and pianist, and she taught piano. She directed choirs, a senior adult choir and was a Sunday school teacher for many years. She was not only a good and loving mother but a very caring and giving person. She enjoyed visiting with the homebound from her church. Eileen also loved to travel and would be among the first to agree upon taking a trip.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl Henry and Hallie Martin Rethwisch; her husband, Carl F. Sewald; and a daughter, Carol Gay Watkins.
Eileen is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and Jim Overall of O'Fallon; a son and daughter-in-law, Carl Martin "Marty" and Rita Sewald of Pine Bluff, Ark.; a son-in-law, Louis Watkins of Sikeston, Mo.; a brother and sister-in-law, Carl Martin and Wanda Rethwisch of Melbourne, Fla.; a sister, Roberta Rethwisch Remley and her husband, Melvin of Conroe, Texas; five grandchildren, David Watkins, Darin Watkins, Kimberly Johnson, Jason Overall and Jill Sewald; eight great-grandchildren, Nathan Walk, Rachel Watkins, Ethan Watkins, Audrey Johnson, Savanna Johnson, Riza Johnson, Zachary Watkins and Caleb Watkins; and many friends.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. today at the Schildknecht Funeral Home in O'Fallon. The Rev. Doug Munton, pastor of the First Baptist Church of O'Fallon, officiated.
Graveside services followed at 2 p.m. today at Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens in Crystal City, Mo., with her grandson, the Rev. Darin Watkins, officiating.