Thursday, June 14, 2012

Obit of Barbara (Drager) Kahle

CHATSWORTH — Barbara Ann Kahle, 67, rural Chats-worth, formerly of Melvin, died at 1 a.m. Monday (June 11, 2012) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.
A celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Roberts, with the Rev. Priscilla Geerdes officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Germanville Township Cemetery, rural Livingston County. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Humane Society of Central Illinois or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Barbara was born Nov. 4, 1944, in Chicago, a daughter of Merle and Helen Milligan Drager. She married Larry Epperson in 1968. He died in 1991. She later married Gary Kahle on Valentine’s Day 1998 in Apache Junction, Ariz. He survives in Chatsworth.
Also surviving are a sister, Lois (Bruce) Ellingwood, Atlanta, Ga.; and a nephew, Geoff Ellingwood, Champaign. She was preceded in death by her parents.
She earned a nursing degree from Mennonite Hospital. Barbara dedicated more than 41 years of her life working at Gibson Area Hospital.
Her work brought her into contact with many people who continued to love and appreciate her, well past the time she cared for them in the hospital. She taught procedures to a long line of eager nursing students and helped guide them by her good example.
Gary introduced Barbara to the joy of farm living and soon she had countless pets from miniature goats and kittens to her precious Sheltie who was by her side from morning till night. Both Barbara and Gary drew great strength from their faith, using it to quietly offer comfort and service to others. Family and friends have always been important to them.
Barbara was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Roberts.
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