Violet Louise Kueker, nee Hartman, 89, of Waterloo, IL, died December 22, 2018, in Waterloo, IL. She was born June 27, 1929, in East St. Louis, IL.
She is survived by her nephews Kenneth Jr. (Anita) Hartman, Steven (Cindy) Kueker, Richard (Deb) Kueker, Rev. David (Kim) Kueker, and Brian A. (Jodi) Kueker; niece Rita Jeffries; sister-in-law Joann Hartman; other extended nieces; nephews; cousins; and god son Alan E. Stumpf
Violet was preceded in death by her husband Edmund E. "Edd" Kueker; her parents Marcellus & Mildred (nee Meyer) Hartman; and brother Kenneth Sr. Hartman.
WHS Class of 1947 and WHS Faculty 1952-1989; Graduate of S.I.U. Carbondale, B.S.in Home Economics Education; M. Ed from University of Illinois; High School Teacher at Zeigler High School (1951); WHS (1952-1989) Professional Memberships: Delta Kappa Gamma; American Home Economics Association; Illinois Home Economics Association; National Education Association; Illinois Education Association; American Vocational Association; Illinois Vocational Association; Illinois Vocational Home Economics Teacher Association; National Association Vocational Home Economics Teacher Association; Illinois Cooperative Vocational Education Coordinators Association; Illinois Consumer Education Association; American Council Consumer Interest; Waterloo Classroom Teachers' Association; Honors: Listed in Who's Who in the Midwest; Outstanding Teacher at WHS; Chosen to be one of five home economics teachers to work on the state home economics curriculum guide; Chosen to present the curriculum guide via a demonstration class for Southern Illinois teachers; Chosen to present a TV program on KETC Channel 9 in St.Louis; Named honorary FHA member (1971) Encouraged many students to further their education in home economics and home economics-related careers. WHS Legacy Wall Honoree 2016.
From 1972-1989, she oversaw the Cooperative Education Program (Co-op), teaching students entry skills and information about the world of work with the support of local businesses. Started the "Employee of the Month" program at WHS for students in the Co-op program; Community Involvement: Received the Monroe County 4-H Alumni Award; Member of St. Paul United Church of Christ and Evening Guild; Member of the Monroe County Historical Society; Member of the Peterstown Heritage Society; Member of the Monroe County Homemakers' Extension Association; Member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the National Auctioneers Association; Co-founder with her husband, Colonel Edmund (Edd) Kueker of Kuekers' Museum. In August 2014, the Kuekers donated their aluminum bison statue to the county to commemorate the bison that once traveled what was then called the Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail, now today's Kaskaskia Road, Route 3,and Bluff Road.
When asked, "Who is Violet Kueker?" without hesitation, she replies, "I am an educator."
As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to:
St. Paul UCC
Monroe County History Museum - Waterloo
Monroe County 4-H Foundation
or Donor's Choice
4 PM to 8 PM Friday, December 28, 2018 at Quernheim Funeral Home
9 AM until time of service Saturday St. Paul United Church of Christ
10 AM Saturday, December 29, 2018 at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, IL
Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating
Interment at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo, IL