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Edna W. "Lettie" Noelke

Edna W. "Lettie" Noelke nee Roever, 99, of Waterloo, IL, died November 20, 2017, in Waterloo, IL. She was born August 31, 1918, in E. St. Louis, IL.

     She is survived by son Tom (Carol) Noelke, grandson Andy (Laura) Noelke, great grands Madison and Mason, daughter Jane Reh (Thomas Hopkins), grandson Alex Reh (Becky Walling), great grand EttaLou, grandson Max (Samantha) Reh, great grands Hannah and Margaret, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lettie is preceded in death by her husband Robert Noelke, sisters Norma Zimmer, Elsie Bode, Lucille Burkhardt, and Irma Roever.

     Edna "Lettie" Noelke was born in East St. Louis to Charles and Olga Roever on August 31, 1918.  When she was 1 year old, her family moved to Waterloo where they bought the building on the northeast corner of Main and Mill. This became "Roever's Cafe - A Good Place to Eat".  The family lived upstairs.
     Edna was known as "Redhead", but her sister Norma could not pronounce that and instead called her "Ledhead", which soon became "Lettie". They liked living in downtown Waterloo where they were close to school and church. The sisters took piano and dance lessons which helped develop their love of music.
     Lettie graduated from Waterloo High School in 1936, and enrolled at the University of Illinois majoring in PhysEd. After graduation, she was hired to teach at Oak Grove, a one-room 15-student schoolhouse near Burksville.  
     She married Bob Noelke on July 24, 1943 and after living in Orlando FL, where he was stationed during the war, they moved back to their beloved Waterloo to raise a family.
     When there was a teacher shortage, Lettie once again became a school teacher until she and Bob both decided to retire in order to travel.  After Bob passed, Lettie enjoyed volunteering in the gift shop at Oak Hill and also taught English as a second language.
     After her 1st broken hip at the age of 89 she was determined to get her drivers license when she turned 90, and she did.  She enjoyed "tooting" around town.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
Maeystown Preservation Society, Morrison-Talbott Library, Oak Hill Activity Fund, or Oasis International Ministries.

9 AM until time of service Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Quernheim Funeral Home  
1 PM Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo, IL
Pastor Mark Akers officiating
Interment at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo, IL

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She was such a sweet gal. She will be missed by many. Our hearts go out to family & friends.. God bless !

Michael & Barbara Shackelford Nov 22 2017 12:00 AM

I am sorry to hear of the loss of Lettie. I had many fun adventures with her when I taught Kindergarten in Waterloo in the early 70's.

Sue Kerger Kromer Nov 21 2017 12:00 AM

My condolence's to the family.
Mrs. Noelke was the best 1st grade teacher
Any parent would want for their child.
Rest in peace Mrs. Noelke.

Darrel Siedle Nov 21 2017 12:00 AM


LOLLY AND RON GLENN Nov 20 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Family,
I'm sorry for your loss. Not many people can live to be 99 years old. She was so young at heart. Everyone at St. Paul loved her. I consider it an honor to have known her.
Peace, Richard and Darline Weihl

Richard ad Darline Weihl Nov 20 2017 12:00 AM

Lettie was a very nice, thoughtful and trusting person. I enjoyed working with her on the Heck Family Tree. She and Bob were very interested in my research and always made me feel welcome in my knowledge and in their home. I would run into her at Oak Hill some times when I come to visit my Mother who is also there. She has had a difficult last few months. Maybe now she can rest is peace. Both Richard and I extend our sympathy to the family. Judy and Richard Heck

Richard & Judy Heck Nov 20 2017 12:00 AM