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Obituary: Studebaker




Ida Fern Studebaker, 89, Fairbury, died at 5:55 pm Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at Goldwater Care, Pontiac.


Visitation will be 10:30 to 11:15 am Saturday, January 7, 2023 followed by her funeral at 11:30 am at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury. Burial will be in South Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Dominy Memorial Library.


Mrs. Studebaker was born June 15, 1933 in Saunemin, IL the daughter of Orville and Clara Zimmer Russell. She married Elmer Dale Studebaker on October 9, 1954 in Pontiac, IL. He preceded her in death on June 5, 2017.


Survivors include her children, Terri (Mike) Arduini, Pontiac; Dale (Joni) Studebaker, Fairbury; Ronnie (Susie) Studebaker, Pontiac; six grandchildren, Jessica (Joe) Whiteman, Erin (Kohl) Hambleton, Brooke (Isaiah) Stork, Tyler (Hannah) Studebaker, Matthew (Cassie) Studebaker and Amy Studebaker; eleven great grandchildren and one sister, Nancy Webster, Leonardtown, MD.


She is preceded in death by one brother, Marvin Russell and one sister, Donna Holland.

Mrs. Studebaker worked as a waitress at the Gray Goose, Fairbury for many years.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Pointe of Pontiac and Goldwater Care, Pontiac for their excellent care.

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