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Christeen Eppler
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009

Christeen Eppler 93, born in Rochelle, Texas on December 25, 1915, died at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, March 8, 2009, in Urbana Illinois.

There will be a visitation at the First Baptist Church, 325 College Street in Mason, Texas on Saturday, March 21, 2009 from 1:00 to 2 p.m. with a funeral service to follow at 2 p.m. Pastor David Collett will be officiating. She will be buried next to her husband Otto at Coffey Cemetery in Streeter, Texas.

Christeen was the youngest of three sisters, Rosetta McVay and Maudine Gressett, which along with her parents preceded her in death. She graduated from Rochelle High School in Rochelle, Texas, and afterwards graduated from Draughns Business School in Dallas Texas. She also completed Beautician School and worked as a beautician in Brady, Texas where she met and married her husband Otto Eppler. They were able to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary together just before Otto died in 1994.

Christeen and Otto Eppler had three children, John Eppler, wife Patsy of San Diego, CA; Tyra Quinones, husband Manny of Champaign, and Marcia Hingtgen, husband John of Champaign. She had 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, they include Tarcia and husband Mark Rebeiz and children Kezia and Zander of Sun Prairie, WI., John Clayton Eppler and Skylar Eppler of San Diego, CA., Kia Ann Deering Paniagua and husband Mark of Palo Alto, CA., Edie and Jason Woznick and children Cora and Arlo of Tucson, AZ., Colin Lamkin and daughter Maya of Champaign, Ian Lamkin of Champaign, Sean and Jennie Quinones of Dix Hills, NY., Chris and Linda Quinones and children Annika and Catlin of Shirley, MA., Garnet Christeen Litherland, who preceded her in death April 28, 2004, Otto Litherland and wife Annette, with baby Jude on the way, Jeff Hingtgen and wife Erin, Erica Schwartz and husband Seth.

As a young mother, Christeen will be remembered as being very active in her church, school and after school programs for her children as well as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Brownies; she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Champaign in Savoy, IL. Christeen had a spirit of adventure and learned to fly which gave her great joy and her family great excitement. She worked part-time for several years at the family owned business, TBA Auto Parts, with her husband Otto and other family members. She had a love of mischief, drama, music and the love of God. She enjoyed being outdoors, landscaping her yard, interior design and fashion. She loved poetry and had dozens memorized which, to the joy of many, she could still recite perfectly to her death.

Christeen and Otto loved their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and was willing to sacrifice much for their happiness. When she and her husband Otto retired they spent many summers having all, or as many grandchildren as they could, stay with them in their home in Brady, Texas as they enjoyed adventure after adventure on the “rocks”, a site of granite boulders that is located on the ranch that Otto grew up on, or going to Schlitterbahn Water Park, Sea World, or just visiting the many other relatives that live in Texas. She lived a full and wonderful life and gave her family much joy and endless love.

Christeen was truly an amazing and unforgettable woman and mother, she will be happy to be reunited with her husband Otto and all those that preceded them to be by the side of God.

Memorial contributions may be made to Champaign County Nursing Home, 500 South Bartell Rd., Urbana, Illinois 61802-2888.

Condolences may be offered at Local arrangements by Mason Funeral Home.

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