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Hackman, Katherine

d. September 20, 2010

Katherine Hackman, age 99, of Athens, IL passed away on Saturday September 18, 2010 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.
She is survived by her son, David Hackman of Springfield. She has been blessed with seven grandchildren, Lisa (Carlos) Chua, Denise (Mike) Gibler, Lori Demuzio, Mike (Karen) Hackman, Jo (Dave) Lagerhausen, Julie (Corey) Smith and Vicki (Gary) Goodnight. There are also eighteen great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. Katherine has left her family with a lifetime of precious memories.
Katherine was born and raised in Petersburg, the daughter of John and Anna (Day) Parkinson. After marrying Alwin (Bo) on October 31, 1931, they lived in Athens and worked for many years on the family farm. They raised two sons Harold (Fuzz) Hackman (deceased) and David Hackman.
She was preceded in death by her husband Alwin in 2001, her son Harold (Fuzz) in 1987 and great-granddaughter Kelsey Chua in 1988.
Katherine was instrumental in creating the original Athens Library. She served as an election judge for many years in Menard County. Katherine was an active member in the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ladies Aid and was a member of the Lutheran Ladies Bowling team.

Visitation will be held at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens, on Monday, September 20, 2010 from 12:00 PM until time of funeral service at 1:00 PM.
Burial will be held at Indian Point Cemetery near Athens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Athens Library, Athens BLS, Menard County Rescue Squad, Athens Fire Department, Lions Club or No Mountain too High Church in Athens, IL.


  1. I’ve already e-mailed Dave, but wanted the whole family to how sorry I am for your loss. Dave spoke so lovingly of his Mother and was always concerned for her welfare. She was very fortunate to have such a loving family supporting her. Bert

  2. My beloved Aunt Katherine. You will be missed so much. We have so many wonderful memories of a wonderful and loving Aunt. It always amazed us how you remembered all of our family. May you be at peace now in the arms of our Lord. And may all of your family be at peace too.

  3. Dave and Family I am so sorry to hear about Aunt Katherine’s passing. She was a beautiful person and I will never forget her. I have so many fond childhood memories of visiting her and Uncle Bo down on the farm…eating all that wonderful fresh food, rising with the rooster, romping around the farm doing various jobs. All of that is forever embedded in my memory. I am so glad I was able to come down for the reunion when we had it on the farm a few years back. Although my job will not allow me to come down tomorrow, know that I will be thinking about you and your family all day. May you find peace in the joy she has given you and of course in all the memories that will forever sustain you! God Bless you all Diane Neumann

  4. My thoughts are with you and your family. May the wonderful memories carry you through this difficult time.

  5. My sympathy to all of Katherine’s family. She was a special person, and I am so happy that I was able to have a chat on the phone with her so recently. She was such a blessing to the Athens Library over the years and she will be greatly missed.

  6. I lived next to Katherine for a few years and she was such a nice person. I enjoyed talking with her when we were outside. She was always so friendly. I am so sorry to hear about your loss.

  7. Dave, I was so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I think of her and Bo (and you) often, even though we’ve been out of touch. Rob has been good about keeping me up to date. God bless you and your family. Kathy

  8. We are going to miss her welcoming smile at church. She was an amazing woman with all she accomplished in her life. Praise God for welcoming her into His heaven. Karen Ruhlig

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