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Harriett M. Tobias

d. January 17, 2022

Harriett Tobias, age 97, of Petersburg, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2022 at Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Petersburg.

She was born February 11, 1924 in Athens, Illinois, the daughter of Harry and Flora (Gumm) Tobias.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Delmar Tobias and Marcus Tobias, a sister, Shirley Landreth; and a nephew, Mark Tobias.

She is survived by nieces, Janet (husband Richard) Dennis of Petersburg, Patricia (husband Bob) Rolleri of Fayetteville, NC, Cindy (husband Mark) Bradley of Springfield, Cheryl (husband Jeff) Rebbe of Petersburg, Donna (husband Joe) Fleischli of Springfield; nephews, David Tobias of Springfield, Scott (wife Sara) Tobias of Sherman; niece-in-law, Jennifer Tobias of Lincoln, IL; and several great-nieces and nephews.

She graduated from Athens High School.

Harriett loved to cook and sew.  She attended Cantrall United Methodist Church and Sherman United Methodist Church, where she volunteered for numerous committees and activities.

Harriet worked at Culver Elevator, Whitlock Processing Plant, and Big R in Springfield.

Graveside services for Harriett will be held on Saturday January 22, 2022 at 11:30 AM at Roselawn Cemetery in Springfield with Rev. Jon Carrell officiating

Memorial contributions can be made to charity of choice.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family.


  1. I’m sorry to hear about Harriett’s passing. I have a lot of good memories of her when she lived at countryside. My prayers are with her family, Julie Atterberry

  2. I was saddened to read about the death of your aunt Harriett. I was delighted to meet her and tell of her family names in “Leaves of the Gum Tree” after I figured we were related through our Gum family (4th cousins 2x removed). Then I knew who to say ‘hi’ to when she worked the church dinners in Cantrall.
    Ralph and Nelia Parker Moss family

  3. I met Harriet at a ladies breakfast at Ray’s Route 66 restaurant in Sherman. She gave me two recipes (hand-written) for pear honey, so that I could use my own pears. One had low-sugar so I made that one, when I was first married 20 years ago. I am so thankful for her thoughtfulness. I am a member of the Sherman UMC, but she wasn’t attending worship at that time. I sure wish I would have gotten to know her a bit better. Peace and strength to her other friends and especially God bless her family in their time of sorrow.

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