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Maxwell, Monica

d. April 5, 2011

Monica Maxwell age 63, of Athens passed away on March 30, 2011 at her residence.

She is survived by her sister Stephanie Churchill and former husband & friend Glen Maxwell.

Monica was born October 1, 1947 in Davenport, Iowa, the daughter of Vernon B. and Anita Ketelsen Hartung.

She is preceded in death by her parents and aunts & uncles.

She graduated from Flora Township High School. Monica received a Bachelor degree in Psychology from Sangamon State University. She retired from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Monica enjoyed gardening and antiquing.

Cremation Rites were accorded. Private family graveside services will be held at a later date at Indian Point Cemetery.

Rev. Jarrett Wells will be officiating.

Memorials: Animal Protective League : 1001 Taintor Rd., Springfield IL. 62701 or American Red Cross.


  1. I’ve so very saddened about Monica’s passing. When I first met Monnie in 8th grade, we became instant friends. She lived in one end of town; I lived in the other. We’d call one another, leave at the same time, and walk and meet in the middle. Among our more fun summer time-passers: I’d write a story, she’d draw an illustration, hopefully for publication in Seventeen magazine. We never managed to sell any of our stories/art, but had a great time trying. Another fun memory–we’d play cards in college, using toothpicks as money (as students, we didn’t even have enough pennies to gamble!) I will always remember Monnie’s quick wit, loyalty and fun personality. Stevie, you have my heartfelt sympathy. Monnie, rest in peace.

  2. Stephanie – We just wanted to express our sincere sympathy in the loss of Monica. We just saw it in the paper this morning. We both have lots of good memories of of our time we spent with her and Peggy when I was a DCFS. Our pool parties at Tom & Pegs, as well as going to the campground in Pana for some fun times. and all of our days we spent in Word Processing! Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Don & Carolyn

  3. Dear Stevie, Just want you to know that we are thinking of you at this sad time.


  4. Stephanie, I am so sorry to learn of Monica’s passing. I saw Connie Preston today and she informed me.

    We used to have such fun at Pana with Tom and Peggy and of course working together for years. I have good memories of her.

    My heart goes out to you at this time. You’re in my prayers.


  5. Glen and Family…………Brian just told me about Monica’s passing. I’m so, so sorry! I came through Athens a couple of days ago and every time that I did, I thought about you and Monica. Please call me if you get a chance. 632-2853

    Love, Deb

  6. Dear Monica, I wish you a speedy trip up to heaven. You were the sweetest person and I am priveledged to have known you. To you Stephanie, I know this is very hard for you but know she is happy in Heaven with Bob, looking down and forever watching over you, probably with some funny remarks to each other about you(unfortunatly for you!) If you ever need anything I am always here for you!

  7. Glenn sorry to hear about your loss. Haven’t seen you in years but do think about you all the time – where you are at and what you are doing. Would love to hear back from you.

  8. Just learned today, Stevie, of Monnie’s passing and am so very sorry for your loss. My husband and I were attending a retirement party for Bob Livingston, Flora grad and sports editor of the Mt. Carmel newspaper for 29 years, and Bob told me about her passing. I remember that Mrs. Uphoff had assigned the crowning of the FTHS Homecoming queen as my first big story for the school newspaper. I sat with your folks that Thursday night in the gym and watched Monnie take that walk up onto the stage. Gary and I ran into her years later in Carbondale where her husband was in school, I think. Hard to believe she’s gone, but heaven only knows we have lost so many good people already. I hope you are finding peace, Stevie, and that Monnie has found the greatest of all joys. Shirley Rohr Blackburn

  9. Stevie –

    Hot today in California so I decided to spend some time in the past. I was dismayed to learn of Monnie’s passing last year. Though I had not seen her in close to fifty years, she was my first love, and always occupied a special place in my heart. May she rest in peace, and may you find peace as well.

    Tim Thomas

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