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Paula Folkers

d. February 3, 2016


Paula Folkers, age 75, of Fancy Prairie, passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at her residence.

She was born December 11, 1940 in Athens, Illinois, the daughter of Paul and Mary Sawyer Wasilewski.

She married Myron Folkers on June 25, 1971 in Petersburg.

Paula is preceded in death by her husband, Myron and her parents.

She is survived by her daughter, Melissa (Mark) Bigger of St. Joseph, IL; granddaughters, Kate & Emily; two sisters, Judy Bryant of Athens and Susan (Dan) James of McKinney, TX; five nieces, Connie Stahl, Penny Irwin, Kristie Stoneking, Lona (Kerry) Patterson, Tara (George) Shatzer; one nephew, Darrin (Julie) Milner as well as several cousins.

Paula was employed by Athens School District as a custodian and bus driver for 39 years.

She was a member of the James C. Wade Post #129 American Legion Auxiliary in Athens and Greenview.  She was also a member of Athens Christian Church.

Paula served on the Athens Library Board for several years and was a member of Friends of Athens Library.

She enjoyed bowling, golfing, trap shooting, playing games and participating in activities with her close friends, and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Most of all, she enjoyed watching her grandchildren in their sports as well as attending Athens Warriors sporting events.

Visitation for Paula will be held on Sunday, February 7, 2016 from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM at Athens Christian Church and where funeral services will be on Monday February 8, 2016 at 10:00 AM.

Burial will be held at Joel Hall Cemetery.

Rev. Ken Gennicks will be officiating.

Memorials can be made to the Athens Public Library or Athens Sports Boosters Club.


  1. Susie, Judy, Melissa and family…”Yah-k she’s mahsh.” Paula was a free spirit, but had Polish toughness.. None of us knew Grandpa, but we knew Grandma Vincenta in a small way (Cuzz Phil made sure of that), and we knew Uncle Stanley (Footsie) and Aunt Mary (Foots), Uncle Ben and Aunt Nina, my dad and mom, Alex and Anne, Aunt Francis and Uncle Harry, Uncle Tony and Aunt Hazel, Uncle Joe (Hollywood) and Aunt Mary, Uncle John (Mr. Basketball) and Aunt Aleta, Uncle Bill (Whiskey Bill) and Aunt Amelia, and Uncle Paul and Aunt Mary E. All had obvious strengths and goodness, but none were devoid of faults. But the Wasilewskis were/are a hearty bunch without doubt. Numbers in our generation have declined from 33 to 14, and basically the hard times our parents survived have passed. Your hearts must be heavy with the loss of Paula; please know that she and each of you and your close families will be in my thoughts and prayers. I remember thinking your dad must be rich because he went to Florida, which is where Barb and I are now. Please extend our love and condolences. Love, Andy and Elaine Wasilewski.

  2. My heartfelt condolences go out to Paua’s family and friends. She was a wonderful person and always wore a smile. I have found memories of her when my son attended Fancy Prairie and when the “Fancy Prairie Gals” (which included my mother) became such a close group of friends. She will be deeply missed by all.

  3. My heartfelt condolences to Paula’s family. She was a wonderful women, always seemed full of fun!
    Praying that at this difficult time, in the midst of sadness, may your memories lighten your sorrow and put a smile upon your face.

  4. i am so sorry for the loss of the familly
    i remember when she would come pick me up on the bus at my grandmas house and the bus stop in fancy Prarie she will be missed may you R.I.P. Paula

  5. I was shocked and saddened to hear of Paula’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go her family.

  6. So sorry to the entire family. She will be missed by me and my whole family. The kids in Fancy Prairie will miss her. Rest in peace Paula.

  7. Dear Folkers Family,
    Paula was an amazing lady, but you already know that!
    She always had a chuckle and a smile on her face.
    No matter what sport she could be found in the bleachers for as long as I can remember, a true Athens Warrior Fan. Paula, you will be missed by everyone that knew you!
    Chris & Norman

  8. Melissa, and family, I am sorry for your loss and wish you well during this difficult time. I was just a scared little girl most of the time I was with your mother. I was afraid of everyone, and your mom was tough. Over time on bus rides with her and I alone, I learned about her soft side. Now as a mother around my childs playmates, I find myself thinking of her often from a new perspective. I find myself rough around the edges with these noisy kids! Lord, what patience your mom had… and dedication. Many blessings to you all.

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