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Tara Weidhuner

d. November 1, 2023

Tara Weidhuner, age 50, of Springfield, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at her home surrounded by her family.

Tara was born April 17, 1973 in Springfield, Illinois, the daughter of Ronald and Karen (Nichols) Weidhuner.

Mourning her passing are her mother, Karen Weidhuner; sisters, Tami (Thad) Olson, Diane (Mike) Meador; nieces and nephews, Taylor (Cassie) Olson, Traci Olson, Trevor Olson, Trent Olson, Joshua Meador, Rachel (Ridge) Redfairn, and Caleb Meador.

She is preceded in death by her father, Ronald; aunt, Barbara Peddicord; and grandmother, Louise Nichols.

Tara graduated from Athens High School and Lincoln Christian College.

She worked for State of Illinois Secretary of State at Department of Motor Vehicles and Secretary of State Police for over 20 years.

Tara was a member of the Athens Christian Church and upon moving to Springfield, she became a member of Westside Christian Church in Springfield.

She was a big supporter of the Animal Protective League in Springfield.  She loved her cats, owning many throughout her life.  Another passion of hers was traveling to Pensacola, Florida to see the Blue Angels with her dad.

Cremation rites will be accorded.  Visitation for Tara will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens.  Memorial services will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the Athens Christian Church.

Private burial will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Animal Protective League; 1001 Taintor Road; Springfield, IL 62702.


  1. Karen, you your family are definitely in my prayers at this time. Tara was such a sweet Christian women with a lovely smile. I know she will be missed by many.
    Terry Henrikson

  2. Thoughts and prayers with family at this, Tara was wonderful person, she will always be missed never, but never forgotten.

  3. So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers.

  4. Tara was a significant part of our Children’s Ministry in past years. She served selflessly. Your loss saddens my heart and I’m praying for God’s comfort and peace to completely fill your heart in the days ahead.

  5. So sorry for your loss praying for your family.She was beautiful soul.she will be missed.

  6. Walked on break mornings at dirksen wonderful person talking about sunshine and florida

  7. Karen,
    You are in my prayers she was such a fighter thru her life and medical issues. I got to know her well working with her. She is with the lord in with no pain. She will be missed.

  8. My deepest heart to you Karen and family. My grandparents LOVED Tara and called her “mighty mouse” for a reason!

    We enjoyed being in a play together, seeing Phantom of the Opera together, and a few other adventures in this life. I particularly will hold dear her love for music and her voice and listening to her sing so many times during our college years.

    Long may she be remembered as someone who was not about selfish gain, but giving so much of herself to others and her beloved furbabies.

    Rod Lane
    Springfield IL

  9. My deepest condolences go out to Karen, Tami, and Diane…. Asking God to grant each of you the peace that only He can give during this time! 💕🙏💕

  10. We are very sorry not to be there today. Tara was so special to our family. We have fond memories with her. May the Holy Spirit hold you all close in the days ahead.

  11. My heart goes out to you abd your family Karen. All are in my prayers!

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