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Lillian Marie Keupper, 102, of Gillespie, Ill., died at Heritage Health of Gillespie on Sunday, May 8, 2022. She was born Feb. 25, 1920, in Litchfield, to Hugo and Marie (Carroll) Keupper.

Lillian attended SS Simon & Jude Catholic School, Gillespie Community High School and Webster College. She was vice president for Peoples State Bank in Gillespie which later became United Community Bank from 1946-2000. She was the treasurer of the Gillespie Community School District 7 for 23 years, secretary of the Gillespie Public Library, secretary/treasurer of Holy Cross Cemetery and was active in many other organizations. She was the recipient of the 2001 Civic Achievement Award from the City of Gillespie.

She is survived by her cousin, Joseph (Cleo) Novak of Gillespie and their children, Ann Marie Sullivan of Springfield, Joseph Novak II of Gillespie and cousin, Diane Ray of Tucson, Ariz. Lillian was preceded in death by her parents and sister and brother-in-law, Dr. Rosemary and Dr. Robert Valle.

Friends may call on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at SS Simon & Jude Church in Gillespie from 9 until 11 a.m. A Funeral Mass will follow at the church at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Gillespie.

Memorials are suggested to SS Simon & Jude Church, Gillespie Public Library or Partnership For Educational Excellence District #7. Condolences may be left online at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie is in charge of arrangements.

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