Imogene Koelz, 100, of Highland died on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 at Faith Care Center in Highland.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4 and from 8 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, with the Rev. Gary Kniepkamp, pastor of St. Jacob United Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.
She was born on April 5, 1915 on Deck’s Prairie near Highland to Alvin and Milda (Zobrist) Gilomen. On Aug. 23, 1933, she married Gerald Koelz. He passed away on Feb. 22, 1998.
Mrs. Koelz attended Giger School. She and her husband farmed the Koelz Farm in St. Jacob Township, south of Highland, raising dairy cattle, grain and other livestock. She especially took care of her chickens, vegetable and flower gardens.
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She moved to Highland after her husband’s death.
She enjoyed playing cards (Jass), spending time with her grandchildren, and family was important to her and she loved to cook. She recently celebrated her 100th birthday at the Expo Building at the Madison County Fairgrounds.
Survivors include daughters, Delores J. “Dede” (Larry) Prott of Marine and Donna L. (Carl M.) Zobrist of Highland; grandchildren, Sheri L. (Jim) Eveland, Kelly J. (Craig) Ammann and Chad E. Zobrist, all of Highland; a grandson-in-law, Lonnie Meier of Troy; great-grandchildren, Kayla (Craig) Kniepmann of Pierron, Sara (special friend Cory Hopkins) Meier of Collinsville, Whitney Meier of Troy, Chelsey Ammann of Highland, Morgan Capelle of Highland, Ashton Zobrist of Highland and Reese Zobrist of Highland;step-great-grandchildren, Kristin (Derick) Payne, Colton Payne and Hayden Payne, all Highland.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; a grandchild, Gail Ann Meier, who died on Aug. 10, 2011; sisters, Gladys L. Clayton, who died on May 17, 2011, and Doris Halbert; and a brother, Richard A. Gilomen, who died on Sept. 19, 2000.
Memorials may be made to the Highland Area Community Foundation or HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation.