Wendy J. Hartlieb, 49, of Highland died Thursday, April 23, 2015 at her home.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 27 at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28 at the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland, with Father Scott A. Snider, parochial vicar, officiating. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.
She was born on Jan. 18, 1966, in Heidelberg, Germany, to William M. and Betty M. (Allen) Craven. On June 22, 1991, she married Chris T. Hartlieb. He survives in Highland.
Mrs. Hartlieb attended Griggsville (Ill.) High School and was the valedictorian for her graduating class in 1984. In high school, she was a pitcher for the softball team and a member of the National Honor Society.
She was crowned Miss Pike County Fair Queen in 1983 and Miss Illinois County Fair Queen in 1984. She continued to be associated with pageants for years to come. She was pageant director for the Pike County Fair for five years and for the Madison County Fair for 20 years. She was also a member of the Illinois Association of Agriculture Fairs.
Mrs. Hartlieb graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1988 with a business degree. She then attended Sangamon State University, graduating in 1990 with an MBA in marketing.
She had been employed with Waylon Co. in advertising, the Vandalia Leader-Union newspaper, Naaco Printing in Greenville, Kloss Furniture and Thomasville Home Furnishings in Highland, and the last five years she worked at B-Line by Eaton in Highland. She was also the founder of WJH Creations (bling apparel).
She was “all about her family,” especially her children. She coached her daughter in softball and attended both children’s ball games. She loved her schnauzers, Kirsten, Bear and Baily. She was very active with Relay For Life of Highland and was an avid reader.
She was diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2014.
She was also a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland and the Highland Ladies Basketball Association, where she had been a former president.
Other survivors include her parents, who live in Griggsville, Ill.; a son, Geoffrey T. (significant other Alyse Duncan) Hartlieb of Highland; a daughter, Hannah M. (special friend Zachary Reinarman) Hartlieb of Highland; a brother, W. Darin (Pollee) Craven of Griggsville, Ill.; her maternal grandmother, Vivian M. Allen (nee Hillig) of Mission, Texas; her father- and mother-in-law, Gary G. and Karen (nee Twitty) Hartlieb of Carbondale; a sister-in-law, Jennifer K. Hartlieb of Carbondale; and nephews and nieces, Maxwell C. Howard and Ella K. Howard of Carbondale, and Dryden A. Craven and Francesca M. Craven of Griggsville, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Carroll R. Allen; her paternal grandparents-in-law, Glenn O. and Nadine M. (nee Loyet) Hartlieb; her maternal grandparents, Elmo W. and Neola M. (nee Crum) Craven; and her paternal grandparents-in-law, James B. and Ann F. (nee Yurdak) Twitty.