Mildred J. Koehler (Anstoetter), passed away peacefully in her home Monday evening, Sept. 11, 2023.
Milly loved her family – both immediate and extended – her many friends through the Decatur Elks, and her neighbors. Her strong faith was evident to anyone who knew her. Milly was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Chicago Bears, and the fighting Illini.
Born May 11, 1933, Milly lived the rural life with her nine siblings in the Epworth, IA area. She met and married the love of her life, Kenneth L. Koehler on Feb. 6, 1960. They raised four children: Dennis of Noblesville IN, Kim Cousin of Kankakee IL, Keith (Debra) of Kankakee IL, and John of Gravois Mills MO.
Grandma loved her grandchildren: Elizabeth Cousin, Nicole, Nathon, Ashley (Cameron) Lanting, Julia, Michelle (Ryan) Powell, Andrew (Meredith) Mueller, Grant (Hollie), Jack, and Lydia.
She also enjoyed her great grandchildren: Samuel, Maxwell, Georgia (Michelle); Julianna (Elizabeth); Roy (Ashley); and Blakely, Averee (Grant).
Milly is survived by four sisters-in-law: Marilyn Koehler, Joan Anstoetter, Shirley Anstoetter-Maiers, Monie Anstoetter; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Preceding Milly in death are her parents, Ben and Lidwina Anstoetter; her several siblings and their spouses.
Visitation is from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Monday, Sept. 18 with Mass at 12:00 PM at Our Lady of Lourdes, Fr. Rick Weltin, Celebrant. Immediately following mass, a graveside ceremony will be at Boiling Springs Cemetery, Decatur IL. A luncheon will be served at the Decatur Elks #401 at 2210 Hickory St.
Donations may be sent to either Illinois Elks Childrens Care Corporation, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Decatur IL, or Uplifted Care (Hospice), Kankakee IL.