Gertrude Cecilia (McGuire) Scherrer

Born: Thu., Nov. 17, 1921
Died: Tue., Mar. 20, 2018


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Mar. 25, 2018
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Mar. 26, 2018
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church

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    Gertrude Cecilia (McGuire) Scherrer, after a full earthly life of 96 years was born into a new life on March 20, 2018 at the Eldorado Rehab and Health Care in Eldorado, IL.  Gertrude’s journey of life began on November 17, 1921, at Pond Settlement in Gallatin County,  the daughter of John and Cecilia (Devous) McGuire, who preceded her in death.  During her childhood years, she moved to Harrisburg, IL with her parents and her younger sister, Bernice.  After graduating from Harrisburg High School in 1940, she began working at Kresge’s Five and Dime Store, where she eventually became an assistant manager  in Harrisburg.     
     Gertrude and Bernice would often travel by train to Chicago, IL to attend dances  held at the Aragon and Trianon Ballrooms. They would dance to the music of many well known Swing Bands of that era, such as Lawrence Welk, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey.  While there, they would stay with either their Aunt Katherine Bouillon or Aunt Mary Frey, their mother’s sisters.     
      She first met Thomas P. Scherrer of Shawneetown at a CYO dance. He courted her in a Piper Cub airplane and they fell in love and were married on November 28, 1946.  After building a new home at the corner of Townshend Avenue and McLean Rd. in Shawneetown, they began their family of five children, all who survive: Fr. Carl Emmett Scherrer (Columbia, IL); Linda Kay Scherrer (Harrisburg, IL); Dorothy Jean (Bruce) Bielat  (Hoffman Estates, IL); Joanne Margaret (Rush) Davis (Sullivan, IN); and Madonna Marie (Peter) Harris (Mount Zion, IL). 
     Gertrude’s friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family were all very important to her.  She enjoyed visiting,  playing cards, attending community events, traveling with her family, and shopping.  Her very special friend and neighbor was Lucille Mitchell, who preceded her in death. Gertrude had been an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Shawneetown and other local community groups.  
     Gertrude was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas P. Scherrer, who died on July 31, 1964, at the age of 51; and an infant sister, Mary McGuire.  After her husband's untimely death, she continued to totally dedicate herself to raising her five children.  She worked at the Gallatin County Courthouse in the Circuit Clerk’s Office until she retired in 1993.  Gertrude remained in the family home until she moved to Brookstone Estates assisted living facility in Harrisburg in May of  2005, where she resided until January of 2010, when she then became a resident of  Eldorado Rehab and Health Care in Eldorado, IL.  
     Other survivors include her sister, Bernice (McGuire) Lawler of Ridgway, IL; and her 8 grandchildren: Janna Bielat and Matt Thierry (Geneva, IL); Jeremy Bielat & Sarah (Hanover Park, IL); Keith Bielat (Phoenix, AZ);  Ethan Davis & Marci (Plainfield, IN); Kathleen (Davis) 
Hernandez & Eric (Indianapolis IN); Natalie (Davis) Scherle & Jon (Terre Haute, IN); Shawna (Harris) Breslin, & David (San Francisco, CA) ; and Tess (Harris) MacKichan & Ian (Urbana, IL).  In addition, Gertrude leaves behind seven great-grandchildren: Jack Sullivan, Roxanne Elizabeth, & Graham Michael Davis of Plainfield, IN; Aubrey Louise & Hadley Jade Scherle of Terre Haute, IN;  Adelaide Mae Bielat & Aidan of Hanover Park, IL and many nieces and nephews.   
    A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (665 Marshall St.) in Shawneetown on Monday, March 26th at 11 AM with Fr. Carl E. Scherrer presiding.  Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Parish cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday, March 25th, at  St. Mary’s Church in Shawneetown from 4 – 8 PM, with the rosary being prayed at 7:45 PM; and on Monday, March 26th, from 9 AM until the time of the funeral at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Shawneetown, Hospice of Southern Illinois, or donor’s preference. Vickery Funeral Chapel in Shawneetown is in charge of arrangements.   

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Maryanne Humm
   Posted Wed March 21, 2018
It is with a sad heart that I send this message of condolence to you children. Your mother was a delightful lady to know and I so appreciated her friendship when we were neighbors on Townsend in Shawneetown. May your sadness be lightened knowing that she is with her Lord and now in a heavenly place.

Gail Stanelle Wenzel
   Posted Wed March 21, 2018
So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Will remember you all in my prayers.

Debbie Febuary Via
   Posted Wed March 21, 2018
You have my condolences on your loss.

Lisa Shively Bates
   Posted Wed March 21, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Your mom was such a sweet lady and will be remembered as such by everyone who knew her.

Susan Williams
   Posted Thu March 22, 2018


The Frank and Madge Scherrer's, Jim & Carol, Joe & Lynn, Jerry & Betsy, Susan, MaryAnne & Doug and families, Rest in Peace, Aunt Gertrude

Joyce Scherrer Fornes
   Posted Thu March 22, 2018
In deepest sympathy, I'm sorry to hear about your mother, yet she lived a beautiful life.
I have wonderful memories of the times at your home.

Terry Strong
   Posted Thu March 22, 2018
My sympathy to all of you on the passing of your mom. She will be remembered by many Shawneetown people. She stayed active for most of her life and raised a wonderful family. She seemed to have lived a joyful life.

Rev. Bob Goddard, Columbia Clergy Association
   Posted Thu March 22, 2018
On behalf of the Columbia Clergy Association, I send much love and prayers. Carl is a very special member of our community and we asked about his mother whenever we gathered. Know that soul of Gertrude and her surviving family members will be remembered in the prayers of the congregations we serve.


Bill Rister
   Posted Thu March 22, 2018
Remembering all of you. Lots of good memories with your family. My deepest sympathies to all of you. It's hard to lose your mother. God Bless.

Kathy Wilson Ghahkenshah
   Posted Fri March 23, 2018
My sympathy and prayers to Fr. Carl and family. May Mrs. Scherrer rest in peace. She was a wonderful person.

Anita Scherrer
   Posted Sun March 25, 2018
A beautiful person - a beautiful life! My prayers to all her family.

Diane Graves
   Posted Tue April 10, 2018
Please accept my sympathy on the passing of your mother. I feel I knew her very well in our days at the courthouse. She was not only your mother, but a friend to many, including me. I always feel I was able to share part of my life with each of the daughters in someway; in a memory that is very precious.

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