Nelda Rogene Callahan, 78, of Casey, IL passed away at 3:58 a.m. on Monday, June 18, 2012 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Coles County, IL. She was born October 11, 1933, in Martinsville, IL, the daughter of John C. Howard and Rose Harrell Howard. On April 25, 1953, she married Duane Eugene Callahan in Casey, IL. He passed away on January 7, 1994.
Survivors include son, Kurt Callahan and wife Candy of Casey, IL; daughter, Delena Winans and husband Greg of Slaughter, LA; brother, Drexel Howard and wife Edith of Marshall, IL; brother, Eddie Harrell Howard and wife Maryann of Litchfield, IL; step sister, Jeanne Cartheuser and husband Don of Indianapolis, IN; grandchildren, Tiffany Callahan Jones and husband Chris; Shane Winans; Stephanie Winans Ard and husband Matt; Justin Winans and wife Tonya; Doug North; Phillip North and wife Sommer; great grandchildren, Shane and Dillon Winans; Alex and Delaney Ard; Hannah, Haley and Hunter Winans; Robert Sanders and Layne and Jordyn North and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Rogene was a member of the First Baptist Church of Casey, IL; a former member of the Moose and a former Scout Leader. She had previously worked at the Ettlebrick Shoe Factory and in the local restaurants. Rogene and Duane were Jaycee Beauty Pageant Directors for many years.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at the Markwell Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Marsh officiating. Burial will follow in the Washington Street Cem., Casey, IL. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening at the Markwell Funeral Home, 200 N. Central Ave., Casey, IL.
Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, 101 E. Alabama St., Casey, IL 62420 or Heartland Nursing Center, 410 NW Third St., Casey, IL 62420.
Memorial tributes may be shared with the family at www.markwellfuneralhome.com. Markwell Funeral Home of Casey, IL is in charge of the arrangements.