Born: December 2, 1930 - Deceased: October 9, 2021
Earlene Davis Voigt, 90, of O’Fallon, IL, born Tuesday, December 2, 1930, in East St. Louis, IL, passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at her residence.
Earlene was the only child of Ernie Frank and Florence Morgan Davis. She grew up in a close-knit community where she began her lifelong craft of making friends and building connections. A member of the Greatest Generation, Earlene shared fascinating stories about life during the Depression and World War II. She attended Hawthorne School, Lansdowne Junior High, East St. Louis Senior High School (Class of 1948) and Miss Hickey’s Secretarial School. Earlene was employed by Price Waterhouse for 16 years, advancing from stenography to secretary for two partners. Watching the rise of the Gateway Arch from her boss’ office was a fond memory of those years.
After some ill-fated golf lessons, Earlene ran into her instructor, Clarence Fielding Voigt, during a 1964 World Series game at Sportsmen’s Park. Their courtship commenced, and Clarence and Earlene were married the next year on December 27, 1965.
Earlene loved people! She made many friends over the years through school, career, volunteering, club work and everywhere she went. Earlene enjoyed membership in and was elected to the Presidency of the Junior Wednesday Club, Junior Service Club (Life Member), Excelsior Club, Thursday Literary Club and her beloved P.E.O. Chapter EY (to which she was initiated in April 1969). As a 50-year member of First United Presbyterian Church, Earlene served as an Elder, taught Vacation Bible School and was still active in her treasured Lamplighter Circle.
With legendary enthusiasm and a generous heart, Earlene was quick to include others, connect people and cook up some fun. She was gifted with charisma and the ability to build instant rapport, which she used with sincerity to affirm others and make them feel special. Earlene had an incredible memory, especially for the details of her friends’ lives – their children and grandchildren, their jobs or where they grew up. She always made the effort to smile and offer a kind word, which is why she continued to make new friends throughout her life.
Deeply faithful and with an abundance mentality, Earlene had an endless supply of good will for her fellow man and taught lessons in optimism and friendship by the way she sprinkled joy as she lived out her days.
Earlene’s interests included Cardinals baseball (a passion kindled with her Dad at Sunday doubleheaders), the Muny (and a love of musicals) and the Symphony Pops. She also enjoyed the splendor of sunsets and the beauty of fall leaves.
As the last surviving member of her generation on both sides of her family, Earlene only wished the other grandparents could have shared the joy of watching their three grandchildren grow up.
Earlene was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, her parents, her son-in-law’s parents (Richard Charles and Virginia Davis Strand) and many special cousins on both the Davis and Morgan sides of her family.
She is survived by her beloved daughter and son-in-law, Cecelia Curran Voigt Strand and Richard Andrew Strand, and by her grandchildren whom she cherished – Caroline Davis Strand, Andrew Fielding Strand and Ryan Ernest Strand. She also leaves behind nieces, nephews, many second cousins and a legion of dear friends.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials to the any of the following organizations would be appreciated: First United Presbyterian Church, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – Kansas and Missouri Chapter or P.E.O. Education Loan Fund.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 pm Friday, October 15, 2021, at the Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL and from 10:00 – 11:00 am Saturday, October 16, 2021, at First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, October 16, 2021, at First United Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Rob Dyer officiating. Private family interment at Valhalla Gardens of Memory.