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Nelda May Hassler

A Celebration of Life memorial service for Nelda May (Clayton) Hassler, of Savoy, Illinois, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 10, 2014, in the Savoy Room at the Windsor of Savoy,  401d W. Burwash Ave., Savoy. The Rev. Dr. Randy Gauger will officiate.

Nelda was born on January 6, 1920, in Hornsby, Illinois, the daughter of Harry and hasslerBernitia (Ahern) Clayton. She married Norman W. Hassler on June 13, 1943, in Blue Mound, Illinois. He preceded her in death on August 12, 2011.

Survivors include her two sons, John Michael (Mike) Hassler and his wife Marsha of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, and Kerry W. Hassler of Louisville, Colorado; daughter, Sheila Jane Scruggs and her husband Kirk of Huntsville, Alabama; sisters, Anna Belle (Clayton) Farrell of Mt. Zion, Illinois, Norma Jane (Clayton) Nail and her husband Henry of Litchfield, Illinois, and Bernitia (Clayton) Ward of Hillsboro, Illinois; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. 

Nelda graduated with high honors in 1942 with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from the University of Illinois.  After graduation, she taught in Danvers, Illinois until her marriage to Norman on June 13, 1943. Thereafter, she was a loving mother to her children Mike, Kerry, and Sheila in Decatur, Illinois until Norman was transferred in 1958 to a job within Eisner Food Stores in Champaign.

After her children were in college, she was an employee of Caldwell’s Printing Company in Champaign starting in 1967 for 15 years. 

In 2006, Nelda and Norman moved to Windsor Court in Savoy, where she lived until passing away on Monday, April 7, 2014, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Her hobbies included growing flowers (especially violets), gardening, teaching, painting, handicrafts, and simply enjoying life. Nelda was a member of First Baptist of Champaign (now First Baptist of Savoy) since 1958. 

Donations in her memory can be made to her church’s “Missions Outreach Fund” — (call 217-352-2240). 

Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign, is assisting with arrangements.

Condolences may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.


To Sheila, Mike, Kerry and family—

I’m very sorry to learn of your mother’s passing — I have very fond memories of the times I spent at your home and how gracious she always was. I always felt welcome in the busy household, and remember how everything was done with such care and competence. I am also sorry that I have a commitment tomorrow morning and cannot attend the service.

But, I would like to get in touch with Sheila if possible. If you would like, we could transfer the ceramic piece to you as I have been hoarding it since high school.

I thought I could no longer do math, as when I figured the number of years since we graduated from Champaign High, it came to 47 years and surely that is wrong. But no!

Best regards — Alice


My prayers and sympathy in the loss of your mom. I have long valued her friendship and the relationship both she and your father had with the First Baptist Church of Champaign/Savoy.

Lottie Nast