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Eufemio (Fem) B. Talavera

Eufemio (Fem) B. Talavera, 92 of 2912 W. William St., Champaign, Ill., passed away at 8:30 p.m., Thursday (Sept. 17, 2020) at home.

Fem was born Sept. 16, 1928, in Mojon Malolos Bulacan, Philippines to Timoteo and talaveraFelisa Talavera. He married Benita Canlas in 1951 in the Philippines. She passed away. He married Rosita Benitez on June 17, 1985, in the Philippines. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Lucia (Luz) Talavera of Las Vegas, Nevada and Elizabeth (Lisa) Wilkins of Champaign, Ill.; three surviving sisters, Librada Abanero of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Eugenia Aurora Talavera and Felisa Talavera, both of Champaign, and the youngest brother Stephen Talavera of Houston, Texas.

Also survivors include grandchildren: Lowell Dizon, Christian Dizon, Clarissa Dizon, and US Air Force A1C Rajkaran (RK) Singh; great-grandchildren, Lauren Dizon and Alexys Dizon.

He was preceded in death by one daughter Cecilia Singh, brother, Sotero Talavera and three sisters, Josefa Nicdao, Epifania Flores and Andrea Cortez.

Fem was a civilian employee of Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines for 31 years as a Budget Analyst and also was employed by Wesley Jessen which merged with  Schering Plough as Department Head for 20 years. He enjoyed reading books, loved politics and sports, and as a hobby, he loved putting together the family tree. He looked forward to  family get-togethers and Friday afternoons playing Chinese Checker (Mahjong) with friends.

Visitation will be at Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm St. Champaign, Ill. on Sept. 22, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for family viewing, and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for public viewing.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive, Champaign, at 10:00 a.m.  Mass will be officiated by Msgr. Stanley Deptula. Interment follows at St. Mary’s Cemetery, St. Mary’s Road, Champaign IL 61820.

Wearing of masks will be required at the funeral home and at the church.

View the online obituary and send condolences to the family at www.HeathandVaughn.com.


Dear Rose and family,

I pray all are comforted in their mourning and eternal rest to your husband. United in prayer.

Aimee Fleming (former adoration coordinator at St. Matts)