Claire Rebekah Gelfius, 13, of Dahlgren, died 12:10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at her home in Dahlgren. She was born Friday, Oct. 11, 2002, in Belleville, the daughter of Glenn and Robin (Letterle) Gelfius. She is survived by her parents, Glenn and Robin Gelfius of Dahlgren; brother, Cole Gelfius of Dahlgren; grandmother, Mary Lou Letterle of Mt. Vernon; aunts, Linda Swinford and husband Bob of Dahlgren, Helen Mullins and husband Gary of Dahlgren and Renee Baldwin of Dahlgren; and uncles, John Letterle and wife Sondra of Horse Shoe, N.C. and Jim Letterle of Plainfield. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Floyd and Laura Gelfius and Robert Letterle; and uncle Jeff Letterle. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Little Chapel Church in Harrisburg with Pastor Lee Graham and Pastor Ed Nenonen officiating. Interment will be at Richardson Hill Cemetery in Dahlgren. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Little Chapel Church in Harrisburg. Morning visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church. Claire was a ray of sunshine from the moment she burst onto the scene on Oct. 11, 2002. She was homeschooled all her life and loved it. Being home meant she could be with her animals all day. She wanted to turn the family farm into an animal rescue shelter. She had more compassion than anyone her family knows. She was known for her smile and happy disposition. She loved being outside playing with her friends Andrea, Thea, Gabby, Quenton and Felicia. She loved jumping off the barn roof, swimming in the creek near the bluffs, hitting the wiffle ball with her daddy and having him push her on the swing in the front yard. Her daddy called her his little sunshine. We know she is in heaven playing with her beloved dog, Rosie. Claire touched hundreds of lives in her 13 years. She will be greatly missed! For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Centralia Humane Society and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, IL 62864. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.
Published on  February 9, 2016