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Christina Marie Stoudt

March 26, 1931 April 5, 2011
Christina Marie Stoudt
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Christina Marie Stoudt, 80, of Pekin passed away on Tuesday April 5, 2011 at Pekin Hospital. Born in Herrin, IL on March 26, 1931 to Louis and Alexandra Chiartano Rachino Sr. She is survived by her brother Louis (Karen) Ranchino Jr. of Savanna, IL, sister Caroline Rice of Herrin, nephews; Scott (Debbie) Rice, Michael (Brenda) Ranchino, Bryan (Jen) Ranchino, nieces; Wendy (Bruce) Franklin and Traci Ranchino and her great niece Kelsey Franklin and great nephews; Adam and Hayden Franklin and Andrew and Adam Ranchino. She also leaves behind her special friend and caregiver Dalinn Pomrenke of Pekin and her dog Annie, cats Shasha, Mr. Gray and Simon and the numerous other lives that she touched. Her parents, brother Donald Jean and brother-in-law Wendell L. Rice preceded her in death. Marie graduated from Herrin Township High School in 1948, received her Bachelors in Education from SIU in Carbondale and her Masters from Bradley University. She started teaching in 1952 in Southern, IL, Granite City and the rest of her career was with PCHS and District 108, retiring in 2001. Marie taught English and American History for over 30 years at Pekin High School and Edison Junior High, during which included being the President of the Teacher’s Union and Education Association of Pekin. She volunteered and supported Tazewell Protective Animal Shelter (TAPS), throughout her life and was an avid supporter for the international organization of Doctors Without Borders. She had traveled throughout the world which included Africa, Russia, Greece, Germany, France, Italy and Canada. She had and taught respect for all life, including all of her precious animals. While Marie never had biological children, she was a hero to her nieces, nephews and the thousands of students she taught. She was a champion of individual rights as she taught not to repeat mistakes that were made throughout history. She joyfully encouraged and watched children experience the “wonder of reading”. Her grace and love of life will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Private graveside services will be held at Herrin cemetery and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to T.A.P.S. animal shelter.

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