March 14, 1936 ~ October 20, 2022

Born in: Breese, IL
Resided in: Greenville, IL

Marge Childerson, 86, of Greenville, IL, passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at her home, surrounded by loving family. She was born to Erwin John and Margaret Anna (Wolters) Essenpreis, on March 14, 1936, in Breese, IL. She married Roger Milton Childerson, in Breese, on February 9, 1956. He preceded her in death on December 8, 2003.

Marge was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother, but the role she loved most was ‘Mom.’  She was most proud of her eight children. She was an amazing cook and could feed 4 or 40 people at the drop of a hat. Her door was always open, and you never left the dinner table hungry. Every Sunday was a family gathering at mom’s house.

She also taught and supervised at the Bond County Head Start in Greenville for over 30 years. She was lovingly referred to as ‘Miss Marge’ by her students and lavished as much love to her ‘kids’ as she did to her own eight children.  She was the premiere example of what motherhood was supposed to be.  Her most valuable possessions in life were her husband, children, grandchildren, and God. Her prayer list was extensive and never failing, as she prayed to St. Jude every night.

Marge was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers, Arthur, Ervin, Jim, Sylvester (Smokey), and John Essenpreis, sisters, Estelle (Nooks) Deien, Jane Tracy, Juanita (Nita) Peltes, and Betty Essenpreis, daughter-in-law, Ellen Jeanne (Corning) Childerson, and great grandson, Jackson Rain Kudyba.

She is survived by her children, Kimberlyn (Larry) Langel of Smithboro, IL, Michael T. (Anne Betscher) Childerson of Greenville, IL, Karan L. (Danny Carpenter) Belcher of Greenville, IL, Myra L. (Wayne) Mollett of Greenville, IL, Mark B. Childerson of Greenville, IL, Katherine R. (Tara) Childerson of Edwardsville, IL, Roger E. (Sherry) Childerson of Altamont, IL, Dwight D. (Mary) Childerson of Greenville, IL; grandchildren, Randi (Langel) Smith and Chad of Pocahontas, IL, Phillip Childerson and Brittany of Strongsville, OH, Laura (Childerson) Wufsus and Adam of Evergreen, CO, Peter Childerson of Denver, CO, Billie Jo (Matthews) Schofield and George of Mulberry Grove, IL, Cody Belcher and Lindsey Knapp of Mulberry Grove, IL, Samantha Belcher of Mulberry Grove, IL, Candice (Willman) Timmermann and Chris of Pocahontas, IL, Adam Mollett and Heather of Greenville, IL, Ross Willman and Ashley of Teutopolis, IL, Jason Mollett and Krystal of Greenville, IL, Kelli Jo Mollett and Doug Nicoson of Greenville, IL, Kirstie K. (Childerson) Dempsey and Ben of South Ridings, VA, Austen J. Childerson and Kalie Meadows of Highland, IL, Matthew Childerson and Sami of Altamont, IL, Jacob Childerson and Jenny of Waterloo, IL, Ann (Childerson) Walter and Zack of Decatur, GA, Simon Childerson of Collinsville, IL, Samuel Childerson of Phoenix, AZ, 36 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.

Visitation: Tuesday, October 25, 2022, from 4-7 pm, at Assalley-Young Funeral Home, 118 E. College Ave., Greenville, IL 62246.

Funeral: Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 11:00 am., at the Assalley Funeral Home, with Chaplain Bonnie Bohn, officiating.

Burial will be at Greene Cemetery, following the service.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Greene Cemetery, 280 Hug Cemetery Road, Pocahontas, IL 62275 and/or Bond County Hospice, 1520 S. 4th St. Greenville, IL 62246 and/or Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF), 215 W. Pershing Road, #300, Kansas City, MO 64108.

The family asks that donations, please, be made in lieu of flowers, plants, and other gifts to help support these worthwhile causes.

The family has entrusted Assalley-Young Funeral Home in Greenville with the ceremonies.

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Visitation: October 25, 2022 4:00 pm - October 25, 2022 7:00 pm

Assalley-Young Funeral Home
118 E. College Ave.
Greenville, IL 62246

Funeral Service: October 26, 2022 11:00 am

Assalley-Young Funeral Home
118 E. College Ave.
Greenville, IL 62246

Burial: October 26, 2022 12:00 pm

Greene Cemetery

Pocahontas, IL

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Marge Childerson's name.

Bond County Hospice

206 W. Main St.,
Greenville, IL

Greene Cemetery

280 Hug Cemetery Road
Pocahontas, IL

Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF)

215 W. Pershing Road, #300
Kansas City, MO

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  1. Ms. Childerson was a fantastic woman with the kindest of hearts. She never seemed to meet a stranger. She was proud of all her children. She touched many individuals while on this earth. Heaven got another angel. She will be missed by many. Prayers go out to her family and friends.

  2. Light a CandleKaran and Family
    We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Marge was a great lady.
    Van and Lora Vieregge

  3. I got to know Marge when I worked with Her in the Headstart Program in Greenville in the mid 1970s. She became a dear friend to Me and has remained so over the years. Although miles apart We remained friends and talking with Her always brought Me peace and comfort. I will miss Marge, but will always have fond memories of our friendship. ❤️

  4. My sincere condolences to all of Aunt Margie’s children. My mom Nita, and aunt Jane and aunt Nooks would frequently visit with her in Greenville. I am currently up in Iowa visiting with my daughter and grandchildren. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. All of her brothers and sisters are welcoming her with open arms along with Grandma & Grandpa Essenpreis… sending love ❤️ and prayers 🙏

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