Mary L. Remling

Mary Lou Remling, 82, of Carlinville passed away Tuesday morning, Dec. 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo.

Mary Lou was born on May 5, 1936, to Norman and Elsie (Clevenger) Utt in Carlinville. She was a graduate of Girard High School. Mary Lou married Lee E. Remling on Oct. 23, 1976 in Carlinville. She and Lee recently celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary.

Mary Lou was a self-taught pianist and played for numerous weddings and funerals in the area. She also played in several restaurants, and served as the pianist for over 35 years at Rural Methodist Church where she was a member. Mary Lou was an avid supporter of animal adoption and loved to read.

Mary Lou is survived by her husband, Lee Remling; three sons, Brian (Allie) Peterson of Kansas City, Mo., Jeffery (Lori) Peterson of Tucson, Ariz., and James Andrew “Andy” (Olga) Peterson; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a half-brother, John (Bobbie) Angelo of Mansfield, Texas; and step-siblings, Charles Allen (Betty) Angelo and Connie (Tom) O’Neil.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents; step-father, Gilbert Angelo; brother, Robert Utt; son, Stephen Peterson; and her first husband, Charles “Pete” Peterson.

Visitation was held on Sunday, Dec. 30, from 1-4 p.m. at Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville. Funeral services were held on Monday, Dec. 31, at 10 a.m. at Rural Methodist Church, with Rev. John Curtis officiating. Burial took place in Moore Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Rural Methodist Church or the donor’s choice of charity for pet adoption.

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Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville, is in charge of arrangements.