CAIRO — Elvira Martha (Lampe) Althoff, a resident of Cairo since 1945, passed away at 4:55 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at the home of her daughter in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the age of 98.

She was born Aug. 11, 1919, in St. Louis, the daughter of Henry William and Martha Helen (Mueller) Lampe.

Vera was preceded in death on Aug. 22, 1986, by her beloved husband, Erwin Edward Althoff who was born Sept. 22, 1906. They were married Nov. 3, 1945, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Murphysboro.

Confirmed at Church of St. Cecilia in St. Louis, Vera was a longtime member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Olmsted and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cairo and was active in LutherAnns. Other memberships include the American Legion Auxillary and the VFW Auxillary for more than 55 years. During World War II she worked for Anheuser-Busch Munitions. She also worked for Brown Shoe Company and JC Penney Warehouses both in St. Louis, then in Cairo worked at McKesson Drug Company and Elias Family Center. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals Fan.

She was the beloved mother of Sharon (Richard) Peterson of Indianapolis and Charles Althoff of Cairo; beloved grandmother of Matthew Peterson, Lyn Peterson (Eric March), Anne Marie Peterson Turan (Jason), Cara Althoff (Shane Pribble), Whitney E. Althoff, Corey E. Althoff (Julie Sharp); and 11 great- grandchildren; sister-in-law, Lillian Lampe; nieces; nephews; and other relatives.

In addition to her husband and parents, Vera was preceded in death by all of her siblings, Harry J. (Gladys) Lampe, Albert W. Lampe, Monsignor Irvin S. Lampe, Mildred R. (Leonard) Gildehaus, and George (Bertie) Lampe.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, in St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Olmsted. Services will follow at 11 a.m. officiated by Pastor E. James Rivett. Burial will follow in Mound City National Cemetery.

The family has entrusted the arrangements to the Crain Funeral Home in Cairo.

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