Laura Belle Chlebus, 85, of Hewitville, Illinois, passed away on Friday, October 6, 2017, at Taylorville Care Center. She was born on January 20, 1932, in Taylorville, Illinois, the daughter of Elba and Myrtle (Knauff) Christian. Laura married Joseph Michael Chlebus on April 3, 1948. The couple had four children. Laura was employed at GE in Decatur and Walmart and Service Advantage in Taylorville. Laura was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Christian, a sister, Marilyn Christian, and two daughters, Teresa M. Szkutnik and Regina C. Hughes.
Laura is survived by a son, Joseph G. (Paula) Chlebus of Taylorville and a daughter, Maralyn M. (Jim) Cavatorta of Tovey, as well as four grandsons: Jimmy Cavatorta of Tovey, Joseph (Jill) Chlebus of Taylorville, Jordan (Markie) Chlebus of Taylorville, and Mike Hughes of Stonington, and two granddaughters, Andrea (Van) Lewis of Springfield and Ashley (Gerry) Rodden of Taylorville. Laura also has four great-grandsons and four great-granddaughters.
Laura had kept horses in the past, which she enjoyed riding. She liked feeding and watching the birds and squirrels in her yard, and was an excellent gardener, having won several awards for her flowers. She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Interment was t Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences to the family.