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11/17/2020 9:41:00 AM
Ada Jean Callan
January 20, 1929 - November 15, 2020
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Ada Jean Callan, 91 of Stonington, passed away at 11:35 p.m. on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

She was born on January 20, 1929 in Decatur, the daughter of Harry and Corinne (Siehr) Garwood. She married John James Callan on June 7, 1950 in Columbia, Missouri. He preceded her in death on March 11, 2005.

Mrs. Callan was a very active part of the Callan family farm, assisting in all parts of the operation including the bookkeeping. She received her associate degree from Columbia College. She was a dedicated member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, serving in many roles including the Altar and Rosary Society, Parish Council President, and helping with the annual steak dinner. She served as a 4H leader for several years.

Jean previously served as the President of the Illinois Angus Auxiliary. She was very interested in genealogy, having documented the history of both the Callan and Garwood side of her family. She was involved with the Christian County Genealogical Society where she helped with the persimmon festival and fundraising dinners. She also enjoyed gardening, bird watching, and quilting, but more than anything she was dedicated to her family.

She is survived by her children: Michael Callan (Marcia) of Stonington, Daniel Callan (Connie) of Stonington, William Callan (Cyndi) of Springfield, Joseph Callan of Assumption, Paul Callan (Stefani) of Assumption, Leo Callan of Escondido, California, Mary VanGeison of Stonington, Patricia Striplin of Stonington, Ann Averette of Taylorville, Susan Shivers (Kenny) of Taylorville, Rita Callan of Stonington, and Eileen Naughton (Frank) of Elk Grove Village; 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren and brother-in-law: James (Wilma) Callan of Monett, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter: Cathy Callan; grandson: Sam VanGeison; granddaughter: Kathryn Anderson; brother: Robert Garwood, wife Mildred; daughter-in-law: Linda Callan; and son-in-law: Bob Striplin.

Mrs. Callan will be cremated, and a due to the pandemic, a private family memorial mass will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington on Saturday, November 21 at 10 a.m. Inurnment will take place in the Old Stonington Cemetery.

Friends are welcome to join with the family for the comital service at the cemetery at approximately 11a.m. on Saturday.

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Jean, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at

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