Bisch Funeral Home

2931 South Koke Mill Road, Springfield, IL


Cecelia Elodie Charlton

October 17, 1927January 14, 2020

Cecelia Elodie Charlton, 92, formerly of Springfield, passed away on Tuesday January 14, 2020 in Washington State.

She was born on October 17, 1927, in Springfield, Illinois, the daughter of the late Anton Michael Proves and Laurrena Mildred DeLoneno Proves. She married Edward Gerald Charlton on October 3, 1953, in Springfield, and he preceded her in death on May 7, 2000.

Survivors include daughter, Marie (Robert) Rudin, of Springfield; son Robert (Barbara) Charlton of Petersburg; daughters, Gerri Ripka, of Springfield, Becky Smith (Mike Vonnahmen), of Springfield and Florida; and Kristi (Nils) Lahr, of North Bend, Washington; one brother, Anton (Gloria) Proves, of Springfield; fifteen grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, seventeen great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Her husband, parents, and two sisters, Theresa L. Schoby and Margarite S. Ginder, preceded her in death.

Mrs. Charlton lived most of her life in Springfield, Illinois, and retired from the Chatham school district. She was a member of the South Side Christian Church. She loved and was proud of her big family. She had a wonderful sense of humor and an infectious laugh. She loved dancing, especially polka, and attended community dances with her friends through her eighties.

Services are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd., Springfield where visitation will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 from 9:30 am until time of the funeral service at 11:00 am. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer’s Association. Illinois Chapter.

Please visit the online "Life Remembered Story" at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.


  • American Diabetes Association
  • Alzheimer's Association


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 29, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 29, 2020


Cecelia Elodie Charlton

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Sharon Bryden

January 28, 2020

I have many fond memories of Ceil and all of them make me smile. We were neighbors for several years. During our conversations, she was always in a positive mood, complete with laughter and a twinkle in her eye. Ceil’s pet name for everyone was “kid”.

I especially remember Ceil’s devotion to Gerry during his illness. She would come over for a glass of tea and then hurry home to check on him, never complaining of being tired or annoyed.

I cherish my memories of Ceil and hope her family is comforted by their remembrances. She was truly one of a kind.

Alisha Anker

January 25, 2020

Where do I begin? I have what seems a childhood of memories growing up next door to Ceil, Gerry and the family. From grade school until I left home for college, she was there like a second mom for me. My fondest memory has to be her light-hearted spirit. She was always so positive and genuinely interested in what I considered to be the day-to-day happenings of life and growing up.

My heart and sincere sympathies go out to Kristi, Becky, Gerri, Bobby and Marie. She loved all of you and her entire family so much. I pray you’ll find peace.