OBITUARY

Merle N. Casolari

January 3, 1936August 10, 2018
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Merle N. Casolari 1936-2018 Springfield, Il-Merle Casolari 82, of Springfield, passed away at 9:30pm on Friday, August 10th, 2018 at the Lewis Memorial Christian Village Nursing home surrounded by her loving family. Merle was born on January 3rd, 1936 in Springfield, Illinois, the daughter of Edward A. Davis and Merle Davis. She married Albert B. Casolari Jr. on February 20th, 1959. Merle was a graduate of Springfield High and attended Brown’s Business College. She did some secretarial/ office work for two optometrists before deciding to become a homemaker. Merle and Al met while roller skating at the “Moonlight Gardens” skating rink which used to be located where Shop N Save on Wabash is. Her hobbies included roller skating, family games, family time and pets. Merle had a very deep faith in the Lord and was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Springfield. Merle was preceded in death by her father and mother and brother Edward. She is survived by her husband Albert Casolari, daughter Dawn James (husband, Edward), two granddaughters, Brooke James, Taylor James, and two great-grandchildren, Addelyn, and Logan, two brothers, Charles Davis, and John Davis, several nieces and nephews, and her loving Siamese cat, Pharaoh. She was truly an inspiration, devout Christian woman, loved her family, and was the love of Albert’s life. She will sadly be missed. Visitation will be on Tue. August 14 from 5p-7p at Bisch Funeral home 505 E Allen St, Springfield, Illinois. Funeral Service will be on Wed August 15 at 10:00am at Trinity Lutheran Church at 2nd and Monroe, Springfield, Illinois. Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Radtke will officiate. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery. Charity contribution can be made to American Liver Foundation or Trinity Lutheran Church. Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischandsonfuneralhome.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.

  • FAMILY

  • Albert Casolari, Jr., Husband
  • Dawn (Edward) James, Daughter
  • Merle is also survived by two granddaughters, Brooke James, Taylor James, and two great-grandchildren, Addelyn, and Logan, two brothers, Charles Davis, and John Davis, several nieces and nephews, and her loving Siamese cat, Pharaoh.

    Merle was preceded in death by her father and mother and brother Edward.
  • DONATIONS

  • American Liver Foundation
  • Trinity Lutheran Church

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, August 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 15, 2018
REMEMBERING

Merle N. Casolari

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Leigh and Mark Bennett

August 14, 2018

Dawn and family,
Thinking of you during this difficult time. I hope you find strength in your memories. Mrs. Casolari was such a sweet beautiful woman. Peace be with you. Hugs to you and your dad.

Robert Robinson

August 14, 2018

A wonderful Aunt who touched many lives just by knowing her. She was a perfect match for my Uncle Al and a great sister in law to my Mother, Shirley Casolari Park. Living so far away has kept meeting up with her diffucult, but all of our family will be reunited when we forever reside in God’s House. I will catch up to you soon Dawn, many memories to share and catch up with. God bless your parents for all they have meant to my mom!!

Cindy Davis

August 13, 2018

My favorite memory of Aunt Merle was when she would drive all of us nieces and nephews to center park at the Lake to play. Dawn so sorry for your loss, I am up in Wisconsin with my Aunt Pat and won’t be able to make it down to the services.

Patrick Devine

August 11, 2018

Merle was a very pleasant woman, I remember her always smiling. I know that her family was always supportive of her throughout her illness. I feel sad for the family and especially for her husband Al. I hope and pray she was not in any pain when she passed away. I will certainly keep Merle's family in my thoughts and prayers.

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Biography

Merle N. Casolari 1936-2018
Springfield, Il-Merle Casolari 82, of Springfield, passed away at 9:30pm on Friday, August 10th, 2018 at the Lewis Memorial Christian Village Nursing home surrounded by her loving family.
Merle was born on January 3rd, 1936 in Springfield, Illinois, the daughter of Edward A. Davis and Merle Davis. She married Albert B. Casolari Jr. on February 20th, 1959.
Merle was a graduate of Springfield High and attended Brown’s Business College. She did some secretarial/ office work for two optometrists before deciding to become a homemaker. Merle and Al met while roller skating at the “Moonlight Gardens” skating rink which used to be located where Shop N Save on Wabash is. Her hobbies included roller skating, family games, family time and pets. Merle had a very deep faith in the Lord and was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Springfield.
Merle was preceded in death by her father and mother and brother Edward. She is survived by her husband Albert Casolari, daughter Dawn James (husband, Edward), two granddaughters, Brooke James, Taylor James, and two great-grandchildren, Addelyn, and Logan, two brothers, Charles Davis, and John Davis, several nieces and nephews, and her loving Siamese cat, Pharaoh. She was truly an inspiration, devout Christian woman, loved her family, and was the love of Albert’s life. She will sadly be missed.
Visitation will be on Tue. August 14 from 5p-7p at Bisch Funeral home 505 E Allen St, Springfield, Illinois. Funeral Service will be on Wed August 15 at 10:00am at Trinity Lutheran Church at 2nd and Monroe, Springfield, Illinois. Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Radtke will officiate. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery.
Charity contribution can be made to American Liver Foundation or Trinity Lutheran Church.
Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischandsonfuneralhome.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.