Margaret " Anne" Gher

October 20, 1931 ~ June 9, 2021 (age 89)


Margaret "Anne" Gher, age 89, of Champaign, Illinois passed away on June 9, 2021. She was born in Paducah, Kentucky on October 20, 1931 to Gordon and Margaret (Crowell) Trobaugh.  She was raised in Carbondale, Illinois and graduated from Carbondale High School.  She met her husband, Thomas M. Gher in Carbondale and they were married December 21, 1952.  They raised 3 children, Linda, Leah, and Tommy.

She assisted her grandmother in running a boarding house for college students at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois (SIUC) until she graduated from high school.  She then worked in the Athletic Department at SIUC until she started a family.  Later, she worked for the Unit 4 School District in Champaign, Illinois and retired in 1992 from her position as an Attendance Secretary at Champaign Central High School.

She was a Maroon through and through along with Tom - proud of their SIU Carbondale roots and their days at Central. 

Anne treasured all of her friendships and met with them regularly.  From luncheons and movies with the ladies, to breakfasts and Friday night sports events followed by happy hours with Tom and their mutual friends.  She loved classic films and music along with a few favorite TV shows.  She always tuned into the Illini games and the St. Louis Cardinal baseball games.  She enjoyed growing plants, indoors and out.  She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.   She was very devoted to her family. 

Anne is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas M Gher, her parents, Gordon and Margaret Trobaugh, and her brother John Trobaugh.  She is survived by her children, Linda Gher of Champaign, Leah (Tracy) Stickels of Mahomet, & Thomas A (Joella) Gher of Champaign; grandchildren Nicole (Cory) Haltiwanger, Robert (Katie) Stickels, Jaime Broom, Ashley (Joel) Harms, & Joel (Sarah) Gher; and great-grandchildren Ava Haltiwanger, Harper and Aiden Stickels and Riley Harms.

The family of Margaret Anne Gher would like to thank the staff at Transitions Hospice for the love, support and care of Anne and our family during her illness and passing.

There will be no services at this time. Her final resting place will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Carbondale, Illinois.

The family has entrusted Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Champaign, Illinois 710 N. Neil Street Champaign, Illinois with her arrangements.

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