Shirley A. Potthast, 88


Shirley Ann Potthast, 88, of Greenville, died on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, at 3:55 a.m. at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 512 S. Prairie St., Greenville. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, Jan. 28, beginning at 10 a.m. at the church with the Rev. Jeffery E. Stone officiating. Interment will follow at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery in Greenville. Assalley-Young Funeral Home in Greenville is assisting the family.

Mrs. Potthast was born July 6, 1933, in rural Greenville, to John Truman and Opal Odessa (Mollett) Morris. She married Gene Potthast on June 9, 1950, and he preceded her in death on June 7, 2013.

She graduated from Greenville High School and became a dairy farmer’s wife. She devoted her life to her family.

Mrs. Potthast was a people person, always willing to care for someone in need. She also worked for Bauer Fur Co., Greenville Elementary School Library and the Walmart Fabric Department in Highland.

She was a longtime member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, where she was active in the women’s group. She was also a member of the Bond County Home Extension for many years, and she ran the Bond County Fair Queen Pageant with her daughter for ten years.

Mrs. Potthast loved flowers and flower gardening. She would deliver flowers to those she wanted to thank and those who needed cheering up. Her apple pie was world famous, and her love for animals, especially cats, was endless.

She is survived by her children, Dennis (Patricia) Potthast, Denise Richter, David (Tami) Potthast and Diane (Tom) Paul, all of Greenville; grandchildren, Jennifer Riesmeyer, Stephanie Orms, Ashley Riechmann, Rachel Ann Poston, Ali Kuusisto, Austin Potthast and Hannah Paul; great-grandchildren, Hadley, Paige, Henry, Charlette, Emmett, Daxton, Lumi and Aveline; sister, Mary (Jack) McCleland of Holiday Shores; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Potthast was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Tommy Morris; sister, Carolyn Gaterman; and infant sisters, Wanda and Vada Morris.

Memorials may be directed to Bond County Humane Society, 2510 S. Elm St., Greenville, IL 62246 or Eden’s Glory, P.O. Box 164, Maryville, IL 62062.

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