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Juanita Airhart
(03-17-1933 - 03-22-2015)

Juanita Airhart
St. Charles - Juanita Airhart, 82, passed peacefully on March 22nd surrounded by her family. She was born on March 17, 1933 in Oneonta, Alabama and graduated from Blount County High School in 1951. Shortly after graduation she moved to Illinois. Early in 1954 Juanita met the love of her life, Chuck Airhart, at the roller rink in South Elgin. They were married on Christmas Eve, 1954, and lived in South Elgin and Elgin for many years. For many years Juanita was a member of South Elgin Community United Methodist Church. In 1999 Juanita moved to St. Charles. Juanita was a hard-working mother who started work at an early age and worked for many years as a bookkeeper at Sears in Aurora and Elgin, Bunge's, Norton and Hines, N&H Electronics, and Reeve Cadillac in Elgin. She retired after working at Senior Services in Elgin for 15 years. Juanita loved to cook and bake for her family and friends and they LOVED to eat everything she prepared! She was also a voracious reader of mystery novels, reading almost a book every day. When she wasn't reading or cooking she enjoyed watching The Animal Planet and following the weather around the world on The Weather Channel.
She was a beloved "momma" to her grandchildren and "great momma" to her great-grandchildren. Juanita is survived by her daughters Tami (Jim) Bone, Millie (Jeff) Klinnert, both of St. Charles, grandchildren Katrina (Zach) Steffes of North Aurora, Michael Bone of St. Charles, and great-grandchildren Solana Steffes of North Aurora and a new great-grandbaby due any day. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Bob (Cheryl) Airhart of Aurora, and sister-in-law Dolly (Bob) Scanlan of Elgin as well as many nieces and nephews.
Juanita was preceded in death by her husband Chuck in 1980, her parents, Clarence and Letie Pearl Sanders, her brothers, Junior, Billy Joe, and Bobby C. Sanders, and sisters, Frances Chamblee and Irene Stewart, and sister-in-law Betty Sanders, and sister-and brother-in-law Mary and Elmer Hecht.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. in the Laird Funeral Home, 310 S. State St., Elgin. Interment will follow at Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 4-8 p.m. in the funeral home and on Monday morning from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Salvation Army, 1710 S. Seventh Avenue, St. Charles, IL or CNS Home Health & Hospice, 690 E. North Avenue, Carol Stream, IL 60188. 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.

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