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Irma M. Eichel

Birth Date: December 29, 1935
Death Date: January 15, 2018

Irma M. Eichel, 82, of Decatur, passed away Monday, January 15, 2018 in Fair Havens Village.

Irma was born December 29, 1935 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Gustuv and Anna Pruss. She taught school for many years with DPS#61 and was a member of Moundford Free Methodist Church. Irma married Donald F. Eichel on August 15, 1959 in Decatur. He preceded her in death January 26, 2015.

Irma leaves behind her sons Timothy Mark (Lora) Eichel and Bruce (Chris) McDonald, grandchildren, Kyle Dobbs, Andy Eichel, and Chase Shanle, and eight great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother Heinz Pruss, and grandson Brandon Tuvell.

Services to celebrate Irma’s life will be 11:00 AM Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Entombment will be in the Pieta Mausoleum at Graceland Cemetery.

Arrangements by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Avenue, Decatur, IL. View the online obituary and send condolences to the family at

Celebration of Life
January 18, 2018
11:00 am
Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL 62526
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January 18, 2018
Pieta Mausoleum at Graceland Cemetery
Decatur, IL
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Visitation prior to ceremony
January 18, 2018
10:00 am
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Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. I loved Irma. She was like my other sister when we were growing up. She is in many pictures with our family. Then she even married my cousin, Don Eichel, and wore my wedding dress on her wedding, which was only a few months later than our wedding. We went on several trips together, along with her brother, Heinz Pruss. We communicated by mail and telephone for many years until she could no longer keep it up. We loved her and Don dearly! We had a special bond together, and we will greatly miss her. We know she is now safe in the arms of JESUS!

  2. Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss. Irma and I were close school friends in the middle elementary grades. Our paths took different directions after that but I am thankful that we were able to visit once again shortly after she moved to Fair Havens.
    My prayer is that you will find comfort in your memories of your loved one.

    Shirley Reed Ballance
    Beardstown IL

  3. I remember years ago when I first started attending Moundford Free Methodist Church, (1978) how sweet they were. Just loved their smiles and friendly manners.. Such huge blessings to all they met. Very happy she is now healed and surrounded by all who love the Lord – AND that she is now able to visit with Christ in person!!!. I also realize, though, it's hard to lose a loved one for those of us still on this earth….BUT one of these days, if we love our Lord, we also will be with them, visiting, laughing, and thanking the Lord for all he has done for us (and will eternally continue to do). What a HUGE BLESSING to love our Lord. And she sure did. 🙂 Deborah Trexler Mayo

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