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Erika Rutledge

September 29, 1951 — May 18, 2016

Erika A. Rutledge, 64, of Alpha, Illinois, died Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at home surrounded by her family. Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Alpha United Methodist Church. Inurnment will follow at the Alpha Cemetery. Memorials may be left to the Alpha United Methodist Church or the Alpha Cemetery. Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be made at

Erika was born September 29, 1951 in Budapest, Hungary to Zoltan and Anna Andrassy Rethy. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1969 and attended Western Illinois University. Erika married Mark Rutledge June 7, 1970 in Springfield, IL. .

She was employed at the Rutledge Greenhouse beginning in 1970, where she had many job titles. For 20 years, she sold Longaberger baskets. Erika was a student aid at AlWood High School and most recently employed as a security monitor at Galesburg High School.

Erika was a member of the Alpha United Methodist Church.
She loved cooking, especially gourmet meals, hosting and entertaining events such as the Super Bowl and NASCAR races and making friends feel welcomed. Erika enjoyed being a Longaberger basket distributor.

Survivors include her husband, Mark; one daughter, Abi (fiancé, Larry Schaefer) Rutledge of Raleigh, NC; one sister, Ann (Dennis) Eastman; her mother, Anna Rethy, both of Lubbock, TX; one brother, Eric (Carol) Rethy of Yuma, AZ; in-laws, Dick and Doris Rutledge of Alpha, IL; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Zoltan Rethy and a brother, Ron.

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Service Details

Saturday, May 21st, 2016, 2:00pm, Alpha United Methodist Church

Interment Details

Alpha Cemetery

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