Alverta Eileen Holsheiser, 95

Alverta Eileen Holsheiser, 95, a resident of Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community, formerly of Springfield, Ill., died at 1:23 a.m. Sunday, May 27, 2012, at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community.

She was born on April 26, 1917, in Girard, Ill., the daughter of Otis and Vega (Shull) Riffey, and they preceded her in death.

On Dec. 10, 1937, she married Charles H. Holsheiser, and he preceded her in death on April 7, 1999.

She is survived by her daughter, Carol Lynn (Marlen) Yost of Celina; one sister, Evelyn Trover of Springfield, Ill.; two grandsons, Kyle (Donna) Yost of Babson Park, Fla., and Jason (Jennifer) Yost of Bluffton; five great-grandchildren, Lauren, Kristen, Gabrielle, Hannah and Addison Yost.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Otis L. Riffey.

Alverta was a 1935 graduate of Springfield High School in Springfield, Ill. She was a homemaker and a longtime member of the Church of the Brethren in Springfield.

Alverta was a longtime member of the Springfield Municipal Choir and was a Meals on Wheels volunteer for many years. She and her husband moved to Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community in 1991 and were members of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Celina.

Funeral rites will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Meyer Community Chapel on the campus of Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community. Alverta’s two grandsons will officiate the funeral rites.

Graveside burial rites will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Girard, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to Otterbein St. Marys Benevolent Care Fund. Condolences may be sent to the family via

Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, St. Marys, is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.