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Mary E. Whittenberg of Carbondale

  • Mary E. Whittenberg

    Mary E. Whittenberg

updated: 1/10/2022 12:12 PM

Mary E. Whittenberg, 97, of Carbondale, passed away peacefully at her home on Jan. 1, 2022. She was the first female supervisor of an Illinois driver's license bureau.

Mary was born Oct. 12, 1924, to Grace and Toy Knauss.

She is survived by her two daughters, Penny Clutts and Patti Peters; three granddaughters, Kelly Kerckhove (Tom), Kiley Peters (Kyle) and Paige Peters (Megan); and two great-granddaughters, Maddie and Cate Kerckhove.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John S. Whittenberg Jr., and her daughter, Janis L. Whittenberg.

Mary enjoyed traveling, reading, bowling, gardening, and the love of her many friends and family. A private burial will be at Alto Pass Cemetery, and a celebration of life will be held in the spring. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.

Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale is in charge of arrangements. To leave a story or memory of Mary visit

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