Fay A. Amelunke, 89, of Jackson passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017, surrounded by her family at the Monticello House in Jackson.

She was born November 21, 1927 in Jackson, the daughter of Leo and Frieda Maag Nussbaum. She and Otto M. Amelunke were married September 22, 1946. He preceded her in death May 10, 1985.

Fay was confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Gordonville, she was a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Shawneetown, and has been a longtime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilsit. She had been a Sunday school teacher many years and was very involved with Lutheran Family and Children’s Services, the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and the 4-H Club.

Fay worked as a nurse’s aide for 11 years at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau and was an avid quilter and gardner.

Loving survivors include her four children, John Amelunke of Gordonville, Rodger (Vicki) Amelunke, Jeanne (Curtis) Wills, and Steven Amelunke all of Jackson; 10 grandchildren, Barbara Kay Amelunke-Varner, John Eric Amelunke, Katie Amelunke, Lucas Amelunke, Derek Amelunke, Melinda Sorbello-Amelunke, Lyndsey Milam, Daniel Wooldridge, Amy Wooldridge, and Max Wooldridge; and 13 great grandchildren.

Also surviving are a brother, Robert Nussbaum of Jackson; four sisters, Vanna Hoyt and Joan Burns both of Jackson, Lora Henk of Ironton and Gladys Kraemer of St. Charles, MO;

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, two infant children, two brothers, Rudolph and Truman “Butch” Nussbaum, and four sisters, Viola Sadler, Dorothy Mateka, Nelda Craft, and Colleen Weisenborn.

The visitation will be from 4-8 pm on Tuesday, April 25th, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

The funeral service will be 10 am on Wednesday, April 26th, at the funeral home with the Rev. Mark Boettcher.

Interment will follow in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.

The family suggests that contributions be made to the Lutheran Family and Children’s Services or to Immanuel Lutheran Church at Tilsit.

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