Corinne Rae Grah

Corinne Rae Grah, age 86 of Glen Carbon, IL, born December 26, 1931 in Granite City, IL passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

Born during the Great Depression to Raymond and Emma nee Ede Grah, her childhood years were during World War 2. Used to sacrifice, she had many jobs during high school and through her entire life into her eighties. She married Eugene Jurgena on 9/23/1950. The marriage produced three children: Diane Rae, David Gene, and Daniel Lee. She divorced in 1955 and raised the three children on her own until she married Dorse Hudson 8/15/1959. They raised the children together on Dunlap Lake, Edwardsville, IL along with his son, Gary Hudson.

She was a Chief Budget Analyst for the Department of Defense for 33 years. During her late seventies, she acquired a paraprofessional degree and worked with special needs children, which was her favorite job. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and a lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Edwardsville, IL.

She was a political volunteer and activist for many causes, including fighting to repeal the GPO and WEP laws that were created during President Reagan’s era. She was an EEO counselor, member of the National Organization for Women, President of the Forgotten Elderly Americans, delegate for the National Silver Haired Legislature, and crisis center volunteer. Prior to her passing, she was working with the USPS to move mailboxes at the Eden Independent duplexes closer to the residents, so they would not have long walks.

Indeed, she was a warrior for social causes, a friend to strangers and those who knew her, and she had friends for a lifetime.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dorse Hudson; a son, David Jurgena; step-son, Gary Hudson; a brother, Raymond Grah, Jr.; and first husband, Eugene Jurgena.

She will be missed enormously by her surviving children: Diane (Davey) Busch and Danny (Suzanne Hubbard) Jurgena; grandchildren: Josh (Erin) Busch, Jeff (Shannon) Busch, and John Jurgena; and her most precious great grandchildren, who filled her last year with joy—Landon, Brody and Zoe Busch.

Memorial visitation will be from 9am to 11am on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Barry Wilson Funeral Home, Maryville, IL.

Memorial service will be at 11am following the visitation with Rev. Jared DeBlieck officiating. Her remains will be buried in Bartlett Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL next to her son, David. The repast will be at Metro Community Church in Edwardsville, after the service.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, who helped her during her early days, Vitas Hospice, who were with both her and David during their final days, to Trinity Lutheran Church in Edwardsville, IL or Metro Community Church in Edwardsville, IL as her final Christmas service was spent there.

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