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B. Harlean Veech

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[January 21, 2017]  CORNLAND - B. Harlean Veech, 81, passed away at 10:05 a.m. on December 29, 2016, at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mount Pulaski.

Visitation: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, January 4 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski

Service: 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home

Funeral home: Fricke-Calvert-Schrader, Mount Pulaski


B. Harlean Veech, 81, passed away at 10:05 a.m. on December 29, 2016, at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mount Pulaski.

Harlean was born on March 28, 1935, in Lincoln; daughter of John Harris and Anna Elizabeth (Field) Bryson. She married Delmar Lee Veech on October 3, 1953, in Cornland. He preceded her in death on May 26, 2016.

Harlean is survived by her children: Marcia (Chuck) Meyer of Indianapolis, IN, Monica Edgecomb of Rochester, and Jason (Annette) Veech of Springfield, her sisters, Sheila (Kent) Anderson of Sunrise Beach, MO, and Carla (Wayne) Clark of Lake Fork, one sister-in-law: Priscilla Veech of Forsythe, nine grandchildren: Amy (Jason) Dumo; Emily (Jim) Willan; Matthew (Julie) Shelton; Casey (Ethan) Murphy; Jenna Edgecomb; Mollie (Sean) Finn; Kyle (Nicole) Veech; Jadon Veech; Gage Veech; five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Harlean began her career after graduation from high school as a bookkeeper at Springfield Marine Bank in Springfield. After moving to Florida, she worked as a Teller at Community Federal Savings and Loan Association in Jupiter, Florida. Upon returning to Illinois in 1965, she built a 35-1/2-year-long career as Postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service in Cornland, Illinois. During her latter postal career, she owned and operated Flowers & Fantasies in Mount Pulaski, Illinois, for seven years.


Through the years, Harlean served in many civic and social organizations within her community. During her postal career, she served as: Secretary/Treasurer of the Illinois Branch of the National League of Postmasters; Secretary of the National League of Postmasters’ Executive Board in Alexandria, VA; and Director of Meetings and Conventions for the National League of Postmasters for 30 years. She received many prestigious awards during her postal career, one in particular, the Oscar Pogue Award—the highest honor awarded to any member of NLP. Harlean and Delmar enjoyed traveling to many national cities, took many cruises and visited ancestors in Ireland.

Services for Harlean will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 5, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski with Mark Weber officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2017, also at the funeral home. Burial at Mount Pulaski Cemetery will follow the service.

Memorials may be made in Harlean’s name to the Mount Pulaski Christian Church or donor’s choice.

Serving as her pallbearers are; her grandsons, Matthew Shelton, Kyle Veech, Jadon Veech, and Gage Veech, her grandson-in-law, Jim Willan; her nephews, Darren Anderson and Chad Clark; and her nephew-in-law, Doug Marlin.

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