4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, January 4 at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount
11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home
B. Harlean Veech, 81, passed away at 10:05 a.m. on
December 29, 2016, at Vonderlieth Living Center in
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
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
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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