It is with great sadness that the family of Tina Elaine Longnecker announces her passing at 6:10 p.m. Sunday, June 21, at the age of 68.
She was born July 24, 1946, in Carrollton, the daughter to Tina (Austin) and Jack Holloway.
She married Rodney Longnecker on Sept. 17, 1966.
Tina was a stay-at-home mom and worked at Landreth Lumber in Cottage Hills. Since retiring in 2007, she enjoyed gardening and tending to her peonies and roses. Tina delighted in watching and listening to the birds in her garden. She was an avid reader. She was a devoted Catholic and found great comfort in her faith.
Rodney and Tina were high school sweethearts. Rodney fondly recalled seeing her at eighth-grade graduation and knew at that time that he would be with her. He was right; they started dating in high school and married in 1966. Tina and Rodney were the love of each other’s lives, true soulmates.
Tina was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Tina loved her husband, children and grandchildren completely. She lived her life for her family. Tina went to all of the grandkids’ sporting events and traveled everywhere to see them compete. Nothing thrilled her more than to spend time with her grandkids. Tina was the center of strength for her family and our Mema will be missed dearly.
She is survived by her husband, Rodney; daughters, Rhonda Pluester, Christina Longnecker and Robin (Jared Vetter) Longnecker; seven grandchildren, John Pluester, Paige Pluester, David Pluester, Elizabeth Rexford, Hannah Rexford, Jacob Rexford and Jackson Garman; a great-granddaughter, Madeline Pluester; a brother, Chuck (Sissy) Holloway; sisters, Cheri (Dan) Gould and Cindy (Melvin) Funk; an uncle, Phil (Lavonne) Holloway; a mother-in-law, Oma Lee (the late Roland) Longnecker; a brother-in-law, Roland (Vicki) Longnecker; a brother-in-law, Roger (Linda) Longnecker; a sister-in-law, Ricky Johnson; a brother-in-law, Robbie Longnecker; a sister-in-law, Rebecca Weigel; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Tina was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Tina Holloway.
Visitation will be from 2 until 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at Holy Angels Parish in Wood River. A Funeral Mass will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at Holy Angels Parish. Father James Flach will be the celebrant.
Memorial donations may be made to BJC Hospice or to Holy Angels Parish for Masses.
Online guestbook available at www.pitchfordfuneralhome.com.
Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River is in charge of arrangements.