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Sue Ann Lenderman Secondino, 79, of Shirkieville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, while surrounded by her family.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. CST Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at St. Aloysius Mission Catholic Church, 18925 E. 1350 Road, Paris, Ill., with the Rev. Ronald Hilt as celebrant. According to her wishes, cremation is scheduled following services. Visitation is from 4 until 8 p.m. EST Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, 220 N. 3rd St., West Terre Haute. A reception and meal follow the Jan. 27 mass.
Mrs. Secondino was born Good Friday, April 15, 1938, the daughter of the late Max and Marguerite Gibson Lenderman. She wed the love of her life for 61 years, Peter L. Secondino, Feb. 23, 1957, and he survives.
She also is survived by her daughter, Jody Secondino-Crandell and son-in-law, Ronald W. Crandell of Paris; granddaughter, Maria Crandell of Paris; and grandson, Preston (Jenna) Crandell of South Shirkieville.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Max Lee Lenderman of Rochester, N.Y.
Mrs. Secondino and her husband spent many years traveling with the Western Livestock Journal Tours, where they met many lifelong friends. She lived a full life.
Aside from her family, her greatest accomplishment was exhibiting the grand champion steer at the International Livestock Show in Chicago. The steer named Honeymoon was sold to famous radio personality Arthur Godfrey for a record price of $30 per pound, and it is a record that still holds today. Honeymoon's hide can be seen at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Sue also appeared on the television show "To Tell The Truth" in 1958.
She was a vital part of the Pete and Sue Secondino Farms. She was active in the cattle industry, president of the Indiana Angus Women's Auxiliary and wrote monthly columns in Blacks Unlimited Cattle Magazine and the Angus and Chianina Journals. She sold Pioneer Seed Corn for more than 20 years, which is still grown on the Secondino Farm today and drove a school bus for 30 years for the Vigo County School Corporation.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Aloysius Cemetery Fund, c/o Linda Hahn, 15828 Sulphur Springs Road, Paris, IL 61924 or St. Aloysius Repair Fund, c/o Dave Barrett, 25155 E. 1700 Road, Chrisman, IL 61924 or New Goshen Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 225, New Goshen, IN 47863.
Sue loved life on earth-you should too.
Published on January 23, 2018
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