Sylvia A. (Matheis) Pfeister, 76, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Ascension Saint Vincent Hospital in Evansville, Indiana, surrounded by the love of her family. She was born on September 8, 1944, in Dubois County, Indiana, the oldest of nine children born to Marcus “Mark” Matheis and Marcella “Sally” (Merkel) Matheis. She married James “Jim” Pfeister on July 25, 1964, and he survives.


Sylvia leaves behind her loving husband of almost fifty-seven years, Jim; one son, Steven Pfeister and wife, Nancee; three daughters, Linda Pfeister, Jane Pfeister, Suzanne Murrie and husband, Dan; two grandchildren, Sally Murrie and Mack Murrie who was born just last week; brothers, Tim (Christine) Matheis, Eddie (Karla) Matheis; sisters, Cyrilla Matheis, Andrea (Charlie) Shepard, Christine Russell, Anna Knight, Rosie (Dan) Collins; many loved nieces, nephews and cousins.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Brad Matheis.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 7, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Robert Zwilling Officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Family and friends may gather for a visitation from 2:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m., Sunday, June 6, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Rosary will follow at 4:00 p.m.

Please follow the current CDC guidelines while attending Visitation and Mass.

Memorial contributions may be made in Sylvia’s memory to Wabash Area Development (WADI) or St. Mary’s Catholic School and will be accepted at the Church or can be mailed to Keepes Funeral Home, 1500 N Cherry St. Mt. Carmel, IL 62863.

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