Fayola Jean Musser

By on February 3, 2011

Fayola Jean Musser, 85, of Sugar Grove, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by the love and prayers of her family on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011.

She was born Oct. 4, 1925, in Champaign, Ill., the daughter of Fay and Lula (Wacker) Hayes.

Shortly after she was born, Fay’s family moved to Sugar Grove in March 1927, where she was raised on the Nelson Myers Farm on Galena Boulevard. She attended a one-room school house, where one teacher taught grades 1-8. Fay graduated from Sugar Grove High School in 1942 with the largest class at that time, which featured nine boys and nine girls. In June of that year, Fay went on to attend the Metropolitan Business College.

In 1946, Delmer and Ruth Kriegbaum set Fay up on a blind date up with a cute, wavy-blonde-haired basketball player by the name of Dean Musser. Little did she know that Dean would be her soul mate, and they were married on Aug. 10, 1947, at the Sugar Grove Methodist Church, a marriage that would last for 51 years. They made their home in Kaneville until 1956, when they built their dream home in Sugar Grove, which they lived in together until Dean’s death in 1998. Fay has been able to remain in the family home with the loving help of her son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Carol.

In 1942, Fay took her first job at Barber Greene and worked in the Steno Department until 1945, when she was asked to be an expediter in repair parts. She left Barber Greene in 1955.

She worked at the library at Waubonsee Community College for 18 years until her retirement in 1994.

Fay was a lifetime member of the Sugar Grove Methodist Church, where she sang in the church choir for 50 years. She was also a member of WSCS for a time, as well as the Young Adults Club until age of 40. Fay then started the “Card Club” with the seven other couples, but no hand could beat her beloved Chicago Cubs, who “trumped” all.

She is survived by two sons, David Dean (Sheryl) Musser of Oswego, Ill. and their family, and Doug Wayne (Carol) Musser of Sugar Grove and their daughter; four grandchildren, Brianna Jean Musser of Yorkville, Matthew Dean (Marietta Culbertson) and their children, Nicholas Jager and Coltin Dean Musser, all of Sheridan, Ill.; Markus Wayne Musser of Sheridan; and Nicole Marie Musser of Oswego; a very special sister-in-law, Shirley Moore of Naperville; brother and sister–in-law, Guy “Ozzy” and Becky Musser of State College, Penn.; one aunt, Maxine Daly of Philo, Ill.; one special cousin, June Watson of Champaign-Urbana, Ill.; special caregiver and friend, Elizabeth Kakoczki from Aurora; and many nieces, nephews and a community of friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dean; her parents; one brother, Carl Wayne Hayes; one nephew, Ronald Moore; and many aunts and uncles.

Visitation was held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, with a funeral service to celebrate her life following at noon. Rev. Steve Good, pastor of the church, officiated. Interment followed at Sugar Grove Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in Fay’s name to benefit the building fund at the Sugar Grove Methodist Church. Checks may be made to the “Fay Musser Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com.