October 17, 2021

NEUBERT, Monica Sep 30, 1936 – Sep 11, 2021


Monica Ann Neubert, 84, passed away peacefully the afternoon of September 11, 2021 in hospice at the Gosnell House in Scarborough, Maine. She was the daughter of Glenn and Lucille (Carpenter) Stella, born on September 30, 1936 in Danville, IL.
A 1954 graduate of Danville High School, she attended Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington and worked as a dental assistant to Dr. Don Carpenter in Danville. She married the love of her life, Hoyle Dixie Neubert of Georgetown, IL on May 6, 1956.
Monica was preceded in death by her husband Dixie, son Chris Allen, and two brothers Glenn Jr. and Gary Stella. A loving family survives her: daughter Glenna Turner, grandchildren Preston and Kaloni (Neubert) Dunlap and husband Brad, daughter-in-law Tonya Lierman and husband Terry, and an extended family of Stellas, Carpenters, Neuberts and Cooks.
She was a devoted farm wife, mother and homemaker. Together with Dixie, they designed and built the family brick ranch home in September, 1964 known as "Highland Farm," the house on the hill. At this home Monica and family made many loving memories.
If the fields of Highland Farm were Dixie's domain, then the kitchen was Monica's. As a child she was familiar with big Italian Sunday dinners in Clinton, IN with the Stellas. As a teenager she worked at the Stella Baking Company in Danville, co-owned by her father Glenn and his brother Fred. Monica cooked from her heart, blending the art of cooking with the fellowship of family and friends. She loved bringing people together over a lasagna party, a celebration dinner or an old-fashioned cookout with homemade ice cream. Dixie often told her "You should open a restaurant."
There was never a restaurant, but she won a few recipe contests held by the Commercial-News, her most prized being for gnocchi. Her recipes for Italian beef spice mix and seasoned polenta were manufactured and sold for a short time in the Midwest and Northeast. She was most proud of being the "Food Fairy" to the farmers in the field, providing them with good and plentiful lunches. In the early years, she would serve a sit-down family style meal of meat, potatoes, vegetables and dessert.
Two generations of little helpers learned kitchen skills and how to set a table, mash potatoes, make iced tea and wash dishes. In later years, she transitioned to a moveable feast, taking lunch to the fields. There are fond memories for all helping Grandma pack and deliver lunch buckets and eating on tailgates. Her name on the CB radio was "Sugarcube" and she would listen for the call around noon to know where to go for delivery.
Monica was a Wingard Mom, an FFA Mother and a 4-H Leader. She baked pies when the church called for help with a bereavement dinner and volunteered at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Danville. She spent many afternoons on the road taking her children and grandchildren to dance and piano lessons, Boy Scout meetings and Little League practice and games, school activities and doctor appointments. Her energy was boundless as was her commitment and devotion to her family.
Hosting parties and Bunco Club was a highlight with girlfriends throughout the years. She had a big supporting role for Dixie as Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge 332 in Danville through the years of his membership. They shared a great experience of making friends. They loved to travel, either with the family to Hawaii, North Carolina and Maine, or to visit family and friends across the country.
Monica will be remembered by many as a Second Mom. She was kind, gentle and compassionate and enjoyed the company of all ages. She was a terrific listener, sympathetic in your struggles and joyful in your triumphs. You could depend on her to keep a secret. She was generous with her love and advice. Her kitchen candy drawer was always well-stocked and welcome to all. To know her was to love her.
In closing, the family is grateful to the many caregivers at Autumn Fields in Tilton for their compassionate care these past months.
There will be no services at this time. Arrangements were handled by Bibber Funeral Chapels in Kennebunk, Maine.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to either the Georgetown Historical Society, PO Box 14, Georgetown, IL 61846 or Hospice of Southern Maine, 390 US Route 1, Scarborough ME 04074.
To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Monica's Book of Memories Page at www.bibberfuneral.com.
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