Charlene Kozora

Charlene Kozora, 68, of Anna, died at 11:24 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

She was born on March 8, 1948, in Chicago, the daughter of Frances and Grace Placier Kozora.

She worked as a secretary at SICCM for a few years and at Mt. Moriah Church for several years. She also worked as a police dispatcher in Chester. She was a talented seamstress, and enjoyed sewing banners and altar guilds for church. She was also a candy maker, puppeteer, sang in the church choir and was active volunteer for the Anna Arts Center and the Stage Co. in Carbondale. She was a member of Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church in Anna.

Survivors include her sons, Larry C. Wakefield of Anna, Dan (Bridgett) Wakefield of Champaign, and Andrew Wakefield of Elsberry, Mo.; grandchildren Seth Wakefield of Anna, Sherri Wakefield of Ellis Grove, Alec Wakefield of Anna, Emily Wakefield of Sesser, Natalie Wakefield of Champaign, and Ethan Wakefield of Champaign; a brother, Ross Kozora of Crown Point, Ind.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitiation will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro.

Memorial services will follow the visitation at 5 p.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Dennis Scoville officiating.

Memorials can be made to Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church, the American Cancer Society or the Anna Arts Center.

To view the full obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit

Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements.

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