MOUNT CARMEL -- Cindy Buchanan, 60, of Mount Carmel, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, Indiana, surrounded by the love of her family. She was born Oct. 25, 1958, in Mount Carmel, the daughter of Harold and Maris (Deffendal) Schonaman. She married Greg Buchanan on Feb. 12, 1977 and he survives.

Cindy was diagnosed with Facioscapulohumeral (FSH) Muscular Dystrophy at age 12. She worked hard to live life to the fullest and persevered through her disability. She graduated from Mount Carmel High School in 1976 and then Wabash Valley College with an RN degree in nursing. Cindy greatly enjoyed her career in nursing. Caring for others who were in need gave her great satisfaction. She operated home-health agencies as director of nursing and continued to work as long as her own health would allow. In her spare time, Cindy and Greg enjoyed antique shopping all over the Midwest. Cindy loved her dogs and was often seen around town carrying a big purse with her little Yorkie inside. Cindy attended Samaria Missionary Baptist Church in Albion, Illinois. She loved her family dearly and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Cindy will be lovingly remembered by her loving husband of forty-two years, Greg; son, Matthew Buchanan of Coppell Texas; granddaughter, Channing Lee; parents, Harold and Maris Schonaman; brothers, Ed (Cheryl) Schonaman, Don (Cindy) Schonaman, all of Mount Carmel, Illinois; sisters, Teresa (Phil) Schrodt of Browns, Illinois, Amy (Mark) Clodfelter of West Salem, Illinois; several nieces and nephews; and father-in-law, Robert E. Buchanan.

Cindy was preceded in death by one sister, Karen Edwards; and one brother, Harold Alan Schonaman.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, March 8, at Saint John Lutheran Cemetery in Wabash County, with Pastor Allan Wright officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in Cindy's memory to Wabash County Animal Shelter Buddies or the FSH Society. Envelopes will be at the Graveside or can be mailed to Keepes Funeral Home, 1500 North Cherry Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Cindy's tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Buchanan family, please visit

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