Irene (Jones) Rhodes, nee Steele, 86, of Coulterville, IL; formerly of Marissa, IL; was born March 30, 1927 in Murphysboro, IL passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the Coulterville Care Center in Coulterville, IL.
Irene worked for many years at the New Athens Home for the Aged, Freeburg Nursing Home and a cleaning service at Peabody Mines. Irene was a homemaker, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved jigsaw puzzles, sewing and seeing her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband Edwin Jones who passed away in 1965; her second husband Cecil Rhodes who passed away in 1989; her daughter – Dorothy West who passed away in 2009; her parents – Cecil and Darlie, nee Rush, Steele; sisters – Wanda Lou Steele and Ruth Mohr; brothers – Lester Steele, Emerson Steele and Edward Steele.
She is survived by her daughters – Mariann (Bob) Brugger of Marissa, IL; Carol (Sid) Hougland of New Baden, IL. Her sons – Paul (Nancy) Jones of Marissa, IL; Jim (Kendra) Rhodes of Tower Hill, IL. Sonb-in-Law – Johnnie West of Baldwin, IL. Her grandchildren – Darrell (Vicki) West of Lenzburg, IL; Rachel (Kevin) Pollmann of New Athens, IL; Leslie (Rob) Cobb of Marissa, IL; Bob (Amy) Schiff of Kirksville, MO; Billie (Doug) Owen of Maryville, IL; Dr. Tim (Nikki) Hougland of Columbia, MO; Stefanie (Cody) Everding of Lenzburg, IL; Richard (Amanda) Seymore of Marissa, IL; Brad (Jessica) Jones of Hayti, MO; Eric (Brittany Shelvin) Geralds of Marissa, IL; Ashlyn Rhodes of Tower Hill, IL; Loren (Scott Blair) Miller of Jackson, MO. 16 great-grandchildren. Sister-in-Law – Elda Jones of Marissa, IL; Jean Steele of Marissa, IL. Many nieces and nephews. Special friends – Beverly Snedecor of Collinsville, IL; Hazel Muskoff of Sparta, IL.
The family wishes to thank the entire staff of the Coulterville Care Center for their excellent care. Also a special thank you to Dr. David Chung and to Heartland Hospice.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the Coulterville Care Center.
Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm and on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from 9:00am to 11:00am.
Funeral: Services will be held at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 11:00am with Pastor Thomas Klausing officiating.
Interment: Burial will be held at the Marissa Township Cemetery in Marissa, IL.