Mary Ellen DuQuette, nee Dillow, age 74, of New Athens, IL, born February 14, 1947 in Flat River, MO, passed away on Friday May 28, 2021 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL. She was a retired CNA. Mrs. DuQuette was of the Catholic faith and loved playing bingo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Eldon Beryl and Frances Patricia (O’Brien) Dillow, her loving husband; Leroy “Duke” Duquette, Jr., whom she married on December 17, 1966 at Union Methodist Church in Belleville, IL and who passed away on March 3, 2019 and one grandson; Nathaniel Dancer.
Mary Ellen is survived by her children; LeRoy (Dawn) DuQuette of Marissa, IL, Michael Eldon (Kara) DuQuette of Muncie, IN, Dena (David) Kathriner of Durant, OK, Monica Carrasco of Sherman, TX and Christopher “Chachi” (Nicole) Duquette of New Athens, IL, one brother; Richard (Michelle) Dillow of Red Bud, IL, one sister; Laura (Kevin) Jones of Summertown, TN, fifteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Parkinson Disease Association.
Visitation; Friends may join the family from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday June 3, 2021 and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday June 4, 2021 at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday evening at 4 p.m.
Funeral: Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday June 4, 2021 at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL with Father Von Deeke officiating. Due to scheduling issues, burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis will take place at 10:45 a.m. on Monday June 7, 2021.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.