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Valerie S. Rako

Valerie S. Rako

Valerie S. Rako, nee Rodman, 74, of Belleville, IL, formerly of Marissa, IL, born August 6, 1947 in Murphysboro, IL, passed away on Friday December 24, 2021 at Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh, IL. Mrs. Rako was a bank teller.

She was preceded in death by her parents – George and Eileen (Taylor) Rodman and one daughter – Sheila Rako.

Valerie is survived by her loving husband – Carl G. Rako, who she married on February 24, 1968 in Marissa, IL, two children – Andrea Rako, Jeffrey C. Rako, and three grandchildren – Ian, Teagan and Quinn Schickedanz, all of Belleville, IL

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Visitation: Visiting hours wil be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday December 30, 2021 and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday December 31, 2021 at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL.

Funeral: Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday December 31, 2021 at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL.  Interment will follow at Marissa TWP Cemetery in Marissa, IL.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.

 

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  1. Chris Fuehner says:

    The family of Val Rako you have my greatest sympathy. Val was a great gal. I will miss her. I’m sad that I will not be able to play pinochle with her no more. My 🙏 prayers and sympathy to the family.

  2. Jim Igoe says:

    Dear Carl, Andrea, Jeff, and family, Our sincere condolences to you all. We are so very sorry to hear of cousin Val’s passing. She was named after my Mum, Eileen’s youngest sister. We had some wonderful holidays in the US with our American family, and were always happy when they came to see us in England. Sending our love to you all. Jim & Tracey Igoe

    • Jill Whitaker says:

      Carl, Andrea and Jeff,
      You are in my heart and on my mind. I am so sorry to hear about Val. Your family will always hold a special place in my heart. My childhood is filled with so many wonderful memories of your family. I wish I could be there with you, but am unable to make it. Val was a wonderful woman and I am lucky to have known her. Love to you all.

  3. Sam Sivewright says:

    Carl, We were so sorry to hear about Valerie. Our sympathy to you and your family. Sending our thoughts and prayers.
    Sam and Sue Sivewright

  4. Faye Tackett says:

    Dear Carl, Andrea, Jeff, and all your family, I send my heartfelt and deepest condolences. May you find peace and comfort in your memories. Val will be remembered by me as one of the first people I met in Marissa. Her smile, laugh, and great sense of humor was so welcoming. She and Carl were amazing card players too, and I am pretty sure I never won a game playing against either of them. May you all take comfort knowing she is in heaven with Sheila, and will be watching over you along with her Mom. Much Love to You!

  5. Mark Everett says:

    Carl, just heard this sad news about Valerie from Sam Sivewright tonight. My sympathies to you and the kids. I know you will miss her so much.

    Mark and Sandy

  6. Lisa Simonin says:

    Andrea and family, My condolences to you. I’m so very sorry to hear of Val’s passing. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and I wish peace and comfort for you all as you navigate through this. With deepest sympathy.

  7. Barry Kollme says:

    Carl: Sorry for loss of your wife. While the lamp of life may have gone out. It’s because the dawn has arrived for her.

  8. Cindy Walker says:

    I send my sincerest sympathy for the loss of Val.
    I will never forget the times we shared with Jeff and Brian.
    My family still loves Val’s soda chicken recipe.

  9. Nilufer Fries says:

    Rako & Schickedanz families – I’m so sorry to hear of Valerie’s passing. I always enjoyed visiting with her when she brought Quinn for piano lessons. Your family is in my prayers.

  10. Andrea, Carl and Jeff,

    I cannot share how deeply sorry I am to hear of your mother, your wife’s passing on. I always remember Val’s smile and welcome. Always warm, always genuine. Her generosity, compassion and feisty spirit will be missed by many. Keeping you all and her grandchildren in my thoughts and heart.
    Rebecca

  11. Connie Sauerwein says:

    Andrea, Jeff, and Carl
    I am so sorry to hear about Val’s passing. She was person and friend. If there is anything we can do, we just s phone call away
    With deepest symphony
    Dave and Connie

  12. Nanette Campbell says:

    Prayers for your peace and comfort during this very difficult time. Valerie is a blessing to our community and your family has my deepest sympathies.

  13. Sharon Rodman Blazek says:

    I spent many a happy hour with Val in the Jackson County Court House researching the Rodmans and tromping through Southern Illinois cemeteries. I will miss you, dear cousin; until we meet again💕.

  14. Merry Katt says:

    So very sorry for your loss. I worked with Val and she and Carl put up with our family for many of softball games. Great memories and Val was a wonderful person…RIP

  15. Muskopfs says:

    Our sympathy to Val’s family…she was Sandy’s neighbor for many yrs..Bill & Sandy Muskopf

  16. Donna L Bihner says:

    So very sorry to hear of Val’s passing. One of my vivid childhood memories was being a flower girl in their wedding. She stood out a fun loving woman who was so happy. In later years our families didn’t get together very much but when we did it was laughter and fun. My heart breaks for all of you. Hugs Donna (Ohman) and Joe Bihner

  17. Steven & MaryAnn Dorf says:

    Steven and MaryAnn Dorf: we want to extend our sympathy to Carl Rako and the entire family for this great loss…

  18. Hilary Bartholomew nee Taylor says:

    Please accept our condolences such a sad time for you all
    We never met Valerie (our cousin) but we did get to meet George and Eileen a few times when they came to England Such lovely people xxx
    We are thinking of you all with love.

    Hilary Bartholomew nee Taylor Maxine Fox nee Taylor and our mum Wyn xxxx

  19. Rob & Charlotte Shaw says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Val’s family at this difficult time.

  20. Shelly Minks says:

    So sorry to hear this, loved talking to Val when I ran into her in O’Fallon. She alway had a smile on her face, I enjoyed working with her at the newspaper. Thinking of Carl and the whole Rako family!

  21. Don and Dorothy Bollmeier says:

    We extend our sympathy to Val’s family. May Our Lord Jesus bring you His loving comfort.

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  1. We extend our sympathy to Val’s family. May Our Lord Jesus bring you His loving comfort.

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  2. So sorry to hear this, loved talking to Val when I ran into her in O’Fallon. She alway had a smile on her face, I enjoyed working with her at the newspaper. Thinking of Carl and the whole Rako family!

    Reply
  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Val’s family at this difficult time.

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  4. Please accept our condolences such a sad time for you all
    We never met Valerie (our cousin) but we did get to meet George and Eileen a few times when they came to England Such lovely people xxx
    We are thinking of you all with love.

    Hilary Bartholomew nee Taylor Maxine Fox nee Taylor and our mum Wyn xxxx

    Reply
  5. Steven and MaryAnn Dorf: we want to extend our sympathy to Carl Rako and the entire family for this great loss…

    Reply
  6. So very sorry to hear of Val’s passing. One of my vivid childhood memories was being a flower girl in their wedding. She stood out a fun loving woman who was so happy. In later years our families didn’t get together very much but when we did it was laughter and fun. My heart breaks for all of you. Hugs Donna (Ohman) and Joe Bihner

    Reply
  7. Our sympathy to Val’s family…she was Sandy’s neighbor for many yrs..Bill & Sandy Muskopf

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  8. So very sorry for your loss. I worked with Val and she and Carl put up with our family for many of softball games. Great memories and Val was a wonderful person…RIP

    Reply
  9. I spent many a happy hour with Val in the Jackson County Court House researching the Rodmans and tromping through Southern Illinois cemeteries. I will miss you, dear cousin; until we meet again💕.

    Reply
  10. Prayers for your peace and comfort during this very difficult time. Valerie is a blessing to our community and your family has my deepest sympathies.

    Reply
  11. Andrea, Jeff, and Carl
    I am so sorry to hear about Val’s passing. She was person and friend. If there is anything we can do, we just s phone call away
    With deepest symphony
    Dave and Connie

    Reply
  12. Andrea, Carl and Jeff,

    I cannot share how deeply sorry I am to hear of your mother, your wife’s passing on. I always remember Val’s smile and welcome. Always warm, always genuine. Her generosity, compassion and feisty spirit will be missed by many. Keeping you all and her grandchildren in my thoughts and heart.
    Rebecca

    Reply
  13. Rako & Schickedanz families – I’m so sorry to hear of Valerie’s passing. I always enjoyed visiting with her when she brought Quinn for piano lessons. Your family is in my prayers.

    Reply
  14. I send my sincerest sympathy for the loss of Val.
    I will never forget the times we shared with Jeff and Brian.
    My family still loves Val’s soda chicken recipe.

    Reply
  15. Carl: Sorry for loss of your wife. While the lamp of life may have gone out. It’s because the dawn has arrived for her.

    Reply
  16. Andrea and family, My condolences to you. I’m so very sorry to hear of Val’s passing. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and I wish peace and comfort for you all as you navigate through this. With deepest sympathy.

    Reply
  17. Carl, just heard this sad news about Valerie from Sam Sivewright tonight. My sympathies to you and the kids. I know you will miss her so much.

    Mark and Sandy

    Reply
  18. Dear Carl, Andrea, Jeff, and all your family, I send my heartfelt and deepest condolences. May you find peace and comfort in your memories. Val will be remembered by me as one of the first people I met in Marissa. Her smile, laugh, and great sense of humor was so welcoming. She and Carl were amazing card players too, and I am pretty sure I never won a game playing against either of them. May you all take comfort knowing she is in heaven with Sheila, and will be watching over you along with her Mom. Much Love to You!

    Reply
  19. Carl, We were so sorry to hear about Valerie. Our sympathy to you and your family. Sending our thoughts and prayers.
    Sam and Sue Sivewright

    Reply
  20. Dear Carl, Andrea, Jeff, and family, Our sincere condolences to you all. We are so very sorry to hear of cousin Val’s passing. She was named after my Mum, Eileen’s youngest sister. We had some wonderful holidays in the US with our American family, and were always happy when they came to see us in England. Sending our love to you all. Jim & Tracey Igoe

    Reply
    • Carl, Andrea and Jeff,
      You are in my heart and on my mind. I am so sorry to hear about Val. Your family will always hold a special place in my heart. My childhood is filled with so many wonderful memories of your family. I wish I could be there with you, but am unable to make it. Val was a wonderful woman and I am lucky to have known her. Love to you all.

      Reply
  21. The family of Val Rako you have my greatest sympathy. Val was a great gal. I will miss her. I’m sad that I will not be able to play pinochle with her no more. My 🙏 prayers and sympathy to the family.

    Reply

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