Marie C. Phillips, 90, of Elburn, passed away Saturday, June 5, 2010, at DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in DeKalb.
She was born Dec. 17, 1919, in Richardson, Ill., the daughter of Anthony and Susan Roberta (Deutsch) Heyob.
When Marie was only a child, the family moved to the Virgil area, where she attended S.S. Peter and Paul School. She graduated from Mt. St. Mary High School in St. Charles.
She was united in marriage to Walter â€œBudâ€ Phillips on July 13, 1940, at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Virgil. They began their new life together in St. Charles before moving to their home in Elburn in 1946. When her health began to decline, Marie moved to the DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
Marie worked in the Elgin Watch Factory through the war but also worked for a number of businesses in the Kaneland area, including Smithâ€™s Grocery in Elburn and the County Line Restaurant in Maple Park for 15 years before retiring at the age of 75.
She was a faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church for 64 years, was a former member of the Altar and Rosary Society, was a choir member for many years, and provided transportation to the nuns from Virgil and St. Charles for the religious education programs.
Marie was a private person and always found the comforts of home to be â€œjust what the doctor ordered.â€ Her sense of humor was only a breath away and always on the dry side. Through her working years, she made many friends among the area farmers and neighbors whom she served at various restaurants and establishments where she worked.
She is survived by two daughters, Rose Marie Newcomb of Harrisburg, Ill., and Laura Sheehan of Chana, Ill.; three sons, Walter A. Phillips of St. Charles, Gerald (Judy) Phillips of DeKalb, and Raymond (Susan) Phillips of DeKalb; three siblings, Marcella Turk of Sycamore, Jacob (Marilyn) Heyob of St. Charles, and Richard Heyob of Russelville, Ark.; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, especially Cheryl Nicolaou and Bernard Blasch, and a family of friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter (1974); her brother, Anthony â€œTonyâ€ (Jean) Heyob; brothers-in-law, Edwin F. Turk and Donald (Virginia) Blasch; sisters-in-law; and Taomi Heyob.
A wake service concluded the visitation on June 8 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. , Elburn, IL 60119. A mass to celebrate her life was held at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn, on Wednesday, June 9. The Rev. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at St. Gall Cemetery.
A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities.Checks may be made to the â€œMarie Phillips Memorialâ€ and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or online at www.conleycare .com.
The family passed along a heartfelt thank you to all the dedicated staff and volunteers at the DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.