Dorothy J. Pannell, 74, of Thomson, Ill., died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at Mercy Living Center, Clinton, Iowa.
Dorothy was born Nov. 7, 1937, the daughter of J. Edward and Bernadette (Foreman) Kustes. She married Robert Pannell on April 23, 1960, in Fulton, Ill.
She was educated in the Smith rural school and graduated from Fulton High School. Dorothy grew up on the family farm in Fulton, until she attended Mount St. Clare College, Clinton, Iowa, where she graduated with an Associate of Arts degree.
She loved to laugh and sing. Dorothy loved to give of herself, she especially loved to teach children who struggled how to read and write. She enjoyed a good game of cards, musicals, plays and a good joke. She was an avid reader and life-long learner.
She was a devoted seamstress to her children in their youth, as well as her grandchildren. She also was a big supporter of the Girl Scouts and 4-H. She also loved her Shih Tzu, Sparky. Dorothy was employed with the Clinton Bridge Commission, Nielsen’s corporation, Thomson School District and the West Carroll School District, retiring at the age of 70 because she couldn’t bear the thought of being bored. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fulton, the church’s Altar & Rosary Society, Fulton American Legion Auxiliary, T.O.P.S. and Curves. Dorothy was a great asset to all of her children and was loved immensely by all who met her.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Pannell of Thomson; two daughters, Barbara L. Lawrence of Fulton and Lisa M. (Michael) Dienst of Maple Park; two sons, Edward J. (Susan) Pannell and Richard J. (Jennifer) Pannell, both of Fulton; 13 grandchildren, Heather A. Houzenga of Savanna, Ill., Brent E. Houzenga of New Orleans, La., Meghan E., Scott M., Mitchell E. and Brett C. Dienst, all of Maple Park, Whitney L. Pannell of Thomson, Morgan C., Hannah M., Jacob D., Eli H., Maxwell G. and Zane R. Pannell, all of Fulton; one great-granddaughter, Isabella M. Valdivia of Thomson; and two sisters, Francis M. Powers of Sycamore, Ill., and Mary E. Biggs of Moline, Ill.; many nieces and nephews and a huge circle of friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, John E. Kustes, Jesse Lemmel and Virgil Lemmel.
It was Dorothy’s wish that cremation rites be accorded. A gathering of friends and family met on Sunday at the McDonald Funeral Home in Fulton. A memorial Mass was held on Monday in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fulton, with Reverend David Austin officiating. Interment was at the Calvary Hill Cemetery in Fulton.
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