Eloise Ann Rees — March 1, 1927 – December 27, 2018

Eloise Ann Rees, age 91, of Stockton, IL passed away Thursday, December 27, 2018 at Presence St. Joseph Center in Freeport. She was born on March 1, 1927 in Bancroft, IA to the late Leo and Mable (Wilhelmi) Elsbecker. Eloise married Francis G. Rees on June 14, 1947. Francis passed away on June 18, 2011.

She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, Altar and Rosary Society, American Legion Auxiliary of Lena, was a Brownie Leader for many years, and helped with Meals on Wheels. Eloise and her husband loved to Square Dance and check their blue bird houses. She had worked for Illinois Central as a Telegraph Operator from 1945-1947. Eloise enjoyed walking, playing Dominoes, crossword puzzles, and baking pies.

She is survived by her daughters, Peggy (Joe) Katzenberger of Lebanon, NJ, Janice (Calvin) Klopf of Stockton, IL, and Mary (Rob) Luecke of Freeport, IL; her sons, Steven (Diane) of Elgin, IL, and Tom (Greta) of Colorado Springs, CO; her brothers, Chuck Elsbecker of Minneapolis, MN and John Elsbecker.; her sisters, Phyllis Simons of Algona, IA, Gail (Jim) Cowan of Algona, IA, and Linda (Bernie) Veak of Essex, IA; her brother-in-law, Donald (Ilene) Rees of Lena, IL; 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three sisters, Carol Keith, Cleo Elsbecker, and Beryl Bisenius, and one brother, Jim Elsbecker.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Stockton. There will be a visitation at the Hermann Funeral Home on Friday, January 4th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a scripture service at 4:15 p.m. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Stockton. A memorial fund has been established.

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