Obituaries: Abbey

Rhonda Abbey

Rhonda Jeanne Abbey, 62 of Cropsey, passed away at 5:35 a.m., Friday, March 2, 2018 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.

Funeral Service will be 11 a.m., Friday, March 9, 2018 at Cropsey United Methodist Church, Cropsey with Pastor Gifty Smith officiating. Interment will follow the service in Cropsey Cemetery, Cropsey.

Visitation will be 3-8 p.m., Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury; and 10-10:45 a.m., Friday, prior to the funeral at the church in Cropsey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Community Cancer Center in Normal, Cropsey United Methodist Church, or the Cropsey Area Community Fund – Park Project.

Rhonda was born April 14, 1955 in Fairbury, the daughter of George and Shirley (Griswold) Dohman. She married Jeff Abbey on April 20, 1974 in Fairbury.  Her husband survives in Cropsey. Her parents and mother-in-law Lois Abbey preceded her in death.

Other survivors include three children, Brett Abbey of Madison, WI; Ryan (Tanya) Abbey of Gurnee, IL; Nicole (Mike) Wolf of Fairbury; four grandchildren, Madelyn and Emma Wolf, and Thomas and George Abbey; three brothers, Ron (Carla) Dohman of Fairbury; John (Judy) Dohman of Gridley; Philip (Guylaine) Dohman of Fairbury; treasured father in-law James Abbey of Fairbury.

Rhonda was a member of the Cropsey United Methodist Church, Cropsey where she served as Treasurer for many years.  She was employed by Mr. Timber, Honegger’s, Citizen’s State Bank of Cropsey and assisted in every aspect of our family businesses. Her greatest joy was to serve and care for others especially her family. In recent years, her grandchildren were the light of her life and will miss her dearly.

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