Louise Joanne Connell, 1935 CR 150 E, Seymour, Illinois, died December 3rd, 2017 at Arbor Rose in Monticello, Illinois, with her family at her side after an 8 year battle with Alzheimer’s.
Louise was born on March 10, 1933 in Morgantown, West Virginia, to William H. and Alice (Oerkwitz)Pierre.
She graduated from Ames High School in Ames, Iowa.
She attended the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland and graduated with a degree in Applied Art and Design.
On August 2, 1954, she married Richard Connell in Ames, Iowa.
She and Rich moved back to the family farm in Storm Lake, Iowa.
As a city girl, each day on the farm was a new adventure for Louise.
After a midnight fire destroyed the dairy operation, the family moved to Earlville, Illinois and then Bloomington, Illinois.
Louise was a wonderful homemaker and loved taking care of her family and her home.
She was a talented seamstress making many of the children’s clothes and even made daughter Katie’s wedding dress.
Gardening was her passion.
She had a large vegetable garden as well as beautiful flower gardens.
She also enjoyed cooking, reading, quilting, refinishing furniture and decorating.
She is survived by her husband, Richard; two daughters, Laurie Jacob of Urbana, Katie (Wendell) Wiley of Lafayette, Indiana; three grandchildren, Erin (Nick) Frey, Ben (Julia) Wiley, and Andrew Jacob; two great grandchildren, Micaiah and Lilia Frey; and two sisters, Mary (Lloyd) Morrisett, and Nancy McKinney.
She was preceded in death by a son, Scott Connell, son-in-law Jeff Jacob, and her parents.
Visitation will be at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 501 W. State St. in Mahomet, Illinois, on Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 2 PM to 5 PM.
Funeral Services will be at the church at 10:00 AM Monday, December 11, 2017 with Father Joseph Hogan officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, P. O. Box 109, Mahomet, Illinois, 61853 or the Mahomet Helping Hands, P. O. Box 254, Mahomet, Illinois, 61853.