Evelyn Faye Sweeney, 70, of Sherman, died at 1:50 pm, Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at St. John’s Hospice. She was born June 24, 1940 in Lincoln, Illinois to Ralph C. and Marjory Dillon Patterson. She married John D. Sweeney of Lexington, Illinois on July 22, 1961 and he survives. Also surviving are three children, Troy (wife: Ellen) Sweeney of New Berlin, David (wife: Crystal) Sweeney of Williamsville and Stacie (husband: Mark) Henderson of Williamsville; six grandchildren, Crystal, William, Tiffaney, Tyler, Kaitlin and Jacob; two great grandchildren, Lauren and Carter; two brothers Robert (wife: Joanne) Patterson of Colorado Springs, CO and Henry “Rial” (wife: Maggie) Patterson of Rochester; one sister Karen (life time friend: Everett Kiefer) Patterson of Springfield and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two infants and two sisters, Roberta Fields and Barbara Edwards
Evelyn was a member of St. John Vianney Church in Sherman and St. John’s Women’s Society. She loved the St. Louis Cardinals, enjoyed traveling and was president of the ORA Condo Association in Melbourne Beach, FL for two years. She was a lifelong resident of the Springfield Area. She worked for Franklin Life Insurance Company and retired as a rural mail carrier for the US Postal service after 20 years and then retired from the Williamsville State Bank after 10 years as a teller.
Visitation: 3-7 pm, Sunday, February 27, 2011 at Staab Funeral Home with a lie in state from 9:30-10:15 am, Monday, February 28, 2011 at St. John Vianney in Sherman
Funeral Mass: 10:30 am, Monday, February 28, 2011 at St. John Vianney in Sherman with Monsignor Carl Kemme officiating. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. John Vianney Church or St. John’s Hospice.