Genelle F. Foster, age 80 of Springfield, IL died at St. John’s Hospice at 7:20 am Thursday, September 9, 2010. She was born November 9, 1929 in Gays, IL the daughter of Harry and Cora Delp Rankin. She was preceded in death by her husband; Robert E. Foster, 2 brothers; Dean and George Rankin and half sister; Harriett Dowling. A Springfield resident, most of her life, Genelle was a teacher and then worked at Franklin Life as a correspondent. She also worked for the State Board of Education and Department of Aging, retiring as a receptionist.
Genelle had also worked for 20 years as a waitress at various restaurants.
She was of the Lutheran Faith. She loved going to concerts and meeting country and western stars.
She is survived by 2 daughters; Karen (Jeffrey) Bentley of Harrisburg and Terry Gaddis of Dawson, a son; John W. Foster of Springfield, one grandson; Michael (Danielle) Gribble, great granddaughter Brittney Morse, a brother Duane (Ruth) Rankin of Glen Carbon, IL and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial gathering will be held from 12 noon until the time of memorial service at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at Staab Funeral Home, with Steve Oberg officiating. Burial will be in Chatham Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Sangamon County Animal Control for the Genelle Foster Memorial Play Area, 2100 Shale Road, Springfield, IL 62703.
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