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Helen B. Jessup

May 25, 1930 - February 3, 2009

CHATHAM – Helen B. Jessup, 78, of Chatham died at 9:25 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, at St. John’s Hospice.

She was born May 25, 1930, in Lincoln, the daughter of Matthew and Edith Buttell Brennan. She married Elmer L. Jessup on Oct. 22, 1955. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Mary Kay Brandenburg.

Mrs. Jessup was a resident of Chatham since 2003 after living in Springfield since the early 1950s. She grew up in Elkhart. She was employed by Allis- Chalmers, First Federal Bank, Hope School and St. Joseph’s Home. She retired in 1993 from Illinois Bell after 22 years of service.

She was a member of St. Joseph Church in Chatham and formerly was a member of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the Altar and Rosary Society for many years. She was a member of Sangamo Surf Club and Telephone Pioneers Club. She had a generous heart. She loved her family above all else. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, a constant baby sitter and attended all her grandchildren’s sporting events and activities.

Surviving are her husband, Elmer Jessup of Chatham; two daughters, Laureen (husband, Patrick) McCarthy and Nancy Morris, both of Chatham; three sons, Robert (wife, Carol) Jessup, Richard (wife, Vicki) Jessup and Philip Jessup, all of Springfield; seven grandchildren, Scott, Daniel and Kelli Jessup, Sean and Caitlin McCarthy and Gavin and Eric Morris; two sisters, JoAnn Martin of Dawson and Lois (husband, Otto) Stephenitch of Canton; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home with prayers at 4 p.m. There will be a lie-in-state from 9 a.m. until time of funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at St. Joseph Church in Chatham with the Rev. John Nolan officiating. Burial will be in Chatham Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, St. John’s Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Leonard Giannone and his nursing staff as well as Dr. John Holland and the nursing and pastoral care staff of St. John’s Hospice for the loving attention given to Helen during her more than 11-week stay. You became an extended family to us and we will never forget your kindness.

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