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Obituary for R. Rosalee Krabel
R. Rosalee (Craig) Krabel, age 93, of Brocton, IL, went to her heavenly home on Monday, August 10, 2020 at Pleasant Meadows Senior Living in Chrisman, IL.
Rosalee was born September 14, 1926 in Cherry Point, IL, the daughter of Archie Lee and Retta Faye (Newport) Craig. She married Carl J. Krabel on January 1, 1947, and they enjoyed sixty years of marriage, raising their sons and working side by side on their farm until he preceded her in death in 2007.
She is survived by five grandchildren: Doug (Penny) Krabel of Oakland, IL, Dan (Erin) Krabel of Oakland, IL, Brad (Marcela) Krabel of Leslie, MI, Melinda Krabel (Rick Askey) of Dunlap, IL, and Kevin (Lauren) Krabel of Monticello, IL; three step-grandchildren: Michael Lowery of Kansas, IL, Tina (Fred) Queary of Midland, MI, and Melinda Jones of North Liberty, IA; three sisters: Betty Kraemer of Paris, IL, Elsie (Elton) Ingram of Chrisman, IL, and JoAnn Lacey of Rancho Cucamonga, CA; a sister-in-law: Marlene Craig of Griggsville, IL; twenty-six great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; two daughters -in-law: Pam Krabel of Hume, IL and Carolyn (Rod) Bisby of Newman, IL; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Carl, she also was preceded in death by her parents; two sons: John L. Krabel and Joseph Lawrence Krabel; two sisters: Mary Lou Krabel and Lucille Good; three brothers: Donald Craig, Jim Craig, and Joseph Craig; and an infant brother.
Rosalee was a member of the Hume Christian Church, and taught Sunday School for many years. She enjoyed playing euchre, working jigsaw puzzles, and reading in her free time. She was a wonderful cook, and prepared countless feasts for her family, whether served in her kitchen or out of her trunk for her men in the field. Rarely was anyone in her home, planned or unplanned, that she didn’t pull out something delicious that she had made and offer a generous helping. She looked forward to family gatherings and spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren, who all adored her just as much as she adored them.
Rosalee loved her Lord, her family, and her farm. She was a woman of incredible strength, integrity, and dignity, and she valued hard work, stewardship, and independence. The practical lessons she taught her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren about farm life, gardening, canning, cooking, homemaking, and thrift (among many others) are precious memories that her family will hold dear. The lessons of faith, forgiveness, service, and humility she instilled in her family are a legacy that will endure for generations to come.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 16, 2020 from noon-2:00 p.m. at Krabel Funeral Home in Oakland, IL. For those that are able, the family requests that masks be worn while greeting the family in the receiving line. Funeral services will be held after the visitation, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Young America Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Hume Christian Church.