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Age 78 of Wilmington, Illinois passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday evening, October 19, 2022 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, Illinois.
Born February 24, 1944 in Salem, Illinois, Gale Rochelle was a daughter of Luther and Blanche (Stybr) Hish. She was raised in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1962. On January 9, 1965 Gale married David Czys and together they made a home and raised their family in Wilmington.
Gale’s employment began working with the Ammunition Procurement and Supply Agency (APSA) before gaining employment with the Wilmington Advocate Newspaper. She later went to work for the Wilmington School District, from where she retired from working in the High School Guidance Office in 2008.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Wilmington; belonged to the Braidwood Recreation Club, and was an active volunteer with Kuzma Care Cottage. Gale enjoyed working crossword puzzles, playing scrabble and euchre and in years past loved to play volleyball. She was a great fan of Elvis and cherished her time together with family and friends out to eat and shopping. Gale will be most remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who was always her boys and grandkids biggest fan.
Survivors include her husband, David; two sons: Mark Czys (fiancé Abbey Hagi) of Champaign, Illinois and Bret (Jennifer) Czys of Wilmington; grandchildren: Brendan, Ellie, Evan, Blain and Emery; one brother, Gary (Julianne) Hish of Wilmington; her uncle, Donald (Velda) Hish of Bloomington, Illinois and sisters-in-law: Mary (Ben) Wilson of Wilmington and Christine Krahn of Naples, Florida, and five nieces and nephews: Wendy Krahn, Marnie (Jonathan) Jones, Mike Wilson, Robyn Ybarra and Greg Wilson.
Gale was preceded in death by her parents, Luther and Blanche Hish and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edward and Anne Czys.
The family will receive friends for a visitation at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road in Wilmington on Sunday, October 23, 2022 between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Funeral services will follow Monday morning, October 24, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Harriette Cross from the First United Methodist Church in Wilmington officiating.
Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery, where Gale will be laid to rest with her parents. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be her sons and grandchildren.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Gale’s memory to Kuzma Care Cottage, 635 S. Main Street, Wilmington, IL 60481.
Family and friends are encouraged to log onto www.BaskervilleFuneral.com to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share Gale’s memorial page online through social media.
Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington. (815-476-2181)
Sunday, October 23, 2022
12:00 - 4:00pm (Central time)
Monday, October 24, 2022
10:00 - 10:45am (Central time)
Monday, October 24, 2022
11:30am - 12:00pm (Central time)
Braceville Gardner Cemetery
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