Shirley M. Rakestraw
Shirley M. Rakestraw, 80, of Mineral, IL, passed away Tuesday, May 16th 2017 at Hammond Henry Hospital. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, May 22nd at 10:00 a.m at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Reverend Stephen Engelbrecht will officiate. Burial is to follow at Evergreen Memory Gardens in Kewanee, IL. Visitation will be held from 2:00-5:00 p.m on Sunday, May 21st; at the Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Atkinson, IL with a rosary being recited at 1:30 p.m. Memorials may be left in her memory to the Shirley Rakestraw Memorial Fund.
Shirley was born November 8th, 1936, the daughter of Alphonse Sierens and Helen L. Hoogerwerf, in Kewanee, IL. She attended Mineral High School and graduated in the class of 1954. She married Duane D. “Palsy” Rakestraw on September 25, 1954 in Kewanee, he passed away April 30, 2016. Shirley was a waitress at the former Sauk Trail Inn in Annawan for a few years. She and Palsy were partners in owning the Mineral Country Store. Shirley loved to golf and was a member of golf leagues at Hidden Lake Country Club. She looked forward to golf and wine with her women’s leagues, and to beating her husband Palsy at golf. Shirley and Palsy would take off after the “crops” were in and travel down south, hitting golf courses along the way. Many good times were had in Biloxi, Mississippi and Myrtle Beach. Shirley loved Christmas day, and always made it special for those she loved. She enjoyed spending time tending to her flower garden and meeting her friends for coffee. Shirley was a proud member of the Altar & Rosary Society and Hidden Lake Golf League.
Left to cherish her memory are her children; Deb Rakestraw of Naperville, IL, Duane (Linda) Rakestraw of Geneseo, IL, Denise Howell of Geneseo, IL, Dave (Kathy) Rakestraw of Annawan, IL, Darrell (Regina) Rakestraw of Mineral, IL; grandchildren Ryan Howell, Mandy (Brandon) Heller, Kerry (Shea) Jones, Ty (Melissa) Rakestraw, Dylan Rakestraw, Kelsey Rakestraw, Heath Rakestraw, Logan Rakestraw, Elizabeth Rakestraw; step-grandchildren: Raquel Frankenreider, Shannon Frankenreider; great-grandchildren: Liam James Heller, Piper Jamey Jones, Maddison Rakestraw, Kennedy Rakestraw, Knox Rakestraw; step-great-grandchildren: Peyton Frankenreider, Baylor Frankenreider, Charlie Frankenreider; and brother Kenny (Sara) Sierens of Annawan, IL, along with sister-in-law Joyce Geiger
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Alphonse and Helen, and her husband Duane “Palsy”; infant son Duane “Danny” Rakestraw, granddaughter Jamey Howell, son-in-law James P. Howell, an in-laws Darrel “Fluff” and Hazel.