Jennifer Blake

Jennifer Blake

CHAMPAIGN — Jennifer Ruth Blake, 62, of Champaign passed away Friday (June 8, 2018).

A private memorial service was held by her family. Messages and memories can be shared at

Jennifer was born Nov. 7, 1955, in Muscatine, Iowa, to Thomas and Jean Ruckles. She married Harold A. Blake Jr. on Oct. 1, 1977, and later divorced.

She loved spending time with her family, spoiling her dog Bella, playing with her grandkids and was a proud supporter of Chicago Cubs baseball.

Jennifer is survived by her children, Thomas (Crystalynn) Blake of Columbia, S.C., and Caroline (Rommel) DeJesus of Champaign; grandchildren, Aubree, Elliot and Harrison; two sisters, Carol Ann Zorich and Deborah Proffitt of Muscatine, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Jennifer to the Champaign County Humane Society, 1911 E. Main St., Urbana, IL 61802.