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ATWOOD — Joanne T. Schable, 92, died Sunday (Oct. 18, 2020) at home in rural Atwood after a brief illness.

Born Dec. 25, 1927, to Adlia and Eunice (Rusk) Taylor in Milmine, a baby sister was probably not what two older brothers Ronald and Charles “Chalk” Taylor were expecting on Christmas morning. Joanne attended a two-room grade school in Milmine and graduated from Bement High School in 1945.

In 1946, Joanne married Loren W. Schable of Atwood. Their children are Susan (Jay) Cribb of Lake Villa, Peggy Hargis (fiancé Allan Penwell) of Sullivan and Bill (Shari) Schable of Atwood. Joanne shared a love with eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and her many nieces and nephews.

Joanne was busy as a farm wife and served on many committees of Lake Fork United Church of Christ, where she was a member. She made countless cakes, pies and ice cream for the church and other organizations. Joanne was also an active volunteer with Faith in Action, Monticello. Loren and Joanne worked on many projects with Habitat for Humanity. Joanne was best known as the “Cookie Grandma” as she baked with her grandkids and great-grandkids then delivered homemade cookies to friends and relatives regularly.

Joanne was preceded in death by her husband, Loren, in 2001, after celebrating 55 years of marriage. Brothers Ronald (Goldie) and Charles “Chalk” (Luella) Taylor; son-in-law Tom Hargis and grandsons Eric Prochnow and Lee Robinson also preceded her in death.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, graveside services will be private with the Rev. Grant Wade of Sullivan Christian Church officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to support Faith in Action, Leanne Griffin, 1115 N. State St., Monticello, IL 61856 and/or any local Habitat for Humanity of your choice. Funeral arrangements by Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, Atwood. Online condolences may be shared at

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