Patricia Merle


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RANTOUL — Patricia Cecilia Merle, 81, of Rantoul passed away Wednesday (May 22, 2019) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

She was born Aug. 10, 1937, in Chicago, the daughter of Gordon and Anna (Lifka) McElligott. She married Robert Merle on April 18, 1970, in Chicago.

Pat is survived by her husband of 49 years, Robert; three daughters, Laura (Peter) Manrique of Philo, Jennifer (Fred) Shabec of Lake in the Hills and Colleen (Jason) Miller of Savoy; and five grandchildren, Peter, Isabella, Andrew, Owen and Isaac. She is also survived by two sisters and one brother, Rita, Eileen and William.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Patricia was a member of the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, where she was known as Sister Rita Marie. After leaving the convent, she continued to teach at several Catholic schools in and near Chicago. She and her husband, Robert, raised their three daughters in Elmwood Park and then moved to Rantoul for retirement, where she spent many years substitute teaching in local schools.

Pat was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved spending time with her family, especially baby-sitting her grandchildren. She was an avid reader, a devoted parishioner of St. Malachy’s in Rantoul, and enjoyed traveling with her family.

A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Malachy Church, 311 E. Grove Ave., Rantoul. Father Joel Phelps will officiate. Burial will follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rantoul. Visitation will be from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at Lux Meorial Chapel, 1551 E. Grove Ave., Rantoul.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to St. Malachy Catholic Church, Rantoul.


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