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Evelyn Mary (Rieuf) Skinner

April 20, 1926 — September 14, 2022

Evelyn Mary (Rieuf) Skinner, 96, of Grand Ridge, went to be with the Lord on September 14, 2022. 

Visitation will be held Monday (September 19th) from 4 – 7 PM at the Grand Ridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday (September 20th) 10:30 AM at the St. Andrews in the Field Church.

Burial will be in St. Andrews Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

Evelyn was born on April 20, 1926, in Marseilles to George and Irene (Engle) Rieuf.  She married John R. Skinner on November 15, 1945.  He preceded her in death on January 15, 1976.

Surviving is her daughter in law Janice Skinner of Colorado, children; Janice (Mike) Dunne of Missouri, James (Glenda) Skinner of Texas, Jeffrey (Shawna) Skinner of Grand Ridge, Jean (Randall) Molnar of S. Carolina, Jayne (Daniel) Cross of Pennsylvania, Judith (Kevin) Chalfant of Grand Ridge, Julius (Barb) Skinner of Grand Ridge, and Juanita (Daryl) Heider of Missouri.  She is also survived by 24 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and 7 great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband John, oldest son John in 2006, brothers, George, Clarence, and Glen Rieuf, sisters, Jeanette Youngling and Elsie Adams.

Evelyn was a faithful Christian woman who dearly loved the Lord and her large family.  Her father would not let her go to high school, but she completed her GED later in life.  She worked at Libby Owens during WWII countersinking rivets in aircraft windshields, and she worked with the Evelyn Brue Music School.  She provided bus rides and home cooked lunches for Deer Park Elementary School.  After being widowed, she returned to work at Libby Owens Ford and LaSalle County Courthouse until her retirement.

Evelyn had a compassionate heart and was full of joy and laughter.  She worked hard all her life, and when she was not at work she enjoyed gardening, canning, traveling, Euchre, playing her steel guitar and spending time with her family.  She was also very proud of the fact that she soloed in an airplane.

Memorials may be made in her honor to the Grand Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, LaSalle County Nursing Home or a charity of the donors choice.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, September 19, 2022

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

St. Andrews in the Field Church

1259 N 2053rd Rd, Grand Ridge, IL 61325

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