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Faye E. Tombaugh
Faye E. Tombaugh, 93, of Streator passed away Sunday, December 22, 2019 at Heritage Health of Streator.
Visitation will be held Friday from 4 to 7 pm at the Winterrowd Funeral Home and Saturday from 9 to 10:30 am at the Grand Ridge United Methodist Church. The funeral service, led by Pastor Anne Ferguson, will begin at 10:30 am. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, Streator.
Faye was born on November 23, 1926 in Streator to William and Celia (Shawback) Freise who lived and farmed near Leonore. Faye married Boyd G. Tombaugh of rural Streator June 20, 1948. He preceded her in death on March 15, 1994. Surviving are their three sons, Larry (Kathy) of Streator, Chuck of Ottawa and Ron (Sandy) of Streator, five grandchildren (Matthew, Kate, Eric, Brandon and Tyler), and four great-grandchildren (Grace, Hunter, Sierra, and Brittany). Also surviving are her sister, Duanne Nelson of Ottawa and her sisters-in-law, Barbara Freise of Ottawa and Marlene Freise of Wenona, as well as a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and three brothers Gaylan (Dutch), Merle (Bud), and Wayne Freise, by a sister-in-law Barb Freise, a brother-in-law Don Nelson, a daughter-in-law Rita Tombaugh, and by a granddaughter Heather Tombaugh.
Faye graduated from Streator H.S. with the class of 1944 and began her long teaching career at the age of 17 in a one-room school near Lowell. Following a stint in the one-room Koontz school and the early rearing of her sons, she gradually earned her educational degree at Illinois State University. Altogether, she taught for over 38 years in area schools, chiefly as a second-grade teacher at Northlawn and Oakland Park. She officially retired in 1995 but continued as a substitute teacher until the age of 80.
Faye was a certified lay speaker of the United Methodist (UM) Church and was very involved in church work both locally and through her service on the executive committee of the Pontiac District UM Women. She was a faithful member of the Grace UM Church of Streator and, later, the Grand Ridge UM Church.
Memorials may be directed to the Grand Ridge United Methodist Church.
A separate memorial gift from the family will be used to benefit the Streator and Woodland educational districts.
To the entire Tombaugh Family, I am deeply saddened to learn of Faye's passing. When I first came to Woodland, I was single and living alone. I usually left school, had supper at the 4 corners, and then would go back to school for a night activity. Frequently, Boyd and Faye would be there also. We formed a friendship then and my affection for Faye has remained. Boyd and I would talk as Faye patiently put up with our farm talk, but we would often talk about school issues. They were both ardent supporters of education, Woodland, and their grandchildren. Faye was such a classy lady and I know that she had to have been a fantastic teacher. Boyd was one of the community leaders and was also very respected for all he did in the community. Through the years I have come to know all of you and your families. I cherish the friendship and support that each of you gave me over the years. When Karen and I met and married, the Tombaugh family became some of our first friends. We were thrilled to be able to make music with your talented family. Being in the Kansas City area now, we regret not being there to offer my sincere condolences to each of your personally. Take comfort in knowing how well respected your mom and dad were among the entire community. Please know that Karen and I will be keeping your entire family in my thoughts and prayers as you go through the adjustment to life without this beautiful lady.
Larry and Karen Sebby Dec 28 2019 12:00 AM