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“I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Your mom was always so kind to me growing up. Peace be with you all.. Love, Belinda ”
1 of 23 | Posted by: Bel - Clinton, IA - friend

“Please know that I am thinking of you through the difficult days to come. I pray that you wil find peace in your hearts soon. I am just coming to...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Shelly Brandt - Phoenix, AZ

“We are so sorry for you loss our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. ”
3 of 23 | Posted by: Dennis & Linda Schoening - IA

“Dear Bob, Barbara, Lisa, Ed and Richard: I was deeply saddened to see the loss of Dorothy. I always remember a smile on her face as well as her...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Jill Naftzger Doherty - DeKalb, IL

“Our sympathy to the family of Dorothy, we shared many wonderful times in the past with Dorothy, especially the laughter and fun at Grandma Kustes'...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Sheila Baker Franzen and Jeane Baker Housenga - IL

“Bob and family, We are sorry for your loss. Remembering Bob and Dorothy visiting in our neighbor as I was growing up. May your strength in God help...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Roger and Gail (Naftzger) Drolema - IL

“Ed, Susie and kids, We will be keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during this diffucult time. May you find comfort in knowing that others...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Mindy and Clayton Holesinger - IL

“You and your family are in our thoughts and in our words. ”
8 of 23 | Posted by: Lynn, Kathleen Schipper and family

“Barb, Brent, Heather and family- On the few occasions I met your Mom/Grandmother she was always so warm and charming. At Brent's going away party...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Wanda and John Strunk - Clinton, IA

“I have the fondest memories of spending many family picnics and Dottie bringing out the homemade pickles and those mints. I even got some mints...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: JOhn Van Der Bleek - Chicago, IL

“Ed and family, Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
11 of 23 | Posted by: Frank Randall - Elizabeth, IL

“My sympathy and prayers go out to all the family.I've been a neighbor of hers a long time.She was a very sweet and caring lady.I was glad I got to...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Wanda Smith - Thomson, IL

“Barb, Lisa, Eddie, Richard... This comes as a shock to all of us. I am so sorry for all of you, I know what it is like to lose a mom, the nurturer,...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: Melissa Powers - Sycamore, IL

“All of my love to your family. She was a special lady & has a very special place in my heart. She's a great memory in my childhood. I had a chance...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Lyn Durward - Thomson, IL

“You are in our thought and in our prayers . Our sincere sympathy from all of us: Bob Baker and Family; Dave Baker and Family, Penny Miller and...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Dick and Betty Baker Happel - IA

“So sorry for your loss, our thoughts & prayers to the family. ”
16 of 23 | Posted by: John & Kay (Stoecker) Thyne

“To Barb, Lisa, Ed and Rich-I was so very sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I have wonderful memories of Dorothy both as a neighbor when I was...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Teresa Meakins-Linn - Fort Worth, TX

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in your time of loss. May God bless and comfort all of you. ”
18 of 23 | Posted by: Rich and Lynelle Criss - Morrison, IL

“Ed & Susie - Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. With deepest sympathy and friendship, Dianne & Ed ”
19 of 23 | Posted by: Dianne Behrens

“No words can express how much Dorothy will be missed. We share your grief. May God comfort you at this difficult time. David, Cathy and Caitlin...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Cathy Brainerd - Chattanooga, TN

“Thinking of you all - hoping that God will be close to you during this difficult time! ”
21 of 23 | Posted by: Mark & Sandy Hamilton - Fulton, IL

“We will miss you greatly. ”
22 of 23 | Posted by: Chris & Amy Kustes - Steward, IL

“So sorry for your loss:( ”
23 of 23 | Posted by: Scott and Dawn Edwards - Sycamore, IL

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Dorothy J. Pannell, 74, of Thomson, IL, died Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at Mercy Living Center, Clinton, IA.

Dorothy was born November 7, 1937, the daughter of J. Edward and Bernadette (Foreman) Kustes. She married Robert Pannell on April 23, 1960, in Fulton, IL. She was educated in the Smith rural school and graduated from Fulton High School. Dorothy grew up on the family farm in Fulton, until she attended Mount St. Clare College, Clinton, IA, where she graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree. She loved to laugh and sing. Dorothy loved to give of herself, she especially loved to teach children who struggled how to read and write. She enjoyed a good game of cards, musicals, plays and a good joke. She was an avid reader and lifelong learner. She was a devoted seamstress to her children in their youth and as well as her grandchildren. She also was a big supporter of the Girl Scouts and 4-H. She also loved her Shih Tzu, Sparky. Dorothy was employed with the Clinton Bridge Commission, Nielsen's corporation, Thomson School District and the West Carroll School District; retiring at the age of 70 because she couldn't bear the thought of being bored. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fulton, IL, the church's Altar & Rosary Society, Fulton American Legion Auxiliary, T.O.P.S. and Curves. Dorothy was a great asset to all of her children and was loved immensely by all who met her.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Pannell of Thomson, IL; 2 daughters, Barbara L. Lawrence of Fulton, IL and Lisa M. (Michael) Dienst of Maple Park, IL; 2 sons, Edward J. (Susan) Pannell and Richard J. (Jennifer) Pannell both of Fulton, IL; 13 grandchildren, Heather A. Houzenga of Savanna, IL, Brent E. Houzenga of New Orleans, LA, Meghan E., Scott M., Mitchell E. and Brett C. Dienst all of Maple Park, IL, Whitney L. Pannell of Thomson, IL, Morgan C., Hannah M., Jacob D., Eli H., Maxwell G., Zane R. Pannell all of Fulton, IL; 1 great granddaughter, Isabella M. Valdivia of Thomson, IL; and 2 sisters, Francis M. Powers of Sycamore, IL and Mary E. Biggs of Moline, IL; many nieces and nephews and a huge circle of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and 3 brothers, John E. Kustes, Jesse Lemmel and Virgil Lemmel.

It was Dorothy's wish that cremation rites be accorded. A gathering of friends and family will be from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M., Sunday, August 19, 2012, in the McDonald Funeral Home, Fulton, IL. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, August 20, 2012, in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fulton, IL, with Reverend David Austin officiating. Inurnment will be at the Calvary Hill Cemetery, Fulton, IL.

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