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Rhonda S. Downey

February 10, 1962 February 7, 2019
Rhonda  S. Downey
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Obituary for Rhonda S. Downey

Rhonda Sue (Fecht) Downey, 56, of Putnam, passed away Thursday February 7, 2019, 8:35 am at Heartland Health Care Center, Henry.
Visitation will be Monday February 11, 2019 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at the Henry United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held Tuesday 11:00 am at the church with an hour prior visitation. The Rev. Will Meachum will officiate. Burial will follow at Putnam Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to her church, the Marshall-Putnam 4H & Extension Foundation, Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureau Foundation or Midland FFA Alumni.
Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, Henry is in charge of arrangements.
Rhonda was born February 10, 1962 in Streator, IL to Gerald and Pauline Fecht. She married Jonathan J. Downey on July 2, 1989 at the Antioch Christian Church, Toluca. He survives.
Also surviving along with her parents of Toluca, are her children, James Henry Downey, Thomas Jacob Downey, Caroline Jessie Downey, and Jonathan Walter Downey, all of Putnam, her siblings, Carol (Mike) Rinehart, Robert (Deanna) Fecht, and William Fecht, all of Toluca, her nieces and nephews, Joseph Fecht, Katherine Fecht, Philip Rinehart, Bryan Fecht and Leah Fecht, also Stephen, David and Daniel Downey.
Her grandparents, Frank and Jessie Fecht, Russell and Anna Litchfield, and a sister-in-law, Gina Fecht, preceded her in death.
Rhonda was a 1980 graduate of Toluca High School, a graduate of Illinois Valley Community College and a 1985 graduate of Northern Illinois University in Home Economics. She taught Home Economics at Low Point-Washburn High School for 5 years. Rhonda was Senachiwine Township Clerk for 21 years and worked part time at Henry Senachiwine Grade School in the cafeteria. Rhonda was also a homemaker, a stay-at-home mother, farmer’s wife and a friend to many. She was a member of the Henry United Methodist Church.
Rhonda’s many volunteer activities included serving on the Putnam County Board of Health, numerous committees and activities at the Henry United Methodist Church; including Sunday School Teacher and Henry Vacation Bible School Director.
She was extremely involved in her children’s activities, 4H and the FFA. Rhonda was inducted into the Illinois 2018 4H Hall of Fame.
Rhonda was known for her culinary and baking talents. She was an eager participant in family, community, school and church activities.

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3:00 PM 2/11/2019 3:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 2/11/2019 7:00:00 PM
United Methodist Church

225 Lincoln St.
Henry, IL 61537

United Methodist Church
225 Lincoln St. Henry 61537 IL
United States





11:00 AM 2/12/2019 11:00:00 AM - 11:30 AM 2/12/2019 11:30:00 AM
United Methodist Church

225 Lincoln St.
Henry, IL 61537

United Methodist Church
225 Lincoln St. Henry 61537 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


Putnam Cemetery Final Resting Place

Putnam , IL 615

Putnam Putnam 615 IL
United States

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