PRINCETON — Marjorie Ellen (Thomas) Kasbeer, a life-long Princeton resident, died Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, in Princeton.
She was born Jan. 5, 1921, on the family farm east of Princeton. She attended the Colton school, Princeton Township High School and Stephens College. She married G. Richard Kasbeer Oct. 6, 1940. After marrying, they moved to Peoria, S.C., then to Chicago, before returning to Princeton in 1945. She worked at Landahl's in high school, then at Guzzardo's when it opened. Later she took courses at Illinois Valley Community College, after which she worked almost 20 years at Matson Public Library.
She was an active member of PEO, Friends in Council and Hampshire Colony Congregational Church, and was a leader of Brownies, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. She served on the ad hoc committee to promote mental health services in Bureau and surrounding counties, and on the board of the Bureau County Historical Society.
She is survived by three children, Kathy Stephens of Princeton, Pamela (David) Henkel of Lake Forest and Richard (Susan) Kasbeer of Monterey, Calif.; a sister, Audrey Monier; five grandchildren, Christopher Stephens, Emily (Ryan) Hegenberger, Andrew (Erin) Henkel, Julie (Thomas) Hill and Sarah (Taurean) Kasbeer-Smithe; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Richard; and her parents, Harry and Ellen Thomas.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Hampshire Colony Congregational Church in Princeton. Private burial will be in Limerick Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Gateway Services, 406 S. Gosse Blvd., Box 535, Princeton, IL 61356.