LINCOLN ó Jeanne Louise Handlin, 88, of
Lincoln, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at 3:44 a.m. at St. John's
Hospital in Springfield.
(Below is a copy of
the obituary from the funeral home.)
LINCOLN-Jeanne Louise Handlin, 88, of Lincoln,
passed away at 3:44 a.m. February 11, 2014 at St.
Johnís Hospital, Springfield, IL.
Jeanne was born October 19, 1925 the daughter of
George M. Keller and Edna Matthews Keller. Her
mother died when she was 3 and her second mother was
Catherine Schaeffer Keller. She grew up in Chicago
and Oak Park, Illinois. She graduated from St.
Catherine of Sienna High School and then from Knox
College where she met her husband Daniel William
Handlin, Sr. from Lincoln. They were married on
October 23, 1948. They spent most of their life
together in Lincoln where he was a lawyer and she
was a teacher. Her teaching career spanned many
decades first in Mt. Pulaski and then in Beason
where she taught for 27 years. She was an innovative
educator who loved teaching and her students.
Jeanne is survived by sons: Daniel (Nancy) Handlin,
Jr. (a pilot) of Marion, Montana; Bill (Donna)
Handlin of Houston, TX (a teacher); daughter:
Patricia Jeanne (Flint) Handlin Taylor of Chicago,
IL (a lawyer); four Grandchildren: Michelle Handlin,
Jennifer Ray (Marty), William Handlin (Gracey); Kate
Taylor; one great grandchild: Maya Ray; and three
sisters: Margaret, Rita, and Mary Catherine. She was
preceded in death by her parents, two brothers,
George and Joseph, and her beloved husband who died
She adored her friends and family and received
special joy with her grand-children and great grand
child. She traveled extensively, going to China,
England, the Caribbean and within the United States.
Jeanne, with her husband, was a founding member of
Lincoln Youth Football and Commissioner for many
years. They were also founding members of the
Lincoln High School Football Booster Club and the
Baseball Booster Club. She was a founding board
member of Lincoln Community Theatre.
She was a devout Catholic throughout her life and a
member of Holy Family Church where she served on
various church committees and supported Carroll
Catholic School. She was also a member of the
American Legion, Knights of Columbus and Retired
Teachers Association. She was a generous woman who
lived her life with grace and humor.
A visitation will occur from 4:00 PM to 7:00pm on
Friday, February 14, 2014 at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.
The funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on
Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Holy Family Church
with Rev. Jeffrey Laible officiating. Burial will be
in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lincoln, with a reception to
follow at noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall. A
Rosary service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in memory
of Jeanne to Holy Family Church or Carroll Catholic