Aurettia June (Gilmore) Kobel of St. Joseph, born June 5, 1930, daughter of the late Lawrence Gilmore and Hazel Marie (Beals) Gilmore Endsley passed from this life on May 6, 2021 at the age of 90.
She is survived by her son, James E. Kobel of Two Rivers, Wisconsin; her daughter Marla K. Kobel-Crook of St. Joseph, Illinois, ten granddaughters, Mallory Kobel-Hansen of Champaign, Illinois, Ashley Kobel-Schworer, Alexis Kobel, Olivia Kobel Gauthier Laack, Abigail Kobel, Adaline Kobel, Aubrieana Kobel, Alynna Kobel, Gia Kobel, and Lilly Kobel all of Two Rivers, Wisconsin; and three grandsons, Quinten “Quinn” Crook of Champaign, Illinois, Peter Kobel and Aric Kobel of Two Rivers Wisconsin. Two great granddaughters Ava Schworer and Briella Gauthier also of Two Rivers Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Harry E. Kobel of St. Joseph, Illinois and one grandson, Abraham Kobel of Two Rivers, Wisconsin.
A 1948 graduate of Sadorus High School, Mrs. Kobel was active in the drama and home economics departments. After graduation she attended business school and was employed by the University of Illinois. When she retired from the University, Department of Dairy Sciences, in 1992 she had been recognized for her years of contributions to the Illini Dairy Club as their volunteer secretary and campus “Mom”. One of her most noted contributions was the creation of the “Milk a Cow” button; still being used by the club at the Illinois State Fair.
A member of Bondville United Methodist Church, she was active with the MYF, Sunday School programs, fundraising and was on the first committee helping to create a congregation cookbook. Traveling, quilting, sewing and her family were her passions. Serving as an Ambassador for Brookdale Senior Living, Urbana, Illinois Aurettia took pride in welcoming and orienting new residents. She loved her friends, old and new, she will be missed.
Private graveside services will be held at this time, a celebration of life will be held at a future date.
Freese Funeral Home 302 E. Grand Ave. is in charge of arrangements.