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Eloise Caspall


Barbara Eloise Caspall 70, of Macomb, died at 8:54 a.m., Monday, May 18, 2009, surrounded by her family at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.


She was born Sept. 27, 1938, in Bethel Township, McDonough County to J. Otho and Dorothy Melinda Hoyt Holstine.

She married Frederick Caspall June 1, 1963. He survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Debi Caspall, Macomb and Laura (John) Cripe, Downs; five grandchildren, Brittney (Martin) Bradshaw-Kuhn, Mount Pleasant, Wisc., David Cripe, Joy Cripe and Gabriel Cripe all of Downs and Michelle Raymer, Macomb; Brittney is expecting Eloise's first great-grandchild in early 2010; her mother, Dorothy Holstine, Colchester; mother-in-law, Kathryn Weghorst, Macomb; four sisters, Eileen  (John) Zimmerman, Cuba and Beth (Jerry) Biswell, Nancy (Dick) Lacy and Evelyn (Orval) Hagan, all of Colchester; three brothers-in-law, Ken (Diane) Caspall, Columbia, Mo., Dan (Debbie) Caspall, Powhatan, Ark. and Larry (Rebekah) Caspall, Macomb and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, J. Otho Holstine, father-in-law, Ralph Caspall and one sister-in-law, Kay Cummins-Kousky.

She lived in McDonough County most of her life. In her early years, she worked at Gale Products in Galesburg and at Western Illinois University in the president's office.

She lived in Lawrence, Kan. from 1965 to 1969,

where she worked at the University of Kansas as a secretary for the French Department.

She returned to Macomb before moving to Missouri from 1977 until 1981, where she worked for Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan, as secretary in the Special Education Department.

She returned to

Macomb in 1981. She then worked for her daughter, Debi Caspall at Debi's Interior Decor and Gift Shop for many years.

She was a very active member of the Maple Avenue Christian Church, Macomb.

She was an avid Tri-Valley sports, music and drama fan, as well as a huge Leatherneck supporter. She worked with Meals on Wheels and was a caregiver to her many friends and family. She loved family, traveling, gardening and singing.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 22, 2009, at Maple Avenue Christian Church, Macomb with the Rev. Donnie Case officiating.

Burial will be in the Bethel Cemetery, south of Fandon.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home, Macomb.

Memorials may be made to the Maple Avenue Christian Church.

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