Louise Joanne Connell, Seymour, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2017) at Arbor Rose in Monticello, with her family at her side after an eight-year battle with Alzheimer’s.

Louise was born March 10, 1933, in Morgantown, W.Va., to William H. and Alice Oerkwitz Pierre. She graduated from Ames High School in Ames, Iowa. She attended the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., and graduated with a degree in applied art and design.

On Aug. 2, 1954, she married Richard Connell in Ames, Iowa. She and Rich moved back to the family farm in Storm Lake, Iowa. As a city girl, each day on the farm was a new adventure for Louise. After a midnight fire destroyed the dairy operation, the family moved to Earlville and then Bloomington. Louise was a wonderful homemaker and loved taking care of her family and her home. She was a talented seamstress, making many of the children’s clothes and even making daughter Katie’s wedding dress. Gardening was her passion. She had a large vegetable garden as well as beautiful flower gardens. She also enjoyed cooking, reading, quilting, refinishing furniture and decorating.

She is survived by her husband, Richard; two daughters, Laurie Jacob, Urbana, and Katie (Wendell) Wiley, Lafayette, Ind.; three grandchildren, Erin (Nick) Frey, Ben (Julia) Wiley and Andrew Jacob; two great-grandchildren, Micaiah and Lilia Frey; and two sisters, Mary (Lloyd) Morrisett and Nancy McKinney.

She was preceded in death by a son, Scott Connell; son-in-law, Jeff Jacob; and her parents.

Visitation will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 501 W. State St., Mahomet. Her funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at the church with Father Joseph Hogan officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, P.O. Box 109, Mahomet, IL 61853, or the Mahomet Helping Hands, P.O. Box 254, Mahomet, IL 61853.

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