Rita Gesell

Rita F. Gesell, 83, of Bloomington, passed away 12:39 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 10, 2018) at Heartland Healthcare, Normal.

Her funeral will be noon Monday at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the charity of the donor's choice.

Rita was born Nov. 9, 1935, in Bloomington, the daughter of James F. and Mary Clifford Beauford. She married Leonard C. Gesell on Aug. 12, 1961, in Bloomington. He preceded her in death on July 1, 2008.

Survivors include two daughters, Betsy Bloodworth, Paxton, and Stella Gesell, Rantoul; three sons, Thomas (Leslie) Gesell, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Leonard F. Gesell and Ralph J. Gesell, both of Bloomington; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

Rita graduated from Bloomington High School and was a member of Epiphany Catholic Church.

To express condolences, please visit www.carmodyflynn.com.

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