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Transition: Eileen Welch, 99, of St. Joseph

Eileen Welch, 99, was born October 12, 1920 at Sadorus, the daughter of John and Anna (O'Neil) Gallagher. The St. Joseph resident passed away on Friday September 25, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, just short of celebrating 100 years on God's Earth.

She married William F. Bushue, who preceded her in death, and later married James Albert Welch, who survives. Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, son James, daughter Linda, and grandson Troy Waller.

Eileen is also survived by her daughter, Sandra Waller of St. Joseph, and her son, Dustin Ragle of St. Joseph. Grandchildren, Jeanne Lord, Joseph Ragle, and Everett Bushue. Great grandchildren, Blake (Katlyn) Waller, Ty Waller, Joseph (Alex) Ragle Jr, Josh Ragle, and two great-great grandchildren Riley and Anna Snyder.

She was employed at the University of Illinois and retired there. She also was a former manager at TCBY Yogurt store.

Eileen was active in her retirement and cherished family gatherings. She enjoyed mowing her yard until the age of 94 as well as sewing, cooking for her family, and family get-togethers.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Thursday October 1, 2020 at Freese Funeral Home 302 E. Grand Ave. St. Joseph. Entombment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Urbana. Visitation will be Thursday from Noon-1:00pm.

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