Catherine's Story

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Catherine Jane Ribbe, 92, formerly of Danville, passed away at 11:05 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at St. Vincent Home in Quincy, Ill.
Catherine was born Aug. 15, 1924, in Danville, the daughter of Jules and Jennie (McDonald) Vandermeulen. She attended Danville schools and graduated from Danville High in 1942.
Mom was a legal secretary for 45 years until her retirement in 1989.
On Oct. 17, 1948, she married John F. Ribbe at First Presbyterian Church. They were married almost 60 years when John passed in 2003. They were life-long members of the church and Catherine also was an Elder.
Catherine was a kind and loving person who always looked after others. Mom loved her family dearly. She was a "class act" who always had a smile on her face. Catherine especially loved to dance with her husband, John. Mom enjoyed playing cards with family and friends. Our parents loved being members of the Danville Elks Club. For years, our family vacations were with the "Group," which was an adventure every time we went.
Survivors include her daughter, Kay (Kenneth) Moneer of Quincy; son, John Ribbe; three grandchildren, Susan (Jessie) Ringley, Ashley Ribbe, Emily Ribbe, and one great-grandchild, Charlie Ringley all of Rogersville, Tenn. Catherine also is survived by a brother, Darrell (Judy) Vandermeulen of Fort Calhoun, Neb. Other survivors include three step-siblings, Davie (Virginia) Chapman, Richard (Ruth) Chapman and Carol Mitchell. Catherine was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Vandermeulen.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Officiating will Ann Schwartz. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery in Danville. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Danville. Please join Catherine's family in sharing memories, photos and videos on her Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 6, 2016
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