Jean E. Crabtree, age 89, a resident at Luther Oaks Retirement Home in Bloomington, IL died on Monday, December 17, 2012 at Luther Oaks.
She was born on April 7, 1923 in Muscatine, IA In 1959 the family moved to Wheaton, IL. She retired as Registrar of Wheaton North High School in 1982 and was a member of Gary Memorial Methodist Church in Wheaton, She served as pianist for the Wheaton Silvertones, the Lombard Lilacs and the Beacon Hill Hilltoppers for many years and at the Wyndemere Retirement Facility in Wheaton and Luther Oaks in Bloomington.
Her survivors include two sons, Jim and Jerry (Jan) of Bloomington, IL; one daughter, Jolene (Don) Butts of Plainfield, IL; six grandchildren, Bryan (Jenna) Crabtree, Janelle (Brady) Knight, and John Crabtree, all of Bloomington, and Katie Crabtree of Vista, CA, and Donny and Kyle Butts from Plainfield, IL. Five great-grandchildren, Alayna, Adriana, and Ava Crabtree, and Brevin and Abby Knight, all of Bloomington; and one sister, Kay Runquist, of Orinda, CA.
She was preceded in death by her husband Martin in 1976, a long time elementary principal in District 200 in Wheaton, IL. She was also preceded by her parents; two brothers; one sister; and a daughter-in-law, Susan Crabtree.
Burial will take place in Nichols, IA. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at Gary Methodist Church, 224 N. Main St., in Wheaton, IL.
Memorials gifts may be directed to the Nichols Christian Church, Box 99, Nichols, IA. 52766.