Marguerite “Maggie” Bushkill, 87, of Springfield, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at Memorial Medical Center.
Marguerite was born on January 7, 1925 in Springfield, IL, the daughter of Henry Berry Rapps and Hannorah ‘Honora’ Katherine Denny. She married Arthur Bushkill. Marguerite was a devoted and loving mother and friend. She worked at Little Flower Grade School and at the Illinois Department of Transportation Traffic Safety for 32 years retiring in 2002. She loved traveling and was a die-hard Cubs fan. She attended Sacred Heart Grade School and graduated from Ursuline Academy. She was a member of the Church of the Little Flower, KC Council #4179 Ladies Auxilary and Catholic Daughters of America. She volunteered at the Holy Family Food Pantry and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Deborah Bushkill and seven brothers and sisters (Mary (Rolland) Forbes, John (Eileen) Rapps, Robert (Oma) Rapps, Richard (Evelyn) Rapps, Henry (Alberta) Rapps, George (Betty) Rapps and Walter (Susan) Rapps.
She is survived by her sister, Honora (John) Forgas and brother, Thomas (Bettie) Rapps; five children, Marilyn (Bill) Franklin, Linda Hughes, Diane Gray, Richard (Rita) Bushkill and Joseph (Carol) Bushkill; nine grandchildren, Sandra (Chris) Steil, Brian (Jenny) Franklin, Christie (Armando) Marquez, Shelah (Chad) Wanless, Jeffery (Jackie) Hughes, David and Catlin Wright and Lauren and Claire Bushkill; thirteen great-grandchildren, Christopher and Brooke Steil, Caleigh and Brandon Franklin, Bryson, Dailynn and Aleczander Hughes, Adina Viele, Chad Joe and Jayden Wanless, Deanna and Mateo Marquez and Cash Wright and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial Gathering: 4-7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2012 at Staab Funeral Home with a prayer service at 4 p.m.
Lie-in-State: 9-10 a.m. Friday, July 20, 2012 at Church of the Little Flower
Memorial Mass: 10 a.m. Friday, July 20, 2012 at Church of the Little Flower with Reverend Robert Porter and Monsignor John Ossola concelebrating.
Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Little Flower School or to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice.
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I will always remember her with a smile on her face. She was such a sweet lady. Your family is in my prayers.
To my dad, aunts, uncle and cousins - I regret not being able to be there with you today and tomorrow to celebrate Grandma's life. I am there in spirit and you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I will miss Grandma more than words can express. Our relationship was very special to me. Even though we were separated by two thousand miles, I felt very close to her. I will miss her calls on my birthday; she would always sing the birthday song to me. I will miss how she and Armando would call to razz each other when her Cubs played his Dodgers. I will miss her humor, strength, wisdom, and kindness. But I feel so very blessed to have had her in my life. This is my favorite picture of Grandma. This is how I will always remember her. We always laughed when we were together. I was pregnant with Deanna at the time. Grandma and Perky were here in San Diego about a week before Deanna was born.
I want to express my deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones of Maggie Bushkill. Maggie was a remarkable woman, one that I can say I learned a lot from. She was graceful, spirited, energetic, intelligent and loving. I came to know Maggie through her employment with the IL Transportation Department and her work with the FARS program. Maggie set a high standard for excellence and did what it took to achieve that level. She never shied away from extra assignments, frequently volunteering to participate on expert panels and committees. Maggie’s influence, contributions and love extended throughout the country. The picture of Maggie with her FARS family is included in her picture book. I know that Maggie could speak with each and every member of the FARS family on a personal level. She knew them all and loved them as well. I will miss Maggie, but I will always remember her kind heart, warm and loving manner and her zest for life.
To all of Maggie's family, I worked with Maggie at IDOT for several years. Maggie always had a smile on her face. Condolences to the family and God Bless You. Barb(Bishop)Long and Rich Long Jim and Paula Bishop
Marilyn and Linda and family please accept my condolences on the loss of your mother. She was a great person. I know what a loss this is for your family. you are in my prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.
I am so very sorry for your loss. I loved Aunt Marguerite! She was such a great lady. She will be greatly missed. I know my Grandma will have a difficult time without her sister. I am thinking of you all and wish I could be there. xoxoxo
I'm so sorry for your loss. Maggie was a wonderful lady. Know that when it is your time to go, she will be the first to greet you all to a new and wonderful life. God bless. Mark and Paula.
Dailynn Hughes posted on 10/14/12
I love you grandma