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Jane Rebbe

d. May 1, 2021

Jane Rebbe, age 89, passed away on Saturday May 1, 2021 at Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Petersburg.

She was born on March 26, 1932 the daughter of William and Linnie (Hutchison) Thomas.

Jane married Bob Rebbe on July 22, 1950 in Petersburg, IL.  They had six children, Greg (Jane) Rebbe, Vicki (Loren) Baxley, Mark (companion Brenda Davis), Jeff (Cheryl) Rebbe, Lacy Rebbe,  Kris “Cricket” Parkes. They was blessed with thirteen grandchildren and fourteen beautiful great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bob; granddaughter, Zoe”; parents; three brothers, Bill, Jim, and Nick; and a sister, Mary.

She worked at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Petersburg for many years.

Grandma Jane loved to read, bowl, play cards, and gamble.  Jane especially enjoyed spending time with her grandkids and great-grandkids.  She always attended all her grandchildren’s school activities and sporting events.

Jane was a member of the St. Peters Church where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society.

Jane helped “Farmer Bob” on the farm for many years and raised all her children with her husband.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 5:00 until 7:00 PM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens.

An additional visitation will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021 from 10:00 until 11:00 at St. Peters Catholic Church.  A private family funeral mass will be held with Rev. Fr. Seth Brown officiating.

Burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Petersburg.

Memorials can be made to the Memorial Home Hospice or the Menard County Rescue Squad.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. Thoughts & prayers for the family in this difficult time. Aunt Jane loved her kids, grandchildren & great-grandchildren very much. She is reunited with “Farmer Bob”!

    Much Love,

    Robb, Gina & kids

  2. From my first encounter with the Thomas, Rebbe and Day families in 1967, Aunt Jane and Uncle Bob always welcomed me with cheerful acceptance and love. When I discussed Aunt Jane’s health with my family recently, my kids spoke of the fun memories they have of family Christmas gatherings at Aunt Jane and Uncle Bob’s when they were very young.. Aunt Jane was a true example of love and support to her sister during her many health issues. As God has called his faithful servant home, may the memory of her spoken word. her touch. or her facial expression bring a smile to your heart and comfort to your spirit,

    Janice, Terry, Tim, Amy and Families

  3. To all of Jane & Bob’s children, grandchildren & great grandchildren: I cannot express enough what wonderful people these two were. They had a special ability to always make you feel like a very important person within their arena of friends. I loved them both, but considered Jane one of the best friends I ever had. Praying God’s love and comfort to all of you in your time of sorrow. Bye, Janie, you will be missed – wishing you God’s speed in your journey home. May you always enjoy a very special place in His house of Angels; and, may you enjoy your reunion with your sweetie. Hugs.

  4. Rebbe Family, We are so sorry to hear of Jane’s passing, but she is with Bob I know. I was just saying to Dave recently that I didn’t think Jane would be with us long when Bob passed, but she remained with you all for quite a while. I always think fondly of both your parents. They were such good people and people you just loved being around. Please know that our thoughts are with you. I will, of course, let my daughter, Hayley, know of this sad news.

    Dave and Liz Lefferts

  5. Loved going down to the old Rebbe farmhouse to see my Aunt Jane and Uncle Bob especially when all their kids were young. Aunt Jane was so nice and had to tease you about anything and everything. Bob and Jane were great people who always showed great affection for each other. May god grant them ever lasting life together.

  6. Dear Rebbe Family,
    I was saddened to learn of Jane’s passing. Please accept my sincere condolences.
    Peace to you all,
    Craig Davis

  7. So sorry for your loss. May wonderful memories remind all the family and friends of her great life.

  8. Dearest Rebbe families,

    Sending my deepest sympathy to all of you. Your Mom was just the nicest lady.Please know that my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

  9. Mark Rebbe and Families,
    Our sincere sympathy in the loss of your mother Jane. May God give you comfort and peace in days ahead. God bless all of you for she will be truly 🙏 missed.

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