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Eileen “Granny” Palazzolo

d. August 28, 2023

Eileen “Granny” Palazzolo, age 96, of Sherman, passed away on Monday, August 28, 2023 at her residence.

She was born October 26, 1926 near Springfield, Illinois.

Eileen married Vito Palazzolo on September 24, 1950 at Sacred Heart Church in Springfield, Illinois.  He preceded her in death on April 7, 2000.

Mourning her passing are her daughters, Nena (husband David) Bartold and Gayle (husband Roger) Behl; sons, Mick (wife Madonna) Palazzolo and Sam (wife Donna) Palazzolo; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents, Lytton Cartwright and Belle Farrand Cartwright; daughter, Kristine; sister, Betty Roberts; and son-in-law, William Scott.

Eileen graduated from Riverton High School as Salutatorian of her class.

She worked for the State Journal Register and was a stay-at-home mom for most of her life.

Eileen was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sherman.

She loved to read, cross-stitch, and especially to spend time with her family.

Visitation for Eileen will be held on Friday, September 1, 2023 from 10:30 until time of funeral services at 11:30 AM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens with Rev. Dr. David McDonald officiating.  Burial will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery near Williamsville.

Memorial contributions can be made to Lincoln Land Honor Flight or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

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


  1. We have such fond memories of Eileen. She was a very special lady. May God give you peace with knowing that she is with her Lord and Savior, Vito and Kristi.

    Delores and Earl

  2. Sorry for your loss, may God bless, Frank Camille and Debbie Coultas

  3. Eileen was a very good friend of mine for many years. I am blessed to have known such a wonderful person. She will be missed by many of her friends. She is now with Vito and Kristine. I will miss her.

  4. Gayle,
    So sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Marilyn and Paul

  5. Eileen was one of the sweetest women I have known and I loved to hear her chuckle! Love and prayers to her family for she will be missed!

  6. Eileen was a lovely person, as was her wonderful husband. I hope you are flooded with peaceful memories during the days and months ahead.

  7. For years Eileen and the girls sat in the row behind us at church. She was such a nice lady. Our hearts go out to her family. We pray they are comforted knowing she has gone home. Sincerely, Kevin and Rita Schultz

  8. For years Eileen and the girls sat in the row behind us at church. She was such a nice lady. Our hearts go out to her family. We pray they are comforted knowing she has gone home to be with her Heavenly Father, and other family members.

  9. Eileen and Vito’s family was my extended family and the memories with the Palazzolas will never be forgotten. God bless them all.

  10. Eileen was a dear, sweet soul who always had a smile and caring heart. She is now at her heavenly home. God’s peace – especially to our dear friend Gayle and her family.

  11. So very sorry to hear of Eileen’s passing. She was one of the kindest and most patient moms I have ever known in my life. My heart goes out to all of you kids. This loss is sad, but what a big bunch of love everyone of you kids have to remember. May you each find peace in knowing she also was a Believer in Christ; and may His Love in turn soften the pain of this terrific loss.

  12. So sorry for your loss. I will always remember her smile at church.

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