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Paul Rebbe

d. July 16, 2014

Paul Rebbe, age 59, of Springfield, passed away with his family by his side on July 16, 2014 at Brother James Court in Springfield, IL.

He is survived by eight siblings, Karen (Tommy) Northcutt of Titusville, FL, Janet (Gary) Connor of Petersburg, IL, David (Jayne) Rebbe of Petersburg, Diane (Jay) Rogers of Girard, Brenda (Chas) Richardson of Petersburg, Nora Rebbe of Petersburg, Charlie Rebbe of Petersburg, and Andy (Donna) Rebbe of Cantrall; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Paul is preceded in death by his parents and two infant sisters.

He was born February 18, 1955, in Springfield, IL, the son of Philip and Imogene (Dick) Rebbe.

Paul was a member of the Knights of Columbus #5754 and St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Petersburg. He was also involved with the Special Olympics in Springfield and a volunteer for the Great American People Show at New Salem State Park.

He was employed at Rebbe’s Restaurant and Tavern, Springfield Developmental Center, and Goodwill.

Paul was an avid Bingo player, loved bowling and the St. Louis Cardinals. He loved being with his family, including his extended family at The Weber House and Brother James Court.

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM, with a prayer service at 3:30, on Friday, July 18, 2014, at Mott and Henning Funeral Home in Athens, IL.

Funeral mass will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Petersburg, IL.

Fr. Tom Holinga will be officiating.

Burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Petersburg, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brother James Court, 2508 Saint James Road, Springfield, IL 62707 or to the Springfield Developmental Center, 4595 Laverna Road, Springfield, IL 62707.


  1. I am happy for heaven to have a soul like your sweet Paul. His little pats and smiles coming back from Communion are forever etched in my mind. 🙂 God bless all of you as you celebrate the life of your wonderful and wonderfully loved brother, Paul. He was lucky to be in your family. Much love and prayers, Melissa (Brauer) Applebee

  2. Our sympathy to Paul’s family may they find comfort in golden memories of Paul. We will always remember him in his chef’s hat from the restaurant. Paul was a special person and touched many lives. The Messersmith-Plopper Family

  3. Saddened at the news of Paul’s passing. My thoughts & prayers are with everyone that loved him. I can just picture him with his Dad & Mom in heaven with a big smile and ready to cook some fish…

  4. Sorry to hear of your loss. Paul has always been special to me. I loved going out the house to see your mom because I also got the pleasute of seeing Paul. No matter how my day had been he would make me smile. He was always happy and excited about life in general. Weather he was telling me His stories about going bowling or showing me his records; which he treasured we ended our visits with a hug. God bless you all. Keep his memories close and Paul will forever be with you……. Love you all, Sandy Ritter

  5. Dear Rebbe Family, My son, Joe Dallavis, was also a resident on wing 300 at BJC. Joe & I loved Paul. Paul & Joe would tease each other. When I visited at BJC he would great me with a big “well howdy!” Paul loved showing me his family photos & naming each family member. What a great guy! We are saddened by his passing & will greatly miss Paul. Love, Joe & Rainie

  6. I am sad to hear about the news of Paul’s passing. He was definately God’s Light in this earthly world. My heart is sad because Paul will not be here with you in this world any longer. But at the same time, my heart rejoices for Paul, because there is no doubt in my mind that he is with God in Heaven now, and released from all of his disabilities.

    May you all know the love and comfort of God in the weeks and years to come.

    Michelle Bagby

  7. Janet, I am sorry for your loss of Paul. May your memories(of which there are many, I’m sure) give you and your family comfort & laughs now and in the future.


  8. I was sadden to hear of Pauls passing. He was always a joy to be around. He is now at rest in the arms of his Father in heaven looking down and smiling at us. Just thinking about him and the contact I had with him brings joy to my heart.

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