Born Nov. 13, 1926, at home in New Lenox, Lucille was the daughter of James Edward and Mary Elizabeth McCarthy-Keigher. She was raised and educated in Chicago, graduated from St. Leo Grade School and attended Longwood Academy and Calumet High School before moving to Wilmington, where she graduated from Wilmington High School with the class of 1944. It was during her senior year at Wilmington that Lucille was asked by the Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Lester J. Stevens to work in his office. It was then at the superintendent's office that she worked prior to going away to school at the University of Illinois in Champaign. After completing one year of college, Lucille gained employment with Public Service, where she held employment until shortly after marrying Gerald R. Ruder on Sept. 8, 1951, in Saint Rose Catholic Church in Wilmington. Lucille was a homemaker until her children entered school, when she went back to work as the librarian at Grand Ridge grade school, where her children attended. She was later promoted to secretary to the school psychologist until she and her family moved back to Wilmington in April of 1977. Once settled back in Wilmington Lucille worked for SOWIC at the Laraway School until retiring to assist her husband with the family holdings.
Lucille was an active member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Wilmington, a member and past president of the St. Rose Council of Catholic Women, where she was named Woman of the Year and belonged to the Wilmington Garden Club. Lucille enjoyed sewing, cooking and singing, and will be remembered for always being so very social.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Jerry; three daughters, Colleen (Stephen Klasko) Wyse, of Redington Shores, Fla., Dr. Maureen Ruder, of Evanston, and Celine Bennetts, of Plainfield; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Bennetts, Nolan Buchanan, Aaron Buchanan and Kyle Buchanan, all of Evanston; one sister, Ruth (the late George) Reiter, of Joliet; one sister-in-law, Mary Lou Keigher, of Los Alamos, N.M.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lucille was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Donald James Keigher; and her son-in-law, William Buchanan.
Visitation and video tribute will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Freitag-Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 E. Kahler Road in Wilmington. Funeral services will follow at 10 a.m. Saturday, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Rose Catholic Church, 604 S. Kankakee St. in Wilmington. The Revs. Steve Bondi and Paul Schweizer will officiate.
Burial will be in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Wilmington. Pallbearers will be Elizabeth Bennetts, Nolan, Aaron and Kyle Buchanan, and Haley O'Brien. Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Lucille's memory to Saint Rose School, 626 S. Kankakee St., Wilmington, IL 60481 or to Kuzma Care Cottage, 635 S. Main St., Wilmington, IL 60481.
Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences to the family by logging onto frbfuneral.com. (Pd.)
Source: The Daily Journal - May 28, 2013
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