Raphealla “Sis” Ramona Reynolds, 88, of Galesburg, died peacefully at home on November 27, 2019 at 11:30 p.m.
Sis was born January 3, 1931 in St. George, IL, the daughter of Franklin Augustine and Rachel Josephine (Vassen) Fortin. She married Thomas James Reynolds on October 8, 1955 in Kankakee. He preceded her in death on July 22, 1995. She is survived by two sons, James (Milen) Reynolds of West Palm Beach, FL and Jeffrey (Holly) Reynolds of East Galesburg; one daughter, Rosanne (Lee) Atherton of Tucson, AZ; four grandchildren, Chris (Theresa Peralta) Atherton of Tulsa, OK, Maureen Reynolds and Thomas Reynolds both of West Palm Beach, FL, and Kathryn Reynolds of East Galesburg; and one great grandson, Vincent Aaron Atherton. Along with her parents and husband, Sis was preceded in death by one grandson, Aaron Atherton; and two brothers, Franklin and Raymond Fortin.
Sis graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in Kankakee. She worked hot lunch at Costa Catholic Academy for several years prior to owning and operating Reynolds Restaurant Supply in Galesburg with her husband. Sis was a longtime member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. She loved to travel, visiting places like Rome, Greece, Paris, London, and Alaska. Sis was also an avid fan of Notre Dame Football, the Chicago Cubs, and White Sox.
Cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial mass will be held at a later date at St. Rose Catholic Church, Kankakee, IL. Burial of cremated remains will be in Ashkum Cemetery, Ashkum, IL. Arrangements have been entrusted to Watson Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg. Memorials may be directed to St. Rose Catholic Church or the Wounded Warriors Foundation. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.watsonthomas.com.