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Deloris Jean (Dee) Thornbrough

July 19, 1930 — September 11, 2021

Carol Stream, Illinois

Deloris Jean (Dee) Thornbrough, age 91, passed away on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Covenant Living at Windsor Park in Carol Stream, IL, where she lived for several years. Born July 19, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Josephine (Spurgeon) Atkinson of Lafayette, Indiana.

Dee grew up in the Lafayette area and was a 1948 graduate of Lafayette Jefferson High School. Shortly after graduation, she married Arthur Preston Thornbrough, Jr., and moved to Fowler, Indiana, where she lived for over sixty years. Dee worked for Fowler Elementary School as a Teachers’ Aide and tutor until her retirement. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, St. Ann’s Society, the American Legion, and the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution.

Dee’s pride and joy were her four daughters, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. She loved children and was drawn to them everywhere she went. She was a voracious reader, enjoyed card games, crossword puzzles and needlework, and was unbeatable at Scrabble. She was accomplished at baking and cooking, and she had an amazing gift for delicious and beautiful pies.

Dee is survived by daughters DeeAnn (David) Carlson, Karen (Doug) Blocher and Barbara Ambundo, her grandsons Jamey (Julianne) Roe, Jeremy (Jennifer) Roe, Joel (Detty) Wools and Kyle (Grace) Blocher, and great grandchildren, Vivienne and James Roe, Jordan, Joelle and Josie Roe, Justin and Keira Wools, and Lee and Kira Blocher, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Art, her daughter, Joyce, her granddaughter, Kenda Roe, and her siblings, two brothers and three sisters.

Memorial gifts may be made to:

· American Veterans Post 102, 116 E. 5th St., Fowler, IN 47944

· Sacred Heart Catholic School, 607 N. Washington Ave., Fowler, IN 47944

A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, June 14 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Gerts, Windler & Keller Funeral Homes ~ Fowler Chapel. Interment will immediately follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Fowler, IN.

Arrangements entrusted to Gerts, Windler & Keller Funeral Homes ~ Fowler Chapel, 506 E. Main Street, Fowler, IN 47944. (765) 884-0110

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Celebration of Life

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

11:00am - 1:00 pm (Central time)

Gerts, Windler & Keller Funeral Homes ~ Fowler Chapel

506 East Main Street, Fowler, IN 47944

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