Cecilia Theresa Kallal, 99, died peacefully at 11:11 a.m., Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at Jerseyville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.She was born in Carrollton on Oct. 15, 1914, one of tenchildren born to the late William & Elizabeth (Stopfer) Abeln.A devoted wife and mother, Cecilia a deep faith in her religion, as well as a strong bond with her family.She married Vincent Joseph Kallal on Nov. 4, 1933 at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Jerseyville, and their marriage spanned 65 years before his death on Feb. 18, 1999.Surviving are a daughter & son in law, Marcella & Michael Reynolds of Jerseyville; four sons & daughters in law, Fred & Alice Kallal and Norman & Mary Kallal all of Jerseyville, Gilbert & Georgia Kallal of Florissant, Mo., and Phillip & Donna Kallal of St. Louis, Mo.; a daughter in law, Janet Kallal of Godfrey, formerly of Kane; 24 Grandchildren; 44 Great Grandchildren; 12 Great Grandchildren; and a sister, Josephine Kallal of Jerseyville.In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, William "Bill" Kallal on June 4, 1998; a grandson, Michael "Popeye" Kallal on Sept. 24, 2004; a brother, John Abeln; and seven sisters, Christina Schribner, Anna Feldman, Mary Kirbach, Catherine Abeln, Elizabeth Weishaupt, Agnes Kirbach, and Margaret Skinner.Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where a Rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m.A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 9:30 a.m., Saturday at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Jerseyville with Father William Hembrow officiating.Burial will alongside her husband Vincent at the St. Mary's Cemetery in Fieldon.Memorials may be given to the St. Francis/Holy Ghost Catholic Schools in Jerseyville or to Masses.
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