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Eleanor Faye Rotramel

December 23, 1928 — February 12, 2023

Ridgway, IL

Eleanor Faye Rotramel


Eleanor Faye (Jordan) Rotramel was born in Eldorado Illinois on December 23, 1928, and passed this life on February 12, 2023 at the age of 94. Faye attended St. Mary’s Catholic grade school in Eldorado, and graduated from Eldorado Township High School in 1947. She started serving as the organist at St. Mary’s Catholic church in Eldorado at the age of 10, and continued that ministry until she was 21. In later years, she played the organ at St. Patrick Church in Pond Settlement.


Faye was a life-long member of the Altar Society at St. Joseph church in Ridgway, serving terms as the treasurer, secretary, vice-president and president. She also served as chaplain of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 596 in Ridgway.


Faye’s working career included nine years at Weldon Birch Income Tax & Bookkeeping Service in Eldorado, followed by almost 50 years as the bookkeeper at Tri-County Chemical in Eldorado, retiring from there at the age of 89.


Everyone who knew “Gram” loved her larger-than-life personality, her frank observations, and her humor. You always knew where you stood with Gram. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and sending birthday and anniversary cards to everyone she knew. She will be greatly missed by her family, extended family and her many friends. We all loved her dearly.


Faye is survived by her sister, Mary Beth Bond of Ridgway, son, Rick and Cheryl Rotramel of Danville, daughter, Cathy and Martin Duffy of New Haven, and son Tom Raben of Arnold Missouri, grandchildren, Matthew and Amanda Duffy, Wes Duffy, and Abby and Natalie Raben, great grandchildren, Jacob, Lucas, Jacey and Mady Duffy. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leon and Ella (Berkel) Jordan, and a brother, Donnie Jordan.


Visitation will be Wednesday, February 15 from 4:00 until 7:00 at the Cox and Son Funeral Home in Ridgway, where a rosary will be said at 3:45. Her funeral mass will be Thursday, February 16 at 10:00 at St. Kateri Church in Ridgway. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery in Equality.
In lieu of flowers, Faye had specified donations be made to her favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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