Patricia L. De Jonghe


MENDOTA - Patricia Lynn “Trish” De Jonghe, 56, of Mendota, formerly of Earlville, Leland and Hinckley, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Feb. 5, 2021 after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

Per her wishes, there will be no service. She did not want anyone to sit around mourning her, but instead would ask that everyone drink a toast in her honor and recall the good times you had with her. Also, consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were entrusted to Hanley-Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Earlville.

Trish was born Nov. 8, 1964 in Kenosha, Wis. to Edward W. and Freda B. (Mabrey) Carmickle. She married Richard Edmond De Jonghe on May 9, 1983 and they spent nearly 23 years together before his passing on April 20, 2006.

Survivors include two daughters, Sarah (Edward Taylor) De Jonghe of Mendota and Allison (Dan Kuhn) Hertz of Amboy; one son, Joseph De Jonghe of Payson, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Joseph Hertz, Aimee De Jonghe, Corvin Futrell and Kamden De Jonghe, all of Amboy; three brothers, Scott (Gina) Carmickle, Fred (Sarah Rossi) Carmickle of Earlville and David Carmickle of Macomb; one uncle, John (Lynne) Mabrey of Hilham, Tenn.; four aunts, Ella Ramsey of Livingston, Tenn., Betty Hemschemeyer of Sheboygan Wis., Theresa Richards of Celina, Tenn. and Faye (Les) Farnsworth of Elkhorn, Wis.; one brother-in-law, Joey (Rita) Winze of Thomasville, N.C.; three sisters-in-law, Edwina (Bill) Vincent of Hinckley, Christine Kroemer of Lowden, Iowa and Shirley Carlson of Franklin, Tenn.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter Kathy Lynn De Jonghe; her father-in-law, Edmond De Jonghe; mother-in-law Alyce (Krzyzanski) De Jonghe; two brothers-in-law, Edmund De Jonghe and Bob Kroemer; two sisters-in-law, Cindy Carmickle and Donna De Jonghe; and one aunt, Barbara Moss.

Trish grew up in the Kaneville and Hinckley areas. Anyone who knew her, knew she had a big heart. Every conversation with a loved one ended in her saying “Love Me bye!” because tomorrow is never promised, and if that was your last conversation with someone, you wanted them to know they were loved. She “adopted” many “strays” (as she affectionately referred to them) who called her Ma, and their children were welcome to call her Grandma, Mema or Damma. She loved each of them as if they were her own. With a big heart comes a big spirit, too. Trish was strong-willed and never afraid to speak her mind. Despite her small stature (“I’m not short! I am average. The rest of you are just giants.”), she was a formidable opponent in any fight . . . but she was an even greater ally. If she was in your corner, she would fight for you with everything she had until the bitter end. And if you ever won against her, you could rest assured she had probably let you.

Her greatest joy in life was being a grandmother. Her Jay Baby, Diva, CorvaRooni and Little Dude were her world, and she made sure they knew she loved them “to the moon and back.” She would have done anything for them, no matter the cost. Spending the last couple years with them close enough to simply run across the yard to see her was the greatest gift she had ever been given. She loved having them come and go as they pleased, like her home was simply an addition to theirs, and she actively encouraged it. Like any grandma, they could do no wrong in her eyes and she was usually helping them to find a bit of mischief when their Mama wasn’t looking.

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