Mary Jean Rucker

Mary Jean Rucker

Jeannie to all who knew her, passed away May 21, 2024 with family at her side. Jeannie was born November 23, 1934 to Anson and Mary “Viola” (Knapp) Rucker. She was the 4th generation to live on and work the family farm in Eagle Point Township west of Polo. She loved to share the stories of the 7 generations to walk the land.

Jeannie attended Doty School and graduated from Polo High School in 1952. She worked at Central Quality Industries and Swenson Spreaders, but her favorite job was caring for the farm. Her heart belonged to the rolling hills and timber where she spent many happy years with her dogs.

Jeannie is preceded in death by her parents, Anson and Viola. Her sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol and Walter Hachmeister, Velma and LeRoy Nicodemus.

Jeannie leaves behind her nieces and nephews; Sandra (Thomas) Glendenning, Kevin (Kris) Hachmeister, William (Louise) Nicodemus, Timothy (Kris) Nicodemus, and Julie (Kevin) Grabow. Great nieces and nephews; Karl (Meg) Glendenning, Ryan (Alison) Glendenning, Malinda (Adam) Hurt, Lewis (Austin) Hachmeister, Kaitlynne (Brad) Fitzpatrick, Kenny Grabow and Tyler Nicodemus. Great-great nieces and nephews; Jay, Whittaker, Parker, Lena, Emma-Kate, Adley, Trace, Piper, Bristol, Harper and Asher.

Graveside services will be held at Reed Cemetery, Polo, IL on July 6 at 11 am with a celebration of life lunch to follow.

Memorial gifts may be made to Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, IL and the Polo Fire Department.

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