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Rhonda Downey

PUTNAM — Rhonda Sue (Fecht) Downey, 56, of Putnam passed away at 8:35 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at Heartland Health Care Center in Henry.

Rhonda was born Feb. 10, 1962, in Streator to Gerald and Pauline Fecht. She married Jonathan J. Downey on July 2, 1989, at the Antioch Christian Church in Toluca. He survives.

Rhonda was a 1980 graduate of Toluca High School, a graduate of Illinois Valley Community College and a 1985 graduate of Northern Illinois University in home economics. She taught home economics at Low Point-Washburn High School for five years. Rhonda was the Senachiwine Township Clerk for 21 years and worked part-time at Henry-Senachwine Grade School in the cafeteria. Rhonda was also a homemaker, a stay-at-home mother, farmer's wife and a friend to many. Rhonda was a member of the Henry United Methodist Church.

Rhonda's many volunteer activities included serving on the Putnam County Board of Health, numerous committees and activities at the Henry United Methodist Church, including Sunday school teacher and Henry vacation Bible school director.

She was extremely involved in her children's activities, 4-H and the FFA. Rhonda was inducted into the Illinois 2018 4-H Hall of Fame. Rhonda was known for her culinary and baking talents. She was an eager participant in family, community, school and church activities.

Also surviving, along with her parents of Toluca, are her children, James Henry Downey, Thomas Jacob Downey, Caroline Jessie Downey and Jonathan Walter Downey, all of Putnam; her siblings, Carol (Mike) Rinehart, Robert (Deanna) Fecht and William Fecht, all of Toluca; her nieces and nephews, Joseph Fecht, Katherine Fecht, Philip Rinehart, Bryan Fecht and Leah Fecht, and Stephen, David and Daniel Downey.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Frank and Jessie Fecht, and Russell and Anna Litchfield; and a sister-in-law, Gina Fecht.

Online condolences may be left at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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