Taylorville Obits

Rebecca Raye (Bennett) Gaidosz

Rebecca Raye (Bennett) Gaidosz, age 79, previously of Taylorville, IL, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

Rebecca was born on September 17, 1944 in Taylorville, IL, the daughter of Joseph Bennett and Elma (Wells) Bennett. She graduated from Taylorville High School before going on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in education from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL. 

She worked as an elementary school teacher and also substitute taught many years in the Chicagoland area when she resided there. She worked for Creative Engineering Company for many years until her retirement. Rebecca was a good, Christian woman, and was a Member of Taylorville Lutheran Church in Taylorville.

Rebecca’s interests included sewing, reading, needlework, craft fairs at church, butterflies, and hummingbirds. She enjoyed and was always learning.

Rebecca is survived by her daughters, Sylvia (Paul) Jarecki of Villa Park, IL and Eileen Gaidosz of Taylorville, IL; 3 grandchildren, Alyssa Gaidosz of Glendale Heights, IL; Sarah Jarecki and Nathan Jarecki, both of Villa Park, IL; 3 great-grandchildren, Felice, Gabriel, and Teresa; siblings, David (Yung Mei) Book of Taylorville, IL, Bob Book of Kileen, TX, and Doug (Gina) Book of Bay Point, CA.

She was preceded in death by her mother, father, step father, Edwin Book; and sister-in-law, Lucy Book.

Visitation & Funeral Services: The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2024 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home 202 W. Franklin, Taylorville, IL. Rebecca’s funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1010 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL, with Reverend Brian Johnston officiating.

Interment will follow the funeral service at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, 1452 E. 1500 North Rd., Taylorville, IL. 

Memorial contributions in Rebecca’s memory are suggested to: Alzheimer’s Association.

The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville with ceremonies.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Rebecca, or to offer condolences to her family.