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Margaret Jean Neill

Canton – Margaret Jean Neill, 101, of Canton, passed away at 2:00 PM on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Graham Hospital. She was born on June 20, 1917 in Cuba, IL to Andrew S. and Dora M. (Pancerik) Lesko. She married Archie M. Neill on April 5, 1941 in Keokuk, IA, he preceded her in death on November 15, 2004.

Also preceding her in death were her parents, four brothers, and one sister.

Surviving are two children, Barbara (Jon) Meline of Bloomington, IL and Thomas (Lorraine) Neill of Canton, IL; one grandson, Jeff; two great-grandsons, Michael and Billy; and several nieces and nephews.

In her younger years she worked at Gross Galesburg Clothing in Abington, IL and later was a homemaker. She was of the Catholic Faith. Margaret loved her family and friends and enjoyed cooking, crocheting, traveling, eating out, and coffee at Hy-Vee with her sister Helen and friends. Special thanks to her wonderful caregivers at Renaissance Care Center and also her neighbor, Heather Dwyer for always helping her with her remote.

Funeral service will be held at 2 PM on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL, where a visitation will be held from 1-2 PM. Burial will follow the services at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Canton, IL. Memorials can be made to Fulton County Humane Society or St. Mary’s Food Pantry. To make online condolences you may go to

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  • Cecilia Williams

    Reply August 4, 2018 8:22 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Toad and Cecilia

  • mike dunbar

    Reply August 4, 2018 9:06 am

    Remembering Margaret’s wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. May she Rest In Peace.
    Connie & Mike

  • Janet & Bill O’Neil

    Reply August 4, 2018 11:16 am

    With Margaret’s passing Earth lost a great lady and Heaven gained an angel. She is now watching over you from above. May Margaret Rest In Peace.

    Sending caring thoughts and our deepest sympathy.

  • Jamie Davison

    Reply August 4, 2018 9:43 pm

    This woman became my family and I will miss her terribly. I know she was ready to go to heaven though and she is happy. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Wonderful family. ❤️

  • Ann Marie Moreno

    Reply August 5, 2018 12:04 am

    You will be missed

  • Bremda Curtwright

    Reply August 5, 2018 7:25 am

    Prayers to her family,she will be deeply missed,she was loved by many

  • Barb and Phil Bruketta

    Reply August 5, 2018 8:52 pm

    So sorry for your loss sending you thoughts and prayers.

  • Peggy Seward

    Reply August 5, 2018 10:56 pm

    She will be missed by me wonderful lady Fry high

  • Marilyn Anderson

    Reply August 6, 2018 9:31 pm

    Im so sorry for your loss

  • Ronald Jackson

    Reply August 22, 2018 8:25 pm

    Barb and Jon So sorry to learn belatedly of your mother’s (in-law) passing. Some of us from the Monterey church used to go to HyV every Sunday and I often saw her there. However I did not know of the relationship. She seemed like a very pleasant woman and certainly had a nice long life. I am certain that he will be missed. Hope that both of you are doing fine.

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