Kathleen Ann “Katie” Howell, 85, of Colona, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, at Illini Restorative Care Center, in Silvis, under the care of Genesis Hospice. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, in Colona. A visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Schroder Mortuary, in Colona, with a rosary at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Dayton Corners Cemetery, in Colona. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or to mass.
Kathleen was born May 19, 1933, in Henry, the daughter of George and Francis (Barth) Schmitt. She married Dennie F. Howell on Oct. 3, 1953, in Sheffield. He passed away May 5, 1976. Katie enjoyed yard sales, crafting, canning and gardening.
Survivors include her children: Rita Aguilar, Mitch (Edna) Howell, Vina (Keith Sr.) Heinzeroth, Jill (Ross) Christopher, Gina Howell and adopted son, Tim Fitzwater; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; siblings: Daniel (Martha) Schmitt, Mark (Liz) Schmitt, Maggie Apple, Judy Heston, and Mary Swan. Katie was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a brother, George; and a granddaughter, Lindsay.