Stephanie N. Seckman, 41, of Washington, Ill., died at 3:52 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
After courageously enduring a two year battle with cancer, Stephanie Noel Seckman passed into life eternal being cradled in her loving mother’s arms while surrounded by her family members. Through this time of trial and hardship, she maintained a constant attitude of hope and faith. Her good nature and willing attitude never wavered, while all the time coupled with the deepest love for her family and friends.
Born Dec. 28, 1967, in Peoria, Ill., to Robert and Sharon Henry Buysse, she married Don C. Seckman Oct. 12, 2002, in Washington, Ill. He survives.
Also surviving are her son, Elliott Raymond Seckman, at home; three step-children, Melissa Seckman of Green Valley, Ill., Matthew Seckman of Nashville, Tenn., and Meredith Seckman of St. Louis, Mo.; one sister, Barb Buysse; one brother, Rob (Bridget) Buysse, both of Washington, Ill.; nieces and nephews, Robby, Alex, and Sam Buysse, Jordan and Jackson Keran; step-grandchildren, Miranda, Alexia, and Michael; and her great-great aunt, Erma Kemper of Washington.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents.
Stephanie was a 1986 graduate of Washington Community High School and received a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Illinois State University. She worked at Cohen’s Furniture in Peoria for more than 15 years. She later graduated from Illinois Central College School of Nursing and then worked at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in the Intermediate Medical/Surgical area for seven years, last working in April 2009.
She was a lifetime member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington. Stephanie participated in the Above and Beyond Program at OSF St. Francis, the Race for the Cure, and was a 2008 and 2009 participant in the Relay for Life in Washington. She was a loving and dedicated mom to her son, Elliott.
A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington. Father Joseph P. Donton will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington, where a prayer service will be at 7:45 pm. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery in Washington.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to an educational fund for her son, Elliott c/o CEFCU.
Stephanie’s memorial Web site is available at www.deitersfuneralhome.com, where condolences may also be sent to the family.