Abbey Nicole Quitmeyer, 26, of Highland, Ill., born Feb. 26, 1986, in Breese, Ill., died Sunday, May 13, 2012, at St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
Abbey was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Highland, Ill. She graduated from Mater Dei High School in 2004 with honors. She lettered in four sports, basketball, volleyball, track, and cross country. She was on State Championship teams in volleyball and cross country and selected for the All-State Team in cross country. At Kaskaskia College, she made the Basketball Academic All America Team. She graduated Dec. 2011, with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Maryville University, St. Louis, Mo. She started working at Washington County Hospital, Nashville, Ill., in January 2012. Vivacious, friendly, didn't know a stranger, determined. One of her favorite quotes, "Life is too short to wake-up in the morning with regrets... believe that everything happens for a reason, if you get a chance, take it, if it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it would be easy, just that it would be worth it." Author unknown.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Clarence and Blanche Potthast and Delmar Quitmeyer; godfather, Curt Duft.
Surviving are her parents, Neal and Kathleen, nee Potthast, Quitmeyer; her grandmother, Arlene Gustafson; sister, Mindy Fenton; brother, Kevin Quitmeyer; her special friend, Dusty Kantner; nieces and nephews, Lauren, Ashlyn and Madison Fenton, Hayden and Wade Quitmeyer; godmother, Jane Duft; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorials may be made to the Abbey N. Quitmeyer Memorial Fund.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2012, and from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012, at Meridith Funeral Home in Highland, Ill.
Funeral: Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Highland, Ill., with the Rev. Charles A. Edwards, Pastor, officiating. Interment in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Highland, Ill.
MERIDITH FUNERAL HOME, Highland, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on May 15, 2012