Kathleen Rolando

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FARMINGTON - Kathleen "Kay" R. Rolando, 84, of Farmington passed away at 9:13 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Graham Hospital in Canton.

Kay was born Nov. 21, 1929, to Dave Settles and Alita Louella (Davis) Berdine in Farmington. Kay graduated from Farmington High School in 1947. Kay's first career was with the Central Illinois Light Company in Peoria. Kay dated the boy down the street, Rudolph "Bud" Rolando, and married him on Feb. 10, 1952, at her church, the First Presbyterian Church in Farmington.

They had one child, Anthony (Tony) V. Rolando; daughter-in-law, Diana (Dillard) Rolando; grandson, Matthew Charles; granddaughter-in-law, Leah (Mandrell) Rolando; and great-grandchildren, Carter William and Audrey Elizabeth.

Kay was preceded in death by Bud; her parents; and her brother, Wes Settles.

Kay and Bud were loving partners for 57 years. She cared for him through his final illness until he passed in 2009.

Kay and Bud were avid golf enthusiasts and longtime members of the Canton Country Club. They also enjoyed following track and field, traveling across the state to enjoy track meets. In earlier years, they loved swing dancing to the music of the 1940s. Kay also belonged to pinochle and bridge clubs in Farmington for 50 years.

Kay devoted a large part of her life to her employer, the Bank of Farmington. She worked at the bank for nearly 40 years, serving many of those years as the first female cashier. In recent years, Kay served as a board member of the Fulton County Housing Authority, retiring after 14 years of service. She also served for 15 years on the Farmington Library Board.

Kay, like her mother and grandmother before her, was a member of the Rebekah Order of the Oddfellow Lodge in Farmington, all serving as Past Noble Grand's of the Lodge.

Kay's true love in life was her family; her husband, Bud; son, Tony; daughter-in-law, Diana; and grandson, Matthew Charles. During the past five years, she was blessed to have Matthew; his wife, Leah; and great-grandchildren, Carter William and Audrey Elizabeth, living a few blocks away in Farmington. They were able to enjoy numerous holidays and family occasions together.

Kay was a wonderful, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, professional woman, community volunteer and friend. She was a lifetime Farmingtonian whose family roots go back to the mid 1800's in the area. Kay will be sadly missed.

A visitation in her honor will be held Tuesday, April 29 from 5 to 7 p.m., with funeral following at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington.

Donations may be made to Farmington Fire Department Rescue 1100 or the Farmington First Presbyterian Church.

To view Kay's memorial DVD and submit online condolences, please go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

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Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home
341 East Fort Street Farmington, IL 61531
(309) 245-2452
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Apr. 28, 2014