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DeKALB – Robbie Coulter Protano, 88, of DeKalb, Ill., died February 10, 2013 at DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center, DeKalb.
Born June 6, 1924, in Springfield, Ky., the daughter of Robert Coulter and Margie (Prather) Coulter Sebree, she married Guido "Guy" Protano Nov. 8, 1947, at First United Methodist Church in DeKalb. Robbie was the bookkeeper and office manager for Protano Auto Parts and Protano Trucking. She graduated from Northern Illinois Teachers College in 1947.
She was a kind and loving foster mother to numerous cats and dogs during her lifetime.
She is survived by two sons, Carmen Robert Protano of Sycamore and Greg (Joan) Protano of DeKalb.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy; daughter-in-law, Francine "Frankie" Roberts; parents and stepparents; and numerous canines and felines.
For the last five years she called DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center home, where she found a second extended family among the staff and residents who cared for her with love and kindness.
Memorials can be made to DeKalb County Animal Shelter or DeKalb Nursing Home Foundation.
Memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St. DeKalb, with Pastor Joseph Gastiger of First Congregational United Church of Christ officiating. Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Cremation will take place at Finch Crematory and burial will take place at a later date.
Arrangements were entrusted to Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home. To send an online condolence, visit www.RonanMooreFinch.com; 815-758-3841.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Feb. 12, 2013
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