Faye L. Honchell
Born: December 12, 1931; Riverdale
Died: March 23, 2021; Mount Carroll
MOUNT CARROLL – Faye Loris Honchell, 89, passed away peacefully March 23, 2021, at her home in Mount Carroll, IL surrounded by her loving family.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mount Carroll. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at the funeral home. Masks will be required by all attendees.
She was born at her grandmother's house in Riverdale, IL to John and Mabel (Bishop) Needles on December 12, 1931. Faye was a lifelong resident of the neighboring Chicago south suburbs of Riverdale, Dolton, and South Holland, until settling in Mount Carroll over 15 years ago to be close to her granddaughters, Kathleen and Nicole as they grew up.
Faye graduated in 1949 from Thornton High School in Harvey, Illinois. After graduation, Faye took the train into Chicago and began working in the hat department at the Carson Pirie Scott department store. She often told her granddaughters stories of how exciting and glamorous this job seemed to her at the time. She later found her career working in medical records for the Illinois Central Railroad Hospital. She became active in the union while working for the ICR hospital and it was during this time that she met the love of her life, John S. Honchell.
Faye and John married on May 31, 1969. Faye retired as the assistant librarian of medical records in 1971 upon the birth of her son, Steven. John passed away suddenly in 1977, leaving Faye to raise Steven with the help of her family and her friends from their Cregier Avenue neighborhood. Faye volunteered in many capacities for her local parish and the larger community over the years, especially working in roles to benefit her son and his peers. Later in life, Faye had a second career working for the Motel 6 in Highland, Indiana as a desk clerk and made many great memories and friends there as well.
Being a grandmother was Faye's favorite and most beloved job. Faye created many fond memories with her girls and was the "fancy" grandma who seemed to have an endless supply of costume jewelry, elegant hats, and silk scarves for the girls to enjoy. Faye collected Disney movies for the girls and was always ready to shop for the latest movie release to ensure she nabbed it before it went back into "the vault." Faye loved shopping for her girls and made sure they always had beautiful dresses to wear for every occasion. She especially loved dressing the girls up and bringing them to Sunday church services with her.
Faye's faith and her family were the center of her life; her devotion to both was a worthy example to all who knew and loved her.
Faye was preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents, John & Mabel; her brother and beloved sister-in-law, Jack & Yoshi Needles; stepson, John P. Honchell; her cousins and lifelong friends, Arlene and Louis Ursitti; friends and "Sisters," Theresa Matusak and Kathleen Doherty; and friend and "Guardian Angel," Benjamin Stepanian.
Faye is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Steven & Amanda Honchell; her beloved granddaughters Kathleen & Nicole Honchell; brother and sister-in-law, Gene & Kathleen Needles; nephew Gene (Charlene) Needles and their children Alexander, Coleman and Paige Needles; niece Colleen (Thomas) Steward and their children Thomas, Jack & Annie Steward; and niece Carol (Chris) Kaas. She is also survived by her "adopted" grandkids Roman, Jessica, Jennifer, and Nathan Timm; her beloved friends and "Sisters," Elsie Vogel and Kathleen Schall; and several cousins.
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Published by Prairie Advocate on Apr. 7, 2021.