Jill Annette Dawley, age 61, of Burr Oak, Iowa, passed away Saturday, December 2 at home surrounded by family, following a brief battle with cancer.
Jill was born February 23, 1956, in La Crosse, Wis., to to Eugene and Clara (Casterton) McCabe. She attended school at the North Winneshiek School in rural Decorah. On August 29, 1975, she married Daniel Dawley at the St. Agnes Catholic Church at Plymouth Rock. Their marriage was blessed with three children and four grandchildren. She had worked for over 20 years at Rockwell-Collins, at the Security Bank and Trust, at various schools including Mabel-Canton and Crossroads as a reading and math tutor, and had a wedding decorating business. Jill had also worked at KD Rae Jewelry, and most recently at First Southeast Bank in Canton.
Jill enjoyed flowers, gardening, reading, collecting antiques and handmade jewelry, bonfires, sitting in the woods watching the wildlife, taking road trips along the Mississippi River, having a good cup of coffee or wine with a friend, and spending time with family.
Jill is survived by her husband Daniel of Burr Oak; her daughter Anessa (Kasey) Cummings of Rochester, Minn.; two sons, Adam (Davia) of Bluffton, Iowa, and Drew (Betsy) Dawley of Kasson, Minn.; four grandchildren: Emily, Katie, Anna, and Easton; two brothers, Gary (Carol) and Joey (Mary) both of Burr Oak, Iowa; and seven sisters: Janice (Leroy) Stone of Mabel, Culah Pellegrini of Newton, Mass., Diane (Andy) Saltis of Abington, Mass., Linda (Harv) Swehla of Foley, Ala., Kathy (Rick) Ellestad of Spring Hill, Fla., and Teryl Sue (John) Logsdon of Ossian, Iowa; and sister-in-law Marlene McCabe of Burr Oak; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Rita Branham and Judith Hentges; one brother, Stanley “Sonny” McCabe and an infant brother; five half-brothers and sisters; and three brothers-in-law Roy Branham, Dan Pellegrini, and Thomas Hentges.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 8, 2017, at the Burr Oak Lutheran Church in Burr Oak, Iowa, with the Rev. Matt Larson officiating. Visitation will be 4–7 p.m. Thursday, December 7 at the Burr Oak Lutheran Church and again one hour prior to services. Burial will be in the St. Agnes Catholic Cemetery. Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel is assisting with arrangements.