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Funeral held for mother of Father Willenborg

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Donna R. Rule, 66, of Springfield died March 22 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. She is the mother of Father Daniel Willenborg, parochial vicar of St. Mary Parish in Taylorville, St. Rita Parish in Kincaid and Holy Trinity Parish in Stonington.

She was born in Springfield on March 7, 1942, the daughter of Samuel W. and Letha Ruth Ritz Harbour. She married Edward Rule Sr. on Jan. 10, 2000; he preceded her in death in 2006.

Mrs. Rule retired after working as a certified nursing assistant. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward; son, Herman Dale McConnell III; and a brother, Robert Harbour.

In addition to Father Willenborg, she is survived by another son, Francis E. Willenborg Jr. of Springfield; a daughter, Letha Mae Willenborg of Springfield; three grandchildren; a great-grandchild; brothers, Willis E. Harbour of Springfield, Arthur Carl Harbour of Chatham, Charles Thomas Harbour of Divernon and Jack Lee Harbour of Springfield; two sisters, Bonnie L. Reiser of Springfield and Sandra Britz of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was held March 26 at Bisch Funeral Home West, with Father Willenborg officiating. Remains were cremated and will be buried March 31 in Fraley Cemetery in Taylorville.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to MADD.

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