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Viola Quesinberry

August 19th, 1928 – September 2nd, 2019

Viola Quesinberry, 91, of Rushville, IL, formerly of Astoria, IL, passed away at 9:45 am on Monday, September 2, 2019 at Rushville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rushville. She was born on August 19, 1928 in Beardstown, IL, the daughter of David and Alma Anderson. Vi married Samuel Cassel in 1946. She later married Tommy Curlsess on April 25, 1966 in Lewistown, IL. He preceded her in death on January 24, 1981. She then married James Quesinberry on May 27, 1982 in Astoria, IL. He preceded her in death on October 21, 2016.

Also preceding her in death are her 4 brothers, Alfred, David, Franklin, and Arthur Anderson and 4 sisters, Vivian, Dorothy, Virginia, and Mildred.

Survivors include her daughter, Darlene (and Gary) Baker of Rushville, grandson, Bobby (and Angela) Blickenstaff of Astoria, 2 great-grandchildren, Aubri Blickenstaff and Mason Blickenstaff of Astoria, 2 great-great-grandsons, Oscar Jones and Parker Stewart of Astoria, and her sister, Irene Curless of Rushville.

She held her first job at the age of 16 at the Glove Factory in Beardstown, IL. She later worked at several businesses in Astoria; The Subway (Broadway) Café and Wilbur’s Coffee Cup, where she loved being a waitress. She later worked as bookkeeper for Alexander Lumber Company and was a cashier at Hamblin’s Gas and Snacks.

One of Vi’s accomplishments was when in her 60’s she got her GED with some local friends. She and her sister Irene played the guitar and sang at local churches and PTA meetings in the area. Vi loved people and had a way to make them smile. She loved dogs, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Chicago Bulls. She enjoyed watching them on TV. She was a member of the Astoria Christian Church where she always reminisced and shared the story of Pastor Ray Artrip baptizing her and later Tommy. Vi loved the Lord and shared her faith with her family and friends. She loved walking, gardening, and canning. Most of all she, along with Darlene, loved spending countless hours cooking and baking for her family at the farm house. These were the memories she spoke most often of. Vi enjoyed watching her great-grandchildren Aubri and Mason having their tea parties, swinging on the porch swing, and singing old Sunday school songs. She was so glad when the great-great-grandsons came to visit. They would always put a smile on her face. He fury friend Payton will help Jesus welcome her into heaven. He preceded her in death just 6 weeks earlier.

A graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, September 5, 2019 in the Astoria Cemetery. Bob Spencer will be officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Schuyler County Humane Society.


September 3rd, 2019

Vi was a wonderful soul, she will he missed

September 3rd, 2019

Vi was a amazing lady sorry for your loss

September 4th, 2019

Vi was a sweet lady. I know she will be remembered by many. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss

September 4th, 2019

Mother and I will miss sharing meals with Vi, but her prayers of late have been answered.

September 4th, 2019

So sorry for your loss
She was a special lady
Thoughts and prayers for all families
From your Avon Lady