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Monica Entwistle

March 7, 2019 GMT

Monica G. Entwistle, 91, of St. Charles, passed away Monday (March 4, 2019) at River Glen Hospice, St. Charles.

She was born Monica G. Rivard on April 15, 1927, in Kankakee, the daughter of Leon and Alma Breault Rivard, who were of Canadian French descent. Monica was the ninth of their 11 children, Lionel, Raymond, Lucille, Annette, Bibiane, Rita, Yvonne, Andrew, Marguerite and Ruthanne (“sister”/cousin) Surprenant-Benkovitz.

Monica grew up in Bourbonnais, attended Maternity BVM School and met her future husband, Charles S. Entwistle Jr., on a blind date. They wed at Maternity BVM Church on April 10, 1948. They had celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary prior to Charles’ passing in 2001.

She had “the patience of a saint” and always was supportive and encouraging, wise and kind and so proud of her children and their families. Monica received great joy in raising her children, watching her grandchildren grow and her goal “to make people smile.” She will be remembered as selfless, always smiling and possessing a quiet strength of mind and body. While numerous chronic conditions assaulted her body, she lived life to its fullest, never wavering in her faith, never being robbed of her love for life, family, travel, painting/crafts and music — with a nod to Bingo in her later years.

She was strong and serene in her Catholic faith, having a special place in her heart for all guardian angels. She was known as “The Angel Lady” by friends/staff at Westwood Oaks in Kankakee and then friends/staff at Brighton Gardens and River Glen in St. Charles. She collected hundreds of angels and loved passing out small beaded angels along with an angel poem to friends and medical personnel/care staffers who she considered her “angels.” Monica and Chuck said the “Guardian Angel” prayer each morning and evening of their married life, and she continued to do so until her passing.

Survivors who will miss her terribly include her five children, Cindy (Jerry) Benson, of St. Charles, Gary (Judy) Entwistle, of Kankakee, Linda Entwistle, of Kankakee, Amy Grady, of Bourbonnais, and Ellen (Richard) Janevicius, of Naperville; as well as her sister, Marguerite Hildebrand, of Bourbonnais, and her “sister”/cousin, Ruthanne (Joe) Benkovitz, of Douglaston, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

One infant son, Michael Entwistle, preceded her in passing.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7, until the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, St. Charles. Additional services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 8, in the chapel of All Saints Cemetery, Bourbonnais. Burial will then be in Maternity BVM in Bourbonnais.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice or for Masses.

“I believe in angels, and I hope that you do, too, because I believe that angels are watching over you.”

Please sign her online guestbook at yursfuneralhomes.com.

(Pd)