Coleen Marie Ishmael

  • Born: May 20, 1966
  • Died: June 1, 2014
  • Location: Petersburg, Illinois

Staab Funeral Home

1109 South 5th Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Tel. (217) 528-6461

Tribute & Message From The Family

Coleen Marie Ishmael, 48, of Petersburg died peacefully at home, surrounded by her loved ones, at 8:12 pm Sunday, June 1, 2014. She was born on May 20, 1966 in Springfield, to Joseph E. and Mary Catherine McGee Schweska, Sr.

Her parents preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband, Jeff Ishmael of Petersburg; a son, Reilly Schweska; a stepson, Ben Ishmael; six sisters Debbie (John) Ehemann of Milwaukee, WI, Sally (Randall) Rabbitt of Boca Raton, FL, Kate (Bob) Trost of Carrollton, Libby (Dan) Fuchs of Olathe, KS, Barb (Stan) Hardwick of Des Plaines and Marilyn (David) Campbell of Rockford; four brothers, Dan (Lisa Schweska, Tom (Linda) Schweska and Joe (Gloria) Schweska, all of Springfield Mark (Lynn) Schweska of Nashville, TN and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Coleen was a member of St. Peter's Church in Petersburg. She was a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy. She was a homemaker and also had worked for the Springfield Police Department.

Visitation: 4 - 7 pm Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Staab Funeral Home. A prayer service will be held at 4 pm.

Funeral Mass: 10:00 am Friday, June 6, 2014 at St. Peter's Church in Petersburg with Reverend James Palakudy officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Illiopolis.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My prayers are with all of you these days. I said Mass for Cole en this morning, and was very happy to have spoken with her a few times recently. Heaven is enriched by her wonderful presence now. May she always be in peace, and may our faith sustain us, as it has sustained her these last week's especially. Amen! Monsignor John Renken

Posted by John renken - ottawa, ID - friend   June 04, 2014

To Jeff, Reilly and Ben: my sincere condolences at the loss of your wife, your mother and your stepmother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
To all my Schweska cousins: my deepest sympathy at the loss of your beloved sister. The deep love and closeness of your family, while making this loss even more difficult for you, had to have made Coleen's battle with cancer easier for her to bear over these many years. Please know that Coleen has been very much in my prayers these last few months, and that she and all of you will continue to remain in my thoughts and prayers.
May God bless you all with the comfort, strength and faith that you need to take you through this difficult time.

Posted by Carol McCue - Springfield, IL - Cousin   June 03, 2014

Coleen and I was not friends for a long period of time but I truly enjoyed spending time with her. She was a thoughtful, beautiful person. I will always remember the times we all hung out and laughed and had good time and great conversations. I only wish we had more time together. God did receive a beautiful angel and I know she will be watching out for each and everyone of us. My heart goes out to her family in this time of loss. Jeff, Reilly and Ben you are especially in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Cindy & Dave Mattingly - Petersburg, IL - friends   June 03, 2014

I was so sad to read the paper this morning. My husband Jim adored this funny and lovable lady! Coleen was one of a kind and will be missed by so many. She never met a stranger and had such a loving family. I have to say I will feel so much better that another angel is in heaven with Jim. God Bless Reilly and her family.

Posted by Barb Shea - Springfield, IL - friend   June 03, 2014

Sally, Tom, Dan and Family so sorry to hear about Coleen, I always remember her a sweet, happy little girl, may God bless your family.

Posted by Ray Broccardo - Pawnee, IL - Friend   June 03, 2014

Coleen was my dearest friend and our friendship will live on when we meet again. She was the most amazing person that I have ever known and her faith and love for her family kept her fighting. My family and I feel so blessed to have met her and to have shared so many wonderful years together. We love you Coleen and miss you already. Love, Chris, Jodie, Kelsey & Chris Edmonds

Posted by Jodie Edmonds - Sherman, IL - Friend   June 03, 2014

Our hearts and prayers go out to you all. Barb, Jeff and Ben we know the she filled your lives with so much joy and love. God bless you all in this very sad time. Love, the Quellmalz's, Barb and Stan DP neighbor, and Ben your pre-k teacher. Love and hugs

Posted by Sandi - Petersburg, IL - Friend   June 03, 2014

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