A memorial visitation for Eunice Elizabeth Peyton Conforti Rezek DeCourcy will be held from 6 to 8 pm Friday, Oct. 16 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Inurnment will be at a later date in Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery in Elmhurst, Illinois, where she will join her husband Raymond Rezek.
Eunice died Saturday, October 10 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital following surgery. She was 96 years young.
She was born on July 30, 1919 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Harry Peyton and Therese Peyton Conforti. She grew up in Chicago and attended Senn High School. She left school in her sophomore year to work as a receptionist and switchboard operator at Superior Engraving Company in Chicago to help support the family. There she met Raymond James Rezek, a delivery boy and the love of her life. They married November 4, 1939. Mr. Rezek died in 1977, and in 1988 she married Dr. Neil DeCourcy of Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. DeCourcy died in 2006. Eunice then moved to Lawrence to live with her daughter Lorel. At the time of her death she lived in Baldwin City at ComfortCare Home.
Eunice is survived by daughters Karel Rezek Brown (David) of Burr Ridge, Illinois and Lorel Rezek Lewis (Steve) of Lawrence, Kansas. A son, James Cyril Rezek (Elin), of Oswego, Illinois, preceded her in death. Eunice has 5 grandchildren: Scott Brown (Iliana), Robert Brown (Mary), and David Brown (Amy), all of Hinsdale, Illinois; and Molly Lewis Rasmussen (Jonathan Glauner) of Lawrence and Elizabeth Lewis Rulifson (John) of Shawnee, Kansas. Eunice also has 14 great grandchildren. Eunice was a creative and accomplished homemaker, and a loving daughter, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother. All of us will miss our beloved “GG.”
Friends may call on the family from 6 to 8pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home on Friday. A short, informal celebration of life will be shared at 7:15pm.
The family suggests memorials to the Lawrence Humane Society, sent in care of the funeral home.