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Pat Hill

July 24, 1935 ~ April 30, 2021 (age 85)


Priscilla “Pat” (Ponsetti) Rea Hill, age 85, of Benton; passed away at 8:05 p.m. Friday, April 30, 2021 at the Franklin Hospital of Benton.

Pat was born on July 24, 1935 in Benton, Illinois; the daughter of John Ponsetti and Lillian (English) Ponsetti. She married James Rea and he preceded her in death in 1962. In 1967 she married Kenneth Dale “Red” Hill and he preceded her in death on March 14, 2016.

Pat worked for Benton Township as a Caseworker assisting with the Earn Fare Program. She also previously worked for Benton Community Bank and U.M.W.A..  She was a former Chairwoman of the Franklin County Democrats.

She enjoyed reading; and assisting people in need. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her two grandchildren and great-granddaughters.

Her family said she was known for her gifts of $2 bills.

Surviving is her daughter Jamie Neal and husband Jim of Benton; two grandchildren: Adam Neal of Benton, Abby Kathalynas and husband Tim of Benton; two great-granddaughters: Harlynn Rea and Brynn Louise; a brother-in-law David Rea and wife Carol of West City; several loving nieces and nephews.

A special “Thank You” to her caregivers who have lovingly cared for her over the last years of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; siblings: W.C. McKinnon, John Ponsetti, Jr., Clara Kondoudis, Tim Ponsetti, Kenneth Ponsetti, and Jack Ponsetti.

Public graveside services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2021 at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton with Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.   

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Memorial contributions may be made to the Benton Public Library; and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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May 8, 2021

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Leffler Funeral Home
401 E. Main Street
Benton, IL 62812

Graveside Service
May 8, 2021

12:30 PM
Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery
12474 Oddfellow Lane
Benton, IL 62812

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