Celestine “Sally” Casper, nee Rukscinski, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to so many, passed away on March 21, 2023, peacefully at the Cantata in Brookfield, Illinois. She was born on August 22, 1918 to the late Leonard and Katherine Rukscinski. She is the sister of the late Jeanne Rooks and Edward and Harry Ruks. Celestine was a graduate of Morton East High School and began her career as a secretary at Birds Eye Foods. Besides her family, church was very important to her. She volunteered at Mary Queen of Heaven Church in Cicero, IL and Mater Christi Church in North Riverside, IL as a Eucharistic Minister and lector, and visited the Cantata in Brookfield, IL where she said the rosary and distributed communion to the elderly. Celestine loved to play cards regularly with her family and friends.
Celestine is preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Eugene “Gene” Casper and her 4-year-old daughter, Judy Casper. She is survived by her son, Wayne and his wife Terry of Adell, WI and by her daughter, Marilyn and life partner Donna Barker of Phoenix, AZ. Celestine has 7 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. She reached a milestone of “100” years of age in August 2018 and there are many memories held in the hearts of all of those who loved her.