Dolores J. Haste


Dolores J. “PeeWee” Haste, age 88, of Hope, passed away at 12:10 p.m. Friday, January 19, 2018, at Miller’s Merry Manor Health Facility. She was born January 16, 1930, in Kankakee, Illinois, to the late Rene and Elsie Toune.

She resided on the same block in Aroma Park, Illinois, for over 70 years.

Dolores is survived by two daughters, Theresa (Gary) Harden of Columbus and Diana (Dan) Askren of Las Vegas, Nevada; a son, Rick Haste of Spokane, Washington; a sister, Betty (Bill) Kelch of Clifton, Illinois; 10 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold L. Haste; a brother, Bernard Toune; and a granddaughter, Rhiana R. Johnson.

Dolores “PeeWee” had a full and interesting life. She was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Moose, and was a Cub Scout leader. She also was a volunteer at St. Mary’s Hospital for several years.

She loved camping, crocheting, needlepoint, crosswords, bowling and dancing until her stroke in 2000. She was left paralyzed on her right side and unable to speak, but that did not keep her from communicating. Her limited vocabulary, facial expressions and her strong will kept her going for the last 18 years. When most would have given up she found new hobbies, her competitive nature, steered her to bingo, cards and a dice game called “Farkle.” She loved to win and at Miller’s she was the one to beat.

She worked as a telephone operator, Sears catalog and General Foods Coupon Redemption Center for 30-plus years until retiring. After retirement she obtained jobs to keep her busy. One of her favorites was being a bartender at the Sarasota Kennel Club, Sarasota Florida, where she would vacation in the winter. And we cannot forget working for the Village of Aroma Park, Illinois, Police Department.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. (CST) Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at Morris Chapel Cemetery, in Iroquois, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home, Columbus.

A reception with family will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Aroma Park American Legion Post 110.

You are invited to light a virtual candle and send a message to the Haste family via the funeral home website: