Thursday, July 28, 2011


Elaine M. Isaacson, 63, of rural Edelstein, died at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2011, at her residence.

Elaine was born February 28, 1948, in Peoria, the daughter of Edwin and Dorothy Heinz Gilles.  She married Michael J. Isaacson on May 31, 1969, in Princeville.  

He survives along with her mother, Dorothy Gilles, formerly of Princeville; one son, John (Dana) Isaacson of Decatur; one daughter, Carrie Isaacson of Edelstein; four grandchildren, Brandon and Elena Isaacson, Alexus Artis, and Janaya Moore; two sisters, Mary (Kenny) German of Galesburg and Sally Bridson of Princeville; and three brothers, Ted (Ginny) Gilles of Princeville, Ron (Jackie) Gilles of Dunlap, and Ray (Jackie) Gilles of Princeville.  

She was preceded in death by her father and one granddaughter, Hailey Isaacson.

Elaine graduated from Princeville High School in 1966 and then worked as secretary to the assistant vice president of Commercial National Bank from 1966 to 1971.  

She and her husband owned and operated Master Craft Cleaners in Chillicothe and Peoria and Isaacson Self-Service Laundry in Chillicothe.  

She enjoyed her grandchildren and loved her flower garden.  

She was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church, where a funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. The Rev. Fr. Patrick Henehan will officiate. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home with a rosary at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. Mary of the Woods Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Center at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

Private condolences may be made to the family via www.hammitt-hott.com.