Passing of Regina M. Rakers , Mother of District #3/4 Retired Investigator/Sergeant George Rakers

It is with deep regret that we announce the Passing of Regina M. Rakers , Mother of Districts #3/4 Retired Investigator/Sergeant George Rakers.

Please see the following obituary:

Regina M. Rakers Obituary

Regina M. Rakers, 89, of Springfield, passed away on Friday, March 22, 2024, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was the daughter of David and Catherine Eddington, the seventh of ten children. She met her husband, George Rakers, at a CYC dance, and they were married for 66 years.

Taking care of her family was the most important thing to Regina. She was a loving wife, devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, a helpful daughter, and treasured sister.

Gina enjoyed playing card games, especially tic, with her family. She also loved to play pinochle, mahjong, and bunco with her dear friends. She loved to read, paint pictures, sew, tend the flowers in her garden, and watch wildlife in her yard. Gina also loved watching St. Louis Cardinal baseball games.

She was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church.

Over the years, she worked at Sangamo Electric, the Springfield Diocesan Office, and the Department of Central Management Services.

Gina was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert, David, Jerry, and Michael Eddington; and sisters, Rita Shaughnessy and Helene O’Shea.

She is survived by her husband, George Rakers; her five children, Mary (Dan) Raab of Taylorville, Carol Rakers of Springfield, Laura Rakers of Crystal Lake, George (Pam) Rakers of Marion, and Stephen Rakers of Springfield; six grandchildren, Jack Rakers, Joe (Dhuha) Raab, Emily (Ross) O’Neill, Nick (Jessica) Rakers, Melissa Rakers, and Luke Rakers; one great-grandchild, Nora Raab, and a baby girl due in June; brother, Richard Eddington; sisters, Miriam (Lyle) Woodruff and Theresa Gay; sisters-in-law, Joann Eddington and Judy Eddington; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Cremation was provided by Lincoln Land Cremation Society.

The family will host a Memorial Mass at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 2000 E. Sangamon Ave., Springfield. Family will start receiving friends at 10:00 a.m. at the church.

Burial will take place at Camp Butler National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Aloysius School, 2125 N. 21st St., Springfield, IL 62702.

Please keep the Rakers family in your thoughts and prayers.

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