Barbara A. Rupel, 75, of Taylorville, died on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, at Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation.
Private family services were conducted. Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Morrisonville assisted the family.
Mrs. Rupel was born Jan. 7, 1947, in Lafayette, IN, to George and Betty (Graham) Dukes. She married Robert Rupel in Lafayette, IN, and they later divorced. He preceded her in death on July 11, 2016.
She was known to be loving, caring and energetic. Her family, especially her grandchildren, were most important to her. She loved playing cards and Bingo and watching crime dramas and her “soaps,” especially Days of Our Lives.
Outside of living in Brookston for 22 years, Mrs. Rupel was a lifelong resident of Lafayette and worked as a city bus driver for 20 years.
She is survived by her children, Michael L. (Jenna) Hughes of New Orleans, LA, Pam (Kevin) Macha of Pawnee and Vincent Hughes of Jacksonville, FL; grandchildren, Hudson, Dustin (Daphne), Caleb (Taylor), Noah (Angel) and William; two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Athena; brother, George A. “Pete” (Victoria) Dukes of Jacksonville, FL; and brother-in-law, Harry Jackson of Lafayette, IN.
Mrs. Rupel was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Linda Austin, Diana Davis, Nancy Silver and Marilyn Jackson; and two brothers, William L. Dukes and James R. Dukes.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, 800 McAdam Drive, Taylorville, IL 62568.
Online condolences to the family may be left at www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com.