Shannon Lynn Partch, age 61, of Burlington, was released into the arms of her Savior on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family.

She was born August 9, 1959, in St. Petersburg, FL, to proud and loving parents, Rodney and Nancy (Dibble) Ross.

When Shannon was only 8 years old, grief came to call when her mother passed away. The burden of loss was lessened when Darlene Greenman came into her life. Darlene was a family friend and found a love to last a lifetime with Rodney on November 23, 1968. Together they raised Shannon,  her sister Leslie and two older brothers, Scott and Kevin.

Shannon attended local schools wherever the family called home as they moved wherever Rodney was transferred. Eventually when she was 16, the family settled in Illinois and graduated from St. Charles High School with the class 1977. She continued her education at Elgin Community College, graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Shannon met the love of her life through chance. Fortune brought her Greg Partch on a blind date and it didn’t take long for sparks to fly. They were united in marriage on August 16, 1980 at the Japanese Garden in Geneva, starting a love affair that lasted over 40 years. They began their new life together in Elburn for a time before moving to a farm on Kendall Road in Plato Center. In December of 1988, they moved once more to Burlington where they continued to make memories with their children, Jessica “Jessy” and Michael.  

Shannon worked at the Piano Factory in high school alongside her mother. After graduation, she began working as a teller at First National Bank in St. Charles. When her children started school, Shannon worked as an Early Education Aide in the Burlington Central School District. In 2002, she began working for the Elburn Lions Club before finishing her working career, this time as head teller, at the Old Second Bank in Wasco. In 2020, she resumed her teaching career when she homeschooled her grandchildren, by far her favorite pupils. 

Shannon was a dedicated and loving wife, mother and grandmother, with a stubborn streak a mile wide.  She was everything a mom should be and would do anything for her grandchildren, who knew her as YaYa. Shannon had a heart that loved unconditionally and embodied a natural caregiver, always lending a helping hand to anyone in need. She loved getting into the wind with Greg on their Harley Davidson Classic and made it a point to be the biggest cheerleader for all of the kids’ activities. She dedicated countless hours in support of Greg and the Burlington Fire Department.  In the summer, you could find her enjoying the outdoors, but when she was stuck inside, she had a passion for playing games, especially Yahtzee and Mario Kart.  Because she moved so many times as a child, Shannon sought to grow roots in one place so that her children could have stability and a place to call home. Last February, a family vacation to Disney brought smiles to all, and no one loved making memories with her grandchildren more than YaYa. Every year they visited Porcupine Lake in Tipler, WI, to spend time at Greg’s parent’s home, and where the children were spoiled to “high heaven”. She was more comfortable behind the lens of a camera than in front, leaving a font of memories of times gone by to cherish and give warmth to the stark cold of grief. 

She is survived by her loving husband Greg Partch; two children Jessy (James “Jimmy”) Williams and Michael Partch; two granddaughters: Michelle “Mickey Lynn” and Makayla Williams; her parents, Rodney and Darlene Ross; her siblings: Scott (Linda) Ross and Kevin (Cynthia) Ross and Leslie (Jim) Marsh; several nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her mother Nancy Ross; paternal grandparents, Julian and Otelia Ross; maternal grandparents, Jane and Robert Dibble and her niece Megan Neisendorf.

A memorial visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, May 20, 2021, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Private family burial will follow at a later date.

The family requests that no flowers be sent, and instead donations be made to the Burlington Fire Department for Lucas CPR Machine or to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in memory of her niece Megan. Tributes and memories may be left on the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, or at

7 thoughts on “SHANNON LYNN PARTCH

  1. Shannon always welcomed everyone into her life with open arms. She was a peacemaker and fiercely in love with her two beautiful granddaughters.
    Greg has been right by her side thru good times as well as rough times. A stalwart for the family.
    Shannon will be greatly missed by all but never forgotten.
    Until we meet again in heaven, have fun with mom and the rest of the relatives and Jesus.
    Love ya Sis! Kevin and Cynthia.

  2. Scott
    I am so sorry for the loss of your sister – – she surely will be missed by her family. May your memories bring you comfort in your loss. With sympathy, Pauline

  3. I had so much fun working with Shannon at HBT in Early Childhood. She was always ready for a good laugh and showed so much compassion for the children. My condolences to you Greg, Jess and Michael. She will be missed.

  4. Dad wrote this and Shannon’s son Michael read it to her the night before she left us:

    If you & others there think it appropriate, please read this to Shannon. Thanks & all of you hang in there. We love you all.

    Our Daughter,

    You were born in St Petersburg, FL, when we lived in Pinellas Park, a beautiful and cheerful baby.

    You brought joy to our lives. I remember helping you to learn to use the sewing machine for school and the kerfuffle with the teacher about that…

    I remember you helping make Christmas bread… I especially recall you and the other kids standing up at our wedding and how happy you were to have Darlene for your mother.

    I remember you asking me to ‘give you away’ at your wedding, and my refusal, saying I did not own you so I could not give you away…

    you have always ‘owned’ yourself, had a mind of your own, and felt free to express it.

    I applaud you for sticking to your guns and insisting to conduct this episode of your life your way.

    I am glad you have Greg, Mike, Jessie, Scott, Linda et al to be with you. We love you.

    We are sorry we cannot be there for you. We just cannot make the trip and really cannot walk very far without tiring.

    But you will always be close to our hearts.

    Love from Mom and Dad

  5. Scott, Linda,

    We were sorry to her about your sister Shannon. Our thoughts are with you & your family.

    Don & Maureen

  6. My deepest sadness and prayers reach out to your family Shannon. We met our Junior year in high school at Mid-Valley Vocational Center. Our friendship was such joy and comfort during the years of snacking on candy, taking walks around St. Charles and studying for exams. Of course all the talks about “teenage angst” made everyday of the end of our youth memorable. It was on the night of your “blind date” that became the next chapter of your adult life. When you joyfully told me in the theater bathroom that, “Greg is cute!”. I am so glad that your life with Greg was filled with love and family. The part of your life that was most important to you. Even though we seldom saw each others as adults, our times together were just as we were never apart. Laughter and catching-up meant more to me that words can describe. Rest in peace. Heaven has a new and joyful angel. God bless! -Kathy Coffman

  7. Our deepest condolences to you, Greg, Jessy, and Michael. Your Mom was so very special to all of us who got the chance to work with her in the Burlington Central School District, and we were so very sad to hear of her passing. We will always hold dear those years she was very kind and patient with our dear, Benjamin. She was so loving and nurturing to all of the special children she worked with, and we will not forget her kindnesses to him and to us.
    May God Bless You All! -Jean and Bob Warfel

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