Date of Death: January 31, 2020

Service Details

According to her wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be a memorial service and interment on Saturday, September 5, , 2020, 11:00 AM, at the Antioch Christian Church in Toluca, IL..

Obituary Notice

Jean Elizabeth Bastion of Three Rivers, Michigan died on Friday, January 31, 2020, just 3 days before her 101st birthday.  She died peacefully at home surrounded by family. Jean was born February 3, 1919 at Magnolia, Illinois to Byron and Effie (Phillips) Chasteen.  She married Stanley Bastion in Lostant, IL on February 14, 1943.  He died August 13, 1998.  She was also preceded in death by her brother Max Chasteen in 1992, son Fred Bastion in 1996, granddaughter Emily Gardner in 1972 and grandson Brian Bastion in 2004.

Surviving her are three daughters, Janet (Tom) Gardner in Florida; Susan (Paul) Johanson in South Carolina; and Jane (John) Barnes in Michigan; eleven grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren, cousins, and special niece, Nancy Chasteen Nares.

Jean was a member of the Antioch Christian Church of Toluca, IL and its Loyal Women’s Circle. She volunteered at Beulah Land Christian Home and at the Toluca City Library for many years.  She loved spending time with family, sewing quilts, baking sweets, cleaning and corresponding.

After high school, Jean moved to Toluca to work at the Toluca Garment Factory, and State Farm in Bloomington, IL.  During WWII, she worked as a civilian administrative assistant to military doctors at Camp McCoy, WI and Chicago, IL.   She was later employed as a telephone operator by General Telephone Company 1956-1964 and as secretary at Toluca High School 1964-1977.

Additional Information

Memorial donations in Jean’s honor may be made to Toluca Public Library or Eastern Marshall County Ambulance Service.

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  1. My sympathy and prayers for Jean and family. Growing up across the street was a great time. Jean was a super mom. So fun to be with all the Bastion family.
    A big hug for you all, Ann Gerardo

  2. sending my sympathies to Janet, Susan, Jane on the passing of your mom. She was my first neighbor after getting married in 1962. She helped me learn to knit and I still have her hand written sweater pattern. What a wonderful life she had. Linda Porch Toluca

  3. I am saddened to hear of Jean’s passing. She and my mom, Esther Linder, were life long friends. They had a very special bond. Amazing that they each were blessed to celebrate their 100th birthdays. Jean was such a lovely, kind and welcoming person. I loved visiting her home with my parents when I was a child. She made everyone feel so very welcome. The world was a better place with her in it. I’m sure she and mom are reunited in the hereafter. My sympathy goes out to Jane, Janet and Susan and their families.

  4. This news of Jean’s passing is sad. The Bastions were our neighbors and friends growing up in Toluca, IL. There are so many good memories I have and I will always cherish them when I think of Jean. I want to extend my sincere condolences to Janet, Susan, Jane and their families. May?she Rest In Peace with Stan and the other members of her family. I love you Jean.

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