Georgia DeSautel (1942-2022), born in North Dakota, served students and teachers, played piano by ear


Georgia DarLynn DeSautel, 79, of Rockton, IL passed away peacefully at Beloit Memorial Hospital, Sunday, January 9, 2022. Georgia was born May 15, 1942, in Grafton, ND, the daughter of George and Alice (Nygard) Rustan. Following high school graduation in 1960 from Park River, ND, Georgia attended North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton and North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. On August 18, 1962, Georgia was united in marriage to Thomas (Tom) DeSautel of Hoople, ND. The family moved to Rockford, IL in 1966 and Georgia worked at Montgomery Wards and Marshall Fields, and then for over 20 years in the Rockford Public School District where she worked tirelessly in the human resources department to support the district’s teachers and students. 

Always creatively inspired, Georgia liked to draw, color, and decorate. She had an amazing love for country music and the piano. At many gatherings of family and friends, Georgia would entertain them all by playing the piano by ear. 

With a love of travel, she visited Norway, cruised the Mediterranean, sailed to Alaska and traveled throughout the USA. 

Georgia took pride in her husband, her children and her four grandchildren. She defined what it meant to be a fantastic grandmother, always present in their lives, inspiring creativity, and acts of kindness. 

Georgia is survived by her husband of 59 years, Thomas (Tom); sister, Char Brekke, Grand Forks, ND; daughter, Kerry Lea Fellers (Chris); son, Greig (Debi); grandchildren, Kanyon Fellers, Trever DeSautel, Kendall Lea Fellers, and Jarrett DeSautel. 

A celebration of life will be held at the GreenFire Restaurant, 6795 E. Riverside Blvd., Rockford, IL 61114, on Saturday, January 22, 2022, from 1:30pm until 4:00pm. A celebration of life will also be held in North Dakota on May 15, 2022 with details to be provided at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Rockford Rescue Mission in Rockford, IL or Northland Rescue Mission in Grand Forks, ND.

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