Carolyn Mae Wille

February 16, 1945 - March 14, 2020

Carolyn M (Devereaux) Wille of Batavia, died Saturday, March 14, 2020, at home surrounded by her family, during a prayer service given by Chaplain Ed Doepel.  She was born February 16, 1945 to the late Gerald and Claire Devereaux, at Newton Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts. 

While growing up, Carolyn resided in Natick, Massachusetts and, after graduating from Natick High School, Carolyn began working at the U.S. Army R & E Command where future husband, Robert Wille, from Illinois, was stationed. The two met in the spring of 1963, married a year later on April 4, 1964 and raised their three children in Batavia, Illinois. 

Carolyn spent most of her marriage devoted to being a stay-at-home mom, making every birthday and holiday a magical and special day. She stayed busy by being actively involved in her children’s activities such as boy scouts, girl scouts and sports.  In the early 70s, she was a volunteer art appreciation teacher at Alice Gustafson School, a Sunday School teacher at Immanuel Lutheran Church and in the early 80s created a monthly home cooked meal program at Valley Lutheran High School. 

After her youngest child graduated high school, Carolyn began working at Mooseheart as a secretary to the Dean of Students and through this position, got to know many of the students and made a positive difference in many of their lives.  Carolyn loved to spend time with family, especially at a second home at Apple Canyon Lake, traveling the country with her husband and, every year, made sure to return to her hometown of Natick to visit her Aunt Nancy, as well as visit her brother Eddie in Cape Cod. 

Carolyn is survived by her husband Robert of Sugar Grove, son Jeff (Taffy) Wille of Elburn, daughter Michelle (John) Munn of Batavia, son Steve (Kat) Wille of Chicago and grandchildren Michael (fiancé Katie) Wille, Mark (fiancé Danielle) Wille, dear brother Edward “Eddie” Devereaux of Hyannis, Massachusetts, her Aunt Nancy Devereaux of Natick, Massachusetts, brother-in-law Richard (Arlene) Wille, sister-in-law Doris (Bud) Johnson, sister-in-law Joyce Byrd and several nieces and nephews.  

Expressions of sympathy may be made in her name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105 or

Visitation will be held on Tuesday March 17, 2020 at Moss Family Funeral Home 209 S. Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL from 4:00PM – 8:00PM. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday March 18, 2020 at Immanuel Lutheran Church 950 Hart Rd, Batavia, IL at 11:00AM. There will be a lie-in-state from 10:00AM until the start of the service. Interment will take place at River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia, IL, immediately after the service.

Arrangements entrusted to Moss Family Funeral Home 630-879-7900 or

Guest Book

  • James Upton To Robert and the Willie/ Devereaux Family on the passing of your wonderful Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, Extraordinaire Sunday School Teacher and Friend too many: Words cannot lessen the sorrow of losing Carolyn. As time goes by, may you find comfort in the memories of all the things that made her special. Have faith that you will someday see her again. Let the memories of the years you’ve shared wash over your heart and soul, let the knowledge that you are in our prayers, help you to console. Let Carolyn’s spirit fill you with strength and love. May it help the pain decrease, as each day that brings a glorious dawn, creates an inner peace. Rest in Peace Carolyn, our “Mother, Mentor and above all FRIEND”. Carolyn’s Mooseheart Sons and Daughters
  • Barb and Ron Dickenson Wills family, so sorry for your loss. Although we can’t be with you in person, we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Barb and Ron Dickenson
  • Barb and Ron Dickenson Wills family, so sorry for your loss. Although we can’t be with you in person, we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Barb and Ron Dickenson
  • Kathy Kilmartin Loved it when your Cally moved to Natick from California. Remember her living next door at Ma Devereaux’s and being in her wedding as the oldest girl cousin in the family. Best wishes to all her family.