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Aldine Monroe

Aldine E. Monroe, 97, formerly of Cornell, died at 4:50 a.m. Saturday (April 14, 2018) at Heritage Health, Normal.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Rowe. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will follow the luncheon at Rowe Cemetery in rural Pontiac at 2 p.m.

Aldine was born in rural Pontiac, a daughter of Arthur and Ellen (Hamreway) Shay. She married Harold Monroe on Oct. 28, 1939 in Rowe. He died May 30, 1995.

She is survived by her daughter, Pauline (Larry) Gourley of Bloomington; two sons, Bill (Bonnie) Monroe of Naples, Fla. and Terry (Julie) Monroe of Scottsdale, Ariz.; five grandchildren: Greg (Colette) Gourley, Brian Monroe, Brenda (Andy) Bremanis, Brandy (Brian) Potter, and Brandon Boggio; and 10 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Orin, Burtin and Amer Shay; and two granddaughters.

Aldine graduated from Pontiac Township High School with the Class of 1938. She was the office secretary at Cornell High School for 25 years. After retiring, she enjoyed traveling and wintering in Arizona. She found pleasure working with ladies of the Cornell community making comforters for Lutheran World Relief and was a member of Pontiac Woman’s Club, Rooks Creek Home Extension and Cornell Senior Citizens Club.

Aldine’s family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to the doctors and staffs of Advocate Hospice and Heritage Health Normal for their devoted care in the Legacy Unit.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery Fund, 210 North Deerfield Road, Pontiac, Ill., 61764 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac is handling arrangements for the family.

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