Jari Lynn Oncken obit

Jari Lynn Oncken

MINONK – Jari Lynn Oncken, 75, died at 4:15 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, at Heritage Health in Minonk.

She was born Aug. 16, 1943, in Bloomington, the daughter of Henry A. and Helen Meils Oncken.

Survivors include one brother, John Oncken, Springfield; one aunt, Doris Hershbarger and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Jari Lynn graduated from Minonk-Dana-Rutland High School, Minonk, in 1961 and from Illinois State University, Normal, in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in education with a vocal music major. She taught music in the Elmwood School District and the junior and senior high schools at Paxton. Jari Lynn was a member of the Minonk Baptist Church in Minonk, where she served as a historian and wrote monthly articles for their newsletter. She was also a member of the Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kapa Gamma Society International, a society of women educators, and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Throughout the years, Jari Lynn sang and played the organ for many weddings and funerals. She loved researching family, Minonk and the MBC history.

Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home in Minonk with the Rev. Richard Reed officiating. Visitation will take place Wednesday morning from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the memorial home. Burial will follow the service in Minonk Township Cemetery, Minonk.

Memorials may be made to the church.

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