MINONK — Agnes L. Nemmers, 87, Minonk, died at 8:28 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 6, 2009) at St. Mary’s Hospital, Streator.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Minonk, with Father Neri Greskoviak officiating. Burial will follow in St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery, Minonk. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Food Pantry.
Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, is in charge of arrangements.
Agnes was born Sept. 11, 1922, in Emington, the daughter of Edward Michael and Margaret Lucille Conroy Daugherty. She married Ralph Gallup in October of 1939. Together they had three children, Mary Lou, Louis and William E. She later married William Gallup. She then married Lorrin “Joe” Nemmers on Dec. 29, 1982.
Surviving are her daughter, Mary Lou (Robert) Majesky, Rutland; her son, Louis (Carol) Gallup, Mesa, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Laura Marie Gallup, Darin Gallup, Cory (Natalie) Gallup, Brian (Sharon) Barth and William Keith (Tammy) Barth; and five great-grandchildren, Noah Gallup, Willie J. Barth, Tyler J. Barth, Isaac E. Barth and Gabrielle Gallup.
Also surviving are two sisters, Patricia Cutright, Indian Beach, Fla., and Kathryn (Michael) Lurz, Streator; and a brother, Thomas (Lydia) Dougherty.
She was preceded in death by her three husbands; her parents; two brothers, Richard and John; four sisters, Mary Ellen Schmidt, Orlene Fulkerson, Elaine DeLong and Sister Marie Clare Dougherty; a son, William E. Gallup; two grandchildren; and twin great-granddaughters.
Agnes was a very active person. She had lived in Minonk for over 60 years and believed in getting involved in the community. She was a member of the Minonk Food Pantry and Minonk Recreation Board. She was a past grand marshal of the Minonk 4th of July Parade. She was a co-chairman of the bloodmobile in Minonk for many years. She was a Democrat and proud of it. She belonged to the Woodford County Democrat Organization and was an election judge in Minonk for more than 20 years.
Above all this, she was a Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 7185 member for more than 50 years. She held many offices locally including president of the auxiliary, secretary and treasurer. She promoted patriotism in the schools through the programs of the VFW such as Voice of Democracy, Patriotic Art, Patriotic Pen, Loyalty Day programs at the grade school and the finger printing at the schools. She presented numerous flags to the schools and Heritage Manor over the years. She was a strong advocate for the Avenue of Flags program in Minonk. She cooked many breakfasts for the volunteers who put the flags up on Memorial Day and Fourth of July. She was a member of the 7th District VFW. She held several offices in the district from color bearer to president. Her VFW friends were her “second” family. She was a member of the Grand of Illinois Military order of Cooties.
Above all else was her Catholic faith. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and was president of the Altar & Rosary Society.
Her happiest time was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her life was dedicated to her faith, family and community. Her special love was for the military, which she did through her VFW work. Her philosophy was “as you serve the Lord with all your heart may you know what a difference you make in the world. For work, play, love and goodwill will spread happiness throughout the world.”