BLOOMINGTON - Lorene L. Thomas, 86, formerly of 1104½ S. Madison St., Bloomington, died at 2:41 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 31, 2006) at LeRoy Manor, LeRoy.
Her funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home and 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, both in Bloomington, with the Rev. Ric Schneider officiating. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, St. Mary's Church or Multiple Sclerosis Society.
She was born Oct. 23 1919, in Cooksville, the daughter of Daniel A. and Kathryn Doyle Leary. She married Russell D. Thomas on June 4, 1944, at Bloomington. He died March 13, 1979.
Survivors include two sons, Larry (Alison) Thomas, Chicago, and Stephen (Clare Kerz) Thomas, St. Louis; three sisters, Marjorie Cooley, Peoria; LaVerne Evans, Normal; and Patricia (Victor) Rochelle, Normal; three brothers, Arlo (Eileen) Leary, Bloomington; Warren (Marilyn) Leary, Ellsworth; and Duane (Janice) Leary, LeRoy; a sister-in-law, Alice Leary, Normal; two grandchildren, Derek Thomas, Normal, and Stephanie (Bobby) Tucker, Danville; and one great-grandson, Bryce Tucker.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Eldon Leary.
Mrs. Thomas was a 1938 graduate of Saybrook High School and attended Illinois State Normal University. She worked at State Farm Insurance Cos. before marriage, and returned to work after her husband was unable to work as a result of multiple sclerosis at Beich Candy Co., retiring from State Farm in 1982 where she had been an executive secretary in the personnel department.
Lorene was a member of Park United Methodist Church and after the death of her husband, she was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, where she sang in the church choir and was active in Cursillo. She was past secretary and president of the McLean County chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society; a past board member of the Central Illinois Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society; and had been a member and president of the St. Joseph's Medical Center Auxiliary. Lorene was also treasurer for the regional medical auxiliary.