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Mildred Erdman

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CHENOA — Mildred Louise Erdman, 88, of Chenoa, died at 7:52 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 31, 2011) at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community, Chenoa.

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chenoa, the  Rev. Jerry Koch and the Rev. August Lubkeman officiating. Inurnment will be in Chenoa Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the church. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Chenoa, is assisting the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community or to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, both in Chenoa.

Mrs. Erdman was born May 17, 1923, in Palmyra,  the daughter of Albert and Verna (Bramley) Smith. She moved to Chenoa in August 1945 and married Verne W. Erdman on June 8, 1946, at Central Christian Church in Decatur. They remained loving companions and took care of each other until her passing.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years; four sons, William (Jan) Erdman, Webster Groves, Mo.; Richard (Merline) Erdman, Sterling; James (Susan) Erdman, Chenoa; and Steven (Gina) Erdman, Barrington Hills; 13 grandchildren, Nat and Maggie Erdman, Amanda Erdman, Corinne (Jarod) Nye, David Erdman, Michael (Danielle) Erdman, Katie Erdman, Sam, Grace, Charlie, Anna, Claire and Jack Erdman; and two great-grandchildren, Connor and Spencer Nye.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Elizabeth Grady, and her niece, Margaret Juran.

She graduated from Palmyra High School and Millikin University, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She taught home economics at Chenoa High School for more than 20 years, taking time off to raise her four sons. She actively farmed with her husband throughout their married life. She was a member of the Chenoa Arts and Travels Club; Chenoa Women’s Club; and St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chenoa, where she was a member of the choir for more than 50 years.

Mrs. Erdman lived in rural Chenoa from 1946 to 1975 at which time they moved to their Lake Bloomington home where they resided until the fall of 2010. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, playing cards, playing bridge, gardening, traveling with her husband, and taking many family trips to the beach. She was known for her excellent cooking, especially her “Grannie rolls,” served at every family gathering.

She was a remarkable woman who led a full and love-filled life.

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