STREATOR - Paula L. Medema, 48, rural Streator, died Thursday (July 17, 2008) as a result of an automobile accident at the intersection of Route 17 and 11 East Road, rural Streator.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hagi Funeral Home, Streator; additional visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, Fulton. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, Fulton.
Mrs. Medema was born July 19, 1959, in Fulton, daughter of Paul and Gretchen Chase Bush. She married Jeffrey Medema on Aug. 5, 1978, in Fulton. He survives.
She had been employed as a school psychologist at Streator High School almost 20 years, as well as at Grand Ridge Grade School, and was currently at El-Paso Gridley School District. She attended Fulton grade schools and graduated in three years from Fulton High School in 1976, graduated from Sauk Valley Community College in one year, and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. degree in elementary education and a master's in school psychology in three years from Eastern Illinois University.
Paula was a very giving person. She loved to sit by her pond that her family made for her Mother's Day and enjoyed the fish and flowers and her gardens. She was an avid reader and enjoyed cross stitch and crafts. She was a loyal supporter of athletic and school events, and will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband Jeffrey, Streator; her mother, Gretchen (Jerry) Cossman, Fulton; one daughter, Arianna (James Wooldridge) Medema, in college at Illinois State University, Normal; four sons, Jeffrey (Shelsey Kennedy) Medema, in college at Illinois State University, Normal; Zac (fiancé Maggie Rhynes) Medema, in college at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville; Nicholas (Angie Wilson) Medema and Jacob Medema, both at home; one brother, Kevin (Okcha) Bush, Fulton; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Eleanor and Jacob Medema, both of Fulton.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Memorials may be made to a college fund for her children that is being established.