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Juanita Ann Ward
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     Juanita Ann Ward, 78 of Normal, IL passed away at 1:44A.M. Easter Sunday, March 31st, 2013, at home with her loving husband of 56 years at her side. Her funeral service will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, April 5, 2013 at  First Presbyterian Church of Normal. Rev. Larry Gaylord will officiate. Visitation will be 4:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. Thursday, April 4, 2013 at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington IL.

     Juanita was born May 12th, 1934 in Linn, Kansas to Lawrence Fred and Dora Mary Katheran Kriete Lohmeyer. She is survived by Robert Eugene Ward whom she married in Woodstock, Illinois on June 16th, 1956.

     Also surviving are two sons, David (Diane) Ward of Downingtown, PA; Steven (Cheryl) Ward of St. Augustine, FL; and one daughter, Jane (Dr. John) Han of Bloomington, IL; six grandchildren, Alan (Devin) Ward of Baltimore, MD; Eric Ward, Gulph Mills, PA; Brian Ward, Scottsdale, AZ; Dana Ward of Boulder, CO; Jason and Ryan Han of Bloomington, IL; and one step grandson, Matthew (Annette) Byrne of McHenry, IL.

     Juanita was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Gertrude Koppen.

     The Lohmeyer family moved their farm from Kansas to Woodstock, IL in 1942 when Juanita was eight years old. Juanita graduated from Woodstock Community High School and after graduating worked for the McHenry County Farm Bureau. She and her husband, Bob, moved to Normal in 1959. She enjoyed being a stay at home mother and later worked at Bergner's and then Lucy's Draperies and was the office manager for her husband's architectural firm.

     Juanita was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Normal. She enjoyed playing cards in two bridge clubs, gardening, walking the Constitution Trail, traveling and spending winters in Fort Myers Beach and Siesta Key, FL. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. They always brought a smile to her face.

     Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Normal. The family would like to thank the staff at OSF Ambulatory Care Unit and Dr. Gomez and staff at Illinois CancerCare for their kindness and care.

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  • Richard Godfrey
  • Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Bob, you and your family have our deepest condolences over your sad, sad loss of Juanita. She and you have contributed so much to making Normal the fine community it is. Our hearts and prayers go out to you at dthis most tragic time. Rich and MaryJean Godfrey, Los Gatos, CA
  • Marian Elson
  • Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Dear Bob,
Although you had been married 34 years when I worked for you, you beamed whenever you talked about adventures with Juanita. And I laughed long after. Matched pair!
Lovingly,
Marian
  • Tom Neubacher
  • Wednesday, April 03, 2013
I was a grade and high school classmate of Juanita's. We both were "farm kids" and rode the school buses together for a number of those years. She was very proud to have caused school bus driver to be fired as he "drove to slowly". Juanita was a very special friend and although we only saw each other at reunions we enjoyed sharing memories of those days. I know she suffered poor health in later but was always positive about the future. My prayers are with her and Bob. We will truly miss her.
  • Jenny
  • Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Juanita Ward family, It is with my deepest sympathy to say that I am so sorry for you loss. Bob my thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours.....I was blessed to have met her and cared for her, she was a sweet dear woman and so easy to care for.............

Juanita you will be greatly missed !!

Matthew 11:28 ” Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

If I can be of any help throughout this difficult time, please just let us know.

Jenny
  • Scott & Beth Tomasino
  • Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Dear Bob, Dave & family,

We were so sorry to hear of Juanita's passing and wish we could be there with you for the visitation and funeral. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Beth and I were just talking about how much we enjoyed knowing Juanita and how nice and loving a person she was. We are also thankful for the time we got to spend with her and Bob while visiting Dave over the years.

My favorite memory was the prank we played on her the day before Brack & Diane's wedding when she warned Bob and I to be careful when we took Brack water skiing that afternoon. We showed up later that day with his leg wrapped up and told her he broke his ankle (we were so cruel back then!). She bought it hook line & sinker and was so relieved when we finally came clean! Loving Mom's were just sitting ducks for us wedding pranksters!

Big hugs from Beth and I and hope to see you again in the not so distant future.
  • HAROLD W WARD
  • Wednesday, April 03, 2013
DEAR BROTHER,
MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU AND THE KIDS IN YOUR HOUR OF SORROW. I HOPE YOU FORGIVE ME FOR NOT BEING THERE . IF THERE IS , BUT I KNOW THERE ISN'T, A WAY TO MAKE IT UP TO YOU - I WOULD.JUANITA WAS THE JOY OF YOUR LIFE AND WE WILL MISS HER AS WE LOVE BOTH OF YOU VERY MUCH.

LOVE ALWAYS
YOUR BROTHER HAROLD
  • Chuck Burns
  • Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Hi Steve (and Janie and Dave). I am so sorry Juanita passed away....I missed the visitation and I feel terrible for myself - I would have liked to see all of you and smile at your faces and remember when we were young, and I would have liked to say goodbye to Juanita.

I remember her giving me chocolate milk at your house and popcorn - and she protected me from Pedro...I think that was your dog's name...he always seem to dislike me....

Your mom was always nice to me and I remember her always briefly chatting with me when I came over to your house - I think she may have been skeptical of most of my replies regardless of the topic - she was wise that way...

Most of the time I remember seeing her as we headed down to the basement for some model train running, ping pong, or messing with Dave's musical instruments. Sometimes I remember her as we went out to play in your backyard. If we were up to no-good it was best to avoid her...and slip out the door unnoticed.

All my memories follow the same pattern - Steve and I were up to some sort of playing and she was a warm presence as we came and left. I am sorry her presence is gone - life is so brief, but we will all see her again in time, and smile.....

chuck
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