Lorena Mae Metz
Thursday, January 14, 1937 - Saturday, February 04, 2017

Lorena Mae Metz, 80, of Cullom, Illinois passed away at 4:59 pm on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Evenglow Lodege in Pontiac, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Life Church, 1411 Crescent Street (Rt. 45 S), Gilman, IL 60938 with Jim Harkins officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church Parish Hall and a half hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church. Graveside services will be at 3:00 pm on Wednesday at West Lawn Cemetery in Cullom, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac, or Cullom Beckham Memorial Library.

Lorena was born on January 14, 1937 in rural Cullom, IL, a daughter of Lon and Susie (Detwiler) Wickham. She was educated in the Cullom schools. She married Donald Metz on October 28, 1956 at Cullom United Methodist Church. He survives.

Also surviving are their children: Kevin (Donna) Metz of Cullom, IL, Doug (Tina) Metz of Carpentersville, IL, Alan (Bev) Metz of Cullom, IL, and Janice (John) Engelman of Kankakee, IL; twelve grandchildren: Aaron and Daniel Metz, Morgan Metz, Kelsey (Andy) Laboy, Andrew (Holly) Metz, Rachel (Josh) Steidinger, Leah and Grace Metz, Alicia (Dan) Sobodas, Spike, Anthony and Luke Engelman; three great grandchildren: Cora Laboy, Landon Sobodas, and Paisley Steidinger; one special cousin: Nita Moser; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Henry Wickham, Evelyn Morris, Paul Wickham, and Harold Wickham.

Lorena was a lifelong beautician, she also worked at St. James in Pontiac, Piper City Rehab and Living Center (formerly Greenbrier), Fox Developmental Center, then Tri-Point School.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Skinner Trost Unit 122 serving as past president as well as every other position there. Lorena did serve at the state level as Department Chaplan and various other positions and committees throughout the years. She was also a member of the Life Church in Gilman, IL.

Most of all, Lorena’s love for her family always took priority. As an avid sports fan, she enjoyed going to her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. She took her position as the Matriarch of the family very seriously and would to anything for them. Lorena loved to sing, dance, and play cards.

She was a loving wife, mom, grandma, great grandma, aunt, and friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.



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  • Claire Pickett
  • Sunday, February 05, 2017
My sympathy to you and all your family.
  • LaVera Davis
  • Monday, February 06, 2017
Our condolences to the family. Such a beautiful lady.

Our prayers,
John and LaVera Davis
  • Jon and Nancy Haag
  • Monday, February 06, 2017
Alan, Bev and Family,
Our deepest sympathy to all of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish the memories!
  • Joe and Kim Kao
  • Monday, February 06, 2017
Our family sends our condolences to all of you. Lorena was always such a nice lady and we are saddened to hear of her passing. Sending our love and prayers to you during this difficult time.
  • Christine Clark-Haren
  • Monday, February 06, 2017
So sorry for your loss. My prayers to all of you for comfort during this time.
  • Carole Cashmer
  • Monday, February 06, 2017
Thoughts and prayers to all the family. Sounds like she was a remarkable woman. Sincere sympathies. Carole Cashmer
  • Larri Gerhart
  • Monday, February 06, 2017
She was a great friend and has been missed. Larri Gerhart, Past 4th Division President, 19th District
  • Cyndy Jehle
  • Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Lorena was a very beautiful lady. Wonderful friend. I always enjoy my time with her. Great lady. So very sorry for lose.
  • Douglas Taylor
  • Thursday, February 09, 2017
Lorena was a wonderful woman who often acted as a second Mom to me. Her love for her family was only surpassed by her love for Christ. My deepest sympathies pour out to Don, Kevin, Doug, Alan and Janice.
  • Maureen & Jeff Powell
  • Thursday, February 09, 2017
Dear Janice, John, and Family,

Our deepest sympathies for your loss. We have fond memories of cheering along with your mom at the ballpark. We enjoyed her company.

Maureen, Jeff, and family
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