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.