Velma Faber


MENDOTA – Velma Faber, 95, of Mendota, passed on to Heaven on Jan. 23, 2023 at Heritage Health, Mendota.

Her time on earth will be remembered and celebrated at the Merritt Funeral Home on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, one month prior to her 96th birthday, from 4-7 p.m. at the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota. A funeral service will be held at LaMoille Community United Methodist Church on Jan. 28, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at 73 N. Main St., LaMoille. Burial will be at Restland Cemetery, Mendota.

She was born, a twilight sleep baby at Angier Hospital in Sublette on Feb. 24, 1927, the only child of Ed and Olga (Weitzel) Wolf.

Velma is survived by her children, Diane McConville (Russ Parloski) of Munhall, Pa., Curt (Nancy) Faber of Mendota, Dan Faber of Flanagan, Randy (Kathy) Faber of Sublette, Allen Faber of Paw Paw, Donna (Dennis) Wallace of Rockford and Pat (Duane) Chaon of Mendota. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Chad McConville, Amy (Randy) Nunes, Ann (Dan) Schick, Doug (Kathryn Muck) Faber, Brad (Catherine) Faber, Jesse (Mary) Faber, Nicole Faber, Spencer (Stacy) Wallace, McKenzie (Jim Jancsura) Wallace, Kelsey Chaon, Trevor (Erin) Chaon and Travis Chaon, as well as 12 great-grandchildren. She will also be remembered by her in-laws Fred, Aleta and Beverly Faber, many cousins and a multitude of nieces, nephews and step-grandchildren.

She has been greeted in Heaven by her parents and her husband Warren, whom she missed dearly. Also waiting for her are Gilbert (Viola) Grosch, who she considered her brother, two daughters in-law, Julie Faber and Melody Faber, in-laws Willard and Marjorie Faber, Lola and Leonard Zimmerlein, Carol Hansen, Calvin Faber, two nieces, two nephews and many cousins.

She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church on the Old Chicago Road. She lived the majority of her life on the original Wolf homestead in Sublette township, Lee county.

Her primary education was done in a one-room schoolhouse prior to graduating from Amboy High School in 1946. Following high school, she attended Illinois State University until she was beckoned home to care of her ailing mother. It was during this time that she met a young soldier, recently home from World War II, and her future path was established.

Velma and Warren Faber were married Nov. 28, 1948 in the Wolf home, and their 50 years of love and adventures began. Eleven months later their first child arrived followed by six others during their first 10 years of marriage. Their family, challenges and her biggest joy had begun.

Velma never worked outside the home, but she worked plenty. She had not only cared for her mother, but also her father as well as her seven children. She always kept a large garden, surrounded by flowers. Late summer always included canning, freezing and making pickles. Christmas always included days of baking cookies. She was an active member of LaMoille Community United Methodist Church. Over many years she was a 4-H leader, a member of Lee County Home Extension, Navy Mothers, VFW Auxiliary, Lee County Republicans, Country Squares and her church circle.

The family would like to thank Stonecroft Retirement Village for their loving care for over 15 years, as well as Heritage Health who cared for her to the end of her journey. Many thanks to Dr. Mary Chinn and staff who lovingly cared for her for many years.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to LaMoille Community United Methodist Church, her longtime faith community that she loved or a donation to the family, to support the St. Paul Cemetery where many of her family members are buried. Online condolences may be left at www.merrittfh.com.

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