Joanne Gremar | Death notice |

BOURBONNAIS – Joanne Lavonne Gremar, 86, from Bourbonnais, died on Monday August 30, 2021 at the Heritage Village retirement home in Kankakee.

She was born on November 15, 1934 in Sisseton, SD, daughter of Richard and Vanita (Thurmond) Kelly Edwards. Joanne married Aaron Gremar on May 8, 1952 in Santa Monica, California. He predeceased her in death on March 25, 2001.

Joanne was secretary at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais and at Texize in Kankakee.

She loved to sew for her children and grandchildren. Joanne made bridesmaid dresses and wedding dresses. She loved to make cards on the computer for birthdays and special occasions for her family and friends. Joanne spent many hours walking her little Yorkie, Pippi, stopping to visit neighbors along the way.

Joanne spent 20 years traveling with her husband and children while in the US Air Force.

The whole family have enjoyed many camping trips together, primarily to Indiana Beach and the Covered Bridge Festival. Joanne enjoyed spending time with her family, making big Sunday dinners for everyone and playing with her grandchildren. She still wore a cheerful smile.

Joanne was a member of the Collegiate Church of the Nazarene.

The survivors are a son and daughter-in-law, Stan and Kathy Gremar, of Bourbonnais; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Shirley and Kevin Easter, of Momence, and Tammy and Donnie Johnson, of Riverview, Fla .; six grandchildren, Keith Easter (Annie Matyasec), Amy Easter (Mike Wilken), Alison (Brian) Zipper, Katie Gremar, Becca Gremar (Taylor Pokraka) and Logan (Meredith) Johnson; five great-grandchildren, Madison Studdard, Kellen Zipper, Emmett Zipper, Nolan Zipper and Skylar Johnson; a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Esther Edwards, of Seal Beach, California; one brother-in-law and one sister-in-law, Don and Ethel Gremar, of Wiggins, Miss .; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Aaron Gremar; she was predeceased by her parents.

Visitations will be held from 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 2 until the funeral service at 10 a.m. at the Clancy-Gernon-Hertz funeral home in Kankakee. Interment will be at noon at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.

Briefs can be made at Uplifted Care Hospice, Bourbonnais.

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