HINCKLEY – Laverna J. "Lala" Grommes, 87, of Hinckley, Ill., formerly of Kaneville, Ill., passed away peacefully at home Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born May 7, 1925, in Kaneville, the daughter of Fred and Gertrude (Grimm) Krieghbaum.
Laverna was united in marriage Jan. 31, 1951, in Aurora, Ill., to Robert J."Bob" Grommes and they spent 56 wonderful years together until his passing Feb. 17, 2007. She spent her life being a farmer's wife. Lala shared her passion for baking and doing crafts with both of her children, her four grandchildren and her eight great-grandchildren. Mrs. Grommes enjoyed collecting bells throughout the years. Laverna and Bob attended many conventions over the years as they collected flat irons also. They loved to travel and spent many winters in Arizona. Lala will be greatly missed by all the hearts she touched.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Jackie Birdwell and Sharon Zinzer and the Unity Hospice of Western Illinois. Thanks also goes to her nurse, Dawn, and CNA, Kristen, that took care of her until the end. Most of all, an extra special thanks goes to her son who stayed by her side.
She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Wheelhouse of Garland, Texas; son, John (Ruby) Grommes of Hinckley; grandchildren, Edward (Cindy) Wheelhouse of Garland, Joseph (Tara) Grommes of Hinckley, Sena Wheelhouse of Texas and Jennie (Matt) Butler of Hinckley; eight great-grandchildren, Austin, Gracie, Cole, Maddie, Shayla, Hailey, Jacob and Charlotte; sister, Berdena (Roy) Sorensen of Hinckley; brother, Delmar Krieghbaum of Sugar Grove; several nieces and nephews; and extended family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Grommes; one brother, Emmet Krieghbaum; and sisters, Vivian Krieghbaum and Betty Radovich.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Hinckley First United Methodist Church, 801 N. Sycamore St. in Hinckley. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Aurora. Friends can visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at Nash-Nelson Funeral Home, 1001 E. Garfield St. in Waterman.
Memorials can be directed to the Hinckley First United Methodist Church.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory. For information, visit www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com
or call 815-264-3362.