Lois Yontz

Peoria woman dies at age 100

PEORIA - Lois H. Yontz, 100, of Peoria died at 8:10 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at her home.

She was born July 1, 1913, on a farm near San Jose, Ill., to Fred and Clara (Rapp) Zimmerman. Lois married Merle Raymond Yontz on May 30, 1936, in San Jose. He preceded her in death on Feb. 5, 2005.

She was also predeceased by three brothers and a sister.

Lois is survived by her five daughters and one son, Judith (Gerald) Waltz and Marlene (Allan) Campbell, both of Peoria, Nancy (Joe) Masterson of Barrington, Ill., Ted (Kitty) Yontz of Delavan, Linda (Robert) Cotterman of Los Angeles, Calif., and Carol (John) Berger of Wayne, Ill.; 20 grandchildren; and 41 great-grandchildren.

After receiving a scholarship to the University of Illinois, Lois graduated with a B.S. degree in 1935 in home economics. She was a perfect homemaker, a beloved mother and wife and a friend to all.

Lois loved this community, supported her husband in community affairs and served on various committees involving her children. She was a member of the T.T.T. Sorority, and an active member of UnityPoint Health-Methodist Medical Service League.

Lois was a master in sewing, crocheting and needlepoint.

She attended faithfully and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Peoria for 70 years, serving on many committees, including the building committee for the William A. Shaw Educational addition in 1951. Lois was a very active member of United Methodist Women and the Lora Battin Circle and was their representative at the South Side Mission. She was also a member of the J.O.Y. Sunday school class.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church of Peoria. The Dr. Robert Phillips will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at the Greenhill Cemetery in San Jose, Ill.

Memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church Foundation or the UnityPoint Health-Methodist Medical Service League.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.thewiltonmortuary.com.


Funeral Home

The Wilton Mortuary
2101 North Knoxville Avenue Peoria, IL 61603
(309) 688-2454

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Apr. 9, 2014