Gloria Jean Josserand
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Gloria Jean Josserand, 72, died at 3:57 p.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014, at Regency Nursing Care Center, surrounded by her immediate family.
Gloria was born July 2, 1941, in Monmouth, the daughter of Hugh and Lenore Tomlinson Carrico. She married Jerry Lee Josserand on Aug. 22, 1964, in Springfield.
Gloria received her bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University and her master's from University of Illinois Springfield. She was a member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, SEA, Illinois Education Association, National Education Association, Prairie Art Alliance, Illinois Artisan Program, and the Springfield Art Association.
Gloria moved to Springfield, Ill., in 1963 to pursue her teaching career. She enjoyed the challenges of teaching, and spent most of her tenure teaching English and Social Studies to 5th and 6th grade students in several schools within Springfield School District 186. She met her husband that same year while taking an art class. This class led to a second career as a studio artist working predominantly in ceramics. The couple established their own studio, "No Creek Pottery," and she worked alongside her husband creating a variety of sculpture types ranging from lifelike reliefs to custom homes and historical buildings. The couple displayed and sold their art in various Midwest summer art fairs. She also showed her work at the Prairie Art Alliance, Springfield Art Association, Illinois Artisan Gallery, FLW Sumac Gallery, Illinois State Fair, and has work in several other private collections.
In addition to her art and teaching career, she also enjoyed working in her garden. She took great pride in her abilities to cultivate and grow a variety of indoor and outdoor plants, and over the years transformed her yard into a tranquil sanctuary where she and her husband could enjoy the change of the seasons along with all of the wildlife that the garden attracted. Cooking was another pleasant activity. Many years of trial and error with different recipes fostered her skills, which she then shared with others in various gourmet cooking groups throughout Springfield. She was also an avid traveler, be it a family vacation spent driving across country to visit historical sites, or in her later years, traveling with her husband visiting farther locations like Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and several locations across Europe.
She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Jerry Josserand of Springfield; one son, Jeremy Josserand of New Berlin, Ill.; daughter, Jeralee Josserand of Springfield; grandchild; and two sisters, Bonnie (husband, Donald) Greene of Pennsylvania and Kay (husband, Rich) DeBuysere of Tennessee.
Cremation was accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center prior to ceremonies.
Memorial Gathering: Family will receive friends from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. The gathering will begin with a prayer service.
Funeral Mass: 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014, at Christ the King Parish, 1930 Barberry Dr., Springfield, with Rev. Joseph Ring, celebrant and Rev. Msgr. David S. Lantz, concelebrant. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery at 12:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions in memory of Gloria Josserand may be made to The Springfield Art Association's Capital Campaign towards the new ceramics building, 700 N. 4th, Springfield, IL 62702.
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