Janine M. Toman(1959 - 2018)

Janine M. Toman 1959 - 2018
Springfield, IL—Janine M. Toman, age 58, exchanged this earthly life for the robes of the next on August 23rd at her home in Springfield and has re-united with her loving parents Jerome and Julia, step-mother, Barbara and step-brother, Jim. She is survived by her brother, Jon (Mike), step-sister, Michele Zuchnik (Steve), step-brother, Mark Musial (Belinda), step-mother, Norma, step-sister, Cat Renar (Dave), step-brother, Steve Gulick (Lise) and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
She was born in Oak Park, IL on September 20th and grew up in Western Springs, IL where she graduated from Lyons Township High School in 1977, the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, where she was a member of the Marching Illini Band, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Leisure Studies in 1982, and worked towards her Master's Degree in Public Administration from Sangamon State University, now University of Illinois Springfield (UIS). She began her public service career with the Illinois Secretary of State's Vehicle Services Division and held varying positions in that division for many years and later took on the role of compliance auditor with the State of Illinois General Services Division. She eventually returned to UIS to work within their ESL Program as their Office Administrator. She most recently enjoyed being a school bus driver for a number of educational districts in the greater Springfield area and always brought a smile to "her kids" on her daily routes and charters.
Janine was the proverbial "die-hard Cubs fan" and overall sports enthusiast, and played softball, golf and competitive racquetball for many years in addition to being a softball umpire. When not working or active with sports, she did not hesitate to engage in community activities and volunteered her time generously. She was currently serving as a commissioner on the Board of the Springfield Disabilities Commission and was past President of the Springfield chapter of NAMI in addition to being active with the Illinois and Sangamon County Historical Societies and YMCA. Janine also was a musician, playing percussion and the marimba, and was active in the hand bell choir at the Elliott Avenue Baptist Church where she attended services regularly.
A Memorial Gathering will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Woodlawn Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7750 W. Cermak Road, Forest Park, IL with inurnment to immediately follow.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held from 4 p.m. until the time of service at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the Elliott Avenue Baptist Church, 501 W. Elliott Ave., Springfield, IL 62702.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: NAMI Illinois at https://namiillinois.org/donate_now/ or the Elliott Avenue Baptist Church Youth Ministry, 501 W. Elliott Ave., Springfield, IL 62702.


Funeral Home

Vancil Murphy Funeral Homes
437 South Grand Avenue West Springfield, IL 62704-3717
(217) 525-1500
Published in Print in The State Journal-Register from Sept. 22 to Sept. 23, 2018