Janie Louise Aderton Bloomer

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HARDIN — Janie Louise Aderton Bloomer, 91, formerly of Champaign, died at 2 p.m. Monday, April 7, 2014, at the Amber Glen Alzheimers Special Care Unit, Urbana.

She was born on Oct. 16, 1922, at her grandparents' home in Eldred, the daughter of the late Paul and Ada (Borman) Aderton.

She married Thomas C. Bloomer on Jan.26, 1947, at the Hardin Presbyterian Church in Hardin. He preceded her in death on March 1, 1996.

Janie graduated from Jersey Township High School in 1939. She attended Ill. State University for two years after that, taught 1st-8th grades in a one room school house, then joined the U.S. Navy Waves in February 1944. She was stationed in Bronx, N.Y., and Honolulu, Hawaii. Janie completed her bachelor's degree in social work at the University of Illinois in 1947, while starting a family with her husband at Stadium Terrace. With her husband being recalled to service in the Air Force, Janie shepherded her young family to postings in Guam, Texas, Ohio, Colorado and England. While at R.A.F. Alconbury, England, in 1963, Janie was president of the Officers' Wives Club and was named U.S. Lady of the month by "U.S. Lady" magazine for her outreach in the British community. The family moved back to Champaign in 1964 when Tom retired from the Air Force and went to work as associate dean in the UI's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Janie was active in the community, helping start and direct the Telecare program for the aging in 1969 and serving as a deacon and member of the Womens' Association board at the First Presbyterian Church in Champaign. After Tom's retirement from the university in 1978, they moved back to the family's Rocky Bar Farm in Hardin where she continued her active involvement in her church and community. Her last years were spent in Champaign and Rock Island in the embrace of her family and many friends.

Survivors are four children: Tom Bloomer of Burtigny, Switzerland, Paul (Holly) Bloomer of Carlinville, Mary Jane Andich (David) of Rock Island, Phil (Sheila) Bloomer of rural St. Joseph. Also surviving are eight grandchildren: Philip Bloomer of Portland, Ore.,Conway and Allison Bloomer of Champaign, Katherine Wills of Carlinville, Jacob, Patrick, Andrew and Benjamin Bloomer, all of St. Louis, and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a sister, Mary Bo of Hilo,Hawaii, and a brother, Jacques Aderton of Hardin.

She was a member of Hardin Presbyterian Church in Hardin, American Legion and Auxillary #636 and Order of Eastern Star.

Visitation wil be from 9:30 until time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, at the Hardin Presbyterian Church. Rev. Paul D. Frazier is officiating.

Burial will in Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville with full military rites.

Memorials may be to Hardin Presbyterian Church.

Janie's family would like to express gratitude for the wonderful care she received form the staff at Amber Glen and Harbor Light Hospice.

Hanks-Gress Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Hardin, IL 62047
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Published in The Telegraph from Apr. 9 to Apr. 10, 2014
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