Eileen Fern Bane, 80 of Minonk passed away at 10:15 PM Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at Heritage Health in Minonk.
Cremation rites have been accorded and a private graveside service will follow in Dana Cemetery, Dana. Calvert – Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk is assisting the family with arrangements.
Eileen was born April 5, 1936 in Rockford, the daughter of Theron and Creola Mae Bradshaw Barnard. She married John V. Bane Sr. on October 13, 1957 in Dana. He preceded her in death on February 7, 1996.
Surviving are her children, John V. (Darlene) Bane Jr. of Dana, Lorie (Jeff) Keller of Minonk, James (Nancy Leonard) Bane of Manville. and Linda (Anthony) Booth of Toluca; grandchildren, Healy (Justin) Immel, Brittany (Tony) Fiorentini, John C. (Stephanie) Bane, Jacob (Caitlyn) Bane, Brandon (Kim Janssen) Swartz, Courtney (Russell) Callahan, Josh Keller, Zach Keller, Jessica Bane, Nathan Leonard, Anthony Cook, Abby Cook, Colby Booth, and Camren Booth; as well as 4 great grandchildren, Dexton Immel, Logan Bane, Lily Cook and Liam Cook.
Also surviving are 6 brothers, Dick, Ronnie, David, Louis, Dale and Gary; 3 sisters, Phyllis Bohm, Susan Scott and Carol Tucker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John V. Sr.; 3 brothers, Clayton, Lyle and Mike; and a sister Neva.
Eileen was a member of the Minonk United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She was a former member of the Royal Neighbors of America, and was an assistant leader of the Flanagan Ever-ready 4-H Club.
She was a farmer’s wife and loved helping out on the farm whenever she could, including this past fall, hauling in grain. She was an avid Fieldcrest Sports fan and enjoyed watching her grandkids in their various sports. She was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.
Eileen was a loving mom, grandma (MeMe) and great grandma (GG) and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Our family would like to extend all our gratitude and appreciation to St. James Hospital staff, Pontiac and Heritage Health staff, Minonk for their amazing love and care they provided during this difficult time.
Memorial contributions may be made to HOIDSA, American Cancer Society or the donor’s choice.