Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Veselack, Mary E. "Liz" (Miller)

NORMAL, [IL] — Mary E. “Liz” Veselack, 81, Normal, passed away at 2:12 a.m. Monday (Dec. 14, 2009) at the McLean County Nursing Home, Normal.

A private family memorial service will be Thursday at the Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, with inurnment to follow at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. The Rev. Spencer Gillespie will officiate.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 2502 E. College Ave., Bloomington, IL 61704, or the International Music Camp, North Dakota.

Liz was born Nov. 15, 1928, in Manlius, the daughter of William Henry and Sally Rachel Morris Miller. She married Richard D. Veselack on June 10, 1951, in Manlius. He survives.

Also surviving are three children, John (Ellen) Veselack, Los Angles, Calif.; Jane Ann (Paul) Zilmer, Bloomington; and Paul (Anne) Veselack, Libertyville; and six grandchildren, Caleb Zilmer and Andrew Zilmer, both of Medford, Ore.; Esther Zilmer, Bloomington; Teresa Veselack, Libertyville; Kristian Gustafson, San Diego, Calif.; and Isaac Zilmer, Bloomington.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Liz was a member of the First Baptist Church, Bloomington.

She graduated from Manlius High School in 1946 and later graduated from Illinois State Normal University in 1950, with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She taught elementary school in Morton and LeRoy, and later taught in Michigan and Washington State. She and her husband later returned to Normal, where she was a substitute teacher. Following a move to DeKalb, they moved to North Dakota and returned after a year; later moving to Bloomington in 1968, where she taught third grade at Irving and Washington schools until she retired in 1987. She was a member of the Bloomington Education Association and a former member of Delta Kappa Gamma.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Online condolences may be e-mailed at www.calvertmemorial.com
(Source: Pantagraph, Bloomington, IL; Posted: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 12:00 a.m.)

[Note: Liz Veselack was a long time friend of Richard Henthorn. She was an avid genealogist and served at one time as the president of the McLean County, Illinois Genealogical Society. She shared her information about the Hinthorn(e) family with Richard. They worked together to place a hardbound copy of Richard's Hinthorn(e) genealogy in the Society library in Bloomington, Illinois. Richard has fond memories of their collaboration.]

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