CHAMPAIGN – Mary Marie Lohmeyer, 88, of Champaign died at 9:50 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 6, 2013) at Champaign-Urbana Regional Rehab Center in Savoy. Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West in Savoy, is handling final arrangements.
There will be no visitation. Private family graveside services will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Champaign. The Rev. Bob Phillips will officiate.
Mrs. Lohmeyer was born Feb. 22, 1924, in Champaign County, a daughter of Chester and Mabel Irle Miner. She married Iver O. Lohmeyer on May 2, 1943, at Goldsboro, N.C. He preceded her in death in 1982. She married Don Parsons on Aug. 25, 1990. He preceded her in death in 2001.
She is survived by two sons, Chester Lohmeyer of Denver and Carl (Dona) Lohmeyer of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three daughters, Nancy (Tom) Williams of Champaign, Linda (Bill) Seaman of Champaign and Martha Pietrobono of Hutto, Texas; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Ellen Rose (Ted) Givens of Newark, Del., and a sister-in-law, Patricia Miner of Danville, Ind.
She was preceded in death by a brother, a son and a grandson.
Mrs. Lohmeyer attended country grade school and graduated from Champaign High School with the Class of 1940. She was employed at the University YMCA. She was later employed as a bookkeeper at School Music Service.
She loved music and passed on that love to her children. Each of her six children was provided with lessons and learned to play an instrument. She sewed clothing for her family, gardened diligently, worked crossword puzzles, and she entered and won many contests. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and her final thoughts were of them. Although she chose to live a frugal life, she was very generous.
Her life was defined by her love for her family and her devotion to the Lord. She was a devoted wife and mother and a devout Christian. She and her family never missed Sunday services. For 30 years, she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Champaign, where she was a Sunday school teacher and a leader in the Junior Adult Women's Society (JAWS). She later joined the First Christian Church of Champaign, where she served in many capacities. She was a faithful supporter of missions and was the key lady for Lincoln Christian Nursing Home, where she was a volunteer for 34 years.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central Mexico Christian Mission, C/O Holly Labisky - Forwarding Agent, P.O. Box 3336, Champaign, IL 61826.