Vera C. Gernentz, 89, of Pontiac, passed away Friday (Sept. 21, 2018) at 11:27 p.m. at Evenglow Inn Assisted Living Facility in Pontiac.
Visitation will be from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home in Pontiac, with a rosary to be recited at 2 p.m. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac, with the Rev. David Sabel and the Rev. Adam Cesarek officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery in Odell.
Vera was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Pontiac, the daughter of Frank and Teresa (Wolf) Stahler. She married Donald L. Gernentz on Nov. 18, 1950, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Loretto. He preceded her in death Nov. 19, 2004.
Surviving are her children, Kathleen M. (Roger) Reum, of Gibson City, Michael L. (Sandy) Gernentz, of Cullom, Barbara T. Thompson, of Pontiac, MaryAnn (Vince) Sartoris, of Hutchinson Island, Fla., James R. (Cheryl) Gernentz, of Penfield, and Diane M. (Jim) Johns, of Pontiac; sister, Marjorie (Gary) Grafton, of Fort Myers, Fla.; and grandchildren, Laura Slown, Lisa Chaddock, Travis Reum, Dirk Reum, Elliot Gernentz, Mandy Robinson, Kyle Robinson, Christopher Thompson, Megan Thompson, Kelly Thompson, Rhiannon Long, Vinnie Sartoris, Donnie Sartoris, Casey Gernentz, Benjamin Gernentz, Kassidy Rulon, Ryan Gernentz, Jacob Johns, John Johns and Jesse Johns; 32 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one grandchild, Sammy Sartoris; five brothers, Lyle, Alvin, Harold, George and Frank; and three sisters, Helen Schmitt, Eileen Kniery and Rita Herman.
Vera graduated from St. Paul High School in Odell and attended College of St. Francis in Joliet. She worked for State Farm, Livingston County ASCS, C.E.T.A., Mid Central Community Action and helped her husband farm throughout her life.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac, Daughters of Isabella, Catholic Daughters of America and Perpetual Adoration. She also volunteered for Royal Neighbors of America and St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School, 414 N. Main St., Pontiac, IL 61764, or Sammy Sartoris T-21 Friendship Foundation, 847 N State Rt. 47, Gibson City, IL 60936.
Please sign her online guestbook at duffyfuneralhome.com.