Juanita (Engle) Thurman

February 18, 1936 ~ August 15, 2020 (age 84)


            Juanita (Engle) Thurman, age 84, of Peotone, IL, passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Citadel Care Center in Kankakee, IL.

            She was born on February 18, 1936 in Cary, Kentucky; the daughter of Earl and Carrie (Loche) Engle.  Juanita worked as a waitress her entire life and also as the “lunch-lady/granny” at the Peotone Elementary School.  She was a member of the Peotone United Methodist Church.  She loved to oil paint and also loved red birds. 

            She is survived by her children; Harriet Thurman, Donald Thurman, Connie (Harry) Timmer, Judy Schroth, and Linda (Ken) Emery; her grandchildren, Michael Thurman-Munger, Nicole Thurman-Smith, Leslie (Devon) Seemann, Melinda (Rickey) Vandine, Jay (Brianna) Thurman, Robert Barnett, and Carrie Timmer, Kelly (Evan) Graves, Matt (Andy) Schroth, Derek (Tasia) Munger; her great-grandchildren, Chloe Forgett, Jasmine Seemayer, Deacon Forgett, Mason Seemann, Kinsley Thurman, Jon Schroth, Adrianna Dietz, and Max Munger; three sisters, Earlene Crouse, Bonnie Parkins, and Linda Presley; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald E. Thurman (November 1, 2014); 2 sisters, Helen Phelps and Agnes Myler; and a brother, Robert Engle.

            Cremation rites have been accorded.  All services will be private with inurnment taking place at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL.

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