OHIO – Ramona F. Eidenmiller, 88, of Ohio, died Thursday, March 6, 2014, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Ramona was born Oct. 1, 1925, in Sublette, the daughter of Raymond and Rose Veronica (Donnelly) Fitzpatrick. She was united in marriage to Robert J. Eidenmiller on Aug. 1, 1949, in Arlington. He preceded her in death on Feb. 19, 1996.
Ramona had been a guidance counselor at Ohio High School for many years. Her duties were more of a calling than a job to her, and she blessed many students with her encouragement, wisdom, and generosity. In life, her students existed, not only within the high school halls, but also in the people she met out in the world. When she interacted with those who had what they felt was an impossible dream, she helped them take steps to turn the impossible into the possible. She never gave up on troubled students, staying in touch with them as the years passed and encouraging them to strive for more. When people had no faith in themselves, she gave them some of hers. As a result, many were able to burst out of cocoons, shake their wings, and begin to fly. Wherever she went, she made friends, and she was no stranger to new opportunities to grow and learn. When asked to introduce herself at events, she simply said, “I am Ramona Eidenmiller, lifelong learner.”
She is survived by 10 nieces and nephews and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, Francis, Raymond in infancy, and Monsignor Don J.; and one sister, Mary Eileen Crock.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m., with the rosary recited at 3:30 p.m., Friday at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Visitation also will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday and the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church in Ohio, with the Rev. Thomas Shaw, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Delavan.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to Ohio Immaculate Conception Church, St. Bede, and the Alzheimer’s Association, 606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria, IL 61614.
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