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Obituary: Weber

Mildred “Millie” Weber passed away peacefully at the age of 101 on March 9, 2023 at Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac, IL.

Her funeral service will be held on Friday, March 17, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home in Chenoa. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2023 from 5-7 pm at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Chenoa.

Millie was born to Elzie and Carrie Gaines Skaggs in Chenoa, IL on July 28, 1921 where she spent most of her life until she moved into assisted living in Pontiac when she was in her 90s. She graduated from Chenoa High School in 1939. She married Donald D. Weber in 1953.

She is survived by five children: Cindy Weber, Pontiac, IL; Pat (John) Hill, Bloomington, IL; Greg (Mary) Weber, Pontiac, IL; Donna (Cory) Ray, Montello, WI; Stacey (Lynette) Weber, Mary Esther, FL, and step-daughter Suzanne Klassen, Downs, IL.

She is also survived by 13 grandchildren: Jackie Lynn (John) Corrie; JD (Jaime) Skaggs; Nikki (Jason) Dalbey; Sarah Maxedon; Lisa Hill (Joel Blanco); Nate (Molly) Weber; Ben Weber; Grace (Erik) Limberg; Kristen Otterson (Rich Roerdink); Erin (Mitch) Asch; Air Force Senior Airman, Elijah Weber deployed in Qatar; Ryan (Sarah) Sullivan. There are also 14 great-grandchildren: Zachary and Alexander Corrie; Kenna and Kaylee Skaggs; Bailey Hartrich and Eleanor Maxedon; Elliott and Graham Weber; Jonah Limberg; Lucas and Riley Roerdink; Isabelle Asch; Chloe and London Sullivan.

Millie was preceded in death by her parents, Elzie and Carrie Gaines Skaggs; her husband, Don; her brother, Howard Skaggs; her sister, Thelma Corrigan; one son, Jack Skaggs and daughter-in-law, Karen Skaggs.

Growing up, Millie and her family shared a love for music and dancing. She considered this her most treasured memory from her childhood. She was raised with the belief that hard work was a crucial part of life and happiness. Millie always worked hard. Even as an adolescent, she tended the family garden, canned the food that was produced, and sold fruit from their peach and pear trees. She continued to work full-time throughout her life until the age of 92. She worked many places including the Hill Top Dance Hall in Lexington, Brockton Heel, Motorola, Rieger Coil Factory, and the Chenoa Thrifty Mart where she made friends of all ages because of her strong work ethic and friendly nature.

Millie’s most beloved vocation was that of motherhood. She took great pride in her children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments. She was most proud of the kindness and respect her children showed towards others. She enjoyed being a grandmother and great-grandmother and she treasured being a part of any family event including vacations, visiting her youngest son at his military bases, attending school and church programs of her grandchildren, and any family holiday gatherings.

Although Millie faced many challenges throughout her life, she was a strong and amazing woman. She was an avid reader and was a frequent patron of the Pontiac Public Library. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, Wii Bowling (as a two-time champion) and visiting with friends and family. All who knew her were blessed to have her as a part of their lives for so many years. Millie will be missed.

For the past two years, Millie made her home at Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac. The family wants to thank the Evenglow Lodge staff and the OSF Hospice staff for their kind and loving care.

Memorials may be made to: Pontiac Public Library; The Evenglow Employee’s Christmas Fund; or the charity of donor’s choice.

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