It is with profound sadness that the daughters of Annette L. (Mainor) Liptak announce the passing of our beloved mother. Mom passed away July 13, 2021 at 11:35pm in Flanagan with her family by her side, holding her hands as she was reunited in Heaven with her late son Michael, husband Kevin and all of the family members that went on before her.
Annette was born on November 30,1942 at Enzor Brothers Hospital in Crestview, Florida to John Daniel and Sally Avery (Lynn) Mainor.
Annette spent her childhood in Florida with her parents, little brother Billy Jo and many extended relatives who she loved so much. She attended Southside Elementary/Jr. High in Crestview. She moved to Long Point, Illinois in 1955. Annette graduated from Woodland High School with the class of 1960.
She married David L. Graham in 1960 and together they welcomed four children into the world, Rebecca, Lee Ann, Stephanie, and Michael. Their family followed David’s Methodist Ministerial career all over the State of Illinois. Annette was an active Church leader and worked a variety of jobs while tending to their family. They later divorced and she moved with her children to Streator, Illinois in 1975.
While in Streator, she worked at St. Mary’s Hospital, Illinois Fruit & Produce and The Times-Press/Ottawa Daily-Times where she retired as Creative Services Manager in 2007.
Annette met the love of her life Kevin W. Liptak in 1988. They were married in Tennessee. Annette and Kevin shared many interests and made their home in Budd, Illinois at the former rectory of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Annette swore she would never live next to another church again after spending years prior as a minister’s wife. The irony that she now owned a church and was once again living next door to a church was not lost on her. They hosted their families for get togethers, craft fairs for the community and together made their grandchildren a priority.
Annette is survived by a family that will miss her terribly. She leaves behind her younger brother and favorite person Billy Jo Mainor, children Rebecca (Terry) Simpson, Streator; Lee Ann (Scott) Leonard, Chester, VA; and Stephanie (Troy) Durdan, Streator; a daughter in law, Kimberlee Graham of Dahlonega, GA; her grandchildren, Tara Simpson, Beverly Hills, FL; J. Randy (Chelsey) Simpson, Byron, IL; Zachary (Rebecca Nielsen) Oldenburg, Chicago, IL; Taylor Jo (Conor Shukstor) Oldenburg, Streator; Joshua (Mercedes) Leonard, Richmond, VA; and Matthew Oldenburg, Streator; her great grandchildren Presley Oldenburg, Streator; Barrett Simpson, Byron; Rory Jo Shukstor, Streator; and Blaine Simpson, Byron; her in-laws William & Mayme Liptak, her step-brothers Leslie Lucus of Streator; and Larry Lucus, Kentucky; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, JD Mainor & Avery Lucus, her son Michael David Graham, her husband Kevin W. Liptak, sister in law Jean Mainor and many other extended family members who she loved dearly.
Cremation rites have been accorded by Winterrowd Funeral home. Services are Noon Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Winterrowd Funeral home with visitation at 10AM. Internment will be at Emery Green Cemetery, rural Streator.
Her family would like to extend their most heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Zafar and the staff of Flanagan Rehabilitation & Health Care Center for the loving care they gave her these last few years, and to Vitas Healthcare for their support and compassion as we shepherded our loving and devoted mother onto her next journey.