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Jean L. Witkowski

Jean (Appel) Witkowski, born December 4, 1938 in Odell, Illinois to Vernon and Helen Hayden passed away on September 1, 2022 at Carle Medical Center in Normal, Illinois surrounded by her children and their spouses.  While Jean and her first husband, Robert Appel were raising their seven children on their farm outside of Streator, Illinois she returned to college and earned her degree as a Registered Nurse in 1982.  Jean valued education and always said “I want to be a lifelong learner.”


A member of the First Assembly of God Church in Normal, Illinois and a believer in Jesus Christ gives her family comfort in knowing that she has been reunited in heaven with those who preceded her in death including her husband Robert Witkowski, son Kent Appel, Mother Helen Hayden Franks and her three siblings Gaylord and Gary Hayden and Noreen Arakel; and Step-grandson, Derek Hinthorne.


Jean has left behind her six children: Kevin (Gayle) Appel of Oswego, IL; Jan (Scott) Holmes of Bloomington, IL; Kurt (Ron) Appel of Wilmington, NC; Kyle (Julie) Appel of Manville, IL; Joy (Kurt) Lorch of Carmel, IN; and Jen (Scott) Blair of Normal, IL.  She also leaves behind 16 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and two on the way.  Jean also has four surviving step-children: Bob (Sue) Witkowski of Elizabeth, CO; Kathy Knoll of Normal, IL; Paula (Brian Tatro) Witkowski Porter of Bloomington, IL; and Kevin Witkowski of Chenoa, IL.  She also has 9 step-grandchildren and 14 step-great grandchildren.


Following cremation, a private family graveside service will be held.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (nationalmssociety.org) or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (givenow.lls.org).

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I'm so sorry for the families loss.

Lisa Hefler Sep 18 2022 5:33 PM

Rest In Peace! I know you are celebrating in heaven. Thank you for being such a strong Christian role model. Your faith helped build my faith…. Forever grateful ❤️💕

Margaret Hayden Sep 10 2022 7:51 PM

My sincere condolences to Jean’s family! I had the pleasure of both meeting and working with Jean years ago at a skilled care facility in Normal, Illinois. She became a dear friend during our employment and after our time their. She was a wonderful strong Christian friend. I lost contact with her after she moved to the Mackinaw area I believe. What a wonderful nurse and person. My heart goes out to all her family whom she cherished. Leslie Carmack

Leslie Carmack Sep 9 2022 6:48 PM

Kyle & family, Thinking of you with deepest sympathy

Deon Clemens Sep 7 2022 10:57 PM

Our sincere sympathy to your entire family at the loss of your beloved Mother/Grandmither. Sending love to you all!

Earl & Amy Dutko Sep 7 2022 8:26 AM

My sincere sympathy to all the family in the loss of Jean. I (Pattie Harasti Lawrence/Kelly's mom) knew Jean and Bob many years ago when I lived in Manville and all our children were small - we were all good friends for many years. I now live in Fuquay Varina NC.

Pattie (Harasti) Lawrence Sep 7 2022 1:14 AM

Such a wonderful, kind woman. I can hear her soft spoken voice and kind spirit. She raised an incredible family. I love all of you.

Betty Groom Sep 6 2022 11:35 PM

Jen, so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Though I didn’t know her she must have been a very fine person to have raised you. Judy Geigner

Judy Geigner Sep 6 2022 10:24 PM

My sympathy to a beautiful family. God bless her soul and may she rest in peace. It is so difficult to lose your mother. You will always remember her. Love to all.

Barbara Mason Sep 6 2022 9:54 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with the family

Carolyn Erler Sep 6 2022 4:43 PM