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Vernal M. Defenbaugh

Vernal M. Defenbaugh, 93 of Ancona passed away Friday afternoon (Nov. 22nd) at OSF St. James’ Hospital Pontiac.
Visitation will be held Friday from 4 - 7PM at the Winterrowd Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11AM at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the Defenbaugh Cemetery.
Vernal was born on May 28, 1920 in Long Point to Arthur and Dorothy (Custis) Hayes.  She married George Defenbaugh on June 22, 1938 and he passed away on January 16, 1999.
Surviving are daughter; Mary (the late Robert) Poldek; son; Harry Defenbaugh, both of Ancona, 3 grandchildren; Mark (Maureen) Poldek and Kirk (Meghan) Poldek both of Schaumburg, Keri (Derek) Christie of Streator, 3 great-grandchildren; Katherine and Thomas Poldek and Erin Christie.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters; Thelma Beall, Beulah Loudon and Reva in infancy.
Vernal attended Moon School and graduated from the Long Point High School in 1938, and during WWII she volunteered at the Streator Canteen, she also was a member of the Lindy Club and Streator Hobby Council for 31 yrs and the Long Point United Methodist Church where she sewed, quilted and made rugs on Mondays. She enjoyed spending her summers in Wisconsin and winters in Florida and enjoyed traveling, crocheting and reading, word searches until the end.
Memorials may be made to the Woodland Education Foundation, Long Point United Methodist Church or Long Point Volunteer Fire Department.

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To the family,
   I am so sorry to learn of Vernal's death.  She and George were always so nice to me.  They were among the first people I became acquainted with when I first came to Woodland as the Superintendent.  They were always great supporters of Woodland and the school just would not have been the same without your entire family's contributions in whatever way.  Mary, you were an outstanding substitute teacher because you knew the kids, the rules, and when you were in a classroom, learning went on as usual.  I was thrilled when I learned that Keri was hired in the agriculture department.   She was a wonderful horticulture expert even in high school.  Karen and I hired her to do the plantings at our new home and the project came out well.  The boys were great students   I always enjoyed my conversations with Bob as well.
   I usually went to lunch at the restaurant at the Corners, or to the golf course in the summer (cafeteria during the school year).   Since many of those years, I was a bachelor, supper often came from the corners as well.   It was rare to go there at noon and to not see Vernal and/or George or Mary.   Our conversations were very interesting and it frequently extended my lunch break.  While I really do not know Harry, I'm sure that a conversation with him would be interesting as well, knowing the rest of the family.
    We moved to Blue Springs, MO (near Kansas City) in 2006.  I regret that distance will prevent us from paying our respects in person.   Please know that I have had the utmost of respect for George, Vernal, and your family for many years and am proud to call you my friends.   My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you as you go through this difficult time of adjusting to life without Vernal.  You can take pride in the fact that the entire community was made a better place because of her contributions of time, knowledge, involvement, and (I'm sure) financial commitment to the businesses of the community.  We are sharing your loss this week.  I know that the holiday will not quite be the same as my mom (a person very much like Vernal) passed away on Thanksgiving night of 2005.

Larry Sebby Nov 25 2013 12:00 AM