Juanita Ann Ward, 78, Normal, died Sunday, March 31, 2013, at home with her husband at her side.
She was born May 12, 1934, in Linn, Kan., to Lawrence Fred and Dora Mary Katheran (Kriete) Lohmeyer.
On June 16, 1956, she married Robert Eugene Ward in Woodstock. She moved with her family to Woodstock in 1942.
She graduated from Woodstock Community High School and worked for the McHenry County Farm Bureau. She and her husband moved to Normal in 1959.
She enjoyed being a stay-at-home mother and later worked at Bergner’s, Lucy’s Draperies and as the office manager for her husband’s architectural firm.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Normal, enjoyed playing in two bridge clubs, gardening, walking the Constitution Trail, traveling and spending winters in Fort Myers Beach and Siesta Key, Fla. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, who always brought a smile to her face.
Survivors include two sons, David (Diane) Ward, Downingtown, Pa., and Steven (Cheryl) Ward, Scottsdale, Ariz.; a daughter, Jane (Dr. John) Han, Bloomington; six grandchildren, Alan (Devin) Ward, Baltimore, Eric Ward, Gulph Mills, Pa., Brian Ward, Scottsdale, Dana Ward, Boulder, Colo., Jason and Ryan Han, Bloomington; and a stepgrandson, Matthew (Annette) Byrne, McHenry.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Gertrude Koppen.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, 1115 E. Washington St., Bloomington. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 5, at First Presbyterian Church, 2000 E. College Ave., Normal. The Rev. Larry Gaylord will officiate.
Memorials can be sent to First Presbyterian Church.