OHIO, Ill. — Ramona F. Eidenmiller, 88, of Ohio, Ill., died Thursday, March 6, 2014, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Ramona was born Oct. 1, 1925, in Sublette, the daughter of Raymond and Rose Veronica (Donnelly) Fitzpatrick. She was united in marriage to Robert J. Eidenmiller on Aug. 1, 1949, in Arlington. He preceded her in death on Feb. 19, 1996.
Ramona had been a guidance counselor at Ohio High School for many years. Her duties were more of a calling than a job to her, and she blessed many students with her encouragement, wisdom and generosity. In life, her students existed not only within the high school halls but also in the people she met out in the world. When she interacted with those who had what they felt was an impossible dream, she helped them take steps to turn the impossible into the possible.
She never gave up on troubled students, staying in touch with them as the years passed and encouraging them to strive for more. When people had no faith in themselves, she gave them some of hers. As a result, many were able to burst out of cocoons, shake their wings and begin to fly.
Wherever she went, she made friends and she was no stranger to new opportunities to grow and learn. When asked to introduce herself at events, she simply said, "I am Ramona Eidenmiller, Life-Long Learner."
She is survived by 10 nieces and nephews and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, Francis, Raymond in infancy and Msgr. Don J.; and one sister, Mary Eileen Crock.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at Immaculate Conception Church in Ohio with Father Thomas Shaw, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Delavan.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 14, with a rosary recited at 3:30 p.m., at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at Immaculate Conception.
A memorial has been established to Ohio Immaculate Conception Church, St. Bede and the Alzheimer Association, 606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria, IL 61614 in lieu of flowers.
Condolences may be left at www.garlandfuneralhome.com.