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Norma Jean Illyes

Posted on June 1, 2022


Flat Rock, Dec. 5, 1926 - Ill. — May. 27, 2022Norma Jean Illyes, 95, of Flat Rock, IL, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2022, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, IN. She was born December 5, 1926, in Lawrenceville, IL, the daughter of Glen & Edith (Zehner) Crouch, both of whom preceded her in death. She married Gerald Illyes on October 9, 1948, and he preceded her in death on January 7, 2013. She was also preceded in death by her son, Donald Illyes; her brother, Wayne Crouch; and her sister, Betty Blackwood.

She is survived by her son & daughter-in-law, David & Elizabeth Illyes (Marshall, IL); her daughter-in-law, Teresa Illyes (Flat Rock, IL); her grandchildren, Maggie Illyes, Michael & Kira Illyes, and Max Illyes; by her great-grandson, Calvin Illyes; her best friend, Cheryl Mefford; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Jean grew up in Lawrenceville, where she graduated from high school. She would soon find employment as a banker at the Peoples National Bank in Lawrenceville before marrying Gerald and dedicating the rest of her life to being a farm wife. She found great fulfillment in taking care of the house and all who called it "home". Like clockwork, every day and at every meal, she'd have a meal prepared, and in between, she'd busy herself keeping a meticulous house. She especially enjoyed time out in her yard, tending to her flowers, as their blossoming brought her a sense of well-earned satisfaction. She also found joy in painting, especially plates, and this was a means by which she could exercise her creativity.

Anyone who knew Jean could attest to her strong, independent nature. While she could be particular at times, her legacy of excellence in all things provided a foundation upon which her family could thrive. In this way, it was evident that she loved them wholeheartedly.

She also loved her community, as she was involved with a number of local organizations. She was president of the Palestine Women's Club and a lifetime member of the Merom Conference Center. A woman of deep, abiding faith, she was a longtime member of Pleasant View Church. We are thankful that Jean entrusted her life to Jesus, whose mercy and grace have led her from death to eternal life.

A time of visitation will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1st, at the Goodwine Funeral Home in Palestine. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home, with Rev. Tom Akers officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the "Palestine Public Library", with envelopes available at the funeral home. For more information, or to share a memory or condolence online, please visit

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