Lona K. Sartore, 97, went to her heavenly home at 5:20 p.m. on September 19, 2023, at Bria of Godfrey.
Lona was born in Vermilion, Alberta, Canada, the daughter of Sidney and Winifred Wickham. In 1945 Lona married MSgt Guideo Sartore at the U.S. Air Base Chapel in Edmonton, Alberta. They made their home in Taylorville, Illinois later that year after the end of World War II Guideo passed in January 1960. Lona raised her 3 children and made her home in Taylorville until September 2021, when she moved into nursing care.
Lona graduated from The Decatur School of Practical Nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse on February 20, 1963. She then worked at St.
Vincent’s Memorial Hospital in Taylorville until her retirement. She was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Church in Taylorville where she was active in Catholic Daughters of the Americas, quilting, preparation of funeral meals, and choir. She also served as a Brownie leader and a Girl Scout leader and was an associate of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ.
Surviving are three children and their spouses: Bill and Della Reazer of Springfield, IL, Larry and Mary K. Crocker of Godfrey, Illinois, and John and Cathy Sartore of Edmond, Oklahoma. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Jeff Reazer, Traci (Chris) Varteressian, Stephanie (Brian) Turner, Robin (Harris) Sartore-Coltrain, and Nick Sartore; two great-grandchildren, Hollie (Kevin Tierney) Harrigan and Ilaria Sartore; two brothers, John (Sylvia) Wickham and Tom Wickham; one sister, Florence; and many nieces and nephews.
Cremation rites have been accorded, and a private graveside ceremony will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.
Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Mary Catholic Church, 108 W. Adams Street, Taylorville, IL 62568, or St. Mary School, 422 S. Washington Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.
The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti and Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville with ceremonies.
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