A memorial Mass will be offered at St. Malachy's Catholic Church, Geneseo, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30. Father Michael Pakula will officiate. A private service of the interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Family and friends of Jane may call one hour before Mass at the church. Per her request, cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to St. Malachy's Church, the Children's Glaucoma Foundation or to your favorite charity. Vandemore Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Geneseo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
The former Jane Kirkpatrick was born Sept. 16, 1922, in Elgin, Ill. Her parents were William L. and Ethel Walker Kirkpatrick. She married Willard E. Miller on Feb. 24, 1945, in Pasadena, Calif. She was a resident of Elgin until moving to Geneseo in 1966.
Jane was educated in Elgin, a 1939 graduate of Elgin High School, and earned her R.N. from St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing (DePaul University) in 1943. In 1981, she received her B.A. degree from Western Illinois University, Macomb. During World War II, she was employed by Queen of Angels Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif. When her husband returned home after WWII, she became the mother of their five children and enjoyed many years of being a mom and homemaker, cookie maker, seamstress, chauffeur, laundress and a good friend and listener to her family. She did NOT enjoy cleaning, window washing or yard work!
In her spare time, Jane enjoyed needlework, quilting, gourmet cooking, swimming, reading, bridge and politics. In her younger days, she enjoyed tennis and golf. In her later years, she especially enjoyed receiving emails from her family. She loved her family and family vacations. She enjoyed her home, St. Patrick's Day, the Christmas season, Irish coffee and the color blue. She entertained frequently and elegantly, and always had time for a cup of tea with her many friends.
She was a member of St. Malachy's Parish and Altar & Rosary Society, Circle 5, the Legion of Mary, St. Laurence Church (Elgin), St. Joseph's Hospital Nurses Alumni (Elgin), Western Illinois University Alumni, American Nurses Associate and the American Red Cross.
Jane was a retired school nurse of Geneseo School District and a volunteer nurse for the American Red Cross Blood Bank. She was a Cub Scout den mother, a member of Parents Club at St. Laurence School and the Mother Club of St. Edwards's High School, Elgin.
Jane was a University of Illinois "Illini Mom" for 15 years, from which her five children graduated. Oskee-wow-wow! She was a charter member of St. Joseph's Hospital Jr. Auxiliary, the Friends of the Library, Geneseo, and a member of Elgin and Geneseo Country Clubs.
She was a proud member of the Geneseo Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution -- a red, white and blue girl! She was a registered conservative Republican and was 100 percent Irish!
She was a charter member of the Geneseo Walk & Talk, the Birthday Group, Study Club and Tea for Two with a special friend, as well as several bridge clubs.
Survivors include her children, Dr. Thomas Miller, of Tucson, Ariz., Paul Miller, of Geneseo, and twin daughters, Claudia Vilim, of Chicago, and Cynthia Miller, of Geneseo; her daughters by marriage, Dr. Meg Kathy and Laurie Miller, and her son by marriage, attorney Don Vilim. She also is survived by her grandchildren, Sarah, Paul, Marie, William, Michael Kirkpatrick, Sean and twins, Scott and Grace Ann -- all Millers -- and Sophia Jane Vilim. She has a sister, Phyllis Nichol, of Elgin. She is preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Willard Edward Miller; her son, Scott Miller, formerly of Miami, Fla.; her parents; her sister, Pat Dayton; her very loving golden retriever, Mac, and many good friends.
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