Obituary: Illa Mae Paternoster

Illa Mae Paternoster (PHOTO: Carmody Flynn)


BLOOMINGTON– Illa Mae Paternoster, 86 of Bloomington, passed away at 11:08 a.m., Friday, March 20, 2020 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. 

The family wishes to thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.  Due to the COVID-19 Virus, all services will be private.  Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery.  Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington is assisting the family with arrangements.  

Memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society. 

 Illa was born May 23, 1933 in Pontiac, the daughter of Lloyd and Velma Stults Blackmore.  She married Floyd Paternoster on July 12, 1952 in Pontiac.  He preceded her in death on September 1, 1970. 

Survivors include a son, Michael (Kathy) Paternoster of Bloomington; two daughters, Donna Paternoster Collings of Sacramento, Ca and Rebecca (John) Flynn of Moline; four grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and ten great great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Stehle. 

Illa graduated from Kempton High School.  She worked at Kmart Foods, Peoples Bank (now Commerce Bank.)   

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