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Vera Fern (Ditto) Jern

March 5, 1929 ~ July 10, 2021 (age 92)

Obituary

Vera F. Jern, age 92 on Monmouth, Illinois passed away at her residence on Saturday July 10, 2021 at 4:53 pm. Vera was born on March 5, 1929 in Gladstone, Illinois and is the daughter of Jack and Grace Smith Ditto. She was raised in Henderson County where she attended local schools and graduated from G & O High School in 1947. She married Robert E. Jern Sr. on May 7th 1950 in Oquawka, Illinois, and he is surviving. Vera began work at Sylvania in Burlington, Iowa for a number of years before her work at Lehigh Leopold, also of Burlington where she was employed some 10 years. She is currently a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness in Galesburg, Illinois. Vera is an avid Chicago Cubs fan and most loved her family and grandchildren, and her pet cats.  Surviving is husband, Robert Jern, Sr. of Monmouth, Illinois and her daughter, Connie Packard and Daryl of East Dubuque, Illinois and three sons. Dave Jern and Pam of Monmouth, Illinois, Mike Jern of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Robert Jern, Jr and Jennifer of West Burlington, Iowa. There are 18 Grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren also surviving Vera. Two sisters survive, Dolores Sweezer and Dan of Burlington, Iowa, and Betty Remaly and Arthur in California. Her best friend also is surviving, Betty Logsdon of Monmouth, Illinois.  She is preceded in her death by her parents, one sister, and one brother. A graveside funeral service is planned on Friday July 16, 2021 at 11:00 am in Oquawka Cemetery in Oquawka, Illinois. Her family plans to receive friends at visitation from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Turnbull Funeral Home in Monmouth, Illinois on Thursday July 15, 2021. Interment will be in the Oquawka Cemetery in Oquawka, Illinois following her graveside service. A memorial fund is being established for the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness in Galesburg, Illinois.

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
July 15, 2021

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Turnbull Funeral Homes
301 South Main St.
Monmouth, IL 61462

Funeral Service
Friday
July 16, 2021

11:00 AM
Oquawka Cemetery, Illinois, Oquawka

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