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Viola Hebert Starmann

October 30, 1924 — November 28, 2020

Viola Hebert Starmann

Viola Hebert Starmann

Age 96 of Wilmington, and formerly of Joliet, Illinois, passed away Saturday morning, November 28, 2020 at Alden of Shorewood.

Born October 30, 1924 in Watseka, Illinois, Viola Mae was a daughter of Leslie and Ona (Peters) Allain. She was raised and educated in the St. Anne and Kankakee area and graduated from Kankakee High School with the class of 1942.

Viola retired from Joliet Junior College as the Assistant Comptroller in 1982. She was a former member of the Kankakee Moose Lodge, belonged to the Joliet VFW Auxiliary and served as an officer with the Wilmington Senior Social Club.

One who was known for always willing to help others, Viola lived both fully and passionately. Traveling was a true joy, and she enjoyed traveling regardless whether it was in a motorhome, by plane, boat or in a car for fun. She especially took great pleasure in spending time with her children and grandchildren, and was proud to have been able to visit every place her family has lived both throughout the United States and abroad, including military bases. She will be remembered as an avid crafter, master angler, voracious reader and dedicated Chicago Cubs fan.

Survivors include her son, David (Kathleen) Hebert of Joliet; son-in-law, Thomas Kohl of Bourbonnais; grandchildren: Deborah (Todd) Groth of Bourbonnais, William “Stormy” Kohl of Bradley and Kristine (Joseph) Zenkus of Lake in the Hills, Illinois; great grandchildren: Father Michael Groth, Lauren (Taylor) Oxner and Garret Kohl.

Viola was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Robert Hebert in 1981; second husband Charles Starmann in 1999; grandson, Michael Hebert in 1978; daughter, Judy Kohl in 2014, and one sister, Bernice (Phil) Gladu.

Per Vi’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.

The family will gather for a graveside service on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in Kankakee Memorial Gardens, where she will be laid to rest with her parents and grandson. Viola's grandson, Rev. Father Michael Groth will preside.

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Viola’s memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease Research.

Family and friends are encouraged to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share Viola’s memorial page online through social media by logging onto:

Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington. ( 815-476-2181 )

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