Millie M.Gromoll, 58, Decatur

Millie Margaret Gromoll, 58, of Decatur and formerly of the Vandalia area, died at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, at her residence.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Decatur, with the Rev. Steve Hill and Dr. Willaim Bodamer officiating. Services will also be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday at First Church of God in Vandalia, with Pastors Tom Farris and Mike Morgan officiating. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery, VanBurensburg. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, 2827 N. Oakland Ave., Decatur, and two hours before services on Saturday at First Church of God in Vandalia. Memorials: Millikin University, Millie Gromoll Nursing Fund or Greenhill Cemetery.

Mrs. Gromoll was born on Nov. 28, 1949, in Hillsboro, the daughter of Clifford Raymond and Blanche Everley Greenwood. She married Dr. Henry Gromoll on June 8, 1972, in Decatur; he died on May 30, 1995.

She attended VanBurensburg, Browning and Peak elementary schools and Central Junior High in Vandalia, and graduated from Vandalia Community High School in 1967. While in high school, she was a member of Future Nurses of America, Future Homemakers of America, Vandals Torch Bearers and chorus.

After graduating from high school, she attended Belleville Area College and the Decatur School of Practical Nursing, where she earned her Licensed Practical Nursing degree in 1968. She continued her nursing education as a graduating member of the first nursing class at Millikin University School of Nursing in 1982 with a bachelors degree in nursing.

Throughout her nursing career, Mrs. Gromoll held various nursing positions at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia, and Lincoln Manor South Nursing Home, Fairhaven Nursing Home and Woodland Nursing Home in the Decatur area. She also taught CNA and LPN classes for Decatur School District No. 61, where she also served as a school nurse. She taught continuing education classes in CPR and first aid for the American Heart Association. She was on the nursing staff on the fifth floor at St. Marys Hospital in Decatur at the time of her diagnosis with terminal cancer.

Mrs. Gromolls true passion was nursing, but she loved gardening, sailing, traveling and time with her family. She was a member of the HOSA (Health Services Association), Decatur Sister Cities, Millikin Dames, Commodore Decatur Yacht Club, Sisters in Sailing, Montgomery County Farm Bureau and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by children, Cynthia and her husband Damon Williams, Sharon and her husband Daniel Milewski, James Gromoll and his wife Maricel, and Catherine and her husband Claude Harvard; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Joyce and her husband Donald Peterson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

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