Norma Yelenick Dillman


HUME—Norma Yelenick Dillman, 90, formerly of Metcalf, passed away at Carle Hospital in Urbana, Ill. on April 30, 2024, just shy of her 91st birthday.

A Celebration of Life Ceremony is planned for 1 p.m. June 29, at St. Michael’s Parish Hall in Hume. Internment will be in the Young America Cemetery in Hume.

Ms. Dillman was born May 3, 1933, the daughter of Albert and Clara Smith Brown of Metcalf.  Siblings included two brothers and two sisters.

She married Conrad Dillman in 2002, after reconnecting at a high school reunion. They enjoyed their winters together in Haines City, Fla. He passed away in 2013.

Survivors include her children, Dale (Kathy) Yelenick of St. Louis, Mo., Cynthia (Terry) Blodgett of Schoolcraft, Mich., Susan (Ed Engel) Yelenick of Georgetown, Jon (Lori) Yelenick of Watseka and Neil (Kristin) Yelenick of Catlin; a sister Bernice Ann “Bernie” Hubler; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were two husbands; her brothers, Dale and Warren as well as a sister, Wilma Rominger.

After graduating from Young America High School in 1951, she worked in Danville before moving to Anaheim, Calif. in 1955.

She and Samuel Yelenick were married later that year at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. The family of three moved back to Illinois in 1960. During their years living in Hume and Metcalf, they added four more children to their family.

She worked at Carter Shelter Care, and then as a bus driver for Shiloh School for many years. The couple opened their home to several foster children until Sam's passing in 1985. She then began her career selling AFLAC Insurance.

She was a member of the Metcalf United Methodist Church and later attended church in Hume.

Needing some assistance, she resided with her daughter Susan and Ed for the last few years.