Lavera Bryan

Posted 8/10/21

Lavera Marie Rauch Bryan, 99, of Ingraham, passed away Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital, Olney. She was a retired teacher.

A Mass of Christian burial will be …

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Lavera Bryan

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Lavera Marie Rauch Bryan, 99, of Ingraham, passed away Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital, Olney. She was a retired teacher.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Wendelin, with the Rev. Mark Stec as the celebrant. Burial is in Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until the Mass Saturday at the church. Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mrs. Bryan was born May 21, 1922, in Jasper County, the daughter of the late William and Alma Kistner Rauch. She married Jack W. Bryan on Aug. 12, 1947, and he preceded her in death Feb. 13, 1995.

She is survived by her three daughters and three sons, Jacqueline “Jackie” (Leo) Gibbons, Gale (Ann) Bryan, Larry Bryan, Jerry (Lorena Gill) Bryan, Dianne (Richard) Yates and Nancy (Richard) Conner; 17 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Arthur Rauch of Newton; and a sister, Geneva Geier of Wakefield.

She was preceded in death by her infant sons, Gary and Dwight; her brothers, Wilfred, Clifford, Melvin and Harold Rauch; a grandson, Eric Gibbons; and a granddaughter, Christina Gibbons Wolf.

Mrs. Bryan attended Frog Pond School and graduated from Newton High School in 1940. She attended Eastern Illinois University and obtained her teaching certificate in two years due to the shortage of teachers because of the war draft. She started her teaching career in one-room schools. She taught at Calvin School at Buck Grove Township, Kepley School and Independence School in Jasper County and Hastings School in Clay County. After her youngest daughter, Nancy, went to school, she returned to teaching in 1967, and taught first, second and third grade at Wendelin public school. After many rural schools consolidated in 1971, she taught remedial reading at Clay City grade school. After many years and students, she retired in May 1988.

Following marriage, she and her husband lived in Jasper County for two years, before moving to the Grady Bryan farm in Pixley Township. 

 Mrs. Bryan loved to cook and enjoyed family get-togethers and the opportunity to feed everyone really great food. She liked to mow and weed and took great pride in her garden, flowers, and lawn. She loved her chickens and raised them for meat and eggs. She kept canaries and enjoyed hearing them sing. 

She was a member of the Richland County Home Extension group from 1990 until 2013 and a lifelong member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Wendelin. In recent years, she was the oldest living parishioner. Most of all she loved and enjoyed her family.   

Memorial donations may be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church or Masses and will be accepted through the funeral home.  

Online condolences at frankandbright.com.