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Thelma LaKemper

December 16, 1929 — August 14, 2017

Thelma D. LaKemper, 87, of Lacon, formerly Varna, died on August 14, 2017 at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Lacon. Born in rural Sparland on December 16, 1929 to the late John and Luella Rickey Copple, she married Clarence Bruell and had three sons. Later she married Bill LaKemper on February 20, 1960 in Henry. Together they raised her three boys, his two daughters, and their son into a family.

Thelma worked many jobs over the years from taking in laundry and housekeeping to being janitor and school bus driver for the Toluca school district for over 15 years. She loved playing bingo, dominoes, and cards.

She is survived by: her children Dorothy (Denis) Hussemann of Washburn, John (Chris) Bruell of Varna, Jane (Dwight) Aussieker of Varna, Chuck (Lisa) Bruell of Sparland, Larry (Donna) Bruell of East Peoria, Paul (Patsy) LaKemper of Lorena TX; brother Jack (Joan) Copple of Streator; 18 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; and 12 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three grandchildren: Brooke Bruell, Derek Hussemann, and Steven Howard.

A funeral service will be held Saturday August 19th at 11 AM at Lenz Memorial Home in Lacon with visitation one hour prior to service. Burial will be in Saint Anne's Cemetery in Toluca. Memorials can be made to Saint Joseph's Nursing Home Activity Fund and online condolences can be left at


AUG 19. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)

Lenz Memorial Home
823 Fifth Street
Lacon, IL 61540

Funeral Service

AUG 19. 11:00 AM (CDT)

Lenz Memorial Home
823 Fifth Street
Lacon, IL 61540

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