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Wednesday, January 5, 2011 Mourns the Passing of Jayne Brunskill

Jayne L. Brunskill, 95, a resident of Piper City Rehab & Living Center in Piper City, formerly of Pontiac, passed away at 2:40a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 4, 2011) at the home.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Pontiac, with Monsignor Thomas Mack officiating. Interment will be at Esmen-Camp Cemetery, rural Pontiac, with her son, the Rev. Richard Brunskill officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday prior to Mass at the church, where in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name for Masses, or to the Jayne L. Brunskill Memorial Fund. Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, is in charge of arrangements.

Jayne Laverne Tallman Brunskill was born Sept. 1, 1915, in Pontiac, a daughter of Albert and Florence Solma Tallman. She married Byron Brunskill in February 1936. He preceded her in death March 3, 1977.

She is survived by one daughter, Barbara Brunskill, Piper City; two sons, Craig (Maria) Brunskill, Normal, and the Rev. Richard Brunskill, Piper City; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Vernette; one brother, Richard; nieces and nephews; and many good friends. Fr. Dick Brunskill, was pastor at St. Patrick's Parish in Wapella, Illinois in the late 1980's.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother and one sister.

After raising her three children, Jayne pursued a career as a phlebotomist for nearly 20 years, before becoming a licensed practical nurse in 1978.

She worked at St. James Hospital, Asta Care, Piper City Nursing Home and two places in Fairbury, Fairview Haven Nursing Home and the offices of Drs. Langstaff and Mosciski. She retired from the nursing profession in 1995.

She was a woman of great faith, helping to start the Perpetual Adoration Society at St. Mary’s Church, and working tirelessly at Grace Episcopal Church for many years before she became Catholic — along with Bryon and Richard — in 1974. Jesus was the center of her life and faith.

Our condolences the the Brunskill family.

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