Sybil Aileen LiDonne
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 10:00 PM
Sybil Aileen LiDonne reluctantly, with dignity and strength of character, left us to join God and loved ones in Heaven on April 2, 2013. Sybil Aileen Hoewing LiDonne was born on December 8, 1924, in Decatur, Ill. to the late Reverend Homer Hoewing and Mary Hoewing.
Sybil's family lived throughout the Midwest, moving from one small parish to another. She graduated from Omro High School in Omro, Wis. She was an intelligent, well read, strong spirited woman and survived the many difficult times life dealt her with dignity and a sense of humor. She always made friends easily and loved singing, reading, sewing, baking, eating out, taking trips and being with friends and family. She married the late Edward J. LiDonne in 1945. When his health forced him to a very early retirement, resulting in economic hardship, she worked as a dental assistant. She kept in touch with her lifelong friends and was always there to help them through life's challenges. Her most difficult challenge came in living with ALS for 22 years, unable to communicate easily, travel, socialize, walk without a walker and later a wheelchair and eat without difficulty or fear of choking. She claimed she did not contribute to life, but her intelligence, her wit, her strength, her willingness to listen and try to help in whatever way she could through thankfulness and words of appreciation, her unforgettable smile and wink, even in the face of pain and fear, just for the sake of showing others she cared, were talents of love. She fought fiercely to be independent and positive about life, enduring falls, severe tremors, injuries with setbacks, blindness, breast cancer and finally liver cancer, which proved to be a battle she had to finally succumb to, though she loved life, family and friends and did not want to give up. She loved and was loved by the exceptional staff and caregivers who worked with her and shared many laughs, tears and kindnesses, love and appreciation of one another. She and her daughter, Lori, who spent many hours at the Harbors, where she resided, as well as her sons, daughter-in-law and son-in-law, were very grateful to them for all the loving, giving, encouraging and generous acts they performed far and above their duty and, most especially, their overwhelming support of Sybil and her family in her final days. We thank them for expressing their love to her and telling her and us the many ways she gave them encouragement and an example of courage in the face of great adversity and tests of character. These were her greatest gifts.
Sybil is survived by her loving children: Lori (Steven) Nerat of Menominee, Mich., Jon (Tammy) LiDonne of Appleton, Wis. and Michael (Regina) LiDonne of Carbondale, Ill. Her dear daughter, whom she missed every day, Cheryl (Allen) Klatt, preceded her in death. She is also suvived by her seven grandchildren: Benjamin Nerat, Noelle Chaltry, Nicole (Nerat) Hartfield, Corey LiDonne, Olivia LiDonne, Jason (Krista) Klatt and Kristin (Klatt) Nelson; four great-grandchildren; her sister, Mary Louise (Hoewing) Gray; five nieces and two nephews. Her brother, Dr. William Hoewing also preceded her in death.
Friends may call at Hansen-Onion-Martell funeral home in Marinette after noon on Saturday, April 6, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, in the funeral home with the Rev. Douglas Schoen officiating.
Special thanks go out to beloved friend, Michele, by her side until the end; Lisa, Mary Swanson ("adopted") sister, John, Kurt, Tom (Senior Van), Jane, Vanessa, Cindy JoAnn, Debbie, Kathy, Gail, Vicky, Ann and all the Harbors staff. Thanks also to JEM Care Services, Marquette General Hospice and Great Northern Healthcare.