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Bernadette Oltman

September 14, 1926 — October 15, 2015

Bernadette Bakalar Oltman, 89, of Minonk, IL passed away at 1:25 am on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at Heritage Health in Minonk.

Her funeral mass will be at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Minonk at 10:30 am on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. Franciscan Friars will officiate. Visitation will be held on Monday evening from 5-7 pm at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk and one hour before the funeral Mass at the church. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Streator, IL.

She was born September 14, 1926 at Streator, the daughter of Thomas and Kathleen Noonan Bakalar.

She married Ray V. Oltman on April 16, 1947. He died August 13, 2001.

Surviving are two sons, Gregory (Candy) Oltman of Barrington, IL and Michael Oltman of Minonk, and four daughters, Jerilyn Oltman of Edenton, NC; Jana Kiefer of Bloomington, IL; Lynn (Alan) Aanerud of Mesquite, TX; and Kathy (Kevin) Cunningham of Blythewood, SC; 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sharon Hatzer of Streator; Rosemary Terpening of Galesburg, IL; and a brother, Byron (Joy) Sabol of Windemere, FL.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, her stepfather George Sabol, and her brother Thomas Bakalar, as well as several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Bernadette graduated from Streator High School in 1944. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, a past officer of the Church's Altar and Rosary Society, a member of Matrons' Club and Yankeetown Home Extension and a former member of Tall Oaks Country Club. She and her husband farmed for 37 years west of Minonk.

Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church, Minonk. Online tributes and condolences may be sent to the family at


OCT 19. 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)

Ruestman-Harris - Minonk
775 North Chestnut Street
Minonk, IL 61760

Funeral Mass

OCT 20. 10:30 AM (CDT)

St. Patrick Church
420 E. 6th Street
Minonk, IL 61760

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