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Velma Matter

July 15, 1924 — April 20, 2020

Velma L. Matter, 95, of Minonk passed away Monday, April 20, 2020 at 8:39 a.m. at her residence.
Velma was born on July 15, 1924 In Pontiac to Delbert and Nicie Hamilton Alltop. She married Carl E. Matter on September 16, 1951 in Minonk. He passed away on August 5, 2001.
Survivors include one daughter, Peggy (Lynn) Barth of El Paso; one son, Terry (Laurel) Matter of Minonk; four grandchildren, Randy (Mandy) Barth of El Paso, Julie Walters of Minonk, Corey (Liz) Matter of Minonk, and Brandon Matter of Minonk; five great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four sisters, and seven brothers.
Velma was a homemaker and farmed with her husband for 31 years. She was a member of Redeemer Community Church-Minonk, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Woodford County Farm Bureau. She enjoyed playing piano at nursing homes for the past six years.
Due to COVID 19, a private service will be held on April 23, 2020 at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk. Pastor Erik Johnson will officiate. A public memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans, Minonk Ambulance or Fire Department, or St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Private Services

APR 23 (CST)

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

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