OBITUARY

Irma Jane Rau Bolam

April 13, 1927January 12, 2018

Irma Jane (Rau) Bolam, age 90, of Peoria, formerly of Pekin, passed away Friday, January 12, 2018 at the Proctor Endowment Home in Peoria.

Born April 13, 1927 in Pekin, Illinois to Charles and Anna (Johannes) Rau; she married John O. Bolam, Jr. on February 7, 1948 and he preceded her in death on May 13, 1976.

Also preceding her in death are her sister, Charlotte (Rau) Philpott and brother, Carl Rau. Surviving are her children, Pamela (Dorsey) Gibbons, Jeffrey (Linda) Bolam, and Melissa (Walt) Block, grandchildren, David (Carey) Gibbons, Jessica (Eric) Gibbons-Rauch, Jennifer (Jeffrey) Rauch, Emma (Drew) Grisamore, Jonathon (Breanna) Block and Joshua Block, and two great granddaughters, Jessica’s daughter, Madeline Rose Rauch and Jennifer’s daughter, Lucy Charlotte Rauch.

Her family meant the world to Irma, and she always enjoyed spending time with them, especially her grandchildren.

Irma graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, an extraordinary accomplishment at that time. Her career encompassed twenty years as a science teacher at Morton Junior High School and then twenty years as a tax professional with H&R Block.

Irma actively volunteered in community service throughout her life. She was a member of Parkview United Church of Christ. She traveled extensively, creating many unique memories in her adventures. The family recognizes the excellent care Irma received at Proctor Endowment Home from kind and loving caregivers and friends who became part of her family.

A Celebration of Irma’s Life will be held at JC Proctor Endowment Home on February 10, 2017. Doors will open at 10:30 am with the celebration beginning at 11:00 am in the main meeting room. Davison-Fulton Woolsey Funeral Home in Pekin was entrusted with the arrangements.

Memorials to Wildlife Prairie Park, 3826 N. Taylor Road, Hanna City, IL 61536 are suggested in lieu of flowers. Donations to Wildlife Prairie Park can be made to the link below; please check the “This is a tribute or memorial gift” checkbox and add “Irma R. Bolam” in the comments. https://shop.wildlifeprairiepark.org/MakeDonation.aspx?skuid=1000564

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 10, 2018
REMEMBERING

Irma Jane Rau Bolam

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Barb Schwind

January 29, 2018

Jeff and family, I am so sorry for your loss! I enjoyed having your mom as my jr. high health teacher. May the Lord comfort you at this sad time! Barb (Landes) Schwind

January 15, 2018

We were very sorry to hear of Irma's passing. She was a great neighbor and also a good friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
With sympathy,
Ken and Connie VanNattan, Monett Mo

January 15, 2018

IRMA WAS A NEIGHBOR OF OURS FOR MANY YEARS. OUR SYMPATHY GOES OUT FO ALL OF HER FAMILY. SHE WILL BE MISSED.
KEN AND JUDI RASSI

January 14, 2018

Mrs. Bolam was my teacher at MJHS and was always very no-non sense and fair. I'm sorry for the family's loss.

FROM THE FAMILY