Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel & Parkview Cemetery

2021 North University Street, Peoria, IL


Nilah Ann Reiman

June 4, 1936November 20, 2019

PEORIA - Nilah Ann Reiman, 83, of Peoria passed away at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at her residence. She was born on June 4, 1936, in Princeton, IL, the daughter of Lloyd and Ann Miller Espel. She married James Albert Reiman on November 2, 1957, in Princeton. Nilah is survived by one son, Randy (Kim) Reiman of Morton; two daughters, Cindi Reiman of Hilton Head, SC, and Merri Reiman of Peoria; six grandsons, Tyler, Brock, Derek, Grant, Trent Reiman and Dustin Hatch; one granddaughter, Maci Hatch; and two sisters, Betty Wagner of Peoria and Carolyn Espel of Princeton. She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-nine years; her parents; and one brother, Bob. Nilah was a Princeton High graduate and Methodist School of Nursing graduate in 1957. She was a nurse for thirty years, working in Peoria at all three hospitals as an Emergency Room Nurse, ICU Nurse and on the Air Ambulance. Nilah was an owner-operator of Basket Case Bar with her husband, Jim. It was the first Karaoke Bar in Peoria. She was a member of the Peoria 9 Hole Golf League. Nilah was the recipient of the Schooner's Largest Mushroom Award. She frequently sent colorful editorials to the Peoria Journal Star. Over the years, she was her husband's, kids' and grandkids' #1 tennis fan. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 8, 2019, at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite Christmas sweater or holiday outfit as Nilah so loved Christmas. Visitation will be two hours prior to services. Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice. A special thank you is given to hospice nurses, Camilla and Angie. To view Nilah's memorial page or to leave an online condolence, please go to www.davison-fulton.com.


  • Lloyd Espel, Father
  • Ann (Miller) Espel, Mother
  • James Albert Reiman, Husband
  • Randy (Kim) Reiman, Son
  • Cindi Reiman, Daughter
  • Merri Reiman, Daughter
  • Tyler, Brock, Derek, Grant and Trent Reiman, and Dustin Hatch, Grandsons
  • Maci Hatch, Granddaughter
  • Betty Wagner, Sister
  • Carolyn Espel, Sister
  • Nilah was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 59 years, James Reiman; andone brother, Bob Espel.

  • OSF Hospice


  • Visitation Sunday, December 8, 2019
  • Memorial Service Sunday, December 8, 2019


Nilah Ann Reiman

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Susan Rutherford

December 7, 2019

Nilah became a treasured person in the Rutherford family when she cared for our patriarch, Dr. Robert B. Rutherford, during his last year of life in 1975. Her competence, strength and humor became the supports we all (especially our mother) needed.

Over the years, the first Christmas card of the season always came from Nilah and was always filled with an upbeat message. I hope her family will be comforted this Christmas knowing she has finally found perfect joy.

Jerry & Marty Ruyle

December 2, 2019

We so enjoyed knowing Nilah and seeing her at the Basket Case and out and about in Peoria when we lived there. She always had a smile and laugh to share. A wonderful lady.

Cathy Benkendorf Postin

December 1, 2019

By pure accident I learned of Nilah's passing through her sister at Kohl's today. Thank you for sharing Nilah's story. Nilah took such wonderful care of my brother after a car accident that left him a quadriplegic in 1979. We credit her for giving him the will to live and go on to be a productive member of society! She was the only one who he would listen to on many days. Her laugh was contagious and she could give him back as much sass as he gave to everyone else. They got along so well and she helped the rest of our family deal with the administration and do exactly what my brother needed. Thank you Nilah! You were one in a million!

Charlene Martin. (Bateman)

November 30, 2019

Many good memories as classmates at Methodist we share as a Dear Friend Of Nilah
Our sympathy goes to.her family.
Sincerely, Charlene

Carole love

November 24, 2019

I worked with Nilah for many years in iCU, We had many unusual (and sometimes funny times(especially with the balloon pump) I can't believe she's gone. She went to all my children's weddings (they didn;t even know her) At least you and Jim are back together. You will be missed. Carole Love

Deborah Duran

November 23, 2019

Nilah was a sweet and loving person. My life was blessed knowing and working for such a wonderful person. If she can she will be decorating in heaven. She will be missed by her friends and family. See you again my sweet friend!

Sue Hein

November 23, 2019

Too many stories to even begin to tell! Look out Jim, here she comes...complete with Christmas tree in one hand, iced beverage in the other. One of a kind, a dear, dear friend who will be missed by all who knew, loved her.

Caroleen Morrison

November 22, 2019

Nilah was such a dear friend and always had a good joke to tell to keep the laughter going. As a great Nurse she did excellent patient care and was respected by all. Over our many years together from nurses training to death, Ni and all our nursing classmates always had a good time together. We laugh now at all the crazy things that she did and these happy times are great memories of a great special friend! We know she will be a great lose to her close family and our thoughts and prayers are with them all.

Peggy Miller

November 22, 2019

Nilah was a great friend, a very caring and sharing person, a wonderful nurse, opinionated, fun to be with, a "rousing Republican" and loved her family dearly. She always lit up the room and one could tell she wasn't very far away hearing her laughter and gravelly voice! She will be dearly missed, but we all are able to smile just thinking of our dear friend. Rest in peace, Nilah!