OBITUARY

Saroja W. Ayappa

October 2, 1936May 11, 2019
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Saroja W. Ayappa, 82, of Sherman, IL. was called home to Jesus on May 11th 2019 at St. John’s Hospital in Spfld., IL. Saroja was born in India on October 2nd 1936, to parents Rao and Sundramma. She married John Wesley Ayappa and had three children. Saroja studied midwifery and nursing in India. For seven years, she practiced as an RN at Harlem Hospital in New York, and thirty years at St. John’s Hospital in Spfld., IL. on the medical 8th floor and mainly on the mother-baby unit. Saroja took pride in her work and touched the lives of patients and colleagues who fondly remember her.

Saroja’s faith, trust, and love in Jesus gave her strength and joy to live life victoriously. She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. Saroja loved to pray, listen to hymns and she read the complete Bible many times. She enjoyed attending her Bible Study Fellowship group. She loved to travel the world and was a master at board games. She was generous to others and was very young at heart. Saroja was known for her beautiful handmade greeting cards. She supported the educational needs of needy children and had a big compassionate heart. She is greatly missed by all who knew her.

Preceded in death were her father, husband, mother, and brother. Saroja is survived by her three children: Catherine S. Edward (Deepak), Paul S. Ayappa (Debbie), E. Suma Jeyaseelan (Robert). Grandchildren: Neeraj, Priya, Nikhil, Katra, Zach, Katie, and Robert Wesley.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 17th from 5pm to 7:30pm at Bisch and Son Funeral Home. 505 East Allen St. in Spfld. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday May 18th at 11AM at Sherman United Methodist Church. 2336 E. Andrew Road in Sherman.

Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischandsonfuneralhome.com.

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Edison Samuel

May 18, 2019

Dear sheela, Sudhir, and Suma!

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
"Those we love are never really gone, they have a cherished place in our hearts, where they will always be remembered for the kindness they showed, the love they shared, and the happiness aunty brought"

Thank you auntie for showing your kindness and the love you shared with us.
Sheela, Sudhir and Suma our prayers are with you.

Samuel family


Bob and Marilyn Stefan

May 18, 2019

What I remember about Saroja was how much she loved her family. Getting to know her and hear her heart regarding Katie and Zach-her love was so clear. I know she was so happy when Zach and Annie became engaged and then married. She was a wonderful strong rock during times of sadness and a clear beacon of the eternal hope we have in Christ. What a wonderful example she was to all of us.

Nandini Anand

May 18, 2019

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Nandini Anand

May 18, 2019

Saroja aunty was more than a friend to us . In fact she was a part of our family .
Our association with aunty has been more than 50years. My mom and aunty were like sisters. She used to never miss wishing us on our birthday's and send beautiful handmade cards for Christmas. She was always in constant touch with all of us.

We have lovely memories of aunty. We used to eagerly wait to see aunty whenever she visited India . She loved Indian food . Jackfruit and mangoes were her favorite. She was a kind-hearted , helpful and jovial person. Very rare to find a person like her.

We will miss you aunty. Though you will always be in our memories life long as a wonderful person.

May God give Sheela , Sudhir ,Suma and family members the strength to bare this great loss.

Tears roll down my eyes as I conclude this message. We all love you.

Malini Nagraj

May 18, 2019

Saroja Aunty was our neighbour in India.
Our association with Aunty's family is around 50 years almost my age.
She was like a mother to all of us, she always use to call and tell me that I still remember you as baby whom she used to love carrying.
She was a very jovial person who used to make fun of all of us irrespective of the age.
She used to remember all our Birthdays including our children and send beautiful hand made cards.
Whenever Aunty used to come to India she used to bring beautiful dolls which we have still preserved in our show case.
She used to enjoy our homemade idli sambar,ladoos, mixture, obatu and mango juice.
She was a mother, friend and guardian to us. Her voice is still lingering in our ears.
My mother has lost her dearest friend she is still in a state of shock not able to come out of it.
She is the most loveable person whom we will cherish all our life.

Suma (Susan) Krishnan Nair

May 18, 2019

My mother Susan was close friends with Saroja Aunty for 65 years since they began nursing college together in Mysore. When their lives took them to the middle east and the US respectively they always remained in touch - even visiting Saroja Aunty at her home in New Jersey and then in Illinois. In recent years, with travel difficult due to age, they always kept in phone contact until just a few weeks before Aunty's passing. It is with heavy hearts that we all heard the news. We wish the family, children and grandchildren much love and prayers for strength during this difficult time.

With loving regards,

Suma (Susan) K. Nair, N.K. Nair, Sarita Pillai and Family, Sheela Conaty and family

Suma (Susan) Krishnan Nair

May 18, 2019

My mother Susan was close friends with Saroja Aunty for 65 years since they began nursing college together in Mysore. When their lives took them to the middle east and the US respectively they always remained in touch - even visiting Saroja Aunty at her home in New Jersey and then in Illinois. In recent years, with travel difficult due to age, they always keep in phone contact until just a few weeks before Aunty's passing. It is with heavy hearts that we all heard the news. We wish the family, children and grandchildren much love and prayers for strength during this difficult time.

With loving regards,

Suma (Susan) K. Nair, N.K. Nair, Sarita Pillai and Family, Sheela Conaty and family

Ragini Brar

May 18, 2019

I have some lovely memories of aunty Saroja. As a boarder in Baldwin girls high school Bangalore she used to take me and my siblings home for the weekend and spoil us by being so kind and generous. Later in Bidar while on holidays with our parents she would bake cakes and share recipes with us- I always remember her being busy looking after everyone .
So sorry to hear about her death .
Kayjay and I send our heartfelt condolences to the entire family. She was a mother extraordinaire. We know you will miss her .
Be strong and know that she is in the place resting peacefully.
Love and warm hugs to each one of you.
Ragini and Kayjay Brar
Your cousins

Sharon Khanna

May 17, 2019

This last sentence in my memory of Saroja >> "Saroja's faith, trust and love in Jesus gave her strength and joy to live life victoriously" came from Saroja's obituary. I should have put it in quotation marks as I wasn't wanting to use others words as if they were mine.

Eileen and Grace Sampson

May 17, 2019

Remembering Saroja Aunty

2 Timothy 4 : 7
I have fought the good fight , I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.


Aunty was a close family friend but cared for us like her own children .

She taught us christmas songs to sing in english. During christmas she gathered mission compound children to go Carol singing and the money that was collected during the Carol's was given to the church.

Aunty taught us songs from the movie sound of music and we enacted one part of the song in ETCM Hospital Kolar.

Aunty used to invite children for birthday parties and gave out lot of goodies.

Though she moved abroad she never forgot to talk to us in Kannada. She kept her roots grounded.

Every year she used to call us for our birthdays and sing happy birthday to us and send us handmade christmas cards which we always looked forward to.

A kind and generous heart, aunty helped many students for their education till they finished teachers training and for some to finish nursing.

Aunty's favourite food items are: biryani, kosumbari , vada ,obattu, mysore pak, masala dosa.

She loved wearing bangles and jasmine flowers.

Very simple person who was always cheerful and humerous. She was very prayerful and kept her faith strong till the end.

We will surely miss her. Her memories will still remain.

With much love and prayer
To Sheila, Sudhir, Suma and the rest of the family members.

Love Eileen & Grace.

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Biography

Saroja W. Ayappa, 82, of Sherman, IL. was called home to Jesus on May 11th 2019 at St. John’s Hospital in Spfld., IL. Saroja was born in India on October 2nd 1936, to parents Rao and Sundramma. She married John Wesley Ayappa and had three children. Saroja studied midwifery and nursing in India. For seven years, she practiced as an RN at Harlem Hospital in New York, and thirty years at St. John’s Hospital in Spfld., IL. on the medical 8th floor and mainly on the mother-baby unit. Saroja took pride in her work and touched the lives of patients and colleagues who fondly remember her.

Saroja’s faith, trust, and love in Jesus gave her strength and joy to live life victoriously. She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. Saroja loved to pray, listen to hymns and she read the complete Bible many times. She enjoyed attending her Bible Study Fellowship group. She loved to travel the world and was a master at board games. She was generous to others and was very young at heart. Saroja was known for her beautiful handmade greeting cards. She supported the educational needs of needy children and had a big compassionate heart. She is greatly missed by all who knew her.

Preceded in death were her father, husband, mother, and brother. Saroja is survived by her three children: Catherine S. Edward (Deepak), Paul S. Ayappa (Debbie), E. Suma Jeyaseelan (Robert). Grandchildren: Neeraj, Priya, Nikhil, Katra, Zach, Katie, and Robert Wesley.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 17th from 5pm to 7:30pm at Bisch and Son Funeral Home. 505 East Allen St. in Spfld. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday May 18th at 11AM at Sherman United Methodist Church. 2336 E. Andrew Road in Sherman.