Julia Deffenbaugh

STREATOR – Julia Deffenbaugh, 103, of Streator passed away Thursday, March 16, at Heritage Health in Streator. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., today, Wednesday, March 23 at Solon – Telford Funeral Home, Streator. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Streator. Rev. Philip Halfacre will officiate. Burial will be in St. Stephen’s Cemetery. Family members will serve as pall-bearers. Born February 24, 1913 in Marion, Kansas, she was the daughter of Harry and Mamie Powers Laubhan. She married Harry “Bud” Deffenbaugh August 1, 1938 in Odell. He preceded her in death May 10, 1979. She is survived by daughters: Barbara (Robert) Cheveny of Roanoke and Carolyn (Don) Wayman of Pontiac; sons: John Deffenbaugh and Richard Deffenbaugh, both of Streator. Also surviving are seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; her brother-in-law, Lloyd Deffenbaugh; and her beloved dog, Molly. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Marjorie Tock; and brothers: Ralph, Maurice and BodieLaubhan. Julia grew up in the Dwight area and attended Dwight grade schools and graduated from Dwight High School. She attended Illinois State Normal University, where she earned her teaching certificate. She taught in a one-room country schoolhouse near Fairbury early in her career. She and her husband operated The Pines restaurant in Streator more than 50 years. Later she taught at St. Stephen’s School, Streator, until her retirement. She was a member of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, the Streator Literary Club, and the StreatorlandHistorical Society. Memorials may be directed to Pet Project or the Livingston County Humane Society. On-line condolences may be left for the family at: solontelford.com