Mary Roberta Tomaw, 91, formerly of Sidell, Illinois, died on May 17, 2022 at Belmont Village in Oak Park. Born in Danville, Illinois on Aug. 12, 1930, the oldest of four children of Edward and Agnes McCown Nees, on July 15, 1950 she married Ronald Tomaw, who preceded her in death in 1980.

A graduate of Sidell High School and Brown Business College, she worked initially at Lauhoff Grain Company in Danville, then for over 25 years at the Illinois Department of Public Aid in Danville on two separate occasions, with a break to raise her two children. She also worked part-time as a reporter for the Sidell Journal and was an active member of the Sidell United Methodist Church where she was the organist for over 50 years, served on boards and committees, and sang in the choir. While the church and her music were an important part of her life, her greatest joy was being with her family and watching her two children and five grandchildren grow up and, more recently, her three great-grandchildren. She was an avid Illini basketball fan and held season tickets for many years.

In addition to her husband, Roberta was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, William. She is survived by her two children, Mark (Joyce) and Sheryl Martin (David); five grandchildren, Jeff Barry (Kristina), Andrew Tomaw (Kim), Tim Martin (Kerry), Matthew Tomaw (Jormi), and Erin Martin; three great-grandchildren, Addison and Lucas Tomaw and Mia Barry; one brother, Ervin Nees; one sister, Elsie Palmer; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, at the Sidell United Methodist Church. Burial followed the services at Fairview Cemetery. Robison Chapel in Catlin handled arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Sidell United Methodist Church, 202 Chicago St., P.O. Box 49, Sidell, Illinois 61876 or the American Heart Association.

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