EAST PEORIA – Noreen N. Mettelmann, 82, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, March 27, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on February 27, 1939, in Milwaukee, Wisc., the daughter of Rueben and Cecelia (Radmer) Neustedter. She married Kenneth Mettelmann in Milwaukee, Wisc., on December 6, 1958. He survives.
Also surviving are her three children, Perriann (Bruce) Meadow of Buffalo Grove, Ill., Rhonda (Bob) Abeling of Queen Creek, Ariz., and Kent (Karol) Mettelmann of Frisco, Texas; eight grandchildren, Hannah, Emily, and Isaac Meadow, Matthew, Haleigh, and Logan Abeling, Kristopher (Amanda) Mettelmann, and Kyle (Sarah) Mettelmann; six great-grandchildren, William, Nora, Rose, and Michael Mettelmann, and Ashlynn and Jackson Mettelmann; and one sister, Nola Wenzel of West Bend, Wisc.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Marlene Litscher.
Noreen began as a beautician, and then dedicated her time to raising her three beloved children. When they were grown, she returned to school to pursue her passion of nursing and was a registered nurse at OSF St. Francis Medical Center from 1982 to 1997.
Noreen enjoyed traveling extensively and documented her experiences through photography and genealogy. She treasured spending time with her grandchildren and never missed cheering for them in all of their activities. Noreen adored each family member and always made them feel special. She was extremely devoted to her family and loved planning gatherings. She will be remembered with love and greatly missed by the family she cherished.
Cremation rites will be accorded. A celebration of her life will be arranged in the coming months.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Runner’s Association.
Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements.
To leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.knappjohnson.com.