Gilman, Erna M.

Erna M. Gilman, age 73, of Peoria, Illinois died at 12:50 P.M. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Kindred Hospital in Peoria, Illinois.

She was born on November 15, 1940 in Arenzville, Illinois the daughter of Carl W. and Hulda Schnake Dufelmeier. She married Richard E. Gilman on February 7, 1968 in Arenzville, Illinois. He preceded her in death on September 20, 2006.

Surviving is one daughter, Darwynn Gilman of Peoria, Illinois, and one son, Richard D. (Cynthia) Gilman of Chicago, Illinois; one sister, Melba (Edward) Meyer of New York, four brothers, Edward Dufelmeier of Arenzville, Illinois, Alvin (Joyce) Dufelmeier of Moline, Illinois, Earl Dufelmeier of Iowa, and Merle (Sharon) Dufelmeier of Arenzville, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

She received her secretarial degree in Omaha, Nebraska and worked for Western Union from 1960 until her marriage in 1968. She worked for McDade Company in Palatine, Illinois from 1977 – 1986. She also worked as a bookkeeper for Peacock Oil in Oak Grove, Illinois. In 1991 she retired to Knoxville, Illinois and in 2010 moved to Peoria, Illinois. She was of the Lutheran faith. She liked to read and loved her family.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Galesburg, Illinois. Visitation will be held at 9:00 A.M. prior to the service. Rev. Daniel Smith will officiate. Interment will take place at the Knoxville Cemetery, Knoxville, Illinois. Fellowship at the Hurd Hendricks Fellowship Center in Knoxville will follow the interment. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences and sympathy cards may be sent through