Doris E. Bretz

Doris “Dodie” E. Bretz, 86, of Villa Grove died at 10:17 a.m. on Monday, April 5, 2021 at the Carle Foundation Hospital.

Dodie was born on July 5, 1934 in Urbana, IL to Ernie and Opal (Burk) Combs.  She married Paul Bretz on January 4, 1953 in Villa Grove.

She is survived by three children, Tom (Ruth) Bretz of Villa Grove, Joyce Bretz of Camargo, and Sue (David) Yerxa of Woodland Hills, CA; six grandchildren, Rachel (Andy) DeWitt of Villa Grove, Tim (Mandy) Bretz of Villa Grove, Jon Bretz of Villa Grove, Thomas “Ted” Yerxa of Woodland Hills, CA, Dani Yerxa of Woodland Hills, CA, and Juli Jobe of Camargo; and one great-grandchild, Zachariah DeWitt.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Dodie was a kindergarten teacher aid for several years in Villa Grove.  She was elected and spent 12 years as the Camargo township supervisor, and also sold real estate for 20 years.  While working those jobs, she was always a homemaker as well.  Dodie loved her family and always kept in contact with her nieces and nephews. Her and her husband Paul were married for over 68 years.

A funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at the Joines Funeral Home (Villa Grove) with Mr. Ted Shearer officiating.  Burial followed at the Murdock Cemetery. The visitation was held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at the Joines Funeral Home (Villa Grove).

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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