Lillian A. (Kuizin) Storm, 93, of Mahomet and mother of Leslie K. Storm, passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2020 in Urbana, Illinois.
Lillian was born July 12, 1927 in her parents’ home at 111 Henry St. in Bulpitt, Illinois. Her parents, Anne & Joseph Kuizin, immigrated from Lithuanian when they were very young. In February of 1932, she and her family moved to a farm north of Tovey, IL which was owned by her grandparents. She attended Tovey grade school and graduated salutatorian from Kincaid High School. After high school, she attended Brown’s Business College in Springfield. She then worked at Union Finance Company and General Contract Purchasing Corp. in Springfield.
Lillian Married Lyle Storm of Taylorville, Illinois on September 3, 1950. The couple lived in Bulpitt before moving to Springfield, Ohio for Lyle’s job. A son, Lynn, was born on June 28th, 1958 but sadly passed three days later from pneumonia. After Lyle’s job transfer, they moved to Joplin Missouri, where her son Les was born in October of 1960. The couple later moved to Springfield, Illinois and then on to Decatur for Lyle’s new job at Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. Lillian worked at W.T. Grant Co. Department Store for 7 years before becoming a stay at home mom. In 1978, Lillian began work at Taylor Pharmaceutical Company until her retirement in 1989. Lillian lost her husband Lyle, of 36 years, in January 1987.
In May 1990, her first granddaughter, Lindsey was born, followed by her grandson Kyle, in 1992. With the help of her sister and brother-in-law Bill, they were always in attendance at any school functions or sporting events the kids participated in. Grandma Lil always made the hour drive to support her grandchildren any way she could. She was their biggest fan! Lillian became a great grandma, with the birth of Hadley Storm, daughter of Kyle and Julianne Storm in April 2020.
She was the family historian with her vast knowledge of birthdays, graduations, weddings and deaths. Anything that happened to family or friends was always documented on her calendar.
Anyone who knew Lil knows that not a holiday, birthday, or special occasion went by that she didn’t send a card just to let you know she was thinking about you. Cards were her way to stay connected to friends and family. Holidays were always a special occasion at her house. You could always tell what month it was because of the way her house was decorated.
Lillian enjoyed watching any and all sports, particularly the St. Louis Cardinals, Illinois Basketball and The Chicago Bulls. You could always count on great conversation to rehash the game, good or bad. The Cardinals relievers usually frustrated her if they didn’t do their job!
She was a member of St. Thomas Church in Decatur, IL. She attended weekly service as often as she was able. If she couldn’t attend church, she made sure she watched mass on TV. She took great comfort in her faith.
Special thanks to Manford and Michelle Brown, son and daughter-in-law of her sister Valeria, for the help, support, and companionship throughout the years. Also special thanks to Waterford at the Bridle Brook, (Mahomet, IL), Carle Foundation Hospital (Urbana, IL) and University Rehabilitation Center (Urbana, IL) for their special care and support.
Lillian will be greatly missed but remembered by the way she lived her life, as a strong, hardworking, independent woman who always put her family first. Her family meant the world to her and she meant the world to them, especially her grandchildren, Lindsey and Kyle, who were the light of her life. She was the best mom and grandma anyone could ask for.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father Anna & Joseph Kuizin, son Lynn Storm, Husband Lyle Storm, and her sister and brother-in-law, Valeria and Bill Moore.
Lillian leaves behind to cherish her memory her son, Leslie Storm (Stacey), Mahomet, IL, grandchildren Lindsey Storm(Boulder, Colorado) Kyle Storm (Julianne), Savoy, IL, great granddaughter Hadley Storm (Savoy, IL), nephew Manford Brown (Michelle) Champaign, IL, niece Ida Ruth Roberts (Jerry) Fairbury, IL, nephew, Dwayne Stout, great niece Karen Oest (Craig), and great, great niece Emma Oest, Fairbury, IL.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 am, Saturday, August 8, 2020, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church; visitation will be one hour before the mass in the church. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville. CDC guidelines will be followed. Masks are required.
Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home and Cremation Services are in charge of the arrangements. www.gracelandfairlawn.com.