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Harriett Gunn

April 17, 1922 — December 22, 2016

Harriett E. Gunn, 94, of Yorkville, IL, passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2016, with her family by her side at Hillside Rehabilitation and Care Center, Yorkville, IL. Harriett was born on April 17, 1922, in Loraine, IL and was the daughter of the late Garnett and Frances (Spalding) Gunn of Mendon, IL. She was married September 21, 1940, in St. Louis, MO, to Robert H. Bryant. Later she married Robert L. Miller on August 25, 1976 in Albuquerque, NM.

She graduated from Quincy High School in Quincy, IL and attended Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO on a voice scholarship. She was an interior decorator for J. C. Penney in Quincy and Chicago; Henry G. Garrelts; Hildman and Bryden in Quincy, IL. Harriett was a former member of Altrusa Club of Quincy. Peoria Women’s Club President, PTA President and Girl Scout leader in Pontiac, IL.

During her life she loved gardening, traveling, antiquing, and decorating. She was a great bridge player into her late 80s.  Also a loyal St. Louis Cardinals fan and after moving to Chicago in 1998 became a devoted Chicago Bulls fan. Throughout her life she attended the First Congregational Church. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and friends especially at “The Farm” in Mendon, IL. She loved animals, especially her pugs.

Surviving are: daughter, Bobette Bryant (Ken) Stefani of Yorkville, IL; grandson, Michael (Colleen) Stefani, of Naperville, IL; granddaughter, Michele (Marc) Benz, of Simpsonville, SC; five great-grandchildren, Tyler and Tanner Stefani, Bradley, Chase, and Bailey Benz; six nieces and nephews; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.  Preceding her in death were: her parents, husbands; and brother, John “J.B.” Gunn.

The family wishes to sincerely thank the staff at Hillside Rehabilitation and Care Center and Journey Care Hospice.

Per Harriett’s wishes, there will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 7:30 P.M on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home, 24021 Royal Worlington, Naperville. Private family interment will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017 in Mendon Township Cemetery, Mendon, IL.

Also, per Harriett’s wishes, donations to the Mendon Township Cemetery (Maintenance Fund), c/o Hunter Funeral Home, 208 North State Street, Mendon, IL 62351 would be appreciated. You are invited to share memories of Harriett and leave condolences at

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