Shirley E. Lichter

BYRON – Shirley E. Lichter, 82, of Byron, died Wednesday morning, Aug. 29, 2018 in Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon, after a short illness.

She actively followed the adventures and activities of her family, loved celebrating the holidays – especially Christmas, and was the picture of grace. Born June 23, 1936 in Pecatonica, the daughter of Foster and Marian (Hitchcock) Nailor. Graduated from Pecatonica High School in 1954. Shirley married Gerard J. Lichter on Nov. 3, 1956, in St. Mary’s Rectory, in Pecatonica. She worked as a dental assistant in Pecatonica, as a school secretary in Macomb, a customer service representative in Ottawa. Shirley was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church, in Byron, serving on the Funeral Ministry.

Our sincere thanks to the caring and skilled staff of Unit E3 at Mercyhealth Hospital and the compassionate staff of Serenity Hospice and Home. 

Shirley is lovingly survived by her children, Elizabeth (Randall) Jurasek of Byron, Lawrence (Debbie) Lichter of Kuna, Idaho, and Thomas Lichter of Mesa, Ariz..; grandchildren, Nicholas (Sara Romfo) and Alex (Kailani) Jurasek of Honolulu, Hawaii, Matthew, Curtis, Eliza and Hannah Lichter of Kuna, Idaho, and Hailey, Grayden and Casey Lichter of Southern California; great-grandchildren, Max and Eleanor Romfo Jurasek of Kaneohe, HI; brother; Steven (Donnette) Nailor of Rockford; sister-in-law, Mary Borgmann of Rock City; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her parents; sisters, Charlotte and Sharon; brother-in-laws, Robert (Wanda) Lichter, Leonard (Nancy) Lichter, Lawrence Whitaker and Virgil Borgmann. 

Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in St. Mary Catholic Church, 220 E. Second St., Byron, with visitation from 9-11 a.m.; the Rev. Howard Barch, Jr., Pastor, officiated. At Shirley’s request, cremation rites were accorded. Private burial in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, in Pecatonica.  

Memorials to Serenity Hospice and Home, 1658 South IL Route 2 Oregon, IL 61061 or a charity of your choice. Visit to leave a condolence.


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