Val Jean Bohning, 80, died peacefully on October 27, 2020 at her home in Beach Park, IL surrounded by family.

  A visitation will be held Nov. 4 at Congdon Funeral Home in Zion, IL. A funeral service will be held at Millburn Cemetery in Millburn, IL on Nov. 5 at 10:00 a.m. An online guest book is available at

  Val Jean was born Feb. 24, 1940 in Belmond, the only child of Wilbert and June Hansen. She grew up on a farm near Alexander where she attended the local Methodist Church. On May 10, 1959 she married the love of her life, Wayne Bohning. While Wayne was in the Army, they lived briefly in Massachusetts before he was stationed overseas. Val Jean attended Memorial United Methodist Church in Zion and worked as a secretary at Abbott Laboratories from 1979 until her retirement in 2001.

  Val Jean loved Christmas, making cookies with her grandchildren and sitting in her favorite chair watching the snow fall as she did jigsaw puzzles. She loved her kitties and took in several strays over the years. She also adopted two wild burros that had been abandoned at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, leaving them in the care of her parents on the farm she loved so very much.

  She was preceded in death by her parents.

  Val Jean is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Wayne; children Kenneth Sr. (Mary) Bohning, Kristy (Joseph) Bragg, and Rick (Wendy) Bohning; grandchildren Kenneth Jr., Jacqueline, Kelly, Sarah and Ryan; and great-granddaughter Evelyn.