Grace Louise Herschelman, age nine, of Hillsboro, IL died at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning, May 19, 2021 in her home, after a lifelong battle with INAD (infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy). A memorial service will be held on Saturday morning, May 22, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., at Hillsboro United Methodist Church in Hillsboro, IL with the Rev. Mike Lawton and the Rev. Ralph Ward co-officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsboro, IL. Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro is assisting the family. Grace's Memorial Service will be live streamed on the Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home website.
Miss Herschelman was born on Sept. 7, 2011, at HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield to Kyle Randle and Mary Louise (Galer) Herschelman, and they survive.
Although her years were short, her memories were many. During her lifetime, she attended the Hillsboro United Methodist Church Preschool and Beckemeyer Elementary School. She loved reading books, Minnie Mouse, singing songs and most of all, spending time with her family and friends. Her smile could light up any room.
She enjoyed a Make-a-Wish trip to Hawaii with her family and swimming in the ocean. Loved by many, she helped to raise awareness and funding for INAD research.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Charlotte Grace Herschelman; grandparents, John and Susie Galer of Hillsboro and Kim and Randy Herschelman of Raymond; aunts and uncles, John (Emily) Galer of Alexandria, VA, Daniel (Monica) Herschelman of Mukwonago, WI, Mikaela (Scott) Tabaka of Arnold, MO, and Shane Herschelman of Rolla, MO; cousins, Quincy Tabaka and Keelen and Kolston Herschelman; and great-grandmothers, Mary Herschelman of Raymond and Virginia Armour of Raymond.
She was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Harry Herschelman, Kenneth Armour, the Rev. Charles and Helen Hutson and Phillip and Nancy Galer.
Memorials may be made to Make-a-Wish or the INADCure Foundation.
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