ST. JOSEPH, Ill. (WCIA) — A pillar of the community passed away this weekend. Muriel Plotner was just 19-years old.
She’d been diagnosed with a rare blood cancer when she was in 8th grade. She beat leukemia at 15, but she was still sick.
The community is obviously devastated. Her track coach says she was loved by everyone. A teacher said Muriel lit up any room she walked into.
The cross country coach said, when she was in junior high, she was one of the top 25 all-time runners, but then she got sick. She was still on the cross country team, but only ran once.
She ran the 60-meter dash at the UI in 2015. She said then, she was the inspiration, mentor and momma bear for the team. Others agree.
Even at this race, she was still battling. The disease made it hard for her joints and lungs to function. She never cared about winning the race. She just wanted to finish and she did.
Everyone says how loved Plotner was and how she will be truly missed.
Muriel Plotner Services
Freese Funeral Home
302 East Grand Avenue, St. Joseph
Visitation: Thursday, 4 – 7 pm
Funeral: Friday, 11 am
Burial: Patterson Cemetery