December 7, 2022
Edith “Eileen” Ailene McIntyre, 91
Edith “Eileen” Ailene McIntyre, age 91, of Savanna, IL, passed away in her home with her husband by her side on Friday, November 25, 2022.
A funeral service was held Tuesday November 29, 2022 at Savanna First Presbyterian Church at 2pm. Visitation was held from 12 noon to 2pm, at the church. Burial followed the service, at Lost Mound Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to share in Eileen’s life at lawjonesfuneralhome.com.
Eileen was born July 25, 1931, in Mt. Carroll, IL, the daughter of Bromley and Mae (Henson) Hamilton. She attended Mt. Carroll schools. In 1951, she married Robert McIntyre. Shortly thereafter, in 1952, Eileen graduated from Mt. Carroll High School and began her life as wife and mother, two roles which she mastered! Throughout her years, Eileen was a member of Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, Presbyterian Women, and 4 C’s Club, and card club.
Eileen’s life was centered around her family. That all began with her duties as a farm wife, and she was as good as they get! She’d routinely make large meals for crews during harvest, frying freshly butchered chickens. She adored her children, and eventually grandchildren and great-grandchildren, always making every effort to attend their sporting events and other school activities.
In her younger years, Eileen was quite the dancer! She and Bob would hit up dance halls on the weekends and certainly treated themselves to a private waltz through their own kitchen on many occasions. She also had a lovely singing voice and loved to sing her favorite, Red River Valley, to her grandchildren. Eileen and Bob loved to travel, taking trip after trip by car, exploring the United States. They’re pretty sure they hit 49 of the 50 states during their adventures, somehow never making their way to North Carolina.
As she entered into her older years, one of her favorite things to do was simply sit around the table with her beloved family, blissfully taking in the sounds and laughter as the conversations took shape around her. For the last 12 years, Eileen wasn’t quite the same woman she had been before, as she dealt with Alzheimer's disease. But her love for her family never wavered, and her dear husband, Bob, stood dutifully and lovingly, by her side.
Eileen will be dearly missed by her husband, Bob; four sons, Robert Lon McIntyre, of Hanover, IL, Jeffrey (Susan) McIntyre, of Savanna, Steven (Patricia) McIntyre, of Savanna, and Wayne (Rebecca) McIntyre, of Galena; nine grandchildren, John (Chrissy) McIntyre, of Savanna, Jill McIntyre, of Milledgeville, Wade (Savannah) McIntyre, of Madison, WI, Danielle (Tyler) Ohlendorf, of Savanna, Rachel (Wesley) Schlegel, of Wellington, CO, James (Kristen) McIntyre, of State College, PA, Grace McIntyre, of Galena, Michael (Anela) McIntyre, of La Vernia, TX, Matthew (Mariah) McIntyre, of Burlington, WI; and seven great-children Drusiana McIntyre, Jack McIntyre, Maverick Ohlendorf, Griffin Ohlendorf, Sawyer June Schlegel, McKinley McIntyre, Cheyenne McIntyre. Eileen is preceded in death by her parents, Bromley and Mae Hamilton; siblings Paul Hamilton, Delores Brandt, Walter Hamilton, Maynard Hamilton, and Bonnie Yenney.
Donald W. Hook, 86
Donald W Hook, 86, of Stockton passed away November 26, 2022 at Freeport. He was born November 23, 1936 to Marjorie W. Schneider Hook and Alvin C. Hook. Don's mother passed away when he was two years old, and he was raised by his grandparents Cora & William Schneider and Kate & Ralph Hook. Don married Betty McPeek on Feb 10, 1957 at the Stockton Methodist Church. Don was a farmer all his life and helped his wife with her catering business.
Don graduated from Lanark High School in 1954. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, but having lived close to Berreman Church of God, attended there for 65 years. He was also a member of Carroll County Farm Bureau, the Chester White Swine Association and the American Hereford Association. Don served on the Berreman Township Board for several years.
Donald is survived by his wife Betty and son Donn R Hook, Burbank, California. He was preceded in death by one daughter, his parents, grandparents, in-laws and one sister-in-law.
Visitation was held Friday December 2 from 3:00-5:30PM at Hermann Funeral Home, Stockton with a private burial later. A memorial fund has been established for the Berreman Church of God. Condolences may be shared at http://www.hermannfuneralhome.com.
Katherine “Katie” Potter, 89
Katherine “Katie” Potter could light up the room with her smile. At the age of 89, Katie passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at Whitehall Nursing Center, Deerfield, Illinois. Katie was a longtime resident of Hanover, Illinois where a graveside service was held 1 pm, Saturday
December 3rd 2022 at Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials may be made to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Katie was born September 1, 1933, in Ottawa, Illinois, the youngest daughter of Michael and Pauline (Buzanes) Chamales. Katie is a first generation American, as her parents immigrated from Greece. She graduated from Proviso High School in Maywood, Illinois.
She later met and began dating a young Marine, (Carl) Ed Potter from Hanover, Illinois. On April 6, 1957 they were married. They raised two sons, John and Charles, and celebrated 59 years of marriage until Ed’s passing in 2016.
In addition to raising a family, Katie aided in Sunday school at the Methodist Church in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, ran the Management Office for International Village Schaumburg, Illinois and was the CEO’s Executive Admin at CAI Recon Optical in Barrington, Illinois.
Katie and Ed lived in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and Palatine, Illinois before retiring to Hanover. Katie and Ed cherished traveling together and wintered in Ocala, Florida. Katie enjoyed going out with her sisters while in Ocala Florida and spending time with family while home in Illinois. She was a member of the United Methodist Church.
Katie is dearly missed by her two sons, John Potter of Buffalo Grove, Illinois and Charles (Alisha) Potter of Glenview, Illinois and her twin grandsons John and Michael and granddaughter Amber.
Having survived cancer some years back, Katie is preceded in death by her husband Ed, her parents Michael and Pauline Chamales, her brother John Chamales; her sisters Mary Chamales Lackos, Irene Chamales, Angeline Chamales Green, Georgia Chamales Kostka and Rosie Chamales.
We are blessed with her caring for all of us and having her for as long as possible, as she helped us be our best.
Mary Burdene Meyers, 97
Mary Burdene (Thomasson) Meyers, age 97 died November 28, 2022. She was born to Leslie and Agnes (Fehr) Thomasson on August 21, 1925, at St. Francis Hospital in Freeport, IL. Burdene attended country schools and graduated from Pearl City High School in 1943. After her father died in 1944, she moved to Lena with her mother. Burdene married Donald Meyers on January 16, 1949. Together they were blessed with five children.
Burdene was a 4-H leader for the Waddams Busy Bees and an active member of the Lena United Methodist Church. Besides being a homemaker, Burdene worked at Kolb Cheese Company and Kaysers Lena Maid Meats. She was also a Stockton Hospice volunteer and served as a caregiver for several individuals in the Lena area.
Burdene is survived by her children; Gary (Marcia) Meyers, Connie (Kevin) Robieson, Jim (Betty Shearon) Meyers, all of Lena, Laurin (Jean) Meyers of Monroe, Wi. and John (Nancy) Meyers of Barneveld, WI. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. One sister Marilyn Confer, sister-in-law Anna Meyers and brother-in-law George Hoefer and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald in 2015, her twin brother Burdette Thomasson, brother Eldon Thomasson and sisters Jean Harnish and Joan Stake.
Funeral Service took place at 11:00 am on Saturday December 3, 2022 at the Lena United Methodist Church in Lena, IL with a visitation from 9:00 am until time of service. Pastor Keri Rainsberger officiated the service. Burial will take place at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport, IL.
Donations can be made in her name at The Le-Win Food Pantry, Lena United Methodist Church, or a charity of choice. Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.leamonfh.com