GALESBURG - Winifred Wennerstrand Chilton, 86, of Galesburg, Ill., died at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at her home.
She was born March 21, 1928, in Bremerton, Wash., the daughter of David E. Wennerstrand and Winifred J. Dougherty.
She grew up in Chicago and was a graduate of Austin High School. She received a B.S. in education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill., in 1947. She received an M.A. in education from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. in 1949.
She married William L. Giles on June 11, 1947, in DeKalb, Ill. She married Gilmore E. Chilton on Aug. 22, 1977, in Orange City, Fla. Gil Chilton died on March 13, 1987.
She taught school in St. Joseph, Mo., and was a string bass teacher privately and at Knox College. She was a secretary at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, at DeKalb AgResearch and at Continental Telephone Company. She played string bass with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, Rockford Symphony, Tri-Cities Symphony and Quincy Symphony.
She was a member of Chapter NK P.E.O., Order of the Eastern Star, Bishop Hill Vasa Lodge, International Society of String Bassists and Central Congregational Church.
Survivors include four sons, Kenneth P. Giles of Washington, D.C., Dr. Steven A. Giles of Waukesha, Wis., Richard C. Giles of Galesburg, Ill., and David G. Giles of Philadelphia; a half sister, Kathryn Renkosik of Normal, Ill.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Cremation was accorded, and burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in DeKalb, Ill. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Peoria Symphony Orchestra or Knox-Galesburg Symphony.
Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.