ELAINE LOIS (MOODY) MOHRING ROCKTON - Elaine Lois (Moody) Mohring, 98, of Rockton passed away peacefully at 1:29 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, in her home. Born July 14, 1914, on the family farm west of Rockton, the only child of George D. and Lucie (Crandall) Moody. She graduated from Hononegah High School in 1930, and from Beloit College in 1934, where she majored in biology. She was able to finish early so she could accept a teaching job for the first through fourth grades in Shirland in the middle of the school year, where she continued teaching for nine years. As World War II began, she accepted a job as a chemist for Ebaloy Foundry in Rockford, and later moved to Detroit to work as a chemist for Fisher Body where they built planes for the Air Force. It was in Detroit where she met John Mohring, an engineer for the Defense Department. They were married March 18, 1944, in Rockton, and left for Pennsylvania where they began farming. In 1945, they returned to the Rockton area where they both began teaching. Elaine is best remembered as a favorite fourth grade teacher at the Rockton Grade School where she taught for about 25 years until her retirement. Elaine and John were charter members of the Rockton Township Historical Society, and were members of the Winnebago County Farm Bureau and Rockton United Methodist Church. They were also instrumental in the creation and the success of the Greater Rockton Center (community center) and for many years were supporters of the local American Field Service, hosting events for exchange students. Elaine is remembered for her generous and caring spirit and was an adopted "grandma" to several families. Survived by son, Dean (Marilyn) Mohring; grandson, Alan (Que) Mohring; great- grandchildren, Andrew and Autumn Mohring, all of Rockton; granddaughter, Karen Mohring Pike of Janesville, Wis.; and granddaughter, Sheryl Larson King of Los Osos, Calif. Predeceased by her parents and husband, John. Funeral ceremonies at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in McCorkle Funeral Home, 767 N. Blackhawk Blvd., Rockton, with the Rev. Tom Kingery, pastor of the Rockton United Methodist Church officiating. Burial in Rockton Township Cemetery. Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Rockton Township Historical Society or to a
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, 2012