QUASQUETON – Neva Flickinger Krohn, 102, died peacefully in her home in Chicago on July 20, after suffering a stroke
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Neva was born March 22, 1911 in Aurora, near Independence, to Albert and Bessie Flickinger. She later studied at Northern Iowa University in Cedar Rapids. Although she left Iowa to attend Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill., where she earned a master's degree in education and psychology, she always stayed closely connected to her family. In 1949, while teaching at Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, she married a dentist, Dr. Benjamin Krohn, who started an art gallery in their own home. After his early death, Neva stopped teaching and continued to operate the Benjamin Galleries. Her country roots and charm stayed strong, and she spent many happy times in Oconomowoc, Wis., where her mother Bess and sister Alice lived until their deaths. She was actively involved in the culture of Chicago, working with International Visitors, the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern Hospital, and the Fourth Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Toni Krohn Johnson of Lewes, Del.; her two nephews, John Flickinger of Poynette, Wis. and Michael Flickinger of Raleigh, N.C. and their children; her cousins, Robert Flickinger of Lynchburg, Va.; Betty Fonken of Carbondale, Colo.; Carol Flickinger of Washington; Avery Tucker of Oelwein, and Tucker's daughter Mary Jane Svoboda of Aurora.
Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Wilson Cemetery in Independence, with Rev. John Hougen, First Presbyterian Church officiating.
For more information or to leave an on-line condolence please go to www.reifffuneralhome.com under obituaries.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Aug. 13 to Aug. 31, 2013