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Dolores E. Wilkening Obituary
Wilkening, Dolores E. Age 76, of Hinckley, IL, passed away on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on September 4, 1937 in Palatine, IL, the daughter of Elmer and Viola (Glade) Rohde. Dolores was united in marriage to Lawrence "Larry" Wilkening on May 26, 1956 in Palatine, IL and they spent the next 58 happy years together. Dolores was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, IL where she served as the church organist for over 30 years, as well as the Acting Financial Secretary and Treasurer for many years. Dolores was an avid golfer and was a member of the Indian Oaks Country Club in Shabbona, IL where she served as the Ladies Golf Chairman and helped start the annual "Pink Ribbon Golf Event," now in its 14th year. She was also the Financial Secretary for the Ladies League at the Edgebrook Country Club in Sandwich, IL and served as a DeKalb County Election Judge for many years. Dolores was a very creative and talented seamstress who enjoyed embroidery, making quilts and sewing for her family and friends. She was employed for over twenty years by Circle Chemical in Hinckley, IL and worked side by side with her husband to manage their family farm. Dolores was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt who will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Dolores is survived by her husband, Larry Wilkening of Hinckley, IL; her children, Rick (Jane) Wilkening of Hinckley, IL and Doreen "Dewie" (Rick) Francis of Fuquay Varina, NC; a son-in-law, Mike Whitt of Maple Grove, MN; her four grandchildren, Randy (Karen) Wilkening of Hinckley, IL, Ashley Whitt of Galveston, TX, Michelle Whitt of Duluth, MN and Bryan Carey of Plano, IL; her four great-grandchildren, Bridget, Natalie, Kayden, and Jacob Wilkening of Hinckley, IL; her brother, Elmer (Phyllis) Rohde of Ione, CA; and sister, Janice (Michael) Adamson of Green Valley, AZ; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Laurie Whitt; and her granddaughter, Kelsey Carey. The family gratefully acknowledges the loving care provided by the many doctors and nurses at the Rush Copley Cancer Center and the DeKalb County Hospice. Dolores proudly wore the color pink in remembrance of her daughter, Laurie Whitt, who also fought a brave battle against breast cancer. Her son, Rick Wilkening and grandson, Randy Wilkening continue on this tradition as they go from town to town with their "Pulling For The Cure" pink farm tractors which help to promote breast cancer awareness and provide financial support for breast cancer research. Memorials may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 12760 Lee Road, Hinckley, IL 60520; "Pulling For The Cure," c/o Resource Bank, 280 E. Lincoln Ave., Hinckley, IL 60520 or to the DeKalb County Hospice, 2727 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, IL 60115. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 7, 2014 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 12760 Lee Road in Hinckley, IL with Pastor Christopher Navurskis officiating. Interment will follow in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Hinckley, IL. Friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 6 at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, 1001 E. Garfield Street, Rte. 23, Waterman, IL (located near the intersection of Rte. 23 and Rte. 30). Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory, (815) 286-3247 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on July 3, 2014
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