SHABBONA – Born Aug. 8, 1930, in Oak Park, Ill., to Frank P. Whyte and Florence (Teets) Whyte, Lou Ann Benson, 83, of Shabbona, passed away peacefully Feb. 14, 2014, at Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb, surrounded by her loving family.
She attended primary and secondary school in Oak Park and Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, graduating in the Class of 1952 with a degree in elementary education. Her first teaching job was in Morris, where she met her future husband, Harley Benson from Rollo. They married June 30, 1956, in Oak Park, and moved to Shabbona where Lou Ann taught at Shabbona Elementary School for 20 years, While in Shabbona, she and Harley also owned and operated the Dog N Suds drive in restaurant along with Eileen and Malvern Bland in the 1960s. She recently moved to Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center.
Lou Ann loved spending time with family and friends, including her group of "knitting ladies" who met bi-monthly for more than 50 years. Attending her two grandchildren's sporting events and having family gatherings at her Shabbona home were important to her.
As an active member of Shabbona United Church of Christ for more than 50 years, she served as a Sunday school teacher, youth group leader and on numerous boards. She enjoyed helping with the Shabbona, Lee Rollo Historical Society, volunteering at the Shabbona Nursing Home as well as at the local school and helping children with their reading skills.
She is survived by her loving daughters, Jean of DeKalb, Barb (Paul) Salvatore of Sycamore and Joan of DeKalb; two grandchildren, Kristen Salvatore of Madison, Wis., and David Salvatore of Chicago; sister, Carol (Edgar) Hajic of DeKalb; sister-in-law, Arlene Benson of San Diego; one niece; and three nephews.
Lou Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Harley (1998); parents; and half-sister, Beth Whyte Corin (1996).
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Shabbona United Church of Christ with the Rev. James Allen officiating. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. Monday until the time of services at the church.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established.
Arrangements were completed by Jacobson Funeral Home in Shabbona.