DeKALB – Helen Ruth Conlin Pedersen, 89, of DeKalb, Ill., died Thursday, April 10, 2014, at home.|
Born Dec. 17, 1924, in DeKalb, the daughter of Harry D. and Gladys D. (Davenport) Horton, Helen married Peder W. Pedersen on Nov. 28, 1963, in DeKalb.
Helen was a master seamstress, known locally as "the zipper lady," and repaired and sold small household machines through Horton Appliance Shop. She was formerly employed by GE in DeKalb and retired from Northern Illinois University food services.
She is survived by her sons, John (Donna) Conlin, and Jeff Pedersen, both of DeKalb; daughter, Janet (Tom) Siebrasse of Malta; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Gladys Larem of Chadwick; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Peder, in 1996; son, James D. Conlin on Jan. 30, 2014; and sister, Ethel Taylor.
Neither services nor visitation will be held. Cremation is by Anderson Funeral Home Crematory. Interment of cremated remains will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Helen R. Pedersen Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Apr. 11, 2014