HINCKLEY – Dolores E. Wilkening, 76, of Hinckley, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family. |
Born Sept. 4, 1937, in Palatine, the daughter of Elmer and Viola (Glade) Rohde, Dolores was united in marriage to Lawrence "Larry" Wilkening on May 26, 1956, in Palatine, and they spent the next 58 happy years together.
Dolores was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, where she served as the church organist for more than 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, where she served as the ladies golf chairman and helped start the annual "Pink Ribbon Golf Event," now in its 14th year. She also was the financial secretary for the Ladies League at Edgebrook County Club in Sandwich, 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 more 20 years by Circle Chemical in Hinckley, 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; children, Rick (Jane) Wilkening of Hinckley and Doreen "Dewie" (Rick) Francis of Fuquay Varina, North Carolina; son-in-law, Mike Whitt of Maple Grove, Minnesota; four grandchildren, Randy (Karen) Wilkening of Hinckley, Ashley Whitt of Galveston, Texas, Michelle Whitt of Duluth, Minnesota, and Bryan Carey of Plano; four great-grandchildren, Bridget, Natalie, Kayden and Jacob Wilkening of Hinckley; brother, Elmer (Phyllis) Rohde, of Ione, California; sister, Janice (Michael) Adamson of Green Valley, Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Laurie Whitt; and granddaughter, Kelsey Carey.
The family gratefully acknowledges the loving care provided by the many doctors and nurses at Rush Copley Cancer Center and 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 provides financial support for breast cancer research.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 7, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 12760 Lee Road in Hinckley, with Pastor Christopher Navurskis officiating. Interment will follow at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Hinckley. Friends may visit from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 6, at the Nash-Nelson Chapel, 1001 E. Garfield St., Route 23, Waterman (located near the intersection of Route 23 and Route 30).
Memorials can be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 12760 Lee Road, Hinckley, IL 60520; "Pulling For The Cure", in care of Resource Bank, 280 E. Lincoln Ave., Hinckley, IL 60520 or to DeKalb County Hospice, 2727 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, IL 60115.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory; 815-286-3247 or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com.
Published in Daily Chronicle on July 3, 2014