Born: Oct. 17, 1916; in Sycamore, IL
Died: Aug. 11, 2014; in Oelwein, IA
Marion Kempson, age 97, of Bradenton, Florida, formerly of DeKalb, Illinois, died Monday, August 11, 2014, in Oelwein, Iowa.
Marion was born October 17, 1916, in Sycamore, the daughter of Trigva and Ida (Pedersen) Larsen.
When Marion was 2 years old, her mother died, and Marion was also stricken with polio, which left her with a walking impairment. From age 4, Marion was raised by her father, Trig, and her stepmother, Hattie (Evenson Hupach) Larsen.
Marion married Erle Kempson, on February 3, 1934. They lived on a farm north of Sycamore, and later moved to DeKalb, where they raised four children. Marion was a homemaker until 1951, when she became employed by DeKalb Ogle Telephone Company for 27 years.
After retiring in 1978, Marion moved to Bradenton, Florida, living there until 2006, when she moved in with her daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Urban Berkes.
Marion was a life member of Trinity Lutheran Church of DeKalb and an associate member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Bradenton, Florida. She was a former member of the DeKalb Knitting Club. She enjoyed reading and needlework and visiting with friends and family.
She is survived by her daughter, Pat (Urban) Berkes of Fayette, Iowa, and Parrish, Florida; son, Gerald (Kaye) Kempson of DeKalb and Sarasota, Florida; daughter-in-law, Joyce Kempson of Oklahoma; 18 grandchildren, Brian (Denise) Hutter, Terry Lee (Scott) Carle, Scott Lane, Daniel Berkes, Kenneth Berkes, Jane Berkes, Marla (Bret) Wernke, Jennifer Brownell, Tracey Fucaloro, Connie Hillquist, Steve Kempson, Kitty (Steve) Strong, Kevin (Darla) Kempson, Kari Diaz, Frank (Maria) Beck, Jim Beck, Sherry (Mark) Pierce, Jason Kempson, Julie (Roger) Kaska; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Erle, in 1976; her parents; a daughter, Carole Lane in 2000; son, Keith, in 1986; grandson, Dale Hutter; great-grandsons, Quinton Berkes and Devin Berkes; brother, Edwin Hupach; sisters-in-law, Ruth Kempson Gallaher and Eleanor Hupach. She was also preceded in death by ALL of her very close and dear friends.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 16, 2014, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, with the Rev. Steve Squire of Trinity Lutheran Church, DeKalb, officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 15, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Marion Kempson Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022
Published in Daily-Chronicle on Aug. 13, 2014