DeKALB – Ethel Helen Newton, 85, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at her home surrounded by the love of her family. |
Born July 31, 1927, in Chicago, the daughter of Lars August and Helen Josephine (Johnson) Larson, Ethel grew up as part of a family business, Larson's Café in DeKalb, where she worked with her parents for many years. She was a wonderful waitress, always loving to take care of others. After each table that she served, she would always part ways with her guests by wishing that they "be careful on the way home, or wherever it is that (they were) going."
Following graduation from Sycamore High School in 1945, Ethel began working at the First National Bank in DeKalb.
Ethel found a home for her heart in Elden W. Newton and they later married on Nov. 12, 1960. They began their new life together in DeKalb, where they have made their home for the last 52 years. Since beginning to raise their family, they have been members of Grace Free Lutheran Church in DeKalb.
Elden and Ethel went on to establish two of their own businesses in Sycamore. They were owners of both Sip-n-Dip drive in and Kingsway Family Restaurant.
Ethel was most happy surrounded by her loving family and friends. She held her loved ones very close to her heart and had a wonderful way of showing them how much she truly enjoyed their company. Overall, she was a loving mother, wife and grandmother whose memory will always stay with her family.
She now leaves her loving husband of 52 years, Elden, of DeKalb; four children, Allison (Will) Breedlove and their children Toby and Kenyon, Keith (Janice) Newton and their children Wesley, Amanda, Brandon and Blake, Kevin (Rita) Newton and their children Anthony, Ashley, Alex and Adam, and Karen (Kevin) Cady and their children Courtney, Trace and Cole; brother, Bertil (Marion) Larson; several nieces and nephews; and a special family of friends and neighbors.
She now joins her parents and brother, Larry Larson, who preceded her in death.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Grace Free Lutheran Church, 1121 South First Street, DeKalb, with the Rev. Michael Hodge officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Grace Free Lutheran Church and Unity Hospice. Checks may be made to the Ethel Newton Memorial. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through Anderson Funeral Home.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Jan. 14, 2013