Jennifer Lou (Nilsson) Erck (1946 - 2014)

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Jennifer Lou Erck, 67, of Mulberry Grove, passed away on Tuesday June 10, 2014, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She died peacefully with her husband and son by
her side. Her daughters later attended her bedside.
Born Aug. 21, 1946 in Chicago to Geraldine (Moon) and Eldon Nilsson, Jennifer had a long and successful career teaching in Norfolk, Va., and Schaumburg. She cherished the family farm north of Mulberry Grove as family land, and always wanted to reside in Bond County upon retirement.
Jennifer attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., where she met Wayne, her future husband. They married in Flossmoor on Aug. 17, 1968.
Jennifer received a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in elementary counseling, both from the University of Kansas. She was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority.
She navigated the roles of teacher, mother of three and the particular social necessities of being a general officer's spouse with exceptional devotion and care.
Upon returning to the area, she also added the role of loving grandmother. The sounds of her practicing the oboe – with the music echoing off the trees in her Mulberry Grove
backyard – still continues to sing in the ears of those who had the good fortune to hear how beautifully she played.
Jennifer made many civic contributions to Greenville, Mulberry Grove and Vandalia. She was a member of the Greenville Pierian Club, president of the American Legion Auxiliary
of Mulberry Grove and a founding sponsor of Girls' State program that funded young women from local high schools to attend leadership development classes during the summer.
She established the Little Lending Library in Mulberry Grove, played in the Greenville Summer Municipal Band and was a member of Home Extension. At her church in Vandalia, she was a member of Catholic Daughters of America and played oboe as well as sang in the choir. Because of the special needs of her grandchildren, she gave generously to the National Gaucher Foundation and the agencies that support a cure for RETT Syndrome. She donated the corneas of her eyes to the Mid-America Transplant Services.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Barry Harmon is officiating. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia. Visitation will be held from 5-9 p.m. on Tuesday at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville and from 9 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday at the church. Memorials: National Gaucer Foundation or Rettsyndrome.org. A celebration of her life is planned at a later date in the Chicagoland area, where friends and family will be invited to remember her, and all she looked at with her very memorable green eyes.
She is survived by her husband, Maj. Gen. Wayne M. Erck; daughters, Cara and her husband Chad Lummis; son, Kyle Erck and his wife Rebekah; daughter, Colleen and her husband John Foster; and grandchildren, Elijah, Noah, Ava, Azel, Ryan, Kaitlin, Emelia, Zenuel and Olivia.
Jennifer was preceded in death by her parents and two grandsons, Ezra Erck and Eden Erck.
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Published in The Leader-Union from June 13 to June 25, 2014