DeKALB – Margaret I. O'Donnell, 87, of DeKalb, Ill., died Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center in DeKalb.|
Born Oct. 29, 1925, in Winner, S.D., the daughter of Fred and Hannah (Hedlund) Stenholm, Margaret was married to the late Robert "Bob" O'Donnell on Oct. 28, 1944, at St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb; he preceded her in death Dec. 4, 2009.
Margaret was the manager at the Colonial Ice Cream Shoppe in DeKalb and Sycamore for 10 years, and she also worked for Lehan's as a cashier in DeKalb for five years. Margaret moved to the area in 1935, moving here from Winner. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb, and was a member of Catholic Daughters of America 996. Margaret graduated from Malta High School.
Survivors include children, Marilyn (Russell) Smith of Dixon, Dennis (Donna) O'Donnell of Cortland, Thomas (Hilma Ruth) O'Donnell of Kingston, Rita Troeger of Rockford, David (Renee) O'Donnell of Sycamore and Patrick (Sherri) O'Donnell of Sycamore; grandchildren, Russell (Cathy) Smith Jr. of Sycamore, Kevin (Beth) Smith of Plainfield, Richard (Marsha) O'Donnell of Cortland, Ryan (Jolene) O'Donnell of Genoa, Renee (Richard) Amato of Sycamore, Caleb (Kristin) O'Donnell of Batavia, Paul O'Donnell of Kingston, Jonas O'Donnell of West Chicago, Nathaniel (Ruth) O'Donnell of Sycamore, Bradley (Tami) Troeger of Janesville, Wis., Katie (Travis) Nickels of Milwaukee, Clark O'Donnell of Sycamore, Nicole O'Donnell of Sycamore and Tony O'Donnell of Sycamore; great-grandchildren, Alysa, Megan and Connor Smith; Caleb, Shannon and Trenton Smith; Mikayla and Cody O'Donnell; Megan, Jason, Jacob and Caden O'Donnell; Kali, Jordan, Braden and Zackary Troeger; and Zoey Nickels, Eli and Hannah O'Donnell; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; and sisters, Harriett Walker, Ethel Johnson and Ruby Bemis.
Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb with the Rev. Kenneth Anderson celebrating. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, with a wake service at 6:45 p.m. at Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family to be established at a later date.
Arrangements were entrusted to Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115. To send an online condolence, visit www.RonanMooreFinch.com; 815-758-3841.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Dec. 12, 2012