ROCHELLE – Martha Jeanne Vanatta, 84, of Rochelle, Ill., formerly of Kaneville, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb.|
Born Feb. 29, 1928, in Aurora, the daughter of William A. and Cecile L. (Critchlow) Hope, she married Lloyd M. Vanatta on Aug. 11, 1946, in Aurora. Martha was a graduate of the West Aurora High School, class of 1946.
Martha worked as an inspector for Richardson Electronics in LaFox for 27 years. After her retirement, she volunteered as a "grandparent" at Lincoln Elementary School in Rochelle, helped as a Girl Scout troop leader for her granddaughters and was always willing to babysit for her family and her church friend's children.
She was a former member of Kaneville United Methodist Church and a faithful member of Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore.
Martha is survived by three sons, William (Jacque) Vanatta of Aurora, Randall (Marcia) Vanatta of Spring Valley, Minn., and Ronald (Carla) Vanatta of Sycamore; one daughter, Terrell (Brian) Weber of Rochelle; nine grandchildren, Gailyn Friedrich, Ben (Lisa) Vanatta, Bridget (Derrick) Sanford, Andy (Sarah) Vanatta, Todd (Shannon) Vanatta, Brandon Weber, Adam (Julie) Weber, Colin Weber and Merideth Weber; nine great-grandchildren, Emily and Parker Friedrich, Addison and Sam Vanatta, Taylor and Morgan Sanford, Josh and Jenni Lief and Hunter Vanatta; one sister-in-law, Barbara Hope of St. Louis, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lloyd in 1970; granddaughter, Tiffany in 1977; three sisters; and one brother.
Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Salem Lutheran Church, 1145 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, with the Rev. Robert C. Kinnear officiating. Burial will be at Lincoln Memorial Park in Aurora. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Memorials can be made to the Edward Hospital, Naperville – Pet Therapy Program, DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center or Salem Lutheran Church, Sycamore in care of Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178.
For information or to sign the online guest book, visit www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call 815-895-2833.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Nov. 16, 2012