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Helen Rawson Stroner Obituary
Helen Rawson Stroner

Born: March 24, 1919; in Chicago, IL

Died: February 10, 2018; in Woodstock, IL

Helen Rawson Stroner, 98, passed away on February 10, 2018 at Valley Hi Nursing Home, Woodstock, Illinois where she lived for the past two years. In the end, Helens worn-out and much used heart grew tired and she was ready to rest. She had a feisty personality and was full of tenacity. Her delightful sense of humor will be greatly missed.

Helen was born on March 24, 1919 at her grandfather's home in Chicago to John and Helen (Melka) Eminger. Shortly after her birth, they moved to Lombard, Illinois where she attended school and graduated from York High School in Elmhurst in 1937. Athletics and competition were an important part of her life. As a child, her father entered her into running races and she played baseball for the women's league with the Elmhurst V8's from 1934 to 1941. In fact, in 1940, she married her coach, Bill Rawson, on the baseball field before a game surrounded by her fellow teammates and were given that day's ticket sales as a wedding gift. They continued to live in Lombard until they moved to a farm in Woodstock, Illinois in 1947 and raised cows, pigs, and sheep.

After graduating from high school, Helen worked for National Tea Grocery, and eventually was promoted to a temporary store manager. After moving to Woodstock, Helen worked at Guardian Electric, Oaks, and Arnold Engineering until she retired in 1983. She enjoyed traveling and fortunate to go on family camping trips across the United States, and to Hawaii, Alaska, Australia, and Europe. Attending the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal fulfilled one of her lifelong dreams.

Besides traveling, Helen enjoyed bowling, gardening, feeding and watching birds, playing cards, and watching sports of all kinds. Hosting and feeding her family and friends was something that she treasured. She belonged to the machinists Union as well as the Audubon Society, Environmental Defenders, and the Farm Bureau where she especially enjoyed participating in the Ag in the Classroom program.

Helen is survived by her daughters, Janet Beck and Sally (Ken) Martine; her four grandchildren, Collin (Holly) Beck, Todd Beck, Elizabeth Martine, and Hannah Martine; and one great-grandson, Landon Beck.

Helen's first husband passed away in 1984. She later married Irv Stroner in 1989 and had five wonderful years with him before he passed. In addition to her parents and both husbands, she was preceded in death by an infant sister and an infant son, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 12:00pm on Thursday, February 15 at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake with visitation starting at 11am before the service. Interment will be private.

The family would like to thank the dedicated workers at Valley Hi Nursing Home, especially the hard working CNAs and JourneyCare Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the McHenry County Farm Bureau Foundation at www.mchenrycfb.org or to an .

Online condolences may be made at www.querhammerandflagg.com.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Feb. 13, 2018
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