Leila Pearson

LEILA GENEVIEVE 'LEE' PEARSON, 90 ROCKFORD - Leila Genevieve "Lee" Pearson, 90, of Rockford, passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Wesley Willows, with her husband of 64 years at her side. Born Oct. 28, 1923, in Viroqua, Wis., the daughter of Cleo and Regina (Hansen) Calhoun. Graduated from Cashton High School, Cashton, Wis., in 1942, and then moved to Rockford where she lived at the YWCA while working as a stenographer at Sundstrand Machine Tool. She married Jack Cecil Pearson March 25, 1950, in Rockford. Leila "retired" in 1952, and devoted her life to being a loving wife, homemaker, and mother to her four children. Her family was her passion. She enjoyed dancing with her husband at the VFW club, golf (Red Barn, Happy Hookers), bowling, card playing, and word games. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. She is survived by her husband, Jack; children, Paula (Ned) Kessman, Gregg (Lucy) Pearson, Jackie (Dean) Norem, and Tyler (Heather) Pearson; grandchildren, Neil Kessman (Abby Usedom), Leah (Matthew) Carlson, and Corbin Pearson; great-grandchildren, Andrew and Rachel Carlson; sister, Aleda "Teddi" Vaughn; sister-in-law, Bette Calhoun; brother-in-law, Harold Scott; and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents; in-laws, Cecil and Marie Pearson; sister, Norma Scott; brother, Darwin "Pete" Calhoun; and brothers-in-law, Lee Vaughn, Lowell Pearson, and Robert Pauers. Special thanks to the caring people at SwedishAmerican Heart Hospital, Wesley Willows, and Serenity Hospice. Memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave., with Chaplain Bruce Main officiating. Memorial visitation from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. prior to the service in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to United Way I Read Program, 612 N. Main St., Suite 300, Rockford, IL 61103; Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 Third Ave., Rockford, IL 61104; or a charity of your choice in Leila's memory. To share a memory or condolence, visit olsonfh.com.

Funeral Home

Olson Funeral and Cremation Services, Fred C. Olson Chapel
1001 SECOND AVE  Rockford, IL 61104
(815) 963-6521

Published in Rockford Register Star from Apr. 3 to Apr. 4, 2014