Leola Pedersen

LEOLA MAE PEDERSEN, 93 BELVIDERE - Leola Mae Pedersen, 93, of Belvidere, IL died peacefully, early Tuesday morning, April 30, 2013, in Maple Crest Care Centre. Leola was born March 27, 1920, in Jackson Township, Crawford Co., Iowa; the daughter of William Riley and Mayme (Slegel) Maynard. Leola graduated from Grants Pass High School in Grants Pass, OR in 1936. She married John R. "Bob" Pedersen in Sycamore, IL on August 22, 1942. Leola and Bob enjoyed raising their family on a dairy farm. She also enjoyed gardening and had a "green thumb" for raising flowers. Leola retired from Maple Crest Care Centre where she worked for 14 years as a nursing assistant from 1969 to 1983. Leola is loved and will be missed by her children, Robert R. (Janelle) Pedersen of McAllen, TX, William F. Pedersen of Marion, N.C., Donald J. (Marilyn) Pedersen of Franklin, N.C., Ronald R (Mary Ann) Pedersen of Belvidere, IL, Tommy L. (Jeanne) Pedersen of Morris, IL, Barbara Bray of Frisco, TX; twenty grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; brother, Mearl (Marjorie) Maynard of Hampshire, IL; sister-in-law, June Maynard of Rockford, IL. Leola is preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; brothers, Harold, Leonard, Earl and Carl; sisters, Barbara and Maxine; granddaughter, Julie. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013, in the Performing Arts Center of Belvidere High School, 1500 East Avenue, Belvidere, IL 61008, with Scott Hanks and Joel Riggs officiating. Burial in Highland Garden of Memories. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the Performing Arts Center. Arrangements by Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL. To light a candle or to share a memory, please visit buckwheelerhyland.com.

Funeral Home

Anderson Funeral & Cremation Services at Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Chapel
218 West Hurlbut Avenue Belvidere, IL 61008
(815) 544-2616

Published in Rockford Register Star from May 5 to May 6, 2013