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Evelyn Whitney Obituary
EVELYN ROSE WHITNEY, 86 FREEPORT - Evelyn Rose Whitney, 86, of Freeport passed away on Monday, July 8, 2013, at home, with family by her side. She was born on April 18, 1927, in Woodstock, IL to Walter and Tillie (Luders) Geske. She was a 1945 graduate of Woodstock High School. She lived in Woodstock for 24 years. She worked at the McHenry County Treasurer's Office and at the office of Dr. Henry Sandeen and Dr. John Tambone. Evelyn and Rev. Milton Whitney were married on June 10, 1951, by Rev. Kaufman at Grace Lutheran Church in Woodstock. They had been married for 62 years. Together they ministered at churches in Warrenville, Pearl City, Kent, Harvard, and Freeport, IL. Evelyn was a member of First Lutheran Church in Freeport. She led bible studies, sang in the church choir, played piano for nursing home residents, and volunteered at schools. She worked at Harvard Hospital and Harvard Junior High. She was an avid Packer fan, enjoyed crossword puzzles, and Scrabble. She had compassion and unconditional love for her family, friends, neighbors and everyone she met. In July 2012, she was diagnosed with cancer and fought the true Christian battle, enduring surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Her battle is over and she is now at peace. Surviving are her husband, Rev. Milton Whitney; her children, Mark (Patti) Whitney, Joan (Kim) Stewart, Janice Whitney Kniss; her grandchildren, Jared Whitney, Jordan Whitney, Peter (Jennifer) VanHorn, Timothy Kruse, Karel (Jared) Lieper, and Daniel (Cara) Kniss. Great-grandchildren are Zachary VanHorn, Alexander Kniss, Colin Kniss and Bethaney Leiper and step-sister, Blanche Clark Desmond. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 12, 2013, at First Lutheran Church, with Pastor Keith Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Pearl City. Friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Schwarz Park Blvd. Chapel, 608 S. Park Blvd. in Freeport. A memorial has been established in her memory. Private condolences and online guestbook may be signed at www.schwarzfh.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from July 10 to July 11, 2013
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