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EDITH RUTH PIERCY, 92 ROCKFORD - Edith Ruth Piercy, 92, of Rockford, died at 1:40 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Presence Cor Mariae. Born Oct. 13, 1921, in Schofield, Wis., the daughter of George R. and Norah Kathleen (Snelling) Till. She graduated from Wausau Senior High School in 1939. In February 1944, Edith enlisted in the Women's Army Corps and in 1945 she was assigned to Frankfort, Germany where she was acting First Sergeant of "A" Company, a position she held until returning to the U.S. in July 1947. Upon returning to the U.S. Edith was assigned to the headquarters of Fitzsimmons Army General Hospital in Denver, CO. She received her commission as second lieutenant in 1949, and was re-assigned to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1952, Edith was transferred to the Yokohama Engineer Depot at Sagami Hara, Japan where she became Commanding Officer of the WAC Detachment, and later an Administrative Officer in the office of the Post Engineer, where she remained until returning to the states. In August 1954, she was assigned to Fort Knox, KY as Executive Officer of the WAC Detachment. Edith was transferred to Fort Myer, VA., where she met her future husband, Captain Walter Piercy. They were married on April 9, 1957, at Fort Benning, GA. In June 1958, she was re-assigned to Bamberg, Germany where she rejoined her husband. Both Edith and her husband returned to the U.S. in June 1961, and were assigned to the Signal School at Fort Gordon, Ga. While stationed there, Edith organized and managed the Visitors Bureau. In 1963, she returned to Heidelberg, Germany on assignment to the U.S. Army Signal Brigade, Europe Adjutant. She remained in the Brigade until she retired on March 31, 1966, after 22 years of honorable service. She was awarded the Good Conduct Medal with clusters and the Army Commendation Medal. The Piercy's remained in Heidelberg until November 1966, and spent time with her relatives in England. They returned to the U.S. and lived in Rothschild, Wis. In January 1968, they moved to Rockford. Edith was employed as an accountant at Black Hawk Pontiac Sales, as executive secretary at Richards of Rockford, and as a Chief librarian at the Rockford Register Star until she retired in 1990. She was a charter member of the Sinnissippi Chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA), Black Hawk Chapter of ABWA, Phi Theta Kappa, ORCHID 3rd Union College Neighborhood Association, and a member of the newspaper's women's bowling team. Edith enjoyed gardening, baking, reading and spending time with her family and her dogs. Edith is survived by her sisters, Joan Robards of Chicago and Jean (Kenneth) Opper of Wausau, Wis.; nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, and great-grand-nieces and nephew. She is also survived by her brothers-in-law, Keith Piercy and Dallas Piercy; and four sisters-in-law, Rena Gulas, Jeanne Gilbert, Dolores (Gordon) Ratliff, and Evelyn Neu. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau, Wis. Memorials may be made to PAWS Humane Society, P.O. Box 7722, Rockford, IL 61126; or the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd. To share a memory or condolence, visit olsonfh.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from May 22 to May 23, 2014
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