BETTY JOAN 'JOANIE' BOWERS, 84 ROCKFORD - Betty Joan "Joanie" Bowers, 84, of Rockford died at 11:15 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, in her home. Born Nov. 24, 1925, in Bedford, Ind., the daughter of Frank William and Margaret P. (Neal) Neumeister. Married Robert A. Bowers on Jan. 12, 1972, in Rockford; he died Nov. 25, 1990, in Bedford, Ind. Joanie was a records clerk at the Rockford Public Safety Building from 1967 to 1987. Member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, St. John's Episcopal in Bedford, OES Solsberry Indiana Chapter, Happy Travelers, and Class of 1944 Bedford High School Reunion Group; and volunteer at Dunn Memorial Hospital. Survived by daughters Margy Sarver and Melinda Bowers, both of Rockford; son, Tyler Hillman of Rockford; special son-in-law, Chuck Sarver of Rockford; grandson, Matt (Sara) Bowers of Rockford; granddaughter, Shannon (Mark) Henzel of Alsip; great-granddaughters Kayla and Jenna Bowers; great-grandsons Matthew and Elijah Bowers and Tyler Henzel; stepgrandchildren Missie Sarver-West, Kimberly Leombruni and Wendie Thorpe; and stepgreat-grandchildren Alex Sarver, Courtney Leombruni, and Gabriel and Emma Thorpe. Predeceased also by first husband, Howard E. Hillman, and two sisters. Special thank-you to Dr. James Woodman and staff at Northern Illinois Hospice and to Vicky Lundgren for her great care and love of Mom. "Oceans of love, with a kiss on each wave, Mom!" Memorial service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, in Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 412 N. Church St., with Pastor Pamela Hillenbrand officiating. Burial at a later date in Green Hill Cemetery, Bedford, Ind. Memorials can be made in Joanie's name to Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services Ltd., 1001 Second Ave. To share a memory or condolence, visit olsonfh.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Aug. 7 to Aug. 8, 2010