Iva Elizabeth (Robertson) Greening, 100, Palatine, Ill., formerly of Clarks Summit, died Thursday, after a brief illness in Arlington Heights, Ill. She was the wife of the late Pastor John Edward Greening. The couple was married for 54 years, until John's death in 1994.
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Born May 11, 1913, in Duns-ford, Ontario, Canada, daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Burgess) Robertson, Iva attended Lindsay High School in Canada. She met her husband as he ministered in her church. The couple moved to the United States, where Pastor Greening honorably served as a Baptist minister in a variety of locations for 50 years, including Buffalo, N.Y., Philadelphia, Bowling Green, Ohio, and Deerfield, Ill., before moving to Clarks Summit. She was a member of Summit Baptist Bible Church in Clarks Summit before moving to Palatine, where she became a founding member of the Great Commission Baptist Church of Schaumburg, Ill., a church plant.
Iva was a loving and supportive wife and mother. She extended hospitality and friendship to all she met.
Surviving are a son, the Rev. John Robertson Greening and wife, Daria, Palatine; granddaughter, Andrea Greening Gower and husband, David, Wheaton, Ill.; grandson, Scott Greening and wife, Brooke, Schaumburg; four great-grandchildren; four nieces; and two nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Olive Routery; and a brother, Delmar Robertson.
The funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. from Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit, with services by the Rev. John Greening and her pastor, Scott Greening. Interment, Clarks Green Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday from 11 to 1. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Great Commission Baptist Church, 1487 W. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL 60194, or the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, 1300 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173.
For information, directions or to send an online condolence, visit www.jenningscalvey.com.
Jennings Calvey Funeral Home
111 Coburn Avenue
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
Published in Scranton Times on Mar. 2, 2014