Mardell I. Henze
1931 - 2021
December 25, 1931
April 16, 2021
Hermann Funeral Home - Shannon
37 E. Market St.
Shannon, IL 61078
Mardell I. Henze

Born: December 25, 1931; Shannon

Died: April 16, 2021; Freeport

SHANNON – Mardell Ivy (Frey) Henze took a seat on the bleachers of Heaven on Friday, April 16, 2021 at Manor Court in Freeport, surrounded by family who celebrated a life well-lived.

Ernest and Edna (Zier) Frey & big brother Gordon welcomed their baby girl on Christmas Day 1931 in rural Shannon. The family moved to Main Street Shannon, IL in 1936 to open The Gamble Store franchise and allow Mardell to begin first grade "in town." Mardell graduated valedictorian of her 1948 class and maintained lifelong friendships with her classmates and town friends. She attended Coe College in Iowa and married Robert "Bob" Henze on May 4, 1952 in Shannon.

They farmed on the Shiley family farm south of Shannon in tandem with Bob's career in the United States Postal Service plus his five decades as a fast and slow pitch softball player. Mardell kept everything running smoothly for a family who never sat still! Their life was filled with friends, family, sports, music, dancing, community events, travel, and fun times. Bob & Mardell, along with 5 other area couples, formed a 500 card club after the Korean War that met faithfully for over 5 decades forming bonds between the families which continue to this day.

After Bob's untimely death in 1988, Mardell continued the tradition of attending every game, meet, play, concert, match, and ceremony involving her family. Mardell was extremely proud of her heritage and made sure details of ancestors who travelled from Germany to America in the 1740's and from Leishershire, England to America in the 1830's were relayed via oral histories, artifacts, documents, and structures still standing around the Spring Valley area of Cherry Grove Township.

Mardell was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bob, brother and sister-in- law Gordon and Charlene Frey; mother-and father-in-law, Mae and Harvey Henze; and niece Tara Frey.

She is survived and will be dearly missed by her daughter Kay (Joel) Brooks, and sons Scott (Jan) Henze, Karl (Colleen Finn) Henze; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Koel (Maggie) Brooks and Sofie Joy; Jorden (Ben) Sasscer, Allie Elizabeth and Jack William Lee; Allison Henze, Lea Henze, Kaden Henze, Erin Henze, Kellen Henze; niece, Paula (LeRoy) Pilsner; and nephew, Steve (Delores) Frey.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at Bethel United Methodist Church in Shannon at 12 p.m., with a visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will take place at Brethren Cemetery in Shannon.

In lieu of flowers an Eastland & Forreston scholarship memorial fund has been established.

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Published by Prairie Advocate on Apr. 28, 2021.
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Bethel United Methodist Church
, Shannon, Illinois
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Bethel United Methodist Church
, Shannon, Illinois
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So sorry for your loss We enjoyed being her neighbors at the estates. Prayers Fred and Pat Smith
Pat Smith
May 17, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Will keep you in ours prayers.

Daryl and Sheila Johnson
Sheila Johnson
April 23, 2021
Mardell was an wonderful lady and will be missed by many. The matriarch of a wonderful sports family and was always there rooting on her children & grandchildren. Our Condolences to the Henze family. God Bless!
Troy & Donna Lessman
April 21, 2021
Taylor Co. - Engineering Dept.
April 21, 2021
So sorry for your loss, Henze Family. Mardell was a phenomenal person - so full of energy, enthusiasm, love, and vigor. She will be missed greatly. May she RIP
Pat Finn
April 19, 2021
A bit of far relation but you would have to look far and wide to find a finer gal to be your friend. Side note husband Bob could throw a softball 10 ft off ground to home plate and still be 10 ft at plate cus i know i was out
Ron Sturtevant
April 18, 2021
Sorry for your loss
David Wubbena
April 17, 2021
My sympathies for the family, she was a very nice woman.
Thad Schrader
April 16, 2021