Estella Dyson shared her faith by sending cards and cooking for those she loved. Estella passed into the gates of Heaven Friday, December 13, 2013 from the Good Samaritan Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Mt. Carroll, Illinois, following a brief illness.
Estella will be dearly missed by two sons, Gary (Beverly) Dyson of Lanark and Steven (Cindy) Dyson of Albany; her daughter, Barbara (Robert) Hartman of Thomson; three grandchildren, Troy Dyson, Ty (Faye) Dyson, and Jessica (fiancé Evan Hollowell) Hartman; two step-grandchildren, Rodney (Loretta) Lott and Theresa Lott; four great grandsons, Jonathon Unger, Tommy Dyson, Matt Dyson and Jonathon Dyson; two step-great grandchildren, Shawna Lott and Vance Crichton; and a brother, Bernard Engelkens of Fulton, Illinois. Estella is preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence in 1996; four sisters; three brothers; a step-granddaughter; and both parents.
Estella was born September 16, 1923 in Fulton, Illinois, the daughter of Bernie and Nellie (Shipma) Engelkens. She graduated eighth-grade from the Fulton Christian School and attended (the) Fulton High School. On September 28, 1948, Estella married Lawrence Dyson in Lanark. They raised three children and celebrated forty-eight years of marriage. Estella was a good homemaker and great Mom her entire life.
Estella was a member of the Faith Reformed Church of Lanark and the Carroll County Farm Bureau. She enjoyed contributing and working at the Savanna Thrift Store. Estella would say, “I love that Church, I can feel God’s presence there!” when talking about the Faith Reformed Church. She built her faith on the Word of God, studying the Bible daily. She also shared her love for family by cooking, always doing it the old-fashioned way, “a pinch of this and a pinch of that.” Her family fondly remembers her fried chicken, chicken and noodles, and plentiful desserts. Estella loved butterflies, watching birds, and loved her cat, Buddy.
A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 19, 2013 at the Faith Reformed Church of Lanark with Reverend Herb Bollman officiating. Burial will be in the Lanark City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Memorials may be given for the Fulton Unity Christian School. Friends and family are invited to share in her life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.
LaVerne Reckinger, Sr.
LaVerne A. Reckinger, Sr., 86, of Savanna, Illinois died Monday, December 9, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center, Clinton, Iowa. A funeral mass will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 13, 2013 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savanna. Burial will take place in Marywood Catholic Cemetery, Aurora, Illinois.
Martha Belle Rhoden
Martha Belle Rhoden, 96, died Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at the Big Meadows Nursing Facility, in Savanna, Illinois. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 13, 2013 at the United Methodist Church, Savanna, Illinois. Memorial visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at the Church. Burial of ashes will be at a later date in the Alexis City Cemetery. Memorials may be given for the United Methodist Church, Savanna.