STERLING – Darlene Weckesser, 87, of Sterling, died Sunday, June 16, 2013, at KSB Hospital in Dixon. She was the co-owner and bookkeeper for Weckesser Plumbing and Heating for many years.
Darlene was born Nov. 20, 1925, in Stahl, Mo., the daughter of Audrey Earl and Letta (Byrn) Leonard. She was a graduate of the Sterling High School Class of 1943. After graduation, she worked at the World War II prisoner of war camp at Camp Grant, at the Green River Ammunition plant, and headed up the proofreading department at A.C. Nielsen in Chicago. She married Loren I. Weckesser on May 15, 1948, in Sterling. He preceded her in death on July 18, 2002. She had served on the board of the YWCA of the Sauk Valley for several years.
Survivors include three daughters, Bonnie (John) Bruins of Coleta, Carla (Stan) Scheidecker of Sterling, and Dana (Scott Guthrie) Weckesser-Guthrie of Baltimore; one son, Michael Irving (Dana Kennedy) Weckesser of Reston, Va.; two sisters, Kathleen Hunkins of Dixon and A. Merrildean (Eugene) Ebersole of Panama City, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Elizabeth (Kevin) Higgins, Audra (Gabe) Fairchild, Leslie Guthrie, Tyler Weckesser, Ian (Lisa) Bruins, Seth Bruins, Brandon (Nena) Scheidecker and Chad Scheidecker; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Paul D. Leonard; and two grandsons, Sean Weckesser Guthrie and Alexander Irving Kennedy Weckesser.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Audra Fairchild, granddaughter, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.
A memorial has been established.
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