POLO – Tressa L. Willstead-Sheely, 93, of Polo, passed away at 5:25 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at her residence.
She was born Jan. 20, 1920, in Smithfield, to Fred and Vina (Dick) Orwig. She married Kenneth Willstead on Feb. 6, 1939, in Kahoka, Mo. He preceded her in death on Nov. 8, 1979. She then married Raymond Sheely in September 1980. He preceded her in death in October 2005.
She was educated in Cuba, Ill., schools. She was a homemaker and farmer’s wife. She was a member of Disciples of Christ Church. She had served at the Second Hand Rose, the Buffalo Grange, Polo Senior Center, Polo Historical Society, and the Ogle County Homemakers. Tressa was a devoted mother to her children. She was gifted with the ability to do counted cross-stitch, winning many first-place ribbons at the State Grange. She also made more than 800 lap quilts for local nursing homes.
She is survived by her daughters, Nelda (Ronald) Bergsten of Whitewater, Wis., Merla (Bill) Brooks of Marble Hill, Mo., Florence Wragg of Polo, and Paula (Gene) Schick of Warren; nine grandchildren: 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one sister, Alice (Leroy) Riley of Canton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; two sisters, Martha and Pauline; and two brothers, Charles and Richard.
Private graveside services were at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pine Creek Christian Church on Lowell Park Road in Polo, with the Rev. Greg Downs officiating. A luncheon will immediately follow at the church. Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Dixon is handling arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to Pine Creek Christian Church, Polo Senior Center, or the Polo Historical Society.
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