FRANKLIN GROVE – Helen L. Flowers, 100, of Franklin Grove, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at Lutheran Hillside Village in Peoria after a short illness.
Helen was born Aug. 22, 1913, on the family farm on Rockyford Road in Lee County, the daughter of William and Louise (Zopf) Schafer. She graduated from Franklin Grove High School in 1931, and received her nurse’s training at Milwaukee Passavant Lutheran Hospital. She worked as a registered nurse in several different hospitals, last working at Franklin Grove Nursing Home for 8 years, retiring in 1977. She married Edward Flowers on Jan. 16, 1943, in Franklin Grove. He preceded her in death March 5, 1966.
Helen was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Franklin Grove, Lee County Homemakers, and Franklin Grove Area Historical Society.
Survivors include two sons, William (Joan) Flowers of Washington, Ill., and Norman Flowers of Florida; one daughter, Roberta Kellerstrass of Washington, Ill.; one daughter-in-law, Jean (Doug) McCallum; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to recognize these special people who were so helpful to Helen in various ways: Ruth Newcomer, Stan and Casey Corbet, Mary Williams, Shirley Huffman, Teri North, and Mark and Patti Forrester.
She also was preceded in death by one son, Douglas Flowers; one sister, Catherine Buckaloo; one brother, Herman Schafer; and one son-in-law, Donald Kellerstrass.
Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Franklin Grove. Visitation also will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday and the funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, with the Rev. Myron Bartell, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Franklin Grove Cemetery. Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon is handling arrangements,.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lutheran Hillside Village in Peoria, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Franklin Grove, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Visit www.prestonschillingfuneralhome.com to send condolences.