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Leola A. Kent

Published: Saturday, April 26, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Leola A. Kent

STERLING – Leola A. Kent, 92, of Sterling, died Thursday, April 24, 2014. She was employed by Johnson and Higgins Insurance Brokers for 30 years before her retirement in March 1987. 

She was born July 2, 1921, in Sterling, to Harold A. and Ada (Stees) Hunsberger. She graduated from Sterling High School in 1940. She married Robert F. Kent of Boston in July 1955, in Chicago. He preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 1975. She attended classes at Brown Business College and DePaul College in Chicago. She was a fan of the DePaul Blue Demons and Chicago Cubs. She worked at Green River Ordinance Plant during World War II in the personnel department. She also worked for General Motors in Chicago in the office, and returned to Sterling after her retirement.

Leola was a member of the Pilot Club Business. She also was a member of the Professional Industrial Women’s Club, where she was president and treasurer; Women of Moose 267; Rebecca Circle; C.W.F. Club; and First Christian Church of Sterling. She did a Lot of volunteer work for F.I.S.H., Sterling High School Foundation, and the Blue and Gold Paper. 

Survivors include one sister, Cheryl (Ernie) Lippens of Harmon; three brothers, Lowell (Corinne) Hunsberger of Dixon, Gerry (Judy) Hunsberger of Sterling, and Roger (Carol) Hunsberger of Kennesaw, Ga.; two aunts, June Pries of Rock Falls and Doris Grim of Louisville, Ky.; and many nieces and nephews.

She also was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Duaine, Kennard, and Harold Hunsberger.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10:15 a.m Tuesday and the funeral at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Christian Church in Sterling, with the Rev. Courtney Montgomery Chandler, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Sterling. Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling is handling arrangements.

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