DIXON – Kristy Oncken, 54, of Dixon, died peacefully Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at her home, after an extended illness.
Kristy was born May 3, 1960, in Sterling, the daughter of Keith and Lynn (Hull) Oncken. Kristy grew up on a dairy farm near Milledgeville, and developed a love for animals and nature.
Kristy graduated from Milledgeville High School in 1978, and received her Bachelor of Science degree in business and Spanish from Illinois State University in 1982. After college, Kristy worked as a loan processor for SBA loans. After completing paralegal certification, she became a senior paralegal, working for CitiCorp in the hospital financing group. Both positions were in Dallas, where she met and married her devoted husband and friend, Mike Ford, whom she married on May 23, 1991. For the last 2 years, Kristy enjoyed working part time at her niece’s restaurant, The Cobblestone.
Kristy’s passions in life included reading, gardening, and a special affinity for her beloved cats. She was devoted to the rescue and neutering of stray cats.
Kristy refused to allow her health issues to dominate her life, and fought bravely for many years with discipline and a positive spirit. Kristy’s fun-loving nature and her kind and generous disposition were appreciated by all those who knew and loved her.
Kristy is survived by her husband, Mike; her parents, Keith and Lynn Oncken of Milledgeville; two sisters, Vicki Sandhu of Elgin and Deborah (Bill) Crowson of Dixon; nephews, Chris (Jennifer) Diehl of Polo and Jamie Diehl of Sterling; nieces, Nicole Diehl and Alison Brantley, both of Dixon; best friends, Gerrie Jakobs and Ann Frank Wake; many cousins; and seven great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. June 14 and a memorial service celebrating Kristy’s life at 11 a.m. June 14 at First Christian Church in Dixon, with the Rev. Lynn Bond, pastor, officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to Hospice of the Rock River Valley and Granny Rose Animal Shelter.
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