Grace Mae Fowler

January 24, 1923 - August 19, 2018

Grace Mae Fowler


Belvidere, IL

Grace Mae Fowler left our world but not our hearts on Sunday, August 19, 2018.  She was born January 24, 1923, the daughter of Eben and Selma (Arison) Thurlby in Genoa, IL.

Grace attended Kingston schools and graduated from NIU Teacher’s College (later to become NIU) in 1944.  Here she was active in bowling, hockey and chairman of the College Book Exchange.  She remained a member of the NIU Alumni Association.

Her love of education continued as she taught High School Social Studies, English, Home Economics, and Physical Education classes in Kaneland and Kingston schools. For many years she enjoyed giving local comedy readings at the Kingston Grange and other organizations and also directed many plays.

One day Grace was visiting her best friend Darlene Borsberry and they needed help opening a window.  Darlene’s brother Walter came to their rescue and the rest is history.  Grace and Walter, a local farmer, fell in love and were married in 1946 in Kingston.  They made their home in Herbert, IL where Grace still resided until her health didn’t allow her to live alone.  Hardly a bitter word was ever spoken between them in their 34 years of marriage.  Walter predeceased Grace in December of 1980.

Kingston Methodist Church was where she was confirmed but Davis Methodist Church in Herbert became her home church after marriage.  She held many offices including the head of the Education Department and taught Sunday School for many years.  She looked forward to a Wednesday morning Upper Room class each week.

Throughout her life Grace remained active.  She was a 4-H leader with the Kingston Juniors and later a leader with the Young Producers club in Boone County.  Grace continued to be called upon to do many readings and speeches such as at cemetery services and giving the sermon at times as a lay leader in church.  She had an outstanding and memorable speaking ability.

She will long be remembered by any one who knew her as the most positive, loving, and patient person that you could ever meet. Grace and Walter raised their four children with him being a farmer and she was a devoted and supportive farm wife.

Left to cherish her memories are: her children Marilyn (Jim) Osterberg, of Garden Prairie, Stan (Sylvia) Fowler of Belvidere, Joyce (Rick) Brockman of Belvidere; daughter in-law Linda (Terry) Baier of Belvidere; grandchildren, Scott (Sue) Fowler, Rob (Stephanie) Osterberg, Ryan (Sarah) Osterberg, David (Kathy) Fowler, Ronald (Sheila) Fowler, Brad (Jessica) Fowler, Nick (Mallory) Brockman, Kristi Brockman and Kim (Derrick) Vail; great grandchildren, Beaux (Beth), Rusty (Katie), Dillon and Dustin Fowler, Brandon, Cole, Grant and Kenley Osterberg, Amberlee and Ashlee Fowler, Taylor Fowler, Branndon and Brianna Fowler, Savannah and Connor Fowler, Cali, Summer and Tanner Brockman, Serenity and Shance Brockman, Jadyn, Jace, Rayley and Skyley Vail; step great grandchildren, Richard (Brandie) Burns and daughter Allirea, Anthony Burns and Angelinea (Lee) Gutierrez and Daughter Gia, Tiffany Jacobson, Stephanie Gunn; great-great grandchild, Braxton Fowler; brother in-law, Donald Fowler and numerous nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by parents, husband; son, Edward, Fowler; grandson, Chad Fowler; step-great granddaughter, Courtney Gallano Pearson; brothers, Earl (Dorothy) Thurlby and Clifford (Ina) Thurlby.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m, Friday, August 24, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, 610 Bonus Avenue, Belvidere, IL with Rev. Jackie Wills of the Herbert United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial in Kingston Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL.  A memorial will be established to the Herbert United Methodist Church.  The family would like to thank Rosewood Care Center in Rockford for the loving attention to Mom’s needs.  To share a memory, please visit

Service Schedule

Thursday, August 23, 2018
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL.

Friday, August 24, 2018
10:00 am - 11:00 am

First United Methodist Church

610 Bonus Avenue
Belvidere, IL 61065

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m, Friday, August 24, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, 610 Bonus Avenue, Belvidere, IL with Rev. Jackie Wills of the Herbert United Methodist Church will officiate.

Burial at Kingston Cemetery.

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She will for ever be missed as my great grandma and my daughters great great grandma 💕

Angie 2018-08-23T01:21:42

Thinking of you all, as the matriarch of your family can Rest In Peace! With Sympathy!

Katie (Blatchford) DiNicola & Chad Morgan 2018-08-21T23:10:57

Our sympathies to the Fowler family! She sure was a special lady!

Betty & Gary Blatchford 2018-08-21T23:08:05

Memories bind us together for a Day of glad reunion in our Father’s house.

Richard Lochner 2018-08-21T21:28:25

My heartfelt sympathy to all the family members. Grace left behind an amazing legacy. She was able to share many memories with so many people along her journey in life. Rick & Joyce Brockman there is a special place in Heaven for the generosity you have shared with so many people in your life time together. May God bless you also.

Rex A. Brockman 2018-08-21T13:44:18

Joyce, Rick and the entire Fowler family, we are so very sorry for your loss but rejoice in knowing that your family’s matriarch is at home with our Lord and Savior. Our sincere condolences to you and your family.

Dan & Connie Shiroda 2018-08-20T22:28:53

Our condolences to the Fowler family on her passing. A family held together by bonds that few others come to know in their lives. Special hugs to Joyce and Rick Brockman who played an important part in our lives more than 20 years ago now. May everyone be blessed by Grace’s memory.

Steve and Kathy 2018-08-20T21:06:20

She will be greatly missed at Rosewood! What a sweet woman she was. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Rosewood Staff 2018-08-20T20:40:40

Everyone loved Grace she was a wonderful person. I always loved to go see her on my visits. I will miss her.

roxanne williamson 2018-08-20T20:23:03

Marilyn,Jim and family, May God grant you peace and comfort. So sorry for your loss,Your in our prayers 🙏🏼 Joel and Jody Warner

Joel and Jody Warner 2018-08-20T19:35:36

So sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a special lady and I am sure you will miss her. Always remember your great memories with your family. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Randy and Karen Boettcher 2018-08-20T17:21:50

Marilyn, I am so sorry for your loss, your mom was so sweet. Hugs to you and your family.

Debby Beswick 2018-08-20T16:55:12

Deepest Sympathies to all the family : (

Percy Gordon 2018-08-20T15:58:32

Marilyn & Jim and family,
We pray for peace for all of you! Grace was one of the sweetest and kindest people that the good Lord every created! She is rejoicing today in heaven and I know you look forward to seeing her again. So thankful for this great hope that we share. Love you!


Connie Osterberg&John Fincke 2018-08-20T15:37:27

so sorry for your loss but glad for her to be home with her Lord.

Merry(White) Deemer 2018-08-20T15:13:43

I’m so very sorry for your family’s loss. May your precious memories give you peace in the days ahead.

Bev McElroy 2018-08-20T14:36:13

Grace was one of the most impactful teachers of my life. She was alway willing to take time to help or to just listen, to children, teens and adults alike. To know her is to love her. Heart felt condolences to her family.

Brandi 2018-08-20T13:04:18

Marilyn and family,
So sorry for your loss, looks like she lived a nice long life!
Thinking of you with prayers.

Marcia Henneberry 2018-08-20T12:59:40

Sending my Condolences to Grace’s family…She was a part of my life since I was 14 yrs old ,also a friend. I have never met a sweeter,nicer,more loving woman in my life. She was such a blessing to all and will be missed…

Diane Fowler 2018-08-20T12:49:05

Grace was a long time customer of mine. My heart is very sad today. She always had a story to tell me when she would call and place an order. I knew we would be one the phone for atleast 20 minutes. I feel very blessed to have known her. Thinking of her family at this difficult time. Denise Carlson

Denise Carlson 2018-08-20T12:47:24


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