Helen "Louise" Cleland

March 30, 1930 - January 13, 2015
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Helen Louise Cleland, 84, of Capron, IL passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, January 13, 2015 in Northwoods Care Centre after a lingering illness. Louise was born March 30, 1930 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Roy W. and Clare L. (Fossler) Davis. Shortly after her birth the family moved to Polo, IL where she graduated from high school and was active in 4-H. Louise went on to earn her teaching degree from Northern Illinois University in 1952. She taught for a year at North Boone High School prior to marrying William E. Cleland on July 11, 1953 in Polo. Louise was a writer, who wrote for the Belvidere Daily Republican in the paper’s food section as well as her own column, “Wife on the Farm.” She also wrote two books, “Wife on the Farm and Wife on the Farm Cookbook”. She was a life-long member of Capron United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. Education was an important part of Louise’s life; she was a room-mother for all her children, member of the PTA as well as serving as an officer, worked with young mothers at risk assisting with education and job skills and taught craft classes at Rock Valley College for the college’s adult education curriculum. She was a talented crafter and seamstress and a marvelous quilter. She was a member of the Harvard Quilting Guild and demonstrated quilting at the Pioneer Festival. She was also a critic for the Quilters Quarterly magazine. Louise and Bill enjoyed traveling internationally and domestically. Louise will also be remembered as a wonderful cook, loving wife and doting mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Louise is loved and will be missed by her children, Jerry (Janell) of Highwood, IL, John (Diane) of Capron, Bruce of Tempe, AZ, Michael (Vicki) of Roscoe, Barbara (Chuck) Massier of Sycamore, Steve of Rockford IL; grandchildren, Justin (Erika), Scott, Daria, Taylor, Jared, Mikaela, Alicia, Danielle, Erika, Damon, Derek; great-granddaughter, Camryn; sister, Jane (Ted) Benson of Cable, WI; sister in-law, Betty Belle (Len) Cherry, Palo Alto, CA; nieces and nephews. Louise is preceded in death by her parents; husband, William; sister, Shirley Roller.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015 in Capron United Methodist Church, 250 E. North St., Capron, IL 61012, with Rev. Bob Carroll officiating. Cremation Rites have been accorded. A memorial gathering will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 am, Saturday January 24, 2015 at the church. Memorials in Louise’s name can be given in care of Capron United Methodist Church, 250 E. North St., Capron, IL 61012. To light a candle or to share a memory, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com

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Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015

Time: 9:00 am - 10:45 am

Capron United Methodist Church

Address:

250 West North Street, Capron, IL, 61012

A memorial gathering will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 am, Saturday January 24, 2015 at the church


Service Information

Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015

Time: 11:00 am -

Capron United Methodist Church

Address:

250 West North Street, Capron, IL, 61012

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015 in Capron United Methodist Church, 250 E. North St., Capron, IL 61012, with Rev. Bob Carroll officiating


Memorial Information

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Capron United Methodist Church in Louise’s name


 

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Born: March 30, 1930
Died: January 13, 2015

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Rj, Roberta and Ang Daniels posted on 1/14/15

John, Diane & family, We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

 

Sally (Trapp) Ashens posted on 1/23/15

I enjoyed working with Louise at the BDR. She will be sincerely missed.

 

Deb Richards posted on 1/22/15

Steve and family, So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Aaron & Deb Richards

 

Carl & Jean Watson posted on 1/20/15

Our most sincere Sympathy and thoughts and prayers are with you.

 

Ed & Joanne Randall posted on 1/20/15

Louise was an amazing woman. Our sincere sympathy goes to the family.

 

Sharon (Eucker) Kazort posted on 1/19/15

I was raised on a farm about 2 miles from Bill and Louise, along with Alfred and Jean Cleland and knew them well. All the children went to Capron and North Boone Schools together. Neighbors back then were like family. I also was very active in 4-H. Louise will definitely be missed by many in the community....a wonderful lady....thoughts and prayers to the entire Cleland family....treasure the memories.

 

Tracey Cleland posted on 1/18/15

So sorry for your loss

 

Sandra Nelson posted on 1/17/15

So sorry Barb and family.

 

Paul Herman posted on 1/16/15

Louise was a kind and loving lady whose talents will be greatly missed by all. What better legacy is there but in the reflection of her family and it is truly spectacular. I only wish that I could have been near enough to have continued our close relationship of 20 years ago!! Paul Herman, Fairfield, California

 

Barb Sager posted on 1/15/15

My sincere sympathy to the whole family....will keep you in my prayers.

 

Dan & Cathy (Nordman) Flynn posted on 1/14/15

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for all.

 

Sam Larson posted on 1/14/15

John, Diane and Family - I had the great pleasure of working with Louise at the BDR and owning one of her cookbooks. I loved her calm manner and her smile. You are in my thoughts and prayers Sam Larson

 

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