Leola Mae Pedersen

March 27, 1920 - April 30, 2013
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Leola Mae Pedersen

Belvidere, ILLeola Mae Pedersen, 93, of Belvidere, IL died peacefully, early Tuesday morning, April 30, 2013 in Maple Crest Care Centre. Leola was born March 27, 1920 in Jackson Township, Crawford Co., Iowa the daughter of William Riley and Mayme (Slegel) Maynard. Leola graduated from Grants Pass high School in Grants Pass, OR in 1936. She married John R. “Bob” Pedersen in Sycamore, IL on August 22, 1942. Leola and Bob enjoyed raising their family on a dairy farm. She also enjoyed gardening and had a “green thumb” for raising flowers Leola retired from Maple Crest Care Centre where she worked for 14 years as a nursing assistant from 1969 to 1983.Leola is loved and will be missed by her children Robert R. (Janelle) Pedersen of McAllen, TX, William F. Pedersen of Marion, N.C., Donald J. (Marilyn) Pedersen of Franklin, N.C., Ronald R (Mary Ann) Pedersen of Belvidere, IL, Tommy L. (Jeanne) Pedersen of Morris, IL, Barbara Bray of Frisco, TX twenty grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; brother Mearl (Marjorie) Maynard of Hampshire, IL; sister in-law June Maynard of Rockford, IL. Leola is preceded in death by her parents; husband John; brothers Harold, Leonard, Earl and Carl; sisters Barbara and Maxine; granddaughter Julie.

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Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013 in the Performing Arts Center of Belvidere High School, 1500 East Avenue, Belvidere, IL 61008 With Scott Hanks and Joel Riggs officiating. Burial in Highland Garden of Memories. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the Performing Arts Center. Arrangements by Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL.


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Born: March 27, 1920
Died: April 30, 2013

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Shirley Anderson Ahrens posted on 5/3/13

You all have my prayers and deepest sympathy. I have very fond memories growing up down the road from you all, your Mom always working alongside your Dad, everyone farming. Her quiet, patient smile will never be forgotten. You have had a very special, loving Mom who will live strong in your hearts forever.


Verby & Jody Van Houten posted on 5/4/13

To all of our Pedersen family, We extend our condolences to all of you at this time. We both are very grateful for having had wonderful days on earth with both Pa & Ma, for the encouragement they have been to us since our army days. You folks have truly stuck "closer than a brother". Ma, thank you for sharing your life and your testimony with us. To the family, please know that we care and our thoughts will certainly be with you in the days ahead.


Randy and Kathy Haut posted on 5/4/13

We know that you will be missing your Mom so much, but glad for her example. I don't remember ever seeing her without a smile. She shared some funny memories of having twins with us when we were expecting our twins. We will be with you in thought. Randy and Kathy Haut


Gloria Edwards posted on 5/8/13

Thinking of you - as no one can take the placeof a mother. Thankful for all they taught us andshowed us that 'nothing matters but salvation,'May you know His great comfort and loving care at this time,Heartfelt sympathy - Gloria Edwards


Larna Keane posted on 5/9/13

A lovely familiar face; smile and Spirit. The Spirit will live on and continue to feed others. Thank you for your example of 'steady and true'.


Jerry & Dixie Stitt posted on 5/11/13

Would love to be with all of you today remembering the wonderful life of Ma.... Jerry has been telling a few of his special memory: Pa was in habit of giving a hug to girls in greeting so Jerry decided Ma needed a hug.... She blushed with embarrassed laugh the first time, but after just the pleased laugh as she came to expect it. Came across a photo recently of Pa & Ma here for Sherilyn's H.S. grad party just a couple days before we were all in Morris for Brad's H.S. grad party. Where have the years gone?...but Wonderful Memories!!! as we think of all of you gathered today to remember this Special Lady... Love, Jerry & Dixie


John & Doris Bohren posted on 5/13/13

Our deepest sympathy to all the family. We have fond memories of our days together in Rockford, IL 1960'sRemember: your loved one is never GONE, they live within your heart.


Joann Borgman posted on 5/14/13

Oh how I would have loved to have be at the service of our dear Ma Pederson. I have so many good memories of her and all of you. We had many happy times together. Would have loved to have seen each of you.Good Ma could be released from the body and go on to a rich reward. .She has left a wonderful example for us all. With love to you all,Don & Joann Borgman


Gene Giesecke posted on 5/14/13

I was so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I have so many wonderful memories of times spent at your house. I wish I would have had the chance to attend her service and see all of you again. Gene Giesecke