Edith Sancken

PEORIA – Edith June Sancken, 90, of Peoria and formerly of Henry, died at 5:13 a.m. Monday (Jan. 14, 2013) at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

Edith was born June 29, 1922, in Forrest, to John Richard and Jessie (Saathoff) Harms. She married Charles Richard (Dick) Rudd, Fairbury, on Oct. 23, 1943; he was killed in September 1944 when his plane was shot down over Germany. She married Paul Christian Sancken on Aug. 3, 1947, in Chenoa. He preceded her in death on May 1, 2011.

Surviving are three daughters, Paulette Sancken of Urbana, Judith Rothermel of St. Joseph and Marcia (Tom) O'Neal of Peoria; four grandchildren, Patricia and Christine Rothermel, and Jessie and Brianna O'Neal; and two sisters, Phoebe (Gerald) Miller and Eunice (Arnold) Rich, both of Fairbury. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Francis Harms of Fairbury, George Harms of Bloomington and Ralph Harms of Forrest; and her sisters, Ollie Head of Forrest and Marge Smith of Orchard Park, N.Y.

Edith was a graduate of Mennonite School of Nursing, Bloomington. As a registered nurse, she supervised the OB floor at Fairbury Hospital, and she went on to work in medical offices, as a private duty nurse, and at St. Joseph's Nursing Home, Lacon.

She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Varna, and the Lutheran Women in Mission. She sang in the choir and was also a member of the Alumni Association of Mennonite College. Edith was an active volunteer with the American Red Cross Bloodmobile and the American Cancer Society.

She was an artist and enjoyed playing cards and cheering on the Fighting Illini and Chicago Cubs.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Varna. Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Peter Glock will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded. Family inurnment will follow at a later date at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Wing.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church or the University of Illinois School of Medicine/Breast Cancer Research.

Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, Henry, is in charge of arrangements.

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