Obituary of Virginia R. Pierson
Edelstein – Virginia R. Pierson, 88, of Edelstein, died at 1:06 a.m. Thursday, August 5, 2010, at Proctor Hospital, Peoria.
Virginia was born August 26, 1921, in Edelstein, the daughter of Bert and Grace Vars Potter. She married Robert L. Pierson on September 19, 1941, in Edelstein. He preceded her in death on May 3, 2003, in Edelstein. Also preceding her in death were her parents and one brother, James Potter.
Surviving is one daughter, Nancy (Jack M.) Gleich and one son, Randall S. (Marsha) Pierson, both of Princeville; five grandchildren, Julie (Christian) Pierce, Janel (Eric) Sagert, Ryan (Aimee) Pierson, Lesli Pierson, and Lindsey (Andrew) Grove; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Helen Rench of Noblesville, IN; and one sister-in-law, Wilma (Jack) Fry of Dunlap.
Virginia was very proud of receiving the DAR Award in High School. Virginia worked for Caterpillar during WWII for a brief time. She later worked for the State Bank of Speer for 20 years, retiring as assistant cashier in 1984. She was also a bank director and held this position for 25 years.
She and Bob were charter members of Arrowhead Country Club, where she was an avid golfer. She once shot a hole in one. She was a Chicago Cubs fan and a member of the Die-Hard Cub Fan Club. She enjoyed watching both the Bradley Braves and the Fighting Illini. She also enjoyed playing Bridge with friends and family. She loved fishing and spent many wonderful hours fishing with her family over the years.
Virginia’s family was very important to her. She was a loving wife and caring mother and would do anything for her family. Her father built the Hub Ballroom, a very historic and successful central Illinois landmark, especially after WWII. Many of the greatest ballroom bands played at the Hub and provided her many great memories with family and friends. She was proud of her father’s creation, and the impact The Hub left on the people of central Illinois.
She was an active member of Edelstein Congregational UCC Church, where she was church co-treasurer, chairman of the Memorials Fund, served on the Diaconate Board, and was active in the Women’s Fellowship. She enjoyed helping with all church activities and assisted whenever she could. Her church family was her second family. She found great comfort in their love and kindness. Her home in Cherokee Village was her “home away from home” and the family vacation spot for the past 35 years. She watched her grandchildren grow up there and learn to catch fish. She enjoyed playing golf there with family and friends over the years. Many of her fondest memories took place in Cherokee Village.
She is now at peace with Jesus among friends and family who passed before her. She will be deeply missed but never forgotten.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 10, 2010, at Edelstein Congregational UCC Church. Rev. David Stamerjohn will officiate. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery, Dunlap.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to her church.
Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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