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Hedy departed today on her next big adventure. She joined her husband of 35 years, Jack Miles, daughter, Kristin (Doty) Kloster, and parents Carl and Hedwig Volscho. She went in style (one last trip to Bergner's on her way out.) Before succumbing to Parkinson's and rheumatoid arthritis. She was born in Bristol and grew up in Southington CT. She graduated Southington High school where she was voted "craziest driver" class of 1963. Her motto, "a smile will go a long way, but a giggle with go farther." She married and had two daughters, Loryn (Doty) Martin and Kristin (Doty) Kloster. She started her career with Peck, Stow and Wilcox, Co. in Southington CT. The company was sold to Roper Whitney in Rockford, IL. Hedy decided to take the transfer and arrived via the Mayflower (Moving Co.). Knowing no one in the Midwest, two young daughters in tow, and in her carry-on a spider plant she just couldn't part with, she eventually settled in Loves Park, IL. In 1982 she married the love of her life, John "Jack" Miles. She was married 35 years together 36 before his untimely passing in 2016. She referred to him as "Stanley" and he called her "Lovey". In healthier times Washington Island, WI was one of their favorite destinations.

Hedy was known for years for her personal style (always impeccably dressed, even wore heels to garden) and a black belt shopper (we joked for years her funeral would be flowers and farewell letters from Visa, Marshall Fields, Bergner's, Cold Water Creek and Crimson Ridge). When she could no longer physically go to stores, she discovered HSN & QVC (so the Fed-Ex and UPS guy's I referred to as husband #3 & #4). One of the things she always shopped for was every kitchen gadget, cookbooks (over 100), and baking items. She was an exceptional cook & baker (how often do you really use a pizzelle maker)? For years Sunday dinner was linen napkins, fine china, crystal water glasses and dress code. Everything was made from scratch. She was the consummate host. Hedy and Jack took such pride in their home and loved gardening, (I have thousands of pictures to prove this). Both loved babies and were thrilled when grandchildren were coming onto the scene.
Besides her family and home her other love was working for CLC Lubrications in Geneva, IL. Hedy worked as an outside-sales rep in Northern/Western Illinois in custom-blending lubrication for manufacturing. She adored her customers, solving problems and giving the best customer service. She always remembered customer birthdays, baby's being born and thank you's (via a tub of Mrs. Fisher potato chips fresh from the factory). She always took care of people. Her employer, the O'Brien's lovingly called her the "queen on quench oil". A proud board member of the Rockford chapter of ASM (American Society of Metallurgist) as well as 1998 chairperson. A member of Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, as well as named salesperson of the year a few times over her career. She was the consummate road - warrior before she had to retire in 2006 due to her progression of her illness. It was one of the hardest things she ever had to do as she truly loved it. She considered her customers like family. Hedy will be known by many for her infectious smile and adventurous spirit. Her high school goal was, "a life challenge and fulfillment." I believed you accomplished the goal!

She is survived by daughter, Loryn Doty (Robert) Martin; grandson, Reese Lawton; son-in-law, Mike Kloster; grandchildren, Cade and Rachel; brother, Tommy (Mary Ellen) Volscho; sister, Susie (Alan) Holmquist; and extended family in the USA and Germany.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Olson North Main Chapel, 2811 N Main, Rockford, with Reverend Bill Dahlberg officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 1:45 pm prior to the service.

Condolences & Shared Memories (3)

  1. Lesley Huber

    Loryn, Your wit wonderfully describes your mother. I recall she was a force, and a class act. My deepest sympathy to you, Reese and Robert.

  2. Joan Surdam Boggus

    I knew Hedy when she was married to my cousin Bob i was sorry to see her leave Southington . My mom adored her so much. Sorry to the family especially Loren Sorry I didn't know about Kristen passing i used to keep up on how Hed y and the girls were with Gram Phyllis Hed y you will always be in my heart you were beautiful nice pretty and will miss you Say hi to mom and dad for me love cousin Joanie

  3. Prudence Doty

    Rest in God's peace Aunt Hedy. You will never be forgotten...kiss everyone for me and when the sun shines bright, I will know that is you smiling down on us from above. Oh, and try to always guide me toward the best deals at the department stores! 😘


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