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Helen Ruby Stoffregen, 97, of Genoa, Illinois, died Friday, September 14, 2018, at DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center, DeKalb.
Born August 29, 1921, in Genoa, the daughter of Lee and Gertrude (Patterson) Storm, she married Vernon John "Bud" Stoffregen on March 31, 1946, in Genoa.
While a homemaker, she also participated in the family farm operation a few miles east of Genoa, and had worked for Leich Electric for about five years before her marriage.
Helen was devoted to her husband and family, always supportive and proud of them. She was a wonderful cook, always preparing meals for family gatherings, church functions, and for the people who helped on the farm.
She loved music, and sang and played several instruments.
Helen enjoyed gardening, both vegetables and flowers.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Genoa where she was a former choir member and Sunday school teacher, as well as Ladies Aid and Golden Years.
She is survived by her sons, Gerald (Joan) Stoffregen of Genoa and John (Diane) Stoffregen of Elk Grove Village; daughter, Julie Stoffregen of Elk Grove Village; sister, Marjorie Zentera of Nevada; grandchildren, Ryan (Melissa), Kelly (Matt), Elise (Damon) and Kathryn (Jack); great-grandchildren, Lauryn, Sydni, Rylie, Emma, Kenna, Olive and Kyla; a niece, Marga Parr; nephews, David Flockencier, and Michael Zentera; a great-niece and two great-nephews; and two great-great-nephews.
Besides her husband, Bud, who died in 2007, she was predeceased by her parents; and a brother-in-law, Eugene Zentera, a sister- and brother-in-law, Dehla Mae and Walter Flockencier; and a nephew, Steven Zentera.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 21, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 33930 North State Road, Genoa, with Rev. Jeremy Heilman officiating. Burial will be at Genoa Township Cemetery Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is established for Trinity Lutheran Church.
Arrangements are by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Cooper-Quiram Chapel, 202 E. Main St., Genoa, IL 60135; 815-784-2518.

Condolences & Shared Memories (9)

  1. Helen Stoffregen

    Helen's mother, your grandmother, Gertrude, was a lifelong good friend to my mother, Gladys Welter. After Gertrude died, Helen and Bud were so good to my mother, always taking her places and visiting her. She thought very highly of your family. Carol Welter Rojo

  2. Lonnie Smith

    Sweet lady. Sending sympathy to her family. May your happy memories bring you comfort.

  3. Stephen Sawallisch

    My sincere condolences to the family. I will remember the family always as our farm neighbors, who were always there for each other. I am sorry I am unable to attend the visitation/funeral, as I must take my father, Ray, to the doctor. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you cherish your memories of Helen.

  4. Mary Jo Larson

    Julie, I am so saddened to hear about the passing of your mom. I am so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of coming out to your house when we were growing up. Your mom was a wonderful lady and will be dearly missed. She will always hold a special place in my heart. Deepest condolences to your brothers and their families as well. I am so sorry that I cannot make it to the service, but you will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  5. DeAnn (Kamp)& Mark Suchy

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the all of the Stoffregen family.ðŸ"©

  6. Nancy Burmmeister

    Ryan and family, sending my condolences for your loss. Heaven has received another angel. God's blessings for all of you.

  7. Verl & Margaret Groth

    So sorry for the passing of this lovely lady, she had a great life with her loving family. She will be missed.

  8. Jean Ann (Paulson) Shoemaker

    Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She will be missed but also remembered by many. While this is a time of sorrow it is also a time to celebrate a life well lived. Helen was the most loving, thoughtful and Christian person I had the privilege of knowing. Fondly, Jean Ann

  9. Carol McTigue

    What a wonderful life! Terry and I are sorry for your loss. Blessings! The McTigue's

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