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Henriette (Hank) Marie Whale, 95, of Rockford passed away peacefully on February 6, 2019. She was born June 10, 1923 in Mt. Olive, IL, the daughter of Selmar and Adele (Schroeder) Voigt. Henriette married Robert Whale on June 27, 1948; he predeceased her on October 5, 1976.

Henriette received her B.S. in Education from Illinois State, Normal; and taught for 30 years with Rockford School District 205. She and Robert were charter members of both St. Paul Lutheran Church Northwest (formerly St. Matthew) and Rockford Lutheran High School Assoc. She was also a member of the Altar Guild, YMCA Senior Women's Club (Past President), and Winnebago Co. Retired Teachers Assoc. Henriette loved children, teaching, traveling, gardening, birding and will be remembered for her love of life, people and her continual and endearing laugh.

Survivors include son, James (Linda) Whale and daughter, Ellen (Diane) Whale; grandchildren, Laura (Steve Reed) Whale and Lindsay (Rudy) Arellano; great-grandchildren, Silver, Joaquin, Lindsay Rain and Adrian. Predeceased by husband and sisters, Marjorie Girten, Eileen Margherio and brother Alfred Voigt. A special thank you to St. Anne's Center Staff and Heartland Hospice for their loving care.

Services will be held at 11:00 am, on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church NW, 4881 Kilburn Ave., Rockford, IL 61101, with Pastor Frank Ciprys officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 10:00 am to 10:45 am at the church. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or Rockford Lutheran High School Assoc.

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  1. Debby Carter

    My name is Debby. In 1964, I was a third grader at Conklin School. I knew then at my young age that I was a very fortunate teacher was Mrs. Whale! I loved my teacher and it was the first of a string of perfect attendance school years for me as your mother's imprint of learning was made on my soul. A few years ago my mother and sister talked to your mom and their conversation lead to your mom stating that she remembered me! I do not have to remind you how wonderful your mother was as a teacher as you surely know in life as mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. My condolences to all of Mrs. Whale's family. However, how great the Lord has been to give her 95 years! I am blessed with the gift of memory.....of third grade especially. Thoughts and prayers to you.-Debby Carter

  2. Steve Hartenberger

    Mrs. Whale was my Sunday School teacher when we moved to Rockford in 1967, when I was 8. It was a pleasure "growing up" and worshiping with her for so many decades! Always a smile and a warm greeting. I'm very thankful for having the opportunity to know her for so many years, and thankful she is now enjoying the promise she received through her faith in Christ Jesus! Praying for peace and quiet joy for her family and all who knew her!

  3. Cathy Adams

    So many happy memories of Conklin School where we taught. She was a great person who gave so much to others. She will be missed.

  4. Betty Dye

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Ellen. "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:7. Love ya, Betty

  5. Gloria & Tim Barrette

    Hi neighbor, Gloria and I are going to miss the good times with you talking and laughing along with doing the yard work. Gloria and Tim

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