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Turah Constance Soderstrom, 89, passed into eternity to meet Jesus on February 4th, 2018 at Swedish American Hospital. Born on March 10, 1928 to Carl and Irene Mathews. Graduate in 1945 Plainview HS in Wichita, KA, Received her nursing Diploma from Julia F. Burnham School of Nursing in Champaign, IL. Worked as a registered nurse in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Illinois. Married Kenneth Soderstrom on January 18th, 1951, in Champaign, IL. Turah was a member of Temple Baptist Church for 30 years where she served in the Women's Ministry and People Care Ministry. Member of the Gideon International Auxiliary for 50 years. Turah had a gift for hospitality and so enjoyed attending her grandchildrens activities. Loved being a great-grandmother. Turah is survived by her husband of 67 years, Ken, and their daughter Connie (Dan) Nyberg of Stillman Valley, IL. Three grandchildren, Lt. Col. Mark (Marie) Nyberg of Mt Home, ID. USAF, Marta (Lt. Col. Nicholas) Lofthouse of Anchorage, AK, USAF, Matt (Marissa) Nyberg of Stillman Valley, Il. Seven great-grandchildren. Ben, Landon, Grant, Henry, Hannah, Daniel and Will. Niece and nephews, Susie, Rick and Rob Mathews. Predeceased by her brother, Fred Mathews. Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center, 3470 N. Alpine Rd., Rockford . Visitation will be from 1:00 to 1:45 prior to the service in the chapel.
Memorials can be made to or The Gideon's International Processing Center, P.O. Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090-7251, or Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center.

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  1. Mary L. Johnson

    I have many fond memories of Turah (as well as special recipes), particularly of times shared while Ken and my late husband, Dick, spent time with Wayne Johnson, fishing from Wayne's island cabin in Canada. What wonderful friendships!

  2. Cliff and Gayle Linhart

    It was a joy to know Turah. She was a wonderful lady. They were our neighbors years ago and every Christmas she would bring over homemade bread. Her life was an example of living for her Lord in every way. May Ken and Connie and family feel the Lords love and presence at this time.

  3. Janet Johnson

    It was such a joy to get to meet both Turah and Ken when they moved to Rockford. My parents loved you both and were so glad for the opportunities to see you when they visited us there!! Turah's smile, her heart for Jesus, her love for His Word and His work, and her love for her family and friends are all a legacy that will endure for eternity! We are privileged to have known her and thank God for her life! May God's comfort and peace surround Ken and Connie and each family member as you adjust to her absence here on earth.

  4. Joe & Dorothy Clinton

    Connie, we are so feeling for you and your family. Know we are praying for you and thankful that we will see your mother again in Glory.

  5. Ron, Debi and Tim

    Blessed to have know such a fun and faithful Christian lady. Know she is rejoicing in Glory but her sparke will be missed till we meet once again.

  6. Deb & Greg Groom

    We wish to lift up Ken and the Nyberg family with our thoughts and prayers. We always enjoyed visiting with Turah and Ken and remember a specially fun evening at the Nyberg home with them, playing games on New Year's Eve. Turah was a lovely lady and will be missed. Praise God for welcoming her into Heaven!

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