October 22, 2009


Verda Belle Grabowski, 84, of Elgin, IL, passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2009, at Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago, IL.

She was born March 5, 1925, in Rutledge, MO, the daughter of Fred and Florence (Parrish) Tripp.

Verda Belle was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and faithful friend, who will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her children, William Grabowski of Arlington Heights, James (Geniel) Grabowski of Decatur, IL, Kenneth Grabowski of Round Lake, IL; grandchildren, Amy (Jerry) Aldridge of Decatur, IL, Paul (Rebecca) Grabowski of Decatur, IL, Gennifer (Mark) Oertwig of Bloomington, IL, Cassandra Grabowski of Elgin, IL; great-grandchildren, April, Jerod, Andrew, Joseph and Riley Ann; sister, Veda (Don) Small of Rutledge, MO; and a daughter-in-law, Sandra Grabowski of Elgin, IL; sisters-in-law, Kathleen Tripp of South Dakota and Garnet Tripp of Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Eugene; her parents; her brothers, Denver and Dennis; and sister, Vida.

Funeral services were held Sunday, October 18, 2009 at Laird Funeral Home, Elgin, IL. Burial will be private.

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