December 6, 2012

(5/25/1926 - 12/2/2012)

Rosemary Evangelene Jenkins, 86, of Loraine, IL, passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2012 in North Adams Home in Mendon, IL.

Rosemary was born on May 25, 1926 in Honey Creek Township. She is the daughter of the late Fred and Heipke (Dirks) Eicken. She married Clyde Roscoe Jenkins on May 24, 1946 in Immanuel Lutheran Church in Golden, IL. Clyde passed away on November 10, 2004.

Rosemary graduated from Carthage College in Carthage, IL, with a degree in Business Administration and did graduate work at Western, Illinois University at Macomb. She was a member of the local Teacher's Association, I.E.A. and N.E.A. When she first started teaching, she taught at Webster School near West Point, and at Washington School near Loraine; both being one room country schools. She taught two years at Bentley School in Bentley, where she was the principal as well as taught grades 5 through 8. She taught at the old Mendon Grade School for 1 years, and Loraine Grade School for 13 years, then for The Unity Middle School, where she was the sponsor for the Middle School Student Council for eight years.

She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Mendon and the Order of the Eastern Star. She loved cooking, reading, traveling, gardening, canning, crocheting, needle point, and especially spoiling her grandchildren.

Surviving are: one son, Gerald (Therese) Jenkins of Loraine; one daughter, Sharon (Rob) Moore of Memphis, Mo.; two grandchildren, Stephanie (Timothy) Ogle of Loraine, Chase (Briana) Moore of Quincy; one great-grandson, Hunter Ogle of Loraine; a sister-in-law, Gertrude Eicken, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur and Eldon Eicken, a brother-in-law, Marion (Fonda) Jenkins, and father and mother-in-law, Arthur and Ruby Jenkins.

Services will be 10:00 a.m.. on Friday, December 7, 2012 in the Hunter Funeral Home in Mendon with Reverend Oliver Taube officiating. She will be laid to rest in New Loraine Cemetery in Loraine. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2012 in the Hunter Funeral Home in Mendon with an Eastern Star service at 4:45 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Eastern Star or the Keene Township Cemetery Association. To share memories of Rosemary and leave condolences please visit

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