Dolores (Bannister) Hart Turk, 78, passed away March 15, 2011, after suffering a stroke in her Sycamore, Ill., home.
She was born Feb. 23, 1933, at home in DeKalb, to Charles W. and Esther (Lindeberg) Bannister. In June 1953, she married Clyde Francis Hart, Jr., and they made their home in DeKalb for 38 years. Clyde preceded her in death in 1991.
In 1994, she married Joseph Eugene Turk of Sycamore, who had lost his wife Margie of 40 years. When Joe and Dolores married, Father Timar said “Together these two already have 78 years of marriage experience.” Dolores was very happy to join the large Turk family of Joe’s eight children. She actively enjoyed watching 24 grandkids and six great-grandkids grow.
She worked in the financial field for over 40 years and was the first female vice president for DeKalb Savings and Loan, where she retired after 32 years. She then worked for Blunt, Ellis and Lowe (now known as Wachovia Securities) for eight years. She was actively involved in the DeKalb community, serving two terms as president of the DeKalb Business and Professional Women’s Club and was a board member of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce for 10 years. Dolores served as an officer and president of the Fox Valley Savings and Loan Counsel and was on the advising committee for Kishwaukee College and on the local Credit Bureau Advisory Committee.
Dolores enjoyed sewing with her ladies club and for her granddaughters, as well as entertaining in her home. Everywhere she went, she ran into people she knew. She attended over a thousand of the grandkids’ concerts and sporting events, at times cheering for Sycamore and other times for Kaneland—and sometimes for both teams at once.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph; brothers, James Bannister (children: Kathy, Jeff, Pat and Hope) and Ron Bannister (children: Ron Jr., Russell and Tracy); sister-in-law, Margie (Hart) Bedner (children: Kim, Randy and Kathi); several cousins; her step-children, James (Rose) Turk, Pamela (Philip) Burke, Barbara (Carson) Landis, Charles (Nancy) Turk, David (Linda) Turk, Kathy (Kevin) Claesson, Diane (Scott) Buzzard and Rosalie (Michael) Miller; 24 grandchildren; and six great-grand children.
In addition to her beloved Clyde, she was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Charles Bannister (his surviving children: Brenda Kay, Becky, Rhonda and Randy); brother, George Bannister (his surviving children: Cindy and Dolores Ann); an infant sister; and three special aunts, Agnes (Lindeberg) Hayes, Ruth (Lindeberg) Olson Neitzel and Minnie (Lindeberg) Johnson.
Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, and at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 18, at Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore, followed by funeral services at 10 a.m. Rev. Dr. Janet Hunt officiated the service. Burial followed at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Dolores (Bannister) Hart Turk Memorial Fund, in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.