Virginia Souders

Virginia Souders, 90, of Kaneville, passed away peacefully on Sunday Oct. 14, 2012, at Provena Mercy Medical Center.

She was born Feb. 28, 1922, to Arthur and Lulu Long in Kaneville, where Virginia attended local schools.

One evening during a dance at Long’s Barn, Virginia caught the eye of Everett Souders. After a whirlwind courtship, they were united in marriage at her parents’ home on Nov. 28, 1946.

Everett and Virginia began their new life in Aurora for a time before settling on her father’s farm in Kaneville. Virginia had a green thumb and enjoyed spending countless hours tending to her lawn and garden. When she was not able to tend to her garden, she spent time sewing and crocheting.

If you ever visited Virginia’s home, you were met with the aroma of her home cooking. She also enjoyed baking, especially for the church bazaar, where you could taste a homemade cake or pie.

She loved caring for her pet sheep. During the winter, when the sheep were moved, you would catch Virginia taking water across the road for them. Even with all of her hobbies and interests, there was nothing more precious to her than spending time with her grandchildren.

Virginia is survived by her three children, Roger (Blanca) Souders of Kaneville, Linda (Andy) Stavrou of Geneva, and Cindy (Ed) Kleren of North Aurora; three grandchildren, Rodger (Erica) Souders, Chad (Haleigh) Souders and Neal Kleren; and one sister, Phyllis (Robert) Pierson.

She now joins her husband, Everett; and her brothers, Herbert, Arnold, Ervin, Raymond and Harold Long.

Visitation will take place Thursday, Oct. 18, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service celebrating Virginia’s life will begin at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Mark Harkness, pastor of Kaneville United Methodist Church, will officiate. Private Family burial will take place on a future date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Checks may be made to the “Alzheimer’s Foundation of America” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com.