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Oledene Redemann, 93, of Maple Park, passed away in sweet surrender to her lord and savior at Pine Acres Care Center in DeKalb, Ill., on Friday, July 26, 2013. After a long hard fought battle, her soul is now at rest.
Oledene was born Oct. 21, 1919, in Genoa City, Wisc., the daughter of George and Martha Gifford.
She grew up in Genoa City, where she attended local schools. After graduating, Oledene pursued her dream of becoming a beautician and went to beauty school. She often told the story of how her father, George, would take her to Lake Geneva to catch the Greyhound bus to get to school. Once there, she would spend the remainder of the week before returning home.
After completing beauty school, Oledene opened her own beauty shop back home. One afternoon, Oledene was brought out of her shop to see if she could help a young farmer, who had been out in the fields all day, and wash his hair. On that day, Oledene did what no one else could: she won the farmer’s heart. They were married in November 1948.
Oledene and Harry lived in Genoa City on a farm Harry worked on before moving to another near Lake Geneva. In 1951, they began their family and together welcomed their son Kurt into their lives. After Kurt was born, the family moved to Glenview, Ill., where they spent the next 13 years. In 1964, they moved to Maple Park, a place they would call “home” for the years to come.
Even though Oledene enjoyed working at the beauty shop, she loved caring for her family even more. In 1951, she gave up her shop and decided to stay home and focus on taking care of her family. In her later years, she was a school bus driver for Kaneland, and worked for Auto-Meter until her retirement.
Oledene was a devoted member at Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake, where she participated in the Home Circle, Rebecca Circle and Bible school, and was well known in the kitchen. She was always one of the first to volunteer her time to help with luncheons. The children at church adored Oledene, and she would light up each time she saw them.
Oledene was masterful at making and selling handmade rag rugs to benefit her church. She loved to go to domino games, not necessarily to play, but to socialize with friends and share a laugh or two.
She is survived by her son, Kurt Redemann of Maple Park; many nieces and nephews; and her church family at Grace Lutheran.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Harry; her parents; sister, Blanche; and her brothers, George and Ray.
Visitation was held Wednesday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate her life and faith will take place at Grace Lutheran Church, 5N600 Hansen Road, Lily Lake, on Thursday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m. There will be a time of visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow cremation at a later date.
A memorial has been established in her name to benefit Grace Lutheran Church. Checks may be made to “Grace Lutheran Church” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com, where you can also find her full-life story.