Beatrice M. (Weimer) Hunter, 94, of LaFox, Ill., passed away surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at Heritage Manor, Elgin, Ill.
She was born on April 20, 1915, in West Chicago, the fifth child born to George and Catherine Weimer. By the time Beatrice was 11, she had lost both parents and an older sister.
The family, then numbering five children ranging in age from 9 to 23, remained together in their West Chicago home with the eldest sibling as their only provider. Although they were eventually joined by a widowed aunt who helped maintain the family unit, each child went to work as soon as they were able and helped support the family. To their credit, every one of them graduated from West Chicago high school.
Bea married John Hunter of La Fox on July 7, 1945. They made their first home in Geneva for a time until 1953, when they purchased Johnâ€™s parentsâ€™ home in LaFox. Tragically, John passed away in that same year, and Bea worked hard to keep their family home.
Through the ensuing years, she succeeded and continued to reside there until her death. Bea loved the La Fox area, where she was surrounded by fields of corn or beans. She found great pleasure in gardening and tending her family home, where she hosted many family gatherings and entertained her beloved grandchildren. Bea was also a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and seldom missed a game.
She is survived by one daughter, Judy Hanson of St. Charles; two sons, John (Kathy) Hunter of Oak Forest, Ill., and Joe (Deb) Hunter of St. Charles; a step-daughter, Barbara (Skip) Lassen of West Chicago; nine grandchildren, Jeff (Jenn) Hanson of Elburn, Matt (Steph) Hanson of Virgil, and Chris (Alexis) Hanson of South Elgin; Lauren (Mike) Corsi of Shorewood and Adam Hunter of Oak Forest, Jennifer (Jeff) Fritsch of Aurora, and Phil Lawson, Kevin Lawson and Jonathan Hunter, all of St. Charles.
In addition she leaves a growing family of great-grandchildren; one sister, Rosemary Welter of Elmhurst, Ill., many nieces, nephews and a close family of friends.
Bea was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Katherine and Florence; and two brothers, Frances and George.
At her request, there will be no visitation, and interment is private.
A memorial has been established in Beaâ€™s name to benefit CNS Hospice, 690 East North Ave., Carol Stream, IL 60188-2178 and The Neediest Childrenâ€™s Fund, in care of WGN Radio, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611. Memorials checks may be made and mailed directly to either charity. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through her obituary at www.conleycare.com.