Jean S. Weihofen, 67, passed away at Delnor Hospital, Geneva, surrounded by the love of her family on Friday, March 20, 2009. After many months of battling illness, her spirit is finally free and at rest among the angels.
She was born May 30, 1941, the daughter of Orville and Mary (Hedeman) Smith in Franklin Park, Ill.
Jean grew up in Wood Dale, Ill., and attended local schools.
She graduated from Fenton High School in Bensenville, Ill., in 1959. Following graduation, Jean went to school to become a beautician, a career to which she would dedicate over 20 years.
Jeanâ€™s life changed forever when she met Bob Weihofen, who was also a student at the same school, though a few years younger. They eloped and were married in July 15, 1963, in Urbana, Ill. They began their new life together in Bensenville for a time until they settled in Streamwood, Ill. Jean worked at several area beauty shops before they built one especially for her in their basement.
Bob had been traveling through Elburn for his work, and when it was time for a change, they moved there in 1976.
Jean found work helping to edit the Elburn Herald in the early 1980s, working with Louise Cooper. Later, she worked for Dr. Larry Johnson as a medical assistant until she retired to concentrate on the joys of her grandson.
Jean had an artistic soul and she poured it out over 50 canvases that decorated her home and the homes of her family, friends and a few employers. She also found a talent in decoupage and constructing Swedish Love Knots out of miles and miles of sisal. Her talents in the kitchen never were disappointing as even her failures were edible, and her signature lasagna could knock your socks off. She always cooked for an army, even if only a few â€œsoldiersâ€ came to feast.
Easter brought many types of decorative eggs, including those that she emptied and painted with the most realistic depiction of the rock band KISS youâ€™ve ever seen. She baked lavish cakes for special occasions, made an infinite variety of personal sized cheesecakes and was especially talented in use of marzipan.
Music ran through her soul as well. At an early age, Jean took lessons on the accordion and taught herself how to play the organ. Instruments werenâ€™t the only outlet as she sang in the church choir as well as an award-winning acappella group that went to Washington D.C. Nothing thrilled her more than to be with family, especially her grandson Robert. He filled her heart with joy and her lap with popcorn and treats whenever they went to a movie. Though now living amongst the angels, Jeanâ€™s love and memory will be sorely missed but will never diminish in the hearts of her family.
She now leaves her loving husband, Bob; her son, Ron (Linda) Weihofen and their son, Robert, of DeKalb; one brother, Jim (Ainia) Smith of Ariz.; one aunt, Jean (Elmer) Dahl of Florida; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.
She now joins her parents who preceded her in death.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. with a remembrance service to celebrate her life to follow at 12:30 p.m., Friday, March 27, 2009, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL, 60119. A Internment will follow at Arlington Cemetery, Elmhurst, Ill.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit the National Wildlife Federation Fund. Checks may be made to the â€œJean Weihofen Memorialâ€ 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.