Lucille Lourine Eheart Peters, of Grand Rapids, Mich., formerly of Elburn, passed away Dec. 21, 2011.
She was born on Aug. 28, 1926, in Roseville, Mich., the fourth daughter of Lubbe “Louis” Janssen and Vallie Lourine (Vaughn) Theesefeld.
She was raised on a farm in Onarga, Ill., and attended local schools.
Lucy graduated from Onarga High School with the class of 1944 before attending Midstate in Peoria, Ill., where she became a certified court reporter for the state of Illinois.
Lucy was united in marriage to Bennie R. Eheart in Aug. 11, 1946, in Buckley, Ill.
They began their new life together by moving to Ft. Lewis in Tacoma, Wash. while Bennie faithfully served his country in the United States Army. After his honorable discharge, they settled back in the Buckley and Onarga area before moving to Pontiac, Ill., for a time.
Bennie, while working for the Illinois State Police, was transferred in 1968 to the Aurora Airport, where he was crew chief for the Air Division. The family made a home in Nottingham Woods in Elburn. The Lord took Bennie suddenly in 1985 but gave Lucy another to share her heart and home with when she was married to George Peters in 1988. They continued to make their home in Nottingham Woods before moving to town in 1995. Following George’s passing in 2005, Lucy moved to Delnor Glen and Bickford in St. Charles until declining health brought her into the care of Sunrise of Cascade in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Lucy honed her skills working for both the State’s Attorney and Assistant State’s Attorney in Pontiac, while also being a court reporter for the Honorable Judge Erlenborn in Livingston County Circuit Court. She began working as a paralegal in Batavia for John Gosselin, Attorney at Law, and was also with the firm of Benson, Maier and Gosselin for 22 years.
Lucy was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake and active on their worship committee. After moving to Elburn, Bennie and Lucy were also active in the Sugar Grove American Legion Post 1271. Lucy was a member of the Kane County Legal Secretaries and served on an advisor board for the Mid-Valley Area Vocational Center in Maple Park. While married to George Peters, she became a member of the Community Congregational Church in Elburn and was involved in many activities of both the Elburn Lions Club and Elburn American Legion, where she was a member of the Elburn American Legion Women’s Auxiliary.
Lucy had an indomitable spirit and a loving heart that always strove to care for her family. She worked tirelessly to improve their standard of living, proving to her children that with hard work and determination, anything is possible. Lucy also cared for her grandchildren following “semi-retirement” and strove to teach each of them the same values as she did her own children, which included an AFS student, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, who later became involved in diplomacy and is currently the Ambassador for Brazil to the United Nations.
Though her hands were rarely idle, Lucy enjoyed reading historical novels in her spare time. She was a collector of antique books and indulged her artistic side by taking opera appreciation classes, as well as oil painting artistry, later showcasing her skills on canvas as well as through unique cards she made on the computer. Lucy’s love of music led her to achieve three of her life’s goals, seeing Luciano Pavaratti, the Rockettes and the Chicago Symphony while raising her children on Strauss Waltz, Mario Lanza and the Mills Brothers.
Her talents were also renowned in the garden as well as the kitchen—even managing to master preparing the pheasants and rabbits that Bennie brought home every hunting season. If her hands were rarely idle, the same could be said of her feet, which enjoyed square dancing with Bennie. Sundays not only brought church, but also visits to the multitude of relatives in Central Illinois.
In the summer, the family took vacations to fish in Wisconsin and spent many weekends casting lines at her sister Dorothy’s lakeside home. Later in life, Lucy and George enjoyed playing cards with friends, golfing side by side and traveling to Florida every winter to visit her sisters. Lucy was an unforgettable women whose memory will live on forever in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by three children, Drusilla Elaine Pollick, Sandra Diane Theis and Raymond Louis (Sarah) Eheart; eight grandchildren, Aaron Christopher Konen, Corey Patrick Konen and his daughter, Abbygail Anne Marie Konen, Arianna Gabrielle Konen, Leonard T. (Tracy) Weber and their son, Benjamin Weber, David N. (Kristina Romence) Weber and their children, Nelson, Kaylyn and Adam Weber, Laura Eheart and her son, David, Angela Eheart and her children, Mikayleigh and Mackendrick, and Diana Eheart; in addition, she leaves three step-children, Joyce (Marty) Fisher, Jan (Ron) Erdmann and Chris Peters; five step-grandchildren, Katie (Ted) Frank, Drew Fisher, Brett (Jennifer) Erdmann and their daughters, Rachel, Laura and Clare, Brad Erdmann and Erin Peters; two sisters, Dorothy Janssen of Lake Wales, Fla., and Emma Rush of Winterhaven, Fla.; one brother-in-law, Earl Eheart of Piper City, Ill.; one sister-in-law, Nola Eheart of Danforth, Ill.; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents and husbands, Bennie Eheart and George Peters.
Visitation was from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 30, at Grace Lutheran Church, 5N600 Hansen Road, Lily Lake. A funeral service to celebrate her life followed at noon, officiated by Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church. Interment was at Blackberry Township Cemetery.
A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Lucille Peters Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.