Betty M. Thiede, 91, of Woodstock, passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec.7, 2018, at Valley Hi Nursing Home in Woodstock with her family by her side.
She was born in Chicago on April 4, 1927, to Loyd and Pearl (Allen) McCannon. When the Depression hit in 1929, she moved with her family back to Woodstock to be raised on a dairy farm.
She attended the University of Illinois for one year before coming home to be a legal secretary for Hugh Deneen and Vette Kell. After that she started at the McHenry County Courthouse, where she worked for 29 years becoming the secretary of the McHenry County Board. She enjoyed being in McHenry County’s political circle.
She was a current member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary Post No. 5040 and a past member of the Woodstock Moose Lodge, the McHenry County Saddle Club, and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Posse.
She loved people, playing good dance and swing music on the organ, baseball, and hula dancing. She had a contagious laugh and especially enjoyed the times she got to spend with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She will be missed by all.
She is survived by a son, Randy (Jeanne) Thiede; a daughter, Jan (Ken) Winkelman; five grandchildren, Renee Thiede, Mark (Macy Kimminau) Winkelman, Brook Winkelman, Tony (Debbie) Wolff, and Jeremy (Lauren) Kuhns; and five great-grandchildren, Parker Navlyt, Spencer Navlyt, Sammy Milheiser, and Amanda and Austin Wolff; nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Vivian Schultz; and brothers, Bert and Bill McCannon.
The family would like to thank everyone at Valley Hi Nursing Home and JoumeyCare for the loving and compassionate care given to Betty. Everyone in both organizations made her last four years the best they could be.
The visitation will be at Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, 1211 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, from 10 a.m. until the 12 noon funeral service. Pastor Debbie Kelly of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hebron will preside. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to either Valley Hi Nursing Home – Activities Dept., 2406 Hartland Road, Woodstock, IL 60098, or JourneyCare Hospice Foundation, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010-3141.