On June 21, 2013 our family lost an incredibly strong mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Mrs. Margie L Berry, 91, of Kewanee, Illinois, passed away at Kewanee Hospital after long and painful battle with cancer, a heroic battle she faced head on with the same tenacity she approached her life, never looking for sympathy or voicing a complaint.She was born to Grover and Irene Stoner (Miltimore) on Nov. 14, 1921 in Waukegan, IL, and graduated from Waukegan Township High School in 1939. She was the wife of the late Glenn Burgess and subsequently for 50 years, the late Gerry Berry. Margie was the mother of five children. She is survived by four of them: son Glenn Burgess(Cindy) of Oak Hill, VA; daughter Deanne L Smith (Charles) of Bishop, GA; son Kerry W Berry of Lindenhurst, IL; and son Michael A Berry(Diane) of Kewanee, IL. Her oldest daughter Rene Mae Steck (Malcolm) of Eugene, OR predeceased her. Margie proudly claimed 16 very special grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and her Brother-in-law Ron Berry(Joanne).
Margie spent all her early life in Waukegan and always considered it home. Over the course of her life she lived in Pensacola, FL; Spokane, WA; and Neponset, IL. She and Gerry eventually settled back in Waukegan in 1952 where she worked for Abbott Laboratories until retirement in 1982. Margie and Gerry retired to Watkinsville, GA in 1994. After she was widowed in 1999, Margie remained in Watkinsville until September of 2012 when she moved back to Kewanee to be in her home state of Illinois. She established herself as a resident of Court Yard Village and Estates as she required increasing need for individual care. Her long life and the many challenges she overcame as part of it is a testimony to her courage and resolute attitude.
A Private Memorial Service will be held at the Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee on Saturday, June 29. Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Private Inurnment will be in Floral Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.