Byron - Barbara J. Hendee, age 83, died Friday, November 29, 2013 at Morning Star Village, Rockford, IL. She was born April 28, 1930 in Monroe Center, IL. the youngest daughter of John and Julia (Winterland) Welsh.
She married Richard G. Hendee on December 25, 1948 at the United Church of Byron. Dick passed away in 2002. Barb was a lifelong resident of Byron and after retirement lived in Naples, Florida. Barb worked for many years as office manager at Rockford Molded Products in Rockford and later in life the owner/operator of H & R Block in Byron. Barb was an accomplished softball player in her youth and an avid golfer. She celebrated her 65-year Byron High School class reunion in 2013 with several classmates and lifelong friends. Barb was a member of the United Church of Byron. Those that will mourn her passing and cherish her memory are her children, Rick (Karla) Hendee, Freeport, IL. Debra (Dan) Hendrickson, Mesquite, NV., Scott (Kathleen) Hendee, Rockton, IL., Brett (Rhonda) Hendee, Tampa, FL., Grandchildren: Sara (Ryan) Corcoran, St. Charles, IL., Rachel Hendee, Chicago, IL., Lisa, Michael, and Laura Hendee, Tampa, FL., Benjamin Hendrickson, Charlotte, NC., and Kathryn Hendee, Milwaukee, WI., Great grandchildren; Eden and James Corcoran, St. Charles, IL., Sister-in-law Gloria Knorr, Elizabeth Welsh, Brother-in-law Forrest Parks, and numerous nieces and nephews. Barb was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dick, brother Russell Welsh, and sisters Dorothy Donnelly, Lucille Reeverts, Helen Snyder, and Mary Parks. Barb's family would like to express special thanks to the caring staff at St. Anne's Center, Morning Star Village, and Northern Illinois Hospice in Rockford. Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm, Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St. in Byron, IL., Memorial service will be 11:00 am Friday, December 6 at the United Church of Bryon with the Rev. Michael Mulberry pastor of the church officiating. Private burial will be at the Byron Cemetery. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial fund has been established in Barbara's name.
5-7 pm, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Byron
11:00 am, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 at the United Church of Byron
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