Neva King

Date of Birth

Aug 24,1911

Date of Death

Oct 26,2007

Neva King, age 96, of Maple Park, IL, passed away quietly in the early moring hours of Friday, October 26, 2007, leaving her tired and worn earthly body, she exchanged her cross for a promised crown.She was born August 24, 1911, in Pierce Twp., IL the daughter of Edward and Nellie Pearl (Ziegler) Dellenback. She attended local schools and graduated from Hinckley High School with the class of 1929. Neva was united in marriage to Edward King on February 21, 1931 in Aurora. They made their home there for a time and later lived on a farm near Kaneville for many years before settling in Maple Park in 1951. A busy wife and mother, Neva became the chauffeur for hundreds of kids when she began driving a school bus for Maple Park School and later for Kaneland Dist. 302. a job she kept until she retired in 1963.She and Ed enjoyed many trips to Northern Wisconsin where Ed loved the fishing and Neva was chief cook and bottle washer. They also traveled to the Cubs spring training camp in Arizona. Ed passed away in February of 1995, and Neva continued to live on her own until shortly after her 90th birthday in 2001, when she went to make her home with her daughter and son-in-law.Neva had a caregiver\\\’s heart, a generous spirit and hands that served others all of her life. In the little town with it’s tree shaded streets, Neva daily visited friends and those who were ill; always with homemade cookies or rice pudding to brighten another’s day. She was a familiar face on Main St. working in local businesses and making her daily trip to the post office. In her little hometown church, she enjoyed many hours quilting with the ladies and always mindful of the needs of others, she helped provide lunch after funeral services for many years. In addition, she and Ed found time to brighten everyone’s world with a yard full of flowers. Wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother; neighbor, friend, caregiver; Neva’s love and legacy will be remembered for generations to come.She is survived by two children:her son, Roger (Sally) King of St. Germain, WI and her daughter, Judy (Ken) Thorgesen, also of Maple Park.No miles were too many, no hours were too long or bleachers too high, to keep Ed and Neva from being their grandchildrens greatest fans. In later years, Neva continued to be a part of her grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s lives; the children enriched her days and she blessed theirs She leaves 7 grandchildren:Jay (Shari) King of Cedar Rapids, IAJodi (David) Bohnen andJeanna (Jimmy) Vogel, all of St. Germain, WI,Rick Thorgesen (Beth Noteman) of North Aurora, IL,Lisa (Chris) Peeler of Elburn, IL,David (Debbie) Thorgesen of Batavia, IL,and Kari (Ryan) Ruh, also of Elburn;13 great-grandchildren:(Jay’s): Ryan (Tiffany Homan), Amanda and Kellie King; (Jodi’s): Alison and Carly Bohnen; (Jeanna’s): Steven Vogel; (Lisa’s): Wyatt and Abigail Peeler; (David’s): Scott and Sean Langford, Amelia and Brianna Thorgesen; (Kari’s): Adalynn Ruh;In addition, she is survived by one sister, Vivian Whisler of Rockford, IL; several nieces and nephews; her faithful caregiver, Bev and a commuity of friends.She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward and one brother, Ervin Dellenback.She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Maple Park.A memorial has been established in Neva\\\’s name. Memorial checks may be made to the Neva King Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may be forwarded to the family at the same address or through her obituary at For information call 1-800-8CONLEY.

Friends may call at the Grace United Methodist Church, 506 Willow St., Maple Park on Thursday, November 1, 2007 from 5-8 pm.A funeral service to celebrate Neva’s life will be held at 10:30 am, Friday morning at the church. The Rev. Mark Meyers will officiate.

Interment will follow at Pierce Cemetery, Pierce Twp., IL.

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