Josephine?“Jo” DeDecker, 91, of Atkinson, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at the Hammond-Henry Hospital Extended Care Unit. Funeral services celebrating her life were held Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Atkinson Congregational Church. The Rev. Mike McBride officiated. Burial was in St.

Anthony’s?Cemetery, Atkinson. Visitation was held Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Vandemore?Funeral Home, Atkinson. Memorials may be made to the Atkinson Rescue Squad or the Atkinson Congregational Church.


Josephine?“Jo” DeDecker, 91, of Atkinson, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at the Hammond-Henry Hospital Extended Care Unit. Funeral services celebrating her life were held Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Atkinson Congregational Church. The Rev. Mike McBride officiated. Burial was in St.
Anthony’s?Cemetery, Atkinson. Visitation was held Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Vandemore?Funeral Home, Atkinson. Memorials may be made to the Atkinson Rescue Squad or the Atkinson Congregational Church.

She was born July 9, 1918, in Annawan, the daughter of Roy and Gladys (Rorah) Wells. She married Eli DeDecker Nov. 7, 1937, in Atkinson. He died in 1980. She farmed with her husband, Eli, north of Atkinson for 22 years. She also had been employed at the Geneseo Good Samaritan Village in housekeeping for 11 years as well as working as a salad maker for the former Sauk Trail Inn, Annawan, and the former Atkinson Plaza Restaurant. She was an active member of the Atkinson Congregational Church and belonged to the Daughters of Ruth at the church. She loved crocheting and spending time with her family and friends. She had a great love for animals, liked all kinds of music, especially from the 40’s and 50’s. She enjoyed playing her organ and rejuvenating old dolls and then giving them to charity. She enjoyed canning fruits and vegetables, and fishing with her sons.

Survivors include two sons and spouses, Leon and Ruth DeDecker of Annawan and Eugene and
Barbara DeDecker of Atkinson; two grandchildren, Marty DeDecker of Annawan, and Dawn Tilp of Rock Island; two stepgrandchildren, Travis Goosens of Chadwick and Angela Clarke of LeRoy; four great-grandchildren, Michael, Matthew and Molly DeDecker and Sara Tilp; three stepgreat-grandchildren, Jessica and Cade Clarke and Wyatt Goosens; one sister, Maxine Gash of Kewanee, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; a sister, Shirley Douglas, and two nieces.