Jillian Rebekah Geuns Hege, 23, of Annawan, danced her way to greet her heavenly family Friday, July 27, 2012. Jill’s death resulted from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She had been transported by helicopter to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, where she gave her organs to the Gift of Hope so that others might live. Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside services for family and close friends were held Tuesday, July 31, at the Dayton Corner’s Cemetery,?Colona. A general visitation/celebration of life was held Tuesday, July 31, at the Colona United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers and statues, the family requests memorials be made to the Jillian Hege Memorial Fund. In honor of Jill, attendees were asked to wear “comfy clothes” - jeans, tees, boots or flip flops, etc. Vandemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services assisted the family with arrangements.
She was born on April 8, 1989, in Geneseo, the daughter of James and Becky (Roesner) Geuns. She attended school and graduated from Geneseo High School in 2007. She had been an avid dancer for 15 years, having owned her own dance studio,?Dance Sensations, for several years. She had attended classes at BHC and had been on the GHS Pom Squad. She had been a Co-Op student at the Geneseo Library her senior year. She had been a member of Geneseo First United Methodist Church and Green River United Methodist Church, where she was an avid teacher and participant in lyrical dance, and learned her love of God and all His creations through many loving, talented adult mentors and teachers. She had been an 11-year member of the Geneseo?Girl Scouts and had earned her bronze, silver and gold awards. She had earned the Geneseo Women’s Club Outstanding Senior Girl Award at graduation from high school. She volunteered many hours at the Henry County Fair at the admission gates. She also had fostered kittens from the animal shelter. Jillian married Kameron Hege on July 9, 2011, in Colona. They bought a home in Annawan and lived well for a year.
Survivors include her husband, Kam of Annawan; parents, Jim and Becky Geuns of Green River; mother-in-law, Kandy Hege of Annawan; father-in-law, Ken Hege of Temple, Texas; grandparents-in-law, Robert and Elizabeth Bennett of Annawan; two brothers and spouse, Michael and Mandy Geuns of Prophetstown and Caleb Geuns of Leroy; a sister, Kari Geuns of Maquoketa,?Iowa; a niece, Allison Vandemore of Maquoketa; a nephew, Blake Geuns of Prophetstown; three aunts and spouses, Gerilyn and John Pritchard, Sally and Ernie Fuhr and Susan Djiovanis; three uncles and spouses, Ken and Deb Geuns, Mike and Pat Roesner and Bill and Pam Roesner; 13 cousins and many second cousins; her feline friends: Al, Angus and Freddy Sue; and many, many friends. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Chester and Carol Roesner and her paternal grandparents, Art and Roberta Geuns.
Page 2 of 2 - Jillian loved children and was an adoring aunt. She loved cats, gummy bears, all things country, shopping and vacationing in Florida. Jill epitomized the expression, “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but rather, dancing in the rain.”