Meryle Arlene Hornecker, 94, of Geneseo, died Sept. 3, 2012, at Manor Care Nursing Home, Rolling Meadows. Funeral services celebrating her life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Vandemore Funeral Home Ltd., Geneseo. The Rev. Dr. David Esche, First Presbyterian Church, Geneseo, will officiate. Burial will be in North Cemetery, Geneseo. A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Geneseo or Friends of the Hennepin Canal-Renaissance Project.
She was born on Aug. 14, 1918, in Atkinson, the daughter of Clarence C. and Ida May (VanDewoestine) Atwell. She married William Edward (Bill) Hornecker on July 12, 1941, in the First Presbyterian Church of Geneseo. He died on May 16, 1994. She graduated from Atkinson High School in 1936, Kewanee Business College in 1939 and Floral Design School in Chicago in 1947. From 1947 through 1977, Meryle and Bill Hornecker owned Hornecker's Greenhouse on East South State Street in Geneseo. After retirement, they enjoyed many trips with family and friends throughout the United States. Among the most memorable ones were their two trips up the Alcan Highway to Alaska in their RV. She was a 66-year member of the First Presbyterian Church of Geneseo, 50-year member of the Geneseo Women's Club, and member of the Geneseo Women of the Moose. Her love of flowers was evidenced in her affiliation with the National Home Gardening Club. Meryle volunteered for many activities. She was a long-time volunteer for the Red Cross blood drives in Geneseo. More recently, while in Hawaii visiting her son Rick, she was a USO volunteer. Among the community activities she enjoyed were AARP potluck dinners at the Senior Center, Richmond Hill plays, ham and bean suppers at the Izaak Walton League Park, Green Machine football games, ice cream socials at the park, and dancing to the Green River Boys.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Jule and Marvin Selock of Palatine; two sons and daughters-in-law, Rick and Laura Hornecker of Anchorage, Alaska, and Barry and Suzanne Hornecker of Bloomingdale; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Daryl and Jennifer Selock, Darren and Nichole Selock, Kristine Armfield, Shawn Hornecker, Rebecca Spain, Tom and Lori Hornecker and Katie and Tim Wingenter; 13 great grandchildren, Owen and Nolan Selock, Amber Selock, Ashleigh Jackson, Katie Armfield, Austin Andrews, Rebecca and Joshua Hornecker, Courtney and Brianna Spain, Natalie and Olivia Hornecker and Kaleb Wingenter; one brother and sister-in-law, Eldon Atwell and sister-in-law, Margaret of Cambridge; and one sister-in-law, Violet (Hornecker) Lindstrom of Bedford, Texas. She was preceded in death by William E. Hornecker, beloved husband of more than 50 years; an infant son and brother Floyd (Mike) Atwell.