Elvera L. Taets, 92, of Geneseo, formerly of Annawan, died Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care, Geneseo. A funeral Mass was held Monday, April 8 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Atkinson. Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Annawan. The Rev. Tony Lee officiated. A visitation was held Sunday, April 7 at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, Annawan where a parish rosary was held. Memorials may be made to the Elvera Taets Memorial Fund or to Sacred Heart Cemetery.
Elvera DeDecker was born on Jan. 24, 1921, in Annawan, the daughter of Julius and Elizabeth (DeRycke) DeDecker. She was raised and educated in the Annawan area. She married Raymond Taets on Jan. 9, 1946, in Annawan. He died on July 26, 2002. She attended Hershey School of Beauty Culture in Kewanee. She had worked in Havens Beauty Salon in Annawan and had a shop in her own home for several years.
She was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Atkinson and a former member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Annawan and its Altar and Rosary Society; she was a past officer of Henry County Home Extension; served on the board of Annawan-Alba Library; member of Geneseo Moose Lodge and had volunteered for the bloodmobile for many years. She enjoyed reading, golf, crocheting and cooking for her family.
Survivors include her daughter, Carol Lynn Bogner of Lombard; son and daughter-in-law, Gail and Jodi Taets of Princeton; granddaughter, Hallie Taets of Princeton; step granddaughter, Lisa (Joshua) Catton; step grandson, Joshua Lange; step great grandson, Karter Catton; sisters, Bernadine (Arnold) Betcher of Annawan; Helen DeVrieze of Annawan; and brother, Francis DeDecker of Sheffield. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and a sister, Delores Hartman.