Mary Lou Sheets, 92, of Geneseo, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at WoodRidge Supportive Living Center, in Geneseo, with her daughter, Julie, and son-in-law, Steve, by her side. Per her request, no visitation will be held. A private funeral service will be at Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory, in Geneseo. The Rev. Dr. Chris Ritter will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, in Geneseo. Those serving as pallbearers will be: Michael Atwell, Bruce Fehlman, John Greenwood, Mike Haugse, Kevin Paxton, Denny Reese and Larry Vandersnick. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to hospice or WoodRidge Supportive Living Center or toward a nursing scholarship.
Mary Lou was born Oct. 9, 1926, the daughter of Lewis and Mabel (Dahlgren) Synkersen. She married Charles L. Sheets on Sept. 11, 1948. He preceded her in death on March 3, 1984. Mary Lou graduated from Galva High School in 1944 and then went on to Moline Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing graduating in 1948. She worked 10 years for Dr. P. J. Doering and Dr. J.C. Parsons and later became a charge nurse/manager for more than 25 years at Hammond-Henry Hospital.
Mary Lou was an outstanding cook and baker of yeast breads/rolls/pastries and pies. She enjoyed hosting and attending coffees and happy hours, playing bridge, watching college and NBA basketball and listening to Geneseo football on the radio. She was an avid reader and listener of TV news. She was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church, in Geneseo, and active participant of the United Methodist Women and for many years helped with funeral lunches. She found great enjoyment caring for her grand dogs. Involvement in her grandson Hunter’s life brought her the most special joy.
Special acknowledgement and gratitude to the WoodRidge staff and the hospice team and special friends, John and Diane Greenwood for the attentive care, kindness, and respect they provided daily. She loved and appreciated every one of them.
Those left to cherish her memory are one daughter, Julie (Steve) Fiers, of Geneseo; one grandson; Hunter Fiers, of Chicago; one brother, Dean Seefeld, of Normal; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; her parents Lewis and Mabel Synkersen; two brothers; two sisters; and her grand-dog, Vinny, who passed away a few days before her.