|July 15, 1918 - January 29, 2012|
|Rock Island, Illinois|
|Visitation: 4:00-7:00pm Wednesday February 01, 2012 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island|
|Funeral Service: 11:00am Thursday February 02, 2012 at Bethel-Wesley United Methodist Church, Moline|
|Interment: , at Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island |
|Katherine F. Trunnell Edstrom, 93, went home to her Lord on Jan. 29, 2012, in hospice care at Trinity Rock Island, surrounded by her family.|
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Bethel-Wesley United Methodist Church, Moline. Burial will be at Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethel-Wesley Church, Moline, or to Friendship Manor, Rock Island.
Katherine was born July 15, 1918, in Sumner, Iowa, the daughter of Donald C. Trunnell and Ruby Griffin Trunnel Nichol. She grew up in Rock Island and graduated from Rock Island High School in 1936, and from Brown's Business School, Davenport.
Katherine had a 37-year secretarial career with IBM where she worked in the Moline office, was promoted to the Chicago district and regional offices and returned to the new Moline office to finish her career as an administrative analyst. She was a member of the National Secretaries Association and earned the Certified Professional Secretary degree. In 1965, she was selected “Secretary of the Year” for the Lake Shore Chapter of NSA in Chicago, and received the same honor in 1972 by the Rock River Chapter of NSA.
Katherine was active in United Methodist churches in Rock Island, Oak Park and Moline. While a member of First UM Church Rock Island (now Two Rivers UMC) she taught children's Sunday school classes, was an MYF youth leader during her children's junior high and high school years, was a member of the Keystone Class, the Wesleyan Service Guild and the Miriam Circle. At Cuyler UMC, Oak Park, she sang in the choir, was a member of the administrative board, and was a leader of a United Methodist Women and UM Business Women's Circle. Her recent membership was with Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church in Moline, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women and the Priscilla Circle.
She belonged to the Rock Island County Historical Society and the Rock Island Historic Preservation. She was a member of the Blanche W. Wurbs Circle of King's Daughters and resided at Friendship Manor from 1992 to 2011. She was a member of the Red Hat Society. In her retirement years, she enjoyed playing golf, working crossword puzzles and spending time with her family and friends.
Katherine is survived by her daughters, Katherine Danielle Halverson (Brent), Auburn, Ala., and Mary Linda Prester-Stout (Wayne), Illinois City. She is survivied by four grandchildren, John Michael Prester, Holly Prester Castens (Troy), all of Rock Island; Jason (April) Halverson, and great-grandchildren, Hannah and Jackson, Opelika, Ala.; and Peter (Lucy) Halverson and great-granddaughter, Camille, Jackson, Miss. She is also survived by her sister, Donna Laughead, Grand Haven, Mich.
She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, George Nichol; sister, Betty Colby; and son-in-law, John N. Prester.
I will sure miss coming out to care for Katherine on Sundays. She was such a sheet lady and I enjoyed my time with her and will always remember the time I spent with her. I pray for peace for her family and knowing that someday they will be sure to see her again.
-- Jill Kerofsky
May you be at peace, grandma. Your life has left a lasting impression on all of us. We will never forget you.
-- Peter Halverson
Our condolences to Mary and Wayne and family. Only met her a couple of times and the first time was when she was showing me all the Ivy vines on her house that started from the Cubs Park in Chicago. Prayer's to all the familly.
-- Jerry & Carol Waeyaert
Rest in Peace, Katherine. Thanks for your help.
-- Emil Hansen