Colleen Rhodes, 80, of Rockford, Ill., and formerly of Le Mars, died Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, at Provena St. Anne Center in Rockford, Ill.
Colleen Ellen Rhodes was born Oct. 11, 1924, on a farm near Merrill, the daughter of Arthur and Ellen (Lake) Lindsey. She graduated as the valedictorian from Liberty High School in 1943.
On Feb. 18, 1945, Colleen and Wendell Rhodes were united in marriage at Riverside, Calif. They made their home in Brookings, S.D., while Wendell finished college at South Dakota State University (SDSU). They moved to Albert Lea, Minn., and both Colleen and Wendell worked for the Albert Lea Tribune. The couple moved to Rockford, Ill., in 1956. Colleen worked for Ideal Uniform Services in Rockford for 29 years, retiring in 1986.
Colleen was a member of the Broadway Methodist Church. She was also a member of Altrusa International and the Credit Women's International where she served as second vice president. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, embroidery and was a volunteer at Midway Village Museum. Colleen's great-grandfather was a founder in Rockford and helped to build the Lake Peterson House.
Survivors include her husband Wendell of Rockford, Ill.; a brother, Duane Lindsey of Edina, Minn.; close family members including Ron Morris and his wife Betty of Stillman Valley, Ill., Sara and Brian Morris of Rockford, Ill.; many nieces and nephews, Jack Lindsey and his wife, Deb, Tom Lindsey, Susan Young and her husband, Jerry, Danet Ketleson and her husband, John, Rick Lindsey, Mike Lindsey and his wife, Marcy, and several great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Clinton; sisters-in-law Janet Lindsey and Marion Lindsey, and a nephew Randall Lindsey.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Merrill First United Methodist Church. Pastor Benjamin Meeks will officiate. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Merrill. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today (Friday) at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral.