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Margaret Anna Ebens
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Margaret Anna Ebens, 97, closed her eyes and drifted off to Heaven in the Arms of Angels on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at home with her family by her side. She fought a valiant fight against breast cancer on three separate occasions, never ceasing to amaze us all with her resiliency. Unfortunately, the cancer metastasized and took a stronger hold than even Margaret could battle.

Born April 1, 1920 in Rockford, Illinois, she was the eldest daughter of the late Fred Two and Anna (Anderson) Two. At an early age, she married Everett Wienzierl and then completed her life with 70 years of marriage to Ralph L. Ebens.

She graduated in 1938 from Central High School, one of the last graduating classes before the city voted to build Rockford East and Rockford West High School. She worked briefly at National Lock doing piece work during World War II.

Having lived through the Great Depression, Margaret knew the value of the dollar and hard work. Working hand in hand with Ralph, she became homemaker, secretary, bookkeeper, financial wizard, and handyman as they built a fuel and heating business, remodeled and reconstructed 30 plus apartment buildings, built their lifetime home and cared for their growing family.

Ralph and Margaret enjoyed traveling. From the Hot Air Balloons in New Mexico, The Grand Canyon, Yosemite Park, Branson, Mt. Rushmore and the ultimate adventure to Alaska in their motorhome. Many memories were made and shared.

Margaret thrived as a “snowbird”, spending 40 years wintering in Fort Myers, Florida. She was a butterfly escaping her cocoon when she joined the ladies group and sang in the choir at nursing homes for the “elderly”. So many life changing events from donning slacks instead of dresses, to joining craft clubs and going to theaters and dinner shows with her lady friends. She enjoyed riding her three wheeler around the park, stopping to talk to this neighbor or that one along the way. She loved to crochet afghans and pillows and shared so many with friends and family.

Even at 97, she proved that cancer couldn’t take her sharp mind as she completed cryptograms and sudoku puzzles every day. She kept a precise log of expenditures and still did her own taxes.

Her greatest pride, will always be, her five generation family. She was happiest when spending time with them. Her spontaneous smile and generous hugs were shared by all.

She leaves her loving memories to be shared by her daughter, Carol (Mike) Cichella-Jessup, her son, Gene (Mary) Wienzierl, her grandchildren - John Carlson Jr., Corrie (Tim) Strommer, Matthew (Tosha) Cichella, Kimberly Dunaway, Tammy Jo (Robert) Horsley and Tiffany (Ed) Kindred as well as 14 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Her love and life will always be shared by Perry and Judy Cramer, Penny (Al) Jones, Chuck Cichella and Vicki Van Schaik.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Ebens, her parents Fred and Anna Two, her sisters Mary (Walt) Johnson and Katherine Cramer, her granddaughter Wendy Beauchamp and grandsons Michael Cichella and DJ Beauchamp.

Special thanks to each and every person at Agrace Hospice. God has given you a very special talent and blessed you with a loving, caring heart. Losing a loved one is unbearable, but your constant compassion, understanding and support helped my daughter, Corrie and myself make it through these impossible days and nights as we held her hand. There aren’t adequate words to express the gratitude our family feels for all you did.

Also, thanks to her grandson, John Carlson, for living with her for this past year, being so attentive and caring, waiting on his grandmother's every need. Thanks to Perry and Judy for always being there for my Mom, but being my support system. Thanks to Corrie for standing by my side during the final days, caring for her grandmother during extremely emotional times. Each of you enriched my Mom's final days and I know she could feel the love we all shared for her. She’s smiling down on all of us!

Funeral Ceremonies will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, November 2, 2017 at McCorkle Funeral Home-Rockton Chapel 767 N. Blackhawk Blvd., Rockton, Illinois with Pastor William Geiseman officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until the Funeral Ceremony Thursday. Burial will follow at Scandinavian Cemetery, Rockford, Illinois.

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10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
McCorkle Funeral Home - Rockton Chapel

767 N. Blackhawk Blvd.
Rockton, IL 61072

Funeral Ceremony




11:30 AM
McCorkle Funeral Home - Rockton Chapel

767 N. Blackhawk Blvd.
Rockton, IL 61072

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Scandinavian Cemetery

Rural and Prospect
Rockford, IL 61101


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