Deborah A. Solberg, 59 of Normal, Ill. went home to be with her Lord and Savior at 10:38 a.m., Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at her residence with her family by her side.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Eastview Christian Church in Normal with Pastor Ed Wright officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday. Internment will be at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Deborah’s name may be made to Eastview Christian Church, Evergreen Family Friendship Service or Community Cancer Center.
Deborah was born on Jan. 11, 1954, in Pontiac, Ill. the daughter of Sidney E. Smith and June Thomas. Deborah married Tait Solberg on Aug. 6, 1976.
She is loved and remembered by her daughters, Jessica Desai of Lincoln, and Lindsay Solberg, Normal; her mother, June Thomas of Bloomington; her sister, Cathy Smith of Greenville, SC; her brothers, Craig Smith of Bloomington and Mark (Linda) Smith of Pontiac; nieces, Heather and Cally Smith; nephews, Connor and Trenton Smith as well as by many good friends and co-workers.
Deborah was preceded in death by her father and grandparents.
After graduating from Pontiac High School in 1973, Deborah attended Illinois Wesleyan University from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. She also attended Illinois State University and received certification as a Registered Music Therapist. She later continued her education at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill. and earned an Adult Bible Study Certificate.
For sixteen years, Deborah worked as the office administrator at Grace Church in Normal. While at Grace Church she directed the adult choir for 10 years, coordinated worship teams, was an Awana leader, led women’s Bible studies and participated in mission trips to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, New York City, and China. She left Grace and moved to Taiyuan, China where she worked for Shanxi Evergreen Service. Evergreen consists of a group of Christian professionals from China and around the world working for Evergreen, a non-profit organization seeking to meet the needs of the poor in China through supplying medicine, teaching English as a second language and agriculture skills, introducing small business ventures as well as supporting and building up the local church and training local Chinese partners to continue and expand the work being done. Deborah returned to Normal and worked for the last seven years at COUNTRY Financial. She started in the Customer Service Center and then transitioned to Learning & Development, finishing with Corporate Communications as a Web Publishing Analyst for the company’s internal website.
For the last 3 years she led a women’s small group Bible Study (the best group ever) at Eastview Christian Church in Normal.
Deborah’s passion included sharing the love of Jesus, God’s Word and mentoring others. Her interests included individual and group Bible study, worship music, calligraphy, beading, jewelry making, cooking and biking.
Deborah’s life was distinguished by her love for and confidence in her Savior and her unyielding trust in his faithfulness and provision. "You, Lord, give true peace to those who depend on you, because they trust you." Isaiah 26:3. Deborah personified the true peace of Christ to all who shared in the final months of her life.
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Marcia L. Swanson
Marcia Lucille Swanson, 103, of Bloomington, Ill. passed away on April 22, 2013 at 5:13 p.m. in Bloomington at Martin Health Center. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington with Rev. Camilla Hempstead officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. at the memorial home.
Entombment will be in Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 502 E Front Street, Bloomington, Ill. 61701, Illinois Wesleyan University, 1312 Park Street, Bloomington, Ill. 61701, Westminster Village, 2025 E Lincoln Street, Bloomington, Ill. 61701, or to Advocate Hospice, 1304 Franklin Ave., Normal, Ill. 61761 in Marcia's name.
She was born Oct. 13, 1909, at home in Cornell, Ill., daughter of Frank and Nellie Johnson. She married David E. Swanson of DeKalb, Ill., on July 7, 1940, in Bloomington, and they were blessed with 37 years of marriage. He passed away on Oct. 3, 1977.
Survivors include many nieces and nephews, Carole (Higdon) Ryan of Alamo, CA, Joan (Johnson) Pieper of Napa, CA, Jack Bell of Newark, Ohio, Tom Johnson of Blufton, South Carolina, Roger Johnson of Hilton Head, S.C. , Craig Johnson of Huntington Beach, CA, Sue Coburn of San Diego, CA, Bill Phelps of Salinas, CA, Frank Johnson of Hoover, AL, Victor Johnson of El Cerrito, Paul Johnson of El Cerrito, Gail Johnson of Thousand Oaks, CA, Nellie (Johnson) Horton of San Rafael, CA, Jean (Swanson) Pumfrey of Sycamore, Ill., Sue (Swanson) Faris of Rockford, Ill., David Swanson of Honolulu, HI, and Jeff Swanson, Antioch, Ill., cousin Dan and Liz Johnson of Somanauk, Ill., and many great nieces and nephews, and friends.
Marcia was preceded in death by her husband, Dave Swanson, their baby boy, five brothers, Richard, Harold, Marshall, Meredith, and Fred, and five sisters, Vera, Kathryn, Estelle, Margaret, and Marie, and several cousins.
Marcia graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1934, with her Bachelor's Degree in Education, and was a lifelong member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. While at the University she played basketball and baseball.
She was a high school teacher for several years in Chenoa, Ill., and after she and Dave moved to Berkeley, CA, she taught there also. Her subjects were Home Economics, Science, and Physical Education. Marcia loved to sew, cook, do crossword puzzles, play cards, and visit with family.
Marcia and Dave traveled quite extensively while he was with State Farm Insurance, first at the Regional Office in Berkeley, CA, and then back in Bloomington at the Home Office. She was a devoted member of Wesley Methodist Church, Brokaw Women's Auxiliary, P.E.O., and for many years was on the Women's Bowling Team at Bloomington Country Club.
Her family was blessed to have Marcia with them for so many years in such good health. She always felt she was blessed to have so many good family members and loving friends. She will be missed but will remain in our hearts forever.
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