Esther Siebenmark

Staff Writer
Morton Times-News

Esther Dixon Siebenmark, age 94, of Tremont, formerly of Morton, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at Pekin Hospital of natural causes.

She was born February 3, 1915, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Cyril and Alfrie Schlink Dixon. She married Robert Overman Siebenmark in Peoria on September 6, 1936. He preceded her in death on November 2, 1985.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Susan She is survived by one son, Robert Owen (Claudia) Siebenmark of Ridge, Maryland; two daughters, Carol (Pete) Miller of Tremont, and Beth Prebeck of Columbus, Indiana; and her son-in-law, Michael McCormick of Minonk.

She is also survived by nine grandchildren: Robert (Debbie) Siebenmark of St. Inigoes, Maryland, Wendy (Robert) Lee of Dameron, Maryland, Matt (Paula) Miller of Tremont, Ben (Joanne) Miller of Bloomington, Dan Miller of Peoria, Ensign Jeff Prebeck (U.S. Coast Guard) of Louisville, Kentucky, Jane (Kevin) Hurst of Columbus, Indiana, Jill (Paul) Weaver, of Hungary and Chad McCormick of Minonk. She is also survived by her cousin and dear friend Jewel Johnston of Rice Lake, Wisconsin. She had 11 great-grandchildren who were the joy of her life: Kristen, Kayla, Holly, Shanon, Robyn, Nathan, Jackson, Elijah, Levi, Silas and Ezra.

She was an art major at the University of Illinois and a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She also attended the Art Institute in Chicago. She was employed at the Red Wing Pottery showroom in the Chicago Merchandise Mart, and a well-known ceramics and porcelain teacher, last teaching at Fon Du Lac Park District in East Peoria. She also studied oil painting in Brussels, Belgium.

She served as Tazewell County Woman’s Club President, Morton Woman’s Club President, was active in the founding of the Morton School PTA, a member of Morton Garden Club, and a founding member of the China Art Guild. She was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood (since 1946) Chapter N.B. and was Past President of Chapter E.E.

She was a member of the Morton Community Church, and more recently she attended Northfield Christian Fellowship in Tremont. For the past two years she resided at Pekin Manor, where she had many friends and people she loved.

She was a great mom, grandma, teacher and friend and we will miss her wit and her giving and caring spirit greatly.

Visitation was Sunday, July 5th from 1 to 4 p.m. at Ludwig Mortuary in Morton. Her funeral was Monday, July 6th at 10 a.m. at Northfield Christian Fellowship, North Street in Tremont. Don Stuber officiated.

Burial was in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria. Memorials may be made to the Esther D. Siebenmark Memorial Fund, c/o Tremont First National Bank, P.O. Box 23, Tremont, IL 61568.

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