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Ilsa M. L. Ihne

March 27, 1913 December 20, 2006
Ilsa M. L. Ihne
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Winnebago - Ilsa M. L. Ihne, 93, of Winnebago, died Wednesday afternoon, December 20, 2006, in River Bluff Nursing Home, in Rockford. Born March 27, 1913, in rural Lanark, the daughter of Karl and Maria (Steuck) Kimpel. Ilsa married Merle H. Ihne on May 11, 1939, in Rockford. In the 1930's through the early 40's, known as the Red River Yodeler, Ilsa performed with the Wandering Vagabonds, a traveling minstrel group, throughout northern Illinois; in addition she performed on WLS Radio. She was an active leader in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies and Girl Scouts for many years. Ilsa also was an active member of Winnebago United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, served on many committees and served as communion steward for many years. As a talented seamstress, Ilsa filled the family's wardrobes and created a variety of costumes. Her passion for cooking and baking from scratch was legendary. Ilsa was known throughout the community for her wonderful pies and special dressing prepared for the church's annual turkey dinner. Having a big heart by providing care to others, she also enjoyed feeding and caring for stray cats.

Ilsa is lovingly survived by her daughter, Linda (Donald) Skwierawski of Galesville, Wis., sons, Merle (Suzanne Seeber) Ihne, Jr. of Muscatine, Iowa and John W. (Rebecca) Ihne of Rockford, grandchildren, Merle Ihne, III, Michael Ihne, Matthew (Connie) Skwierawski, Michele (Jeremy) Jones and Molly (Brian) Dado, great-grandchildren, Julia and Gracia Skwierawski and Mason Dado, several nieces and nephews, special sister-in-law, Lois Ihne Cook, special friend, Vivian Gaines and Ilsa's many dear Winnebago United Methodist Church friends and neighbors.

Ilsa was predeceased by her husband, Merle Ihne, Sr. on June 7, 1981, son, David K. Ihne, on November 22, 2005, one infant grandchild, brothers, Alvin and Frederick "Fritz" Kimpel and sisters, Clara Bohlman and Frieda Nelson.

Funeral Information

Service is at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 27, 2006, in Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago, with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until service time; the Rev. Rick Neblock, pastor of Winnebago United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial in Willwood Burial Park, in Rockford.

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