ROSE STOCK LUNDQUIST, 87, of Arthur, passed away at 11:22 A.M. on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at her beloved family home.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the Vine Street Christian Church, 249 S. Vine St. in Arthur, IL. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Pastor Bob Silvanik will officiate. The burial will be in the Arthur Cemetery. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Rose was born on October 29, 1930 in Tuscola, IL. She was the second daughter of Gottfried Herman and Gladys Helena (Fleming) Stock. She married Robert Allen “Lundy” Lundquist on December 27, 1952 in Arthur, IL. He passed away on August 18, 2012.
Survivors include two children, Beth Jones and her husband Ron of Owatonna, MN and Bob Lundquist and his wife Sue of West Chester, PA; five grandchildren: Emily, Sara, and Peter Jones all of Owatonna, MN, Meg Minkler and her husband Jamie of Washington D.C., and David Lundquist of Stamford, CT; and her devoted cat, Max.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband “Lundy,” one sister, Eileen Stock Warber, Lundy’s parents Noble and Florence Lundquist, and her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dolores and Nelson McPherson.
Rose graduated from Arthur High School in 1948 where she played oboe in the band and was voted ‘Most Likely to Succeed’ by her classmates. In 1952, she earned her Ph.B. in Education from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL. She was very active in music, playing oboe in the University Orchestra and Concert Band at Wesleyan, as well as for the Bloomington-Normal Symphony. A couple of her other accomplishments of note are being elected president of her sorority, Sigma Alpha Iota, and acting as Student Welfare Commission Chairman.
Rose began her teaching career in Bloomington, IL. After taking a break to raise her children, who she always loved and supported, she resumed teaching first grade in Butler, New Jersey. She retired from teaching in 1991 with a total of 34 years. She was an active member of the Butler United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School, sang in the Choir, and was in the Women’s Circle. She was also a P.E.O. Sister. When she moved back to Arthur she returned to active membership in the Vine Street Christian Church and the Christian Women’s Fellowship. In addition, she volunteered regularly at Meals on Wheels and the Arthur Visitors Center.
Rose enjoyed quilting, reading, and doing the daily New York Times crossword puzzles. She was a true lover of the arts, going to the opera and symphony, as well as Broadway plays and the ballet. She was also an avid walker and loved watching sports. She was a loyal Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed Big 10 sports, especially the Fighting Illini. Rose, Lundy, and her sister Eileen all enjoyed taking trips together, especially to England. She relished her yearly visits to Cape Cod, sailing and sharing beach time with family and friends.
Rose is remembered as kind, elegant, generous, sweet, reserved, inquisitive, and loved by all. She lived a truly successful life!
Rose’s family would like to extend a warm and sincere thank you to Irene Kuhns, Viola Jess, and Brianne Magiar for their undying devotion and care in her final years. Rose couldn’t have been in her home, where she always desired to be, for so long without them.
Memorials may be made to the Vine Street Christian Church, 249 S. Vine, Arthur, IL 61911 or the Arthur Public Library, 225 S. Walnut, Arthur, IL 61911.