Header Graphic
Obits > 1937 - Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson Henrekin

Submitted by P Taylor

Sterling Daily Gazette

June 2, 1937


Widow of Late A. J. Henrekin, Former Groceryman Here For Many Years

Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson Henrekin, 56, widow of the late A. J. Henrekin, died suddenly at her late home, 207 West Sixth street at 8:15 o'clock Wednesday morning just as her son John was leaving the house for his day's work. A heart attack seized her and she called her son and dropped lifeless. Her death was most unexpected as Mrs. Henrekin had not been suffering particularly bad health, although she had been under the care of a physician.

The body was taken to the Forster funeral home, where it will remain until Wednesday evening and be returned to the Henrekin residence, Friday at 9 a. m. the funeral will take place from St. Mary's church, after which the body accompanied by the funeral party will go to Tampico and committal will be in St. Mary's cemetery at that place.

Mrs. Henrekin was born June 13, 1880 at Elgin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Thompson. Her father died soon after she was born, and her mother passed away when she was but 10 years of age. She was taken by her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. William McLean of Tampico, into their home where she was reared and educated, having been a graduate of the Tampico high school. She and Mr. Henrekin who was also a graduate of Tampico high school, were married in 1900 at Tampico.

After living in that town for a short time the couple moved to Ohio Station and lived there until 1914 when they moved to Sterling, and which had been her home ever since. Mr. and Mrs. Henrekin conducted a high class grocery, known as Henrekin's food market, in the Santee building at the southeast corner of Locust street and Fifth, for a number of years. Mr. Henrekin preceded her in death in 1933.

Two Sons Survive

Two children born to their union are F. Ronald Henrekin of Sycamore, and John G. of Sterling, and who lived with his mother. There also survive two grandchildren, Patricia and James, sons of Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Henrekin, Sycamore.

Mrs. Henrekin was a member of St. Mary's church and of the Alter and Rosary society of that parish. She was a devoted wife and mother, a faithful church worker and was much loved by a wide circle of friends who esteemed her for her kindly ways and devotion. The sympathy and condolences of many friends go to the bereaved family.

Ronald Henrekin was notified immediately of the death of his mother and came to Sterling at once.

TAMPICO AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY - MUSEUM - FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY/RESEARCH CENTER  119 Main St., P. O. Box 154,  Tampico, IL  61283   www.tampicohistoricalsociety.com   tampicoareahistory@gmail.com  We are an all-volunteer organization so your donations are always appreciated!  Sign up to receive our e-newsletter. Thank you!  Visit us on FACEBOOK.