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Geraldine R. Woolwine
Geraldine R. Woolwine
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Geraldine R. Woolwine

WILMINGTON-Geraldine Rose Woolwine, 98, of Wilmington, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Riverside Medical Center.

Born Feb. 24, 1914 in Wilmington, Geraldine was a daughter of Albert and Margaret McMaster- Schutten. She was raised and educated in Wilmington where she graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1931. Geraldine married Ernest L. Woolwine on July 14, 1931. Geraldine was not only known as a homemaker but also enjoyed dancing, writing poetry, and was proud to have participated in the war effort during World War II. She was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church where she was actively involved in the Mother's Club and St. Rose School. Geraldine was also a member of the Royal Neighbors of America, involved in the Wilmington Youth Center, and served as an Election Judge.

Survivors include six children: Connie (the late Richard) Houdlett of Kankakee, Gary Woolwine of Naperville, Jim (Sue) Woolwine of Orinda, CA.; Dave (Tim McFarland) Woolwine of Kansas City, MO; Mark (Joan) Woolwine of Plainfield and Tom (Hedy) Woolwine of Des Moines, IA; 24 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Kathryn Chambers of Overland Park, KS; numerous nieces and nephews, and special friends, Jack and Madonna Orr of Verona and Leona Yeates of Wilmington.

Geraldine was preceded in death by her husband and parents; daughter, Peggy Chapman; two grandchildren: Susan Houdlett-Watrous and Don Chapman; brother, Albert "Bud" (Lucille) Schutten; sister, Verna Mae (Roy) Keeley; brothers and sisters-in-law: David Chambers, Cleo (Paul) Triplett, Lyle (Lillian) Woolwine and Michael (Virginia) Byron.

Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 12 from 10-10:45 a.m. at Freitag-Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 E. Kahler Rd. in Wilmington. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow Saturday in Saint Rose Catholic Church, 624 S. Kankakee St. in Wilmington at 11 a.m. Reverend Steve Bondi and Deacon Don Dyer will officiate and burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington. A memorial luncheon will immediately follow the services in Saint Rose School Hall.

Pallbearers will be Gary Woolwine, Jim Woolwine, David Woolwine, Mark Woolwine, Tom Woolwine and Jack Orr.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Geraldine's memory to Saint Rose School Endowment Fund, 626 S. Kankakee St., Wilmington, IL 60481.

Friends may sign the online guest book or send private condolences to the family by logging onto

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Matthew R. Baskerville, CFSP.

Related Links:
• Freitag-Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Home

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