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Adele M. Hawkins

March 7, 1943 — September 16, 2021

Adele M. Hawkins, nee Korte, 78, of Waterloo, IL, died September 16, 2021, in Waterloo, IL.

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Adele Hawkins. Adele was born in Bushy Prairie on March 7, 1943. On October 21, 1967 she married the love of her life, Ellery Hawkins. They recited their sacred vows of marriage at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. After marrying, they resided in Valmeyer and began their life as farmers. They raised their five children on their farm until the Flood of 1993. After their home they built themselves was flooded, they courageously decided to move their house to where it resides today along the beautiful bluff.

She is survived by her husband Ellery Hawkins; children Michelle (Shane) Miller, Kristin (Mike) McCarthy, Tammy (Garrin) Brumley, Jenny (Chris) Kohnz, & Garrett Hawkins; grandchildren Owen, Braden, Harrison, & Kierstin Miller, Morgan and Riley McCarthy, Gage and Ella Brumley, Guin, Gavin, Greta, and Griffin Kohnz; sisters Loretta (Clinton) Morrissett and Bernadette Pieper; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; nieces; nephews; and cousins.
Adele is preceded in death by her parents Bernard B. & Frances A. (nee Cawi) Korte; brother Lester Korte; sister Ruth M. Eschmann; uncle and aunt Syl and Dorothy Pieper.
Adele was a faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church. As a church trustee she was instrumental in the rebuilding of the church in the newly relocated Valmeyer after the Flood of 1993. She was a member and former president and secretary of St. Ann’s Altar Society. Adele also taught parish school of religion for St. Mary Church.

Not only was Adele active in her church, but she was also an integral part of her community. At Valmeyer School, she was a member of the Booster of School Sports and the PTA as well as a former president of the Music Boosters. Adele was also the 4 – H leader for Warnock 4 –H club, member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau, Monroe County Home Extension and American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

Adele had a passion for farm life working alongside her husband and was involved with every aspect of it. Adele managed all the finances for Peep – Hawk farms, drove tractors and trucks, picked up machinery parts, took her husband and son from field to field and brought countless meals to her “boys” while they were working.

In addition to her many activities and working on the farm, Adele still found time to have a garden, grow beautiful flowers and enjoyed keeping her yard mowed perfectly.
While her husband taught their son all about farming, Adele taught her four daughters everything they needed to know about making a loving home. Adele loved spending time in the kitchen making delicious meals for her family and baking cakes, pies, and cobblers.
But Adele was most known for her love for her family. She taught her children about strength, love and faith. She loved her grandchildren dearly, whether she was spoiling them with sweet treats, running them to practices or lessons, cheering them on at games, or enjoying their music performances, she was always there. With loving arms she bound her family together.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to:
St. Mary Catholic Church - Valmeyer, IL
4 PM to 8 PM Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at Quernheim Funeral Home
8 AM until 9:15 AM Wednesday at Quernheim Funeral Home

Funeral Mass:
10 AM Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer, IL
Father John Kizhakedan officiating

Interment at SS Peter & Paul Cemetery in Waterloo, IL

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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101 S Meyer Ave, Valmeyer, IL 62295

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