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Charlene Anita (Weber) Hanson

July 31, 1937 April 21, 2021
Charlene Anita (Weber) Hanson
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Charlene Anita (Weber) Hanson, 83, of Prophetstown, IL, died Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at Prairie Hills at Clinton, Clinton, IA.

Her graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Leon Cemetery in Prophetstown, with Rev. Jan Shaulis, Pastor of the Leon United Methodist Church in Prophetstown officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, April 30, 2021 at the Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home in Prophetstown. Memorials have been established to Prophetstown Area Historical Society & Compassus Hospice Care.

Charlene was born July 31, 1937 in Sterling, IL to Warren and Edna (Meier) Weber. She and her family lived on various farms around the Prophetstown community; initially living on a farm located on the Prophetstown-Rock Falls blacktop for several years then later moving to a farm in Sandytown. In 1944 her family moved to the farm that her father’s parents, Samuel and Alix Weber, farmed. The farm was located on the Henry County-Whiteside County line, 7 miles south of Prophetstown off of Highway 78. Her parents farmed there until 1975 when they retired and moved to town after which her brother farmed the family farm until 2012.

Charlene attended Pleasant Ridge School, Woodward’s Bluff School, and graduated from Prophetstown High School in 1955. She attended Carthage College in Carthage, IL for a year prior to returning home to Prophetstown to help her dad farm. In 1957 she started working at Soliday Farm Equipment as a bookkeeper. In November 1958, Charlene married Howard Hanson at Leon United Methodist Church. They farmed in the Yorktown area from 1958 to 1977, until Howard passed away in the fall of 1977. While helping Howard with the farm she also started working in 1960 at the Eclipse Lawn Mower Company which was later sold to Penberthy, International. She initially worked as a bookkeeper in the Accounts Receivable Department and later worked as a computer operator. Charlene retired from Penberthy after 40 years in July 2000.

Charlene was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Prophetstown. She was also an avid and longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Beginning in 1957 and spanning the next 60 years. She started with the Hooppole Chapter in March 1957, moving to the Morning Star Chapter in Tampico in 1984, merging with the Minerva Chapter No. 6 in Prophetstown in 1994, which later merged with the Sterling Chapter in 2011. In 2016, Charlene transferred from the Sterling Chapter No. 354 to the Moline Chapter No. 258 and established dual membership with the Clinton Chapter No. 65 as a life member. In addition to being a very active member in Eastern Star, attending numerous meetings and conferences, which found her driving across the Midwest any time of the day or night, she held a significant number of leadership positions. Positions held, often multiple times, over the years included: Associate Conductress, Conductress, Associate Matron, Worthy Matron, Chaplain, Organist, Secretary, Esther, various installing officer positions, Grand Organist, Grand Representative, Grand Lecturer instructing other Chapters, and held the honorary title of Grand Lecturer Emeritus of The Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star of Illinois. Charlene was active in numerous other organizations and like Eastern Stars assumed leadership roles: President of the local Prophetstown AARP Chapter and Secretary for the Prophetstown High School Alumni Association. She was at one time a member of Prophet Hills Country Club and thoroughly enjoyed golfing with friends. She also enjoyed attending performances with friends at the Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island. In addition, Charlene enjoyed crafts, gardening, cooking, and helping at her church, First Lutheran Church, Good Samaritan, and Pat’s Table in Prophetstown.

Survivors include one niece, Bethany (John Butemeyer, PhD) Toppert, PhD of Grapevine, TX; three Nephews, Mark (Jane) Toppert of Mullin, TX, Colonel Kent A. (Gaye) Toppert, USAF, Retired of New Braunfels, TX, Lt. Col. Gary (Marcy) Toppert, USAF, Retired of Abilene, TX; fourteen great nieces and nephews; two great great nieces, one great great nephew; numerous beloved cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Warren and Edna Weber; her husband, Howard; one brother, Lt. Col. Arlyn (Betty) Toppert, USAF, Retired.
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5:00 PM 4/30/2021 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 4/30/2021 8:00:00 PM
Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home

320 LaFayette Street
Prophetstown, IL 61277

Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home
320 LaFayette Street Prophetstown 61277 IL
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10:00 AM 5/1/2021 10:00:00 AM
Leon Cemetery

17173 Lomax Road
Prophetstown, IL 61277

Leon Cemetery
17173 Lomax Road Prophetstown 61277 IL
United States

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Leon Cemetery Final Resting Place

17173 Lomax Road
Prophetstown, IL 61277

17173 Lomax Road Prophetstown 61277 IL
United States

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Prophetstown Area Historical Society

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