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Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

8800 North Alpine Road, Machesney Park, IL

OBITUARY

Elmer D. Held

July 7, 1928January 8, 2020
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Elmer D. Held was born on July 7, 1928 to Christ Held and Pauline Steinke in a log cabin in Athens, Wisconsin. Elmer met the love of his life, JoAnn Hardt at the Athens Assembly of God Church. They married on October 14, 1950. Elmer & JoAnn farmed the family homestead until 1966 when they move to Rockford, Illinois. There he began his plumbing career with his brother Hebert and eventually began his own plumbing business. He enjoyed riding along with son even last week as his son continues to run the business.Elmer loved his Jesus. He loved his family and he loved to laugh. He was always teasing someone and joking around. Even when his wife was quite ill, he had joy to share. He attended City Church, formerly First Assembly, where he served as an usher for 50 years. Elmer was proceeded in death by his parents and siblings. Survived by his wife of 69 years, JoAnn. Daughters: Joan Kolanowski & Jane (Don) Pershing of Tulsa, and son, Lonnie, his eight grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 13, 2020 at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park, IL 61115. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. prior to the service. Entombment in Sunset Memorial Gardens. To share a memory, please visit www.Sunsetfhmemgardens.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Elmer was proceeded in death by his parents and siblings. Survived by his wife of 69 years, JoAnn. Daughters: Joan Kolanowski & Jane (Don) Pershing of Tulsa, and son, Lonnie, his eight grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Visitation Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service Monday, January 13, 2020

Memories

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ELSIE HARDT

January 12, 2020

Elmer was my brother in law. And from the first time I met him, he had a big smile and we had a standing joke about frogs, because I commented how big one was in his yard. From then on, when we saw each other once a year, we would have a frog statue or baby frog statues to give one another when we saw each other once a year. Russ and I lived in Mo. and we would go see them once a year. He was alot of fun and had a strong faith in the Lord. He was always praying for us and we appreciated that. Thank you both for being so special to our daughter, Mistie. She loved to go see her Uncle Elmer and Aunt JoAnn and Lonnie and later, Amber... She got by with things there, she didn't at home... LOL!! So, thanks for some wonderful memories and you can rest in peace, my friend, and rejoice in His Presence. Love, Elsie

Ray & Pat Corlew

January 11, 2020

Great memories of a faithful servant of the Lord. He was faithful to his family & his church family. It was an honor to know Elmer. Praying for your family at this time. We do not sorrow as those that have no hope. Our hope is in heaven.

Amber Gille

January 10, 2020

My Papa was one of a kind. He was the most loving person I have ever known. He loved his kids, his business, his church, and most of all his wife. Grandma and Grandpa had a rare kind of love.
I remember how he found pleasure in the smallest things like taking Sunday drives looking for deer or watching people. He was always singing some silly song. When his great grandkids played with him he would light up.
I am glad he got to meet my kids and make memories with them.
Be at peace Papa. I am so lucky to have had you in my life. I love you!

Stacey Gacek

January 10, 2020

My Grandpa loved to make up songs about anything!!! He would make up songs about what we were doing, who was being naughty, and what boyfriend we had at the time. I remember so many of those songs and sang many made up songs to my sons when they were little, just like my grandpa.

I will miss him so much !!!!!!
LOVE YOU GRANDPA
Stacey

Sharon Fitzgerald

January 9, 2020

A very special brother-in-law who loved teasing me. If he didn't you knew he wasn't feeling well. JoAnn pretty much raised me so was always over at the farm. When I would call and he would answer the phone he was always in such a happy mood. I would ask him how he was and he would tell me but then he would say "I just keep going." Thank you for giving my sister such a wonderful married life, always being there for her. Rest in Jesus, your journey is over and you are home!! One day we will see you again!

Sylvia Held

January 9, 2020

My brother-in-law Elmer was a special guy. He had so many good qualities but most of all he loved my sister for so many years and never complained when times were hard, he will truly be missed.

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Biography

      Elmer D. Held was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Elmer will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Elmer was born on July 7, 1928 at in a log cabin in Athens, Wisconsin. He was the son of Christ and Pauline Held. Elmer grew up in Athens, Wisconsin.

      On October 14, 1950 Elmer exchanged wedding vows with JoAnn Hardt at Athens Assembly of God Church of Athens, Wisconsin. Empathic and loyal, Elmer was committed to making his new family happy.

      Elmer worked hard to be a good father to his children and he did his best to fulfill their needs. Elmer was blessed with three children, Joan, Jane, and Lonnie.

      Fortunately, Elmer enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Elmer worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. Elmer and JoAnn farmed the family homestead until 1966 when they moved to Rockford, Illinois. His primary occupation was a plumber, prior to working with his brother, Herbert, he eventually started his own plumbing business. He was self-employed, after starting his business. Elmer always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Elmer enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were making jokes and always teasing someone. He was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Elmer’s faith was important to him. Elmer loved Jesus. He attended City Church, formerly First Assembly for 50 years. During that time, he was an usher.

      Elmer passed away on January 8, 2020 at his home in Machesney Park, Illinois. He is survived by his children, Joan, Jane, and Lonnie; 8 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Services were held at Sunset Funeral Home. Elmer was laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Gardens in the Chapel of Love, Machesney Park, Illinois.

      Simply stated, Elmer was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Elmer leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Elmer D. Held.