Ilene Mae Haefli

July 6, 1927April 12, 2021

PEORIA – Ilene Mae Haefli, 93, of Peoria, passed away and into the arms of Jesus on April 12, 2021 at Apostolic Christian Skylines where she had resided since 2019. Ilene was born in Morton on July 6, 1927 to Victor and Mabel (Streitmatter) Kruse. In the summer of 1949, she met the love of her life, Robert “Bob” Haefli, and they married on April 16, 1950. He preceded her in death on March 1, 2019 in Peoria.

Ilene was also preceded in death by her parents; brother; four brothers-in-law; and three sisters-in-law. She is survived by her five children, Terry Bowen, Eric (Katrine) Haefli, Jeanne (Tim) Esterling, Nancy (Neil) Ritter, and Linda (Bill) Hoerr; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Gladys Haefli.

Ilene grew up in Morton. Her younger brother, Vernon, passed away when she was 9 years old. Her mother passed away when she was 12 years old, and she then moved to Remington, IN where she lived with her mother’s sister Aunt “V” and Uncle Clyde Wood. After one year, she moved back to Morton with her father and new stepmother, Gertrude Clifton. Ilene graduated from Morton High School in 1945.

During her lifetime she was employed at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Interlocking Fence in Morton, and as a realtor for Kastle Realty and Chuck Hemmer Realty in Peoria.

Ilene gave her heart to Jesus in 1955 and was a member of the Peoria Apostolic Christian Church. She was an active volunteer in the Apostolic Christian Church, Apostolic Christian Skylines, Apostolic Christian World Relief, Sipp School, and 4-H. She was involved in many social clubs and enjoyed crafts, knitting, sewing, crocheting, games, cooking, ceramics, antiquing, camping, traveling, and spending time in Florida.

Ilene’s funeral service will take place at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 16, 2021 at Peoria Apostolic Christian Church. Church ministers will officiate. Her visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. also on Friday at her church. Interment will take place in Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery in Edwards. Memorials may be made to Apostolic Christian Skylines. Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria is handling the arrangements.

Online condolences may be left for Ilene’s family at


  • Don Bowen
  • Jason Bowen
  • Zach Esterling
  • Chris Esterling
  • Eric Criss
  • Keith Ritter
  • Eric Haefli II

  • Apostolic Christian Skylines


  • Visitation

    Friday, April 16, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 16, 2021

  • Interment

    Friday, April 16, 2021


Ilene Mae Haefli

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Sally Plattner

April 23, 2021

I am sorry we could not come to the funeral. We are staying home, working from home, and avoiding crowds due to Buzz's surgeries, etc.
I will always remember Aunt Eileen as my "fire cracker" aunt. She was so friendly. She always sparked a conversation with me whenever she saw me. I'll always remember feeling so tired at the Walk for the Cure (Koman) and spying Aunt Eileen just booking along at an energetic pace.
She loved to give me trouble (always good naturedly) for missing a Haefli reunion, and always followed up with asking about my life and my siblings. I loved Eileen and I hope I can be more like her. Kindly, Sal Plattner

Kathleen McCorkle Thies

April 18, 2021

Mrs. Haefli was a wonderful mother and friend to Terry & Rhonda's friends. Sometimes I think we pushed our limits on overnight "spreads". samores, popcorn & chatting.

Thank you for loving our group of RHS friends. She & others made us stronger as friends who cared about each other, school, broad-reaching friends, & what's important in life.

Pamela Schubach

April 16, 2021

Your Mother was a terrific neighbor and welcomed my very young family into the neighborhood. I still have the baby blankets she knitted for my two kids (over 30 years ago!). We spoke all the time and of course the kids and grandkids were always over for the family gatherings, which we were often included. She showed the world what a family looked liked, who were close and loved each other. She will be missed.

Franci e Wade - Coleman

April 16, 2021

Linda and family - I can remember the times as a little girl when your Mother welcomed me into your home to play with Linda. My prayers are with you all as you celebrate her life.

Eleanor Yackley

April 15, 2021

May God comfort each of you!
Ilene moved to Skylines while Mom (Clara Yackley) was living there. Having one more cousin close made Mom's stay more pleasant.

Natalie Herrmann

April 15, 2021

Dear family of Ilene Haefli,
Please accept our deepest condolences with the passing of
With sympathy,
George, Monie and Natalie

Renee Mangold

April 15, 2021

Our sympathies to your whole family. Even though we know they are in a better place
and happy, healthy and whole, we still miss them so much when they are gone.

A memory of Ilene - she was the one my mother in law Helen Mangold would call on here in Florida when we weren’t around to pick up things she needed or for help with anything.

They were both proud and spunky ladies that probably didn’t like asking anyone for help, but they felt comfortable with and loved each other enough to be able to do that. They were sister in laws and friends, too, and that was a blessing.

JD Schlipf

April 14, 2021

Eric, Katrine & Family--

Thinking of you & lifting you up in prayers at this time of losing your Mother. It's never easy losing ones parents & trust that you have many happy memories to sustain you through the days ahead. Rejoicing that she is safe in the arms of Jesus! Will be thinking of you & remembering you in
my prayers . Hope to see you both this year when I return home to Bloomington!


JD Schlipf
Colorado Springs CO

Karen Kellenberger

April 14, 2021

Eric was in my Sunday School class and high school classmate. Ilene and my mom, Hazel Geyer, were in “sewing circles” over the years and later, with their spouses, enjoyed bus trips. But I vividly recall Mom and Ilene, in their 90’s, sitting together on the dining room alcove bench after church noon dinner every time we visited Peoria. I loved how those two long-time friends didn’t need to gab the whole hour, but relax and visit easily. I wish to be that kind of loyal friend.
With deepest sympathy, Karen K

Martha Steffen

April 13, 2021

My favorite memory is getting off the school bus from grade school on cookie making day! I would walk into dozens and dozens and dozens of cookies our Mothers made every year at Christmas time. Yum!

These last few years it was our great privilege eating out every Thursday night with your parents (until your Dad passed) and then your mom and my mom! Now Ilene can eat all the bean burritos she wants in heaven :)

Our sympathies and love to the whole family, Gordy & Martha