Rosalyn Anne Wilkening, 87, of Cissna Park passed peacefully into the arms of her Savior on June 7, 2019 at 12:20 a.m. She was surrounded by her family and friends at her home. She was born November 26, 1931 in Woodworth, the daughter of Elmer and Tillie (Krumseig) Brutlag. Rosalyn married the love of her life, Ivan Wilkening, on April 13, 1958. He preceded her in death on November 11, 1997.

She is survived by one daughter, Ellen (Gary) Luhman of Cissna Park; one son, Timothy (Dana) Wilkening of Hoopeston; one granddaughter, Ashley Luhman (Sam Moore) of Mishawaka, IN; two sisters, Dolores (Elroy “Buddy”) Pfingsten of Watseka and Janice (Les) Garrelts of Crescent City; and two sisters-in-law, Wilma Wilkening of Watseka and Vinita Brutlag of Herscher.

She was preceded in death by death by her parents; two brothers, Marvin Brutlag and Vernon Brutlag; as well as one grandson.

She worked at Concordia Teachers College in River Forest before enjoying many years with her husband on the Wilkening farm. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Woodworth, where she enjoyed singing in the choir. She was also a member of the Sweet Adelines Choir of Champaign and Kankakee Counties and the Cissna Park American Legion Auxillary. Every year she entered in the Iroquois County Fair winning many awards for her canning and baking including the “Culinary Betty Whaley Memorial Award”. She also enjoyed spending many hours cross-stitching and spending time with family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Woodworth. Rev. Tim Hahn will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery at Woodworth.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 10, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or School, American Diabetes Association or American Cancer Society.

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