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Angela 'Bert' Piper

PRINCETON — Angela Alberta "Bert" (Maupin) Piper, 87, of Princeton passed away Friday, June 28, 2013, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton with family present.

Bert was a lifelong homemaker and treasured wife, mother and grandmother. Bert was also a devout parishioner of St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton.

Bert was born Aug. 17, 1925, in Indiantown Township, near Tiskilwa, to Owen C. and Virginia M. (Livers) Maupin. She attended Jamison School in rural Tiskilwa, Tiskilwa High School and graduated from Princeton High School in 1943. She worked a local "five and dime store" in Princeton where she proudly made bows and worked behind the candy counter — it was at this candy county where she first met her cherished husband. She later worked in the administrative office of Pioneer Hi-Bred in Princeton. She married the love of her life, Robert Rex "Bob" Piper, on Sept. 19, 1945, in the St. Louis Catholic Church parsonage. Bert assisted Bob in operating their family farm located near Five Points, northeast of Princeton. Many treasured memories were made raising their family on the farm. As one of 10 children, a mother of four, Bert's life was devoted to her family and to her community. She was deeply loved by her family and will be greatly missed.

Services will begin with a visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, followed by a recitation of the Rosary at 7 p.m. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton with Father Jeffrey Stirniman officiating. Burial will follow in Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton. The family will received friends and family to celebrate Mrs. Piper's life and love, following her internment, at Harkrader Hall (St. Louis Catholic Church). The family welcomes and encourages all to attend.

Bert is survived by her husband of 67 years, Bob Piper of Princeton. She is also survived by one son, Rex (Deb) Piper of Princeton; three daughters, Renee (Gordon) Stuepfert of LaMoille, Rita (Bruce) Placek of Princeton and Robyn (George "Jay" Jordan) Piper of Del Mar, Calif.; ten grandsons, Scott Stuepfert, Michael Stuepfert, Eric (Emily) Piper, Mark Piper, Kyle Piper, Jay Piper, Brian (Kendra) Placek, Justin Placek, Brandon (Jessica) Placek and George ("Mick") Jordan; two granddaughters, Taylor Jordan and Cassandra Jordan; two great-grandsons; five great-granddaughters; and two sisters-in-law, Laura Maupin of Granville, N.Y., and Mary Olson of Walnut.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Owen J., Walter, Charles B. "Barney" and Edward; and five sisters, Winifred Giltner, Mary Lucille (Albright) Nelson, Elizabeth "Bessie" Hodge, Virginia Finn and Mary Imelda Hoffman.

Memorials may be directed to St. Louis Catholic Church or to the family for charitable disbursement.

Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.

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