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Althea Krapff

Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 4:58 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:23 a.m. CST

OHIO, Ill. — Althea A. Krapff, 100, of Ohio, Ill., passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

She was born June 11, 1913, in Ohio, Ill., to Joseph Hawks and Clara (Kieffer) Hawks. She graduated from Ohio High School in 1931. She worked at Dolan Insurance Agency for more than 25 years.

She was a ray of light in so many lives. A sweet, loving and strongly independent woman who lived for her family, friends and neighbors. A sort of super-woman in her own right, often described by others in one simple word: amazing. She enjoyed spending time with her family, crossword puzzles, reading, music, and watching the Chicago Cubs. She was known for her chocolate pudding cookies and caramels.

Always giving, no one left Althea's home empty handed. Always positive, it was impossible to be in a bad mood when she was around. Always humble, she led a simple small-town life and wouldn't have it any other way. A shining example whose lessons will live on in all of the lives she touched. The world is a better place because she was in it.

She is survived by her daughter, Rita (Bob) Wittmer of Danvers; two sons, Walter "Pete" (Sue) Krapff of Farmington Hills, Mich., and Richard "Dick" (Barb) Krapff of Boise, Idaho; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Hawks; her mother, Clara Hawks; a daughter, Janice Piper; a grandchild, Cheri Menk; two sisters, Alice Warkins and Inez Kessell; one brother, Merville "Chick" Hawks; and a good friend, Howard.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 18, at the Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, with Pastor Gene Vincent officiating. Burial will follow in the Van Orin Repose Cemetery at the Bache Chapel.

The family will receive friends from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to Ohio First Responders.

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