PRINCETON — Helen F. “Tootie” Halberg, 91, of Princeton passed away Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, peacefully in her home while sleeping.
Tootie was born March 7, 1927, in DePue to Peter and Helen (Kozlowski) Kruchinski. She married the late Robert C. Halberg on Nov. 25, 1953, and started her family.
She was a graduate of DePue High School and studied at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She was a longtime employee at Westclox for over 20 years and retired from her job at Perry Memorial Hospital in 1989. She also ran a side business out of her home as a seamstress.
She was a member of the Princeton VFW Auxiliary, was a den mother, was PTA president, an avid bowler and a member of the Princeton Bowling Association, and a member of the Perry Memorial Retiree Breakfast Club. She also volunteered at The Closet in Princeton.
Tootie was a diehard Cubs fan, an excellent seamstress and an accomplished gardener.
Tootie is survived by her son, Robert “Bob” (Christine) Halberg; one sister, Patricia Mohr; one grandchild, Matthew (Sara) Compton; three great-grandchildren, Addison, Taylor and Sayge Compton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Helen Kruchinski; her husband, Robert Halberg; one brother, Robert Kruchinski; one grandchild, Brandon Compton; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Visitation for Tootie will be from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 6, at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Princeton. Services will follow at noon at the church officiated by the Rev. Scott Schmidt. A graveside service will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Princeton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family and they will donate to the charity of their choice.
Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.