Thelma W. Hawk, 98, died early Aug. 1, 2013, at The Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford.
She was born in Liberty Township, Mercer County, on July 10, 1915, to Henry J.W. and Anna Diener Groth. On April 4, 1937, she married William B. Hawk, who preceded her in death on July 26, 2000.
She was valedictorian of the Rockford High School Class of 1932 and attended Bowling Green State University. In 1933, she began her teaching career at Joint Township in Liberty Township. She retired from Parkway School in 1980 after teaching 39 years. She had been a member of Rockford Presbyterian Church, where she was organist for 25 years. She was a 50-year member of Celina Chapter 91 Order of the Eastern Star, with a total of 61 years. She and her husband enjoyed racing their standard bred horses after retirement.
She is survived by two daughters, Miriam (Robert) Fetters, of Mendon, and Charlene Hawk, of Rockford; grandson, Michael (Linda) Hawk, of Rockford; and five great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, Roger Hawk, who died in 2012; granddaughter, Victoria Mosier; and sister, Glendola Jewell.
Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m Tuesday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the funeral home .
Memorials may be directed to the Rockford Recreation Associationís Shane Park Legacy Fund.
Condolences may be sent at ketchamripley.com.