Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Obit of Ada (Rosendahl) Bork

From Redenius Funeral Homes

PIPER CITY — Ada Elizabeth Bork, 90, formerly of Piper City, died at 7:20 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 24, 2011) in Evenglow Tjardes Health Center, Pontiac.

Her funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Piper City Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Alan Cheney officiating. Burial will be in the Brenton Cemetery, Piper City. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the service in the church. Memorials may be made to the Piper City Presbyterian Church.

Ada was born Aug. 5, 1921, at home in Chatsworth, the eldest daughter of Jerry and Gladys Milstead Rosendahl. She married Roland D. Bork on June 16, 1940. He passed away May 24, 2006.

Mrs. Bork is survived by two daughters, Maria Millen, Normal, and Nancy (Jack) Arnold, Pontiac; a son, John Bork, Danville; a grandchild, Shelly Bohm, and two great-grandchildren, Carley and Brandon Bohm, all of Pontiac; and her sister, Lois Huttenburg, Tinley Park.

Her parents, husband and a brother, Bill Rosendahl, preceded her in death.

Mrs. Bork was a 1939 graduate of Chatsworth High School. She attended Illinois State Normal University the following year. Due to a teacher shortage during World War II, Mrs. Bork was granted a Limited State War Emergency certificate in 1943 to teach elementary school in Ford County. Much later, she returned to college and earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Illinois State University in 1971. She taught second, third and fourth grades in Chenoa Elementary School for 16 years. In all, she was a teacher for 18½ years. As a farmer’s wife in the Piper City area, Mrs. Bork assisted her husband in the farming operation. She was always very involved in her church and community.

Mrs. Bork was an active 71-year member of the Piper City Presbyterian Church. She was president of the Presbyterian Women’s Association for three years and a Sunday school teacher. Mrs. Bork was a 4-H leader for 10 years, particularly guiding members in sewing projects. An expert seamstress, she sewed her children’s school clothes, coats, women’s suits and college formals. She was also a Cub Scout leader. After retiring from teaching, she served as treasurer for four years of the Ford County Retired Teachers Association. Always enjoying history, Ada was a charter member of the Piper City Historical Society and president in 1989, 1990 and 1991. Mrs. Bork served as a delegate to the regional White House conference on aging in 1990. In 1992, she was the Volunteer of the Year for the East Central Illinois Area Agency on aging. In 1994, she co-authored the SHOWBUS Ford County Historical Book. Mrs. Bork researched and guided over 100 very popular tours throughout Illinois for Piper City residents through SHOWBUS. She continued giving tours into her 80s. Genealogy and gardening were also great interests. She belonged to the Brenton Home Extension, Monday Night Circle, Junior Women’s Club, Illinois Reading Council, Illinois Education Association and the National Education Association.

Mrs. Bork especially delighted in the lives and company of her two great-grandchildren, Brandon and Carly Bohm. The family wishes to thank Evenglow for their competent and compassionate care.

Arrangements are by Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City. Please sign the guest book at

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