Dorothy Shook

Dorothy Shook
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Dorothy Shook, nee Evans, 80, of Freeburg, IL, born February 7, 1934, in Ashley, IL, passed away Friday, January 30, 2015 with her family at her side.

Mrs. Shook was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She enjoyed cooking, reading, and shopping.  She was known to be an excellent cook. She liked to camp and travel with her family.

Dorothy was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Freeburg, IL, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Illinois, Freeburg Chapter 542.  She had worked in a variety of positions.  She was a teacher in a one-room School in the 1950’s.  She worked at a local orchard and at Freeburg Grade School, where she retired from her position as cafeteria manager.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Emma Evans; brothers, Earl Jr. and Harold Evans; her first husband, Lloyd Grisham, who passed away October 29, 1953; her second husband, Nolan D. Shook, who passed away September 6, 1993; and her grandson, Mason D. Dempsey, who passed away January 4, 2005.

Surviving are her children, Kathryn Barton of Freeburg,
Jean (Randall) Dempsey of Breese, IL,
Nolan (Connie) Shook of Freeburg,
Mary (Robert) Nolte of Upper St. Clair, PA,
and Kimberly (Edward) Clark of Breese, IL;
her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Carol (Jared) Swinney
and children Kason and Ruby of Sulphur, LA,
Lucas (Jamie) Shook and daughters Margaret, Nora, and Annie of Freeburg, IL,
Sarah (Marc) Gompert and daughters Ava and Emerson of Parker, CO,
Jonas (Erin) Shook and son Nolan of Downers Grove, IL,
Ashley (Chris) Portz of Upper St. Clair, PA,
Robert Nolte of Upper St. Clair, PA,
and Olivia Clark and Samuel Clark, both of Breese, IL;
her brother, William Evans;
sisters-in-law, Ethel (Charlie) Roberson, Maxine Giacomo, and Billie Morrison;
brother-in-law,  Lee Dale Shook;
and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Family Hospice of Belleville, IL (  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 6, 2015, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 7, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 7, 2015, at the funeral home with Rev. Earl Crecelius officiating.  Burial will follow at Masonic Cemetery, Nashville, IL.

Condolences Left For Dorothy Shook

Nolan/Connie & Family, Kim & Ed & Family, Kathy, Jean Mary:
For a long time you’ve allowed us to be a part of your lives and most especially a part of “Grandma Dorothy’s” life. She was a joy to be around, whether it was a function for some reason, visiting her in the hospital or running into her at a store, she always had a smile and we always found something to laugh about. We will miss her but we find peace knowing that she is with her heavenly Father now, and with Dad. With Deepest Sympathy, Ellen & John Best

John/Ellen Best, Belleville, IL, 62221

Nolan, Connie and family, So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. We are thinking and praying for you at this difficult time. She will be missed by you all, but you will have her in your hearts and all those wonderful memories.
Our sympathy reaches out to you all, Michael & Shirley Gompert

Michael & Shirley Gompert, Mitchell, Nebraska, 69357

We are very sorry for your loss, and thinking of you and your family at your time of sorrow. -Kathy, Lindy, Linda, Amy, and Nicole (Calico)

Midland States Bank, Freeburg, IL, 62243

To Dorothy’s kids:
I am going to miss Dorothy, sitting up at Gary’s, talking about stuff, like Nashville and Ashley. We talked about recipes and cooking too. Cause she knew I didn’t use them or cook. She was such a great lady, and I really enjoyed her company. Memories are always the best, especially when someone has passed away. My memories of Dorothy will always bring a smile to my face. And I was proud to call her my friend.

Janet Baechle, Freeburg , Il, 52243

Our deepest sympathies go to your family. I will remember Dorothy as both an exceedingly strong woman and a deeply caring one. Her family and her faith were very important to her and were sources of her strength. To me, she was very much like her mother, my aunt, Emma.

She was very talented artistically. I have several of her ceramic creations that she gave to me and my parents.

I have many great memories of holiday dinners with family at Emma’s. Dorothy somehow always managed to feature prominently in both the food preparation as well as enjoying the time with family.

Dorothy’s qualities of strength and caring will live on in her family. She will be deeply missed.

Ross, Sharon, Blaire, and Benjamin Toedte, Knoxville, TN, 37922

Kathy,Jeannie, Nolan, Mary Ruth, Kim and family.
My heart is breaking for some reason as I think of all the times our families spent together. You kids always reminded me that I was one week older than your Mom. So sorry that we did not make it over to celebrate your Mom’s life. The Lord had another plan for us as George spent time in the hospital. I remember the trip to Minnesota and could tell tales about Nollie as he was called then, but will spare you the embarrassment. Your Mom was a special person in our lives. I have many memories that I will treasure for the rest of my life. We know she is with our Heavenly Father and is happy. I will look forward to the day that I can see her once again. Love each of you and Mary Ruth I have your number so look out for me by phone or e-mail. Love each of you
Ruth Gott

Ruth A Gott, Pleasant Hill , MO, 64080


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