Angeline “Angie” Morris, 93, of Elburn, passed away Monday, May 4, 2015, and now rests in the arms of her savior.
She was born Feb. 20, 1922, in Chicago, the daughter of Robert and Nina (Leannah) Sarley.
Angie grew up in Chicago and attended local schools before finding employment with Perma Flux, also in Chicago.
Angie was united in marriage to Charles W. Morris on Aug. 30, 1941, and made their home in Chicago for a time before moving to River Grove, Ill. Ten years later, the family moved to Mount Prospect, Ill., but travelled to Elburn on the weekends during the summer months. On one fateful trip, they won a pony at Elburn Days, which proved to be a harbinger of things to come.
The family, which had grown to include five children, found 10 acres of land in Elburn to house the “new member of the family,” which also had an old farm house, to boot. It wasn’t long before the “family” grew to include 51 more ponies, another daughter, and a new farm house where the old one stood.
In 1969, the family pulled up its roots and moved to the Thatcher farm in Maple Park. They would continue to fill the home with memories and laughter until Charlie’s passing in 1974, when they moved once more to Elburn.
Angie was lucky in love a second time when she married Thomas Paretti at Our Lady Mother of the Church in Chicago on April 24, 1982. After a great battle, Thomas succumbed to cancer on Dec. 6, 1988. Angie continued to make her home in Elburn until recent years brought her into the care of Oakcrest in DeKalb.
Angie was a member of St. Gall Catholic Church, and in her early years, she also belonged to the Women of the Moose of River Grove, before later transferring to St. Charles.
Angie was a city girl at heart. She later became a “sometime” farmer, but only because her husband was a good old country boy. Above all else, she was a mother; you could easily include all its variations, as well, because you’d have to look far and wide to find someone who didn’t call her mom, grandma, great-grandma, godmother, etc.
She was technically what others would call a “homemaker,” but that doesn’t nearly encompass all that Angie was. In reality, she was more “queen of her castle,” with a place for everything and everything in its place (heaven forbid if they weren’t and you were responsible). Angie’s heart was stronger than steel but ever open to love. She gave more than she received, and that was exactly how she liked it, even though life had not always been kind. Angie was intimate with loss—having lost two husbands—and familiar with hardship, but her steadfast faith was her bedrock foundation. Her legacy is the love that she gave and the memories that she made. Surely, she will never be forgotten.
She is survived by four children, Roseanne Morris, Chester “Chet” Morris, Robert Morris and Cheryl Morris; 11 grandchildren, Richard Jahns, Monte (Chris) Jahns, David (Linda) Emberson, Richard Morris, Kimberly (Rob) Hoover, Stacey Martinez, Steve Morris, Charlie Morris, Jason Carroccio, Jessica (Tony) Torres and Jimmy Skinner; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of special friends.
She is preceded in death by both her husbands, Charlie Morris and Tom Paretti; her parents, Robert and Nina Sarley; one daughter, Dorothy Morris Emberson; one son, Chuck Morris, two granddaughters, Winessa Jahns and Angela Landmeir; two great-grandsons, Ryan and Timothy Landmeir; one brother, Robert J. Sarley; five sisters, Mildred Rathunde, Rosanne DiCristofano, Katherine Doyle Briggs, Mary Miller and Audrey Roberts.
Visitation was held Friday at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn. An additional visitation, followed by a funeral service, was also held at the funeral home. Interment followed at St. Gall Cemetery, Elburn.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Angie’s name. Checks may be made to the “Angelina Morris Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also forwarded to the same address or www.conleycare.com, where you can find her full-life story.