Alberta Catherine York, age 83, of Kahoka, MO, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016 at the Clark Co. Nursing Home in Kahoka.
Alberta was born November 2, 1932 in Quincy, IL, a daughter of Albert Christian and Ina C. Geiker Vonholt.
Survivors include her seven children: Leland Michael (Ronda) York of Kahoka, Ina York of the Dominican Republic, Thresa (Kevin) Zipprich of Deland, IL, Kimberly Hatfield of Kahoka, Roberta (Shawn) McAfee of Kahoka, Al (Jennifer) York of Champaign, IL and Martha Jacobson of Kahoka; a daughter-in-law, Vera (Ernie) Morris of Kahoka; a brother, Melvin (Joan) Vonholt of Clayton, IL; 15 grandchildren: Joe (Stacy) York of Colorado, Heather (Brad) Nelson of Revere, Hilary (Chance) Hedrick, Denise (Matt) Shannon and Sarah (Peter) Coulter, all of Kahoka, Michael (Misty) Zipprich, and David Zipprich, of Deland, IL, Andrew McAfee of Galesburg, IL, Scott McAfee and Emily McAfee, both of Kahoka, Haley York of San Antonio, TX, Harrison York and Morgan York, both of Champaign, IL, John (Anna) McNees of San Antonio, TX, and Jarrett (Kiara) Clem of Champaign; 16 great-grandchildren: Jillian, Jackson and Samantha York, Caleb and Jed Nelson, Gloria, Kevin and Kenzie Shannon, Trevor, Bailey and Spencer Zipprich, Terrigan and Brylee McAfee, and Lexie, Mireya, and Sophia McNees ; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Dennis York, in 1989; an infant daughter; and son-in-law, Melvin Hatfield in 2012.
Alberta lived a simple life, caring for her children and teaching them respect and values. She loved to sew, do needle work, and quilt with the Peaksville Church Quilting Group. She also loved to can and make angel food cakes and noodles. Alberta had a very strong faith and loved doing for others and her church. She was custodian for many years at the First Baptist Church and at the Kahoka Post Office. She was a member of the courtesy committee of her church and was willing to serve in any capacity where she was needed. She began a mission of making sleeping mats out of grocery bags for those in need and helped her daughter, Ina, in her mission in the Dominican Republic. It was there that Alberta had an accident and with the love and support of her family was able to return to Kahoka as a resident of the Clark Co. Nursing Home until she was called home to meet her Lord and Savior whom she served so faithfully.
Funeral services were held Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Kahoka with Rev. Richard Lamborn officiating. Musicians were Iris Phillips and Evonne Adams. Special music was “The Old Rugged Cross” and “How Great Thou Art”.
Honorary pallbearers were: Forrest Phillips, Gene Phillips, Keith Phillips, Matt Gutting, Mike Gutting, Buddy Kattleman, Clifford Gares, Rodney Gares, and East Burke.
Pallbearers were John McNees, Andrew McAfee, Scott McAfee, Joe York, David Zipprich, Michael Zipprich, Bill Vonholt, Harrison York, Jarrett Clem.
Burial will follow in the Kahoka Cemetery.
Visitation was held from 1 p.m. Sunday until 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church.
Memorials were suggested to the Clark Co. Nursing Home Activity Fund.
Arrangements were handled by Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka.
On-line condolences may be expressed at www.wilsonfuneralservice.com.