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Marguerite L. (Maas) Toops

Posted: Thursday, Jan 3rd, 2013

BYRON – Marguerite L. (Maas) Toops, age 96, passed away Sat., Dec. 29, 2012 at Rosewood Care Center in Rockford.

She was born Nov. 30, 1016 near Paynes Point the daughter to Ike and Ada (DeVries) Maas. She attended rural Pleasant Grove School in Rockvale Township near Oregon, IL and graduated from Oregon High School in 1935.

After graduation she worked as a waitress, and later as a nurse maid for new born babies and their mothers. She married James T. Toops on July 15, 1941 in Byron. She worked for National Lock Company, and then as a payroll clerk and supervisor at Camp Grant after her husband Jim was drafted into the Army.

After WW 2 She and Jim operated their own Electrical and Appliance Store, “Carlson and Toops Appliance” in Byron. She was a Girl Scout Leader, Cub Scout Leader, and Den Mother. She was an active member of the Ebenezer Reformed Church since 1949 where she taught Sunday School, helped with Bible School, belonged to the Naomi Ruth, R.C.W. and Ladies Aid, and other organizations of the church. She was a diligent worker on the funeral and kitchen committees.

She also was active in the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Byron P.T.A. She enjoyed playing cards, traveling and quilting. Marguerite made 87 quilts of which 27 were hand made. She and her husband loved to travel south to Arizona and Texas for 22 years after retirement in 1979.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, 3 brothers; Orville, Louis, and Maynard Maas, 1 sister Marie Kauffman,

Survived by her 4 children; Beverly (Paul) Fermanich of Rockford, James A. Toops of Bethlehem, Georgia, Ronald J. Toops of Byron, and Richard J. (Sharon Chamberlain) Toops of Rockford, 2 sisters; Irma Snodgrass of Byron and Vada (James) Rosenbalm of Oregon, 15 grandchildren, 10 Great Grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 3, 2012 at the Ebenezer Reformed Church rural Oregon with the Rev. Brion Brooks pastor of the Church officiating. Burial was in the Ebenezer Cemetery. Visitation was from 5-7 pm, Wednesday evening at the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St. Byron, Il. 61010.

A memorial fund is established in her name. For more information visit www.farrellhollandgale.com.

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