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Marian L. Whitver, 96, of Sterling, passed away on Wednesday afternoon, November 8, 2017 at her home.

She was born on October 25, 1921 in Prairieville to Joseph B. and Elizabeth (Wechsler) Reaver. She married Warren M. "Bud" Whitver on June 20, 1947 at the country home of her parents east of Sterling, where Menard's is now located. He preceded her in death on March 17, 1999.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother who loved spending time with her family. She was a very thoughtful person all throughout her lifetime and helpful wherever needed.

After graduating from Sterling High School in 1939 she worked in the school office, later at Franz Manufacturing Company before traveling to California to work at the Port Hueneme Air Base during WW II. After returning to Sterling she worked in the office at Prince Ice Cream Castles until 1950. Upon the birth of her two sons she remained at home and spent a lifetime of many accomplishments with family coming first. She was always there for her sons and grandchildren, her mother and two sisters.

She always loved music and started playing the piano and guitar at a young age and continued playing the organ also throughout her lifetime. The family loved to fish and spent many hours fishing locally and in Wisconsin and Idaho but also loved eating them. Raising a garden and either canning or freezing the vegetables for the family was another interest. She also enjoyed working in her flower gardens.

After the birth of her grandchildren she took a class in sewing and then started making quilts, clothes and whatever for the family while her husband was retired and working in his woodshop creating things too. They enjoyed 20 years of retirement before he passed away and they spent much time visiting their 7 grandchildren who live in Nebraska and Wisconsin. They loved traveling and enjoyed the life in the beauty of the outdoors. She also enjoyed sports and followed the Chicago teams.

When Marian was 70 years old her sons talked her into getting a computer to be able to keep up with family. She readily learned how to make use of it to create many things. She researched and shared geneaology on 7 of the family members which turned out to be quite informative in the family history. She compiled them into separate books for future generations. Also, wrote an article for the History of Whiteside County of her father coming to Whiteside County to live life and become a very successful farmer providing for the family to grow up on the farm during the Depression days. Family life was very important. She had a favorite family recepie cook book published of recepies. Her sons and family always requested and she shared this book with everyone. Keeping in touch throughout the years was important to her and she kept up with making her own greeting cards and remembering family and friends with all the things done on the computer. Skype was a favorite for keeping up with her Wisconsin, Mexico, California and Nebraska families.

She is survived by her sons, John (Kathy) Whitver of Westfield, Wisc. and Jeffrey (Laura) Whitver of Leone, Mexico; 7 grandchildren, Jennifer (Billie) Zastrow, Juli (Jesse) Winter, Jonae' (Brian) Harness, Jonathan (Samantha) Whitver, Brandi (Jason) Schendt, Nicholas (Amber) Whitver and Tony (Kristina) Whitver; 17 great grandchildren, Jordan Schult, Dylan and Chaydan Rajek, Margann Zastrow, Shawna (Zach) Koppa, Austin and Kate Winter, Peyton, Grayson, and Lincoln Whitver, Owen, Landen and Sloan Harness, Karoline, Easton, Sawyer and Brooke Schendt; 5 step grandchildren, six step great grandchildren and a great-great granddaughter Ariella Koppa; 2 nephews, Larry (Sandy) Reaver and Joseph (Margo) Reaver, and 2 nieces, Laurice (Larry Lee) Hartzell and Shirley (Bill) Sivits.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a grandson Benji, 2 brothers, Lawrence and Lester Reaver and 3 sisters, Mildred Smith, Katherine and Betty Jane Reaver, a niece Jean (Smith) Stern and many cousins.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A graveside service will be held at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, November 14th at oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.

The family wishes to thank Larry and Sandy Reaver and also a close friend and neighbor Ruth Ramirez who were always there in her time of need.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to Hospice of the Rock River Valley in her memory.

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