The funeral of Kathryn M. Ahlenius, 91, of Bloomington, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Bloomington. The Rev. Howard Bowlin will officiate. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be for one hour before the service Monday at the church. Kibler-Smith Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.
She died at 10:45 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 30, 2000) at her residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Bloomington or Westminster Village Foundation.
Mrs. Ahlenius was born Jan. 15, 1909, in LeRoy, the daughter of John and Anna Noonan Trenkle. She married William Ahlenius on Jan. 27, 1934, in Evanston. He survives.
Other survivors include one daughter, Susan (Dave) Pegg, Libertyville; four sons, William (Jackie) Ahlenius, Peoria; Charles (Barbara) Ahlenius, , Decatur; Robert (Barbara) Ahlenius, Dallas, Texas; and Joh Ahlenius, Denver, Colo.; one sister, Betty Colton, Hendersonville, N.C.; one brother, William Trenkle, Manhattan, Kan.; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She attended Catholic elementary schools in Bloomington, graduated from Bloomington High School in 1926 and attended Illinois State Normal University. After raising her children, she worked in the graduate office at Northwestern University, Evanston.
She was active in the Episcopal Church women at the local and Diocesan level; Past Worthy Matron of Decatur Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star; the Grand Electra of Grand Chapter in 1975; Grand Lecturer in 1982; Past Worthy High Priestess of Bethsiada Chapter of White Shrine of Jerusalem, in Evanston. She and her husband moved to Bloomington in 1987.