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Valada Owens

Valada Owens

Valada, nee Stein, Owens, 102, of Tilden, IL; born on June 8, 1916 in Lenzburg, IL; passed away on May 31, 2019 at Coulterville Care Center in Coulterville, IL.

Mrs. Owens was a homemaker.  She was a member of the Tilden Church of the Nazarene.  Valada was a lifelong resident of Randolph County and was awarded the title of Mother of the Year from WHCO.  When she attained the age of 100 she received a certificate from the Governor of Illinois commemorating the occasion.  Valada was an exceptional cook, excellent pinnacle and Yahtzee player, a very serious fisherwoman and a huge St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.  Most of all she was a very devoted and loving mother.

She was preceded in death by her parents – Phillip and Ollie, nee Jones, Stein.  Her husband – Ardell Owens whom she married on August 18, 1933 in Belleville, IL and who passed away on October 8, 1988.  Two daughters – Patricia Dorf and Melba Williams.  Three sons-in-law – Joseph Dorf; Kenneth Williams and Clifford Foertsch.  She was also preceded in death by one half-brother and two half-sisters.

She is survived by her children – Dennis (Shirley) Owens of Foley, AL; Frances Foertsch of Tilden, IL; Donald (Judy) Owens of Franklin, KY; Cheryl (James) Sommer of New Athens, IL; Leonard (Ginger) Owens of Tilden, IL.  Twenty-one grandchildren; forty-three great-grandchildren and a host of great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Tilden Scholarship Fund.

Condolences to the family may be expressed on line at

Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Tilden, IL on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 9:00am to 11:00am.

Funeral: A celebration of Valada’s life will be held at Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Tilden, IL on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 11:00am with Rev. Paul Hahn officiating.

Interment: Burial will be held in the Tilden Cemetery in Tilden, IL.

Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Tilden, IL are in charge of arrangements.


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  1. Jenna Lambeth says:

    I am so sorry you have lost this grand, special lady, such an important part of your lives! I know she is with Jesus, praising Him, walking on streets of gold, admiring the jasper walls.
    My condolences to each of you.
    I see several familiar names in your family–we may be “kiss in cousins!

  2. Karen Winters says:

    Our deepest to sympathy to her family. We are brother-in-law and sister-in-law to her grandson Glenn Short.

  3. Jane Chapman says:

    Loved this lady she was my mother’s roommate when admitted to the Care Center. Our family became very attached to her Our grandson, Jonah, shared the same birthdays. He will be 13 on the 8th. May God bless Valada’s family and know she was a great lady in the hearts of the Stewart, Chapman and Tanner families!

  4. Duane Priest says:

    My heart goes out to all of the family; Valada was a wonderful woman, matriarch to a huge family and respected by all. If you were feeling down, she could always lift you up with her sweet smile and her kind words. She was the definition of “lady.” I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  5. Carol Delay Malott says:

    A beautiful lady. Lived a long a fulfilling life. Sweet to all. My condolences to the children. God Bless You All.

  6. Audrey S. Lumberton, NC says:

    Brian, Hope, Lex, Casey and family. I am so sorry for your loss. We love you very very much. Please know that even though I can’t be there that I will be thinking about you and praying for God to continue to comfort you. Your ganmother looked like sweet sweet and precious woman.

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